Recent years have given rise to many record labels devoted to reviving forgotten artists from all genres. In record stores you will find new collections of Thai funk from the '70s, field recordings from Ghana, and represses of punk 45s originally released in editions of only 200 -- all the result of ... More >>
It's easy to take for granted that Fela! would be a smash Broadway musical -- that it would make its big-stage debut to critical acclaim ("music that gets into your bloodstream," said the New York Times), that it would garner a slew of 2010 Tony nominations, and that it would revive interest in the ... More >>
kqedquestThe California Red-Legged Frog is one of our state's 16 threatened amphibian speciesLast week, the US Environmental Protection Agency called for public comment on a potential ban of Atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Atrazine has been banned in th ... More >>
Chadwick Donald Bidwell, Dee Kessler, and small infant humanIn addition to their titles as frontmen of two of the Bay Area's best underhyped bands, Dee Kessler (Thee More Shallows) and Chadwick Donald Bidwell (Ral Partha Vogelbacher) -- known together as Fops -- can both claim the decidedly un-r ... More >>
Courtesy of de Young MuseumEl Anatsui's Hovor IIThe woman sauntered up to the giant wall hanging called Hovor II, inspected its connecting pieces, then sat down on a nearby bench to get a more expansive view. Every five minutes or so, the pattern was the same on the second floor of the de Young M ... More >>
Man-oh-Manischewitz, it was an interesting week. How interesting? This interesting: 1. Alleged gangster Charles "Cheese" Heard was found guilty of murdering and robbing a man of what unique pendant?A. A gold-coated scarab beetleB. An actual-sized Mercedes hubcapC. A bejeweled recreation of Bamm-B ... More >>
When worlds collide...Those hoping to find a large, elaborately costumed, and liquored-up Civic Center crowd on Saturday were not disappointed. And balls were prominently involved -- but not soccer balls. The ongoing free presentation of World Cup soccer games on a billboard-sized screen was abru ... More >>
When the U.S. last played Ghana -- the matchup in tomorrow's World Cup showdown -- things did not go well. There was, however, one brief, transcendent moment. After midfielder DaMarcus Beasley picked a Ghanan's pocket and careened down the left side of the field, he centered the ball to the foot ... More >>
'American spirit' on parade...Yesterday's 91st-minute goal by Landon Donovan to transform the United States from hapless losers to potential World Cup champions was that rare sports moment that could just make you cry. And not tears of joy -- which are light and spontaneous -- but the tears of ma ... More >>
Fool's Gold December 12, 2009 Great American Music Hall Better Than: Fool's Gold Loaf, a sandwich Elvis ate 18 months before he died. Frontman Luke Top has lately extinguished rumors that Fool's Gold is specifically a West Coast highlife ensemble. (Highlife is the speedy, gurgling guitar rhythm ... More >>
Fair is good, but free is better.Hey, it's free chocolate day! Indulge in the sweet life today at Fog City News (455 Market at First St.), where free samples of Divine fair trade chocolate will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Savvy chocolate fans might remember the Divine giveaways in S.F. a ... More >>
Promise you won't smudge the handrail of your BART car.Didja get your free Bay Bridge broken hot dog yesterday at Zog's? Still hungry for schwag? This evening, samples of Divine Chocolate will be handed out at a number of BART stations: from 4 to 8 p.m. at Montgomery in S.F., and from 5 to 7 ... More >>
(Palermo vs. Tokyo by Chef Ian Muntzert for Mission Street Food)By Tamara PalmerIt's only been a few months since I became your faithful daily food blogger, but it's a position I've been unconsciously training for all of my life. I have always been interested in the world of eating, from the politic ... More >>
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