Here in San Francisco, we live under the constant threat of a catastrophic earthquake. It's a subconscious worry, perhaps only creeping to the front of our minds as we drive over the Bay Bridge or step out of the shower (would you grab a pair of shorts before bolting for the nearest doorway?). We ... More >>
With the rain last week, the cold snap this one, and the holiday visitors streaming in, chances are, you're going to need some liquid cheer at sooner or later. This week, I'm rounding up a few of the best drinks to enjoy this winter around town, whether you need a post-shopping nerve-soother, or war ... More >>
If you were glued to the television on election night last Tuesday, then you probably saw that glorious moment when Barack Obama embraced victory for the second time, made his inspiring address, then got showered, alongside his family and colleagues, in a storm of red, white, and blue ticker-tape aw ... More >>
A little over a year ago, Samin Nosrat managed to raise some $23,000 in quake relief for Haiti via three bay-spanning bake sales. Sadly, Nosrat finds herself organizing a similar effort for Japan. On her blog, the Pop-Up General Store cofounder and Tartine Afterhours chef is calling all baker ... More >>
Christopher VictorioRoger Waters performed The Wall at Oracle Arena Friday night.Roger Waters' 'The Wall' December 3, 2010@ Oracle Arena Better than: A hippie-dippy stoner protest. We don't need no education We don't need no thought control We sang the anthem as school kids. In bong-fuele ... More >>
21 Grand, the downtown Oakland nonprofit all-ages venue and art space, is struggling to survive. In August, city officials decided that the space was violating the city's cabaret license laws, forcing 21 Grand to cancel much of its fall schedule of shows.The cancellations leave primary manager Da ... More >>
I was in the Tenderloin simply trying to get a Vietnamese sandwich over the weekend, when this alleged anti-war protest thundered by. First, I was annoyed, because I was delayed in procuring my sandwich. But then I took a closer look and noticed that the protest was hilarious. It had -- as is cus ... More >>
While most of the music world is far away drinking excessively and waiting in line for sweaty, packed shows at SXSW, we San Franciscans still have plenty of homegrown activities to keep our culture palette satisfied. Here's your chance to check out the up-and-coming local acts and artists that yo ... More >>
Kelley Stoltz @ Hemlock Tavern At a recent Haiti benefit, Kelley Stoltz stole the show from Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and the Sandwitches. That the latter are all raging rock bands, the best of their ilk in Northern California, and Stoltz is a guy with an acoustic guitar didn't matter -- he still ... More >>
RJ ShaughnessyLil Wayne, perhaps the most commercially successful and critically-lauded rapper of the past few years, was recently granted a reprieve from his date with destiny. Due to be sentenced on February 9th after pleading guilty to gun possession, the proceedings have been delayed until Ma ... More >>
Jason TorsDeerhoofMark Growden at Art Parlor Friday [Mission Mission] Geographer's synth-heavy new songs [The Owl Mag]SF's "best emerging bands" [Deli SF] Upcoming Haiti benefit shows [SFist]SF bands recently at Daytrotter: The Mother Hips and Social Studies [Daytrotter] Sure to be sca ... More >>
When conjuring up Catch-22 analogies involving Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor John Avalos, one runs into a stumbling block right away. Which one is Yossarian? And who gets to be Major Major? (Personally, we see Newsom as Milo Minderbinder; they have similar feelings about privitazation). In an ... More >>
J. BirdsallWell over 1,000 customers bought sweets for earthquake relief.Saturday's Bakesale for Haiti raised over $22,000 for nonprofit medical aid organization Partners in Health, says event organizer Samin Nosrat. The grand total included a $5,000 match from yoga teacher John Friend, and a ... More >>
Poleng Lounge, soon to be R.I.P.January is a bad month for pink slips. Not only have I been getting multiple goodbye emails from publicists laid off from their jobs at the labels in the past week, but now I'm getting word about local venues that are shuttering in 2010. The biggest among them is P ... More >>
Pic via ScrapetvTonight Show Host Conan O'Brien just pulled out from what was sure to be a very special tribute to his career at this weekend's SF Sketchfest. The sold out show was going to be held at the Herbst Theatre this Sunday at 2 pm. Ticket holders received the following email this afterno ... More >>
Association for Cultural EquityEthnomusicologist Alan Lomax in 1938.Fresh from today's Weekly music section:Katy St. Clair gets tagged a lesbian, hits the Lexington [Bouncer]A different angle on news from Haiti: Alan Lomax's early recordings collected in beautiful new box set, produced locally [N ... More >>
EKAphotographyHavana Good Time: Alex Cuba In certain Afro-Diasporan traditions, ritual baptism is a well-worn, time-honored tradition. Voudun in Haiti, Santeria in Cuba, Condomble in Brazil, and Pentecostal Christianity in the Southern United States essentially do the same thing. Any importa ... More >>
Despite having been accused of deceptive business practices by the attorney general, former students, and ex-employees, Corinthian Colleges are getting millions in federal stimulus dollars.
DJ Beto is the perfect subject for a DJ Q&A. He's a Latin Musicologist who digs through bug-filled crates in Central and South America in order to find the choice cuts from Costa Rica, Columbia, Cuba, and beyond. When Beto gets retro, he's feeling mambo jazz and classic salsa, and he's busy on a ... More >>
Peter JamisonPolice Commission President Theresa Sparks (right) talks it outAhhhh, democracy. Try as we might, it never quite runs according to script, save in those enlightened, post-democratic nations -- such as Russia, Haiti or Uzbekistan -- that have figured out how to tame the snarling beast of ... More >>
Student-teacher power struggles in The Class
Student-teacher power struggles in The Class.
An abundance of the best international cinema at the 2006 Telluride and Toronto film festivals
A cheat sheet of bands from the new Seattle -- that's right, Canada!
An international exhibition for the Bay Area's isolated, disparate artists
Why vote Kerry? Exhibit No. 1: George W. Bush has shamelessly hired the dangerous figures behind the Iran-Contra Affair into senior diplomatic posts.
Love of the national pastime, on display at a downtown art gallery
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A peek at the future of higher political education
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Brooklyn's Antibalas resurrects Fela Kuti's Afrobeat sound -- as well as his revolutionary politics
Some bibliophiles hail Nicholson Baker as defender of a library under siege. His critics call him an antediluvian nutbag.