I was really hoping to get earwormed by a song recorded in this century this week, but it was not to be. Instead, for some reason, I am stuck with the 1962 hit “Party Lights” by one-hit-wonder Claudine Clark.…
Author: Lori Selke
Posted: February 9, 2016, 10:00 pm

The last time I went home to Long Island, my return flight was delayed. Although I effectively started my workday at 2:30 a.m.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 9, 2016, 8:30 pm

Plus DOUGH & CO. "doughnates" proceeds from horchata cookies to La Cocina, the Eagle Plaza moves closer to realization, and a response to the Elle profile of the Moon Juice founder who eats all that weird shit.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 9, 2016, 7:30 pm

Most bands don't get assaulted by civilians, publicly beaten and maced by police, or imprisoned for protesting against Russian President Vladamir Putin. But then again, most bands aren't Pussy Riot.…
Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: February 9, 2016, 7:06 pm


With their third album, Distance, the Oakland quintet Bonnie and The Bang Bang have finally nailed down their sound. "The two previous albums were created when we were in our gestation period," explains guitarist Joe Warren.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: February 9, 2016, 5:33 pm

With the caveat that 72-degrees-and-sunny is hardly what a stil-parched California needs in early February, it sure is nice! If you were expecting endless storms off the Pacific this month, you should press your luck and check out San Francisco Botanical Garden in the very near future, because the magnolias are in bloom.

The garden maintains more than 100 of them, making it the biggest collection of any conservation outside of their native China.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:00 am

Here’s a depressing, infuriating tidbit for you: Two nuns, who’ve served meals to the homeless from their modest Turk Street kitchen since 2008, face eviction after their landlord raised their rent by more than 50 percent.

The Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen consists of two nuns, who sleep in the small room behind their soup kitchen at 54 Turk Street.…
Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: February 9, 2016, 12:23 am

Mayor Ed Lee has received heat for the way his office handled the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods — from both the Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter sets.

It took Lee until Dec. 7, five days later, to issue a statement — at which point the vide of Woods being shot killed at least 20 times by five SFPD officers had circulated worldwide — that included the phrase "Black Lives Matter" and seemed to indicate that what happened to Woods was not all right.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: February 8, 2016, 9:15 pm

Plus Off the Grid: Fort Mason returns Friday, the Baked Bear's custom ice cream sandwiches arrive Saturday, and what exactly were those triangles in the sky?

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 8, 2016, 8:30 pm

There are some things — like Furbies — that should never have been revived (Hasbro reintroduced the line in 2012).

Then, there are other things, like the Philadelphia punk band The Loved Ones, that should never have faded away to begin with.

The Loved Ones’ self-titled EP dropped in 2005 and was followed by two full-length albums.…
Author: Willie Clark
Posted: February 8, 2016, 8:30 pm

Now that the Super Bowl is over (sorry, Panthers fans) and Justin Herman Plaza can return to its usual state, we may ask: How did the city do taking care of the homeless during the big hoopla?

Well, a Washington D.C.-based league of lawyers dedicated to protecting the homeless says we did a bang-up job that future Super Bowls should emulate.…
Author: Adam Brinklow
Posted: February 8, 2016, 7:44 pm


Let me start this by saying: I don’t like Metallica. It’s nothing personal against the band, I just don’t like metal to begin with (be it speed, heavy, or thrash).…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: February 8, 2016, 5:39 pm

Kind of a boring game, non? At least it's over.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 8, 2016, 4:30 pm
Supporters of Mario Woods, the 26-year-old black man shot to death by San Francisco police after an alleged stabbing Dec. 2, managed to display their message at the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl, but not before television cameras broadcasting to a world wide audience.

After Black Lives Matter-affiliated activists shut down the Bay Bridge on Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there was concern that Super Bowl 50 or one of the many events over the NFL's weeklong taxpayer subsidized party would be similarly upset.

But aside from a demonstration of Uber drivers upset over pay cuts and a rally against homelessness on Wednesday outside Super Bowl City at the Embarcadero, Super Bowl 50 came and went without disruption from a major protest.

