Who's your tip for the top in 2013? You know what? Nevermind. Let's you and me help each other out. This is an uncertain time of year for many of us -- the new year. A new start, a new end: a new frame within which to plot and imagine our future. It's a fucking drag, if you ask me -- made no bett ... More >>
Penguins might not be able to fly, but they sure as hell can sing -- or at least this sextet of aquatic birds can. Call it a Christmas miracle, but somehow while bored at the San Francisco Zoo, these musically inclined penguins managed to harmonize the ubiquitous Christmas tune "Jingle Bells." S ... More >>
Many restaurants come and go in San Francisco, while some stay for hundreds of years. Since there's no shortage of good food around these parts, it is the personalities of the defunct places that can stir up the most nostalgia. We don't ever remember a Doggie Diner (1949-1986) wiener as being the be ... More >>
The Gold Dust Lounge's lease is dead. Long live the Gold Dust Lounge (which will neither close nor get evicted this weekend, but will serve dollar vodka drinks).Negotiations between the operators and landlords regarding the future of the Union Square landmark bar will continue past Mar ... More >>
The Gold Dust, now an endangered species of San Francisco bar.Have you heard? San Francisco's classic Gold Dust Lounge -- a 1933 watering hole that was a regular haunt of legendary local columnist Herb Caen, and hosts a regular live rock 'n' roll band -- is in trouble. Its landlord wants to b ... More >>
As I get older, nostalgia has become an adversary I frequently want to bind with rope, coat in honey, and leave to the insects. "Guess what / nostalgia sucks," goes that NOFX song. Blunt, yet astute. Of course, that couplet is followed by, "But I miss the days of Reagan punk," a clear acknowl ... More >>
Get ready to trip ballsCoffee, that glorious liquid stimulant without which most of the workaday world would be reduced to an army of yawning homunculi, has some well-known negative side effects. It can make you jittery; spur you to jabber annoyingly at your cubicle mates; and perhaps encourage g ... More >>
Think back to the last time you were at a family event and someone pointed a camera at you right at the moment you'd been cornered by a relative you couldn't stand. The discomfort shining through your fake smile and awkward body language is captured forever and stuck in the family photo album for al ... More >>
San Francisco Public LibraryWe were really young when the Hippopotamus Hamburger Restaurant (aka the Hippo or Hippo Burger) was open on Van Ness, but we remember a pink, cartoony wonderland of happy hippos created by Wolo von Trutzschler. We'll never forget the dizzying array of hamburgers pr ... More >>
I can't wait for Christmas. The holiday means nothing to me ordinarily, but this year I'm going to put my stockings on the mantle early. Does anyone know where I can get a blue spruce in May? Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the headlining act last Friday night at the Equality California fund raising e ... More >>
The body count of legendary recording studios that have gone silent is undeniable.
Geeky, freaky teen virgins attempt to get knocked up in Superbad, produced by guess who?
We prefer the Italian to the steak at this glamorous Italian chophouse
Chloe Veltman's roundup of the notable in this year's wacky stage fest
Forget caroling. Here are a few hip hop jammy-jams to warm your yule log.
Find out what dancers at "The Crib" thought of last week's debates
Ma vie en film
The life and good times of balladeer Larry Ching
Troma's Lloyd Kaufman has guts, all over the floor
Film Reps List for 1-9-2002
Some bars in the Sunset are made for regulars
The singer-songwriter hasn't died. He's just gone online.
O, Pioneers!, Lies! All Lies!, There Was a Riot Goin' On, But That's Over Now
Morphine's moody, sax-flavored sound plays like the soundtrack to a dime-store novel