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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Conducts Field Research at Soma Restaurant & Bar

Bouncer Conducts Field Research at Soma Restaurant & Bar

OK, so I get a kick out of the Soma Restaurant & Bar because when you look in the window, everyone looks like they are on "soma" from Huxley's Brave New World. The place is dull, the patrons are dull,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Great Expectations of Indulgence

Great Expectations of Indulgence

Many are having a rough go of it this year -- foreclosed upon, unemployed, tear-gassed. We recommend a hot meat pie, plum pudding if you must, followed by a stroll through a perfectly romanticized Victorian London, free of all the…
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Music, Bouncer

Talking to survivors at Twin Peaks

"Excuse me," I said to the man at the end of the bar at Twin Peaks. I was trying to squeeze past him and up the stairs to the ATM on the balcony. It was a close fit, and my…
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Driver's Eddie

It says a lot for actor Eddie Marsan that by the time we finish our conversation in his agent's Beverly Hills office, I have a somewhat higher opinion of Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky than the one I had going in. Marsan,…
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News, Sucka Free City Become a San Francisco Dog Poop Detective

Become a San Francisco Dog Poop Detective

One of the joys of city life is stepping in a fresh pile of dog shit offloaded by one of San Francisco's estimated 120,000 canines. Lieutenant Le-Ellis Brown, the field service assistant supervisor at San Francisco Animal Care and Control,…
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News, Sucka Free City SF's $12 Cup of Coffee at Blue Bottle Cafe

SF's $12 Cup of Coffee at Blue Bottle Cafe

Until quite recently, if I had been asked what would have to be in a cup of coffee to warrant a $12 price tag, I'd have answered, "About 10 bucks." And yet earlier this month, there I was at the…
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Music, Bouncer

Sleuthing the View from the top

A friend of mine recently told me that he has taken to reading to his wife before bedtime. Lately he's been thinking of diving into the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre, which seems like a good choice. "I used to love those…
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Music, Bouncer

Guinea pigs are the new buffalo wings

There are currently eight guinea pigs living in my house, the piercing squeaks from which would give even Krzysztof Penderecki pause. They reproduced, you see, as rodents are wont to do, and before I knew it I had a herd.…
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News, Dog Bites

Joy of Shopping

It's a brilliant, bright Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, and the last thing we want to be doing is trudging through the vapid, fluorescent lengths of the Stonestown Galleria. But our companion needs her glasses tightened, so we set our…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): So did you hear that the Pentagon spent over $5 million last year to build a third golf course at Andrews Air Force Base? Or that the CIA is ordering La-Z-Boy recliners for its offices at…
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