Did you know there's a guy who sings topical songs set to popular tunes at city meetings? Well, there is. If that's what passes for levity at a City Hall meeting, you can imagine the joys of neighborhood meetings regarding contentious issues. Yes, there's juice and chips in the back. But you'll ne ... More >>
The ubiquitous Salvation Army bell ringers who collect donations for charity every Christmas might be booted from the liberal bastion of UC Berkeley, where the student body has accused the Christian group of holding homophobic policies. Last month, the student government passed a resolution saying ... More >>
Superheroes or Villains?Three of the Occupy Oakland protesters who were arrested after last week's General Strike turned chaotic were arraigned in Alameda Superior Court on Monday. Among them was a roughed up "real-life superhero" who had attended the march dressed as a ninja with homemade armor, ... More >>
Free and pissedDennis Peron has said it all along. For decades, the Castro District resident -- one of the fathers of the American medical cannabis movement -- has maintained that marijuana is medicine. And for just under a year, Peron has been insisting that he's innocent of narcotics and ... More >>
Mayor Lee goes off scriptUnlike his predecessor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Ed Lee hasn't run in the other direction when asked to participate in a public Q&A with the Board of Supervisors once a month -- although, he kinda has no choice. This public inquisition by his peers could be chock-full of pr ... More >>
Beating out a resolution to be introduced today by the Board of Supervisors urging him to do so, San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey asked the state attorney general today for assistance in opting out of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) fingerprint screening program known as Secure C ... More >>
Inmate Lonnie Morris is a role model, antiviolence program leader, and darling of the media. But will the parole board see past his crime?
One of the world's rarest plants grows in the Presidio. Plans are under way to save it — and ax thousands of trees in the process.
Half of U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan's lawyers have quit. But as he remains bunkered against criticism, who's minding the shop?
Showbiz noir investigates TV Superman's real-life tragedy
Downey and Kilmer make perfect detectives in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Riding the rapids and the placids of Cache Creek
Inside the Patriot Defenders Network, which is busy supporting our veterans, troops, and families, and respecting God, country, flag, and president
A brilliant production finds the real, democratic feeling behind William Saroyan's effusions
Reconnoitering the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation and its 205 military vehicles. In Portola Valley.
ACT brings a welcome humor to Tennessee Williams' classic, but it's not enough
City closes Golden Gate Park stables for long-needed rehab; only-in-S.F. protest has privileged horse-owners refusing to move mounts
15 years later, Frank Miller once more dons Batman's cape and cowl
A Home Alone for the grown-up set, Italian style
June Watanabe uses dance to heal painful memories
The city's new weight discrimination law is badly reasoned, legally defective, costly, and bad for public health
Patrick Stewart stars in X-Men
You're Not in Moraga Anymore
Decades after he left the stage to teach math in Santa Cruz, the voice of legendary satirist Tom Lehrer still echoes
Letters from April 5, 2000
Chicken John takes chaos, dysfunction, and the Stupidest Show on Earth from San Francisco to Boise
Or is a new law that puts sexual predators in long-term psychiatric lock-up really -- and finally -- justice for perverts?
Connecting the unidentified dead with their relatives is no easy task -- especially when John Doe has 25 aliases
Wives of San Quentin inmates protest politicians' efforts to restrict the Family Visitation program
As it approaches its centennial, the San Francisco-based Buddhist Churches of America finds itself weakened by Japanese-American assimilation, spiritual decline, and a nasty sexual harassment suit
Roberta Achtenberg bristles when anyone dares say that Williw Brown is the one who gets things done. "I have gotten things done my entire life, right?" she says, citing when her accomplishments as a law school dean, her 800-page book on sexual orientatio