Plus Rice Paper Scissors leaves Brick & Mortar, FiveThirtyEight breaks down what America eats for Thanksgiving, and Doomsday buckets!

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: November 20, 2015, 11:30 pm

Lisa Heng, the 31-year-old San Francisco woman who stabbed her boyfriend to death in a Tenderloin SRO hotel last July, was acquitted of first degree murder and lesser charges by a jury today.

Heng, a single mother, was arrested July 18, 2014, when she called 911 seeking medical attention for her boyfriend, 40-year-old Matt Sheahan, after stabbing him during a methamphetamine-fueled fight.…
Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: November 20, 2015, 10:50 pm

Starline Social Club
has been a bit of a haunt for me lately. Even living in San Francisco, I've found the BART ride to Downtown Oakland and short walk to Starline to be totally chill.…
Author: Adrian Spinelli
Posted: November 20, 2015, 10:13 pm

On a red-lit stage inside a hip, suburban Los Angeles venue, Them Are Us Too concludes the final stretch of its three-part tour. Over the past month, the Bay Area alt-rock duo traveled from San Diego to Texas with Dais Records labelmates Drab Majesty, crossed the Rockies back west, then journeyed across the country and back again with dark rock purveyors Wax Idols.…
Author: Liz Ohanesian
Posted: November 20, 2015, 9:39 pm

Is it a bubble? Is it a plateau en route to the summit of an ever-growing mountain?…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: November 20, 2015, 9:17 pm
This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre.…
Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: November 20, 2015, 9:09 pm

Happy Week Before Thanksgiving! But, before we get to the Turkey Day themed activity, let’s take the SF Weekly (or Google or Apple or Facebook, or fill in the blank tech company) bus down the Peninsula for some dining news south of San Francisco.

Author: Trevor Felch
Posted: November 20, 2015, 9:00 pm

Welcome to The Golden Age of TV Movies, a monthly column about those wonderful TV movies of yesteryear.

John Gunther
(1901-1970) was one of the most important and respected journalists of his day, During his lifetime Gunther traveled the world, winning great acclaim for best selling tomes such as Inside Asia, Inside Latin America, and Inside USA.

Today Gunther is best remembered for the memoir Death Be Not Proud, in which he chronicled his son's battle with a malignant brain tumor.…
Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: November 20, 2015, 9:00 pm

The Atlantic’s
December issue leads with “The Silicon Valley Suicides” by Hanna Rosin, a somber look at the suicide pandemic seizing Palo Alto’s high schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, three current and one graduated student took their own lives, echoing a similar rash of suicides in 2008-2009.…
Author: Adam Brinklow
Posted: November 20, 2015, 8:23 pm

The familiar "Silence is golden" adage applies to moviegoers, not moviemakers — a fact that was seemingly lost on the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating communism in the "golden" age of Hollywood. But that didn't stop Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Roman HolidaySpartacus) and humanist Dalton Trumbo from speaking out, even if it meant blacklisting.…
Author: Joshua Rotter
Posted: November 20, 2015, 7:30 pm

A headline on Mother Jones today is depressing but not particularly surprising: “More Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2015 Than Any Other Year on Record.” It’s a poignant reminder on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance that much legal and social legwork remains to be done — even in notoriously liberal California.

Just this week, a 25-year-old transwoman in San Francisco was assaulted for the second time since January.…
Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm
Thanks to a gift from the Save the Redwoods League, there's never been a better reason to skip the nightmare of Black Friday sales and get outside on the day after Thanksgiving. 

The non-profit has announced that it is offering free admission to 49 state parks on Friday, November 27. Don't forget to print out a pass before you go, and enjoy working off your Thanksgiving feast in the company of thousand-year-old trees.

Here are some of the best nearby parks to choose from: 

Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: November 20, 2015, 6:54 pm

Once again, the holidays will truly arrive on Jan. 7 when the SF Sketchfest returns for its 15th serving of prime time laughs. Boasting over 200 shows across 19 venues and 16 days, the joint venture of David Owen, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney is a comedy fan’s delight, bursting with talent and unique programming, and certain to have something for everyone.

