It's a little past the halfway point of 2012, but mid-July still seems like a good time to round up the albums that came out this year and simply failed to meet our expectations. Some of those expectations were admittedly (and deservedly) sky-high -- leading to decent records that still felt like a ... More >>
Because it became too expensive to house nearly 250 criminals on a rock in the middle of the ocean, Alcatraz officially shut down in 1963... or did it? And after it shut down, all of the inmates were transferred to other prisons... or were they? In the new J.J. Abrams-produced supernatural thrille ... More >>
Alex HochmanThree-scoop banana split ($8.25), a dinner essential at St. Francis Fountain on 24th Street. You'd think the city's oldest ice cream parlor ― a place that's been in the same storefront on 24th Street since 1918 ― would be packed at dinner with families reveling in nostalgia a ... More >>
'The Art of Passing Time'S.F. Arts Commission Gallery12:15 p.m., free For the exhibit "Now and When," the S.F. Arts Commission gave $2,000 each to a bunch of artists to make time-capsule projects. Packard Jennings spent his on dinner. He's a conceptual artist -- it was an expensive dinner. ... More >>
Sometimes one man's junk is just, well, junk.Zambaleta, a Mission-based nonprofit world music and dance school, hosted a flea market last Saturday for musical equipment and records. People sometimes regret throwing out music and memorabilia when nostalgia hits 40 years down the line and Davy ... More >>
Schools are trying to contain their truancy epidemic. How're they doing? Just ask the students smoking pot less than a block from campus.
Every year growing up, my brother and I got to pick out an ornament and add it to a growing collection. Unpacking and hanging up the previous year's ornaments was as much a treat as purchasing new ones, until Martha Stewart showed up and ruined everything. Homely trees covered in a hodge-podge of mi ... More >>
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M. Night Shyamalan steps up the lunacy with Lady in the Water
The new Castlevania is the last nail in the franchise's coffin.
In a show about collaboration, artists work with bees, trees, flies, and Chinese
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Elvira and her progeny make an evening of it. Then the progeny go wrestling.
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As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
Are the Fairways destined to be overlooked in their own country?
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After years of creative drought, inspiration was again in long supply
Bipolar Bear Gains Cult Following
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