Billy Corgan may have completely revamped the Smashing Pumpkins' lineup when he resurrected the band in 2007, but it's gonna take a lot more than to knock them out of the realm of alt-rock royalty. Touring for the new record Monuments to an Elegy, out Dec. 9, the band recently sold out shows in Paris, London, and New York immediately upon announcing them — and they just announced a San Francisco date at the Warfield, Dec. 11.

From what we've heard of the album so far, if we're lucky, it has a swirling, layered, guitar-heavy return to the sound that created such immersive worlds on albums like Siamese Dream.…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: November 21, 2014, 2:30 am

Finally, a place to direct some of the energy half of S.F. has worked up over the last couple months while being angry about the Elbo Room's seemingly imminent closure to make way for (what else?) condos — and/or a condo-shaped retirement home for the building's owners.…

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: November 21, 2014, 1:21 am
One of the alleged operators of the escort advertising website MyRedbook.com pleaded guilty in federal court today on charges of managing the website which facilitated prostitution. 

Annmarie Lanoce pleaded not guilty earlier this year, but changed her plea today, admitting that she was guilty of helping to operate MyRedbook. The site was shut down by the FBI earlier this year.…

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Author: Kate Conger
Posted: November 21, 2014, 12:29 am
Sad news: Marian Brown, the 87-year-old society dame  who was famous for roaming the streets of San Francisco in orthopedic sandals and leopard print coats alongside her twin sister, Vivian, has reportedly died.

The Brown twins were known for wearing stylish identical outfits and saucy bobbed haircuts, and for dining together at Uncle Vito's pizzeria in Nob Hill. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they were valedictorians at Mattawan High School, where they played clarinet in the school band.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: November 20, 2014, 11:48 pm

You guys Dungeness crab season is here and everyone is losing their collective mind. There are a bunch of restaurants around the Bay Area selling whole or half crabs — Eater has a great map of all of  'em, and we cannot recommend enough the cold steamed crab at Swan Oyster Depot and the wood-roasted crab at Camino in Oakland.…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: November 20, 2014, 11:35 pm
San Francisco police have arrested 24-year-old Johnathan Dean on suspicion of stabbing to death of 20-year-old Malcolm Armstrong in the Haight District on Nov. 13.

Police say Dean approached Armstrong at about 4 a.m. on the 200 block of Haight Street and stabbed him once in the throat and chest. Armstrong was rushed to San Francisco General hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 20, 2014, 9:45 pm

We won't lie, our favorite spot in San Francisco has always been the Presidio. The views, the art, the hiking, the history, the ghost stories — each piece comes together in such a way that makes this part of the City so unique.…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: November 20, 2014, 8:13 pm
Students at St. Philip school are shaken up today after a seventh grade boy was the target of what officials are calling an attempted abduction yesterday afternoon. 

The school principal Remy Everett tells us that the boy was walking past the school's church on Elizabeth Street at about 3:40 p.m. when he sensed someone behind him. He turned and saw an unknown man rushed toward him.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 20, 2014, 8:12 pm

Elf Party:
What began as a Christmas-themed house party in the Outer Richmond in 2002 has turned into a bicoastal party where a couple thousand party-goers dress up as elfs and santas and party for a good cause. The party began as an alternative to the ugly Christmas sweater shindigs that were very popular in the early oughts (along with Razr phones and Shakira), and as it grew, it moved to the Marina before finding a spot at its current location: the Regency Ballroom. 

And if you want the chance to dress up like Buddy the Elf and jump across the crosswalk on your way to a party, you'll get your chance to on December 6.…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: November 20, 2014, 7:58 pm

If you can’t get to Napa this weekend, the San Francisco Vintners Market might make a good alternative. Created by Cornelius Geary and Jeffrey Playter, founders of the technology and wine networking organization Wine 2.0, the event strives to shorten the distance between wineries and wine-loving San Franciscans.

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Author: Eva Recinos
Posted: November 20, 2014, 7:04 pm

Noise Pop
, the San Francisco music festival that's gone from being the scrappy little fest-that-could to an overwhelmingly packed week of shows, pop-ups, and parties at venues all over the city, announced its early lineup today for the 2015 festival, which runs from Feb. 20 through March 1.

Now in its 23rd year, the fest still has a nice bias toward local bands — both established and up-and-coming Bay Area artists who you can pretty much bet will be national news before 2015 is out — plus a slew of other buzzy West Coast acts, with a good mix of indie-electronica, punk, and shoegazy pop. Also, solid representation from Canada this year.

Organizers will roll out many more additions to the lineup in December, as per usual, but here's your first bite. 

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Author: Emma Silvers
Posted: November 20, 2014, 7:01 pm

Opulent dim sum restaurant Yank Sing was in the news yesterday and not for its famous soup dumplings. The restaurant's owners were ordered to pay a historic $4 million settlement to workers to cover violations including back pay, tips, holiday pay, and more.

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: November 20, 2014, 6:48 pm
"Ever feel like you've been cheated?" — to quote Johnny Rotten.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: November 20, 2014, 6:10 pm
As winner of the 2013 Red Bull Thre3style battle, which pit him against some of the finest Bay Area’s DJs, it’s not hard to believe that DJ J.Espinosa rose to musical success well before he could legally step into a club. Making his radio debut in 2001 at the age of 17 as a part-time DJ on the infamous The Dog House show for WiLD 94.9, his knowledge of music and exceptional skill-set landed him his own mix show shortly thereafter.…

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Author: Christina Li
Posted: November 20, 2014, 5:32 pm
Jim Stearns, the go-to political consultant for city progressive candidates and causes since at least 2000, is shutting down his firm and "transitioning into something that gives me a lot more freedom." 

