Earlier this week, the lawsuit against AEG Live over Michael Jackson's premature passing rumbled past the point of weird and drove straight into crazy town. The culprit was AEG CEO Randy Phillips, who claimed that his friend Brenda Richie -- ex-wife of Lionel Richie -- had spoken to the spirit of Mi ... More >>
No money for you, chumps.San Francisco Examiner owner Phil Anschutz, his companies, and his employees, donated $92,582 to 30 California politicians between 2003 and 2009, according to campaign finance filings compiled by Anschutz's competitor, Bay Area News Group.But the railroad, telecommunicati ... More >>
Joseph SchellYou think they care how much it cost to clean up after Bay to Breakers? Well, since organizers pay for it -- does anyone?Last month, we reported that Bay to Breakers revelers left behind 24 tons of trash. The Department of Public Works amassed 18 tons of filth, while the Recreation a ... More >>
Joseph SchellING resisted the charms of these "runners" and skipped town. Will a new corporate sponsor soon step in?A source close to Bay to Breakers organizers tells SF Weekly that the 99-year-old San Francisco race is already in talks with several high-profile replacements for departed sponsor ... More >>
On Monday, the David and Goliath of concert ticket promotion and sales -- Live Nation and Ticketmaster -- joined forces to become Live Nation Entertainment, a music industry behemoth that promises to force other music labels and promoters to rejigger their business plans to accommodate. The U.S. ... More >>
The thing about irony is that its timing is always impeccable. Last night I got the new issue of Rolling Stone, which had a front of the book article on "Inside Michael Jackson's Troubled London Comeback" about the performances scheduled to happen next month. Before the singer's unexpected death yes ... More >>
By Peter Jamison We reported this week on the ungainly turf war that has erupted among bureaucrats and entrepreneurs over the future of Outside Lands, the popular three-day music festival whose inaugural run was overseen in August by Berkeley-based Another Planet Entertainment. Despite the event' ... More >>
City officials, Examiner hassle local promoter that created music fest.