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Free glam lashings at Shu Uemura, all summer long

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Color me impressed: the source (water) color palette from Shu Uemura's limited-edition summer collection, Hana-bi.

I had too much sake to steer last night - the Muni was just the ticket after the fab lil' get-together at Shu Uemura's Fillmore Street boutique. Read more »

Montreal Fringe Festival: on y va le Fringe!

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By Nicole Gluckstern

It's official, I've gone bi. Bi-coastally Fringe that is. The 18th annual Montreal Fringe Festival has begun, and I'm here to play my role. Like the San Francisco Fringe, of which I'm also a part, the Montreal Fringe offers an eclectic array of unjuried theatrical performances, from dance to drama, acrobatics to absurdities, spoken word to shadow puppetry. Read more »

I'm a highway star

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By Dona Bridges

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From Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, the last great car movie

June is here at last, and the door to summer is swinging on its green hinges—we may even get one of those fabled, rare warm nights tonight. Read more »

Quickies: Fast reviews of Frameline fest films

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Still from The Lost Coast

FRIDAY, JUNE 20
The Lost Coast (Gabriel Fleming, US, 2008) Writer-director Fleming recorded location sound for Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2006), and all that time spent in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains must have rubbed off on him. Read more »

Local Artist of the Week: Julie Chang

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LOCAL ARTIST Julie Chang
TITLE Riding Home
THE STORY This is part of a series of 10 paintings interpreting the early Buddhist “Ox-Herding Pictures” describing the path to enlightenment. While the first depictions can be traced to the 12th-century Chinese zen master Kuoan Shiyuan, Chang’s translation is rooted in her experience as a first generation Chinese American growing up in Orange County. Read more »

Semi-conscious consumerism: Nike + American Apparel = what, exactly

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By Justin Juul

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I know I’m not supposed to buy Nike shoes because they’re made by starving children in developing countries -- unlike Converse, New Balance, and Reebok shoes which are all made by high-paid workers right here in San Francisco -- but holy shit has Nike made an awesome sneaker. Read more »

Fashion bug: Minnie Wilde puts wind in our sidewalk sales

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Shopping Spy casts a gimlet eye upon yet another delectable little bargain extravaganza this weekend: local girly fave Minnie Wilde will be throwing a "Sunsational Sidewalk Sale," Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Word has it that spring styles will be 25%-30% off, seasonal samples will go for $30 and up, and previous season’s backstock will be marked down to $20-$75. Read more »

Treasure Island welcomes vinyl dildos and tankers of lube

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We honestly thought the Exotic Erotic Ball would be the last event to leave the beleaguered Cow Palace. But sure enough, we've just learned that the 28th annual "celebration of flesh, fetish and fantasy," in fact, won't be held at the legendary Daly City venue. Read more »

Lit: Interview with Favianna Rodriguez

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By Liam O’Donoghue

Favianna Rodriguez is from Oakland and she lives there today. She is the co-editor, along with Josh MacPhee, of Reproduce and Revolt: A Graphic Toolbox for the 21st Century Activist (Soft Skull Press, 192 pages, $19.95). Read more »

Local Artist of the Week: Tara Tucker

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LOCAL ARTIST Tara Tucker
TITLE Double Trouble
THE STORY “My work is about natural history and human psychology. All the animals in Double Trouble are from Africa. The secretary bird eats snakes. The snake in Double Trouble is a green mamba, a really dangerous part of the cobra family. Read more »