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Calendar, Night&Day Californias

Californias

It might sound like a joke, but Tim Draper is hella serious about his plan for California. The venture capitalist is pushing a ballot measure to split our one, gloriously-golden state into six different states. As absurd as this…
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News, Your Humble Narrator A Sport and a Pastime: San Francisco Politics Level the Playing Field and Then Ban the Game

A Sport and a Pastime: San Francisco Politics Level the Playing Field and Then Ban the Game

There are, your humble narrator is convinced, parts of McLaren Park no one has ever been to before. Dinosaurs may yet roam within. Jimmy Hoffa could operate a concession hawking ice cream to a mysterious subterranean civilization. Possibilities abound. San…
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News, Sucka Free City The Ruining of the Bulls: San Francisco's Latest Experiment with Minor League Hockey Abruptly Fails

The Ruining of the Bulls: San Francisco's Latest Experiment with Minor League Hockey Abruptly Fails

In late 2011, Pat Curcio ambled through the unlit, pungent repository of dust, filth, and flattened beer cases that is the Cow Palace. The arena was as battered as it was archaic, but the coach and president of the nascent…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Meta at the Tonga Room

Bouncer Gets Meta at the Tonga Room

The Tonga Room always fills me with gratitude. Gratitude that it wasn't demolished. Gratitude that kitsch has a revered place in any civil society. Gratitude that the happy hour buffet they serve always sounds promising yet ends up tasting gnarly.…
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Music, In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

In Praise of Songs That Aren't About Their Singers

She stood alone onstage, armed with only a banjo, and played a blues so hard it hurt. This was Thao Nguyen — sans backing band the Get Down Stay Down on this Sunday night at Public Works — scraping through…
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Music, Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

Antwon's Twisted Vision: Sex Rap, Punk Vibes, and Kid Rock

It's Valentine's Day, and Antwon is on the roof of his San Jose apartment tweeting about Kid Rock. Earlier this morning, the 26-year-old rapper released In Dark Denim, an 11-song mixtape that showcases his gruff voice reciting noirish sex-raps over…
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News, The Snitch Republicans Propose New State: Southern California

Republicans Propose New State: Southern California

One Southern California pol is sick and tired of the Democrats in Sacramento -- tired of the "pillaging" of local governments and, worse, the left-wing policies that dominate the blue state. That's why he's dusted off that tired proposal to…
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News, Sucka Free City Daughter of S.F. homeless man looking for dad on city streets

Daughter of S.F. homeless man looking for dad on city streets

Now that the Internet circulates millions of bits of information about people for eternity, SF Weekly often gets requests from people who Google themselves and don't like what they find. Sometimes a subject of a story will ask us to…
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Dining, SFoodie Eat a Goddamn Carrot, Go to Fresno, Save a Fish

Eat a Goddamn Carrot, Go to Fresno, Save a Fish

SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • The Onion has this amazing video up of what the FDA could be like if they were honest. You just buy a bag of fucking carrots…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dueling Dubs

Dueling Dubs

The sound clash is a Jamaican competitive art form in which two or more DJs and their technical assistants play records back and forth, with crowd approval determining a victor. Starting in the 1950s, enterprising Jamaican music producers set up…
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Music, All Shook Down

Is Fresno Rapper PtheG Purely Clueless Or Just Totally Cynical?

Is Fresno's Princeton the Great One, or PtheG, really "the worst rapper in the Bay Area," or is he having a laugh at rap's expense? The conceit of "Cheeseburger" is asinine, from the rhythmically braindead chorus to the way P…
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News, The Snitch

Out-of-Towners -- From Fresno, No Less -- Protest In San Francisco. Did You Notice?

Like a Vaudeville act of old getting ready to take it to New York City, today's protester has got to ask himself if he's ready for the big time when he comes to San Francisco. We've got no shortage…
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News, Sucka Free City

How to Sell Marriage Equality

Last week, the gay-marriage movement in San Francisco sent volunteers to Fresno to start canvassing for the support of voters in more conservative parts of California. Here are some tips for how to win over people who live in conservative…
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Calendar, Night&Day For the Fans

For the Fans

To be eligible for the Northern California Book Awards, nominees must live from Fresno north. Entrants in the SoCal Book Awards need to live from Morro Bay south. Right now, you geographers are clawing your eyes out, knowing that those…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Pop residencies gain traction in S.F.

Pop residencies gain traction in S.F.

The long history of musician residencies reaches into nearly every genre. From jazz giants setting up shop for multiple nights with various players to showbiz legends hunkering down in Vegas, performers can hone a variety of skills while calling one…
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Calendar, Night&Day Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

Hey, almost every single scruffy kid in the Mission: Want to know what life was like here in the '90s? Sure you do, seeing how back then you were probably smoking a cigarette behind a high school in Fresno. Naturally…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Rademacher Alchemizes Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse for Pure Indie-Pop Gold

Rademacher Alchemizes Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse for Pure Indie-Pop Gold

"You can always tell if a band is good or not," my musician pal Sean says on a recent Wednesday night at the Knockout. "You look at the crowd's reaction. The proof is in the pudding," he adds, with a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Supercuts

Supercuts

"If you know the city, then why can't you find a place to get your hair cut?" asks Fresno's Rademacher. It's a messed-up question from a great band. Who CAN find a place to get a haircut? Is not the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fresno? Fres Yes!

Fresno? Fres Yes!

For many years, Fresno's greatest claim to musical fame was providing the Beastie Boys a rhyme for "get over on your girlie because you know she never says no." But no more! It would seem that the influence of other…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Lukewarm Lidell; Rademacher shows shades of Pavement

Although I hitched a ride for the night last week, I couldn't stop fidgeting on the Jamie Lidell bandwagon. Frankly, I just don't get the hype. Sure, the guy displays a certain experimental flair, with a live show that's unusual…
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