The plasticity of the body has beguiled humanity for millennia, and segments of the LGBT community in particular have a strong fascination with the way that bodies can change shape. This Sunday, April 12, as part of the Temescal Art Center’s Shapeshifters Cinema, Bay Area media artist Zen Cohen presents a short program of video and performance works that addresses the sexuality of bodies both corporeal and digitized.…

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: April 10, 2015, 11:15 pm
If the anxiety of paying your taxes is making your cuticles extra ragged, gift thyself some sun and a wine tasting in Carmel. The valley itself is especially pretty, fragrant with eucalyptus trees and other greenery – a sign that you’ve crossed the line into Monterey County.…

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Author: Mary Ladd
Posted: April 10, 2015, 9:00 pm

Like the rest of us, I watch a lot of movies and televsion shows, and try to read a lot of books — I'm currently making my way through Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed, which I can't recommend strongly enough — but I also watch a lot of YouTube, particularly the educational channels. Learning new things is fun!…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: April 10, 2015, 9:00 pm
In order to further protect the religious people of Indiana, the State Legislature today passed a law forbidding anyone from discriminating against others on the basis of the intelligence or value of their opinions.

“I was simply shocked to discover how many Hoosiers of faith are dealing with discrimination in their daily lives from teachers, lawyers, doctors, homosexuals, Jews, and homosexual Jewish doctors,” said Governor Mike Pence as he signed the bill. “This law will make sure that people who believe that a carpenter who was killed 2,000 years ago is going to come to life any day now and condemn gay marriages will not face any repercussions as they try to base their decisions on this premise.”

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Author: Benjamin Wachs
Posted: April 10, 2015, 8:40 pm

If you’re wondering what the future holds for Market Street, you can bet that it holds a whole lot of plywood, and public participatory art works. After reporting on the well-connected event at the Rapha Cycle Club last November, previewing the Market Street Prototyping Festival, I thought I’d actually check out the real thing.…

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Author: Leif Haven
Posted: April 10, 2015, 7:32 pm
Ride have proven that, even after a 20-year absence, there are still droves of fans who will line up for advance ticket sales. The shoegaze and indie-pop merchants had all the makings of a superstar act back in the day, with all four of their records charting in the Top 25 in the UK and the band making waves across multiple countries.…

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Author: Eddie Jorgensen
Posted: April 10, 2015, 7:21 pm

Loló, the wonderful tapas restaurant on Valencia with the power-clashing interior, is well known for its agave bar and for its Friday-Saturday lunchtime cocktails that cater to people who either don’t have a care in the world or drink as if they don’t.

And now they’re introducing an entirely new list of spring/summer cocktails, left intentionally flexible for San Francisco’s off-kilter seasons. As with the bar’s agave-based perennials (like the magnificent Gold Digger, a mezcal concoction made with yellow Chartreuse, tonic syrup and grapefruit bitters), the southwestern succulent figures prominently here.

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: April 10, 2015, 7:05 pm

An atmospheric ooze overlaid with an intricate rhythm and the vivid interjection of a West African kora. A baroque ornament nestled within a dubstep pulse.…

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Author: Irene Hsiao
Posted: April 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
It was the best of times, it was… the best of times. For almost 20 years, the graffiti- and mural-covered building at 2050 Bryant Street has served as a warehouse of wonders for San Francisco’s underground communities.…

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Author: Devin Holt
Posted: April 10, 2015, 6:40 pm
Tacos and Tartine are two of my favorite things in life. So when Tartine started hosting a taco pop-up a couple years ago, I was ecstatic.…

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Author: Omar Mamoon
Posted: April 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
The overriding theme of this week's music happenings is quite clearly the supernatural — what with the ghost of Kurt Cobain living on in his daughter's face, murdered legend Selena being resurrected via hologram, Nicki Minaj curing the sick with only the power of her mighty chesticles, and Anne Hathaway channeling Miley Cyrus just for fun. Plus Madonna just survived the annihilation of mankind — in her own mind and video, at least.…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: April 10, 2015, 4:17 pm

For all the ever-expanding Southeast Asian food available in San Francisco, landlocked Laos has long been left out in the cold. That has now changed (on Thursdays, at least), as Vietnamese mainstay Turtle Tower gives itself over to Lanxang Kingdom, a Lao pop-up with some unusual menu items such as fried crickets, silkworm larvae, and riverweed from the Mekong.

