Five recent adds to Victor Krummenacher's iPod

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Ex-Guardian art director Victor Krummenacher has left our fair offices but he's not forgotten: dude can still be seen playing around town and far beyond city limits with his groundbreaking group Camper Van Beethoven and in CVB vocalist David Lowery's Cracker - and now solo (see this week's Sonic Reducer) - future appearances include opening for the Knitters at Great American Music Hall on Saturday, May 19. Read more »

The War on Mother's Day

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By Sarah Phelan

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My 20-year-old son called me on Mother’s Day. He could only talk for a minute, because he was calling from a National Guard camp, where he’s training before deploying to Iraq, and all the other soldiers-in-training wanted a turn talking to their moms and families, too.Afterwards I choked up. Read more »

Who has the best (City Attorney) jeans butt?

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By Sarah Phelan

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In his time, City Attorney Dennis Herrera has been accused of paying too much attention to dress codes, cuff links and time schedules. But on Friday, members of the AIDS/LifeCycle Riders team in his office, along with anyone who has contributed to their 545-mile Trek to Los Angeles fundraising efforts will be allowed to wear jeans. Read more »

Newsom's personal columnist

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By Steven T. Jones
The Examiner's Ken Garcia just loves to sneer at progressives and puff up Mayor Gavin Newsom, as he did again yesterday. In fact, this seems to be Garcia's sole raison d'etre. Yet the problem with Garcia disguising his mayoral flackery as independent journalism is that some ill-informed readers might actually believe what he has to say, no matter no bogus his points or flawed his logic.

Support your local band...shell

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panhandle_bandshell_logo.jpgSome people make plans to spend their summer drinking beer and barbecuing beef ribs. Others have slightly more ambitious goals. Like the people behind the Panhandle Bandshell project, a temporary installation made from reclaimed materials meant as a community performance and acoustic music space. Read more »

SFSYO: Celebrating 25 years of serving the community and kicking ass

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By Molly Freedenberg

It's rare that a youth orchestra performs Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. Read more »

Chasing the church

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By Steven T. Jones
Toward the end of Christopher Hitchens' wonderfully caustic anti-tribute to Jerry Falwell on Slate today, he chides the Democratic Party for trying to follow the Republican Party in pandering to the religionists. That's a very real fear that has the potential to do immense damage to this country and its constitutional separation of religion from government. Read more »

The War on WiFi

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By Sarah Phelan

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Mayor Gavin Newsom’s tactics to push through a Google Earthlink Wifi franchise are beginning to look a lot like Bush’s efforts to invade Iraq: only this time the invasion is of Internet privacy, the big lie is that the Google Earthlink deal will bridge the digital divide, and critics of the deal are being smeared as racists.

Nothing of course could be further from the truth behind why the Board has been questioning Newsom's Google-Earthlink deal for y Read more »

Ding dong, Falwell's dead

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By Steven T. Jones
We all hate to speak ill of the dead, but my reaction to the news that Rev. Jerry Falwell have died was: Whoopee!!! Apparently, I'm not alone in wanting to dance on this hatemonger's grave. Check of the comments to the NYT blog. My favorite was "bury him deep."

Jerry Falwell is dead

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By Tim Redmond

Back in the early 1980s, after Sister Boom Boom ran for supervisor on the "nun of the above" ticket, Jerry Falwell sent out a mass mailing to raise money for the Moral Majority featuring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Read more »