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Live Shots: 'Pilot Light' at ODC Theater, 12/05/10

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The hardest part for me about watching dance is that if it's really good, I want to start dancing too -- and it bothers me that I have to stay cemented to my seat or risk embarrassment. This happened this weekend when I went to see Pilot Light at ODC Theater, a program 20 years in the making, that gives blossoming choreographers the chance to showcase their work in a professional theater. The evening's program consisted of eight dance performances by six talented choreographers. I was awed by the variety of movement, costumes, and emotion, from utterly comical to positively serious.

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SFBG Radio: After the Prop. 8 hearing

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Today our crack team of legal analysts (that is, Tim and Johnny) discuss the meaning of the Prop. 8 hearing, what comes next and why there's really only one outcome for this debate. Listen up after the jump. Read more »

Shroomin' at the Fungus Fair

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All photos by Erik Anderson

“See, it's starting to smell.” It's day two of the Mycological Society of San Francisco's winter Fungus Fair at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science this weekend and the 'shrooms are getting a little funky. MSSF member Peter Wegner is showing us around the caps and stems and he sounds a little apologetic for the earthy musk that has descended on us as we enter the fair's specimen room. 

But he needn't be – the sight of the room's fungi, collected by society volunteers in the Bay Area over the past few days from 25 forage sites, more than makes up for any scent it emits. Not to mention the fair's culinary offerings, educational bonanza, and the 'shroom gnome hats so delicately worn by gung-ho clan members – this is the cardinal event of the country's largest amateur mushroom society. 

Fungus Fair, I think I love you. Read more »

The prop. 8 hearing

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Watching the hearing was a couple of hours well spent; it's not often that you get to see an actual live oral argument before a federal appeals court. And it's not often that you get to see three judges, not all of them liberals by any stretch, take apart the fundamental claims of the anti-gay-marriage folks.

There's a nice live-blog and analysis here.Read more »

Thrown under the bus, Arc sues Redevelopment

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Arc Ecology filed suit today in federal court against the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, citing First Amendment issues and the Commission’s alleged retaliation for Arc’s criticism of the Agency’s Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point Shipyard project Read more »

Can the U.S. be great again?

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I know I'm getting a little obsessed with the NY Times and it's sometimes amazing, sometimes utterly clueless analysis of what's happening with tax policy and the American economy. But I had to comment on Matt Bai's piece in the Sunday Times about the debt-reduction commission, also known as the cat-food commission. Read more »

Killing Casiotone: Owen Ashworth says goodbye -- and looks ahead

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Owen Ashworth is on the phone with me, explaining his decision to retire Casiotone for the Painfully Alone:

“Definitely something has changed in me the last six or seven months where I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the things about making music the way I had. I feel like I haven’t been as nice of a person as I’m used to being. For the sake of my sanity I need to stop for a while. It’s been an insane couple of months doing these last tours, emotionally draining in ways that I didn’t anticipate. So I’m just really looking forward to being done for a while and coming back to it when I’m excited to come back to it.” Read more »

"Greed is an issue we've got to deal with"

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As President Barack Obama and other top Democrats cravenly negotiate a surrender to Republican extortion and class warfare on behalf of the greedy rich, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to give a full-throated denunciation of the effort and the “war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families of the United States of America.”

It's an extraordinary speech that everyone should watch:

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Appetite: Delicious giving

For the foodie and drink hounds on your list, here are a few recent book releases to delight and enlighten

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FOR THE WINO Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay -- Secrets of the Sommeliers, a new book from local SF treasures (sommelier extraordinaire Rajat Parr and drink writer Jordan Mackay is the best wine book to come across my desk in awhile. Read more »

Rec & Park trashes HANC Recycling Center

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At yesterday's Recreation & Park Commission meeting on Dec. 2, hundreds of San Francisco residents turned out to urge commissioners not to replace the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center with a community garden. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. Read more »

Amazing data: How taxes used to be

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The New York Times has a truly amazing graphic presentation of how the rich used to pay taxes. Check out the image here. The data comes from old IRS filings, made public through the National Archives. Read more »

SFBG Radio: From Wikileaks to class warfare

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In today's episode, we talk about Wikileaks, why there's more outrage about embarassing leaks than about really dangerous leaks -- and why everybody's so afraid of talking about class warfare. Cuz we aren't. Listen up after the jump.Read more »

Saint Gravy

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There is a certain faction of society -- I think it's pretty large, if you judge by NorCal standards -- that regards Wavy Gravy as some sort of mystical deity from their parents' generation. We're not sure what he did, but you should probably address him as Mr. Gravy 'til he tells you not to.

This is a perception that is left unquibbled-with by director Michelle Esrick's ten year labor of docu-love, Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie (opening Fri/3 in Bay Area theaters), and further untouched by my interview with Esrick and the man himself. Read more »

SF Weekly gets it all wrong

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This is a few days late, but still worth noting. After the Supreme Court ruled in our favor and shot down SF's Weekly's final appeal in our predatory pricing lawsuit, the Weekly's Andy Van De Voorde launched another of his notorious screeds aimed at dismissing all of the proven, factual assertions in our case. Read more »

Tax breaks we can't afford

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The big front-page headline on today's Examiner: "Workers we can't afford." It's a classic story of the Ex genre, a look at how much labor costs are increasing and eating a hole in the city budget. But what gets me is thal it's not just the Ex; the Chron takes this line, too, and so do news outlets all over the state (and all over the country). The problem is always labor.Read more »