If you haven't heard enough of "Zou Bisou Bisou" this week, be prepared for an onslaught of especially terrible karaoke this weekend. But before you attempt to reel in your own Don Draper, allow us to provide a little backstory: You know this much -- the fifth season of Mad Men has begun. And the c ... More >>
Pablo hits cleanup at the tablePablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval is a baseball savant. Unfortunately, he's at risk of becoming a flash in the pan -- an empty pan, incidentally, because he ate every last goddamn thing in it. Sandoval's weight gain has been alarming -- truly, the Panda has become a Hi ... More >>
John's Grill celebrated its hundredth birthday a few weeks ago, and as a longtime fan of Old San Francisco and the works of Dashiell Hammett, I made sure to help observe the occasion. Hammett figures into the equation because at one point in his magnum opus, "The Maltese Falcon," gumshoe Sam Spade ... More >>
A heaping helping of Italian films
The 41st San Francisco International Film Festival
American movies once enthralled the world with their exuberance and clarity. What happened in the 1990s?