When Fiona Apple's latest album, The Idler Wheel..., leaked last spring, critics immediately singled out the singer's shrieks and screams. Her fervor -- which will be presumably be on display in Apple's sold-out show at the Fox Theater tomorrow, July 28 -- seemed a strange digression from the clever ... More >>
Charlie Brown -- that soft-spoken, perpetually trod-upon, and mysteriously bald child at the heart of the beloved Peanuts comic strips and cartoons -- does not conjure thoughts of bitter lawsuits. (The mischievous and urbane Snoopy is another matter.) Particularly not during the Christmas season, ... More >>
Given the time of year, you've probably seen -- and heard -- A Charlie Brown Christmas recently. The 1965 animated TV special's celebrated soundtrack was performed by noted San Francisco jazzman Vince Guaraldi's trio, and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. But for the pianist and composer's c ... More >>
Explore The BruceLike prayer, but secularThis Sunday The Oakland Tribune ran a selection of kids' letters to Santa. Some clever editor or layout person made a point about things by placing the following two letters right on top of each other: Dear Santa, I'm so happy I am saying a hello to you. I ... More >>
The No. 1 album in the country this week is by the biggest band on Earth. All is right with the world? Well, hold that thought. Unlike textural forbears U2 and Radiohead, much less the Clash or Nirvana, most people even willing to concede that Coldplay is a relevant force do not think it has ... More >>
Karen Peterson served as a schoolteacher in nearby Woodside for many a year. Her name did not become known nationally. Prior to Saturday's San Francisco Giants game, she threw what may be the worst ceremonial first pitch in the history of humanity. And now you know who she is. Welcome to the Interne ... More >>
It's a butterfly knife, Charlie Brown...At yesterday's SFPD press conference, Chief George Gascon -- he of the nifty suit -- appears to have dressed as a police officer for Halloween. You can, too -- but if you tote a weapon, stumble drunkenly through public thoroughfares, urinate or defecate in ... More >>
A Peanuts comic strip from the 1950s features Charlie Brown pushing a vinyl record with a T-shaped stick like a hoop -- listening to records and pushing hoops are both things kids used to do -- before bitterly complaining about library records' poor sound quality. You can still get LPs at the Main L ... More >>
"City Girl" by David Choe The Alternative Cafe in Monterey is having a show curated by Outer Edge Studio. The show features prints that have long sold out, so if you missed them the first time around, now is your second chance. There are prints by Banksy, Shawn Barber, Shepard Fairey and David Cho ... More >>
Love Mad Men, but have a soft spot for A Charlie Brown Christmas? This excellent "remix" of the old cartoon favorite -- into a bunch of bitter, bickering, advertising execs--is hilarious. PS:"Son of a bitch" is the new "good grief." -- Jennifer Maerz
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