Cover Story

The bubble is back

City policies are encouraging a new tech boom — but have we learned any lessons from the last one?

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steve@sfbg.com

San Francisco's future is in the process of being written, once again using lines of computer code and blips on the screens of electronic gadgets, the same as during the last dot-com boom. Its proponents insist it will be different this time — that Boom 2.0 won't displace the working class, that the bubble won't burst — but critics have their doubts.Read more »

Queer and boning in Las Vegas

San Francisco adult stars storm the red carpet at the AVN Awards, a.k.a. the 'Oscars of porn'

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Look sharp!

WINTER LOOKS: Our winter fashion guide turns you out with puddle-proof bike gear, fresh menswear options, rock 'n' roll clothiers, and more

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Yes yes, we know it's been unseasonably balmy of late in our city by the bay. But mark our words, fashionistas -- winter, it comes. And the mark of an impeccably-styled gent or lady is their preparedness for any situation; cloudy, sunny, rainy -- or more likely when speaking of San Francisco, anything in between. To that end: our Winter Looks issue. It's chockful of everything you need to look luxe in low temps, from magnificent menswear, to bike outfits you can pedal and preen in. Read more »

The faces and voices of Occupy

A mechanic, a nurse, a leukemia patient, a cat owner, and a pair of queer activists: Don't believe the hype, they are occupiers too

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Who are the 99 percent — and what are they saying? It's not what you read in the daily papers

To read some of the accounts in the daily papers in San Francisco, and hear some of the national critics, you'd think the people in the local Occupy movement were mostly filthy, drunk, violent social outcasts just looking for a place to party. Or that they're mad-eyed anarchists who can't wait to break windows and throw bottles at the police. Or that they're a confused and leaderless band that can't figure out what it wants.Read more »

GOLDIES 2011

Presenting the 23rd Annual Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards, our tribute to the vibrant local arts scene

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Although the Goldies have been around for 23 years, the question arises with annual predictability: Goldies? What are the Goldies? The name is shorthand for the Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery awards — and it represents the Guardian's annual celebration of local musicians, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, and theater and visual artists (plus, this year, a film programmer and a poet) who have affixed their unique stamps on the Bay Area's diverse, ever-changing arts scene.Read more »

The Guardian Clean Slate 2011

Avalos for mayor, Mirkarimi for sheriff: Our voter printout guide to take to the polls on Nov. 8

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MAYOR
1. John Avalos
2. Dennis Herrera
3. Leland Yee

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
1. David Onek
2. Sharmin Bock
3. Bill Fazio

SHERIFF

1. Ross Mirkarimi

BALLOT MEASURES

Proposition A (school bonds): YES
Proposition B (street bonds): YES
Proposition C (consensus pension reform): YES
Proposition D (Adachi pension reform): NO
Proposition E (changing voter initiatives): NO Read more »

Halloween 2011

Boo! Ghost hunts, spectre detectives, zombie flicks, a haunted map of SF, complete halloween events, and more to scare the pants off ya. 

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Ghost Hunt! On this week's cover, the spirits of Johnny Venetti, Jasmine Donaldson, and Jackie Andrews haunt meddling kids Caitlin Donohue, Marcus Banshee, and Walter Gomez on the Kink.com Armory's Upper Floor (NSFW). Photo by Matthew Reamer, concept by Mirissa Neff. 

This year we're doin' it up (f)right for halloween with an issue full of ectoplamic boo-ness. Fear our terrifyingly bad puns!Read more »

The Sex Issue 2011

Kink feminism, Bawdy Storytelling, an SF smut map, Folsom Street Fair happenings -- and the hottest ass in San Francisco.  

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Well howdy -- it's Folsom Street Fair time again, and that means our annual steamy, dreamy Sex Issue. Check out the contents before, and play wild!

>>PRESENTING THE HOTTEST ASS IN THE BAYRead more »

Bottoms up!

Naked wines, rogue brews, family vines, upcoming booze to-dos: Drink with us through the luscious Beer and Wine Issue

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Rarely do we need an excuse to drink here at the Guardian, but we found some damn good ones for Autumn 2011. Raise a glass, willya?

>>ROGUE PAIRINGS The boys from Pacific Brewing Laboratories match local suds with local snacks for your culinary explorations

>>GET NAKED Exploring the natural wine movement from right here in San Francisco Read more »

Team Avalos

As a mayoral candidate, Sup. John Avalos casts himself as a movement builder

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When Supervisor John Avalos chaired the Budget & Finance Committee in 2009 and 2010, his office became a bustling place in the thick of the budget process. To gain insight on the real-life effects of the mayor's proposed spending cuts, Avalos and his City Hall staff played host to neighborhood service providers, youth workers, homeless advocates, labor leaders, and other San Franciscans who stood to be directly impacted by the axe that would fall when the final budget was approved. Read more »