A rogue Oakland fire department "agent" went on a bogus shutdown of Leo's Music Club in Oakland on Friday night, according to this detailed report from CBS Bay Area's Alyssa Pereira. The venue has cancelled tonight's performance from SF-cum-L.A. garage rock classic, Thee Oh Sees, citing "the safety of our patrons, employees and artists," in a FaceBook post.…
Author: Adrian Spinelli
Posted: August 26, 2015, 12:14 am

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is a multifaceted organization dedicated to opening career doors for disadvantaged young people, keeping media professionals up-to-speed on evolving technology, and offering various forms of support to arts organizations around the world. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), BAVC is putting out the call for applications for its Preservation Access Program, and helping us all avoid the "Digital Dark Age."…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 25, 2015, 9:00 pm

In the kingdom of pastry, the homely cinnamon roll sits at the royal table like an illegitimate child. Its ungainliness simply cannot compete with the noble lineage of a stately mille-feuille, dainty financiers, or the regal brioche.…
Author: Jeffrey Edalatpour
Posted: August 25, 2015, 8:00 pm

Just days after five of the country’s top LGBT advocacy organizations echoed Amnesty International’s recent declaration of support for the decriminalization of prostitution, seven employees of the popular gay male escort advertising platform, rentboy.com, were arrested this morning in New York City.

Federal agents from the Department of Homeland Security, with the assistance of NYPD, raided Rentboy’s headquarters on West 14th Street, seizing both digital and paper files and placing 50-year-old CEO Jeffery Hurant, along with six other employees, into custody. Earlier today the U.S. government also issued warrants authorizing the seizure of $1.4 million in “alleged criminal proceeds.”

Author: Siouxsie Q
Posted: August 25, 2015, 7:45 pm

In a mostly harvested potato field, 46 visitors are stooped over dying potato plants, digging into the loamy soil with their bare hands beneath the overcast skies of coastal Marin County. They're harvesting German Butterballs, filling paper bags with the tubers they find.

A few women find themselves having to dig around Gibb, an Anatolian shepherd and a big friendly lug of a dog, who has decided that smack-dab in the middle of where they're digging is the perfect place to sit and soak up attention.…
Author: Eric S. Burkett
Posted: August 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
Ed Lee isn’t one to let human rights get in the way of a dollar, as his latest tone-deaf remarks on the homeless indicate.

Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: August 25, 2015, 6:52 pm

The former Plin is set to relaunch next Tuesday as Nostra Spaghetteria and Bar Mia. “Ours” and “mine” in Italian — Mia is also the name of Chef Alexander Alioto’s daughter — the new project aims to serve a “customized, make-your-own-pasta menu” along with classic cocktails, the explicit intention of which is to make things more “accessible” than Plin.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 25, 2015, 6:00 pm

Back in July, Shout!…
Author: Sherilyn Connelly
Posted: August 25, 2015, 6:00 pm
Back in 1984, George Michael was half of the prototypical boy band Wham! He was 21, presumed straight, and one of the leading teen-girl crush objects of the era.…
Author: Lori Selke
Posted: August 25, 2015, 5:21 pm

Oysters and something sparkling poured into stemware (with a side of fries for me because I'm always trying to be low carb) show up on many "Things I Love" lists. Can't get enough of these gooey, briny beauties?…
Author: Betty Wang
Posted: August 25, 2015, 3:00 pm

Ask Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to describe his idea of a perfect ride and he’ll probably say: neverending.

Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: August 25, 2015, 12:03 am

Sometimes the phrase “Name your price” implies that something sinister is afoot, and you’re being asked to come up with a dollar amount for which you will cheerfully sell your integrity. Other times, it’s William Shatner introducing you to the world of discount airline ticket purchasing.…
Author: Peter Lawrence Kane
Posted: August 24, 2015, 11:34 pm

It’s shaping up to be a tough day for BART.

This morning, trains were delayed in the East Bay as police at the Lake Merritt station tried to apprehend a robbery suspect who had fled into a tunnel.…
Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: August 24, 2015, 9:25 pm
Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead,  a twice-a-month column about the horror genre.

Robert Aldrich’s Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965) remains one of the best known and beloved titles in the Bette Davis filmography. 

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte was the follow-up to Aldrich’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), the surprise box office smash in which real-life rivals and bitter enemies Davis and Joan Crawford co-starred as two mad sisters. Both former movie stars, they lived in total isolation in a decaying Hollywood mansion, where Jane (Davis) retreated into a disturbing fantasy world.…
Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: August 24, 2015, 9:00 pm

What sort of perks does $90 really get you?

Going into Friday night’s grand tasting at Fort Mason (the first of three that took place during this weekend’s Eat Drink SF) my biggest question wasn’t which of the 32 tasters or 70-plus beverage pairings I’d enjoy most (my answer being Harvest Table’s Roasted Carrots and Magnolia’s Kalifornia Kölsch), but rather how much I’d be missing out on with my General Admission ticket.

Author: A. K. Carroll
Posted: August 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

Tucked away in a tiny Berkeley studio, built in 1894, lie brilliant, enormous diamonds of every shape and size, cut to perfection, with every facet reflecting a rainbow of light. This isn't a secret stash of gemstones, but rather the latest work of 28-year-old artist Angie Crabtree.

"My work revolves around pop culture and materialism, because I’m fascinated with the idea of luxury," Crabtree explained to SF Weekly.…
Author: V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi
Posted: August 24, 2015, 7:00 pm
Last year, L.A.'s FYF Festival received a lot of attention for its massive failure in executing the basics of festival coordination. There were water accessibility issues, crowd control fails, and even crossfitters were driven halfway to tears about shin-splintering distances between stages (OK fine, maybe not the crossfitters — those people are nuts).…
Author: Ryan Mannix
Posted: August 24, 2015, 6:56 pm

Barry McGee
has achieved prominence. The South San Francisco native, educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and on the streets where he tagged and painted murals for most of the '90s, was the subject of a profile in The New Yorker last month (a touching piece that explored his relationship with his daughter and his former wife and collaborator Margaret Kilgallen, who died of cancer in 2001 shortly after the birth of their child).…
Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: August 24, 2015, 6:00 pm

There’s a new Sheriff in Black Rock City, and he’s not a fan of Burning Man.

As the Reno Gazette-Journal reports, former deputy Jerry Allen replaced Richard Machado as Sheriff of Pershing County in January. Unlike his predecessor, who was lax on marijuana possession and nudity, and who patrolled the playa with retired officers instead of active-duty cops, Allen talks tough when it comes to enforcing desert law.

Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: August 24, 2015, 4:57 pm

Dilated Peoples
Brother Ali
Greek Theater, Berkeley
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Better Than: Driving to Los Angeles for FYF and having to stop at an Arby’s in Fresno to pee.

“We’re from Minnesota. Can anyone point that out on a map?”

When Slug, aka Sean Daley, asked this question of the crowd at Berkley’s Greek Theater on Saturday night, he wasn’t trying to condescend them.…
Author: Zack Ruskin
Posted: August 24, 2015, 4:36 pm

Over the weekend, throngs of San Francisco foodies looking for a good time, endless food tastings and the chance to sample as much wine and liquor as they could handle, gathered at Fort Mason for Eat Drink SF. A self-proclaimed "culinary affair," the format is pretty simple: Chefs and purveyors prepare a signature bite and the booze-fueled crowd happily queues for items like maple bacon atop a chocolate truffle, caramelized short ribs with mashed purple potato, or butterscotch pudding with whipped cream.

Author: Alice Dishes
Posted: August 24, 2015, 5:30 am

John Sears' rough stubble and weathered face invite comparisons to the pioneers who settled the American west. Perhaps that's intentional, because pioneers and wayward wanderers greatly inspire Sears.

Sears, a.k.a. "Mule," is a roamer of California, on a one man (and three mule) journey to reclaim natural spaces and public byways for those on two feet.…
Author: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Posted: August 21, 2015, 10:05 pm

St. Anthony’s is a cornerstone of the Tenderloin. Its dining room on Golden Gate Avenue has been a beacon in the neighborhood for more than six decades, serving 3,000 hot meals daily.…
Author: Jeremy Lybarger
Posted: August 21, 2015, 9:32 pm

From Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert (1933) to Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) to Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black (1997), buddy films have traditionally focused on male-male pairings. Men were even a critical part of the plotline in early female buddy films, such as Beaches (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991) and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).…
Author: Joshua Rotter
Posted: August 21, 2015, 8:45 pm
There's a common theme for sub shops and delis that have stood the test of time, providing a consistent experience every time you visit them. Katz's Deli in New York serves their sandwiches the exact same way on every visit and they have been since [looks down at Katz's Deli T-shirt that he's currently wearing] 1888.…
Author: Adrian Spinelli
Posted: August 21, 2015, 8:30 pm