California's Democratic and Republican primaries are June 7, but in the aftermath of Trump's messy appearances throughout the state last week, voter allegiances are already visible across San Francisco. Outside of a portable toilet on a Haight-Ashbury sidewalk, someone has posted a Donald Trump sticker that reflects a widespread feeling here of the presidential candidate: He's worse than shit.…
Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
While waiting, Marlowe Googled the name she thought her attacker had given her when they'd met. She found a picture that looked like him, but when she reported the find to the police, she says the inspector assigned to her case made an odd suggestion: Make contact with the possible suspect and flirt with him to get him to confess.…
Author: Beth Winegarner
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
The Peoples' Billionaire: We the people are fed up with the lies and deceit of the greedy politicians who think more of themselves than the people they represent ("Making the Bay Area Hate Again: Donald J. Trump's Bizarre Visit to Burlingame," Chris Roberts, The Snitch, 4/29/16). They are a group of self-righteous individuals who capitalize on every opportunity to benefit themselves.…
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
The Castro will be short one lawsuit-happy AIDS pharmacy. Thrift shoppers in the Castro District have had one less option to choose from ever since the Out of the Closet at Church Street and Duboce Avenue closed in late 2014, along with an attached pharmacy — all of it owned and operated by Los Angeles–based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
4-Star Theatre. April and the Extraordinary World: Accompanied by her talking cat (Philippe Katerine), a teen (Marion Cotillard) embarks on a quest to find her missing parents in 1941 Paris.…
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
When someone mentions “Hawaii,” several images might come to mind: white, sandy beaches, sweet-smelling tropical flowers, whole roasted pigs and, of course, hula. But even today, there are those who still misunderstand what hula is all about, and that its place in Hawaiian history is about so much more than grass skirts and coconut tops.…
Author: Katie Young Yamanaka
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
How long has it been since the Violent Femmes released an album? Well, when Freak Magnet came out, there was no Facebook; Barack Obama was an Illinois state senator; and people could still buy CDs from Tower Records (remember CDs?).…
Author: Zack Ruskin
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Airline travel — amirite? The ultimate fodder for subpar stand-up comics and habitual makers of small-talk, flying is simply godawful — and it's only grown more unpleasant since a certain catastrophe almost 15 years ago.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Twenty-seven-year-old Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune is really pushing his upcoming tour. He changed his Twitter name to "on tour soon" and added the phrase "(buy tickets to my tour now)" to the title of his newest song on SoundCloud.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
When two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors — irked by the thousands of San Francisco housing units listed on Airbnb in violation of a 14-month-old local law "regulating" short-term rentals, yet still available to book — announced the possibility of holding "home-share" companies to account for their "hosts' " unlawful behavior, Airbnb was ready. On April 22, a few days before Supervisors Aaron Peskin and David Campos floated the idea of charging Airbnb $1,000 per day per scofflaw listing — but the same day Airbnb learned of the potential problem via a press inquiry — Airbnb started writing checks, to other politicians.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
1999 was a big year for underground rapper Aesop Rock. After years of working odd jobs — answering phones, packaging artwork, and developing photos — the then-23-year-old saved up enough to self-finance his first EP, Appleseed, which led to his first record deal.…
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Hailing from a time when movies often had titles more than two words long, King Hu's 1967 wuxia classic Dragon Inn— more commonly known as Dragon Gate Inn — has been given a 4K remastering. If the story is familiar, it's only because it's been used in centuries of Chinese fiction beforehand and countless movies since.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
St. Apollonia was a virgin and Christian martyr who was tortured — her teeth were pulled out and shattered, making her the patron saint of dentists today — and killed during an uprising against Christians in Egypt in 249 AD. "St. Apollonia" is also the name of the first track off of singer-composer Julianna Barwick's reverb-soaked new album, Will.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
The first time I worked in an office was for Allstate Insurance as a glorified receptionist. I hated the stuffy work environment, the soft-rock radio, and especially the fact that my boss wouldn't allow me to put a photo of my girlfriend on my desk.…
Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
