In these days of leaks, the federal government has bigger worries than drug war dissidents. But Uncle Sam hasn't forgotten about the marijuana movement. This week, the target of the biggest federal drug raid in recent Bay Area memory was finally brought to heel: the $180,000 in cash, found at the ... More >>
A year ago, the federal Justice Department took aim at legal medical marijuana in Mendocino County. The feds warned that the county's novel cannabis plant licensing program, which generated cash and kept sheriffs patrolling the rural area, violated federal law and needed to go; otherwise county offi ... More >>
Camper Van Beethoven has a message for all you wayward Northern Californians: Come the hell home! The band's upcoming album, La Costa Perdida (out Jan. 22), is named after the wild stretch of coast along Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Having spent their formulative years in Riverside, Santa Cruz, ... More >>
Another year, another fleet of helicopters hovering overhead and federal agents tramping through the publicly owned woods in search of illegal marijuana plots and the (Mexican) people who grow them.In 2011, there was Operation Full Court Press; in 2012, we had Operation Mountain Sweep. This year, be ... More >>
The Wild Kitchen, the pop-up that makes San Franciscans' pants pop up, is back for several nights of dinner service before going on hiatus. Iso Rabins, the foraging mastermind behind it all, is teaming up with co-chef Thomas Martinez, formerly of Bar Tartine and Mission Beach, to create a menu that' ... More >>
Critics and supporters alike of Chris Daly can smile and state the former supe now works for Big Labor -- officially. An article in the Guardian feted Daly's recent appointment as the SEIU Local 1021 interim political director as a modern-day return from Elba. Not surprisingly Daly's new gig was ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: All bars are great. Every last one of them, even the nightclubs that advertise on the sides of Muni buses. I have my favorites, of course, and I never miss the ones in hotels or airports. That's why Gordon Biersch on the Embarcadero is my one-stop shop for a ... More >>
You can't really win against business AND laborPublic safety and jobs. To a California politician, they are the bread and butter -- if bread and butter means getting elected, that is. There are fewer worse labels for a politician than "job-killer" or the pejorative "soft on crime."You'd think, th ... More >>
We pot more than we need politiciansCalifornia is the most populous state in the Union. It's where the nation's medical marijuana movement was birthed, and the Golden State is also where the rest of the country gets most of its illegal pot, judging by law enforcement statistics (lo siento, Britis ... More >>
Wait 'til next year...As the national media will gladly tell you, people are smoking weed in San Francisco. People -- with and without medical marijuana recommendations -- smoked weed yesterday and they'll do so today, and they were going to do so no matter what happened with Proposition 19, the ... More >>
A silver lining forced its way through a storm of tragedy -- including the death of one band member's parent -- when S.F. female post-punk trio Grass Widow signed to Kill Rock Stars this past winter. (Kill Rock Stars is a premier west coast indie label that's also home to The Decemberists ... More >>
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Carlton Melton, Silver Pines, Pure EcstasyWednesday, Jan. 6, 2009The HemlockBetter than: A-frame rockWhen I invited my friend Scott to hit last night's Hemlock show, I explained that openers Carlton Melton played music they described as "dome rock." "Does dome rock mean everyone in the band is ba ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical '70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
Just say "no" to more hemp. Focus on the weak dollar and apocalypse tomorrow!
One local busybody collects letters from serial killers. Another attacks environmentalists. Guess which one's misguided.
The Independent Press Association was founded to champion alternative magazines, but now its members say it has become the kind of hard-hearted corporation it once opposed
How four tiny Indian tribes, with help from powerful gambling interests, are trying to transform the Bay Area into a slot machine Mecca
Graffiti and fashion ring in START SOMA's new location
How an S.F. theater troupe helped turn a reclusive novelist into a full-fledged playwright
Sci-fi filk singers, a still-flying Byrd, and the infectious Dengue Fever
In Point Arena, where small town and big city mix, and become fond memory
An unorthodox school for dropout risks is still searching for a campus, leaving students in learning limbo
Written by Robert Mailer Anderson (Creative Arts Book Co., 2001, $21.95)
Denis Johnson's latest play takes us halfway to hell
Who would endure anonymity, uncertainty, and unhappy lovers to make a scant living? Freelance musicians, that's who.
Jim Greer fights the shrinking music scene and an indifferent industry with a smile and a song
A new treatment for victims of severe emotional trauma involving rhythmic eye movements has therapists claiming almost miraculous results. Psychological researchers say the eyes just don't have it.
Temporarily in Los Angeles working on a movie, Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek still doesn't know when his next record's coming out
Forgive and Remember
Investigation unmasks worldwide James Bond weather-disaster conspiracy
Mendocino publisher Bruce Anderson is smart, sophisticated, and savage
A fine ensemble of actors can't save The Shadow Box; a deadly dull Galaxy
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?