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News, Chem Tales Addicts Are Made, Not Born: And It's Not the Drugs That Create Them

Addicts Are Made, Not Born: And It's Not the Drugs That Create Them

The War on Drugs is working. There are fewer and fewer drug addicts every year — just 4 million "chronic" cocaine and methamphetamine users in the entire country, according to a RAND Corporationestimate published last month — but those who…
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Film, "Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

"Project Nim": Doc on a Chimp's Life Tugs at Heartstrings

Not every Homo sapiens who sees Project Nim will be moved to pledge membership in PETA. Still, this documentary biopic of the '70s chimp picked to endure an "experiment" in simian sign language and general neglect pulls human heartstrings as…
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Calendar, Night&Day Suck on It

Suck on It

This will sound like a compliment, but Vampire Weekend is the musical equivalent of Wes Anderson. In fact, a friend who first told us about this prep-ska getup is infamous for having actually said the words, "You can't arrest me!…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best TV News Anchor

Dennis Richmond KTVU, Channel 2 Call us crazy, but we like our TV anchors straight -- talking, that is. Richmond's banter-free, no-nonsense style (not to mention his longevity) serves him well in an era of increasingly obnoxious talking heads. The…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dreams Deferred

Dreams Deferred

A movie. A play. A stroll in the park. These seem like obvious date choices after only one month of knowing a new lover. But a sojourn to a Columbia University conference on the flaws of the U.S. penal system?…
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Music, Reviewed The American Analog Set

The American Analog Set

After the American Analog Set's last album two years ago, singer and principal songwriter Andrew Kenny headed to Columbia University to study biochemistry. Between labs, the budding Ph.D. traveled to the band's Austin base to record Promise of Love. And…
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