Highlights include a tribute to the mockumentary Waiting for Guffman for the film’s 20th anniversary, with expected appearances from Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, and Fred Willard.…
Author: Zack Ruskin
Posted: November 20, 2015, 3:00 pm

When we met at a rehearsal for her upcoming piece Mainframe, choreographer Katherine Hawthorne brought up Plato’s allegory of the cave. Audience members at one of her previous shows, Analog, thought Hawthorne's use of shadow play was a reference to Plato's tale of our tendency to confuse an image with a thing itself.…
Author: Elizabeth Costello
Posted: November 20, 2015, 4:00 am

We thought we had said our piece about International Men's Day in San Francisco, but the good people at SFist have drawn our attention to an actual dumpster fire of maleness that cannot, on this holy day of men, pass unnoticed. 

Apparent actual human person Steven Tang, an employee of (no, it couldn't be) a tech company, published a Medium post on this day of all days, performing a complicated statistical analysis of San Francisco's so-called "49ers" — i.e. women who are "fours" but act like they're "nines." 

Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: November 20, 2015, 12:07 am

Every third Friday of the month, fans and lovers of darkwave music convene on the shadowy dancefloors of SoMa’s Cat Club for a party aptly named Dancing Ghosts. Started by DJ Xander in 2007, the event showcases artists such as The Cure, Joy Division, and Bauhaus, and also takes song requests from attendees.…
Author: Christina Li
Posted: November 19, 2015, 11:59 pm
We Are Monsters presents Joey Anderson at Monarch, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20.…
Author: Chris Zaldua
Posted: November 19, 2015, 11:48 pm

Last week's tour bus crash in Union Square — when 20 people were injured, six critically, after an out-of-control tour bus smashed into a construction site — was bad. But as the recently-released video of the double-decker tour bus flying down Post Street in traffic shows, the crash could have been much worse.

The bus, which was not inspected and certified by the proper authorities, struck a cyclist on the 500 block of Post, knocked over traffic barriers, and finally crashed into scaffolding in front of the under-construction Apple store on Stockton Street. 

Multiple investigations, including why the City Sightseeing Tours bus was bearing the license plate of another bus in the fleet, and how this bus escaped inspection by the proper authorities, are underway.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: November 19, 2015, 10:17 pm

It's International Men's Day, a holiday celebrating men.

Here in San Francisco, our population skews male, with 2014 Census figures putting us at 49.1% female and 50.1% male.…
Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: November 19, 2015, 10:05 pm

Plus Bernal Heights is getting a new pizzeria, Comal does "Oaxannukah," and a cursed space in Russian Hill confronts its demon.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: November 19, 2015, 9:30 pm

It’s been a week of tense and horrifying news from abroad: last Friday’s shocking terror plot that killed 129 in Paris, the outpouring of grief from around the world, and the high-stakes retaliation — including a Paris police raid that killed the alleged ringleader yesterday. Amidst the bereavement, anger, and introspection, most of us shared the same chilling thought at least once: Could we be next?

Fortunately, no bombs have gone off at San Francisco’s civic events; no airliners have been seized at our airport; no gunmen have marched into our public spaces or government buildings and opened fire.…
Author: Adam Brinklow
Posted: November 19, 2015, 9:22 pm

The three young drifters who allegedly killed a yoga instructor in Fairfax and a Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park last month have pled not guilty, Kron 4 reports.

Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: November 19, 2015, 7:40 pm
In a major victory for people who live and work in the real city of San Francisco, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has backed away from a plan to take down Muni wires in order to build a fake city on the Embarcadero, the San Francisco Examiner reports

The Examiner revealed last week that the committee was planning to take down the overhead Muni wires in order to make room for "Super Bowl City" — a "hub of fan energy and excitement" featuring "family-friendly activities for fans of all ages." (Except the homeless.…
Author: Julia Carrie Wong
Posted: November 19, 2015, 6:48 pm

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for one former Peoples Temple family in the Bay Area. Click here to read part one.…
Author: Bob Calhoun
Posted: November 19, 2015, 5:40 pm

Last week, I discovered that delicious pupusas could be found right in my own neighborhood in the Richmond, and in a small nondescript liquor store (Liquor Express & Deli) no less. The Richmond District blog reports that the owners are new.…
Author: Betty Wang
Posted: November 19, 2015, 4:00 pm