Freelance writing isn't what it used to be.

Robert Christgau, one of the earliest professional rock critics, most known for the short capsule reviews contained in his Consumer Guide columns, has announced the end of his Expert Witness column at Cuepoint/Medium due to the publication's decision to no longer pay its music writers.

On his website, where he announced the news, Christgau writes, "[Cuepoint/Medium] decided that their music 'vertical' will now feature what web publishers like to call 'reader-provided' copy. Me, I think the term 'unpaid' is more to the point.…

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Author: Matt Saincome
Posted: July 3, 2015, 12:16 am


After taking over the space that Pica Pica vacated last year, Manos Nouveau in the Castro has quickly established itself as one of the better higher-end establishments in a neighborhood that’s been on a sustained rampage with better dining options over the last two years. Chef Gualberto Nic Camara and Sous Chef Francisco Morales churn out consistently excellent Central and South American food prepared with French techniques, and they manage to do so in a weird location next to a gas station on a quasi-dead-end block that sees a precipitous drop-off in foot traffic from nearby Castro and Market Streets.

And now there’s brunch.

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:30 pm
Rihanna's new video for "Bitch Better Have My Money," which opens with bloody female legs sticking out of a trunk, flips the script on the media's portrayal of women by slowly revealing to the viewer that (spoiler alert) instead of just being another image representing a slasher flick-esque damsel in distress, the blood belongs to an accountant that cheated Rihanna out of some serious money.

The very NSFW video involves Rihanna toying with that idea — kidnapping a wealthy woman, dragging her around the desert, and hanging her upside in abandoned warehouses, periodically calling the accountant on the phone in an attempt to collect a ransom.…

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Author: Matt Saincome
Posted: July 2, 2015, 8:38 pm

Unless you didn't go on the internet at all yesterday, you heard about the kerfuffle caused by a New York Times tweet that offered an unusual addition to a California staple. I'm talking about Guacamolegate, or more specifically, Peacamolegate.…

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Author: Carolina Quijano
Posted: July 2, 2015, 6:20 pm

San Francisco is reeling today from the news that beloved arts and music venue Viracocha will be closing by August, but that somehow over 100 incredibly shitty bars and venues will stay open.

“Viracocha closing is a tragedy, but Skylark staying open is simply shocking,” said 27-year Mission resident Luis Sanchez. “It’s like something out of science fiction.”

Oakland resident Debra Mencken believes that a conspiracy is the only way to explain how a unique a beloved venue like Viracocha, which is both locally supported and superbly reviewed, can’t make it in a city where the Tonga Room is still some kind of big deal.

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Author: Benjamin Wachs
Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:30 pm

Pier 14 on the Embarcadero has been the scene of two crimes in less than 24 hours.

Yesterday evening, a 31-year-old Pleasanton woman was shot and killed as she hung out with family on the pier.…

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Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:12 pm

When InForum members first learned that the Commonwealth Club's Innovation Lab would host Kim Kardashian West Live! this month, they booed, hissed and headed to the organization’s Facebook page to protest.

True, on the surface, the reality star seems to share little with the career women who've graced the speaker series' stage before her: stuffy corporate leaders such as Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington, and Marissa Mayer.…

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Author: Joshua Rotter
Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:00 pm
Characterizing his first DJ experience as a “baptism by fire,” Philadelphia DJ Jimmy DePre’s remembers his earliest foray into DJing as a fortunate accident. Starting his musical career at 15 working for legendary Philly radio personality Jerry Blavat, DePre's experience up until that "baptism" was audio editing and behind the scenes radio work.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: July 2, 2015, 4:37 pm

For the last few weeks, caffeine junkies have been fighting long coffee lines at CUESA’s popular Saturday Farmers Market. The departure of Blue Bottle’s two outside stalls has left a void, leaving only the single Sightglass Coffee cart to feed the herds of zombie-like morning market visitors.…

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Author: The Dapper Diner
Posted: July 2, 2015, 4:27 pm

Lisa D’Amour’s play, Detroit (which has nothing to do with the Motor City, except for the unease about economic instability the word can trigger) began with her wanting to put two very different couples next to each other. There’s Mary and Ben — Mary is a paralegal, and Ben has been laid off and talks about starting his own business as a financial consultant — while Kenny and Sharon are in recovery from drug addiction, living a furniture-less existence in his dead aunt’s house.…

