Guardian's San Francisco

BMX Battles: Sit the fuck down -- the Sean Parker story

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By Duncan Scott Davidson. Read Duncan's article "Rise Above: The BMX Battles" here. Read his interview with Lotek's Ian Schwartz here. Read his interview with SJBMX.com's Chris McMahon here.

Sean Parker is a fixture in the SF scene. Read more »

BMX Battles: SJBMX's Chris McMahon pumps, swaps, and copes

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By Duncan Scott Davidson. Read Duncan's BMX Battles article here. Read his interview with pro biker Ian Schwartz here.

Chris McMahon, occasionally referred to in the bike scene as “Beerman,” due to an unfortunate high school football coach, runs www.sjbmx.com. Read more »

BMX Battles: Ian Schwartz -- rough trannies, vibed out, lines backwards

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By Duncan Scott Davidson. Read the BMX Battles article here.

Ian Schwartz is a 27 year-old-pro bike rider from Ohio. He’s sponsored by Sunday bikes and Lotek shoes, and was recently in San Francisco filming for the upcoming Lotek video. He’s a “still waters run deep” type of guy--quiet, unassuming, and never one to pop off random bullshit--he thinks about things before he opens his mouth and his outlook on the age-old skate vs. bikes battle seems right on target. Read more »

Cyclonudistas unite! World Naked Bike Ride hits SF

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Yes, but who's riding the testicycle?

Put your balls to the Brooks and your petals to the metal, shrinking violets -- raucous global event the World Naked Bike Ride hits SF this Saturday at noon (as posted on "nakedwiki.org" -- how, oh how, has this wiki escaped me???). Read more »

Wheatpaste for peace: SF Peace Billboards Project launches

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Photos and text by Ariel Soto

About 100 art lovers gathered at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Memorial Day, May 26, to participate in a bus tour around the city to see 10 billboards by 10 artists from around the world that showcase their visions of what peace looks like, as part of the San Francisco Peace Billboards Project. Read more »

SPORTS: Underdog Horwitz starts off like Iron Horse Gehrig

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By A.J. Hayes

Nobody is quite ready to anoint Cal product Brian Horwitz as the next Lou Gehrig. But last Sunday - on the 83rd anniversary of the start of the Yankee legend's Herculean 2,130 consecutive game streak - the San Francisco rookie made the type of dramatic big league entrance the "Iron Horse" would have been proud of.

In his debut big league start, the 25-year-old outfielder drilled his first two major league hits and scored the tying run on Sunday in a thrilling 4-3 comeback win over visiting San Diego. Read more »

Beers With Violet Blue

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While we're on the subject of Violet Blue, we figured it's time to post Justin Juul's recent interview with the sexy local celeb. Read on! Read more »

Nerd is the New Cool: An Interview With Yo-Yo Master David Capurro

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By Justin Juul

If we’ve learned anything from the most recent technological revolution (Web 2.0 and stuff, duh!), it’s that nerds are way cooler than we thought they were. In fact, the word “nerd” has lost nearly all of its negative connotations, now defining a certain type of person with highly specific interests rather than a loser. “I’m a music nerd,” people will proudly say, or “I’m an art nerd.” Being a nerd, then, has become cool; and not just in an ironic hipster sense like when you wear glasses without lenses or pretend to like B-movies. Read more »

SF Weekly sneers at sex work

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Sex writer Violet Blue is one of the best things at the Hearst-run SFGate website, an authentic local voice singing the praises of sex-positive San Francisco. Read more »

SPORTS: The westies of Red Sox Nation

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By A.J. Hayes

A cursory inspection of the sea of fans sporting navy blue and crimson at the Oakland Coliseum this past weekend proved that a) Boston Red Sox fans travel really well. And b) David Ortiz replica jerseys are not limited to “Big Popi” sizes.

Dozens of men, women, teens and toddlers of all dimensions ringed the stadium, spreading New England support from foul pole to foul pole and representing Ortiz, the Red Sox massive slugger. And those not wearing Ortiz’s iconic No. Read more »