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Powder keg

The voters are furious -- but are they madder at government or big business? That question could define the next political era
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news@sfbg.com

Ask any pollster, political consultant, or academic who studies the American electorate about the mood of the voters this year and you'll get the same one-word answer: Angry.

Everyone's pissed — the liberals, the conservatives, the moderates, the people who don't even know where they fit in. It's an unsettled time and, potentially, very bad news for a progressive agenda that seeks to address issues ranging from poverty and war to the long-term health of the public and the planet.Read more »

25 ideas for our queer future

THE QUEER ISSUE: Gaze into the future of the gays -- LGBTQ leaders, artists, and activists offer their visions for what lies ahead. Plus our 2010 Hot Pink List!

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What does the future hold in store for us? In an age of mainstream assimilation and aspiration, is there even such a thing as the queer future? We asked 25 queer leaders, artists, and activists to offer visions in their areas of expertise. The results — philosophical, poetic, practical, and priceless — are inspiring. One thing's for sure, we'll never lose our creative spark. Nor will we lose our motivational zeal. Fate is for the lazy: take action now. (Marke B.)Read more »

Tale of two landfills

With a pair of giant corporations vying for control of San Francisco's trash, will our zero waste dreams ever become a reality?

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Sarah@sfbg.com

Everyone should make a pilgrimage to the landfill where their city's garbage is buried. For San Francisco residents to really understand the current trash situation — and its related issues of transportation, environmental justice, greenhouse gas reduction, corporate contracting, and pursuing a zero waste goal — that means taking two trips.Read more »

Parties without borders

In the age of social media, San Francisco's wildest clubs (and shrewdest promoters) are taking over the world

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marke@sfbg.com

"My body's over Guam somewhere."Read more »

Gay outta Hunters Point

San Francisco music video auteur Justin Kelly makes the move into movies

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Maybe now that Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the art film world can be forgiven, but many of my favorite movies of the past few years have been made for Vimeo or YouTube more than for DVD rental, let alone the big screen. I'm thinking of Damon Packard's SpaceDisco One, and most of all, I'm talking about music videos shot right here in San Francisco: Skye Thorstenson's fantasia for Myles Cooper's "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today," and Justin Kelly's numerous videos for Hunx and His Punx. Read more »

Our 2010 Small Business Awards

Break the chains! From a spunky salon to a 100-year-old speakeasy, our annual salute to small business highlights local entrepeneurs who blow away the competition

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Join the cult!

San Francisco International Film Festival preview: Joshua Grannell's All About Evil is a bloody cinema valentine

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cheryl@sfbg.com

SFIFF If you know San Francisco's cult movie culture, you know Midnight Mass, the Bridge Theatre's long-running celebration of late-night movies. And if you know Midnight Mass, then you most certainly know Peaches Christ, the event's fabulously dressed and tressed hostess.Read more »

The dawn of Earth Day

GREEN ISSUE: The largest secular holiday in the world was born in 1970 — and its chief organizer has lessons for the movement 40 years later
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tredmond@sfbg.com

GREEN ISSUE The heavens welcomed Earth Day to America. All over the country, April 22, 1970 dawned clear and sunny; mild weather made it even easier to bring people into the streets. The Capitol Mall was packed, and so many members of Congress were making speeches and appearing at events that both houses adjourned for the day. Read more »

Original synth

A strange new wave of retro washes over music and nightlife

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The Pets Issue

Walking, drinking, poking, and BARFing -- tips, tricks, tales (and cocktails) for your best friend. Plus: local pet stores we love

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