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Live Shots: Edwardian Ball, Regency Ballroom, 01/22/2011

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Photos by Erik Anderson

Edwardian Ball 2011: a journey into the abyss, the unknown, the festering macabre just inches from the surface of everyday society. You know what it is to which we refer -- where the hell are these people getting their costumes? The truly creative -- the guy whose head was encased in a glass globe filled with swimming goldfish counts and DJ Miz Margo's eye-gouged baby doll stunner among them -- surely made their own, but a trek beneath the ball's crowded main floor revealed the secrets behind the mystery behind the enigma. Read more »

alt.sex.column: Get fit

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Dear Readers:

The subject of size-discordant couples is a perennial favorite and will only get more so until such time as we Americans fulfill our apparent destiny and become a nation of like-size giants in height and girth. Until then, though, making a couple's ends meet will continue to be an issue and a puzzlement. Pillows, ramps, and wedges sold expensively as sex pillows and less appealingly but more affordably at medical-device emporia will do but many couples would rather eschew such artifice and stick with the basics. First, short woman, tall man.Read more »

DREAMer Steve Li asks Obama for a moratorium

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Steve Li is a nursing student at San Francisco’s City College who narrowly avoided deportation to Peru last November, after a massive outpouring of community support and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s decision to introduce a private bill to delay his removal from the United States. Read more »

Lyon Martin clinic facing closure

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Lyon Martin Health Services -- a legendary health clinic that specializes in women's and LGBT health, celebrating its 30th anniversary last year -- is having serious financial problems and could close down as soon as Thursday. Read more »

5 best, most deeply embarrassing ways to find a date

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They say that internet dating thing really works -- especially if you're a white male. But in the rush to OkCupid our lonely nights away, we may have missed a step. If you're going for the artificially-constructed meet-and-greet, you may as well do it in person, right? Maximum awkwardness! That's what the slew of alterna-dating events that are giggling and cautiously offering to buy you a drink this VD season are promising (no glove no love!). Below, five of the hipper – bikes! books! --options for those looking to be paired off before this warm snap ends and we all go back to our dens.

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Editorial: A timely test for new Mayor Ed Lee and four new supervisors

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B3 Impertinent Question:  And so we have a timely test for the new mayor and the four new supervisors.  Will they support good consumer and environmental legislation, setting a major national precedent, or will they do a Newsom and go with the Chamber of Commerce  and Big Pharma lobbyists from Washington, D.C., dispatched to City Hall to kill this bill?


Mayor Lee and Big Pharma

EDITORIAL A piece of simple, logical legislation that would protect San Francisco consumers, public safety, and the environment appears headed for the desk of Mayor Ed Lee — and his signature would be the first clear sign that he's not going to let powerful lobbyists (or the legacy of Gavin Newsom) guide his decisions.

The bill, by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, would establish several secure places where people can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired pharmaceuticals for safe disposal. It seems so simple: every year, huge amounts of prescription meds are flushed down toilets or left around in medicine cabinets or drawers in the city. As much as one-third of all medicine purchased in the country is never used. The stuff that goes down the drain already has had a proven impact on aquatic life; the pills that never get thrown away are a hazard, particularly in households with small children. Read more »

Republicans worry about their "brand"

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Like every political junkie in this state, I was fascinated to hear that Republican operatives think there's a problem with their "brand." It's simple: Even when the state's voters approve horrible right-wing anti-tax measures, they don't seem willing to vote for Republicans. Read more »

Why is Guantánamo Bay still open?

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Amnesty International reminds us that despite President Obama’s promise two years ago to shut down the Guantánamo Bay detention center, it remains open. The activist organization will hold a panel discussion on torture and human rights tomorrow (Wed/26), which is the second anniversary of his promise. Read more »

Daly's Dive has become a progressive gathering place

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In the three weeks since Chris Daly left the Board of Supervisors, the bar he bought – Buck Tavern, to be renamed Daly's Dive next month – has become a popular place for progressives to commiserate and conspire with one another. And many of them plan to gather there this evening for the State of the Union speech by President Obama, who has been a disappointment to many leftists.

“The good news is for this year's State of the Union, we have a pub, we'll be serving the hard stuff, and the faithful might need that,” said Daly, who will be behind the bar.Read more »

Live Shots: Circus Center's New Pickle Circus, JCCSF, 01/22/2011

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It seems that whenever I go to the circus, I leave the show wanting to join the circus. And I'm not talking about the desire to perfect my juggling skills or become an expert in improvised clowning. My circus ambitions lie in the urge to become a trapeze artist. That should be pretty easy, right?

If you happened to see the Circus Center's New Pickle Circus this past weekend at the Jewish Community Center, you probably left the show with the same feeling.

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Jane, 16th Street and Valencia

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Historic preservation fight at the board

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The supervisors will hear a recommendation from the Rules Committee Jan. 25th to appoint Richard Johns to a seat on the Historic Preservation Commission. These things typically aren't that controversial -- but there will probably be a fight over this one. And it's significant because of what it says about the new board committees appointed by board President David Chiu.Read more »

Appetite: Germanic adventures

A preview of new German and Austrian restaurants

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Though I have more than a few food obsessions, there’s something about authentic food and wine from the Germanic countries that comforts me on a profound level. Maybe it’s my German Miller (or Mueller) family heritage on my Dad’s side or the satisfying straightforwardness of dishes like dumplings or sauerkraut. Either way, there’s not enough food around from that region as far as I’m concerned. So it is with great delight I witness the opening of two unique restaurants. Read more »

Newsom’s (unbelievably short) resignation letter

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When I clicked on the link to “Mayor resignation” on the Board of Supervisor’s website, I expected a video of Newsom making an incredibly gushy and long-winded resignation speech to pop up.

Instead, I found a one-sentence resignation letter that Starr Terrell faxed to Clerk of the Board Angela Calvillo at an unspecified time on Jan. 10, 2011. Read more »

SFBG Radio: The economics of pearl handled dildos

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In today's episode, we discuss the economics of pearl-handled dildoes -- and how supply, demand and income inequality impact the unemployment rate. Just in time for the State of the Union speech. You can check it out after the jump. Read more »