President Obama yesterday calling out Kamala Harris as, "by far, the best-looking Attorney General," was, unquestionably, an odd moment. It was a clunky thing to do for a man with strong reputations as both an egalitarian and a glib orator; it'd be akin to watching Richard Petty driving slowly in th ... More >>
Jetsetting Chef Adam Dulye of Abbot's Cellar and Monk's Kettle recently had the honor of traveling to the Dogfish Head brewery to create a special beer in honor of James Beard (of the legendary James Beard Foundation Awards). Before we go any further, let's be clear -- the James Beard Awards are no ... More >>
With the nation's major-party political conventions recently drawing to a close with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first black president, it seems fitting to cast a spotlight on an equally rare profession: the black country music artist. Or, rather, the former black pop star seeking ... More >>
Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year. Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly-gimmicky measures to make money. But there's more to it than that. Lik ... More >>
Sell our trade secrets ... that's one way to ensure China's economy surpasses the U.S.A San Francisco federal grand jury has charged five people and several companies -- some located in the Bay Area -- with espionage and selling American trade secrets to help companies in China quickly flourish. ... More >>
Listen to this while high: Spindrift's Classic Soundtracks, Vol. 1 Behind the buzz: Experimental rockers from Delaware, Spindrift drifted west back in the '90s to embrace the reigning space-cowboy psychedelic aesthetic. Going a bit overboard, as new-minted Californians will, they took ... More >>
This won't hurt a bit...California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit seeking to aid the defense of President Barack Obama's landmark health care legislation.The so-called Affordable Care Act, perhaps Obama's most significant legisla ... More >>
SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • Four million animals and counting have been BURIED ALIVE in South Korea. It's the government's response to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu in the pigs, cows, and chickens. It's unbelievable ... More >>
Luis ChongGlenn "Gator" Thompson will begin by introducing a stand-alone BBQ menu to The Grill.Glenn "Gator" Thompson was chef-owner of Gator's Neo Soul Cafe in downtown San Mateo from 2007-2009 before getting his current gig at Bayonne Casual Southern Dining in San Jose. This week, Thompson ... More >>
Like a shaggy George Washington crossing a Delaware of hipstersHappy Gregg Gillis Day! Oh, you thought it was Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day? Get with the times, fossil. December 7 is now a holiday devoted to the one-man dynamo of exhaustive intertextuality that is Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk -- ... More >>
If this election goes as poorly for the Democrats as everyone says it's going to you can lay odds that there is one population that will be blamed for the defeat: the GAYS. Yep, that's right. The gays are gonna screw this up for everyone -- again. The target on the gays was drawn thi ... More >>
Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell: "I'm not a witch"A new Harris Poll indicates that Democrats are gaining ground ahead of the November mid-term elections, and that the assortment of right-wing extremists who call themselves the "Tea Party" have something to do with this last-minute success.
Nice nails.So Google's new Instant Search function has the web-literate world all atwitter over why, exactly, we need Google's new Instant Search function. Self-involved music scribes that we are, we got to wondering how this technology could benefit us directly, and after many hours of fitful br ... More >>
Gone are the days when pub grub meant fish 'n' chips washed down with Newcastle, or Buffalo wings with a pitcher of whatever's on special. For the next three nights, Zare at Fly Trap is turning into a Persian gastropub, even though all alcohol in Iran is officially prohibited. This dinner i ... More >>
News this week of Adam Wheeler, the 23-year-old who lied his way into Harvard and almost into Yale, brought back fond memories of Azia Kim, the dorm-squatter who was discovered posing as a Stanford student two years ago. We have to ask: Who's the better college hoaxer? TV movie-ready back st ... More >>
A Delaware judge has put the brakes on the Bay Guardian's efforts to take half of the SF Weekly's advertising revenues. After ruling that the Guardian's collection efforts pose the threat of irreparable harm to the Weekly and its lender, Bank of Montreal, the Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr., Vice ... More >>
The Bay Guardian's total disregard of SF Weekly's lenders' senior lien rights have led those banks to ask a Delaware court to issue a temporary restraining order and injunction that would end Bruce Brugmann's increasingly frantic efforts to bleed money from the Weekly. The lawsuit filed agai ... More >>
Brain Farts @ Lookout It isn't every day that you feel a little bit smarter after spending a couple of hours with a drag queen. Brain Farts, however, calls upon any of you eager to test your trivia skills to do so in the presence of two wise-cracking glamazon hosts. Ever well-versed in the lates ... More >>
¿Dónde está el jefe? Normally, a story about Gavin Newsom going to Mexico and "leaking" would be pretty vile. And, depending on your feelings about the mayor, both of these developments could be interpreted as very problematic ... but not in that way.In any event, it's Friday -- you made it. B ... More >>
The SFPD has found its man -- but who will find the municipality of 'Delaware, Maryland'?Are San Francisco cops trying to put a good foot forward now that new Police Chief George Gascon is in town and vowing to improve the city's poor murder clearance rate? One could be forgiven that impression w ... More >>
Look, even this kid can tell the difference between a layer cake and a cupcake!I am not a legal scholar. But I can tell you this: Never have I ever been so blitzed on the fruit of the vine that I couldn't tell a layer cake from a cupcake. But, again, I am no legal scholar -- because just such a dist ... More >>
In the wake of a tragic bus crash, fans and friends of DMBQ come together to lend support
Pelican exhibits why it's joined Chicago's post-rock pantheon; the Greenhornes open for the White Stripes, and maybe show them up
The Rock goes dark
How four tiny Indian tribes, with help from powerful gambling interests, are trying to transform the Bay Area into a slot machine Mecca
Party like it's 1984, and the swamp rock-turned-street punk of Throw Rag
Into the woods with the players of the Professional Disc Golf Association
Amid a drastic budget crisis, why is the California State University system spending $400 million on computers? And where is the money coming from?
Don't know Jeffrodeeziack? Then you don't know jack about the new bars made from the old bars.
An exotic adventure into the mysterious world of sound!
Zen Guerrilla's Marcus Durant wants to save your soul -- for rock 'n' roll
Overpriced Sports Star Joins Local Team; Light Reading; A Match Made in Heaven; A Suggestion for Rearranging the Deck Chairs at Salon.com
PeopleSoft software has forced a Delaware manufacturer to cut paychecks to Mickey Mouse and let failing Wisconsin college students evade expulsion. Guess what software the San Francisco school district owns?
With a brilliant sophomore album, Jets to Brazil both embraces and escapes the past
How Pedro the Lion made a great rock album about (of all things) politics, ethics, and faith
Da Da Da
Why the tacky political giveaway called Pier 39 shouldn't be used as a model for the coming redevelopment of San Francisco's waterfront
The history of reggae, dub, soul, and "meggae," as told by Lee "Scratch" Perry
Megamillionaire Al Checchi thinks he piloted Northwest Airlines so well that you should elect him governor. Actually, he sucked in public subsidies, strong-armed unions, reneged on promises -- and still almost flew the firm into the ground.