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Calendar, Night&Day On the Good Foot

On the Good Foot

Normally, we don’t endorse auditions. As 30 Rock reminded us recently, they can easily manifest as parades of human misery — and you can just go to the gym or watch CNN for that, or do both at the same…
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Calendar, Night&Day Schooling You

Schooling You

Those of us with a thing for hipster academics have known him for years. Michael Eric Dyson is a superstar among the small, well-educated world of egalitarian PhD candidates. But the "hip-hop intellectual" gains momentum as he goes, gathering fans…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Shadow Knows

The Shadow Knows

Shadow-puppet theater is elementally powerful and super-ancient: Think of Plato's cave wall. Shadowplay shows up in the folk art of India, China, Greece, and plenty of other places, but tonight, the old standby bursts into the here and now. Sort…
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Film, Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

United 93 — which uses the hijacking of one plane on September 11, 2001, to tell the story of what happened to all four aircraft seized that morning — may be the most wrenching, profound, and perfectly made movie nobody…
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News, The Apologist

I Spy a Bullshit Columnist

Syndicated political columnist and noted conservative Robert Novak -- who has written "Inside Report" for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1966, formerly with late colleague Rowland Evans -- has been at the center of the Washington scandal known as the "Valerie…
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Film, Deck Heads

Deck Heads

Most boys seem to tumble down the assembly line with their main switch factory-preset to Aggression. Toys are for throwing, Army men are for melting, and eventually grown males consider punching each other senseless and hurling deadly bombs to be…
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Film, Old Faithful

Old Faithful

If the summer movie season is our annual time for escapism, last summer's audiences escaped most often with the likes of Hulk, Terminator 3, and The Matrix Reloaded. Those titles, respectively, ended in a homeless and penniless hero, the end…
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Calendar, Night&Day Up in the Air, Mr. Birdman

Up in the Air, Mr. Birdman

It isn't easy for people to believe that Telegraph Hill is home to a flock of wild parrots, but the birds do exist -- in fact, there are about 130 of them. Some skepticism remains, however, about the parrot guy.…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Gym Workout

Let's face it, at most gyms your 45 minutes on the elliptical trainer will be spent gazing at a CNN telecast, or more likely, just zoning out to the minutes displayed on the machine until your workout is over. But…
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News, Dog Bites Dog Bites

Dog Bites

Vive La RévolutionLife as a high-profile newspaper columnist is, God knows, demanding. But life as a publicity-seeking would-be revolutionary is even more so -- which is why Dog Bites realizes that, despite sundry members of our readerships' hopes to the…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Sometimes I don't want dinner. Not even a free dinner. OK, I always do. But sometimes I'd like my free dinner served in my very own house, curled up in front of the cathode rays watching CNN, MSNBC, or Felicity.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): The latest Real Astrology/CNN poll shows that 31 percent of all your friends, relatives, and acquaintances approve of your recent grab for glory, while 52 percent disapprove, 7 percent are undecided, and 10 percent wish you…
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Calendar, Halloween

Unspun

Mickey Mouse at Channel 7 Channel 7 (KGO-TV) News scored a real coup recently. Evening anchor Terilyn Joe broke into regular programming with stunning live coverage (complete with shots of the KGO news helicopter and narration from a reporter…
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Dining, Eat

Ethnic Boundaries

The sign in the window of Kavkaz said "Closed," but the oracular television suspended above the bar flashed and flickered with -- Armenian-language programming? CNN reports on Chechnya? No: ESPN. Kavkaz may be an Armenian restaurant, but this is still…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

Death Is Shakin' on Shakedown Street It's late afternoon on the sardine-packed corner of Haight and Ashbury, approximately 10 hours after Jerry Garcia's corpse was found in a rehab center, dead of "natural causes." All day long it's been Garciamania.…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY for an unreal world

Aries (March 21-April 19): Very important that you treat yourself like a recovering alcoholic this week -- like an incubator baby or a sick puppy just regaining its health. Best if you sit quietly in a chair and watch CNN…
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