God of thunder alert - Valient Thorr at Slim's

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By Ben Richardson

Almost all of the members of Valient Thorr wear denim jackets emblazoned with their own backpatches, which would be a pretty lame move by a band that didn't claim to be from Venus.

Yet once a group makes a certain level of commitment to a ridiculous concept, all is forgiven, and a collection of pseudonyms and a convoluted interplanetary backstory only serve to heighten Valient Thorr's endearing, cultish goofiness. Read more »

Are the cops doing their jobs?

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For the first time ever, the San Francisco Controller's Office (using outside consultants) is conducting a survey on the behavior and effectiveness of the SFPD. You can fill it out online here.

This is part of legislation by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, and it's important that all parts of the community respond. Read more »

Stopping the GOP's dirty trick

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A ballot measure that would effectively guarantee that the next president is a Republican -- and quite possible guarantee GOP control of the White House for years to come -- is headed for the California ballot, and the Democratic party has been a bit slow to respond. Read more »

Solo Supper

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By Amber Peckham

Dining out alone is, for me, one of the most socially awkward experiences imaginable. Now, I don’t mean dining out at a fast food joint or anything like that; I’m talking about dining out for real, with tables and menus and cloth napkins. I usually try to avoid dining out alone at all costs. I will go hungry for hours until I have someone to eat with, because in my mind, a meal is an experience you are supposed to share; and if I’m alone while I eat, it’s usually all I can think about.

(I would like to interject here that I don’t have any problem being by myself. Read more »

Diamonds are a skull's best friend? Skulls are in!

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Damien Hirst might have "created" the most notorious and expensive one, but he's far from alone: skulls are on display everywhere right now, within galleries, on record covers, and spray-painted on the wall next door. Behold this onslaught of skull imagery, collected from current art shows and some recent reissued albums and labels. Dia de los Muertos beckons, yet there's a serious sinister present-day political element to at least some of this work. Read more »

Hey, did Gavin think about this?

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We know at this point that Mayor Newsom didn't seek legal counsel before he decided to ask for everyone who runs anything in town to resign. If he had, and he'd thought about it a little bit, he might have discovered what City Attorney Dennis Herrera did: This could cost the city big money.

I'm not talking about lawsuits by forcibly resigned employees -- Newsom had ever legal right to do what he did. Read more »

Weekend fun begun? Maps, One Block Radius, Blank Tapes unraveled

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Oh, the places you'll go, the shows you'll see. Read more »

Ammianoliner: the Ed Jew blues

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Following the Chronicle's front page headline on Friday (Sept. 21) saying that "Feds charge Ed Jew in alleged shakedown, FBI details supervisor's dealings with tapioca drink shop owners,"

Sup. Tom Ammiano's sang the following song, to the tune of "Embraceable You," for today's voice mail Ammianoliner:

Indict me, my sweet indictable Ed Jew

Excite me, my bribable you

Don't be a naughty supervisor

Come to rehab, come to rehab do. B3

Moments to treasure - at guess where!

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I got my eye on the isle. Photo by Sofia Ramirez.

By Kevin Lee

First off, I have to say that the folks behind the inaugural Treasure Island Festival did a spectacular job and this year’s event must be considered a success: Treasure Island could be considered a “cozy” outdoor music festival, simultaneously intimate and spacious.

Saturday, Sept. 15, I showed up fashionably late which meant I missed local act Zion I. Read more »

Phil Frank memorial service Monday

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Lee Houskeeper (no pesky e) sent out this press release announcing the public memorial service for Phil "Farley" Frank from noon to l p.m. Monday at Washington Square Park (Camp Farley).

If I were writing a story for the Guardian, or most any other newspaper, I would take this release and convert it into a story. I would make sure that Houskeeper's name, as the press guy for the Frank family, would not appear. Read more »