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Hayes Valley Farm grows an urban farming community

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Don Wiepert hasn’t always enjoyed the view out his bedroom window as much as he does now. An eight year resident of Oak Street, the senior citizen has a wonderful vantage point of the highway on-ramp covered in potted fruit trees and fava beans by Hayes Valley Farm, where he volunteers on a weekly basis. Before the community farming effort, he says, the parcel of land’s only crops were slightly less savory. Read more »

SFBG Radio: Tim and Johnny on Pelosi and how Newsom could be really green

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Today on SFBG.COM Radio: Tim and Johnny talk about why Nancy Pelosi isn't more of a progressive -- and how Gavin Newsom could follow the lead of a Republican from Utah and cut down dramatically on car use in San Francisco. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Streets of San Francisco: Benjamin Barnes

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Benjamin Barnes is one of the street musicians interviewed within our "Streets of San Francisco" issue. He's played with Mr. Bungle, DJ Disk, and a host of other musicians and bands, and he teaches music. His current group Swindlefish is playing a show on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. at Caffeinated Comics Company. It's the store's first live music show, though they also have karaoke. Treat your eyes to some comics and your ears to some music. Read more »

Live Shots: Diane Birch, The Independent, 5/13/2010

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I've never been brought to tears listening to Haddaway's "What is love," but when Diane Birch sang it at the Independent this past Thursday, the waterworks erupted.

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All lit up

Think outside the boom, then take a nightlife shine to Kush Arora at Doom, Xeno and Oaklander, Stateside Dubstep, and more

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SUPER EGO Nightlife can be anything, that's the genius. It can be an early all-ages punk show at legendary co-op 924 Gilman Street (whose recent rent increase has put it in danger of closing — www.924gilman.org). It can be a rousing night of video games, fresh smoothies, and jocular camaraderie at sober safe-space Castro Country Club (also in danger of closing due to real estate shenanigans — www.castrocountryclub.org). Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Tayler, SF State

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The Daily Blurgh: What shall we do with a Russian sailor?

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

Greasy Russian sailors, unearthed ships, and shanghaied coppers: Chris Carlsson sails through tales of maritime transit from SF's past. Read more »

Bicycling set a record in SF today

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It was only two years ago that bicycle advocates celebrated Bike to Work Day traffic surveys that for the first time counted more bikes than cars on Market Street during the morning commute, a feat repeated last year. But today (5/13), that ratio had jumped to three bicycles for every car. The counts, which found a record-breaking 75 percent of vehicles were bikes, were performed by employees of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority and announced in a press release from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.Read more »

Watch out sexy Oysters! The Raveonettes are gonna eat you...

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When I saw that the Danish rock-duo, The Raveonettes, are playing this weekend's SF Oyster Fest-- Sat/15 at Fort Mason-- I was quite curious how the two band members felt about the animal/food at the heart of the party. Strangely enough, I found a blog post that lifted the mystery and erected another. Read more »

Shine up your trikes: Tour de Castro's wheelin' through

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Sat/22 -- hereforthwith known to the State of California and someday to the US and World as Harvey Milk Day -- is going to be a big gay deal. One of the primo partyish events, however, will be the tricycle-team race Tour de Castro, put on by those gloriously roamin'-handed Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Grab two-to-five friends to make your trike-team, and register by Sat/15 for a totally fun-filled way to celebrate Ms. Milk AND raise money for AIDS. Straight people totally accepted! (We're open like that). Bonus: It's also a bar crawl. Details after the jump.

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Streets of San Francisco: Miguel Pendás' Vertigo tour

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Last week I was able to go on Miguel Pendás' Vertigo tour. Creative Director at the San Francisco Film Society, Pendás led a group of ten on a van journey that concluded at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Should bicycling adults wear helmets?

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Did you pedal today, on Bike to Work Day? And if so, did you wear a helmet? I biked without a helmet, and in the eyes of some, that makes me reckless and irresponsible. Similarly, they say the Guardian has done a disservice to the community by featuring photos of cyclists-sans-helmets in our current issue, a criticism we also received about our Bike Issue last year. Read more »

Streets of San Francisco: City talk

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On Friday, May 7 at 12 p.m., I stood at the intersection of Van Ness and Market with a pen, notepad, and die in hand. The pen and notepad were used to capture discernable language overheard, while the die served to dictate the initial direction of my walking as well as the decision made at each new intersection. The following is a transcription of one-hour of that journey—eventually the die led me to the ocean—or an attempt to quilt together found language from San Francisco’s streets. Read more »

What happens when Lennar doesn't have a say

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Today the Planning Commission holds a hearing about Lennar's massive development plan for Candlestick and Hunters Point Shipyard, a plan the Guardian has been critically tracking for years, but the Mayor's Office and a non-profit called the Center for Creative Land Recycling have been busily promoting (check out the above video clip). But one thing they won't be talking about is the Alternatives For Study that Arc Ecology proposed, Bionic developed and Urban Strategies reviewed two years ago, in an effort to improve the developer's otherwise Foster City-like vision for the heart of District 10 in the city's southeast sector.

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Mission possibility

Meklit Hadero makes music of the word and world, from San Francisco

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Meklit Hadero's voice exudes music. A casual conversation over morning coffee can feel like an impromptu personal performance by the San Francisco jazz musician, because even her speaking voice has rhythm.Read more »