There just ain't nobody like Omar-S. The fiercely independent Detroit artist has spent the last decade-plus running his own label, FXHE Records — which re-presses and sells every Omar-S record for $7 with free shipping — buying expensive cars, and giving the best interviews in the world.…
Author: Chris Zaldua
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
With almost three times as much exhibit space as before, SFMOMA is now an art cathedral where once it was merely a nice church. After three years of expansion under Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta — which included a $305 million injection that transformed the five-story museum into a 10-story labyrinth, making even the upper-floor stairwells worth a gawk or two— San Francisco now has a modern art museum that's as outsized as can be.…
Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
It's been nearly a half-century since the Summer of Love, and tech has long replaced lengthy guitar solos, acid tests, and flower power as the Bay Area's top pop cultural export. But every so often, you can still catch an authentic flash of that famed counterculture spirit.…
Author: Kevin W. Smith
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Apart from raw heat, the defining characteristics of Thai cuisine are, arguably, citrusy brightness, color, and rice-noodle dishes. "Defining," that is, if your understanding of Thai gastronomy is monolithic and uniform, homogenized as a sort of negotiation undertaken during the cuisine's entry into America's culinary landscape a quarter-century or so ago, and now a bit frozen in place.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
If the logline "young hairdresser in Havana dreams of becoming a drag performer" sounds like a movie that was made during the queer film renaissance of the 1990s, that's because Paddy Breathnach's Viva hits many familiar beats. Jesus (Héctor Medina) works as a hairdresser for clients and at a drag club where he does indeed hope to become a professional female impersonator as well — because it's who he is, and because one of his only other options is sex work.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Beset by accusations of bias and racism after yet another batch of bigoted text messages swapped between (now former) cops was made public, the San Francisco Police Department is attempting to train away any bias its officers may have — be it based in race, gender, or sexual orientation. In the wake of texts at Taraval Station blasting black people and gays, Chief Greg Suhr announced that all of the city's roughly 2,000 police will undergo two hours of training in "Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace."…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
With all due respect to A Haunting in Cawdor, Raymond Yip's Phantom of the Theatre is how you do a movie about foolhardy showbiz folks encountering spookiness in a haunted theatre — at least for the first two acts. In 1930s China, director Wei Bang (Tony Yo-ning Yang) is determined to film a horror movie starring lovely but mercurial actress Si Fan (Ruby Lin) in a dilapidated theater in which an acrobat troupe burned alive 13 years prior, and which everyone knows to be haunted (something that's confirmed when ghosts start causing people to spontaneously combust).…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
In the latest sign that the federal Justice Department is waving the white flag in the war on cannabis, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year-long effort to shut down Oakland-based mega-dispensary Harborside Health Center, the dispensary announced Tuesday. Harborside, by reputation and by self-declaration the biggest seller of medical cannabis in the world, seemed to be skating through a short-lived and somewhat half-hearted crackdown on California medical cannabis sellers — a pushback that began in 2011, and eventually closed one-third of the legal cannabis sellers in San Francisco — until just before the Fourth of July in 2012, when federal prosecutors filed suit to seize the Oakland Embarcadero property that houses the dispensary.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
What animal are you? Many would argue that the only real differences between humans and beasts are our opposable thumbs and our sense of shame, and Gabriel Mascaro's alternately dusty and lurid  Neon Bull  falls into that camp.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: May 5, 2016, 12:30 am
Legal cannabis for all adults (over 21) is closer to reality in California, after the star-studded backers of a well-funded legalization campaign announced Wednesday that they have enough signatures to put the issue before voters in November.

Mostly bankrolled by tech billionaire Sean Parker, and publicly supported by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has made cannabis one of his cause celebres since other states beat California to the legalization punch in 2012, the "Adult Use of Marijuana Act" would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six plants in their homes.

It would also weaken other laws currently prohibiting marijuana use, and allow for a commercial adult-use cannabis industry.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: May 4, 2016, 10:51 pm

I kind of hate how much I enjoyed Hatsune Miku.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I headed out to the computer-generated Japanese pop star's second of two shows at the Warfield on Saturday night.…
Author: Willie Clark
Posted: May 4, 2016, 9:53 pm