The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.
Buried deep down in the very core of our hearts is the passion to perform. We secretly want to dress in 1960s get-up, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers. No? Maybe that's just us. However, we can all agree on the burning desire to perform and create art. The hard part (besides mustering up the courage to show the world our undeniable talent) is finding a comfortable, acceptable, and supportive audience. That's were Smack Dab enters the picture. A monthly open mic that's everything we just described and more. Regardless of your orientation, age, or gender, everyone gets their five minutes of fame. Along with the performers signing up beforehand is a featured artist who changes monthly. A recent featured artist was Fleigh, a ukulele duo composed of Flynn DeMarco and Leigh Crowe. Flynn + Leigh = Fleigh.More
Believing writers should be read and not viewed, John Steinbeck rarely made appearances. However, he made an exception for an unusual 20th Century Fox film anthology based on stories by another American author he admired. O. Henry's Full House (1952) paired five popular studio directors, including The Big Sleep's Howard Hawks and True Grit's Henry Hathaway, with five short scripts dealing with crime, poverty, illness, and, in a very ironic way, the spirit of holiday giving. Combine Full House with The Curse of the Cat People (1944), a peculiar winter's tale about a lonely young girl whose overactive imagination steers her toward tragedy, and you've got a perfect Noir City Xmas. Host Eddie Muller is revealing 2015's Noir City lineup, including the two movies most recently preserved for posterity by the Film Noir Foundation, and introducing a short documentary featuring the festival.More
Thousands descended onto Post Street through Japantown during the J-Pop Summit Festival from July 19-20. The celebration of Japanese Pop culture and Japanese Heritage attracted residents and visitors from all over the world. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.
At this point, MGM’s 1939 The Wizard of Oz is so inextricably tangled up with L. Frank Baum's novels that any new adaptation of his work inevitably references the visual motifs, characterizations, and music of Victor Fleming's film.
Despite its distributor's best efforts, Christian Petzold's Barbara was not nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars -- and even if it had made the cut, it probably wouldn't have bested Haneke's Amour.
Nerd Nite is a monthly event that celebrates the joys of intellectual discovery and booze. This November the nerds of S.F. are taking over the rock club Rickshaw Stop for three lectures: one on genomes, one on the history of vibrators, and one on brains. It's up to you to figure out how they all fit together! (Hint: The brain is the largest erogenous zone, and it's made by genes.) The talks will be presented by Ph.D. holders Moises Bernal, legendary sexpert Carol Queen, and Erica Warp, over cocktails and with musical interludes by Alpha Bravo. Despite being a drinking-friendly event, it's open to all ages.
There's snow in the forecast at Aquarium of the Bay! On two special days, our river otters will delight in a winter white treat as we add snow to our North American river otter gallery. Join us on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 to see our otters romp and roll in the holiday snow. With over 600 pounds of snow being added, Shasta, Baxter, and Ryer will get to explore, play, dig, (and eat) in a winter wonderland as a fun treat to end the year.More
Save 20-50% on Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Berkeley Rep! Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner is all smarts and sass as the brassy, sharp-witted political journalist. “Wonderful, entertaining and illuminating,” raves Huffington Post. As a reader of SF Weekly, you can save 20% (50% if you’re under 30!) on all four performances from December 18-20. Just use the code SF WEEKLY online (or click here) and save!More
Roads of Arabia
Oct 24–Jan 18
Asian Art Museum
Over the last 40 years, archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have unearthed astonishing artifacts from the Arabian peninsula, radically changing our understanding of the region's ancient past. The Asian Art Museum's new exhibition Roads of Arabia features some of these remarkable discoveries, like giant human statues, stone tools, Greco-Roman bronzes, gold jewelry and pages from early Qur'ans. More than 200 artworks--many of which were recently excavated--reveal a lively commercial and cultural exchange among civilizations from antiquity through the early centuries of Islam. See what you'll dig up in Roads of Arabia. The Asian Art Museum is the final venue for this exhibition. Share your finds on social with #RoadsofArabia.More
Oakland police wait for the action outside City Hall.
After receiving multiple reports that Oakland students will stage another anti-police brutality walkout today, school superintendent Antwan Wilson tried to preempt the protest by robo-calling their parents.
In a message left on voicemails throughout the district last night, Wilson said that, while the district encourages students to express their opinions on racism and police accountability, they'd do better to air those sentiments in a classroom setting.
"We want students to do this in an environment where they're safe, and where their future prospects aren't compromised," Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint says. "That's in school and not on the streets."
