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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

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Renegade Crafts Fair stuffed our stockings with future gift ideas

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Martha Stewart would have been awed had she found her way to the Renegade Crafts Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center this past weekend, 12/18-12/19. The amount of creative crafters packed into one space was overwhelming, and Martha would have found it quite inspiring.

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Nathan Habib keeps it kosher

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“I'm a really practical person. That limits me from driving out to a club the city and coming back in the morning to take a test.” Nathan Habib's not living the rock star stand-up comedian life just yet. But that's not to say that Habib (who will be performing at Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's holiday run Thurs/23-Sun/26) isn't dedicated to making people laugh. He's been performing for seven years – and he's 21 years old.

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The only Xmas mix you'll ever need

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Excellently talented hip-hop, soul, and old school groove DJ and accomplished local artist Romanowski, just popped a super-fun and jingly mix into our stocking, and we couldn't help but share with you. The anti-drunk driving version of "Silver Bells" had us rolling. Uncork some cognac, put the kiddies by the fire, roll up a fat one for Rudolph, and listen after the jump.

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Video babies of 2010: A wee look back

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Smoking Baby, Preacher Baby, Iron Baby, Samba Baby, Mini Daddy -- Is it too premature to nominate 2010 for "Year of the Video Baby"? Copious amounts of Gaga-goo aside, this year had plenty to offer li'l sprout gawkers -- the baby meme has definitely replaced the baby mama as our go-to young 'un pop cultural signifier of choice. Here are some of our favorite kid video (kideo?) shout-outs from the past year ...

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Chiu, the mayor and the next board

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Matier and Ross today ran a piece saying exactly what everybody who follows local politics already knew: Board president David Chiu will have considerable influence over the choice of the next mayor. Read more »

Could California go bankrupt?

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Not today, not under current federal law. But Calitics alerts me to a really disturbing story that I didn't know about: Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that would allow (and actually encourage) state bankruptcies. Read more »

Appetite: Last minute foodie gifts

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I've shared with you come of my recommended gifts for foodies and for cocktailians, but for those still searching for presents that appeal to the palate, here are some more.Read more »

#thechampisherethechampishere

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The white collar brawlers had their final showdown on Friday. Nate won, in case you were interested in the two tech guys who put their geekiness on parodic center stage. Kai Hasson and Nate Houghteling (a former SFBG intern, heyyy!) quit their startup jobs to start producing a web series a few months ago: White Collar Brawler, which was about training to beat the crap out of each other in the boxing ring. Which they did -- kind of, no broken noses or nothing -- last week at Berkeley's WestWind karate school in front of a packed crowd.

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Year in Music: K. Flay's Top 10 of 2010

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– These New Puritans, "We Want War" video. Slow motion videos can either be awesome or insanely awesome. "We Want War" is the latter.
Girl Talk, All Day. We played this a bunch on tour and it made me feel like I didn't have a job but also would never need one. Which is probably one of the top ten life scenarios of 2010.
– Liz Phair at The Independent, October 10, 2010. Liz Phair > egg sandwiches. No, really.
– Kid CuDi, "Don't Play This Song." I first heard this track while driving through crazy fog on Interstate 8 in the Arizona foothills at 2 a.m., which was probably the best possible context I could have imagined. CuDi perfectly captures a sense of calculated self-destruction. Read more »

Year in Music: Lyrics Born's Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Lyrics Born, As U Were
Joyo Velarde, Love and Understanding
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Chromeo, Business Casual
Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles
Far East Movement, Free Wired
Trackademicks, The Remix Tape, Vol. 3
The Black Keys, Brothers
John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up
Zion I, Atomic Clock

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Year in Music: E Da Boss's Top 10 of 2010

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Myron & E live with Kings Go Forth and The Selector Kirk at Elbo Room, SF
The Pendletons, "Comin Down"/"Waiting On You" 7-inch
Roy Ayers, live at Yoshi's, SF
Sweater Funk, every Sunday night at Li Po Lounge, SF
– Track the Movement, with Jerry Nice and B. Cause, first Saturdays at Showdown Bar, SF
– 45 Sessions One Year Anniversary, with DJ's Platurn, Pump and Headspin, Enki, and E da Boss at Layover Bar, Oakland
Change the Beat, with DJ Centipede and Mophono, every Tuesday at SOM SF.
– GrownKidsRadio Episode No. 18: "Natural Self Feature"
– El Guincho, "Bombay" video
– Groove Merchant 20 Year Anniversary LP

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Year in Music: Amp Live's Top 10 Songs of 2010 (Guilty Pleasure List)

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Bassnectar, "The 808 Track"
The Black Keys, "Tighten Up"
Drake, "Fancy"
Jay Electronica, "Exhibit C"
Flying Lotus, "Do the Astral Plane"
E-40 "B*tch"
Wiz Khalifa, "Black and Yellow"
Fat Joe, "Ha Ha"
Civil Twilight, "Letters from the Sky"
Rihanna, "Only Girl (In the World)"

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Newsom tries to defy City Charter

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Gavin Newsom knew that if he got elected lieutenant governor, the supervisors would be able to choose his replacement. That was part of the deal. Now he wants to game the system, and delay his swearing in until the new board takes over. The claim: "The board should pick a caretaker, not a politician."

A politician? In the mayor's office? Um, dude: What are you?Read more »

SFBG Radio: Why the rich won't flee

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Every time I talk about taxing the rich, some cretin comments and tells me that if you raise their taxes, they'll all leave California. I've heard the same thin about businesses -- and there is no factual evidence to support that. Johnny and I talk about this lunacy after the break. Read more »

San Francisco activists denounce WikiLeaks crackdown

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A small group of protesters gathered outside the British Consulate in San Francisco’s financial district Dec. 16 to speak out against the recent crackdown on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is out on bail after being imprisoned for nine days by British authorities. Read more »