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Is there still a political machine in San Francisco?

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There's some interesting discussion going on about Jane Kim, Willie Brown, Gavin Newsom, and political machines here. Check it out if you haven't read it already.

Kelly Malone crafts up a new kind of SF playspace

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I'm going to venture a thought that may prove controversial, but it bears saying. San Francisco is not a crafter's wonderland. Now, certainly it is fertile ground for artistic genius. But craft? Such a small, persnickety pastime thrives better in towns with worse weather, or less going on, or in ones with an idyllic beach or field where no one asks you if you'd like a weed infused peanut butter and jelly sandwich every god damn twenty minutes. Perhaps this explains the widespread popularity of Workshop, a crafting social space where you can zone out for an evening of PBRs and careful make-time.

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SFBG Radio: Meg ducks debates, Gav's oil money and crazy CEO pay

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about why Meg Whitman is ducking debates, why Gavin Newsom has money invested in oil company stocks -- and why a corporate CEO can buy an $8 million resort property the same week he lays off 8,000 workers. Read more »

Summer Wavelengths: White Girl Lust + Shane King

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There's a lot of lovely local summer mixes being tossed into my inbox lately, so I thought I'd share a few through regular Summer Wavelengths postings.

Let's kick things off with something energetically breezy, a post-electro yet still gonzo poppy mix from Shane King and local duo White Girl Lust of the Solid Bump label. (There's even a little bit of can-can kiki house near the end during WGL's addictive "Oui.") This one's to promote their upcoming party, Fri/2 at Mezzanine, with Carte Blanche, a superstar DJ duo composed of Mehdi from France and the UK's Riton. All the tracks are either composed or remixed by the aforementioned gentlemen.

As for the party itself, Shane tells me: "It's going into some 909 Chicago house-influenced craziness (and we just got some professional back up dancers to do a Chicago house routine)." If they can pull that off it'll be a doozy. And I bet they can.

Listen after the jump.

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Sibling rivalry with the stars of "The Last Airbender"

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While Twihards know Jackson Rathbone from his portrayal of Jasper Hale in the first three Twilights films, Nicola Peltz is a relative newcomer. But both are sure to get a burst of fame with their starring roles in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, an epic live-action adaptation (out Fri/2) of the animated Nickelodeon series. Rathbone and Peltz play siblings Sokka and Katara, refugees of the water tribe who join forces with Aang (that’d be the last airbender) to save the world. In talking to the actors about their filming experiences, it’s clear they’ve got the sibling rivalry thing down pat: their snarky back-and-forth dominated the conversation.

San Francisco Bay Guardian: I’ve got to start by asking you guys the obvious question, which is if you were familiar with the series Avatar: The Last Airbender before you signed on to the movie.

Nicola Peltz: Yes, I was. I actually have six brothers and a sister, and two of my younger brothers that are seven, we watch the cartoon all the time together. And when I got the role, they literally didn’t believe me. They were like, “You’re lying!” “No, I’m really not!” They’re really excited for me.

Jackson Rathbone: I knew of it, too. I hadn’t seen the entire series, but a lot of my really good friends had, so I told them I was going out for the role, and they were extremely impressed. It was nice to have my friends behind me on this one.

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Another reason we love Pete Stark

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He's the only openly atheist member of Congress. He refused to apolgize after announcing that he had "no respect for" the commander in chief, George W. Read more »

An online defense of print—and a plug for the Public Press' first print edition

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I spent my lunch hour yesterday indulging in what media critics say could soon be a lost experience: reading the first print issue of a newspaper.

As I turned the pages of a pilot print edition of the San Francisco Public Press, which has been in existence online since March 2009, I was surrounded by folks who were tapping out messages on plastic coated cell phones or sitting scrunched at table trying to read stuff on laptops. Read more »

Why can't Kagan talk?

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Everyone knows that Elena Kagan's going to get confirmed by the Democratic majority in the Senate, so it's too bad that she won't answer anyone's questions. I listened to the hearings for a while this morning, and she ducked every single serious issue, hiding behind the notion that she can't discuss current issues, the court itself, or any issue that might come before the court.Read more »

Hot sexy events June 30-July 6

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Thank god for this column, which allows me a great forum to come out of the closet. Some people may judge, but fuck em, right? I'm totally, one hundred percent Team Jacob. Yup. I just saw Twilight: Eclipse (the third installation in the “saga”) and I'm gonna go with the NYT on this one, werewolf is the new vampire. Who will the wan protagonist choose, her perma-shirtless Native American werewolf childhood best friend (played by 18-year old eek hottie yay Taylor Lautner), or the near-omnipotent, beyond the grave love of her alabaster vampire betrothed? I'm hella going for Jacob the werewolf, if only on the basis that he is a. alive, b. connected with the earth (all Native Americans are, right?) and c. smoking hot.

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Redneck dawn

Recession-era rock goes back-to-the-backwoods or rises from the rusty dust

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If it left here tomorrow, would you still remember redneck rock? In the 20-tweens, you might hear it rushing through the purple veins of Southern gothic TV: within Jace Everett's growling poster-boy blues, "Bad Things," which opens True Blood, and Gangstagrass' hip-hop-drenched banjo-and-fiddle hillbilly vamp, "Long Hard Times to Come," the theme to the trigger-happy Justified.Read more »

Appetite: Bar buzz

The latest in seasonal drink menus and pop-up bars 

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Shuffling action around SF's best bars has been steady in recent weeks: Neyah White leaves Nopa to become Yamazaki's brand ambassador, Brooke Arthur exits Range to head up the bar at brand new Prospect, Reza Esmali departs Smuggler's Cove to revamp Long Bar on Fillmore, Steven Liles journeys from Fifth Floor over to Smuggler's Cove... Thankfully, there are others holding steady offering new seasonal menus or launching a new pop-up bar: Read more »

Stories highlight Newsom's hypocrisy

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A pair of interesting stories in today's Chronicle paint Mayor Gavin Newsom as a self-serving hypocrite, highlighting how his cuts-only budget proposals ignore the city's long-term needs and have led Moody's to lower the city's credit rating, and how his green rhetoric is belied by his oil industry investments, including in the company resp Read more »

All hail the big red noses, honk honk

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Just in time for summer, it's circus week on SFBG. Caitlin Donohue visited Circus Bella in this week's issue, and now we take an indepth and colorful look inside the San Francisco Clown School and Circus Finelli. Allez-oop!

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Mary, Prospect and Cortland

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Hear the call for East Oakland community paparazzi

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When Oacia5804 (her screen name) was asked on the Our Oakland website to contribute an image that told a story about her East Oakland home, she didn't rip her shot off of the TV news. The mother of two sent in an amazing shot of her kids pointing up at a rainbow looping perfectly over a neighborhood street. “Even tho [sic] the streets of East Oakland seem dark at times, There is Always a ray of light that will shine and inspire Greatness,” writes the photographer in the shot's caption. Read more »