Bay Area punk-rock pioneer Jello Biafra has embarked in numerous high-profile collaborations in the decades since the mid-1980s dissolution of the legendary Dead Kennedys. While he has teamed with the likes of Ministry's Al Jourgensen in the industrial-punk project Lard and tracked classic albums wi ... More >>
"Flush twice -- it's a long way to the kitchen" is something of the standard graffiti fare to be found in restaurant bathrooms. But you won't find that at Gitane. The San Francisco establishment has received much glowing press for the ethereal beauty of its commodes. In fact, it has a chance to win ... More >>
It's not news that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has not a thing to do up there in Sacramento, a city that he himself has said is boring. But you know what is news: Newsom finally had something to do -- and didn't do it!On Monday, Newsom's morning included showing up to a meeting and casting a vo ... More >>
Attorney General Kamala Harris used her newly created eCrime Unit to break up two high-tech bank scam operations that ripped off hundreds of Chase customers over the last three years. In both "skimmer operations," the defendants, organized as "crews," replaced the card readers at Chase Bank ATM ves ... More >>
The women of the Bay Area music scene are breaking rules and defying expectations. Lass Out Loud is a new column exploring their lives and work. Former Sleepy Sun singer Rachel Fannan's new all-girl group, Only You, takes a break from the sunnier shores of Southern California to perform at Brick an ... More >>
Think of it as a guidebook...In June, your humble narrator traveled from San Francisco to Los Angeles via public transportation. This journey, as explained in the ensuing cover story, was undertaken for the same reason George Mallory sought to climb Mount Everest: "Because it's there." Mallory's ... More >>
View "In Transit:" How to Get from S.F. to L.A. in a larger map Huh. We just realized we're crazy. How so? The Google map above traces the public transit odyssey your humble narrator undertook between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fifteen transfers, seven local transit agencies -- ah, sorry, we' ... More >>
"Hi"Native, a noisy prog-core quartet from Northwest Indiana, are playing two shows this weekend at the Bottom of the Hill in support of their last album, Wrestling Moves, which combines all the rhythmic intricacy and interlocking near-melodies and committed yelling of post-hardcore exemplars lik ... More >>
Awesome alert: In a feat of either badassery or hubris, Italian DJ, Grammy-winner, and all-around-suave-dude Benny Benassi plans to ride a fixie -- yes, a single-speed, fixed-gear bicycle -- down the coast of California on his upcoming tour.The bike tour kicks off after Benassi's set at Ruby Skye ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.
This is the fellow telling you where to go on 511 -- Bob HesseHalfway through a phone interview with Bob Hesse, we just can't help it anymore. It's just too much of a trip. Here we are talking to the voice of 511 -- and he understands what we're saying. None of those "I didn't get that," or "I mi ... More >>
Jim HerdThere is grandeur in this view of life...Text by Joe Eskenazi. Gorgeous photos by Jim Herd. In the many months between when we first reported the inception of the San Francisco-based United Football League up to the moment we wandered into a largely abandoned AT&T Park for the Saturda ... More >>
Do ask, do tell: San Franciscans on Obama's promise to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [Mission Loc@l]Crescent City man accused of threatening Obama via email. [SFist]Missed your stop? Blame Obama. [Richmond Blog]An interview with the woman who intervened in last week's Muni fight. [Muni Diaries]Pic ... More >>
James Duncan DavidsonA sign of the times...The State Employment Development Department today released its monthly accounting of where the state's employment handbasket is in its journey toward hell. And it's a good news-bad news situation akin to: "We've got fresh vegetables -- but we're serving the ... More >>
Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, 1933 -- from the SFMOMA collectionBack to the future?In a case of debating whether the glass is half full or half empty -- but, upon further analysis, realizing the glass contains something nasty -- the state's Employment Development Department this morning released th ... More >>
When we last spoke with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Monday, he predicted a budget by that day or Wednesday at the latest. So, he was off by seven hours -- legislators obtained the Republican vote they needed at around 6:55 this morning. Ammiano was also on the mark that the "conductor of the train" f ... More >>
Reached in his Sacramento office during a rare down moment, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano told SF Weekly he's hopeful the "Financial Armageddon" Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned about (apparently lifting liberally from his old scripts) may well be averted -- today. The San Francisco assemblyman said ther ... More >>
California man Bart Loshel Downey committed a prolific number of burglaries, robbing more than 30 homes over the course of 16 months, according to yesterday’s Associated Press article. The man was tried in a San Luis Obispo court and his lawyer requested a 12 year sentence. Judge Ginger Garrett di ... More >>
A new library program tries to gently ease the homeless problem out the door
M. Ward creates a Post-War state
Monsters of mope come to Berkeley: M. Ward, Bright Eyes, and Jim James. Old 97's are hotter than Ryan Adams.
Kick-ass Filipinas become Mail Order Brides
The S.F. International Film Festival loses a programming director
When it comes to terrorism and U.S. atomic power plants, we may as well put Homer Simpson in charge
The 13th annual International Window Cleaners Association Convention is transparently entertaining
M. Ward's new album is damn fine folk -- from a guy who used to ignore folk music
Local all-girl outfit Erase Errata finds the common ground between noise and dance music
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
What do a cappella, opera, and jazz have to do with hip hop? Ask Felonious.
The San Francisco rock scene is alive and well -- 90 miles from San Francisco
For Stars' slow and steady trip up the coast to San Francisco inspired a life in somber, beatific pop
Did this aspiring cover boy, who says he killed in a panic fit brought on by unwanted gay advances, get away with murder?
William Randolph Hearst's heirs want to build hotels and a golf course on his seaside estate, below his fabled castle. Ranchers and environmentalists are raising Kane.
In The Probe, Aaron Muentz writes about sex, booze, and rock 'n' roll -- in that order
Mendocino publisher Bruce Anderson is smart, sophisticated, and savage
Wives of San Quentin inmates protest politicians' efforts to restrict the Family Visitation program
For every direct action against an abortion clinic staged by Operation Rescue, expect an equal and opposite reaction by the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights.