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Music, All Shook Down Top Five Musicians We Didn't Need to See Naked (Slightly NSFW)

Top Five Musicians We Didn't Need to See Naked (Slightly NSFW)

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Calendar, Night&Day Shout Out to the Satanists

Shout Out to the Satanists

There's hating the holidays (whine, whine, whine), there's doing something about it (boycott, protest, volunteer), and there's having a devilish laugh at the expense of those who take it all too seriously (Black X Mass). This is the 13th year…
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Calendar, Night&Day The 666 Days of Christmas

The 666 Days of Christmas

For most people, the idea of a “Christmas from Hell” probably involves something along the lines of burned poultry entrees, a drunken uncle who can’t keep his moist-palmed man-paws off your date, or maybe a few extraordinarily uncomfortable family revelations…
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News, The Snitch Real Estate Hell: Inside The Former Black House

Real Estate Hell: Inside The Former Black House

Braving the prospect of eternal brimstone and hellfire, the intrepid folks over at Curbed SF bring us a look inside the Richmond District's 6118 California #C, one of three units that now stand on the site of the infamous…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco's Black House: One Hell of a Place

San Francisco's Black House: One Hell of a Place

From 1967 to 1997 the Victorian "Black House," pictured above, located at 6114 California in the Richmond District, served as home and headquarters to none other than Church of Satan founder Dr. Anton "The Black Pope" LaVey, author of…
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Music, Bouncer

K's Choice

Addiction is one of those things that big thinkers have a lot of theories about, each one usually the complete opposite of the idea before it. For example, my latest idea is that people who aren't dependent on something --…
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Calendar, Night&Day Northern Darkness

Northern Darkness

Right after America scrapped its experiment with hair bands, metalheads in the desolate climes of Norway started killing each other and burning churches (really). Metal Storm: The Scandinavian Black Metal Wars is a perfect film for the era: spooky and…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Retro Dining Without Irony

There are plenty of things about this place to love -- from the fish tanks to the leatherette -- but what truly warms our hearts is that Joe's is the real deal, serving diners since 1959. And in a city…
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Music,

1998: The Year in Lists

Brian Alcorn's Top 10 Songs Bay Area Radio Missed the Boat On Any music fan can name dozens of wonderful, obscure songs that never made it on the radio, but here are 10 wonderful mainstream singles that got spins in…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

Good Clean Fun It looks like a typical fetish event at the Maritime Hall -- black leather, pale skin, young men on leashes -- but the night is young yet and the promoters of "Masquerade" have unusual indulgences planned. The…
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News, Letters

Letters

A Yuppie Eclipse? Jeff Stark's article on Circus Redickuless was great ("The One... The Only... Circus Redickuless," July 8). It captured the zeitgeist of something that seemed to be dying out with the yuppie eclipse of San Francisco. Thanks. I…
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News, Letters

Letters

Shake a Leg Jack Boulware's June 17 cover story ("Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?") was so detailed and obviously well-researched that it is a shame that he repeated a fiction from a long-ago book. It is not…
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Calendar, Halloween

The Satanic Verses

The author, a former Ramparts staffer who's semiretired from journalism, sent us the following in response to Jack Boulware's "Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?" (June 17). He told us, "I figure after 31 years it's time to…
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News, Feature

Has the Church of Satan Gone to Hell?

Banners hang from either side of the stage. They read "666." Five guys appear in the blackness, to the taped strains of the piano theme from the '70s film The Exorcist. Somebody cues the smoke machine. The lights blaze up…
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News, Feature

Thirty-two years of Satan in popular culture

1966 On April 30 -- the occult holiday of Walpurgisnacht -- the Church of Satan is formally organized at Anton LaVey's home in San Francisco's Richmond District. 1967 The world's press descends upon: 1) a satanic wedding at the LaVey…
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News, Letters

Letters

Riff Off Sigh. When, oh when, will Riff Raff can the pompous literary masturbation that is being passed off as journalism? You know exactly the kinds of pieces I refer to: the "This band/concert/event/whatever is just SO unhip/passe/boring/whatever. And if…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Dancin' With Mr. D Halloween night in the city, 1997. George Michalski, Cypress Club pianist and musical director of the TV show Nash Bridges, was driving through the streets on the way to play a gig at the Hookers' Ball.…
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Music,

Recordings

Anton Szandor LaVey Satan Takes a Holiday (Amarillo Records) Longtime San Franciscan Anton LaVey is probably best-known as the founder and high priest of the Church of Satan (and the guy who played the devil in Rosemary's Baby), but prior…
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