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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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Sip Snack and Shop on Chestnut Street

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The Marina Merchants Association & The San Francisco Bay Guardian Present:

Sip Snack & Shop on Chestnut Street

Thursday, December 2nd from 6-9PM -- Start your holiday shopping this season in the Marina, woo! There'll be great deals and yummy treats all evening.

Ticket includes:
Tastings from over 20 restaurants and more than 25 beverage sponsors! Raffles & discounts of 15% or more at all participating businesses. Live Entertainment!

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'Infinite City' maps out inexhaustible SF

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In the introduction to her thrilling new book, Rebecca Solnit provides the best explanation for why Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (University of California Press) can only be referred to as a San Francisco atlas, not the San Francisco atlas. “Every place is if not infinite then practically inexhaustible … any single map can depict only an arbitrary selection of the facts on its two-dimensional surface…” Read more »

Appetite: Coffee's new shining star? It's Ma'velous

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Cheesy puns aside, Ma'velous is truly that. Kudos to Phillip Ma and his new coffee and wine bar, which I'd be ecstatic to have in my own neighborhood. This coffee haven on Market Street (near Civic Center) is worth heading out of your way for. No, there is nothing else like it, even in a city of fabulous coffee.

The space is blessedly unique with graffiti artwork, pressed tin ceilings, retro-modern reclaimed furniture, textured floors, nooks with chairs, a couch, tables. The setting inspires but the coffee elevates. Read more »

SFBG Radio: He won't be back -- grading Arnold

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In today's episode, we talk about the outgoing governor, and how to grade his record. Hint: When you think of Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy, does anything of substance come to mind (except financial disaster)? Anything? Listen after the break Read more »

Hot sexy events: December 1-7

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Are you an ecosexual? Do you enjoy skinny dipping, walking barefoot through tall grasses, thrill to a particularly hot sunset – perhaps fill with a lover's rage at the notion of mountaintop removal and clear-cut forests? 

Well then. Annie Sprinkle is out, and proud, and ready to help you be too: the classic neo-porn star has participated in lavish art weddings the world over with partner Beth Stevens to bind themselves to Mother Earth's peaks and valleys (often with Annie's 36E peaks on prominent display). Sprinkle is taking the show to Mission Control for an eco-party tomorrow (Thurs/2), along with Carol Queen's demonstration of eco-friendly sex toys, and a Gaiia-centered ritual with Francesca Gentille. You may just come out of the earth-loving closet yourself, nature mama. Read more »

Rites of nude math professors and Berkeley

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“Frankly, I'm a bit baffled by all this,” Frenkel told us in an email follow-up to a phone interview conducted later this week. The UC Berkeley math professor was referring to the fact that the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, who had announced they would sponsor today (Wed/1)'s US premiere of his sensual math film, Rites of Love and Math, decided to pull their support earlier this week.

They had us at "sensual math film."

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Paging zombie Jesse Helms: AIDS art scapegoating, political showboating returns

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Well, the '80s are back (again and again and forever). Here's an echo of the tedious, right-bred "Culture Wars" of that decade. Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor have successfully pressured the National Portrait Gallery to remove this beautifully rage-filled, pretty-innocuous-for-nowadays (and NSFW) 1987 video work by late AIDS acivist and artist David Wojnarowicz, with singer Diamanda Galas, from  LGBT-centered "Hide/Seek" exhibition. On World AIDS Day. Because there are ants on a crucifix. As one astute Gawker commentor noted: "Why not just wash them off with some piss?"

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Newsom and downtown groups court Cohen

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A rogue's gallery of downtown power brokers and moderate politicians is lining up to give D10 supervisor-elect Malia Cohen money during a fundraiser at Democratic Party money man Wade Randlett's house tonight (Wed/1). And while the group may be trying to buy the support of a candidate they didn't support in the election, Cohen and some of her progressive supporters say she's been open to developing relationships across the ideological spectrum.Read more »

Slideshow from Mission High DREAM Act rally

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Click here to read the Guardian's coverage of the DREAM Act rally outside Mission High, nationwide efforts to rally support for this legislation which Congress will vote on during its lame-duck seesion, and how the proposal could offer a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented youth.

Cho tunes

The wonderful Margaret Cho is back in the land of tiny dogs. Plus: Lazer Sword, Smalltown DJs, the Tiara Sensation Pageant, and more wild nightlife

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superego@sfbg.com

SUPER EGO "You know me, I'm always doing something," Margaret Cho practically purred over the phone en route to another smash show on the East Coast. Um, understatement of the year much? While the Cho-stess with the Mostest is lately giving off the chill vibes of an edgy comedian and right-on scenester in her prime (she's not shy about being on the golden side of 40), she's been more active than ever. "I totally have symbolic flames on the side of my tour bus," she quipped. "It's so retro '90s."Read more »

Ho-ho-horror

YBCA offers up a bloody cinematic antidote to holiday smarm

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arts@sfbg.com

FILM There is probably nowhere in the Christian-majority world where it's as OK to wax hum-buggy about Christmas and all it entails as San Francisco. Allergies to carols (admit it, they're horrible), frantically enabled shopaholicism, and forced contact with those people you moved here to get away from are all tolerated, even encouraged here.Read more »

Emergency forum Tues. / 30 on HANC recycling center eviction

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An emergency community forum will be held tonight, Nov. 30, about the Recreation and Parks Department’s plan to evict the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center from a parking lot in Golden Gate Park. If Mayor Gavin Newsom and his former chief of staff, Rec & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, succeed in their plan to evict the 36-year old recycling center, they’ll kill 10 green jobs, eliminate a rare source of income for poor people, and put an end to a community resource that costs San Francisco taxpayers nothing. Read more »

Where the plastic bag ban started

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Even Gov. Schwarzenegger is now supporting a ban on plastic bags in California, saying the measure, which narrowly failed in the state Senate last session, is a top environmental priority. But let's remember:

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SFBG Radio: No austerity for the rich

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Everyone's talking about austerity these days, from the prime minister of Ireland to the president of the United States, who wants to freeze wages for federal workers. But somehow, there's one class of people who aren't facing any austerity at all. Funny thing about that. Check out the discussion after the jump. Read more »

There are no secrets

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I see Hillary Clinton is all indignant about the latest Wikileaks release. And there will be no end of hand-wringing in journalistic and political circles about whether this material should have been leaked, released, published etc. Read more »