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Culture, The Exhibitionist Daily Holidays: November's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Daily Holidays: November's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

From mortality to sexy saxophones, there is an obscure holiday to celebrate every day; and in honor of these diverse, festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted 10 November holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling

Before Oksana Marafioti was 15, she had touched the Siberian tundra and the Mongolian desert, enjoyed the privileges of performing royalty in Russia, and suffered the indignity of being labeled a “gyp” at school. Then her family moved to America,…
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Music, All Shook Down A Second-By-Second Breakdown of the Worst Christmas Music Video Ever Made

A Second-By-Second Breakdown of the Worst Christmas Music Video Ever Made

In case you missed all the twinkling lights and massive, decorated trees everywhere, the holiday season is well and truly upon us. And, as you already know, that means it's also the season for awful, cringe-worthy music you can only…
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Music, Reviewed Akon

Akon

The Smoking Gun Web site exposed Akon earlier this year, unearthing police documents showing he had greatly exaggerated his arrest record and incarceration time. And so on his third album, Freedom, he downgrades himself from Konvicted (his last CD) to…
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Music, All Shook Down The Weekend Hitlist: Eddie Izzard, The Melvins, Zine Fest, Download

The Weekend Hitlist: Eddie Izzard, The Melvins, Zine Fest, Download

This weekend each person is forced to make a very important decision: Mamma Mia or the Dark Knight. I mean, both easily fit into the weekend but which will be the opening night selection? I cannot make that decision…
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Music, George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

George Michael refuses to play the polite pop star

The passing years can be unkind to rebels. You survive booze, bad marriages, and car crashes, only to have the march of time leave its muddy boot print on your shining legacy. One day, you're Marlon Brando in The Wild…
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Calendar, Night&Day Wham! Variations

Wham! Variations

It takes a special kind of pop-cultural devotion to execute a multimedia performance tribute to '80s pop legends Wham! (fittingly titled "Make It Big"), and for this we have a producer and performer by the name of Kentucky Fried Woman…
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Music, All Shook Down George Michael Visits HP Pavilion in June

George Michael Visits HP Pavilion in June

Since you'll never be able to relive those WHAM! glory days, do the next best thing and catch George Michael at San Jose's HP Pavilion on June 19. It'll be his first California appearance in 17 years, but that's…
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Music, All Shook Down Hastily Thrown Together Music News Roundup -- May 30

Hastily Thrown Together Music News Roundup -- May 30

Music news from the Beast's Tummy: 1) Though we live in an era during which Elvis Costello hawks VISA Signature and Prince performs at Macy's, you should be aware that this is Justin Timberlake's world, goddamnit, and we only…
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Music, Bouncer

The sanctity of Strip-Mall Bars

You have to be careful in San Francisco when someone describes a place as a "hole in the wall." Once you've made sure that they weren't speaking literally (think George Michael), proceed accordingly. The fact is, there is a nostalgia…
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Music, Mixtape Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Despite the "for promotional use only" stickers marking their packaging, there's a whole cottage industry of Web sites, retail outlets, and manufacturers supported by the cash hip-hop mixtapes generate. So far no other genre has bothered to tap this precious…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Non-Regis Philbin Trivia Game

It gets zany on Tuesday nights at this English-Irish sports pub on Clement Street, tucked between dim sum restaurants and vegetable markets in San Francisco's new Chinatown. A brash, middle-aged barmaid with a biting cockney accent and a doddering old…
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