PARTY RADAR: Where to trot your turkey off

Let the tailfeathers fly at these choice nightlife affairs, Wed/25-Sun/29.

Glamamore as the infamous "Granny" at the final Booty Call, Wed/25. Photo by Isaac Crummey.

Glamamore as the infamous “Granny” at the final Booty Call, Wed/25. Photo by Isaac Crummey.

By Marke B. 

PARTY RADAR Pie’s in the oven, Tofurkey’s on the table, kids are a little drunk, and I’m ready to party. Let’s do this.


>>THE FINAL BOOTY CALL Aw, one of SF’s favorite weekly clubs is bidding adieu — but what a way to go! Gobble up all of drag hostess Juanita More’s goodies: the Go Bang! DJs on deck, turkeylicious pansexual go-gos, and, a yearly tradition, the fabulous Glamamore poses as “Granny” with you in the photo booth. Wed/24, 10pm, $5. Q Bar, SF. More info here

>>>SMOKED-OUT SOULSGIVING Can’t have turkey dinner without the greens! DJs Izzy Wise, Champagne Duane and Tyler Gilmore alongside residents: Zebuel, Will Magid, Enrique Padillia, and Paul Oliphant bring you all the dirty global funk you can fork. Wed/25, 10pm, free. Monarch, SF. More info here.

>>>BASSGIVING YES! A cherished annual tradition, which doubles as a food drive for the SF Food Bank. So many bass DJs from so many Burning Man and classic bass crews. Put some boom in your cranberry sauce (and feed the hungry). Wed/25, 10pm-3am, $5-$10. Beatbox, SF. More info here.

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On housing policy, is everything really “going to be OK?”

No, it’s not — and the voters seem to agree

People angry over housing policy don't think things are just going to get better

People angry over housing policy don’t think things are just going to get better

By Calvin Welch

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 — In a recent Chronicle Open Forum (November 20, “We Can Resolve Housing Crisis With Teamwork”) Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director of SPUR, penned an oddly argued, personal, upbeat exhortation about how our affordable housing crisis is going to be solved if we just understand that “its going to be OK.” He says we can take his word for it: “I want to say to everyone already here, as compassionately as I can, is that its going to be OK.” He says that if we “take taller buildings,” “take more transit,” and “make room for more people” “it’s going to be OK.” That’s pretty much the sum total of his argument.

It seems clear that Metcalf’s reason for directing his remarks to “everyone already here” is that so many of us simply do not agree that under current development policy, strongly urged by Metcalf’s organization, SPUR, that “everything is going to be OK” for the obvious reason that everything, now and in the recent past, has not been “OK” and it’s clear for all to see which is why Metcalf’s musings are so odd. In the same edition of the Chronicle that his article ran — November 23 — three stories made this point. Continue reading

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Open source tech meets indigenous Oaxaqueños

How vital cell phone networks are reaching rural areas that corporate telecommunications have written off

“Now there is long distance”: Scene from a Rhizomatica pilot site in Oaxaca

By Caitlin Donohue

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — A few years ago, the Oaxacan mountain town of Santa Maria Yaviche had 700 indigenous Zapotec residents and no chance of getting cell phone service for any of them. It is a common story in rural parts of the world: telecommunication companies lose more money than they make building far-flung phone networks, so they just don’t bother. No laws exist in Mexico to protect small communities from this kind of treatment, so Santa Maria Yaviche was left high and dry. Luckily, corporate tech was not the community’s only option.

Over the past year, an organization called Rhizomatica has been busy erecting 16 telecommunication networks in communities previously passed over by Carlos Slim’s América Movil empire and other phone companies in the state of Oaxaca, where 61 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Today, over 100 Santa Maria Yaviche families have their own phones. “Before, we thought that only people with money could have this type of technology, or educated people,” Oswaldo Martinez Flores, a 38-year-old Zapotec farmer from Santa Maria Yaviche told 48 Hills. “Today, it seems like technology is for everyone.”

Martinez remembers what life was like before the cell phones arrived.

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The big Thanksgiving lies

The history of feast day of gluttony and consumerism isn’t what you were told in school.

I wasn't like this at all. Really, it wasn't.

I wasn’t like this at all. Really, it wasn’t.

By  Tommi Avicolli Mecca

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 — There’s no denying that the popular story of the first Thanksgiving is a cultural myth, promoted by school textbooks that are anything but history. Propaganda’s a more fitting description. Just ask the Texas State Board of Education.

Many historians argue, as Richard Greener related in the Huffington Post, that the first Thanksgiving Day was declared by Massachusetts Colony Governor John Winthrop in 1637 “to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters” who had slaughtered 700 Pequot Indians, including men, women and children. Praise the lord and pass the mashed potatoes.

History is written by the victors, as Winston Churchill once noted. The victors in this case want to imagine a feast in 1621 that is more myth than reality, but in this day and age of reality TV, who can tell the difference? As historian James Loewen relates in his book Lies My Teacher Told Me, “The Pilgrims did not introduce the Native Americans to the tradition; Eastern Indians had observed autumnal harvest celebrations for centuries…our modern celebrations date back only to 1863…not until the 1890s did the Pilgrims get included in the tradition. For that matter, no one used the term Pilgrims until the 1870s.” All the food mentioned in the Thanksgiving tale were part of Native American cuisine, not European.  Continue reading

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Bay Guardian campaign announces $40K matching donation

“Bring Back the Bay Guardian” campaign contributions now worth twice as much toward $120k goal.

48 Hil;ls Bay Guardian

Illustration by Mona Caron for Guardian Best of the Bay 2006.

By Marke B.  

A friend of the Bay Guardian has pledged to match up to $40,000 toward contributions to the “Bring Back the Guardian!” campaign. The campaign has raised more than $3000 of its goal in its first few days. The friend, who wishes to remain anonymous and is not affiliated with any political organization, wants “to help us succeed in preserving this valuable piece of San Francisco history and bring it back to life for future generations,” Guardian and 48 Hills editor Time Redmond says.


The Bring Back the Bay Guardian campaign hopes to raise $120,000 in the next two months through online fundraising platform Indiegogo. The money will be used to rescue the Guardian newspaper archives, digitize 48 years of the alternative newsweekly’s issues, and relaunch key features like Best of the Bay, Guardian Clean Slate Endorsements, and the annual GOLDIES Arts Awards.

So far the campaign has raised almost $3500 from 44 backers in its first days, and continues to receive widespread media attention. The campaign was launched after former editors regained the rights to the paper. You can read more and contribute here.

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