Since reestablishing Swans in 2010 with the release of My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, Michael Gira has been exploring a stylistic middle ground between the sonic abrasiveness of early Swans recordings and his acoustic-based, crypto-folk collective, Angels of Light. There is a tendency ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanThe other Pelosi's take on immigrationDocumentarian Alexandra Pelosi -- yes, that Pelosi -- has doled out heaps of patriotism in her latest film and companion book, Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip. So much so, we imagine former naysayers will go out to buy American flags for t ... More >>
Welcome to Santa Cruz...A legal case lasting longer than America's involvement in World War II has ostensibly culminated with the following conclusion: A man who felt the need to give the Nazi salute during government meetings deserved the Stalingrad treatment he got.A Santa Cruz man named Robert ... More >>
Nobody expects Phil Ting!Tomorrow morning, assessor Phil Ting will be arguing in front of the San Francisco Appeals Board that the Catholic Church owes San Francisco up to $15 million in transfer taxes -- one of the largest tax bills in the city's history. The hearing will be held at 1 South Van Nes ... More >>
Hollywood plunders meaning from the Holocaust — again.
An interview with Valkyrie's star and director, Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer.
Bill English pilfers from Sam Mendes, with mixed results.
The notorious German director on sparring with his critics and making his latest (intentional) comedy
One of the world's rarest plants grows in the Presidio. Plans are under way to save it — and ax thousands of trees in the process.
The Counterfeiters is a morally ambiguous Holocaust tale of survival and collusion.
Our critics weigh in on local theater
Cabaret provides lots of energy, but not much story
The local conversation between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian activists is getting less civil every day. And Lee Kaplan's tactics aren't helping.
Infiltrator tries to break into porn using the "German Method" and a pitch for pornographic bowling
Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?
For MC Immortal Technique, planting the seeds of revolution ain't nothin' but a g-thang
Will Sheff's literate gothic folk comes into focus on Okkervil River's latest
Deborah Hayden's new book, Pox, pulls the covers off famous people with syphilis. That's right: syphilis.
"Fritz Lang: Minister of Fear" presents the ominous films of the late German director
Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight
The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Rhino)
The Clinton administration has praised the Anti-Defamation League for helping shield kids from Internet hate. But should a group that spied on thousands of Californians be allowed to police the Web?
From closet cases to party monsters: A critical guide to the 22nd International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Politicos, prudes, and the paranoid protest the programming heard on Bay Area radio stations to the highest authority in the land -- the Federal Communications Commission
Portrait of the North Beach icon as an old woman