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HOT PINK LIST 2013: ACT-UPPERS

Our annual tribute to queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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AIDS-era nostalgia gripped popular culture recently with several acclaimed documentaries (including Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague) and the Tony-winning revival of Larry Kramer's play "A Normal Heart" (soon to be an HBO movie with Julia Roberts). But a new generation was also rediscovering the disruptive tactics of ACT-UP. Read more »

HOT PINK LIST 2013: HIP-HOP NATION

Our annual salute to the queers who grabbed our attention and held it

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If anything will tip the scale when it comes to mainstream hip-hop's acceptance of pansexual twerking in its midst (hi, Frank Ocean and Mykki Blanco), it will be the simple fact that this new class of queers just bnrings the game better: pops ass more profoundly, wears the shit out of some Hood By Air, and can channel Aaliyah, Slick Rick, and Le1f on the same track. Read more »

Pride on fire

Strap on your flaming jetpack and Zoom through Pride week's must-attend events

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Guide to Pride 2013*

*This content is generated by the SFBG promotions and advertising departments.

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Polo in the park

SubZERO robots, late-night basketball, plastic mallets, and bikes for horses: a day in the life of Jose Coronado Playground

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IN THE GAME The lights at Jose Coronado Playground stay on until 10 p.m. Like most playgrounds, it has a life of its own: a heart, a brain, a bloated liver, and a basketball hoop. In fact: two — but most nights the basketball court is cut in half by an extension of the tennis court to create a bike polo court. Which is cut in half by the slightly grassy crack between tennis-top acrylic and just plain asphalt.

So you don't always get a clean roll, but that's life.Read more »

Stretch out

Summer yoga retreats and festivals offer escape for body, mind

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On the Om Front The days are getting longer. The college kids who live next door are throwing parties seven nights a week instead of the usual four. Your dog is asking to be walked so early in the morning that you're not certain you've ever actually gone to sleep. It's summertime! And it's the perfect time to get out of town for a few days, and do what yogis (and defeated armies) do best: retreat.Read more »

Nasty 'Net

Mid-Market tech pioneer GameLink has been a top porn purveyor for 20 years

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Let us not forget, in the middle of the city's complicated relationship with our tech brethren, that the Mid-Market neighborhood now teeming with Twitter and — presently — the tunes of Spotify, was first primed for Internet takeover by two little companies. eLine and GameLink (www.gamelink.com) moved into office space in an alley just off Sixth Street's most trafficked stretch back in 2000, long before 140 characters was a thing.Read more »

Go deep

BDSM stars give it all up for DocFest's Public Sex, Private Lives

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SEX Public Sex, Private Lives filmmaker Simone Jude was on set with Kink.com dominatrix Isis Love when Love received a call from Child Protective Services. The single mom would have to meet with CPS staff -- there'd been questions raised about her parenting of 12-year old Rusty. For most documentarians, plot line would pause there.Read more »

Three! Out!

Baseball in Italy? Oh yes, it happened.

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IN THE GAME Home runs are called fuoricampi, which translates literally to outfields, in the sense of "out of the park." Hits are valide, or "valids." And a strike out is a strike out. It's pretty adorable, when the field announcer at Stadio Nuevo Europeo in Parma exclaims, "Strike! Three! Out!"

At one point last Saturday, Parma's starter Jose Sanchez struck out seven in a row. Over six shutout innings, he struck out 12, so we got to hear it a lot:

"Strike! Three! Out!"

I'm 50.Read more »

First lady of fajas

Martina Lopez de Perez provides her Maya Mam community with style that matters

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN Never in my time writing this style column has a clothing seller interrupted our interview to deal with an inquiry about legal advice or natural medicine.

But then, very few of the stores and designers I've featured have served as crucial a function in its community as the small enterprise run by Martina Lopez de Perez, who sells traditional huipils and fajas to her community of indigenous Guatemalan Maya Mam refugees out of her family's home in Fruitvale.Read more »