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Music, Billy Corgan on the Death and Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan on the Death and Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins

E.E. Cummings said, "To destroy is always the first step in any creation." For Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, destruction and creation are a way of life. "A good artist is willing to die many times over," Corgan tells us…
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Dining, Eat Seven Hills: Alexander Alioto pays homage to the classics

Seven Hills: Alexander Alioto pays homage to the classics

There are menus that have all the charm and fancy of Gabriel García Márquez novels, and menus with the taut, elliptical wording of an e.e. cummings poem. Some have the intellectual depth of a Hallmark card, while others squeeze their…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Kihl Me

You Kihl Me

If confidence and creativity are the cornerstones of sexy, then violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt is the sexiest woman in the avant-garde. In any of her regular gigs -- with Dada rockers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, eclectic chamber group Tin Hat, or various…
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Home Entertainment, Game On My Name Is Mud

My Name Is Mud

In the poem "In Just-," e.e. cummings described the world as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful" -- words so perfectly befitting MotorStorm's gorgeously sloppy off-road hijinks, the game's designers probably had them tacked up on a wall somewhere. And had Cummings paid…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Poet

It might seem hard to fill the shoes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Janice Mirikitani, but devorah major, newly named as San Francisco's third poet laureate, seems up to the challenge. The author of two books of poetry, Traveling Women (co-written…
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Culture, Stage

Scattering Poems All Through the Night

Word for Word normally stages short stories. The troupe once tried a novel (well, one chapter) with brilliant success, but so far it has avoided poems. The rules of its game involve mounting a work of literature without changing a…
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Dining, Eat Style Over Substance

Style Over Substance

I went to OakTown the other night with three women versed in the intricacies of haute couture, and their first impressions were positive indeed. The voguishly austere nature of the décor --futurism with a soupçon of industrial eclectic -- was…
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