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MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 Chomping through the varied eats of the Western neighborhoods.

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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 »

The politics of the last great depression

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The American economy's worse now than at any time since the Great Depression -- and whatever the Republicans say in Congress (and the president signs on to) the private sector alone can't possible pull us out. The only reason we're not at 1930s levels of unemployment is that we've had some modest federal stimulus money over the past two years.Read more »

Republicans are hypocrites, Democrats are spineless

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Adding $800 billion to the federal deficit and exacerbating the inequitable, unprecedented, and unsustainable concentration of wealth in the richest 1 percent of Americans, Congress overwhelmingly approved a package of reckless tax cuts that President Barack Obama asked for and is expected to sign today.Read more »

PG&E granted cash reward, green light on power plant

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While news surrounding Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has been dominated by a faulty weld and early warnings on the the San Bruno gas pipeline, which ruptured in a fatal explosion Sept. 9, the giant utility company received some good news at the Dec. 16 California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meeting. Read more »

The Performant: Child’s play

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The Mission gets a lot of ink these days for being a nexus of youthful, responsibility-free hipsterdom -- but despite the skinny jeans and thick mustaches, the neighborhood still retains a surprisingly family-friendly vibe. For one, it's still rife with community arts spaces, so it's a good place for kids to get involved creatively: from Loco Bloco percussion classes, to brass band and capoeira courses at the Mission Cultural Center and Precita Eyes' lessons in mural installation.

Thanks in large part to the winter holidays, December is a great time to explore the youth arts scene as next wave performers strengthen their stage chops and strut their stuff and this last weekend played host to some of the best and brightest of these stage openings. Read more »

Year in Music: The Soft Moon's Top 10 Albums of 2010 (Reissue-Style)

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Omar Khorshid, Guitar El Chark
Niagara, Niagara
Congregacion, Viene
Neu! vinyl box set
Franco Battiato, Fetus
Iron Curtain, "Terror Story"/"Anorexia" 7-inch
Can, Future Days
Brain Ticket, Cottonwoodhill
Chrome, Alien Soundtracks
Fabulous Diamonds, Fabulous Diamonds II

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Year in Music: Delorean's Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Beach House, Teen Dream
El Guincho, Pop Negro
Girl Unit, I.R.L.
Teengirl Fantasy, 7AM
k**O, Espanish Boogie, Vol. 2
The Ruby Suns, Fighting Softly
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Ariel Pink, Before Today
Tensnake, Coma Cat
Glasser, Ring

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Mirkarimi and mayoral hopefuls launch D5 Dem Club

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Democratic Party clubs are one of the most basic political building blocks in this basically one-party town, so it's odd that politically active District 5 (the Haight and Western Addition) didn't have one. But that changed last night with the launch of the District 5 Democratic Club, with fuel provided by current D5 Sup. Ross Mirkarimi and mayoral contenders Leland Yee and Dennis Herrera and with several potential Mirkarimi successors on-board.Read more »

Year in Music: Weekend's Top 10 Songs of 2010

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Check out our Year in Music Bay rock roundup featuring Weekend, then dive into their faves ...

Big Troubles, "Freudian Slips"
Terry Malts, "I'm Neurotic"
Grave Babies, "Gouge Your Eyes Out"
Speculator, "Fuck This World"
Minks, "Funeral Song"
Procedure Club, "Feel Sorry for Me"
Tamaryn, "Love Fade"
Little Girls, "Delaware"
Young Prisms, "Sugar"
Fluffy Lumbers, "Harry Dolland's"

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More innocents in prison

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It sounds like the Tennison and Goff story all over again: An innocent man has been locked up for 18 years on the basis of highly flawed testimony from a police informant. I know, I know, Caramad Conley hasn't been proven innocent -- but a Superior Court judge thinks he hasn't been proven guilty, either. And it all traces back to retired homicide inspector and later police chief Earl Sanders.Read more »

Q&A: The unexpurgated Books

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Accurately summing up the music The Books create is a tall order. Folktronica, indie-pop, cut & paste, experimental -- all these tags can loosely be assigned to it, but none can fully capture the group's mix of acoustic virtuosity and trippy electronics. First meeting in New York City in 1999, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong soon began crafting their unique combination of found sounds, cello, guitars, vocals and studio experimentation. Their work has led to four albums, a remix collaboration with Prefuse 73, and a commission to create elevator music for the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Zammuto took some time to chat about the group’s use of samples and its newest release, The Way Out (Temporary Residence Limited). Below is a longer version of a Q&A that recently ran in the Guardian. Read more »

Live review: Dr. Dog hit the retro road

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Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog is the kind of band that can’t seem to get enough of life on the road. Earlier this fall, during the first of two nights at the Fillmore on what is the band’s second full tour in support of April’s Shame, Shame (Anti), fans were treated to a lengthy, lively set of retro-minded indie-rock. Read more »

Live Shots: Badly Drawn Boy, Swedish American Hall, 12/14/10

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“How long do you plan on sitting down there?” said Damon Gough of Badly Drawn Boy as I stared up at him through my fifty millimeter lens perched on the steps of the stage. “Three songs,” I replied, holding up the appropriate number of digits. Our conversation ended there. It was the first time a musician had interacted with me at a concert, and to be honest, it was slightly awkward.

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SFBG Radio: Can Callifornia wake up?

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In today's episode, we talk about Jerry Brown's challenge: Can the new old governor wake the state out of a California dream that has become utterly unconnected to reality? Check it out after the jump. Read more »

PG&E may receive millions for unverified energy savings

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is poised to receive millions in shareholder bonuses for successfully administering a statewide energy-efficiency program designed to curb customers’ energy consumption. But consumer advocates have sounded the alarm that the utility doesn't deserve it.
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