San Francisco Bay Area

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Earthquake Versus Hot Weather in Dallas

    Sunday it was 7 a.m. California time when I called my brother in the Bay Area to ask if he had died in the quake. He said no. I thought he sounded sleepy, but he could have been serene. It's hard to tell with those people. I asked if he would be moving out of California soon. He said serenely that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    The Hidden Cash Craze Arrived in Dallas with Much Less Cash and Much Less Chaos

    Hidden Cash, for those of you living under a wifi-free rock, is the Twitternet sensation that rocked San Francisco last month. An anonymous local millionaire placed envelopes of cash around the city and released clues to their whereabouts on @HiddenCash, calling the exercise a "social experiment." H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Tape Mastah Steph on Cassette Mixing and What He's Learned from California and Texas

    Nevermind turntables. Stephan Gaulon, aka "Tape Mastah Steph" likes to mix with cassettes. Born in France and imported from the San Francisco area in the early 2000's, we briefly spoke to Tape Mastah Steph in December while gathering a year-end salute to some of our loved lost locals (Tape was clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Don't Let Anxiety Keep You Out of the Music Scene

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2011

    The Myth of the All-Girl, Pimp-Controlled Trafficking Trade

    Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Tommy Cappel of Beats Antique Talks Tribal Belly Dancing Music, Being Scared in Serbia.

    As much of a performance art group as a regular rock band, San Francisco's Beats Antique began as backing musicians on an album of belly dancing music. So impressed was lead dancer Zoe Jakes that she decided to assemble a band around multi-instrumentalist David Santori and percussionist Tommy Capp ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    On Deck: What's The Polish Ambassador Been Jamming Lately?

    Musicians are undoubtedly influenced by the music they listen to. An artist's musical selection can sometimes even foretell what a next album might sound like. So if you've ever wondered what the artists who grace your stereo are getting funky to, here's your chance to find out. Every week, I'll ask ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Walking the Wok at Asian-American's Birthplace

    Kristy YangR&G Lounge's humongous Dungeness crab. We'd hate to see the one that got away.​(Here's part two of travelin' woman Kristy Yang's Walk the Really Long Wok from the Bay Area. Coming up shortly, something about Asian food closer to home. Check out last week's California Wok here.) San ... More >>

  • Music

    February 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Austin Newcomer Creates Guide to Area's Barbecue Joints

    ​Gloria Corrall, the author of the newly self-published Barbecue Lover's Guide to Austin was happy to talk to me when I called this morning: She just had to finish chewing a piece of smoked turkey first. Corrall's eaten plenty of smoked meat since she moved from San Francisco to Austin to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    A Bueno Brunch At Buena Vista Cafe, Home of Irish Coffee

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourThis is as clear as we could get our packed table for a shot of the Buena Vista Cafe's trademark Irish Coffee.​Generally speaking, I don't recommend visiting restaurants that have attached gift shops if you are over the age of 10. And really, if you're un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    DART Prez Makes Good on World Series Bet

    DART via BART​Earlier this morning I came across this San Francisco TV report: "Texan to sing at BART station over World Series bet." Said Texan is actually Dallas Area Rapid Transit President and Executive Director Gary Thomas, who made a bet with his BART counterpart that involved the loser goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Q&A: Giggle Party Tells Us Why It's Bailing On Dallas.

    Bad news, fans of things that are fun: Giggle Party is bailing on Dallas-Fort Worth for the greener pastures of San Francisco. Right after this weekend, in fact. Turns out bassist Jason Reichl is headed that way for real-life, not-at-all-music-related career reasons--and GP keyboardist Kat Michie ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2010
  • Music

    January 28, 2010
  • Film

    March 1, 2007

    Killer Instinct

    David Fincher's Type-A approach to filmmaking pays off in Zodiac

  • News

    November 9, 2006


    Will the Rangers strike out against Jennie Bueno?

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2006

    If Only the Rangers Tried This Hard On the Field

    A lawsuit stemming from this ugly incident in Oakland in 2004 is so nasty it makes this photo of the brawl look almost quaint. This almost unbelievable item comes to Unfair Park courtesy our sister paper in Oakland, the East Bay Express, which today breaks the news that a lawsuit involving Your Tex ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    DJ Shadow

    The Outsider (A&M)

  • Calendar

    February 5, 2004

    Rhyme Time

    To miss this workshop would surely be a crime

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    The old old thing

    Malvina Reynolds and Harry Smith argue for folk's historical authenticity. Whatever that is.

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    He's about a mover

    Doug Sahm may spend his summers in Canada, but he's still a Texas tornado

  • Music

    November 26, 1998

    A mighty roar

    Los Tigres del Norte have become legends by singing the immigrant's song

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Retouching Evil

    Using Detailed instructions left by Orson Welles, top film editor Walter Murch has remade "The Best b-Movie ever" -- Welles' Touch of Evil

  • Dining

    May 21, 1998
  • Dining

    November 6, 1997

    Transcendental dining

    Delight is in the details at Saigon Bistro