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With a new record and a whole new generation of fans, Oakland's Souls of Mischief take it back to the old school

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Hyatt workers completing three-day strike

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By Brittany Baguio
About 400 hotel workers are wrapping up a three-day strike at the Hyatt Regency that began Tuesday morning to protest increasing workloads and efforts to increase their health care costs. This was the fifth strike UNITE-HERE Local 2, a union comprised of hotel workers in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, has called during nearly a year of negotiations since the last contract expired for 9,000 San Francisco hotel employees. Read more »

Arizona getting you down? Here's some activist inspiration.

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Two things I learned about Rosario Dawson last night:

  1. When she was little, she spent time living in a San Francisco squat with her “free spirited” mother.

  2. She's heading up one of the most important non partisan political organizations in the country.Read more »

Carly learns about open mikes

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Carly Fiorina just learned a key lesson in modern politics: Be sure the mike is off when you're saying something stupid.Read more »

Felonious gets back into it (and lays it all out) with the smashing "Live City"

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By Lilan Kane

A capella, beatbox, theater, vaudeville, live band, and everything in between -- that's Felonious (playing tonite, Thu/10, at the Independent). Originally an a cappella hip-hop duo, Felonious has morphed into a hip-hop theater production receiving rave reviews in The Source magazine, Chronicle and Examiner, and have produced sold-out shows in SF, New York, Germany and Oakland. They have shared the stage with The Roots, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Black Eyed Peas, Zion I, Living Legends, Radioactive, and Crown City Rockers. Their shows capture different elements of entertainment creating something old school in principal but very innovative and contemporary.

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Goodbye, 49ers -- and do we really care?

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Tony Winnicker, the mayor's press secretary, was chatting with a group of folks at the Newsom victory party on election night, and Steven T. Jones, the Guardian city editor, asked how the stadium vote was going down in Santa Clara. "Oh, it's winning, but it's never going to get built," Winnicker said. "Cities building stadiums is an economic loser."Read more »

The Good Life, full of passion

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By Peter Galvin

Like the musical counterpart of your everyday office workaholic, Tim Kasher has been pulling long hours for most of his life. Currently the frontman for the Good Life -- playing Thurs/10 at Bottom of the Hill -- and indie-rockers Cursive, Kasher has been making it in various bands since the age of 18, including a '90s supergroup with members of the Faint and a 15-year-old Conor Oberst.

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Live Shots: Air Guitar Championships, Fillmore, 06/05/2010

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I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, and I've seen some pretty wild shows in various states of consciousness. That being said, nothing could have prepared me for this year’s Air Guitar Regional Championships at the Fillmore.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Lee, 24th Street and Castro

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Newsom's fiscal conservatism undermines his agenda

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Gavin Newsom's nomination for lieutenant governor places many San Franciscans in an uncomfortable position, one that was illustrated well by the victory speech that he gave last night just as our story our on his latest budget – in which he proudly rejected taxes in favor of deep spending cuts and future budget deficits -- was coming off the presses.Read more »

Get HEALTH-y with some noise disco

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By Peter Galvin

When the massive drums make their entrance on the first track of Get Color (Lovepump United), you’d be forgiven for thinking that HEALTH is a metal band. These L.A. electro-punks -- playing Wed/9 at Slim's -- are noisy! There’s also a beauty in the reverberations of those drums, echoing over and over in the background of HEALTH’s tracks, and it makes their music more than a little spine-tingly.

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The Daily Blurgh: Satanic real estate, erotic math, breast milk

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

Education/Sex/Film/Art: UC Berkeley math prof produces and stars in Matthew Barney-like cinematic tribute to Yukio Mishima, has sex on screen to Wagner.

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LGBT/Crime: SF Appeal investigates "hook-up violence" against LGBT folks. Part two is here. Peeps, be safe out there this Pride season!

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Gaga over Gaga: Madge stands in for Alejandro

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By Katie Gaydos

Swapping diamond dripping lingerie (a la “Bad Romance”) for nude-colored underwear and trading faux-Technicolor (a la “Telephone”) for black and white, the new music video “Alejandro” goes where no Gaga video has gone before. For that alone I’ll applaud it. But where’s the over-the-top burlesque, borderline grotesque fashion sensibility we’ve come to know and love?

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Holy surf party, Batman!

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By Sam Stander

Alameda’s Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is hosting a variety of events this summer that incorporate film screenings, live music, and alcohol. Curated by Will “The Thrill” Viharo</a>, these are mostly part of a series called ”Forbidden Thrills," which features themed double features of only the campiest camp, and runs monthly through December.

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The Brown/Whitman debates

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Jerry Brown's the official frontrunner now, after Meg Whitman endured Steve Poizner's assault and saw her positives knocked way back. And typically the frontrunner in a campaign tries to avoid direct debates; they can't help and, with a mistake or two, they can wind up hurting.Read more »

Passionate progressive people prevail

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At risk of being overly alliterative, this primary election was about the power of progressive principles pushed by passionate people, as several politicos told me last night. That was evident in the success of the progressive slate for the Democratic County Central Committee and in the defeat of Propositions 16 and 17 despite about $70 million in corporate spending. Read more »