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SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on Meg, McChrystal and the Messiah

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 In totday's installment, Johnny and Tim talk about whether McChrystal is the fall guy for a failed war, Meg's foolish fight with the nurses -- and a very strange Pew poll on the return of Jesus Christ. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Fundraiser this weekend for cyclist injured in SUV rampage

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A fundraiser is planned for this weekend at The Old Clamhouse to help Alan Casajeros, one of four cyclists injured on June 2 when a motorist intentionally plowed into them with a sport utility vehicle.Read more »

Here's your big gay homo-cone with sprinkles, sugar: a lickable listicle

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Alas, we have no year-round Big Gay Ice Cream Truck like they do in the Big Apple. But, as SFist alerted us today (via Haighteration), our own beloved zany-zygote Three Twins Creamery has gone all light in its scoopers for Pride weekend, Fri-Sun offering such lavender lickers as "Rainbow/Gay Sherbet, Pink Triangle ('a fruity chocolate base with pink chocolate triangles'), Pride Vanilla, Hot Cookie ('with cookies from the Castro’s favorite cookie shop'), Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ('vanilla ice cream with blueberry dessert from military rations mixed in'), Rice Milk Harvey Milk and Cookies, and Salted Nuts." Plus, well, lavender.

Sounds delish. And we have some more ideas.

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Anti-war groups disappointed with Obama's speech

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By Kristen Peters

Bay Area-based anti-war organizations were disappointed that President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for war in Afghanistan while ousting the commanding general there, saying the doomed and dangerous military intervention is a bigger problem than the generals involved in executing it. Read more »

Fat Freddy's Drop turns on, tunes in

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Considering the tripped-out journeys of its songs, it comes as no surprise that Fat Freddy's Drop was born of psychedelic experimentations. A top seller in its native New Zealand, FFD focuses on maintaining a stellar groove — you'd be hard-pressed to find a Fat Freddy track clocking in at less than six minutes. The seven-member band dropped into town last fall to play to a ravenous, sold-out Independent crowd. Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Gay ice cream, straight bears, sun songs

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

The California foothills are alive with "extremely high levels of lead, arsenic and asbestos."

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Russian gajillionaire pledges to financially support rotting historic pile Fort Ross.

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From great man to great screw-up: behind the McChrystal uproar

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Norman Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”

When the wheels are coming off, it doesn’t do much good to change the driver.

Whatever the name of the commanding general in Afghanistan, the U.S. war effort will continue its carnage and futility.

Between the lines, some news accounts are implying as much. Hours before Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s meeting with President Obama on Wednesday, the New York Times reported that “the firestorm was fueled by increasing doubts -- even in the military -- that Afghanistan can be won and by crumbling public support for the nine-year war as American casualties rise.”

It now does McChrystal little good that news media have trumpeted everything from his Spartan personal habits (scarcely eats or sleeps) to his physical stamina (runs a lot) to his steel-trap alloy of military smarts and scholarship (reads history). Any individual is expendable. Read more »

US takes it! From tears to cheers in Civic Center for World Cup

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Tension hung over the Civic Center Plaza World Cup watchers this morning like Ocean Beach fog.

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Snap Sounds: Kurt Vile

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By Irwin Swirnoff

KURT VILE
Square Shells
(Matador)

Seven songs of drifter daydreams. There is something so beautifully lonely and core-hitting about the way Vile's sprawling songs continue to evolve. He can't be written off to any scene or fad -- he's one of the most poignant, affecting songwriters around. Check out one reason why after the jump. Read more »

SCENE: Shannon and the Clams open up

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A long version of the interview in the current issue of SCENE:

If I'm going to stay up late and go as deep as I can into the night, so far that I'm just about lost and in trouble, I want the sounds of Shannon and the Clams with me. The Oakland group's album I Wanna Go Home (1-2-3-4-Go! Records) is packed with songs that have been there and will shine a light to lead you back into the day, while letting you have a sip or two and an adventure or three along the way. This is rock 'n' roll music, electric-charged by bassist Shannon Shaw's wild wonder of a voice, guitarist Cody Blanchard's flair for classic crooning and crying, and drummer Ian Amberson's fierce reliability. See Shannon and the Clams live. You will believe.

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Environmental groups appeal final EIR on Lennar’s Candlestick/Shipyard plan

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The Sierra Club, the Golden Gate Audubon Society, the California Native Plant Society’ and San Francisco Tomorrow have filed an appeal with the Board of Supervisor’s and the city’s Planning Department over the Planning Commission’s June 3 certification of the city’s controversial final environment report (FEIR) for Lennar’s Candlestick Point/ Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment project. Read more »

Hot sexy events: June 23-29

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After what seems like months of pre parties, Pride has finally strapped on its bedazzled platforms and waltzed into our lives, so y’all are probs up to your ears in sexy this week. (If you’re not, be sure you head over to this week’s SFBG rundown of all things to be Proud of). But – sigh - soldier on we must! Here’s a few choice flakes from the snow storm of flesh that will soon envelope us all. Read more »

Lights out? I think not

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The big bold headline on the front page of the Ex: Lights out for power project. The article actually isn't that bad, although it's framed as a setback for public power.

But that spin is completely wrong. A huge victory for public power -- the defeat of Prop. 16 -- gives the city a little breathing room to get a better contract. That's all that's happening.Read more »

Frameline34: Local drama "The Stranger in Us"

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Local filmmaker Scott Boswell may not have set out to make the film he ended up with, but he stands behind the finished product. The Stranger In Us stars ShortbusRaphael Barker as Anthony, a young man who moves from Virginia to San Francisco in order to live with his boyfriend Stephen (Scott Cox). When the relationship turns violent, Anthony finds solace in his friendship with Gavin (Adam Perez), an underage street huster. I spoke to Boswell and Barker about the film’s origins, its unique content, and what this year’s San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival says about the future of queer cinema.

San Francisco Bay Guardian: What was your inspiration for The Stranger In Us? Where did the story come from?

Scott Boswell: Ultimately the story ended up being fairly autobiographical. But it started in a different place. Originally — and Raphael knows this because we talked about it — originally, I had intended to do a much more experimental film, kind of a hybrid documentary-narrative, because of my fascination with the Polk Street, Tenderloin area, which I’ve always had since I moved here in the mid ‘90s. I had considered doing a bit of a portrait of the neighborhood, and kind of infusing actors into it, just shooting a lot of footage and seeing what we came up with. There’s a part of me that wishes I had still done that, but in all honesty, I can say that after Raphael expressed some interest in the project, I suddenly felt like it needed to be more narrative in its scope. He didn’t suggest that. It was just my intuition around the project. So I had been talking to him about doing it for months, without even having a complete script, and continued writing it and auditioning actors. Eventually it became much more traditional in terms of its narrative. It became what it is now.

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Endangered Species Act protection sought for Franklin’s bumble bee

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I’ve been obsessed with bees in general, and bumble bees in particular for some time now. I'm fascinated by the bumble bee's thick tundra- adapted pelt that allows it to forage for nectar in way colder temperatures than your average sun-loving Italian honey bee.
And then there’s the bumble bee's relatively hardcore social structure, in which only the young bumble bee queens over winter, emerging alone in the spring to start colonies afresh.Read more »