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A new brand of fixie competition ramps up for Saturday

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“We're just trying to make it look pretty.” N8 Van Dyke, an SF illustrator, is posted up in the Marine Westar Services Bayview warehouse, unrolling wheatpaste designs on the concrete floor. In other corners of the building, burly men hustle about towing heavy boxes, performing mysterious, industrial functions. But we're (I didn't do any of the work, per se, but having watched the process for the better part of a half hour I feel entitled) involved in a different sort of badassery – creating ramps for what might be the biggest fixed gear competition like, ever: Saturday's Red Bull Ride + Style. Read more »

Snap Sounds: PJ Harvey

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PJ HARVEY
Let England Shake
(Vagrant)

It’s not really a subtle couplet, “Weighted down with silent dead/ I fear our blood won’t rise again,” but with it the title track for PJ Harvey’s newest offering Let England Shake sets the stage for the songs to come. A surprisingly melodic exploration of the still reverberating effects of World War I on England’s shores and English mores, Let England Shake is both a call to arms and a plea to lay them down again. And despite its deliberate focus on atrocities past, the album can’t help but to implicate all current and future wars within its narrow rifle scope. Read more »

Earth Day in City Hall ... on Wells Fargo's dime

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Who was lucky enough to get treated to Mayor Ed Lee's Earth Day Breakfast in City Hall, with the city's top politicos and a smattering of high-profile San Franciscans? After noticing that the Board of Supervisors had approved a grant of $12,000 from Wells Fargo a few weeks ago to sponsor the event, the Guardian contacted the Mayor's Office to ask for the guest list. The response came from the city's Department of the Environment, which accepted the donation and organized the affair. Read more »

Tweet-happy Newsom gets a social media book deal

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Last week's announcement by Penguin Press that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will be writing a book on the intersection of social media and government was greeted with such yawns and disinterest that Newsom re-announced it with an email blast this morning, this time spicing things up with some revolutionary rhetoric.Read more »

In the gutter with King Baldwin: Bowling with Alexander Eccles and Gabe Turow

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"It's $40 for one game with shoes. Or, $38 for one hour and shoes," says the Serra Bowl cashier with mild frustration while he Lysols a pair of freshly-worn bowling shoes at the counter. Gabe Turow, percussion, keys, and back-up vocals for the chamber pop-turned-funk duo King Baldwin, turns to me, perplexed. Which is the better deal? Off to the side, Alexander Eccles, lead vocalist of the San Francisco-based duo, sits comfortably in a plastic chair, wearing his brown "bowling hat" slightly askew. Turow and I deliberate. We opt for the hourly rate. Read more »

Appetite: Island bites, part three

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After a dreamy week in Hawaii, I have a slew of recommendations to share with you in a multi-part series. In part one, I covered farmers market street food in Oahu. In part two, Honolulu's cocktail scene. Now we dine in Honolulu, on the hunt for the best. (Next up, Kauai.)

 

THE SPENDY

Sushi Sasabune:Read more »

Editorial: Reject the Treasure Island plan

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After a long, long hearing April 21, as the San Francisco Planning Commission prepared to vote on an ambitious development plan for Treasure Island, Commissioner Gwyneth Borden acknowledged that the plan wasn't perfect. But, she said, on balance it ought to be approved: "Twenty five percent affordable housing is better than zero percent."

That's not necessarily true. Read more »

Deadlock over Ma’s trash bill

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A State Assembly committee deadlocked Monday over Assemblymember Fiona Ma’s AB 1178, which opponents say would make it easier for Recology to send San Francisco trash by train to Yuba County.Read more »

The Performant: Sing like everyone's listening

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Electric Party Songs and The Darker Side of Broadway

However you feel (or don’t) about the Beat Generation, you have to give Allen Ginsberg credit for his ability to transcend the limitations of that motley crew, always pushing forward and outward in his beatific search for the sublime. Perhaps no other modern poet has better exemplified the endless fluctuations of the underground, and how to eternally roll along with them. Our own Holy Fool: queer Buddhist Jew, vagabond truth-seeker, and the King of May. In all the ways that count, Allen Ginsberg was, and will always be, America. Read more »

Challenging the "rogue cell" theory of cancer

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The GuardianUK has an interesting piece about a new theory on cancer: Read more »

SFBG Radio: Why privatization doesn't work

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Today, Johnny A. and Johnny V. talk about why privatization and outsourcing don't work for local government. Tune in and check it out after the jump. Read more »

AT&T wants 726 new boxes on the street

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I'm all for cable competition, and I am no fan of Comcast. Maybe if AT&T gets into the cable TV business, Comcast will have to try a little harder to make its gear work and provide better service.Read more »

Follow the pension reform money to Wisconsin

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For those tracking pension reform, here’s a handy way to follow the money in Wisconsin, which arguably birthed a heated nationwide discussion about public workers’ collective bargaining rights: MapLight.org, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the influence of money in politics, has launched a new website that provides what it calls “transparency tools that show a simple dashboard view of money's role in the Wisconsin State Legislature.” Read more »

Your world, in toothpicks

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I rolled underneath the Rice A Roni cable car, dodged security at the Transamerica Pyramid, ricocheted down the curves of Lombard. Passing the Cliff House, I waved at the ocean, but all too soon I'm back by the dragons of Chinatown, still spinning. Oh hey, there's the Palace of Fine Arts, enclosing the heart Tony Bennett left behind (there it is!). My tour ricocheted me by the windmills near Ocean Beach, and then I'm somersaulting (rapidly! picking up speed!) til I hit the Golden Gate Bridge, where Humphrey the Whale flipped me an appreciative hey-ho with his tail. Read more »

5 Things: April 25, 2011

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>>TAKE BACK THE STREETS In Chiapas, small Zapatista towns will build DIY speed bumps on the freeways cutting through their community. Here in SF, we make our own bike lanes. Nicely done, Kingston and Guerrero, nicely done.

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