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Sexy events April 21-27

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We're all feeling a little smoothed out from yesterday's 420 festivities -- why not take that newfound ease, and apply it to some fun new sexy events? A little cowboy action with a glass of wine and a lasso tryout? Maybe you'd like to bend over to your desire to learn more about the art of spank? Whether you're into choppers or fatties, this week has tons of chances to let it alllll hang out. Read more »

Internal poll shows Harris with healthy lead

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A source in the Kamala Harris for Attorney General campaign tells the Guardian that an internal poll recently conducted by David Binder Research shows Harris to have a comfortable lead in the crowded Democratic field, favored by 25 percent of registered Democrats compared with 9 percent who support Rocky Delgadillo, the former Los Angeles City Attorney. Read more »

MTA board approves controversial budget

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By Adam Lesser

City Hall needed an overflow room to accommodate all the disenchanted Muni riders who showed up to protest the two-year San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency budget plan yesterday (4/20). The budget locks in a 10 percent service cut through July 1st, 2011, at which point the MTA board is hopeful that the service cut will be lowered to 5 percent. The controversial budget was adopted on a 4-3 vote, and now goes to the Board of Supervisors, where progressive supervisors have already signaled opposition to the service cuts. Read more »

How to make a bumble bee latte

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So, there I was, sitting with a friend, at a table in the bay window of Farley’s coffee house, when a bumble bee started buzzing around inside the window pane, right next to us.

It was pleasantly warm and bright sitting in that window, and I could see how that bee could have swirled out of the wind and into this sheltered spot.

But when the bee started bumbling in loud bee tones, I decided it was time to spring into action.

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Researchers analyzing whale carcass found in San Francisco Bay

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A whale carcass was discovered floating in the San Francisco Bay between Alcatraz and Fort Mason on April 20, and marine researchers are performing a necropsy today, April 21. Read more »

Reggie Watts is awesome, and I totally don't get him

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I’ve been a Reggie Watts aficionado for some time now -- maybe since January. His video for “Fuck Shit Stack” was the most hilarious send up of hip hop culture I’ve seen in awhile, and one of the more visually creative videos. And I heard he was Seattle based, which got me very excited to see Pacific Northwest steez represented at his upcoming appearance at Conan O’Brien’s “The Legally Prohibited from Being on Television” tour stop, Thur/22 at the Nob Hill Masonic Center.

So I was stoked to get the chance to talk to the singer/beat boxer/comedian. Especially on 4/20. Interview dates don’t get much cooler. We’d straight kick it on the phone, giggle, talk about life, man. He says he’s in Seattle as we speak. What’s good in Northwest hip hop, Reggie? Read more »

"The Loved Ones:" the complete interview!

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Pegged by some as "Misery meets Pretty in Pink," Sean Byrne’s instant horror mini-classic is by turns poignant, funny, grotesque, alarming, and finally very, very satisfying. It's sure to be a hit again in the San Francisco International Film Festival's Late Show section. Between festival travels, Byrne was back home in Melbourne when he answered my email queries.
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“Pop-up is live”

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Pop- Up Magazine issue #3 came out on Friday, and so did the lucky 900+ people who managed to get tickets before the box office server crashed in five minutes and the show sold out in 30. Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, where live-ness becomes it’s own medium and journalists, artists and innovators present short, informative, non-fiction projects from a broad range of subjects to an enthralled audience.

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Amber and Tony Bear, Dolores Park

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alt.sex.column: No sex, please -- we're 40

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Dear Andrea:

I'm 46 and seeking a hetro/bi woman my age who is authentically interested in a sexual relationship. I've heard many middle-aged women openly proclaim that they "don't care about sex." Since then, I've heard similar from many sources, including several female friends and countless craigslist meet-ups where it was volunteered without any prompting. I find this terribly depressing.

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Benefits: April 21-April 27

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Ways to have fun while giving back this week - shop, get your hair done, collect art, and be entertained...for a cause.


Wednesday, April 21Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Gaga pops, unsavory whiskers

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

Oaktown Art (via Eye on Blogs) takes us on a tour of "one of the largest rooftop gardens in the world" paid for with insurance premiums (we're only kidding with that last bit). Read more »

The crime-lab mess: Who knew?

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It's no secret that the San Francisco crime lab is a godawful mess; in fact, we first pointed out problems in the lab back in 2001. Nobody took it seriously, and things continued to deteriorate.Read more »

Appetite: 3 food memoirs with heart

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While reading Kim Severson's new gem of a food memoir that came out last week, I started reminiscing about other food memoirs in recent years that travel well beyond food... the kind of books that leave one simultaneously comforted, satiated and challenged to live a more authentic life.

Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson Read more »

Quick Lit: April 21-April 27

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week - including NYT Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin, local activist Peter Berg, McSweeny’s Issue 34, poetry readings in honor of National Poetry month, and more.

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