If your experience is anything like mine, the amount of spam in your email inbox has declined in a big way in recent years. The economics of e-mail spam aren't what they used to be, thanks largely to crackdowns by ISPs and legal actions by governments around the world. Another factor: the rise of so ... More >>
San Francisco Symphony: Barbary Coast and Beyond
Friday, May 11, 2012
Davies Symphony Hall
Better than: Your grandparents' (but maybe not your great-great grandparents') symphony.
When you hear there are gonna be banjo pickers and fiddlers on the stage, you tend to expect a high-lonesome hoedown o ... More >>
Heather Meader-McCausland grew up in rural Alaska, 100 miles above the Arctic Circle, and in Sonoma County, Calif. She was born to Elaine and Fred Meader, the filmmakers who produced the Alaskan documentary "Year of the Caribou," so nobody was surprised when she picked up a camera. Her photo exhibit ... More >>
The long-running slowcore trio Low -- which has a great reputation for live performances -- played Great American Music Hall last night. It was a beautiful 90-minute set, with all the best songs from the band's latest album C'mon (see below), and a bunch of back-catalog tunes that our f ... More >>
There really is something in the water here. At least that's what it seems like, judging by the number of San Francisco electronic music producers touring across the Atlantic and releasing tracks on U.K. and European labels. Dubstep and bass-driven club music producers have been especially p ... More >>
What a smileHere is a story that involve both sperm and teeth -- and it's still G rated.James Saunders was convicted yesterday in a San Francisco courtroom for scheming to illegally buy, sell, and smuggle sperm whale teeth from the far away country of Ukraine. The conviction was a crack in an nat ... More >>
mooshee85/FlickrOur favorite morsel from the Web.
Historian Rachel Laudan has a prescription for eating better: Demand more industrial foods.
Laudan's essay "In Praise of Fast Food" (it originally appeared under a different title in The Gastronomica Reader) feels as provocative in the Utne ... More >>
Lara HataLobster Thermidor: Maybe there's a reason we all stopped eating this?Thermidor can feel as hard to penetrate as Don Draper's psyche. On one hand, chef Bruce Binn's dinner rolls and baked Alaska and pommes dauphine leave a buttery trail through memory, depositing you smack in the midd ... More >>
Fight the power -- with pillows!Kidding! We know that, no matter what Bill O'Reilly thinks, San Francisco isn't really run by communists. At least not exclusively.Still, after the travails our fair city has been through with irresponsible flash mobs converging on Justin Herman Plaza for massive p ... More >>
January 27, 2010
Red Devil Lounge
Better Than: the State of the Union, or the Nigerian underwear bomber
Berlin-based Nigerian Nneka delivered an intimate scolding to the crowd Wednesday, while moving them to jerk knees and hips to her radical Afro-funk ballads and ciphers. The chiseled-fac ... More >>
The Dark Room
December 20, 2008
Review by Eric K. Arnold; Photos by EKAphotography
Better Than: A typically clichéd hip-hop club.
Arriving at Club Six's "Dark Room" at around 11 p.m., I overhear a group of about seven people with Eastern European accents. Where are they from, I ... More >>
Weekend recap by Janine KahnWe're running on a skeleton crew here at All Shook Down this week with most of the usual suspects home for the holidays. Fortunately, our friends at sister blogs The Snitch and SFoodie were out and about this weekend, so our wrap-up won't be too terribly bare bones.On Sat ... More >>