Last week, Supervisor David Campos told SF Weekly that he'd be open to starting a dialogue about whether to strip Lech Walesa's name off a city street.Supervisor Jane Kim is ready to move past all that. She wants Walesa gone. Step one, however, is figuring out who to call. Kim aide Ivy Lee says that ... More >>
David Campos: "We're not foreclosing" on possibility of changing title of street named for "one of my heroes." Blink and you'll miss it -- Lech Walesa Street is a small, gritty alley a generous heave from City Hall. For those with no desire to loiter here, it provides a brief glimpse into a painful ... More >>
This year will be the first Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival missing the presence of Warren Hellman, the late billionaire investment banker and banjo aficionado who founded it. Hellman passed away of complications from leukemia last December, at the age of 77. Back in 2010, just prior to Hardly ... More >>
Remember all the hand-wringing last year over the so-called disappearance of protest music? As the Occupy movement hit its peak, capturing the attention of the country, commentators and older musicians were accusing contemporary artists of failing to grapple with the major struggles of their time in ... More >>
Mollie McWilliams It may be the most fanfare dinner presentation ever. Where else can confetti rain into your soup? Teatro ZinZanni's spectacle of jugglers, trapeze artists, and current host, 60's songstress Joan Baez, are the highlight, but beyond the glitzy costumes and constant entertain ... More >>
Jay BlakesbergHazel Dickens with Dolly Parton and Warren HellmanHazel Dickens, a bluegrass singer who played every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival since the free event began in 2001, died today at age 75.Described by the Washington Post as "a living legend of American music," Dickens use ... More >>
Sleeping in trees is nice (yes, we've tried it!); falling out of them is not. Joan Baez discovered that songbirds can't fly earlier this week, when she fell 20 feet out of a treehouse at her Woodside (Peninsula) home, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one through all three day's lineups. You coul ... More >>
Record Store Day, that annual record-buying rite of spring that will rock independent music sellers across the world, hits again this Saturday, April 17. The event is a two-fold celebration: it's a chance for bands to put out small-run, limited-addition releases ... More >>
If you've ever packed it into the Make-Out Room on a Saturday night, you have El Kool Kyle to thank for making you sweat. The El Superrritmo DJ goes crate digging across continents to bring back the best the barrios have to offer (and over Halloween weekend, you can take advantage of his sonic tr ... More >>
EKAphotographySupa Sistas: Les Nubians Yesterday was definitely a day to be outdoors. With thermostats pointing north, inside was the last place anyone would want to be. And why would you want to, anyway? It was nice outside. Hot damn, summer in the city. And, unlike many a summery San Francisco da ... More >>
Give your ears — and your wallet— a summer treat.
EKAphotographySeun Kuti performs at Stern Grove, 2008 The 72nd annual series of free summer concerts at Sigmund Stern Grove--one of San Francisco's best traditions--has been announced. As always, the lineup of artists spans a diverse range of genres and styles. Performers include Roberta Flack and D ... More >>
She's closed Camp Casey outside George W. Bush's Crawford ranch and recently lost her bid to unseat Nancy Pelosi in Congress. Now Cindy Sheehan is taking on Barack Obama, claiming the U.S. president is the same sort of warmonger as her previous foes. But no less an anti-war authority ... More >>
San Francisco photographer Jim Marshall, who snapped this iconic shot of Johnny Cash, has fired off the legal equivalent of the Man In Black's one-finger salute to the owner of Bill Graham Archives.After a man's shot his thousandth musician, you'd figure he'd see some time in court. That's the case ... More >>
Teatro ZinZanni's Hail Caesar! is a slight improvement on the dinner theater theme.
The ethnomusicologist and the flack tell a beguiling tale of influence
What Are Words For?
Fear of a Black Tangent
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L.A. buzz-band Midnight Movies stands out from the pack with its love of '60s rock and spiritual themes
A UCSF professor organizes a scientific boycott to protest apparent censorship of a study that suggests a link between working at IBM and dying of cancer
One definition of heaven: A week, a t-top Camaro, and the Pacific Coast Highway.
Nuclear subs, gothic hip hop, and a world-traveled septet's motley musical influences
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
If you haven't seen it yet, now's the time to catch the world-class Teatro ZinZanni
Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue
All the Good Times | Cut Yourself a Switch
Cafe Monk closes its doors
Holiday Event Lisitngs
Two new collections from Berkeleyites Malvina Reynolds and Harry Smith argue for folk's historical authenticity. Whatever that is.
After a lengthy hiatus, the old-timey folkies in the Muskrats want to revive the folk revival