Today is Day 22 of the largest mass hunger strike in California state prison history, called in protest of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's notorious solitary confinement practices. While 32,000 prisoners were refusing meals when the strike began July 8, fewer than 600 o ... More >>
Negative ApproachBad AnticsGuantanamo DogpileGreat American Music HallFeb. 9, 2013Better than: Anything else you can buy for $5As the last chord of the song rang out, John Brannon's grimace took center stage. The front man of pioneering Detroit hardcore outfit Negative Approach stood still, looking ... More >>
Be honest: With whom would you rather knock back a cold one or pull a few tubes of your favorite Choom -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?Neither, clearly. The portrayal of George W. Bush as an "Alabama Kush"-puffing commander in chief in "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" is hands-down the m ... More >>
In the world of random audio hallucination, there's the shit and then there's, well, shit. While I own some terrible stoner tunes, mere good taste, as everyone knows, goes for little in a world of thin walls, car audio, American Idol, and an ongoing '90s revival. Drunk or sober, bent or straight, l ... More >>
It pains us, Dear Reader, to ask the question. We like Berkeley. It has nice fruit trees and bright college students. But ask we must, because the Berkeley City Council has given us no choice.I mean, come on. When you schedule votes on two resolutions -- one supporting alleged Wikileaker Bradley ... More >>
51st StateThe truck parks weekdays in three downtown locations.The 51st state: Would that be Puerto Rico? Gitmo? According to Francesca Salcido, the 51st state is a state of food. Salcido and partners Nathan Smith and Daniel Gutierrez rolled out their downtown mobile eatery two weeks ago. S ... More >>
Torture? Or graduation night beer-funneling?Protesters are planning to attend graduation ceremonies this Friday at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law to voice their displeasure at the continued presence of Bush Administration torturer's apprentice John Yoo on the law school's faculty.In a pre ... More >>
Rekers: I hired him to carry my luggage, not be my man-whore! Unbelievable! Dr. George Rekers, a guy whose entire career was based on the notion that gay people don't have to be gay, is a closeted gay snorkeler. Surprise! With each passing day the story continued to grow increasingly so ... More >>
Where are the beer refrigerators?Following Sunday's passage of a historic health care bill letting brakeless track-bike riders stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26, America's hipster lobby now turns to legislative battles in areas such as immigration, climate change, financial reg ... More >>
John McNab/FlickrThe Mickey D's at Guantanamo Bay: That's razor wire, not some PlayPlace encounter zone.Our favorite morsel from the blogs. A tweet turned us on to this report about an ad for workers at the Gitmo McDonald's, from Carol Rosenberg of McClatchy Newspapers: "Out of work and will ... More >>
Sgt. John V. YoungIf leftist supervisors sought to show the world that their sympathy for a group of alleged cop-killers in San Francisco was more than a zany political stunt, they have done themselves no favors with a new resolution that links the men's arrest to the Bush Administration, Gua ... More >>
At Guantanamo, hunger strikes don't end earlyThis just in from the San Francisco Labor Council: Apparently a group of workers have broken off their fast at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's local office on Post Street. The workers' hunger strike was the latest in a series of local events and rallies organized ... More >>
dead prezGenerally, when ASD receives a press release boasting about a show with "arguably the strongest lineup of socially-aware, hardcore hip-hop talent in recent memory," we just shrug it off as pure hyperbole (and yes, to paraphrase Harry Allen, we normally don't believe the hyperbole). But holy ... More >>
What happens when the shouting's over?San Francisco's powerful Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) made headlines last week when, after heated debate, it passed a resolution assailing Mayor Gavin Newsom's take on the sanctuary city policy -- a decades-old commitment by local public officials ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and more jihad looms.
The next wave of post-9/11 political films trades sobriety for satire.
Harold and Kumar get shipped to Gitmo in this forced act two.
A methodical look at how and why we torture in Taxi to the Dark Side
Angelina Jolie kidnaps Daniel Pearl's movie
The summer season always brings out the worst in Hollywood, but there are also gems to be found
We offer tips for returning lost whales to the ocean the next time they get lost in the delta
How the Americans fared at Cannes.
Music and poetry, not plot, create A Place to Stand's emotional impact
Week of 2-7-07
Despite a nonexistent marketing campaign, Cuarón's latest is not to be missed
Michael Winterbottom puts a face and a hood on the suffering at Guantanamo
Napkins, chopsticks, and teapots bring a Japanese internment camp to life
A passionate portrayal of life in an immigrant detention center
One Window looks beautiful and makes us think, but its emotions fail to stick
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Discussing Guantánamo in terms of its theatrical merits is beside the point
The human, political message of One Big Lie gets lost amid the divine fun. And we're glad.
A drama whose time is now
This Tennessee Williams production packs a punch, but it's too loud
The sprawling International Latino Film Festival covers a lot of ground
Wise-ass humor is the best way to fight the Bush administration's anti-terror excesses. And, hey, wise-ass humor is what we do best.