MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch fronted San Francisco's The Court and Spark, a well regarded, if enigmatic, band that confounded critics with a blend of rock, country, and ambient instrumental textures. When the band ran its course, Taylor moved to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolin ... More >>
At this point, I have to believe that all the people in the Pando Daily-TechCrunch-Uncrunched-whatever micro-universe have consciously incorporated their onanistic little circle jerk into their collective business model. You can almost picture it just that way: Michael Arrington, Sarah Lacy, MG Sieg ... More >>
Omar Souleyman performs at Mezzanine on Tuesday.You may never have heard of Omar Souleyman, but he's something of a folk hero in his native Syria. Since 1994, Souleyman and his musical compatriots have released hundreds of cassette albums of predominantly live recordings, and those tapes have ... More >>
Winni Wintermeyerâ€‹As one of the founding members of San Francisco's krauty, dubby, polyrhythm-toting Tussle, Nathan Burazer has seen his fair share of musical trends and scenes come and go. And while the expansive instrumental jams his band has continued to write for almost a decade have never bee ... More >>
America prepares to shutter the infamous prison camp, and more jihad looms.
Ridley Scott's latest is the post-9/11, tech-savvy terror thriller we deserve.
New tastes from the Middle East.
Supermoon (Heads Up)
Controversial docudrama imagines a post-Bush scenario
Middle East tensions mar The Syrian Bride's big day
Pleasant food in a pretty room at a new Turkish-accented "Mediterranean" spot in the Marina
Portrait of a prime minister
Week of Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Anti-war activists ignored Saddam Hussein's horrendous crimes against ordinary Iraqis. Do they have anything -- beyond anti-Bush demonstrations -- to offer the oppressed in Iran and Syria?
Will we be more secure -- or just less competitive -- if the government forces hundreds of thousands of international science students to get export licenses simply to look through a microscope?
An epic story turns human -- and fallible -- in Oliver Stone's Alexander
Worship that makes you dizzy
The election aftermath and oyster-inhaling in one user-friendly column
No, not that jerk-led software behemoth down the Peninsula – the real Oracle, with the surefire, bet-the-house prophecies you deserve
A two-day festival of plays about the Middle East can't live up to its promising subject matter
A festival of short plays takes a raw, intelligent look at life beyond the politics in the Middle East
We went to the largest stamp collectors' convention in California. And found something to write about.
West Oakland's Mono Pause is the Bay Area's most adventurous rock band you've never heard of
From Iran, a heartbreaker about a child and his family
For its 40th year, the San Francisco International Film Festival boldly goes where it has gone before