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Dining, SFoodie Friday Eight: A Distillery for Oakland, Capo's Wins Best of the Best Pizza

Friday Eight: A Distillery for Oakland, Capo's Wins Best of the Best Pizza

Sisters Who Distill The East Bay Express announces the imminent arrival of…
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Dining, SFoodie Monday Four: Old Bus Tavern and Harmonic Brewery Collaborate, Cher Donates Water to Flint

Monday Four: Old Bus Tavern and Harmonic Brewery Collaborate, Cher Donates Water to Flint

Old Bus Tavern and Harmonic Brewery Collaborate for Beer Week Next Tuesday, Jan. 26, Bernal Heights' Old Bus Tavern and Harmonic…
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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Unless you're in the midst of a social media blackout, you will have no doubt heard the heart-wrenching tale of Cecil, the beloved 13-year-old lion who was lured away from the safety of Zimbabwe's protected Hwange National Park, murdered,…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

This Week: Stephen Hawking Says There's a Universe Where Zayn Is Still in One Direction

It's a war between old-school and new-tech this week. Whether it's Roger Waters complaining that musicians don't get paid anymore, Stephen Hawking engaging in popular culture to a degree that's uncomfortable for all of us, or Miley Cyrus and Zoe…
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Dining, SFoodie Bacon Gives You Diabetes and Cheese Is Killing the Planet!

Bacon Gives You Diabetes and Cheese Is Killing the Planet!

• Have you seen these (not actually) hilarious Velveeta ads that try to fool people into thinking that Velveeta Cheesy Skillets aren't made of processed food-product and chemical death? First off, I don't want anyone to ever complain about…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cher, Flip Wilson, Milton Berle: Gateway Drugs to Drag

Cher, Flip Wilson, Milton Berle: Gateway Drugs to Drag

I don't even recall being…
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Music, Hear This Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's ear for pop hooks and eye for unsettling imagery have landed her atop the creatively moribund U.S. pop scene like a queen stalking a smoldering battlefield. Shrugging her off as a mere magpie assembling a momentarily diverting spectacle…
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Culture, Stagecap

Katya: What Becomes a Legend Most?

J. Conrad Frank avoids the pitfalls of many drag shows that rely too much on kitsch, shakily sung parody songs, and trashy banter. Frank's alter ego, the Russian countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, is glamorous and tasteful, elegantly intoxicated (her last name…
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Music,

A brief history of vocal fakery from Zapp to "Lollipop"

When the vocoder was first invented in the 1930s, it was intended as a telecommunications encoder for speech encryption and transmission. Okay, so the history is dry, but the signal is wet, and the pitch-shifting, compressed sound has been drizzled…
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News, The Snitch Fox to FCC: Fuck You and Your Fleeting Expletive Rules

Fox to FCC: Fuck You and Your Fleeting Expletive Rules

Champion of free speech, Fox Broadcasting Corp., will be arguing in favor of the First Amendment before the Supreme Court. From an article in yesterday's Variety: In March 2006, the FCC cited Fox for fleeting expletives that celebs Cher and…
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Music, Listen Up Soul of the Tenderloin

Soul of the Tenderloin

To the city's young gays looking for something outside the "superthumpy, Vocoder-Cher-style music" to dance to, Seth Bogart promises "You'll never hear that shit at my club." Indeed, Bogart's alternative to the Top 40-heavy Castro scene is the Hubba Hubba…
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Music, Reviewed Andy Bell

Andy Bell

The synth-pop legends of Erasure can still sell out a week of shows in San Francisco or New York as swiftly as they did in their early-'90s heyday. But lead singer Andy Bell has apparently been itching to release a…
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News, Infiltrator Imposter Impersonator

Imposter Impersonator

I'm being screamed at by an angry Joan Rivers impersonator. "This is not Halloween!" she says, so angrily and with so much scorn that she's now completely out of her Joan Rivers character. An irate Cher impersonator joins in. Several…
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Music, Reviewed Knife & Fork

Knife & Fork

Comprised of singer Laurie Hall (Ovarian Trolley, Hallflowers) and keyboard/multi-instrumental whiz Eric Drew Feldman (who has played with or produced Sparklehorse, the Pixies, the Residents, etc.), Knife & Fork is the Bay Area's very own saturnine Sonny & Cher. Hall…
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Film, Farrelly Mediocre

Farrelly Mediocre

Remember the Farrelly brothers? Makers of Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary? Known for crossing the line of good taste and making fun of the differently abled, but with a sufficiently sweet streak that they could be forgiven…
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News, Night Crawler Massacre Under the Redwoods

Massacre Under the Redwoods

There is no country charm, no glimmering canopy of starlight, no pregnant harvest moon, no inviting inglenook with hot mulled cider; just a thick, inky blackness that creeps over the hoary landscape like undiluted sloe oil. I glance over at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Divine Divas

Divine Divas

VH1 has made a mockery of the word "diva." To be fair, its Divas Live program has featured legitimate prima donnas like Aretha, Diana, and Cher, but it has also included lightweights such as Nelly Furtado, the Dixie Chicks, and…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Blue Man Group

Last week, Petrol drummer Carter (no last name, just like Cher) played his final gig with the band before leaving town. Rather than a solemn occasion, however, the Pound-SF show was a jolly send-off. Carter, it seems, is moving to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rhymes With "Taffy"

Rhymes With "Taffy"

Like Madonna and Cher, he goes by a single name -- a fitting tribute to the No. 1 children's singer/songwriter of all time. Raffi, an Armenian-Canadian born in Egypt as Raffi Cavoukian, revolutionized the kiddie genre with his 1976 debut…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

You know the old saying: All pate and no workout makes The Man Who Came to Dinner a fat-assed boy. So, a few weeks ago, in an effort to reverse the effects of these free weekly meals, I decided to…
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