SFBG Blogs

Chuck Prophet on glam rock, his new record, and how the Castro is turning into a strip mall

October 2, 2014
Chuck Prophet's been around the San Francisco music scene long enough to make a name for himself in a few regards: He can be...

Festival-sized doses of art, food, and technology at Portland’s TBA fest

October 1, 2014
As the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) presented the 12th iteration of the Time-Based Art Festival September 11-21, two newer festivals (Feast Portland and...

The Aislers Set reunion welcomed with open arms, nostalgia at The Chapel

October 1, 2014
By Rebecca HuvalAfter an 11-year hiatus, dream-pop lovables The Aislers Set played to a sold-out room swooning with nostalgia at The Chapel Sunday night.Singer-songwriter...

Drag queens win, Facebook says “real name” changes coming

Put on your six-inch pumps and throw some glitter, the drag queens have won. After the newest round of negotiations with Facebook today, the social-media...

Ralph Nader writes a letter to Rep. John Boehner

September 30, 2014
September 22, 2014Dear Speaker Boehner,While millions of hardworking Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives...

Two-fer Tuesday: New music videos from Cathedrals and The Stone Foxes

September 30, 2014
Because nothing showcases the breadth of music being made in the Bay Area better than some chilled-out electro R&B followed by a driving blues-rock...

Luxy! The dating app for the 1 percent is NOT a prank

September 30, 2014
I got a press release announcing a new app yesterday that immediately set off my “hoax” radar. Not only is Luxy not a prank,...

Chiu’s Airbnb legislation, still a controversial mess, moves to full board

September 30, 2014
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s reputation for forging decent compromises is being severely tested as his widely criticized legislation to legalize and regulate...

Live shots: Modest Mouse sweat it out at the Masonic

September 29, 2014
Modest Mouse got hot and heavy at the Masonic Sept. 26, and we were there to catch them in all their sweaty glory. Mimicking...

Now that Willie Brown is a lobbyist, will the SF Chronicle finally cut him loose?

Years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle handed Willie Brown a megaphone, but now that he's officially recognized as a paid lobbyist, isn't it time...

Investigation shows outsider ownership of SF’s luxury condos

September 29, 2014
Former Bay Guardian editor and publisher Tim Redmond has a great new investigation on his 48Hills site showing how many new luxury condos in...

Ammiano “angry” as Brown vetoes prosecutor misconduct bill

September 29, 2014
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano strongly criticized Gov. Jerry Brown today for yesterday vetoing his Assembly 885, which would have provided modest sanctions for prosecutors...

The back story of the celebrated Boys’ Night Out at John’s Grill

September 28, 2014
 By Bruce B. Brugmann (Scroll down for photo id and to see Ex- Marine Pete McCloskey jump the barricade and storm Martin's Beach) Boys' Night...

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on his first novel, unreliable narrators, and the joys of getting real mail

September 26, 2014
John Darnielle’s brain seems like it runs at just a slightly higher RPM than other people’s.One could get this impression from listening to the...

Moderate politicians push “affordable housing” definition up to higher income brackets

September 26, 2014
San Francisco, its General Plan Housing Element, and various city codes have always had a very specific definition of what they mean by “affordable...

Arca underwhelms at Gray Area

September 25, 2014
By Ryland Walker KnightGray Area Arts & Technology is a newish venue, admittedly a work in progress, with construction and renovation continuing when the...

Where are all the vanilla sexuality events?

September 25, 2014
I moved to the Bay Area this year with the intention of diving head first into kinky chaos. As far as repressed small town...

TIFF 2014: Three more notables, plus a lucky top 13

September 25, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!Three films at this year's Toronto Film Film Festival achieved...

Sound sneak preview: Ai WeiWei Alcatraz exhibition

September 24, 2014
Here’s a taste from @Large, the exhibition by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, which will open to the public on Alcatraz Sat/27. This...

New protections for abortion seekers proposed, but may face rival efforts

After a years-long saga of trying to regulate the loudest and rudest protesters outside clinics that offer abortions, a new law may finally protect...

Anti-war groups take to the streets of SF to protest US bombing campaign UPDATED

September 24, 2014
With the US military now bombing targets in both Syria and Iraq, and the Islamic State that we’re targeting threatening to retaliate against US...

Tough decisions ahead: The Bay Area Record Fair, the Oakland Music Festival, and more

September 24, 2014
Ever get so overwhelmed by all the awesome events in the Bay Area on a given weekend that you give up on trying to...

Extended review: British prison drama ‘Starred Up’

September 24, 2014
By Haley BrucatoScottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up is a brutally raw indie film starring rising actor Jack O’Connell as Eric, a...

TIFF 2014: American standouts

September 24, 2014
Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment here!In high school, Hal Hartley was my first cinematic battle....