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In which drag queens read Amanda Bynes tweets and the Internet temporarily boomerangs

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Have you ever tweeted with such dedication and furor that you reached a higher plane? That the world fell away and you were left with the impression that, through a series of carefully crafted @'s and acronyms, you could express life's true wonder? I have, courtesy a stage full of drag queens performing Amanda Bynes' Internet breakdown/meta-world breakthrough on Friday night. 

Today, Amanda Bynes called RuPaul ugly and she may have gotten another nose job. Go ahead and don't read up on the situation if you have no idea who Amanda Bynes is because as she's fond of telling us, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU CAN READ ON TWITTER and below are my tweets from that magical Friday night. Read more »

Weekend watch: 2 ways to mark this SF moment in the Mission [UPDATED]

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As of late, it seems as though the cries of anti-displacement activists and small business owners threatened with dramatic address changes have penetrated the city's consciousness: San Francisco has woken up to the fact that the town is changing, and how. But amid the smashing of Google bus piñatas and -- albeit hilarious -- echo chamber of bloggers placing and sloughing off blame from the young tech royalty, there are community-based, heartfelt attempts being made at contextualizing soaring rents and shifting cultural majorities.

There's two happening in the Mission, in fact. Regardless of your programming aptitude or discretionary budget, they'll both provide moments to learn about where San Francisco is coming from, and a moment to reflect on where it's going. Read more »

Couples and docs galore, plus Will Smith and magicians: new movies!

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This week there are two very different movies about two VERY different couples (Before Midnight and Sightseers). Pick your poison by checking out Lynn Rapoport's Midnight review and my Sightseers review. Also! A doc about WikiLeaks, a doc about the Williams sisters, a doc about conservation, a sci-fi movie in which father and son Will and Jaden Smith play father and son, and a doc about magicians who rob banks. (I wish, anyway.) Read on for more.

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The Performant: Cracks in the pavement

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Gentrification-proof poetry

Although the ongoing eviction saga (and upcomng relocation!) of Adobe Books, “the living room” of the Mission, from its 16th Street digs dredges up memories of all the neighborhood bookstores that have closed/moved in recent years, it’s worth being reminded that the book trade has only ever had a limited impact on the persistence of the written (and spoken) word, particularly where poetry is concerned.

In fact, the more tenuous the economic climate, the more tenacious poetry becomes, pushing itself like a hungry weed through the unavoidable cracks left in the superficially smooth pavement of gentrification. That poets are themselves accustomed to staying hungry yet artistically fruitful is a condition immortalized in the famous Robert Graves quip that “there’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either.”

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SF's first raw milk coffeeshop opens (raw milk pending)

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Drip'd Coffee is pouring gibraltars and cappucinos on Ninth Avenue and Irving. But one piece of the puzzle remains. The small shop intends to be San Francisco's first raw milk coffee bar -- but is still pouring pasteurized moo for the moment. "We're essentially on a waiting list for spots to open up," co-owner Chris Morell writes in an email to the Bay Guardian.

"I've been a drinker of raw milk for years," Morell continues. "After a while, the merge of my coffee craft and raw milk logically came together." He and co-owner Tae Kim -- the two met years ago in the videogame industry -- have set up shop alongside enviro-friendly cleaning supply shop Green11 with their refurbished vintage La Marzocco GS/2 espresso machine, use Sightglass beans, and are now open Friday through Sunday (Fri. and Sat., 8am-2pm; Sun. 9am-3pm).

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Clock ticks, ground breaks: SFMOMA kicks off its two years of renovations with 24-hour party, glitter bomb

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The students from SoMa's Bessie Carmichael Elementary, against my better judgement, were to ones to push down the level detonating... whatever was going to mark the groundbreak of SFMOMA's planned two-and-a-half years of closure for massive renovations expansions this morning.

When glitter cannons took the place of the further obliteration of the building behind Supervisor Jane Kim and the museum trustees with their hard hats and decorative shovels, I breathed a sigh of relief. I should have known any cultural institution with the foresight to build a DIY graffiti wall made of cookies wouldn't allow minors to be injured. 

You'll probably want to say hasta luego to the Bay Area's premier contemporary art museum by attending the Countdown Days celebration, which'll bring ecosexual performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, dancer-force Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Homobiles, TCHO Chocolate, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, one-canvas docent explorations, and much more, culminating in a 24-hour extravaganza, to the soon-to-be-shuttered atriums and galleries Thu/30-Sun/2.

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New-movie tip: skip the fury and the hangover, and go see 'Frances Ha'

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This week's must-see is Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's very cute, very charming, very French New Wave-y but also-kinda-Girls-y Frances Ha; check out my interview with N + G 4-eva here.

What else? A ripping Julianne Moore performance, a worthy environmental documentary, two very different animated flicks, and some probably-unnecessary sequels. Reviews below! Read more »

The Performant: Dare to DIVA

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A yearly performance fest supports XX creatives

Spring is in the air, and so is DIVAfest, the EXIT Theatre’s annual celebration of female artists and theater-makers. Founded in 2002 by Christina Augello to give female creators a secure space to showcase their craft, DIVAfest has hosted an estimated 500 participants have come through in the last 11 years, from visual artists (Sophie Kadow, Kathy Jo Lafreniere, Michelle Talgarow) to playwrights (Kerry Reid, Lee Kiszonas, Margery Fairchild) to music-makers (Beth Wilmurt, Shannon Day, Carrie Baum Love), to burlesque dancers (Odessa Lil, Red Velvet, If-N-Whendy). This year, the fest hits the stage May 9-June 2.  Read more »

No need to drop names: Freak City is the Internet's IRL cultural center

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STREET SEEN I like LA because outfits don't have to be as functional. In San Francisco, you're always worrying about whether you'll flash someone disembarking from your single-speed, about what exactly is going to happen to those white platform sandals inside the Montgomery Street BART station. Oh lord, sandals in San Francisco?

In Los Angeles, you can wear whatever the hell you want. After all (just to be SF-bitchy about it), they don't dance down there, they certainly don't walk, and you probably won't broach the waterline at the beach, so the gold braid on your swimsuit? Appropriate, necessary. (Just take it off when you go in the pool.) In Los Angeles, you are allowed to dress like you are at the white-hot center of the hip universe, free of earthly fetters. Buy the dress in midriff.

And in this year of 2013 AD, Freak City is the place to shop for one's interstellar journey.  Read more »

Family meal: 18 Reasons joins forces with neighbor Three Squares to extend reach of healthy eating

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Community food hub 18 Reasons has always had the back of the well-meaning kitchen newbie. With a cafe space, educational programming, and tasting events geared towards making a healthy, sustainable diet doable, since 2007 when the organization's co-founders brought in Bi-Rite Market, a happy partner for the little space located a block from the family grocery store's Mission digs. Read more »