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LEFT OF THE DIAL: Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron & E, dumplings, everything else good

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weekcoverGrover Norquist brings the Black Rock blues as Burning Man Jumps the Shark! Pro-Palestine protesters block the boat, fed-up teachers take strike vote, and crack cocaine sentences may soon get smoked. Plus: Myron & E lay down street soul at Noise Pop, Nick Monaco belts out his Mating Call, and Aubrey Plaza slays in Life After Beth. Articles Online | Digital Edition

From the Blogs

Year in Music: Pantha du Prince's Top 10 (+1) of 2010


Phill Niblock, Touch Radio 57
Efdemin, Chicago
Konrad Sprenger, Versprochen
Avey Tare, Down There
Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango fanzine
Autechre, Oversteps
Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Live In New York
Live jams by The Sight Below in New York
Sohrab, A Hidden Place
John Roberts, Glass Eights
Craig Haines, Until the Point of Hushed Support Read more »

Spoiled mayor wants to get his way


I guess it's no surprise that Gavin Newsom takes his political cues from the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. But this spoiled-kid choose-a-mayor-I-like-or-I-won't-leave attitude isn't pretty. Newsom has chosen a new office; it's no longer his business who the folks he left behind want to put in Room 200.Read more »

Year in Music: Jesse Kivel of Kisses' Top 10 Albums of 2010


Beach House, Teen Dream
CEO, White Magic
Nite Jewel, Am I Real?
El Guincho, Pop Negro
Owen Pallett, Heartland
The National, High Violet
Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me
Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard
Delorean, Subiza
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Before Today

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Year in Music: John Cobbett of Hammers of Misfortune's San Francisco Top 10 of 2010


Farmers Market (Thursdays, Bartlett between 21st and 22nd streets). Finally, a farmers market in my neighborhood, and it opens just in time for breakfast!
Dishammer, Under the Sign of the D-beat Mark. For some reason this record made me very happy in 2010
Healthy San Francisco. I got your public option RIGHT HERE Read more »

Year in Music: Alexis Georgopoulos of Arp's Top 10 of 2010 (+1)


Durutti Column, "Stucki"
CFCF, The River
Oni Ayhun, "Untitled (OAR003–B)"
James Blake, Klavierwerke
Mario Basanov, Caribbean Girl
Sun Araw, Off Duty and Boat Trip
Charanjit Singh, Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat
Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Macho
Tensnake, Coma Cat
Tame Impala, Innerspeaker
The Radio Dept., "Heaven's On Fire"

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Hot sexy events December 22-28


Santa was a freak. Think on it: he gets around by whipping those reindeers’ tender flesh (hello, dom), sneaks in your house at night to kiss your mama, and has a bizarre obsession with whether you’ve been naughty or nice. To me, that sounds like… well someone who reads this column, that’s all. And it very much clears up Chaps’ much-heralded holiday hours (on Fri/24 and Sat/25 they’re open from 8 p.m.-late). Would you like to sit on Santa's lap? Get cruisey, all you ho-ho-hoes -- it’s Christmas time for the weekly sex events.

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The Performant: Big ideas, small packages


Taking size of the One-Minute Play Festival and Monsters of Accordion

I’m a sucker for miniaturization. Sushi erasers, super-strong magnets, marzipan fruit baskets, teeny-weeny screwdrivers; anything you can pack into a matchbox or stuff into a watch-pocket makes my spirits soar. So I was naturally keen to take in the One-Minute Play Festival at Thick House. Sixty-three 60-second plays performed in a quicksilver stream of actors, action, and scene. A good example of where miniature does not automatically equate “cute” or “precious” but rather “succinct” or “direct,” the one-minute play is an exercise in brevity and restraint.

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SFBG Radio: The year in review


In today's episode, Johnny and Tim talk about the crazy year that was 2010. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Ma seeks to ban raves in latest War on Fun offensive


Someone needs to tell Assembly member Fiona Ma that the '90s – with its myopic War on Drugs mentality, ascendant rave scene, and chest-beating “tough on crime” political one-upsmanship – are over, even though we're still paying that era's bills. Because Ma just introduced AB 74, which seeks to bans raves in California.Read more »

Does Mayor Newsom represent SF workers or San Mateo politicians?


"Does Newsom represent local workers or San Mateo politicians?" That’s the question being asked  at City Hall today. And it’s threatening to deliver an unwelcome kick to Mayor Gavin Newsom on his way out of City Hall’s revolving doors, as dozens of unemployed construction workers deliver 1,000 Christmas cards that residents of Bayview Hunters Point, Chinatown, the Mission, the Tenderloin and South of Market have signed. Read more »

The unfair attack on public employees


Just to be sure my pal(s) Matlock and Lucretia aren't off on some sort sort of web holiday, thought I'd repost this week's Editors Notes here. It's a defense of public employee pensions and pay. At the very least, it's a perspective you don't hear much.

Appetite: Revisit Studio 54 at Burritt Room's NYE party


There are many, many party options for New Year's Eve this year, but one of my favorite cocktail spots is hosting an event that seems particularly appealing to those with adventurous taste (and tastebuds) ... Read more »

Newsom's delay tactic would create a legal mess


In this week's Guardian, I lay out the latest political dynamics surrounding who will become San Francisco's next mayor. But in reporting out that story, I stumbled across some interesting potential implications to Mayor Gavin Newsom's petulant promise to delay his swearing in as lieutenant governor.Read more »

Snap Sounds: La Plebe



Brazo en Brazo

(Kool Arrow, 2010)

Don’t be fooled by the melancholy acoustic guitar that opens the new La Plebe album, Brazo en Brazo, for all of a few introductory notes. Just as soon as the ear is lulled into world-music lullaby-land, the horns and drums quickly pop up, until, like a day at the races, the full blaze of La Plebe’s instrumentation blasts through, and they’re off!

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The caretaker hypocrites


Isn't it interesting that so many of the people who are demanding a "caretaker" mayor -- someone who will accept the appointment but not run again -- are politicians who were originally appointed to their jobs, and then ran again?

Dianne Feinstein: Appointed mayor by the supervisors. Ran again, even though she had said she wouldn't.

Gavin Newsom: Appointed supervisor by Willie Brown. Ran for re-election then for mayor.Read more »