If you live in San Francisco, there are certain places in San Francisco you simply will not go. North Beach on a Saturday night, Candlestick Park when the 49ers are playing the Raiders, and now add to the list the eastern end of Golden Gate Park on 4/20.
We've heard "horror" stories of the ravages ... More >>
In a move surely motivated by the Christmas spirit, the city's Recreation and Parks Department evicted one of the only recycling centers in Haight-Ashbury, Kezar Gardens.
Last week, sheriff's deputies arrived to boot employees, marking the end of an 18-month fight to keep the recycling center open. ... More >>
It's one of the curiouser by-products of this post-collapse economy that plenty of what's free is actually what's best -- and this is as true for music as it is for smartphone apps. It's so easy to feel burned by a phoned-in "big show" when it sets you back $50 plus fees -- and so easy to feel elate ... More >>
President Barack Obama swung through the Bay Area last week like a college kid driving home for the weekend to do laundry.
His stops hovered in the south Bay, in San Jose, Redwood City, and Atherton, where he held a rally and hosted the typical Expensive Dinners for Wealthy People.
Obviously, Oba ... More >>
A new report released by the city's Controller's Office demonstrates just how ineffective San Francisco's sit/lie ordinance is, with the bulk of last year's citations going to the same 19 repeat offenders, according to the report. Voters approved sit/lie in November 2010, with the hope that it ... More >>
A new itch for merchandising, a fanbase now on the side of life that comes with plenty of cash to spend on nostalgia, and a poverty of original ideas coming out of Hollywood: What's a hugely adored band like the Grateful Dead to do?
Why, commission an Across the Universe-style film featuring its or ... More >>
Last year San Franciscans heard a repeated tale about a band of violent gutter punks who caused upstanding citizens to fear going out at night.The story was bogus. Police were unable make a single criminal case out of the supposed crime wave, despite blanketing the area for weeks.The fabulists be ... More >>
Romana MachadoShiva Rea, Mickey Hart at Wanderlust FestivalWanderlust FestivalSub SwaraDavid Starfire Live EnsembleMC YogiShiva ReaMay 21, 2011@ The Fillmore
Better than: Being cast into the Lake of Fire to fry.
Back where I'm from, the Apocalypse has been going on for quite some time now. In the ... More >>
US Geological SurveyIt usually looks betterCivil Sidewalks, Sit-Lie ordinance -- call it what you will, the ballot initiative to make sitting down on public sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. illegal isn't some fringe idea from what passes for SF's hard right. There's a popular -- some say "gra ... More >>
San Francisco Public LibraryWe were really young when the Hippopotamus Hamburger Restaurant (aka the Hippo or Hippo Burger) was open on Van Ness, but we remember a pink, cartoony wonderland of happy hippos created by Wolo von Trutzschler. We'll never forget the dizzying array of hamburgers pr ... More >>
Peter DaSilva/New York TimesThe Ritz-Carlton's Ron Siegel serves quail eggs fumigated with cedar smoke ― from a bong.When cozy, all-consuming, pipe-induced hunger pangs ripple forth, tokers both midnight and morning favor foods with lively texture, voluminous flavors, and, more often than n ... More >>
Time for a new entry: Tellin' off President Obama!Allow us to once again congratulate last week's news quiz winner Jaclyn Abergas -- and remind her that the large, white tiger stuffed animal she earned is still waiting for her. Seriously, he's crowding me out of my own desk here. This weeks' winn ... More >>
Eh.We'd like to award the Wall Street Journal's Bay Area section with an even slightly less enthusiastic response than we gave the New York Times. And here it is:
We have our reasons.
At first, the the addition of Bay Area sections to the nation's most prominent national ... More >>