Medical authorities say it was 20-year-old Joseph Lilly who was killed yesterday afternoon when he crashed into a pole during a police chase on the Bay Bridge.
According to police, Lilly, a San Leandro resident, was speeding toward the toll plaza yesterday afternoon with no license plate on his vehicle; when a CHP officer attempted to stop him, Lilly allegedly sped off, leading police on a short pursuit back-and-forth on the bridge.
As he was headed westbound, Lilly exited the bridge at Treasure Island, turned around, and started driving toward Oakland at a high rate of speed, says CHP Officer Vu Williams.
Police are out investigating what appears to be another firebug on the loose.
According to Sgt. Monica MacDonald, four cars were set on fire early this morning, all within a Muni stop (or walking distance) from each other. The first one occurred at 4:12 a.m. at Cumberland and Church streets; about 30 minutes later, officers were called out to 17th and Church streets regarding a truck on fire. While they were still investigating that arson, another car was set ablaze just 15 minutes later at Liberty and Hayburn streets.
Uber's spying scandal proves the Silicon Valley darling is no stranger to shady behavior. Neither is Travis Kalanick, it turns out: The Uber CEO has his very own stalker.
A "deeply disturbed" disbarred San Francisco lawyer with substance abuse problems and "possible military training" has unnerved Kalanick enough for the tycoon to seek a judge's protection, according to court records.
Update 4:54 p.m.: CHP Officer Vu Williams says the cops are opening up the Treasure Island westbound exit now after a motorcylist crashed and died during a police chase across the Bay Bridge. According to police, the motorcyclist was speeding on Interstate 80 and had no license plates. When an officer attempted to stop him, he sped off, leading police on a chase through the toll plaza into San Francisco. The driver then exited the freeway at Treasure Island and turned back heading east on the Bridge. Police eventually lost him and put out a description of the motorist. Another CHP cop spotted the suspect at the entrance of Treasure Island; when he attempted to pull him over, the suspect took off again and crashed into the concrete wall between the westbound and eastbound ramps. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Update 3:25 p.m.: Officer Vu Williams tells us there was a pursuit on Treasure Island that led to a collision involving a motorcycle. The westbound Treasure Island offramp from the Bay Bridge is still closed while police investigate the incident. Vu didn't have any more information at this time, but said the collision resulted in a "major injury."
If you're headed toward the Bay Bridge, turn back now. The California Highway Patrol is reporting some closures along the bridge around Treasure Island due to "police activity."
CHP officials in San Francisco couldn't give us any information at this time or details of that police activity, but they fired off the following tweet just now:
San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City.
They'll be sparring with mayors from Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for the honor, which might not be that daunting. Boston's anti-Olympics bloc has already hired TaskRabbits to hold a banner decrying their city's Olympic effort. Opponents have also created a fervid No Boston Olympics Twitter feed to promote their cause. D.C., meanwhile, seems like a lost cause, according to local blogger SFCitizen.
Following last month's SF Weekly cover story on the uncertain fate of the city's Flower Mart, a florist has filed complaints with the city's Ethics Commission and state Fair Political Practices Commission against the developer hoping to erect a tech campus on the Sixth and Brannan site.
Oakland's Melanie Ann Tom made her filings last week, submitting our story — along with reams of internal emails obtained in a public records request — as an exhibit. Her claim: The relationship between Mike Grisso, the senior vice president of development at Kilroy Realty, and his former employers at the city's Redevelopment Agency was too cozy for the law to allow.
This missive was sent on the eve of the weekend's heavy protests. The SFPD didn't register any civil disobedience arrests; our calls to the department to inquire whether anyone was arrested or even spotted spraying unknown undesirables at officers has not yet been returned.
Update: Police say they've arrested 36-year-old Cesar Castellanos in connection to the murder. Both the suspect and victim were homeless.
An unidentified man was found dead in the Mission District yesterday morning in what appears to be a homicide.
According to Officer Grace Gatpandan, police were called out to the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Potrero at about 6:30 a.m. where they found a deceased man. It was not yet clear how he died, but police confirmed the man was murdered.
Even if you did neglect your civic responsibility and bailed on jury duty this year, that doesn't mean you owe some stranger a bunch of money.
San Francisco police have received new information that scammers are contacting citizens claiming they have outstanding “Failure to Appear” warrants for not participating in mandatory jury duty. According to police, the crooks use convincing information, including the victim’s true address and phone number, names of actual judges, and official office locations to validate their call for cash.