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News, The Snitch Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Pride weekend is here, and it's secure: Metal detectors will greet visitors to Pride's main stages at Civic Center on Sunday and all festivities will include a heightened police presence, measures taken following the June 12 slaughter of 49…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

California's various police officers don't necessarily love one another — L.A. cops look down at SFPD as a loose outfit, whereas SFPD scoffs at LAPD as a band of paramilitary, Hollywood-wannabe showboats — but they can agree on one…
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News, The Snitch S.F.'s "Vision Zero" Isn't Stopping Bad Drivers, Or Hit-and-Runs

S.F.'s "Vision Zero" Isn't Stopping Bad Drivers, Or Hit-and-Runs

What we know following the deaths of two cyclists Wednesday in San Francisco is that both were biking legally, the streets are considered high-injury corridors, and advocates say the city isn’t following through on its Vision Zero promises to…
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Music, All Shook Down Love, Death and Los Angeles: La Luz Flies Its Surf Rock South

Love, Death and Los Angeles: La Luz Flies Its Surf Rock South

Shana Cleveland doesn’t want to tell you her life story. As the frontwoman and primary lyricist of surf-rock foursome La Luz, she’s out to tap into something much simpler, more poignant, and thoroughly universal. So while she’s certainly drawing…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist I AM YOUR QUEEN: Heklina

I AM YOUR QUEEN: Heklina

Welcome to the final installment of I AM YOUR QUEEN, a nightmarish pageant of beauty offset with the occasional glimmer of nightmarish spectacle. We conclude this Pride Month series by handing the microphone to a genuine legend, even by the…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Listening to ymtk's "Workaholic" Will Make You More Likely to Dance Than Work

Premiere: Listening to ymtk's "Workaholic" Will Make You More Likely to Dance Than Work

In advance of his upcoming album, All The Right Places, East Oakland born rapper and singer ymtk has graced us today with his new slap, "Workaholics," featuring Kool John. Ymtk (which stands for Young Murph the Kidd) now lives in…
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News, The Snitch "Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

"Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

Nationally, San Francisco police have a reputation as lovable, fuzzy pussycats. That's according to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the city's police union, who have traditionally resisted most any change to the way they do business out on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist I AM YOUR QUEEN: D'Arcy Drollinger

I AM YOUR QUEEN: D'Arcy Drollinger

Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, an ill-conceived and constantly regrettable Pride Month spectacular that nonetheless manages to discover fascinating tidbits about the sexiest drag performers in the Bay Area. D'Arcy Drollinger has legs up to ya-ya, as anyone…
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News, The Snitch Millennial Problems: A Mystery Inside an Enigma

Millennial Problems: A Mystery Inside an Enigma

Millennials can be a study in a lot of things, but maybe none better than contradictions. The world’s most annoying generation thinks the best places to live in the U.S. are New York City and San Francisco, yet their…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ and Event Producer Justime on the Importance of Showcasing Local Talent and Keeping Clubs Ego-Free

DJ and Event Producer Justime on the Importance of Showcasing Local Talent and Keeping Clubs Ego-Free

Whether it’s throwing events or being behind the decks of clubs and festivals, local DJ and musician Justime has always strived to create an atmosphere of equality and keep radical queer culture alive and thriving in the Bay. Curating events…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Fialta's "Another Lonely Heart" is a Catchy, Electro-Pop Ditty

Premiere: Fialta's "Another Lonely Heart" is a Catchy, Electro-Pop Ditty

Musicians have a thing for dating fellow musicians. Cases in point: Gwen Stefani dated her fellow No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal before marrying (and eventually divorcing) Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale; Nicki Minaj is dating fellow rapper…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. became vice president when then-VP Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10, 1973 following a bribery scandal. Ford became president less than a year later when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace following a number of…
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Culture, Art Weaponized Pleasure: Psychic TV Plays SF Pride

Weaponized Pleasure: Psychic TV Plays SF Pride

"Don't think of it as a jam band," Genesis P-Orridge pleads with me. "The songs are very tightly structured, but there are segments that are improvised, just like jazz." No one with even the most casual knowledge of Psychic TV…
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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

Last September, former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced a novel innovation for San Francisco County Jail: Incarcerated transgender women would be housed with women, rather than housed alone. While there are never more than a handful of trans people in jail…
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Music, Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Boss Tycoon: The Enduring Legacy of Mac Dre

Ronald Dregan. Muhammed Al Boo Boo. Thizzle Washington. Andre Louis Hicks. Mac Dre was a rapper of many monikers, a natural comedian with an incredible work ethic, and an artist who forever changed the course of Bay Area hip-hop. From…
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Dining, Eat Eat: ATwater Tavern

Eat: ATwater Tavern

San Francisco's waterfront is home to a motley crew of bars and restaurants, no doubt about it. The Hi Dive and the inimitable Red's Java House have never lost their spark, and the projected redevelopment of Crane Cove Park in…
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News, Feature Pride 2016: Fight On

Pride 2016: Fight On

For the last five years, June has been a month of such victories that even long-time activists were caught off-guard. In 2011, New York became the most populous state to allow same-sex marriage — legislatively, and with one chamber of…
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Film, The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn's hypnotic The Neon Demon is everything one might hope his follow-up to Only God Forgives would be, particularly for those few who recognized that much-maligned film's brilliance. Sixteen-year-old Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Hollywood to become a…
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Music, Hear This Jacquees @ The New Parish

Jacquees @ The New Parish

I first heard the rapper and singer Jacquees through his 2015 song "Like Baby," a bass-laced, synth-heavy track that's been seen on YouTube more than 5.5 million times to date. In the braggadocio-heavy track, the Georgian, who signed to Birdman's…
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Film, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Jonathan Kesselman's Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero is an amusing and highly relevant political comedy. Jimmy (co-writer Maz Jobrani) is an inept Tehran traffic cop who immigrates to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming a Steve McQueen-esque hero. His dreams seem…
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