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  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Christina Aguilera: The Latest Pop Star To Have Her Way With Marilyn Monroe's Image

    I should know better than to step within two time zones of Marilyn Monroe. She has a way of drawing the worst from writers of my gender. Stalwarts from Norman Mailer to Thomas Pynchon have embarrassed themselves, some at greater length than others, trying to mask their macabre and masturbatory impul ... More >>

  • News

    July 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    What Does Selling Out Mean for a Chef?

    ​It is beyond debate that Rocco DiSpirito has sold out, but what about Mario Batali? Thomas Keller? Chris Cosentino? When you get some TV time or film an American Express ad, are you destroying your credibility -- and with whom? Yesterday, on, Hapa Ramen's Richie Nakano wrote about growi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    The FBI Says: Be Suspicious of People Who Pay for Lattes With Cash

    ​ Hotel staff. Salespeople at home electronics stores. Baristas. All of you are now on the front lines of the United States' war on terror, claims the FBI, which just released a series of 25 handouts on spotting potential terrorists, part of its "Communities Against Terror" initiative. Infowars' P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Fujiya & Miyagi on Writing Songs About Child Stars, Soccer Players, and Boredom

    By his own admission, David Best isn't all that great of a singer. As the voice of the Brighton, England-based four-piece Fujiya & Miyagi, Best provides a careful, static presence that works in conjunction with his band's Krautrock-indebted post-punk. He eschews wild notes or anything complicated, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Best Practices for Shopping High at Costco

    ​clarksworth/FlickrSmoke up in the car first, and this can feel like a fucking blast.​Like complaining about people on welfare while collecting unemployment yourself, eating 99-cent double-bacon cheeseburgers while voting down health care, shopping at Costco is one of our God-Given Right ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2010

    Dandy Rotten Scoundrel

    Michael Manos was living the same lie that he peddled across the country. But in San Francisco, the truth caught up with him.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Bay Guardian Sued by Weekly's Banks

    ​The Bay Guardian's total disregard of SF Weekly's lenders' senior lien rights have led those banks to ask a Delaware court to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction that would end Bruce Brugmann's increasingly frantic efforts to bleed money from the Weekly. The lawsuit filed agai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Gavin For Gov: Who Got Paid?

    Audrey FukumanDon't worry -- the whale was compensated​Last night, we made our initial perusal of Mayor Gavin Newsom's Dostoevskyian, 529-page campaign filing laying out the finances in his failed bid for governor. And while Newsom spent around $700,000 more than he raised in 2009, his campaign pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz -- Still With a Prize!

    BrainchildvnGet your stopwatches out, I'm gonna talk about the budget now...​Congratulations to last week's quiz winner, Adam Visconti! Apparently it was the thrill of victory that fueled Adam and not the lure of a large white tiger stuffed animal. Adam politely declined his rightful prize, claimi ... More >>

  • Film

    November 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Dog-Cat-Rat Man Now Accepting Credit Card Donations Online

    Peter JamisonLife in the peaceable kingdomYou've got to hand it to Gregory Pike, aka Dog-Cat-Rat Man, the nomadic animal trainer who, since arriving in San Francisco last summer, has assumed a place in the city's pantheon of beloved street performers. No matter what trouble comes his way -- rain, wi ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2007
  • Film

    July 19, 2006

    All Wet

    M. Night Shyamalan steps up the lunacy with Lady in the Water

  • News

    April 21, 2004

    Looking Ahead

    Aides insist that Mayor Gavin Newsom is focused on City Hall; his sudden celebrity has spawned speculation about higher office. Much higher.

  • News

    February 11, 2004

    Sand Trap

    The deal may die if Willie Brown doesn't raise a big chunk of change in a few months

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Signs of the Times

    Have advertisers found a way to end-run S.F.'s ban on billboards?

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    Looking for Mr. Goodbucks

    In which we seek a nifty holiday gift for ourself: a rich gay boyfriend

  • News

    May 28, 2003

    Big Doctor Is Watching

    As of April 14, the national security police can monitor your medical records without your knowledge. So can the local police.

  • Film

    October 23, 2002

    The New Deal

    Starting fresh, Jerry Seinfeld once again works hard for nothing

  • News

    September 25, 2002

    Why Was the Dot-Com Boom So Bad, Again?

    The new New Economy: Making "spirit rocks" in a dank basement and attending "Manifesting Money the Psychic Way"

  • News

    November 15, 2000

    Magnificent Obsession

    For 40 years, Craig Breedlove has sacrificed everything in pursuit of speed. Now all he needs is $1.5 million to build a car that will do 800 mph. Is that too much to ask?

  • Dining

    November 8, 2000

    Side Dish

    Hissy Fits and Harangues

  • News

    August 16, 2000


    Kevin Yaeger struck it rich and partied with the prettiest boys in Silicon Valley -- until his lies caught up with him

  • Music

    June 2, 1999

    Ring Wrangling

    Sex, war, and pointy helmets: a guide to the San Francisco Opera's Ring cycle, the only thing Bugs Bunny, Adolf Hitler, and Francis Ford Coppola ever agreed on

  • News

    July 1, 1998

    From Russia With Diamonds

    In 1995, Golden ADA Inc., a San Francisco diamond-importing firm, collapsed, unveiling an international trail of theft and betrayal that embarrassed San Francisco luminaries involved with the company. Now, newly unsealed court files show that high-level m

  • News

    April 29, 1998

    Fake It to the Limit

    For 10 years, Lewis Peter Morgan impersonated Randy Meisner, an obscure former bass guitar player for the Eagles rock group. Morgan smooth-talked his way into a borrowed lifestyle of guitars, girls, and casinos. He could have checked out of the deception

  • Dining

    October 25, 1995
  • News

    April 26, 1995
  • Dining

    April 19, 1995

    Claws Celebre

    Anthony's compensates for its tourist trappings with big helpings of crustaceans

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