When I first moved to Berkeley, after a year of wonderful, noncommittal wandering, Crixa Cakes was my way of coping with staying still. A place where I could show up in the mornings and drop half my weekly budget on cake for breakfast. It was always served to me in a way that convinced me, and convi ... More >>
Today's commute is kinda like Cairo If you are an East Bay resident trying to get to your job in San Francisco this morning, good luck. Not only is traffic at a standstill on the Bay Bridge, but BART is reporting delays of its own. A motorcycle crashed on the bridge's S-curve at about 6 a.m. clos ... More >>
SF CHEFS/FlickrDo not fuck with Des Jardins.We are still suffering from a bit of Top Chef overload, but the new season of Top Chef Masters with new host, format, and judges brought us right back into the world of cheftestants, Quickfires, and knife packings. We tuned in last night for the Sea ... More >>
Yes, the Grammys are nothing more than a promo summit for what remains of our broken conglomerate record labels of yore. Columbia, EMI, Warner Bros., Capitol, Atlantic, Interscope, et al. like to believe they still hold some influence over the masses, and as long as we can sit here comfortably an ... More >>
The popular web site stands accused of acting like a modern-day Mafia.
Man, San Francisco is so strong on the indie music front these days. And that's not just empty cheerleading. Our pop bands (Girls, The Dodos) are getting prime festival slots and lots of press love, while experimental psych-garage act Sic Alps has been asked by industry heavies (Sonic Youth and Y ... More >>
Moira Hodgson's It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: My Adventures in Life and Food (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $24.95) might have been subtitled The Education of a Restaurant Critic. The author's addition to an ever-expanding list of food memoirs will surprise (and probably charm) anyone unfamilia ... More >>
By Matt Smith When Muntadar al-Zaidi of Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV threw his size 10 shoes at President George Bush, San Franciscans were thrilled. It now appears, however, that it's not just George W. Bush who was knocked down a notch by Zaidi's impressive pitching. His filthy flying apparel ma ... More >>
Leaving no gimmick unturned, that Super Size Me guy goes searching for Public Enemy No. 1.
Fog, sports, Vallejo politics -- the bullshit Thanksgiving news stories have started in earnest. Despite the fluff, but then there is this gem from the WSJ via the AP: U.S. and Russian officials announced agreement Monday on how to safely dispose of 34 metric tons of Russian weapons-grade plutonium ... More >>
Movies shot on cellphones. Downloadable features. In its 50th year, the S.F. International Film Festival looks to the future of filmmaking and film-watching.
The USS Iowa was once considered a lock as a San Francisco tourist attraction. So why is the historic warship rusting in Suisun Bay?
Portrait of a prime minister
Our critics weigh in on local theatre
It's impossible to perform a bad version of this near-indestructible camp script
Rejuvenated West Coast hip hop, Apocalyptic movement-theater, and Jack Palance as Fidel Castro
All Things Piratical
A two-day festival of plays about the Middle East can't live up to its promising subject matter
A 1957 play about a powerful country's war in a far-off, arid land still feels relevant today
101 Second St. (at Mission)
Psyco on da Bus (Platform Recordings)
Gypsy caravans, heavily shellacked starlets, and eccentric emperors
Interesting questions lack resolution in this otherwise nimbly written play
Middle Eastern and African offerings
Uri Geller and I Am Spoonbender
The Cheesecake Factory
In the Beginning is a musical bomb