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Cork that krunk juice, Lil Jon

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By Justin Juul

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Call me crazy, but I'm a beer man. Liquor's okay too, but wine? Wine has got to go. I absolutely cannot stand the stuff. In fact, there's only one thing I hate more than wine and that's wine snobs. Now, this may sound funny coming from a man who serves expensive wine every night at a fancy boutique in North Beach, but come on! Get over it rich dudes. Wine is rotten grape juice and that's it. There are no hints of currant or raspberry in there. Read more »

'Battlestar Galactica''s season-opening salvo whirls by like a black-out trip to Earth

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First: what an amazingly over-the-top press kit housing season four's opening episode. The disk came tucked in the rear pocket of a framed, numbered print of the Battlestar Galactica cast in Last Supper mode. Quite a souvenir for the trophy room - the first episode of the series' fourth and final season airs Friday, April 4. Read more »

Indie silkscreen revelations

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By Vanessa Carr

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Independent music and DIY culture can come like flashes of hope through the dark days of teenage dorkdom. For me, it was Bikini Kill's first album on tape.

The revelation: something better is out there. Read more »

It's not you, it's your books

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By Ailene Sankur

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A friend forwarded me this New York Times blog post on literary deal-breakers: the idea of the book on the shelf of the person you’re dating that would make you say, “You know what? Read more »

lloyd dangle

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Just a note you let you know I'm doing a Troubletown event at Cody's books on April 22. Please come, and cover it intensely in your newspaper (press release attached). 2008 is my 20th anniversary in the Guardian! Cough, cough, wheeze. Oh yes, I am a trilobite.

Your pal,
Lloyd Dangle

Bad Voodoo tonight

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Editors note: Award-winning reporter and former KTVU news anchor Leslie Griffith sent us this dispatch.

By Leslie Griffith

Tonight you can watch the mother lode of reality shows. It’s called “Bad Voodoo War,” and it airs on PBS’ Frontline. “Bad Voodoo War” is the story of a platoon of 30 soldiers in Iraq armed with both military might and camcorders. Read more »

serge bozon

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--Why the title "La France"? Is there something about the soldiers' story or plight that evokes or says something about your country in general?

To put it with the words of Michel Delahaye, one of my favorite film critics from the sixties (in the Cahiers), who wrote a paper about La France, I've tried to tell the story of those men who "got lost in the shadow of victory". They managed to escape, but died during their trip, so disappeared "en voyage". Read more »

Rhymin' Riot XX-style at Yerba Buena

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By Vanessa Carr

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Julie Atlas Muz (photo: Karl Giant)

Opening tonight, Fr/28, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is The Way That We Rhyme a multimedia group show featuring work by a heavy-hitting line up of contemporary female artists that emphasizes performance and interaction.

Aptly titled, The Way That We Rhyme references a lyric from Le Tigre's "Hot Topic," Read more »

Swordfish, styrofoam, and sprouting growth

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By Vanessa Carr

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"Bloods & Crypts" (detail) by Kiersten Essenpreis

At the Johansson Projects gallery in Oakland, the natural and man-made, the real and the imagined collide in a group show that gallery owner Kimberly Johansson says is about consumption and sprouting growth. Read more »

White people like blogging

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By Ailene Sankur

A friend sent me the blog “Stuff White People Like,” and it’s probably the funniest thing on the Internet right now. White people are ridiculous! Read more »