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The Aislers Set reunion welcomed with open arms, nostalgia at The Chapel

By Rebecca Huval

After an 11-year hiatus, dream-pop lovables The Aislers Set played to a sold-out room swooning with nostalgia at The Chapel Sunday night.

Singer-songwriter AV Linton sang catchy melodies backed by a curtain of reverb and Yoshi Nakamoto’s chest-thumping, punk-infused drumbeats. Unlike the typical audience of young rapscallions drawn to Valencia, this late ‘90s band surfaced the 30- and 40-year-olds — and even had them jumping and dancing past 11pm on a Sunday.

Bearing it all

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DANCE Whatever else Keith Hennessy's homespun ritual Bear/Skin offered its audience last Wednesday night at the Joe Goode Annex, it brought the rain. One night's worth fell on the thirsty ground and into a record-making drought, displaying itself marvelously on the clothes and flattened hair of the last audience members to wander in as Hennessy walked about the postindustrial performance space in fuchsia track shorts prepping the show, his first solo since 2008's Bessie-winning Crotch.

Drag queens win, Facebook says “real name” changes coming

Put on your six-inch pumps and throw some glitter, the drag queens have won. After the newest round of negotiations with Facebook today, the social-media giant bowed to pressure and told Sup. David Campos, drag queens, and other activists it would change its controversial "real name" policy

"Drag queens spoke, and Facebook listened," Campos told us in a phone interview just after the announcement was made. 

Awesome!

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Cel mates

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Bridgeworthy

 

You better recognize

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MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL The Mill Valley Film Festival opens with selections by Oscar nominees (Men, Women & Children director Jason Reitman), winners (The Homesman director Tommy Lee Jones), and multiple winners (Hilary Swank stars in The Homesman). But while MVFF prides itself on star power, it's also a champion of unsung artists, exemplified by a quartet of documentaries in this year's lineup.

Strictly speaking

LEFT OF THE DIAL When Slim's booker Dawn Holliday first met with Warren Hellman in 2001, she had no way of knowing that the quaint little music festival the investor wanted to organize would grow to be one of San Francisco's most fiercely cherished traditions.

Film Listings: Oct 1-6, 2014

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Sara Maria Vizcarrondo. For rep house showtimes, see Rep Clock.

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

Stage Listings: Oct. 1-6, 2014

THEATER

OPENING

Prop. L puts cars over people

By Fran Taylor

OPINION Just as climate change most affects people who contributed little or nothing to causing it, pollution and injury from traffic most affect communities least likely to create traffic. Nationally, people of color are four times more likely than whites to rely on public transportation. At the same time, African Americans have a pedestrian fatality rate 60 percent higher than that of whites. For Latinos, that rate is 43 percent higher.

Guardian Intelligence

WHO OWNS THE NEW SF?

This week, former Bay Guardian editor and publisher Tim Redmond published an epic investigation on his 48Hills site showing that up to 39 percent of new luxury condos in San Francisco are owned as investments by out-of-towners, puncturing the myth that unfettered market-rate housing development will help with the city's affordability crisis. See www.48hills.org for more.

End mass incarceration

EDITORIAL We at the Bay Guardian wholeheartedly support the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and its call for the month of October to be "a month of resistance to mass incarceration, police terror, repression, and the criminalization of a generation." It's time to rediscover our humanity, redirect our resources, and invest in this country's underclass instead of attacking it.

Democracy is stalled

By Emily Dugdale

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Progressive groups are calling the recent US Senate vote on the Democracy for All Amendment — a constitutional amendment seeking to end corporations' right to spend unlimited cash to influence elections — a "historic step forward" and "a critical and positive step," although it failed to win the two-thirds vote needed for approval.

Project Censored 2014

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Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn't told you yet.

As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we have produced, from the industrial revolution through the rise of global capitalism. Earth's self-sacrifice spared the atmosphere nearly 25 percent of humanity's CO2 emissions, slowing the onslaught of many severe weather consequences.

Flowers on the Rock

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Follow Ai WeiWei on Instagram, and you'll see many photographs of flowers. The internationally renowned Chinese artist has a morning ritual of placing a bouquet of flowers into the basket of a bicycle locked outside his Beijing studio. It's a delicate protest, performed "every morning until I regain the right to travel freely," he explained via Twitter in November 2013, when he began the practice.

Psychic Dream Astrology: Oct 1-6, 2014

Oct. 1-7, 2014

Mercury goes retrograde Oct. 4-25. Don't take it personally when miscommunications occur, and triple-check things on your end, friends.

ARIES

March 21-April 19

You don't need to know how you're going to get it done, but you do need to commit to trying. This week will test your resolve to make good on some changes you're trying to execute, Aries. Set yourself up for success by putting yourself into situations you can handle, even if that means moving slower than you'd prefer.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Rep Clock: Oct 1-6, 2014

Schedules are for Wed/1-Tue/7 except where noted. Director and year are given when available. Double features marked with a •. All times pm unless otherwise specified.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 992 Valencia, SF; www.atasite.org. $6. "Other Cinema:" "Rick Prelinger's Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit," Sat, 8:30.

Our Weekly Picks: Oct 1-8, 2014

THURSDAY 2

 

Hype machine

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CHOW NOW

When the website and ticketing software used to book the first tables at your restaurant crashes (just like Burning Man!), you could say you have a hot opening on your hands.

Ralph Nader writes a letter to Rep. John Boehner

September 22, 2014

Dear Speaker Boehner,

While millions of hardworking Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more.

If a mother of one in Butler County, Ohio — your home county — working at the Ohio minimum wage ($7.95 per hour) wanted to make a living wage — according to MIT’s Living Calculator for the county — she would have to work 88 hours a week, which adds up to a little over 12 hours of work per day, 7 days a week. You once defended the placement of Ten Commandments on public property. If this mother wanted to obey the Fourth Commandment — “Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy” — by not working one day a week, she would have to work over 14 hours per day, leaving her with only two hours left to spend with her child, given eight hours of sleep. For millions of Americans, the fair deal of eight hours of work, eight hours of rest, and eight hours of discretionary time has been broken.

Straight shooter

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THE WEEKNIGHTER I've never been hunting and I've only shot a gun on one occasion. OK, it was multiple guns on the same occasion in a shooting range in San Diego, but still I've only shot at things once in my life. I guess I did a good job of killing the piece of paper I was shooting at since my friend Josh told me I had good aim for a beginner. It was pretty easy considering the target just hung there and took the abuse.

Two-fer Tuesday: New music videos from Cathedrals and The Stone Foxes

Because nothing showcases the breadth of music being made in the Bay Area better than some chilled-out electro R&B followed by a driving blues-rock sprint of a song: Here are the latest music videos from local faves Cathedrals and the Stone Foxes. 

Luxy! The dating app for the 1 percent is NOT a prank

I got a press release announcing a new app yesterday that immediately set off my “hoax” radar. Not only is Luxy not a prank, but actual people are signing up for it.

In the press release, Luxy is advertised (in all caps) as TINDER MINUS THE POOR PEOPLE.

Finally -- an app guaranteed to ensure Greg Gopman’s pool of dating prospects won’t be infected with the grotesque human trash he so despises.