In the immediate future, that'll be a vacation. After that "it remains to be seen." 

Stearns will shortly move out of the Van Ness Ave. office his firm has occupied for five years, his core staff will depart, and he'll "transition back to being a single person operating in the field." 

In the past decade, Stearns has successfully run campaigns for, among others, Tom Ammiano, Aaron Peskin, David Chiu, David Campos, Dennis Herrera, Kamala Harris, and Leland Yee

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: November 20, 2014, 4:45 pm
It's that time of the year, when rain is possible and eggnog is plentiful. 

And you eat too much. 

Thanksgiving is here and instead of stuffing your face with stuffing, how about you cut back on the overeating and donate a little food to people who really need it. 

The SF-Marin Food Bank is asking you to help make sure no one goes hungry in San Francisco and Marin this holiday season.

“At the same time we’re making sure that everyone has enough food for a Thanksgiving meal, we’re also raising a big chunk of the funding we need for the rest of the year,"  says SF-Marin Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 20, 2014, 4:43 pm

As we noted last week, San Francisco is boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — with monuments and statues commemorating those individuals and their accomplishments. Although there are notable omissions, there's a spot that recognizes people who may have not been recognized outside our peninsular parameters but remain local legends. It may not be as glitzy as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or as colorful as the Castro's Rainbow Honor Walk of Fame, but the Fourth Street Bar and Deli's Walk of Fame honors the San Franciscans who were ordinary citizens that performed extraordinary deeds for the people of San Francisco.

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Author: Juan De Anda
Posted: November 20, 2014, 4:25 pm
Like Sunday brunch, taking tea is a way to s-l-o-w things down and catch up on the latest and totally feel the prevailing festive vibe minus any grumbling about our consumer or even shared economies. Bonus: sipping English Breakfast caffeine that is sidled next to the most delicate BLT is a neato way to feel on top of the world.

While the genre's sandwiches are often bite sized, there's more than enough to go around — I've even brought along my red meat loving pops to a filling tea at Charles Chocolates where the brisket sliders were impressive and overall fun.…

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Author: Mary Ladd
Posted: November 20, 2014, 4:02 pm

Students held a sleepover at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall, occupy-style to protest the recent vote to increase tuition by 25 percent for the next five years. 

A UC Regents committee yesterday passed a highly controversial measure to increase tuition for students at roughly 5 percent annually for the next five years.  Meanwhile, chancellors have been getting raising. 

Students started their protesting early yesterday morning before the vote in San Francisco; they blocked doors, broke glass and one kid was arrested.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 20, 2014, 3:41 pm
Update, Thursday, 9:02 a.m.: Uber issued a statement this morning, saying that it has hired data privacy expert Harriet Pearson to conduct an in-depth review of its privacy program and recommend changes. The company will respond to Senator Franken's questions in the coming weeks.

Original story:

Uber senior executive Emil Michael might get off scot-free after suggesting, over dinner with a Buzzfeed reporter and other media bigwigs, that the company might do well by hiring teams of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on critics in the media.

The incident provoked a veritable tempest on the internet, followed by a tweetstorm from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who apologized for his colleague's behavior but showed no intention of investigating, much less punishing Michael.

Another Uber higher-up, Josh Mohrer, might no be so lucky.

After reports surfaced that Mohrer had used the Uber "God View" app to track a BuzzFeed reporter's movements earlier this month, the company relented, and said it would investigate the alleged privacy violation.

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: November 20, 2014, 1:53 am
We discussed some highlights from the first SXSW lineup announcement in October, and just yesterday the perennial music, media, and free-stuff-you-don't-really-need festival announced its second round of bands participating in official showcases. A testament to the diversity and distinction of our music scene, it's no surprise that musicians from the Bay Area, across a variety of genres, will be well represented in Austin come March . Here's a quick preview of what to expect from the local talent making the long trip to Texas:

Bad Vibes (Oakland)
Bad Vibes are Oakland's glam and party rock revivalists, and members all play in at least three bands.…

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Author: Martin Hirshland
Posted: November 20, 2014, 12:49 am
The dirtiest alley in San Francisco lies at the periphery of North Beach and the Financial District, flanked by upscale cigar bars, a paella restaurant, a cosmetology school and the Academy of Art college — an incongruous display of wealth right next to the most fetid elements of the city.

St. George Alley can harbor up to 30 piles of poop per week, Department of Public Works employee Steve Mahoney told SFist. That's exceptional.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: November 20, 2014, 12:16 am

We really can't think of any downsides to being a spoiled house cat, especially one living in a townhouse in Palo Alto. 

However, it that lack of street smarts can be problematic when said cat is confronted by two burglars in the night — the kind of burglars that only an alley cat could handle. 

This unfortunate feline aptly demonstrated what it means to be a true scardey cat — and it was caught on tape for all to see:


 




Here's what we know: a Palo Alto homeowner contacted the cops at about 6:42 a.m. today after finding that their home had been broken into.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: November 19, 2014, 11:47 pm

Apart from certain religious hierarchies, professional sports remains perhaps the biggest pocket of institutional homophobia left in American society.

But that, too, might be changing.

The Chronicle reported last week that in preparation for Super Bowl 50 (which will be played in 2016 at Levi’s Stadium), the National Football League is adding LGBT-owned small businesses to its outreach efforts.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: November 19, 2014, 11:18 pm