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Author: Emily Wilson
Posted: July 2, 2015, 3:00 pm
by Jonathan Curiel In the film Mr. Turner, actor Timothy Spall — who in Harry Potter famously portrayed a low-life Death Eater named Wormtail — inhabits the skin of 19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner, and does everything that Turner did in his later life, including spitting at his own paintings and harrumphing at his fellow artists. The real-life Turner could be as prickly as Spall's Wormtail, and his artwork as alienating and derisive.…

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Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Chris Roberts Four decades ago, activists gathered once a year in front of San Francisco City Hall to agitate for their cause. The highlight of the "Day on the Grass" was a ritual smoke-in, with some of the cannabis that one of them also happened to sell out of a Castro District restaurant.…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Peter Lawrence Kane It's here, it's here, it's finally here! There's a tiny bit of frustration at having sought to become the first cat café in the Bay Area only to see Oakland's Cat Town beat it out by about six months or so, but that's the San Francisco permitting process for you.…

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Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Sherilyn Connelly A fable about human cloning, Billy Senese's Closer to God turns into a horror movie in its third act, while the first two consider the moral implications and social impact of said horrors. Victor Reed (Jeremy Childs) is both a neglectful father of two young girls, and a genetic scientist who encounters a tremendous social backlash when news leaks that he's successfully created a human clone, a baby girl named Elizabeth.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Jeremy Lybarger Dolores Park's joie de vivre lasted 48 hours. Just two days after its northern half reopened following a 15-month, $8 million renovation, park rangers either performed a necessary public service or inaugurated a new Dolores police state — it depends who you ask.…

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Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Jonathan Kiefer American pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) finds himself summoned to divided postwar Vienna by his old chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who isn't there to greet him on account of just having been run over and killed in the street — possibly on purpose, or possibly not at all. Drunk and deeply bemused, Holly descends right away into a grand dark labyrinth of midcentury, middle-European corruption.…

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Author: Jonathan Kiefer
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Sherilyn Connelly To call something "the best Terminator movie since Judgment Day" isn't quite high praise, considering how terrible Terminator 3 and Salvation were, but Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys nonetheless earns that distinction. Genisys begins with an often shot-for-shot recap of the opening of James Cameron's 1984 original, as Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) goes back in time to save Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from the young Terminator (CGI Arnold Schwarzenegger), only to find the timeline has gone all cattywampus, and a Judgment Day-style badass Sarah has to save him with the help of a much older-looking Terminator (flesh Arnold Schwarzenegger). Aside from that dumb, dumb name, Terminator: Gensisys is far less offensive than it could be, and Taylor keeps the action brisk and linear, maintaining a clear sense of geography often lacking from modern blow-'em-up films.…

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Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Julia Carrie Wong We're driving around the residential streets of Treasure Island when Todd Brennan stops his car in the middle of a road. "Feel that?" he asks.…

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Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Jeremy Lybarger In 2011, San Francisco began making property owners responsible for maintaining the trees along the city's sidewalks. Facing a $380 million general fund deficit, City Hall had to slash budgets somewhere, and trees don't compete well against priorities like transportation, homelessness, or policing.…

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Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Julia Carrie Wong Since the massacre of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., the nation has busied itself with bringing down the Confederate flag. On June 27, activist Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina's capitol and removed the Stars and Bars herself.…

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Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Mark Segal Kemp I almost got a tattoo. It was the summer of 1985 and the artist, an old friend, was going to engrave four vertical black bars — the logo of the pioneering L.A. punk band Black Flag — into my upper chest.…

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Author: Mark Segal Kemp
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Siouxsie Q Our much-loved Golden State Warriors may have triumphed over the incredible athleticism of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers during last month's NBA finals, but the road to the title was upstaged momentarily during Game 4, when James, one of the most well-known and sought-after ballers of all time, inadvertently flashed his penis on live television. James isn't the first professional athlete to get tangled up in a dick pic scandal.…

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Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am
by Brad Japhe Even though bottle shops dedicate increasing swaths of real estate to America's native spirit, threats of a bourbon shortage continue to loom over us. Considering the time and space necessary for proper barrel-aging, it's nothing short of a small miracle that many exceptionally crafted bourbons retail for well under $40.…

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Author: Brad Japhe
Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:00 am