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PRIDE TOP 5: House of Stank

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House of Stank is coming to town for Pride, playing Sunday at Juanita More!'s infamous pool party. We asked the NYC house and tech duo -- W. Jeremy, who many will recognize from his years in SF, and Christy Love -- for a top 5 list of their favorite Pride tracks, from booty-tech to old-school End Up classics.

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WORLD PREMIERE: Shannon and the Clams, "Tired of Being Bad"

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Fierce and bluesy East Bay garage rockers Shannnon and the Clams premiere the new video for "Tired of Being Bad" from their "Sleep Talk" album, animated by Owen Cook, in this SFBG exclusive. (And check out their recent revealing interview with us.)

Hot sexy events: June 22-28

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Apparently we got everyone a little too hot and bothered with our bike messenger sex post a few weeks back -- the bicycle coitus backlash has already begun!

This news from LA, where the super fly Midnight Ridazz ride ran into some complications in the form of a drunk, cell phone-using driver smashing into a group stopped on the side of a road, injuring 11 cyclists. The police were quick to point fingers -- at the cyclists. After all, "alcohol, condoms, and marijuana" were found near the scene of the crime, as ABC Channel 7 reported. Clearly, the Ridazz were gearing up (ha!) for a late night bike orgy. You know how that saddle friction gets everyone all randy. Read more »

Board rebuffs Farrell's shrinking of affordable housing project

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The efforts by Sup. Mark Farrell and a group of his constituents from wealthy District 2 to downsize or derail an affordable housing project for young people at risk of homelessness was rebuffed yesterday by the Board of Supervisors, which voted 9-2 to deny an appeal of Planning Commission's 5-1 approval of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center project.Read more »

SFBG Radio: Commies and the U.S. Marine Corps

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Today Johnny offers a special observation: After hearing a friend in the Army denounce "socialism," he concludes that the military, particularly the Marine Corps, operates a lot like a communist organization. You know -- relatively level pay, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need," free food and medical care, putting the needs of the whole over the needs of the individual .... commie stuff. (No -- this is not Johnny channelling McCarthy and holding up names of Communist Marines. Trust me) Listen up after the jump. Read more »

Measure would make getting a shelter bed easier and more fair

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More than three years after a Guardian investigation found that San Francisco's homeless shelter system is an unnecessarily confusing, difficult to navigate, and inequitable boondoggle that routinely denies people use of even vacant shelter beds, voters in November will get a chance to change a system created largely by former Mayor Gavin Newsom's Care Not Cash program.Read more »

The cab driver protest

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I'm on the side of the taxi drivers who held that noisy demonstration at City Hall. The folks who drive taxis get screwed in so many ways -- the gate fees (the price of leasing a cab for a shift) go up faster than the fares the drivers can charge. Gas (which comes out of the drivers' pockets) goes up even faster. And now they're getting dinged for credit-card fees (even though by law they're supposed to take credit cards). Read more »

Show off your your air balls at this weekend's U.S. Air Guitar Competition

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The world of competitive air guitar in the United States has come a long way from it's humble beginnings in 2003 when only two coasts were ripping faux chords. Nowadays, a nationwide shred-a-thon draws guitar mimes from around the country, and hosts competitions in 17 cities. Each regional winner competes in the Chicago nationals, vying for the chance to bring back the golden crown from the mother of all air guitar championship competitions in Oulou, Finland.  

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Roll in the punky grime of Wax Idols

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It's purple and bloodied, scuffed and raw from a blind leap and yet if you dig your finger in deep enough, there's a soft spot back and to the left. The Oakland-based quartet Wax Idols-- playing Sun/26 at Thee Parkside -- puts on a badass punk front, but those shiny hooks expose just enough emotion to keep things from scabbing. Read more »

Fighting for control: A digital DJ throwdown this weekend at Public Works

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This Sat/25, San Francisco will serve as host to an event that will have Guitar Hero extremists falling off their couches. Fresh off its success from its two year anniversary show in January, a group dedicated to showcasing live electronic musicianship is taking over Public Works, this time for the West Coast Championship Controller Battle, where electronic controllerists will battle it out in hopes of achieving a piece of controller glory.  

“It’s not a typical show,” says Rich “Rich DDT” Trapani, a producer of the event and co-founder of LoveTechSF. Trapani hopes that the controller battle will “bring the community [of electronic musicians] together and serve as a place to inspire each other.”   Read more »

The Guardian Hot Pink List 2011

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For the past few years, as part of our annual Queer Issue, we've rounded up a few of the people who have inspired us with their unique approaches to queer life. Whether they're activists, artists, performers, or just plain hot-to-trot rabble-rousers, they've made our queer hearts beat a little faster (and reminded us of the fantastic diversity and dedication of the community). This year, we've gathered together another Hot Pink bunch, and asked them. "What inspires you right now -- and what could the queer community use more of?" This year's Hot Pink List was photographed by Keeney + Law

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Queer Issue 2011: Scenes from the road

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Eager to include the voices of queer youth in our 2011 Queer Issue, we asked the artists at Roaddawgz, a Tenderloin homeless youth creative drop-in center, to submit art that addressed the realities of being young and queer today. Here's some selections from the amazing works they sent in: Read more »

Lust for Life: The true meaning of Gay Christmas

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Yeah, Pride's got its problems – but that doesn't mean it can't be epic

Every year without fail, my friends and I talk about how June is Gay Christmas in San Francisco. We pronounce it like it has to be capitalized and ends with an exclamation point. Sometimes I even sing the words a little -- “Gaaay Christmas! La-la!” -- like the holiday comes complete with its own carols. Read more »

Saving Oakland libraries

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When I went to Oakland's Art Murmur a couple weeks ago, a funeral procession organized to call attention to the possible loss of Oakland public libraries wound its way through the streets. Read more »

Some families don't flee San Francisco

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I hate to admit, I take this a little bit personally, all this stuff about how families are fleeing San Francisco and how it might be better to live in Omaha or Louisville. Cuz I have a family and we aren't leaving. And neither are my friends and neighbors. There are plenty of us who think that San Francisco is a great place to raise kids.Read more »