• Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Beck Gets a Little Goofy on Sunday at Treasure Island Music Festival, 10/20/13

    Beck Treasure Island Music Festival Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 Maybe it has something to do with Scientology, but Beck doesn't age like normal humans. He looked a little tired for a moment, to be sure, taking a breath after the set-opening "Devil's Haircut" -- on which the bass was far too loud and ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    San Francisco Not Swayed by Japan's Sex Slave Apologist Toru Hashimoto

    Right-wing politicians don't do well in San Francisco. And particularly not when they defend the use of sex slaves (outside of the friendly confines of The Armory, at least). Once a rising star in Japanese politics, Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto is now an international pariah for saying in May that "c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    S.F. Official Tells Japanese Mayor Who Defended Wartime Sex Slavery He's Unwelcome Here

    Osaka, Japan Mayor Toru Hashimoto was scheduled to visit San Fransisco on July 11. The planned trip, however, drew much controversy because Hashimoto had recently said something horrible and stupid. The remark involved "comfort women," the more than 200,000 people in Japan's occupied territory dur ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Charles Phan's New Project, the Penthouse Club & Steakhouse, and Medjool Changes

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. While physicaly not far from his Ferry Building restaurant the Slanted Door, Charles Phan's pending restaurant on Pier 3 will be world's away when it comes to cuisine and décor. SFGate reports that the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Wise Sons Readies, Sushi Taka Opens, and La Terrasse Closes

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. All things pastrami and pickles: The popular pop-up Wise Sons Jewish deli is nearly ready to open their new brick-and-mortar. Thrillist notes that this Sunday they'll soft launch with a brunch in their ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Jonathan Gold Offers Tipping Tips (Hint: 20 Percent)

    ​The LA Weekly's Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Jonathan Gold, has come out with a list of 10 rules for tipping -- basically 10 reasons why diners need to stop pretending they're rewarding a waiter for the quality of his or her service and just tip a flat percentage. For instance: 2.Yes, I know yo ... More >>

  • News

    June 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Na Ya Dessert House's Takoyaki and Thai Crepes

    Steph L./YelpNa Ya's takoyaki, $5.​ Na Kuanha wanted to open a stand just to sell takoyaki, Osaka-style octopus fritters (which even have their own song). But the Richmond storefront she found was too big to focus on just one street snack, so she added Japanese crepes, Taiwanese honey toast and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    J-Pop Party, Indie Erotica, Amoebapalooza, Comedy Day, Mexico's Independence, and More

    Killbossa bring tropicalia to the Make-Out Room this Sunday​Already sick of your classes? Feeling a bit sluggish at work? Let San Francisco ease your pain with ten stress-soothing events for less than a bottle of self-medication. Here's our list of 10 cool events this weekend for under $10: Frida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Mitsuwa's Japanese Food Fair Starts Today in San Jose. We Call Shotgun

    Luis ChongA stall at last year's Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa.​The Japanese Gourmet Foods Fair, aka Umaimono Gourmet Fair (umaimono means "yummy stuff") kicks off today at Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose. It ends June 6. The annual event is part of a series of four-day weekend festivals promoting ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    What Makes Namu's Okonomiyaki at Ferry Plaza So Likable

    J. BirdsallNamu's version of the homely Japanese snack skews Korean.​Okonomiyaki incorporates the Japanese words okonomi, which means "what you like," and yaki ("grilled"). We do like okonomiyaki a lot, grilled ― on a bus, on a train, in the sun, and in the rain, typically during or immediat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Sunday Night: Japan Nite Special Girls Rock Explosion

    Kirsty EvansOMODAKA​Japan Nite Special Girls Rock Explosion! 
 August 16, 2009  at Yoshi's 
Better Than: The previous day's outdoor performance by the same bands. By a long shot. 
 Sunday night's invasion by the The Japan Nite Special: Girls Rock Explosion tour brought both a crowd an ... More >>

  • Music

    May 20, 2009
  • News

    April 1, 2009

    The Dark Prince

    He claimed to be Nepalese royalty, but police say Kaushal Niroula is a con man whose crew of gay grifters may have murdered a wealthy Palm Springs man.

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2009
  • Film

    October 1, 2008
  • Music

    March 12, 2008

    Electro Selectors

    DJs Jefrodesiac and Richie Panic keep dancefloors crammed with Frisco Disco and Blow Up.

  • Film

    February 14, 2007
  • Film

    August 16, 2006
  • Culture

    November 30, 2005

    Cirque Spectacular

    No heavy plot, just supernaturally breathtaking acrobatics

  • Music

    July 27, 2005

    Going Postal

    Like it or not, the Zip Code Rapists are back

  • Music

    July 6, 2005

    Hear This

    The Pop Crush Festival, hi-NRG mechanical violence, and the return of astro-rock band Zolar X

  • Music

    May 18, 2005

    Hear This

    Frantic noise and a pornographic stage show means the Boredoms are anything but; Japan's PINE*am brings its comical pop to town

  • News

    December 24, 2002

    French Fried

    San Francisco and Paris are sister cities, but that doesn't mean the natives can't pull each other's hair out

  • News

    April 18, 2001

    Tales of the North Pacific

    What a 62-year-old man can teach shellshocked dot-commers as he sails from Osaka to San Francisco. Alone. Again.

  • Dining

    April 11, 2001

    Kobe Seekers

    Osaka Grill

  • Music

    December 9, 1998
  • Calendar

    July 2, 1997
  • Calendar

    April 16, 1997
  • Calendar

    January 29, 1997
  • News

    March 20, 1996

    Masters of Disaster

    The San Francisco Office of Emergency Services unveils its new post-apocalypse playbook

  • Music

    December 27, 1995
  • Music

    May 24, 1995

    Dead Sea Scrolls

    Deciphering the psychedelic dream-rock of Angel'in Heavy Syrup and the cryptic noise-pop of Dead C

  • Film

    March 1, 1995

    Use your (dis)illusion

    Anxious young artists turn the camera on themselves in the 13th annual S.F. International Asian American Film Festival

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