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weekcoverGrover Norquist brings the Black Rock blues as Burning Man Jumps the Shark! Pro-Palestine protesters block the boat, fed-up teachers take strike vote, and crack cocaine sentences may soon get smoked. Plus: Myron & E lay down street soul at Noise Pop, Nick Monaco belts out his Mating Call, and Aubrey Plaza slays in Life After Beth. Articles Online | Digital Edition

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Appetite: A course of courses

Butchering, searing, and relishing with gusto at Marche

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On a sunny Saturday morning, 3/27 in Menlo Park, Chef Guillaume Bienaime led a small group of us through cooking a five course meal, finishing with a leisurely lunch, all in Marche's well-outfitted kitchen and dining room. Groggy upon arrival  -- it was 10am; not early, but I had to make it down from the city -- Guillame was steaming cappuccinos and serving awesome banana dark chocolate scones to get us properly fueled for a couple hours of cooking. Guillame and staff are about as laidback it gets. Read more »

Josh Wolf in the eye of the storm (again)

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Josh Wolf has landed in hot water again -- this time in connection with his reporting from inside the student occupation at Wheeler Hall on the University of California Berkeley campus to protest budget cuts. Read more »

Beach House holds the keys to comfort

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Children often favor a stuffed animal or blankie as a source of comfort, but as an adult, security is found in much less predictable places. Maybe it's your favorite cup of tea, your lover's dirty t-shirt, a night-time drive or an album that never fails to help you regain balance. For me, it's Beach House -- playing tonight at Bimbo's 365 -- and for the band's members, their comfort comes by a collection of keys. 

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Listen to a blue whale call (without getting seasick)

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Under just the right ocean conditions, the low-frequency call of a blue whale off the coast of California can be detected by another whale off the coast of Hawaii. As part of our annual Green Issue, we report this week on the noise impacts of shipping traffic on marine mammals that rely upon sound for their basic survival behaviors. Click on the player to hear a blue whale call, a form of communication that is often masked by shipping traffic. Read more »

Brown investigates destruction of Palin documents

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Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is also running for governor, announced that his office has launched “a broad investigation” of CSU Stanislaus and its foundation following yesterday’s revelations that officials may have destroyed documents related to an upcoming speech by Sarah Palin.Read more »

Live Shots: Spoon, Fox Theater, 04/13/2010

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I'll take one scoop of rock perfection, one scoop of edgy lyrics and a sprinkle of groovy drum beats. Oh, and I'm going to need a Spoon for that.

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Hot sex events: April 14-21

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It's spring, people. With all the life and love in the air, it's time to take your sex to another level. Perhaps that's why the shamans are poking their heads out in San Francisco this week -- Frank Moore takes the stage with his impossible erotic performance art, and a class is being offered to endow dominants with a sense of the sublime in their sexual dealings. Not sure what it all means? Comfort yourself with a cuddle party, or the Tubesteak Connection party at Aunt Charlie's. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Veronica, Polk and Jackson

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The bee's knees

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In honor of the upcoming Earth Day -- and Sarah Phelan's indepth look at little buzzers in this week's issue of the Guardian -- we pay a visit to the San Francisco Beekepers Association.

alt.sex.column: The family that plays together

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Dear Andrea:

This summer different members of my family will be going in together on big a beach house. There's just one thing. "Heather" used to be married to my cousin, but after they split up, my cousin moved and Heather is still invited. She also is younger. The problem? I think she's hot.

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Dogfest 2010 raises its leg on school budget cuts

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Gosh, you think. Charles Barkley just looks so dapper in his doggie vest/pocket watch/monocle ensemble. I wish more people could share in the joy his beauty brings me!

First of all, thanks for considering the rest of us. Secondly, Mr. Barkley’s time to shine has come. Just bring him down to Duboce Park this Sat/17 for Dogfest 2010, McKinley elementary school’s fundraiser excellent. The Fest offers a chance to, once and for all, determine that his bark is better, his coat is shinier, and y’all are two more identical peas in a pod than that Boston terrier and her owner down the street, those bitches. Read more »

Memorial services set for Tricia Taborn--wear a dramatic hat!!

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Memorial services for Tricia Taborn, the great San Francisco spirit who died April 7, have been set for Saturday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, just south of Solano Avenue in North Berkeley.

Her husband Gerald Baron recommends that, in honor of Tricia's love for flamboyant hats in dramatic colors, her friends come wearing  a dramatic hat in the Tricia Taborn tradition. More details will follow on this blog.Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Whither Grindr, Kitty Boots?

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

"Call before you come over, I need to shave my ShoCha."

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That breathless traipse around Land's End really is about (re)fighting the Battle of the Bulge

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Quick Lit: April 14-April 20

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week -- including Alice Walker, Men and Dogs, Marin Poetry Festival, "Adapting to Climate Change," and more

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Editorial: No free ride for developers

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Under Newsom's approach, the current residents and businesses of San Francisco will have to put up millions of dollars to cover the costs created by market-rate housing developers

The dumbest plan the Newsom administration has cooked up in a long time continues to make its way through City Hall. The mayor wants to defer fees for housing developers as a way to "stimulate" the economy — despite the fact that the city's own economist concluded the plan would lead to the creation of a relatively tiny number of jobs and perhaps 40 or 50 new market-rate condos over the next two years.

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