Attempts to reform California's oft-confusing and always-contentious medical marijuana industry have been put on hold until next year -- at the earliest.Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Monday withdrew from consideration Assembly Bill 2312, medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access announ ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Fire on the Bayou, by the Original Meters.Behind the buzz: Buried w-a-a-ay deep on the bill at this weekend's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival are The Original Meters, the slickest karass of funketeers ever to lurch out of New Orleans. Groomed for superstardo ... More >>
A not-so-friendly waveUpdate 4:36 p.m.: One person has been declared dead after a tsunami hit the shores of Northern California earlier today, causing millions of dollars in damages to boats and surrounding docks, according to media reports. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in D ... More >>
Ocean BeachThe call came just before 7 a.m. A concerned friend, who has lived in San Francisco less than a year, wanted to alert me that a deadly tsunami was headed my way. After devastating the northern coast of Japan, the tsunami -- generated by a staggering 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the Paci ... More >>
Nobody's foreclosing on Lenny...When Phil Ting, the city's assessor-recorder, mounted the City Hall steps today, he faced two obstacles. One was getting the general public to comprehend a complex and disturbing situation involving foreclosures that he'd like to remedy. The other was getting the g ... More >>
Who wants some?They shut down the hash bar.High Times shut down HopeNet's hash bar. SF, your hash is too much for High Times (or at least its legal handlers).
edcasey/FlickrScene from Yats' crawfish boil in April.We often think of the Dos Equis commercial in which the Most Interesting Man in the World breaks down the "two-party system": "The after-party is the one you want to attend." However, if an upcoming event is any indication, the seasoned, ... More >>
You don't need a doctor to tell you that a night out on the town while suffering from the flu is a bad idea -- but it carries more weight when delivered by an M.D. Well, you don' t need a professor of oceanography specializing in waves to tell you that rushing to the beach when there's a tsunami wa ... More >>
Dirty Dozen Brass BandCelebrate Mardi Gras @ Various LocationsWith the hot flush of underdog love filling everyone's hearts after the Saints' improbable Super Bowl victory (so conveniently close to Mardi Gras!), you can bet there'll be a lotta people pretending to be Big Easy expats on this year' ... More >>
Tamara PalmerThe fried shrimp po'boy: A sandwich named desire.An early nibble from the Weekly's Wednesday food review. Is Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Café all that and a bag of Zapp's? The New Orleans outpost in the Portola District (3030 San Bruno at Dwight) knocks out up to a dozen fillings: ... More >>
Do ask, do tell: San Franciscans on Obama's promise to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [Mission Loc@l]Crescent City man accused of threatening Obama via email. [SFist]Missed your stop? Blame Obama. [Richmond Blog]An interview with the woman who intervened in last week's Muni fight. [Muni Diaries]Pic ... More >>
But no one loves pricey coffeeAs hard-liners say, "you do the crime, you do the time." But if you feel you're getting ripped off by paying too much for prison coffee -- to quote Doug Llewelyn, "You take 'em to court." Eight inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City in the far north of ... More >>
Dishonest and unsavory fishermen have found a home at the docks, where rent is cheap.
(Lupe Fiasco) As predicted, Outside Lands Festival has broken down their package ticket sales ($225.50 a pop) into single-day tickets ($85.00), a much more manageable fee given the shitty economic times in which us music lovers live. As of May 1, both the single and the three day passes will be on ... More >>
The Outside Lands Festival, SF's own version of Coachella, is getting mightier by adding Beck, Primus, Ben Harper, and many more acts to a lineup that already boasts Radiohead, Tom Petty, and Jack Johnson. For $225.50 (for all three days; so far promoters seem to be holding out on whether they'll of ... More >>
The Cotati Accordion Festival isn't your grandmother's accordion festival. Well, yes it is. But it's more. Lots more.
Musicians, Teddy bears, and drive-ins: our eclectic local movie scene
New Orleans comes to Noe Valley
News reports about the lawyers whose dog killed Diane Whipple have stirred unpleasant memories among a few of their former clients
One of the funkiest bands ever searches for closure, two decades after its last show