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@Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz" highlights contemporary struggles for freedom of expression

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weekSpringing from Alcatraz: Dissident artist Ai WeiWei's @Large exhibition rocks the rock, and Project Censored 2014 uncovers the year's most important (but under-covered) stories. Plus: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lifts our blues, and Awesome Tapes from Africa taps seldom-heard sounds.  Articles Online | Digital Edition

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Business groups defend unsolicited Yellow Pages distribution

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A smorgasbord of groups including the SF Chamber of Commerce, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and LGBT publishers announced their opposition to the proposed ordinance to stop distributing the print Yellow Pages to everyone who doesn't specifically request not to receive them.Read more »

American Idol: Adam Lambert and Diddy

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My first question: How are they going to fill an hour getting rid of one person (when Survivor does it at the end of the show in about five minutes)?Read more »

SFBG Radio: The end of Democrats?

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Today, Johnny Angel (check out his new tune here) and Johnny Venom talk about the situation in Wisconsin, how the Republicans are trying to defund the Democratic Party -- and why they may live to regret it. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Census no surprise to outmigration taskforce

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 “San Francisco is losing its black population faster than any other large city in the United States — and the trend is unlikely to stop unless the city takes immediate action.” That’s what the Guardian wrote in August 2008, when we covered a draft report that the Mayor’s African American out-migration task force produced.

But despite the taskforce’s dire warnings, the Mayor’s Office didn’t hold a press conference when the final report was published in 2009. Instead, it was quietly posted on the Redevelopment Agency’s Website, where you can still find it today tucked into the bottom lefthand corner.

And despite the report’s numerous recommendations, taskforce members say that little funding had been made available to turn their ideas into realities.
So, it comes as no surprise that San Francisco’s black population continues to shrink while that of Asian Americans and Latinos make big gains.
According to newly released 2010 Census figures, San Francisco’s total population grew by 3.7 percent to 805,235 in the past decade, the Asian and Latino populations each swelled by 11 percent, the white population shrank by 12.5 percent—and the black population shrank by 22.6 percent. Read more »

What has happened to America?

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I'm serious. I listened to the news this morning on the radio, and I started to wonder if I hadn't gone through some kind of a time warp, back to the 1950s. The House Homeland Security Committee is actually holding hearings on whether members of a certain religion have become too radical -- and what the U.S. government can do about it.Read more »

An agenda as clear as 1, 2, 3

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Downtown hates democracy. Entities like the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and San Francisco Chronicle prefer elections with well-financed frontrunners willing to do their bidding. They don't like messy democratic exercises like this year's mayoral elections, in which the crowded field of solid, evenly matched candidates will be looking for support from progressives as part of their ranked-choice voting strategies and any of several candidates could win.Read more »

American Idol: Easy on the lipstick, Jennifer

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So J-Lo walks out with the other judges in a kind of a three-way hug (with the girl in the middle, of course; this is American Idol, after all) and the first thing I can see is that massive glob of bright-red lipstick, so overwhelming and dominant that it's almost like some of those earliest colorized movies Ted Turner did, where the tinting is way off and it looks too weird. Course, as my daughter Vivian noted, her nails matched her lips, and that's cool. But all night, I couldn't even look at the panel without seeing: Giant. Red. Mouth.Read more »

Don’t miss the free MUNI youth bus pass!

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If you do down to the BART station at 16th and Mission today (Thursday) from 3-5 p.m., you'll see banners that read ‘Get Your Free Fast Pass.” The PR blitz is the work of the MORE Public Transit Coalition, which is conducting a series of community bus pass clinics in the Mission, the Bayview and Chinatown in the coming weeks to help low-income families apply for free MUNI youth passes.  Read more »

5 Things: March 10, 2011

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>>1. LEVANTA, GENTE! Apparently we're not the only students dipping into our beer funds to pay for classes – shit is hitting the fan again on the University of Puerto Rico campus, where the boricuas that shut down 11 university branches last spring are now fighting a new $800 student fee that kept 10 percent of their classmates home this term. Here in our country we're still sitting on our asses more or less, but it's the winter of si se puede (translated into Arabic, French, and Berber) – start marching to beat of the global drum at the Bay's world solidarity for PR event, tomorrow (Fri/11) at 4:30 p.m. at the 24th street BART station. Live plena and bomba music included.

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The Performant: Lady in Red

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Cirque Noveau and Carletta Sue Kay blaze and seduce 

Even though nothing I saw over the weekend had anything remotely to do with Mardi Gras (Sunday’s Motown Parade in the Fillmore, was on the radar, but I melt in the rain), subtle little visuals kept it very much on my mind. In fact, as I type this, it nags me that I’m missing out on another Rosenmontag, Rose Monday, which is being celebrated all across Germany, a blowout which rivals the best Carnival celebrations from around the world, packed with parades, costumed revelry, and oceans of bier. I’m trying to compensate with a Rammstein CD and a 21st Amendment IPA, but really, it isn’t the same. Let “next year in Cologne” be the rallying cry! There are so many ways to dream.

Despite there not being any roses in my Montag, rose red colored my weekend. First found swirling in the startling tsunami of stage blood spilled by Impact Theatre in their Russian-mafia-meets-Romeo-and-Juliet adaptation, it also glowed wickedly, stretched across the muscled torsos of the performers of Cirque Noveau, in a production that closed last weekend entitled Devil Fish

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Is David Crane just another Kochhead?

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This week the Chronicle majorly attacked State Sen. Leland Yee, claiming Yee tried “to distort the words” of billionaire investment banker and UC Regent David Crane on collective bargaining.

The Chron’s attack came on the heels of Yee’s attempt to block Crane’s UC Regents confirmation. And Yee’s attempt to block Crane came in response to an op-ed Crane wrote for the Chron titled “Should public employees have collective bargaining rights?” Read more »

More than 80 percent of Americans want to tax the rich

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is calling for an emergency surtax on millionaires as a way to combat the deficit. Which, of course, is a great idea. His colleague Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is on the same page. Read more »

Stories for big kids: Tales hit the stage with Paul Flores, the Living Word Project, Campo Santo, and Word for Word

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Stories aren't just for youngsters who read The Very Hungry Caterpillar before bed or tell scary tales around a campfire. The big kids need stories too, and lucky for San Francisco, the city boasts dynamic performers enacting mature and human stories on stage. Feeding complex chronicles to the souls of grown up audience members, Paul Flores, Living Word Project, Campo Santo and Word for Word do their parts to prove stories for big kids rule. Read more »

Rec & Park begins HANC eviction before Board vote

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Just as the Board of Supervisors was gearing up to vote at its Mar. 8 meeting on a resolution defending the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center against eviction from Golden Gate Park, Sup. Ross Mirkarimi noted that the Recreation & Parks Department had already filed an unlawful detainer against HANC, the first legal move in an eviction process. "I think that only escalates the matter, in what I believe is an unprincipled way," Mirkarimi said. Read more »

5 Things: March 9, 2011

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>>1. RADIO 1 "There's a robin singing/ his familiar tune again/ and all at once I'm clinging/ to the kiss of June again." Writing about Bay radio this week put us in a wistful mood, reminding us of KABL 960 AM (ding! ding!), the local golden oldies and big band station that was our sweet refuge from the shrieking dial of the 1990s. We wept when the station abruptly shut down in 2004, after 45 years of broadcasting classic Rat Pack, moony '30s and '40s standards, and a whole heapin helpin' of Rosemary Clooney. Lo and behold, through the magic of the gossamer Web, KABL lives again, and you can stream it! Dapper dinner parties, here you come. 

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