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Parent Proofing

Most people living in San Francisco are from some place else. They may move here for different reasons, but one thing remains constant: No matter where you come from, your parents will eventually make the trip out to visit you.

So this means we all have to make the proper modifications to our pads for that inevitable visit by the parental units including, but not limited to, hiding the X-rated paraphernalia, tossing that forgotten pair of undies (that aren’t yours) into the hamper, or throwing open the windows to clear the air of certain odors (not that I’ve had to do any of these things, mind you). I’ve even heard stories of people kicking out their secret live-ins when their parents come to town.

Poppa H's Film Picks for the Week

two day's in paris
courtesy of Red Envelope Entertainment

Film nerds and nerdettes,

check out these film happenings in your 'hood and get ready for my next installment of the Reel on Tuesday. Enjoy these flicks and don't forget to be bad and get into trouble baby.

Film Happenings Round Town
•    Fri. (8/17 to 8/23) – Les Doulos (1962) – Dir. Melville (Castro)

A Tale of Two Robots

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Electro Love

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Legendary electro/hip-hopper Egyptian Lover brought the crowd at Mezzanine back to 1984, playing a collection of his club hits like "Egypt Egypt" and "Freak-a-holic" at his show on Saturday, August 4. Old-school hip-hop group Newcleus kicked off the show.


Baroque Pop

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Operatic pop crooner Rufus Wainwright enchanted audience members during his SF performance at the Masonic Auditorium on Friday, August 3. Beatle offspring and singer/songwriter Sean Lennon opened the show along with pop-piano sensation A Fine Frenzy.


Dear John Letter

Okkervil River

Remember last week when I talked about how I’m a sucker for clever lyrics? If you’re not, you should probably stop reading here. For those who are sticking with me: It’s that weakness (or strength, depending on how you look at it) that resulted in my falling madly in love with Okkervil River. It was the song “John Allyn Smith Sails” off the Austin folk-rock outfit’s latest album The Stage Names that really got me. At first, it was just that it samples the Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B” totally out of nowhere.

Dine for a Cause

Machu Picchu
photography by Rachel Berg

We San Franciscans are all too familiar with earthquakes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the news about Peru’s 7.9er last week. Recent reports put the death toll at more than 500, with tens of thousands victims left homeless. Tragedies like this often make me feel helpless—what can I do to help people thousands of miles away?

Worst Summer Movie Lineup <i>Ever</i>

courtesy of Warner Brothers Entertainment

Whatever Happened To Radical Chic & The Summer Of Cinematic Love?

Sent From: Murphy Hooker’s Wireless Handheld Device (3:58 a.m.) 8/19/2007

Sozai-Style Eats

The re-usable bento box.
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