John BirdsallClassic burger ($7) from Doc's of the Bay, a truck hoping to make the leap from Emeryville to San Francisco.Zak Silverman cooked at Berkeley's Elmwood Café, did a sort of apprenticeship with Suzanne Schafer and Shari Washburn onboard Ebbet's Good to Go, but it was all preamble, ... More >>
Every week I take the N-Judah out to Ocean Beach for work, just another speck among specks, stopping at the very end of the line and walking several blocks to my client's house. If I have time, I always stop in at the Pizza Place on Noriega at the corner of 46th Avenue. It's just like its name -- ... More >>
Hello San Jose! Does Sarah Palin know the way to San Jose? You Betcha. The conservative Liberty & Freedom Foundation is hosting what it calls "an evening forum event with Sarah Palin." Unlike most evenings with Palin -- which, presumably, include network TV, moose, and cursing Levi Johnson, t ... More >>
Kevin BerneThe cast of The Pastures of HeavenJohn Steinbeck's The Pastures of HeavenRuns through June 27 at California Shakespeare Theatre.Imagine an episode of The Waltons that just won't fucking stop, and you'll have some idea of the horror that awaits you with The Pastures of Heaven. The s ... More >>
It turns out at least four women groped along the Saratoga Creek Trail were apparently dealing with a really sweet man ... with issuesA rarity has emerged from a San Jose investigation: A story about an alleged serial groper who terrorized women jogging along a trail for months -- that's upliftin ... More >>
Brand New Folk: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny IrionWith all the hub-bub around freak-folksters like Devendra Banhart and alt.folk chanteuses like Jolie Holland, it's nice to see traditional folk hasn't been forgotten. However, it has been updated by third generation singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Gut ... More >>
California's unemployment figures have gotten bad enough you are now allowed to mention the Joad familyHooray! It's that time of the month when the state's Employment Development Department releases its numbers about how much employment is not being developed. We're posting this article right now be ... More >>
It turns out Chris Daly's staunchest supporters were indeed surprised by his lopsided, 77-28 loss to incumbent Democratic Party Regional Director August Longo at the weekend's state convention. They were surprised he managed to get 28 votes. No disrespect to Daly -- but, even according to his backer ... More >>
This Land is Your Land just got a little more plentiful with the addition of rockers the Black Keys to an already solid lineup: The Black Keys have just been added to the star-studded lineup for This Land Is Your Land, the first major event celebrating the legacies of both John Steinbeck and Woody G ... More >>
(Chan Marshall a.k.a. Cat Power) Chan Marshall is as hot as she is batshit crazy. Yup, that's my lead. Oh yeah, she'll also be playing at a tribute concert to writer John Steinbeck and folkster Woody Guthrie called This Land Is Your Land. See if she can get through her set when she plays along some ... More >>
It was only just one more month until you were going to rock out to Sheryl Crow's brand of inoffensive sensible guitar pop, but now you have to wait just a little bit longer. I know all you wanna do is have some fun, but that fun will have to wait until Sept. 20 for the inaugural This Land is Your L ... More >>
Self-consciousness steals the show in an adaptation of Daniel Handler's writing
A brilliant production finds the real, democratic feeling behind William Saroyan's effusions
Week of Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Blind love, plotting fairies, and humankind's obsessions at San Jose Rep
The book Nickel and Dimed is a first-rate journalistic look at minimum-wage life. The play it inspired is just journalism.
Brilliant acting brings the characters of Steinbeck's Cannery Row alive
A well-made, well-acted staging of Steinbeck's classic, for the 100th anniversary of the author's birth
If San Franciscans tried to choose a single book to read, we'd kill each other. Fortunately, it's been chosen for us.
Neecha Thai Cuisine
Bruce Springsteen reinvents himself as working-class hero
Gorbachev foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?