Chef Charles Phan had one word when Randall Kline, the founder of SF JAZZ asked the Slanted Door chef to take over the café South at SF JAZZ's new permanent space on Franklin and Fell. "I said, 'No,'" Phan said. "A lot of people ask me to do a lot of things, and the first thing I say is, 'No.'" ... More >>
Growing up during the height of the '90s Bay Area turntablism movement, local DJ Bryan Boogie decided to save his lunch money to buy equipment from RadioShack at the age of 12. While locals Q-bert, Mix Master Mike, and Apollo were dazzling in DMC battles, Boogie instead found himself drawn to house ... More >>
The Cooking ChannelChing-He HuangOn Saturday, the Cooking Channel launches "Easy Chinese: San Francisco," a full season of 14 30-minute episodes showing Taiwanese-born Ching-He Huang cooking her recipes in our town. I spoke with Ching on the phone earlier this week from her home in London ab ... More >>
Photo by Greg DewarPedaling for potA funny thing happened to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu last night, while making his evening round of speeches.Somebody asked him for pot."You got the compassion? Who's got weed?" asked an attendee of yesterday's monthly dinner/medical cannabis givea ... More >>
Chris CristodoulouIn the conducting world, Michael Francis is a rising star. Young, talented, and armed with a devastatingly cute British accent, this is a conductor to keep an eye on. Fortunately for us, Francis will be in town this summer, conducting the San Francisco Symphony's annual summer c ... More >>
White Flag If there is anything that the new Board of Supervisors can learn from their predecessors, it's that provoking the mayor can only backfire. After a tense week that shook San Francisco's political circles, Supervisor David Chiu today invited City Administrator Ed Lee, who is expected to ... More >>
Finally SpeaksApparently, City Administrator Ed Lee is taking calls -- just not from progressive supervisors. As the Examiner reports today, Lee's buddies in Chinatown broke the news that he will take the job as Mayor Gavin Newsom's successor -- if he has to. Gordon Chin, executive di ... More >>
Jonathan KauffmanDumpling Kitchen's xiaolongbao (10 for $6).You might think the contest the title of this post refers to is about the quality of the xiaolongbao, or Shanghai-style soup dumpling, but the contest is really which foodista can convince rivals that he or she has eaten the best XLB. No ... More >>
Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S.A. Lose your love. Break the law.
Joe EskenaziBruce Porteous changes up the Lone Star flagCity Hall officials hoping to run their ideas up the flagpole and see if anyone would salute them ran into a problem yesterday. Bruce Porteous was already atop the flag poles, removing the flags -- thus inhibiting everyone's saluting instinc ... More >>
Joe EskenaziGiants slugger Pablo Sandoval and his new mohawk 'doAfter taking in yesterday's taping of Inside the Clubhouse -- which really is taped in the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse -- I'm left with two sparkling memories: Team hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens pointing at outfielder N ... More >>
If you like eating pancakes and helping kids -- and don't particularly care where those kids are -- IHOP has a deal for youIn one of the more stunningly bad product tie-ins in recent memory, the good people over at the International House of Pancakes have declared next Tuesday to be National Pancake ... More >>
Repertory Film Listings
Daly City Records opens the door on weird
A meditation on memory and Indian culture, from Krishna dolls to bharathanatyam
News media have abandoned the labor beat and missed a story of global financial import: the looming possibility of a longshoremen's strike at West Coast ports
Putting the world back together at the 45th annual S.F. International Film Festival
April; Beau Travail; But Forever in My Mind; Bye Bye Africa; Charisma; Darkness and Light; First Person Plural; Hamlet; Journey to the Sun; Kikujiro; The Letter; Missing Boy; Moloch; Set Me Free
Letters from April 12, 2000
A con man feeds on fear and paranoia in the software business
Ride With the Devil
For three decades, Mariedi Anders has used Old World grace and negotiating acumen to create significant American careers for serious European musicians. Now, the doyenne of West Coast classical music agents faces a new challenge: the globalization of the
Gorbachev foundation prez Jim Garrison has something special in mind for San Francisco in September, an international palaver at the Fairmont Hotel. After that, a seat for himself in the U.S. Senate. And then, who knows? Chancellor of the world?
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