That hiatus you've been taking from mass transit ever since you saw the BART sex video has come to an end: The Bay Bridge closes tonight for five days, and you're now stuck with mass transit -- and all the insanity that comes with it. Hopefully, you remembered that before crossing the Bay Bridge th ... More >>
Before the Bay Bridge can open, it has to close. Which means you're pretty much screwed for a whole five days starting next week. Now might be a great time to start appreciating BART (that goes for bloggers, too). The kind folks over at BART have miraculously found the money to roll the trains all ... More >>
A small brush fire near the Richmond train yard brought BART to a screeching halt this afternoon, causing major delays. Trains are backed up in the Fremont, Richmond, and Millbrae directions, and, according to SF Appeal, there is no service at all to the Richmond, El Cerrito del Norte and El Cerri ... More >>
This might be your only chance to get free parking and a free ride from BART. Commuters in the East Bay can head on over to the West Oakland Station this morning where BART has added more (free) bus service into San Francisco. BART has 36 charter buses serving the West Oakland Station where a bus ... More >>
The only two things you really need to maintain a steady job are a constant flow of coffee and reliable BART service. Unfortunately, the price just keeps going up for both. And for some East Bay folks, presumably bound for San Francisco, the trip across the bay is about to get a little bit pricier ... More >>
For the last two years, Oakland has been without its own Planned Parenthood, which meant patients had to trek to Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, or San Francisco in order to receive care. But trek no more -- Planned Parenthood has opened its doors in Oakland again. Planned Parenthood clinics vanished fr ... More >>
If you have had it with those miscreants who use BART trains as their own personal bar, you know the place where they drink, pee, and fight with strangers, well, there is some hope. BART informed its passengers that it will implement a new law that should finally give passengers a cleaner, safer, ... More >>
San Francisco is an expensive place to be if you're paying a parking ticket or writing out a rent check or purchasing real estate. We've got that covered. But, when it comes to obtaining a bottle of juice or bar of soap, we're very reasonable. While San Francisco voters spurned a half-a-percent sale ... More >>
Update (9:45 p.m.): BART officials say all stations have been reopened except for Richmond.Update (9:35 p.m.): News outlets are reporting that tons of people are flooding emergency rooms complaining of breathing problems. Update (9:17 p.m.): Chevron officials just held a short news conference, sayin ... More >>
One Goh, the suspect in Monday's deadly shooting spree at Oikos University in Oakland, will make his first court appearance today where he will answer to charges of seven counts of murder. Police have only begun to unravel what motivated Goh to show up at the university Monday morning and allegedly ... More >>
This morning's magnitude four earthquake terrified pets and sleepy folks across the East Bay, but it appears to have done no damages, unless we're counting a brief closure of BART, the interruption of sleep schedules, and-- over the course of a long, helpless, thirty seconds or so of the earth ra ... More >>
Closed for businessWhat better way to celebrate the Great Emancipator than with hair-pulling traffic and even more of a clusterfuck than usual for Bay Area commuters? The westbound deck of the Bay Bridge heading into San Francisco will be closed at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, until 5 a.m. on Tues ... More >>
If you go to farmers' markets in the East Bay, you may have seen them: A group of activists from Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter handing out flyers raising concerns about Oakland's new Urban Agriculture Policy. "The last thing I want my daughter to see or hear are the sounds of an an ... More >>
Spotted at a bus stop on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito: The bus riders have spoken! -- Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
Jaz BangaWhen I lived in Tokyo, and later New York where I actually ate even more Japanese food, I always felt Japan fell down on dessert. It didn't seem to be part of the food culture. When dessert was presented at all, it wasn't sweet enough for my tooth. A reader's letter espousing the virtue ... More >>
Jermaine Grosse, impromptu cabbieA few more details have come to light regarding Jermaine Grosse, the San Pablo man who followed up an involuntary psychiatric hold in a Martinez hospital by allegedly stealing the cab he was transported home in. Since Grosse allegedly made off with the cab on Satu ... More >>
As of this afternoon, the Bay Area News Project, the F. Warren Hellman-funded bid to reinvent the metro newspaper, has a new, Pulitzer Prize-winning managing editor, a new Web site, and a new name, "The Bay Citizen," with the slogan, "News/Culture/Community." The new managing editor is Stev ... More >>
When Kathy Miner started her apparel and image consulting non-profit 14 years ago, she catered to low-income people looking for jobs. The non-profit, A Miner Miracle, provided them with free consultations on wardrobe and hair, as well as free new outfits and hairstyles. Over the years, Miner -- a fo ... More >>
In the old days of the music industry, label staff loaded up their station wagons with vinyl albums and promotional goodies, and set off on Odyssey -like road trips across America, stopping at every mom'n'pop retail shop along the way. The goal was to establish direct, personal relationships with re ... More >>
Lyrics Born is proof that going against the grain can work out in the long run.
Quannum projects star and alt-rap icon
What the Bay Area's world-class improvisational music scene is doing to put more butts in the seats
Is a musician's dream gig a post at Guitar Center? We spent a day on the job to find out.
Week of September 22, 2004
Adrian Freed's decades-long desire to marry music and technology is finally going public. Will anyone listen?
Rap duo Zion I can't stop being innovative, no matter what the costs
Bubbly and baseball, plus a quirky collection of 78 RPM records
Week of August 14, 2002
Week of May 1, 2002
Grandiloquent pop, fetching dogheads, and primordial ambience
Two Bay Area collectors put the spotlight on vintage Hawaiian music
Five years after its last album, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 returns with its oddball humor and loopy art rock intact
How Chris Strachwitz sparked a music revolution by releasing obscure, vernacular music
Published April 26, 2000
Whither the Avant-Garde?... To Suburbia, Of Course!
Mark Eitzel at Hotel Utah, Clit Stop, Arhoolie Records' 40th Birthday
Since moving to the Bay Area a decade ago, Alec Palao has diligently tracked the history of local bands before the Grateful Dead (yes, such bands existed)
For 40 years, Arhoolie Records' Chris Strachwitz has worked to make unknown roots music (almost) famous
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?