STREET SEEN The fact that that our conversation is taking place to beat of Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 seminal classic "Call Me Maybe" leads me to believe that T-We Tea owner Christopher Coccagna is being real when he says he'll be holding 12:30pm dance parties for the FiDi lunch set in the darling tea shop he just opened in the neighborhood.
It also leads me to believe that Crocker Galleria may be downtown's most fun mall — or at least, that it's on the way.Read more »
SEX It is hard to imagine an industry as rich, yet as under-examined as that of pornography. We spend billions of dollars on porn in this country, and billions of hours trying to hide that fact, erasing search histories and wedging DVDs under the bed when our parents are coming over.Read more »
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH There's all of not much planned, officially speaking, for Women's History Month this year in San Francisco. A March 6 ceremony honored a lady from each district in the Board of Supervisor's chamber, a reception followed with refreshments and Ed Lee's mustache proclaimed she who is Woman of the Year. (His selection hadn't been announced by the time we went to press, but I'm pulling for a double honoree this year: fashion babe twins Marian and recently-deceased Vivian Brown.)Read more »
SEX Let's take a trip to Texas for some national news before this week's sex events.
Clearly, strippers are the reason we have human trafficking. This, at least, appears to be a thought in the noggin of Texas assemblyperson Bill Zedler, who has proposed HB 337, a bill that would require exotic dancers to wear a license certifying that they have taken a course in sex slavery.Read more »
STREET SEENAs the author of a style column, I spend time trawling the city for innovative new local designers. Clothes that are made here, cute ones. Let me hear about them, I'll put it in print, swear down.
But there's not... that much of them. Speaking historically, of course. In the heyday of garment manufacturing, San Francisco churned out mountains of readywear — more than any other city in the country besides New York and Los Angeles.Read more »
STREET SEEN I was going to write this column about what it was like to be art star Kehinde Wiley's model. It was supposed to be an eloquent reflection on musedom, and I'd locked down a post-performance chat with Ethiopian Israeli rapper Kalkidan, who stars in several of Wiley's portraits in the current show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.Read more »
STREET SEEN You are welcome to spend Valentine's Day as I will this year: corralled onto a dark dancefloor with 200 similar atheists in the face of the love goddess. But as many of you will be happily celebrating with partners (hiss!), I've assembled this four-pack of completely locally-made Valentine's Day gifts. You're welcome (pfft.)Read more »
SEX It's the end of an era at local sex toy and education company Good Vibrations: Dr. Charlie Glickman is stepping down from his position as education program manager for the national retailer.Read more »
STREET SEEN While larger clothing companies are free to define their brand through glossy print campaigns and billboards staring out impassively over downtown shoppers, the little guys look elsewhere to establish identity.Read more »
STREET SEEN Nearing the climax of her presentation at last week's Zero Graffiti International Conference, Vancouver PD's graffiti-fighting specialist Valerie Spicer despaired over graffiti's affects on its perpetrators.
"He didn't die because of graffiti," she said sadly, a deceased Canadian graffiti artist's childhood photo on the PowerPoint screen behind her. "But I'm quite sure that the behaviors he learned in the subculture didn't help him confront the man who stabbed and killed him."Read more »