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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Cultured at the de Young Cafe

Bouncer Gets Cultured at the de Young Cafe

Art museums are like high school reunions: The idea sounds horrible until you actually get in there and wander around ... and eventually you leave with a positive life-affirmation. The stuff you thought you wanted to see (the Diebenkorn retrospective,…
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Music, Bouncer Debating Gay Muppets and Other Topics at Harvey's

Debating Gay Muppets and Other Topics at Harvey's

Sometimes before I go to bed I like to play a clip of Andrea Bocelli singing Elmo a lullaby. Elmo doesn't want to go to sleep, because he is still excited about his day and all the playing that he…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Examines the Chastity of 15 Romolo

Bouncer Examines the Chastity of 15 Romolo

Basque people have always fascinated me. They exist somewhere between Spain and France, and hold aspects of each culture, but they also have their own thing going on, with national food, dress, and even a nationalist movement. It seems perfect…
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News, Sucka Free City

Rant: How to Prove Your Worth to Walgreens

Ranter: Pixie-cut, mini-skirted fortysomething woman in dingy garb that suggests hipsterism, homelessness, or both. Location: Outside the Walgreens at Market and Stockton Time: 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday Topics covered: Security guards' prerequisites; the importance of advanced education; how…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Watches the Neighborhood at Mix

Bouncer Watches the Neighborhood at Mix

I pass the Mix all the time, and every time I do, some good song is playing: "Heart of Glass," "Karma Police," even Television's "Marquee Moon," once. Besides the Midnight Sun, which is a rowdy, fun place to watch TV…
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Calendar, Night&Day Creep Out the Kids

Creep Out the Kids

Those of us who don’t have offspring tend to forget that kids are fascinated by the grotesque. Giant bugs, things preserved in jars, strange smells, defecation – the little ones really get a kick out of things we grown-ups think…
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Calendar, Night&Day Scent and Sensibility

Scent and Sensibility

Gordon Edgar’s memoir Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is essential reading for city eaters. First, it details the goings-on at Rainbow Grocery, a place that reveals strange wonders upon every visit, from the unwashed man buying a king's ransom…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don’t Be Chicken

Don’t Be Chicken

With Ad Hoc at Home, it seemed that the Yountville champion of don’t-try-this-at-home cooking, Thomas Keller, was going soft on us, bowing to the trend of chefs dumbing down their food for the home cook who only has thirty minutes…
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News, How undocumented aliens shopping on Market Street can find an inexpensive trip home

How undocumented aliens shopping on Market Street can find an inexpensive trip home

Javier Ortiz couldn't possibly have foreseen the consequences of peering down into a stranger's shopping bag on Market Street and asking, "How much?" The events that followed will soon get him shipped back to his home country. The man holding…
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News, Sucka Free City

Plastic bags still in SF stores despite ban

The victorious hoopla that followed the passage of a 2007 ordinance designed to reduce plastic bag litter in San Francisco may have been a bit premature. A year and a half after the law was passed, environmentalists admit the measure…
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Culture, Stagecap

The Twelve Days of Cochina

From the get-go of her latest one-woman show, comedienne Marga Gomez makes it clear that everything she has ever done, and everything she's going to do for the next hour and 45 minutes, is for sex. Not romantic, heartfelt sex…
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News, Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions

In addition to National Autism Awareness Month, Landscape Architecture Month, Backpack Safety Month, Oral Health Month, and STD Awareness Month, April is also National Poetry Month. This year it begins somberly with the passing of Robert Creeley, a major voice…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Cards

If you love to give and send cards but hate the Hallmarked crap at your local Walgreens, check out Crafty Cards, where you can buy handmade, letterpress-printed (i.e., simple, beautiful) cards for just about any occasion. In addition to funny,…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Burning Mad Hey, some of our best friends have purple hair: Lessley Anderson's piece on the way Burning Man's people manipulate the press was an appalling example of the slack supposed "progressives" and "alternative culture" types routinely cut to anyone…
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News, Dog Bites

Gluing for God

On a cold Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Trismegista "Tristy" Taylor greets congregants as they arrive in the "chapel" of her unusual church, which meets once a month in various San Francisco art spaces. This month, the meeting is at a…
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Culture, Stage

The Twelve Days of Cochina

"The only reason I've ever gotten out of bed was to get back in bed," confesses a dry-witted, sullen Marga Gomez at the start of her holiday solo show The Twelve Days of Cochina. The lesbian Latina comedienne is referring…
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Calendar, Night&Day Anticipation


There is something mysteriously alluring about transitional spaces -- lobbies, train stations, airports -- that inadvertently draws our attention and curiosity. Who hasn't watched passengers at the airport and been tempted to make up stories about them? Have you ever…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Don't Delay, Act Now

"Ghettoblaster/L'il Darlings" is an exhibit, but it's set up like a trade show, with two faux advertising campaigns designed to sell products ranging from mouse pads to whiskey. Artists Jim Schatz and Lisa Undercoffler, who met as lackeys at a…
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Dining, Eat

A Breath of French Air

There are Big Deal restaurants and there are big deal restaurants. The former, like Fleur de Lys and Masa's, require something from you, namely getting dressed up and acting like a grown-up. The latter, in which Alain Rondelli falls, are…
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