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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one, two, and three here.  Joseph Mazor was like a character out…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Yesterday's Crimes: The Tragic Schoolyard Shooting Linked to Jonestown

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one and two here.  Tyrone Mitchell was a member of Peoples Temple…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for one former Peoples Temple family in the Bay Area. Click here to read part one. "Yesterday's Crimes" will take a break for Thanksgiving but…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

Yesterday's Crimes: Peoples Temple Hit Squads and Jonestown's Last Victims

It’s November 18, 1978. The tape is running. Reverend Jim Jones is rambling into a microphone, dictating a suicide note on behalf of nearly a thousand people. Death is all around him, in the air and on the ground;…
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Music, All Shook Down Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

Uncle Acid’s Kevin Starrs on Touring with Black Sabbath

In the space of five short years, British psychedelic doomsayers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have risen from a fledgling project to become one of the more celebrated modern metal exports from the U.K. Founded by principle songwriter Kevin…
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Calendar, Night&Day I, Hotel

I, Hotel

The International Hotel was (and is, sort of) a residential hotel built in 1907 and located on the corner of Kearny and Jackson streets, originally housing Asian-Americans, largely Filipinos. In the late 1960s, it was slated for demolition and entered…
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News, Sucka Free City Rants and Graves

Rants and Graves

Every day, on a little nook of Craigslist known as "Rants and Raves," the miscreants, closet racists, and pranksters of the Bay Area loose their offensive messages in cyberspace. Some recent subjects included "Blacks Boycotting Bart, Sweet!" and "From the…
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Culture, Stage

The People's Temple

It's easy to understand why so many people flocked to hear the Rev. Jim Jones preach. As depicted in Berkeley Rep's world-premiere production of The People's Temple, Jones, the leader of the cultish church, is charisma personified, a hip cat…
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News, Feature

Talking Therapy

"Suicide is silly and it is a waste of your own potential, your whole potential. Think what you could do if you would not internalize that violence by self-destruction." -- Jim Jones in a speech one month before the 1978…
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