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: April 9, 2015, 11:32 pm

If you had said, circa-2011, that a musical by the creators of South Park that focused on Mormonism would go on to become one of the most critically acclaimed plays of all time, you may have gotten some serious side-eye. After all, this is the religion that discourages addictive substances such as alcohol and coffee.…

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Author: Laura Jaye Cramer
Posted: April 9, 2015, 11:00 pm

For many of us growing up during the golden age of ‘90s Bay Area radio, DJs and radio personalities often represented more than just voices on the airwaves. Instead, they were local figures to look up to that held careers we could only dream of.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: April 9, 2015, 9:21 pm
Carly Fiorina nearly ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground and then flamed out in a run for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat. 

But the plucky executive rose from the ashes of her failed multi-million dollar senate campaign to serve as one of Mitt Romney's most reliable surrogates during the 2012 presidential election.  

Fiorina kicked off 2015 with a delightfully bitchy tirade against Hillary Clinton, a red-meat offering to the Republican base.…

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Author: Amy Alexander
Posted: April 9, 2015, 9:11 pm


As is so often the case with older movies, "New on Video" is a bit of misnomer for these two Eddies. Not only have they both been on most all of the major video formats of the past few decades, but Jean-Claude Lord's Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! would not exist if not for home video market, as Martin Davidson's original was major flop in the theaters.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: April 9, 2015, 9:00 pm


Tomorrow marks the first Friday since the end of Lent.…

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Author: The Dapper Diner
Posted: April 9, 2015, 9:00 pm
For over 12 years, New York City techno fanatics have been able to count on The Bunker New York to push the boundaries of what a "techno party" could be. As one of the first American party promoters to focus on playing host to underground, avant-garde European electronic musicians and DJs, The Bunker New York eventually became a record label and several years ago, began hosting its own showcases at clubs around the world.…

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Author: Chris Zaldua
Posted: April 9, 2015, 6:58 pm
Florence and the Machine
The Masonic
April 8, 2015


Florence and the Machine didn't waste any time getting comfortable with the crowd at the Masonic last night. Halfway through their hit song "Dog Days Are Over" the band brought their instruments to a whisper so that Florence Welch, the group's front woman, could talk the crowd into taking off some clothes.

Last time the band played San Francisco Welch trained the crowd to jump on command.…

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Author: Matt Saincome
Posted: April 9, 2015, 5:52 pm

Glop from Berta Julià Sala on Vimeo.

While we’re fairly certain everyone is going completely bonkers over the news that IKEA will be serving vegan meatballs (aka GRÖNSAKBULLAR, 10 for $4.49), you might need a better reason than that to go to Emeryville and slalom around shoppers trying to get 90-pound DIY furniture sets into their carts from the warehouse’s upper shelves.

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: April 9, 2015, 5:00 pm
The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Gabriel Cortez is a spoken word poet and teaching artist. His poetry has been featured on Upworthy and the Huffington Post and performed live in front of thousands in venues such as the Oracle Arena, the Nourse Theater, and UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.…

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Author: Evan Karp
Posted: April 9, 2015, 4:00 pm


Let’s all take a moment to process the fact that Dole Whip exists in San Francisco now.

This beloved frozen treat that used to only be available at a scarce number of places, including Disneyland, the Dole Plantation in Hawaii, and a small handful of obscure amusement parks nowhere near me, is now easily accessible for you lucky folks in or around San Francisco.

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Author: Betty Wang
Posted: April 9, 2015, 3:02 pm

The above video is a rare peek at the Tenderloin illegal drug market in action, from the perspective of both the police and the street.

The scenes were shot in 2013 and 2014 during Operation Safe Schools, a joint San Francisco Police Department/Drug Enforcement Administration task force that, according to law enforcement officials, is meant to crack down on drug dealing near schools. 

All 37 of the people arrested during "Safe Schools" are black. Since they've been charged in federal court rather than state court, tougher mandatory minimums apply; none of the local incarceration alternatives (drug court, diversion) apply.

In the video's opening seconds, an unidentified SFPD officer conducting surveillance from a rooftop utters "Fucking BMs."…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: April 9, 2015, 2:00 pm
Florence and the Machine shared a new track off their upcoming album How Big How Blue How Beautiful today titled "Ship to Wreck." 

On first listen the catchy pop tune, led by Florence Welch’s powerful vocals, sounds upbeat and dance-in-the-car worthy. But listen close to the lyrics and it becomes clear Welch's ship has a hull full of self-doubt and introspection. 

"I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you're in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most," Welch said in a press release about the song.

Florence and the Machine play The Masonic tonight and tomorrow [4/8 and 4/9].…

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Author: Matt Saincome
Posted: April 9, 2015, 1:22 am