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Calendar, Night&Day Caterpillars and Mushrooms

Caterpillars and Mushrooms

Nepal has a subterranean caterpillar prone to infection by a fungus that mummifies its body before it bursts out of its head and gets harvested by peasants. These peasants, with no other income source, have embarked on an unregulated all-or-nothing…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Ban Ignored on Nepal's Holiest Holiday

Marijuana Ban Ignored on Nepal's Holiest Holiday

Every once in a while it's good to remember that this magic plant milked for tax dollars and for reefer votes in America has an ancient history elsewhere in the world.In Nepal, where some land-race strains of the cannabis plant…
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Calendar, Night&Day Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

When it comes to social-issue documentaries, the citizenry has finally figured out that the best (and usually only) way to find out what’s happening in the world is from independent filmmakers on the ground, not ad peddlers in the CNN…
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News, Feature Radio Free Nepal

Radio Free Nepal

Reeta vividly remembered the day her father sold her. She was 13. It was during the rainy season of 1999. Two men came to her village in the eastern hills of Nepal. They said they would give her work in…
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Music, Label Sublime Frequencies

Sublime Frequencies

Sounds Released: Folk field recordings and pop music from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East In the late 1800s, this esoteric philosopher and mystic G.I. Gurdjieff scoured Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for the secrets to attaining "direct knowledge"…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Nepalese

Little Nepal 925 Cortland (at Folsom), 643-3881 After its greeter welcomes you with a kind "Namaste," this chic, spare, and modern wood-lined room in Bernal Heights is a calm setting in which to enjoy Little Nepal's highly spiced and…
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News, Worldview Gay Rights in High Places

Gay Rights in High Places

A year ago, Meera, a 22-year-old woman from Hetauda, a district in southeast Nepal, was scheduled to be the bride in a marriage arranged by her family. When Meera refused to marry and attempted to run away with Laxmi, her…
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Dining, Dish Enchanted

Size Matters

I think I'm not alone when I say that there are an awful lot of people on the Internet who are concerned about the size of my penis. At least five times a day, I get an e-mail from a…
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Dining, Eat

The Beet Generation

Katia's: A Russian Tearoom 600 Fifth Ave. (at Balboa), 668-9292. Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. (until 10 p.m. Fridays). Wheelchair accessible. Parking: difficult.…
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