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Pink And Proud: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Plays Bimbo’s

Consider Ariel Pink (ne Ariel Rosenberg) the most intriguing mystery man at the chaotic house party we dub the postmodern post-punk underground. One of the most wildly imaginative music-makers around, having recorded for years on his own ultracheap lo-fi gear, the L.A. musician is now working with a relatively stable backing band that goes by the name Haunted Graffiti, which recently released the critically acclaimed, studio-quality album, Before Today, on 4AD. Overall Pink seems to have come a way from the days when he was shouting and pounding on his keyboards, alone on stage at Bottom of the Hill, while Liza Thorn of SF’s Bridez blow-dried his hair. I spoke to Pink in L.A.

Boing Boing Takes Golden Gate Park

Readers familiar with the popular group blog Boing Boing—a collection of posts ranging from copyright commentary and maker culture to medical oddities and unusual news stories—will want to head to Golden Gate Park's Doughboy Meadow (aka Redwood Grove) this Saturday for the first ever Boing Boing picnic. BB veterans Xeni Jardin and David Pescovitz will be there, along with contributor Lisa Katayama and wunderkind Web developer Dean Putney. They'll be joined by other staff members, contributors, and friends of the blog.

S.F. State’s Lisa Cholodenko Explores Same-Sex Parenthood in ‘The Kids Are All Right’

The first thing Lisa Cholodenko learned in film school was simple: “Write what you know.” The lesson has served her well. After winning the Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Award for outstanding screenwriting with her feature-length debut, the 1998 romantic drama High Art, she earned near-unanimous accolades at this year’s festival with the poignant family comedy The Kids Are All Right.

The Vampire Strikes Back: ‘Eclipse’ Brings Out the Best in the ‘Twilight’ Saga

By now, you’re either invested in the Twilight movies or you’re not.

If you’re a reader of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, eager to see her ever-expanding world of ageless vampires, hotheaded werewolves and hormonal teenagers evolve on the big screen, or merely seduced by Robert Pattinson’s smoldering glower and Taylor Lautner’s sculpted physique

Muni Artist: Wendy MacNaughton

Potrero Hill artist Wendy MacNaughton spends four hours a week on Muni. She uses that time, and her occasional rides on BART, to draw her fellow riders, and to imagine what they’re thinking.

East Bay Weekend Date Itinerary: Art, Food, Ice Cream, Booze

I would be happy to go on a date like this.  Its simple and unfussy.

The 2010 Big To-Do SF: 100 Things To Do Before You Die

Whether you're a tourist or a native, we promise you'll never be bored in San Francisco with this list. We tackle 10 neighborhoods below. (For an updated list, check out our latest 2012 Big To Do!)


1. Listen to your friends’ first gig at Hotel Utah. (SoMa)

2. Walk under the waterfall at Yerba Buena Gardens. (SoMa)

3. Shop for urban menswear at Rolo. (SoMa)

John C. Reilly Finds His Holy Grail in ‘Cyrus’

Taking risks has never intimidated Mark and Jay Duplass.

Since debuting at Sundance in 2003 with This Is John, an eight-minute short shot on a three-dollar budget, the New Orleans-born brothers have gained fame (but not always fortune) as the founders of mumblecore, a verité-style approach to filmmaking that favors improvisation over scripted drama. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that they took an equally fearless approach in casting Cyrus, their first studio film, which opens Friday.

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