It's officially September, which means the biggest (and free-est) music festival in San Francisco is only a month away. Today, after dropping plenty of hints online, the organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced the lineup for the festival's 13th year, which takes place Oct. 4-6 in Golden Ga ... More >>
If we were going to nominate a Song of the Week this week, it wouldn't go to any ordinary single. It wouldn't go to a song that's about to set the Billboard chart on fire. It wouldn't go to anything that ends up on heavy rotation on MTV. No. It would go to a barbershop quintet. "How can this be?" yo ... More >>
The lineup for the 2012 Bridge School Benefit concert is out! Big names for this year's benefit include Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Guns N' Roses, the Flaming Lips, Jack White, and Foster the People. The annual concert -- which helps support the educational institution for individuals with severe sp ... More >>
Over the past week, photos of Warren Hellman toting a banjo were pretty much ubiquitous. The departed billionaire was a financial titan and a political force in this city -- but, yes, it was the banjo, perhaps the happiest of musical instruments, that seemed to define his public persona (and his pri ... More >>
Jason Katims' Parenthood -- now in its third season -- is well-written, well-acted, and achieves a goal once thought impossible in making the presence of Dax Shepard tolerable. A spin-off of the 1989 Steve Martin film of the same name, the series follows the extended Braverman clan of Berkeley, led ... More >>
Our critics weigh in on local theater.
Being stood up sucks, but Bouncer finds solace inside Yancy's Saloon.
Just like Steve Martin, San Francisco's gotta lotta brains.San Francisco has an IQ of 165. You know, if your believe in that sort of thing. [City Insider]Break time video! Kick it with the everybody's favorite dudes who like-to-blow-things-up, the MythBusters. [SFAppeal]Tom Ammiano heckles Schwar ... More >>
Caroliner @ the Lab (Sat. and Sun.)Hardly Strictly Bluegrass @ Golden Gate Park (Fri.-Sun.)Wait, what? Steve Martin and MC Hammer and Neko Case and Steve Earle? Yeah, it's the city's biggest free hootenanny with a cross section of roots music fans. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass kicks off today at 10: ... More >>
Steve Martin is a wild and crazy guy...who happens to dig bluegrass. The above video is from a performance he had last September with The Steep Canyon Rangers in that band's home state of North Carolina, with the white-haired comedian plucking away on the banjo. Martin will bring these boys and the ... More >>
Logic goes out with the intrigue in ho-hum "thriller" Traitor.
Steve Martin's Pink Panther piddles on its predecessor
A mixed bag of eccentric delights and duds for those with ADHD
A "Safe" place for shorts
Steve Martin's May-December romance turns unseasonably cold
An economical Cyrano emphasizes the play's exuberant, gung-ho spirit
There's no real reason to revive this weird show, but it works nonetheless
Looks like Popeye, sounds like a 12-piece drum kit, rivets us. Must be Kid Beyond.
Summer's sylvan satire
In the dark, brilliant Buffalo Soldiers, men of war beat boredom by attacking each other
Steve Martin almost gets Down with Queen Latifah, but they mostly strike out
Mira Nair's film explodes the Hindus and don'ts before the nuptials
What Women Want is a better movie than this two-hour Nike ad
Compared to the original, the new Fantasia is funnier, with fewer scary patches.
Picasso and Einstein (and Steve Martin) at The Lapin Agile