Instead, dancers in Beyonce's Michael Jackson/Black Panthers-themed halftime show posed for a photo while holding a small handwritten sign saying, "Justice for Mario Woods."…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: February 8, 2016, 4:28 am

Even though Noir City is over, there are plenty of film festivals to keep San Francisco cinephiles satiated through the rest of the rainy season. But apart from that, a number of stand-alone films (some of them with a single screening) cry out for attention.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 6, 2016, 1:30 am

Earlier in the week, evidence of the good time we're all having with Super Bowl 50 washed up on the beach at Aquatic Park, where National Parks Service rangers spent a few hours raking up what appeared to be the empty shells and scraps from spent fireworks.

Environmental groups like S.F. Baykeeper have contacted who they believe to be the responsible party: a fireworks company hired by Macy's, which set off a bunch of fireworks earlier in the week to mark the opening of San Francisco's current crown jewel, the Baghdad Green Zone fortified encampment known as "Super Bowl City."

And tonight, when the retailer is expected to fund yet another pyrotechnics spectacular, Macy's totally promises not to trash the beaches again. Because the one lesson of Super Bowl 50 is this: learning from your mistakes.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: February 5, 2016, 9:50 pm

When I visited 'āina, a weekend Hawaiian pop-up at 903 Cortland Avenue in Bernal Heights, I was surprised by how flavorful (and SPAM-free) it was. Rather, the Kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm pico de gallo, Korean short ribs, smoked mushroom gravy, and sunny-side-up eggs were like a dream hangover cure.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 5, 2016, 9:30 pm

Plus The Gipsy Darling debuts, a weird Mountain Dew Super Bowl ad, and what scientists are trying to grow on Mars.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 5, 2016, 8:30 pm


This year marks the Super Bowl's first ever attempt to throw a huge EDM festival as part of their plethora of pre-game events. The 18+ party, comically dubbed the "Urban EDM Fest," takes place at the Oakland Coliseum this Saturday, Feb. 6. from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: February 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
While most widely known as a character whose name is best rendered as “Suh-MAN-thuh” and spoken in Tony Danza’s heavy Brooklynese accent, Alyssa Milano has starred on Charmed, Melrose Place, and made dozens of films. (She played a teenage sex worker in the movie that launched Will Smith’s career, too.)

A politically engaged, proudly feminist philanthropist who’s #feelingthebern, and the head of a women’s sports apparel line called Touch that’s the only company to be licensed by nearly every major sports league, Milano will be at Macy’s tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2-3 p.m., for autograph signings and to promote Touch’s Cold Weather Accessories Collection.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: February 5, 2016, 7:00 pm

In an exclusive interview, ABC 7 talked to the man who claims to be Mario Woods’ stabbing victim — a victim that some in the community had questioned the existence of, given that his identity has been under wraps since police shot and killed Woods on Dec. 2.

The victim, whom ABC 7 refers to as “Jacob,” is 26 years old, the same age as Woods when he died.…
Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: February 5, 2016, 6:11 pm

Even though football is a vastly inferior sport to basketball, Super Bowl 50 has inspired a mass-migration of musicians to the Bay Area. And while some may have come for the game, most have probably immigrated here for the crowds and moola.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: February 5, 2016, 5:30 pm

In a city brimming with brilliant bars, how’s a person supposed to decide where to go for a decent drink? Introducing: Bar Fight, a one-man mission to hit up San Francisco’s finest watering holes, and pit them against each other two at a time, drink by drink, to see who does it best.

The rules are: entirely made up.…
Author: Mike Vangel
Posted: February 5, 2016, 10:00 am

One of the demonstrators at last night's protest of Super Bowl City at the Embarcadero was detained by police and cited with a misdemeanor after taking photographs of police at the event, officials confirmed today.

Amir Varick was walking to the Tackle Homelessness protest at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday with his friend Alexandra Berliner, an organizer with All of Us or None, and Alexandra's mother Joanna Berliner.

The trio chose to enter security checkpoints in order to walk through Super Bowl City at Justin Herman Plaza rather than go around it, and Varick took notice of the snipers posted on rooftops of One Market and other buildings.…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: February 4, 2016, 11:03 pm

Kronos Quartet is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and long-standing musical groups of San Francisco. The neoclassical string group was formed in Seattle in 1973 by violinist David Harrington.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: February 4, 2016, 10:35 pm