Archive for June, 2008

The Ten Commandments of SF

In an effort to keep church and state separate I give you the Ten Commandments of SF!
1. Thou shalt always vote on principal and not political party
2. Thou shall move your family to the suburbs when your children are of school age
3. Thou shalt always have an earthquake preparedness kit in your home
4. Thou shalt drive a hybrid car
5. Thou shalt always yield to a bike if driving, and a ped if driving/biking
6. Thou shalt not pay for muni
7. Thou shall hate the dodgers like the devil himself/herself. Unless of course you are a satanist. Then thou shall hate the dodgers like god himself/herself
8. Thou shalt be tolerant, to the point of absurdity
9. Thou shalt pickup after your pooch, homeless denizen, drunk buddy defecates
10. Thou shalt keep your winter clothes out of storage all summer long

See things differently? Let’s hear your commandments in the comments!

h/t to David at the LA Metblog.

New College set to close

New College of California building, by Steve RhodesNew College of California, a 37-year-old alternative school in the Mission District that offered undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees in psychology and law, will close its doors for good tomorrow after graduating its final class.

The school was stripped five months ago of its accreditation and hasn’t paid its staff since November. Professors volunteered their services to finish the school year for the students who didn’t transfer to other local schools such as John F. Kennedy Univeristy in the East Bay.

The future of the Roxie Theater, owned by the school since 2006, is in doubt. A New College graduate took over operation of the theater last year and is trying to put together the funds to purchase it, the Examiner reported.

Flickr photo by Steve Rhodes

90 Degrees and a Perfect Night for the Opera!

It’s going to be another warm night, so why not pack a blanket and picnic and head down the AT&T Park, tonight at 8pm!

The San Francisco will be showing a live simulcast of

Lucia di Lammermoor

…and it is FREE!

The park asks that you bring a blanket, if you intend to sit on the baseball field.

The simulcast will be projected in high definition on the park’s 3,200 square foot score board.

For advanced registration and more information;

Check out The San Francisco Opera’s Webpage

… and enjoy the weather tonight!

Moth spraying program killed dead

Courtesy CurbedSF: The plan to fight an insect that state officials said could threaten crops is dead, officials said today. The aerial spraying of hormones intended to disrupt the reproductive cycle of the light brown apple moth — a 1/4-inch long pest that attacks both trees and crops — was loudly protested by groups representing parents, environmentalists, butterflies and pets.

Instead of spraying from helicopters, officials will fight the bugs by releasing sterile moths and “using other ground methods,” which sounds like one of those jobs it might be hard to hire people for. If you want to know what they are, read section 2 of this PDF document.

Live Painting, Live Fashion

This Sunday in the Mission, a designer co-op (the Mission Statement) hosts a block party in the Mission- local businesses show their clothes & beats & breakdancing. Sounds very cool. Beforehand trot over to Fabric8 on 22nd and check out the mural done by Brian Barneclo, and he’s also doing live painting.

Briefly: Sunday, from 3-7PM, The Mission Statement celebrates its opening with their First Annual Fashion Show & Block Party on Lexington Street between 18th and 19th Streets.

Lengthily: It’s a fashion show featuring clothing and jewelry by local designers such as Yugala (formerly of AMS and Saffron), Minnie Wilde, Zoe Bikini, and Honey McMoney (formerly Phobos & Deimos and University of Fuck). There will also be a performance by SFC Double Dutch, spoken word by Anthem Salgado & Kentura, and music by local DJs.
details after ze jump

Wholphin 6 Screening @ Mezzanine

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Wholphin — the popular DVD magazine of short films — is back with issue 6 this summer, and tonight SF360 is putting on an advance screening of much of the DVD at the SoMa club Mezzanine. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:30. From the Wholphin page about the event:

Join us as SF360 presents the debut screening of Wholphin No 6 at Mezzanine on Thursday, June 19th. We will be screening a selection of films including a documentary about a class of Chinese third graders who hold a democratic election for classroom monitor and in the process end up hilariously, if unintentionally, mocking 300 years of American politics; a beautifully black, comic exploration of 70s England that isn’t, but could easily be, the prequel to A Clockwork Orange; a surreal dating short starring Michael Cera, with alternate audio versions featuring John Cleese and Daniel Handler; stunning footage of rarely-seen tropical reptiles and insects that are amazingly beautiful to watch, even when they’re eating each other head first; as well as films featuring great white sharks, America’s leading Bigfoot researchers, and a miniature seeing-eye horse.

You can reserve up to two tickets in advance by emailing with your name; reserved tickets are $8; it’s $12 at the door. It’s a 21+ venue; a limited amount of complimentary vodka will be offered by Kissui Vodka from Japan. (I’m not big on repeating corporate slogans, but I have to admit that the Kissui slogan makes me smile: When the Rising Sun Finally Sets.)

Liz Phair at the Fillmore

Liz Phair, circa 2004

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but I remember a time when Liz Phair was a fresh and promising voice in alt-rock, a sultry siren singing of balding lotharios and of being oral royalty. I remember seeing a then-rare, live performance at her alma mater, Oberlin College, in which I became permanently smitten with this smart, sexy, direct woman.

Then came her brief dalliance with The Matrix production team.


UC attacks tree-sitters’ outpost

With the campus empty of students and most of the Bay Area media covering same-sex marriages, UC-Berkeley today launched an assault on the tree sitters that have been occupying an oak grove.

The protestors, who have been conducting a sit-in in the trees for 18 months to prevent destruction of the grove for a new university building, fought back with their own excrement as “arborists” attempted to cut ropes and other gear the protestors use to haul supplies to their perches.

An article on Bay Area Indymedia, a website devoted to protest reports and organizing by the left, reported that five “contract climbers” were attempting to dislodge protestors’ gear.

The action comes the day before a decision is expected to be announced in a lawsuit brought by the protestors and the city of Berkeley to stop construction of the proposed atheletic training facility. The protestors first scaled the trees on Dec. 1, 2006.

Celebrate Nuptials!

7by7pressFriend & restaurant owner Pamela Busch is having a fundraiser- 10% proceeds going to Equality, CA ( tomorrow from noon to 11PM at her restaurant, Cav Wine Bar. Check out the info on If you want to celebrate some very cool legislation and help the upcoming legal battles, stop by for a wine flight, or their mushroom-themed menu. I was there the day marriage was legalized and wow, the energy in the air was amazing. Cav was selected by Michael Bauer as one of the top 100 restaurants – so come by for a tasty nibble and support a cause! Open table is the best way to secure a spot:

The Raven (Pic)

Juvenile Raven(s), Inner Sunset.


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