By JAMES ROBINSON
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Better than: Staying home and complaining about how bad The New Girl has gotten.
Cody ChestnuTT had his moment in time.
I walked into the kitchen of my family home a long way back and my mother had 'the Seed' turned u ... More >>
Growing up during the height of the '90s Bay Area turntablism movement, local DJ Bryan Boogie decided to save his lunch money to buy equipment from RadioShack at the age of 12. While locals Q-bert, Mix Master Mike, and Apollo were dazzling in DMC battles, Boogie instead found himself drawn to house ... More >>
March 15, 2012
The New Parish
Better than: A version of Girls Gone Wild set at the Oakland Coliseum DMV.
It's often been said, probably inaccurately, that the Inuit people have 100 words for snow or something, right? To illustrate the subtleties language is capable of, when a subject de ... More >>
Maybe you heard last week's Twitter rumor that Oakland rapper Too $hort had died -- it gained enough steam to merit a mention on celebrity gossip sites such as TMZ and Entertainment Weekly.
Of course, it wasn't true: "Stop calling my phone," $hort finally tweeted on Nov. 22. "I'm not dead. Been in ... More >>
This will not go smoothly...In a pension-related version of Martin Luther nailing 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, Jeff Adachi took to the steps of City Hall today. But, since this is a pension-related matter, you can substitute the theses with hundreds of millions in pension obliga ... More >>
Tamara PalmerMartin Luther and Too $hort.Too $hort March 6, 2011 @ Yoshi's SFBetter than: Listening to a studio gangster who's behind closed doors getting his booty all spanked up.He staked a permanent place for Oakland on the international rap map over a more than 25-year career, but T ... More >>
In recent weeks, we've pointed out that people are largely free to fornicate on the streets of San Francisco -- but dogs cannot. Prosecutors struggle to convict vandals -- as juries state that graffiti is not vandalism, but "art." So, along those lines, only in San Francisco could a gay, rabbinic ... More >>
EKAphotography copyright 2007. all rights reservedSoul on a Roll: Martin Luther
Is there life after neo-soul? The R&B subgenre, which enjoyed immense popularity in the late 90s-early 00s, long ago outlived its usefulness. The name--conceived, reportedly, in a marketing meeting by then-Motown ... More >>
You Know You Want This, Oakland: Shawn Colvin
Earlier this week I wrote about discovering that Oakland's Art & Soul Festival--which happens August 15 & 16--had managed to almost completely ignore the youthful 16-35 demographic with its bookings for this year. There's no live hip-hop, ind ... More >>
Cali's Next Top Cop? Kamala D. Harris
It takes a lot of cojones to stand up for what you think is right in the political world, especially when faced with high-level pressure. Though she's generated controversy and made a few formidable enemies in law enforcement circles, SF DA Kamala Harris ... More >>
EKAphotographyAll Together Now: Town Bizness
What do you get when you mix a hip-hop legend with some of the hottest local musicians around? Town Bizness. Having been one of the few local industry folks to hear significant portions of the upcoming Town Bizness album You Can't Take It With You, all I ... More >>
Eighty Methodist pastors from Northern California plan to challenge church law by co-officiating at a lesbian wedding. It's an act of conscience that could sunder America's second-largest denomination -- and bring gay marriage to the center of national co