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Hot sexy events October 13-19

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Support your local sex workers! We are lucky to live in a city where those salacious somebodies that will take their kits off in the name of our pleasure and payment don't have to lay down and take it when the man gets all censorious and grabby – lucky to live in a city where St. James' Infirmary exists, that is. The Lusty Ladies agree, and on Sat/16 they're holding their annual Playday for St. J's – 16 hours of girl-on-girl-on-call for justice. Read more »

SFBG Radio: The Whitman-Brown debate

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Today we look at last night's debate, at Meg v. Jerry, at Gavin v. Abel, at why such a sorry crew are running for Lt. Gov -- and why it's so hard for independent candidates to run for statewide office. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Maxwell disappoints by endorsing Sweet

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To be honest, I wasn’t surprised that termed-out Sup. Sophie Maxwell endorsed D10 candidate Lynette Sweet yesterday. Just disappointed. And it’s not just because Sweet refused to come into the Guardian this fall for an endorsement interview (a stance that suggests that Sweet would be depressingly inaccessible to reporters that haven’t drunk her Kool-Aid—a stance that, unfortunately, reminds me of Mayor Gavin Newsom's attitude towards the media). Read more »

Don Perata -- lazy, corrupt and armed

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The East Bay Express, now in independent hands, is endorsing candidates -- which is a very good thing in a community where the daily paper is marginal, at best -- and the paper's editors pretty much agreed with us in the Oakland mayor's race. They endorsed both Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan (along with Joe Tuman), and made about the same arguments we did -- Kaplan's a visionary, Quan's experienced, either would be fine -- and Don Perata would be a disaster. Read more »

Treasure Island Music Fest preview, take one

The ever-morphing sounds of electronic Saturday

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Cords. Pedals. Buttons. Plugs and pieces. What is electronic music but a soundtrack of electricity flowing from one plastic part to another; a collection of volts humming and vibrating in an ironically harmonious fashion that somehow manages to tantalize our organic bones and flesh? Treasure Island's Saturday lineup is dedicated to the electronic elements of today's sound waves, but the event's artist grouping distorts the genre's seemingly obvious definition to one that is tattered with new sound bytes and unlikely additions.Read more »

Treasure Island Music Fest preview, take two

The broken social scene of indie rock Sunday

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Don't make Gollum come over here. Is 2010 the year that Treasure Island's indie rock programming skews "precious, precious," playing to our staider, more subdued selves, in search of sure things and still uncertain that we've recovered from that doozy of a Great Recession hangover?Read more »

The Performant: The fortress of solitude and "Hamlet" on Alcatraz

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I notice them first on the ferry, two young men in suspenders and ties deep in conversation. One wears a beanie and designer sunglasses. Nothing special. The view of the approaching island etched against the uncharacteristically clear sky is more enticing. But when they burst onto the main deck amidst the passengers, and speak loudly of their journey to Elsinore, it’s clear that the play’s the thing. To be precise, the We Players' experiential performance-thing of "Hamlet" now being staged on Alcatraz.

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Appetite: WhiskyFest 2010 highlights, part one

Meet Your Maker... hanging out with whisk(e)y master distillers

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"[Whisky] feels appropriately intellectual: a drink you can wrestle with, linger over, and appreciate with all its nooks and crannies." - Victoria Moore, How to Drink Read more »

Downtown massively outspends progressives

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With only three weeks until the election, downtown interests are massively outspending progressive groups.(Conservative estimates suggest a 5:1 ratio, based on an analysis of campaign finance disclosures at the Ethics Commission.) And these downtown interests have plenty in reserve, as cash is funneled into a bunch of improbably-named political action committees that hope to influence the outcome of district elections and local measures on the fall ballot. Read more »

DADT ruling gives Obama an opportunity to lead

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Now that a federal judge has ruled the U.S. military's “don't ask don't tell” policy unconstitutional, President Barack Obama and the Democrats have an opportunity to demonstrate their stated commitment to equal rights for gays and lesbians – and, more generally, their willingness to boldly lead the country. And all they have to do is...nothing.Read more »

OFA opens SF office, hosts debate watch party

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President Obama's political operation, Organizing For America, is opening its first San Francisco office today (Tues/12), just in time to hold a watch party for this evening's final California gubernatorial debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. So stop by 1406 Valencia at 6:30 for the debate, or stop by at 4 pm to watch Obama greet the crowd via video hookup.Read more »

I hope Greg Mankiw stops working

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The eminent and distinguished N. Gregory Mankiw, a professor of economics at Harvard and former White House aide (under GW Bush) presented one of the most convoluted and misleading antitax arguments in the history of the dismal science Oct. 10. His New York Times piece argues that the effective tax rate on his marginal income is 90 percent, and because of that, if the Bush tax cuts on the rich expire, he isn't likely to write any more articles.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Tara, O'Farrell and Fillmore

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Janet Reilly wants a centrist mayor. Ick.

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Janet Reilly's the overwhelming frontrunner in District 2, and has the support of just about everyone in the Democratic Party establishment, including U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Mayor Gavin Newsom. But she seems to be nervous that someone might suggest she would support a progressive (like, Gasp! Aaron Peskin) for mayor if Newsom leaves the city for Sacramento and the Lt. Guv's office.Read more »

Scott Wiener's TIC letter

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EDITORS NOTE: Includes corrections, noted at the bottom of the post.

Scott Wiener, candidate for district 8 supervisor, is sending out a letter to people who own tenancy-in-common buildings, telling them he supports the rights of TIC owners to convert their properties to condos and seeking their support.

And he's very nervous about discussing it.Read more »