Brittany Howard didn’t chat much between songs, but with a voice like that, why waste it on talking?

Taking the stage for the second of two sold out shows at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, the Alabama Shake's singer made sure to introduce the other members of the band, to thank the crowd for their energy, and to remark on the beauty of the venue. But mainly she sang: shrieks and high notes mingling together into something altogether magical.…
Author: Zack Ruskin
Posted: August 15, 2016, 6:58 pm
Those who’ve lived here long enough might remember that San Francisco really, desperately wanted to host the 2016 Olympics.

In 2005, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom put forth a bid that would have included the entire Bay Area participating in the mega-sporting event in some capacity.…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: August 15, 2016, 6:30 pm
Dark-pop quartet Dangermaker aren't known for crafting love songs. Formed in 2008, the San Francisco band has released three EPs and one full-length album, all the while managing to avoid the mushy topic of love, focusing instead on subjects related to personal struggles and growth. 

Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: August 15, 2016, 5:43 pm
Sometimes, after a bad breakup, you just have to have sex with as many people as possible until you stop feeling like shit about yourself.

But if you're artist Nathan Rapport, a onetime San Franciscan who now lives and works in Austin, you get in the car after meeting up with a trick and Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and you realize that maybe that method isn't working this time. 

"I don't want to demonize it," Rapport says of the promiscuity route.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 12, 2016, 10:37 pm
There's something slightly suspicious about the category "fast-casual." Lunch is so rushed, and it's easy to settle for an unsatisfactory meal just to get something in your stomach, that a few buzzwords can lure us in.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 12, 2016, 9:15 pm
Plus the short-lived Antoinette will become Limewood, Second Act Marketplace winds down, and Hamlet temporarily closes for a second act of its own.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:53 pm

Eighteen-year-old rapper Lil Yachty has been making headlines for the last seven months, starting with his modeling stunt at Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/album release party at Madison Square Garden. Since then, he's been remarkably active.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: August 12, 2016, 7:21 pm
Loaded question: What’s the most iconic thing about San Francisco? Those are certainly fighting words in some circles, but mention a certain weather phenomenon and you’ll probably get few arguments against.

The city’s fog is, to put it mildly, legendary.…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: August 12, 2016, 6:45 pm

Move over, Common Core. Babbittry is the dogma at the former Eleanor Roosevelt Academy once it becomes the Learning Academy of Virtual Achievement (or LAVA) in the San Francisco Mime Troupe's production of Schooled.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 12, 2016, 1:40 am
In Homeric myth, Odysseus fools Polyphemus the man-eating cyclops by getting him drunk, telling him his name is "Noman," and driving a spear into his eye. When the other cyclopses ask Polyphemus who hurt him, he says, "Noman!" and Odysseys escapes in the confusion.

Meanwhile, Noman Coffee in the Mission has an horchata latte with a slightly more down-to-earth provenance than The Odyssey: It came from one of the baristas' abuelas.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 11, 2016, 8:00 pm
Plus 1601 Bar & Kitchen throws a Sherry Pairing Dinner, Buffalo Theory hits Polk Street, the Girl Scouts of Northern California announce that they will sell S'mores in their 2017 lineup, and a nonexistent taco won an award.

Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 11, 2016, 7:30 pm

Who said punk music isn't for dancing? Certainly not the members of UK trio Shopping, because, well, that's exactly what their fast-paced, bass-heavy music is meant for. 

Formed in 2012, the band released its debut album, Consumer Complaints, last year, and followed it up this year with Why Choose, an even stronger sophomore effort.…
Author: Jessie Schiewe
Posted: August 11, 2016, 5:00 pm

We stumbled upon something this week that has us utterly flummoxed. How, for the love of all things Squirtle, did San Francisco only register eighth on a list of Top 10 Cities Most Interested in Pokemon Go?!

Well, millennial friends, it certainly did.…
Author: Max DeNike
Posted: August 11, 2016, 4:45 pm
The phrase "the banality of evil" was coined by Hannah Arendt, the controversial subject of Ada Ushpiz's documentary Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt. She was inspired (for want of a better word) by the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, who oversaw the mass deportation of Jews to the ghettos and concentration camps.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
Painters have always used different shades of blue to give their artwork a certain intensity. For Thomas Gainsborough, a glistening blue was the key to his 18th-century work The Blue Boy.…
Author: Jonathan Curiel
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
San Francisco has long been a sanctuary for outsiders. Hippies, hobos, queers, and kinksters of all colors have called it home, and it is tempting to believe that hateful extremists could never gain a foothold here.…
Author: Channing Joseph
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
The way my dinner coats the glass makes it look a lot like Elmer's glue. I expect it to taste like a chalky-grainy slurry with an unpleasant chemical aftertaste, but the burgeoning consensus at the table is that the texture is a combination of Ensure (which I've never had) and breast milk (which I haven't had in about 34 years).…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
Recently in Denver, Donald Trump told a television station that states should decide for themselves whether or not to legalize marijuana. Trump has expressed contradictory views in the past, but this is one of his more believable campaign promises.…
Author: Alex Halperin
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
Alicia Lo was hit with two blows last week. First, her boyfriend, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a rival and for running an organized crime outfit out of a fraternal Chinatown organization.…
Author: Jonah Owen Lamb
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
On the same day in May that President Obama made bison the "National Mammal," a calf struggled across a frigid river in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley. Seemingly abandoned, it stumbled to the warmth of a car's tailpipe, shivering.…
Author: Tom Molanphy
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
With all due respect to Nuts! and Aferim!, no film this year has earned its exclamation point quite like famed documentarian Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones!.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
If anyone's forgotten what a country looks like after a fascist rises to power, Anthropoid will be a welcome reminder. This World War II film is set in Prague after the Nazis have taken control of what was then Czechoslovakia.…
Author: Jeffrey Edalatpour
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
It's a little hard to get excited about a restaurant group. Like when a car commercial boasts that a mid-size sedan is the "best in its segment," it's a bit too dry of a concept to really give anyone goosebumps.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
At first glance, Ira Sachs' Little Men would appear to be geared toward those who thought his previous film Love Is Strange didn't spend nearly enough time on the travails of the straight teenage boy. Thankfully, it's playing on a deeper level than that, and is a more satisfying film overall.…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am
I shouldn't have worn heels. I hobbled my way down a steep staircase toward the backyard, where a sizable crowd of hideous scenesters sat smoking and sipping on PBRs and bottles of tequila they'd brought from home.…
Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: August 11, 2016, 12:30 am