By LIZ TRACY Most of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying hi to their favorite bands at a floating city on the sea. But, like the festival, the fans also brought their ... More >>
photo via Flickr/WKHarmonThe news that California Assemblyman Mike Davis wants the state to buy Michael Jackson's former estate and open it to the public has prompted many a raised eyebrow. How can California possibly afford to do this at a time when it's more strapped for cash than MJ was when h ... More >>
A witness for the prosecution -- or the defense? For those of you who never thought they'd read an article in which the terms "patent infringement" and "mushrooms" were juxtaposed -- Oh happy day, your time has come. In recent years, items even erstwhile patent clerk Albert Einstein couldn't have ... More >>
When the 49ers drafted Alex Smith with the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, I made a bet with anyone who would take my money: Aaron Rodgers would go on to have a better pro career than either Smith or Matt Leinart. Ostensibly the jury is still out -- but I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that at least a ... More >>
San Francisco, a city quite accustomed to ostentatious displays of affection, this past week has played host to one so shocking that locals have felt compelled to look the other way. We're talking about the love-fest between the left-wing intelligentsia at The New Yorker magazine, and Michael ... More >>
But can he make the buses run on time? Albert Einstein's famous -- and famously dumbed down -- explanation of his Theory of Relativity was "If you sit on a stove for a minute, it feels like an hour. If you sit next to a pretty girl for an hour, it feels like a minute." It warrants mentioning that, a ... More >>
A local author turns his body into a testing ground. Results vary.
Chloe Veltman's roundup of the notable in this year's wacky stage fest
Opportunity to experiment: This year's fest of unusual theater kicks off
Infiltrator stops dreaming and starts writing, via a class at the Learning Annex
Guinea pigs, string theories, and old-timey music at the Attic
Indie icon Conor Oberst grows up -- and blows up
Celebrate the Holy Fool at the St. Stupid's Day Parade, and foolishness with Les Sans Culottes
The Lemon of Pink
Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it.
Why would a former S.F. stockbroker travel to war-torn countries and refugee camps just to make people laugh?
Sex, romance, and physics at the Magic Theatre
Or: How Tony Hawk turned skateboarding into a multimillion-dollar international obsession
Local scientists are shrinking chips and wires to atomic scale, revolutionizing the electronics industry. But most of the nanotechnological advances you've read about are outsized hype.
As they explore M-theory, will Bay Area physicists earn the eternal glory sure to reward the inventors of the Theory of Everything?
As the millennium approaches, the country is engulfed in a bicycling craze that's reminiscent of our last fin de siecle. A Bay Area street kid named George Mount helped start it all. Savior on Wheels
Gorbachev foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?