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Essay: Revisiting the Coen Brothers’ 2013 ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Joel and Ethan Coen have been creating films for 30 years, dating back to their still-stunning, low-budget debut, neo-noir Blood Simple (1984); it premiered...

Project Censored 2014

Ocean acidification tops the annual list of important stories ignored by the mainstream media

Voters still in the dark on campaign funding

September 3, 2014
A legislative attempt to shed light on major funders of political campaign ads died in Sacramento last week, and the politics surrounding its demise...

Guardian Intelligence: August 20 – 26, 2014

August 19, 2014
LIVE AND LET DIENo one better to close out the cold, remote, history-filled behemoth that is Candlestick Park than Sir Paul McCartney, who played...

Here are some shows that have nothing to do with Outside Lands

August 8, 2014
What's that you say? VIP wristbands for $600, special-issue high-end ice cream, and tiny cups of organic sulfite-free wine aren't exactly your thing? We're headed...

This Week’s Picks: August 6 – 12, 2014

August 5, 2014
sockhop in a sheet-metal factoryTHURSDAY 7 Post:Ballet's Five High Most choreographers start small, slowly developing skills — and an audience for their work. In 2010...

Of borders and love songs

Diana Gameros brings her unique musical perspective to the YBCA's MEX I AM Festival

This Week’s Picks: July 2 – 8, 2014

July 2, 2014
WEDNESDAY 2 Be Calm Honcho As Be Calm Honcho's lead singer croons about her love of California on the band's debut album, differences between the...

Enter if you dare! Spirited local actors highlight Jefferson Street’s ghoulish new attraction

A new attraction is coming to Fisherman’s Wharf June 26, and it’s pretty surreal. The San Francisco Dungeon, the eighth in a series by...

To the desert and back

The Fresh and Onlys' Tim Cohen ditches the city for rural Arizona and returns with a new record — and new tensions

Memorial Day: Remembering the good old days in Rock Rapids, Iowa, circa 1940s to 1950s

May 25, 2014
 Bruce B. Brugmann(Reprinted and updated by popular demand)When I was growing up in my hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa, a farming community of 2,800...

A musician grows on Market Street

San Francisco's wunderkind "Trumpet Kid" on the musical education he's gained from playing in the city streets

Mr. Nice Guy

'Super Duper Alice Cooper' goes through the looking glass with a rock legend

Crime and politics

How an FBI probe of organized crime in Chinatown took down a senator and well-connected political consultant

Complaint against Yee includes firearms trafficking and envelopes full of cash

The federal criminal charges filed today against Sen. Leland Yee (D-SF), local political consultant Keith Jackson, reputed Chinatown organized crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy”...

On the Rise: Avalon Emerson

A playful combination of house and techno, preferably listened to on a big club sound system

Dispatches from SXSW: Day 3 — Lessons, brisket, and fool’s gold

March 17, 2014
The most important thing I learned from being at SXSW is that I should not under any circumstances make any decisions to move to...

Conservative star in ‘Monologos de la Vagina’ replaced

Following national controversy over the resignation of a politically conservative actress from the local Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues, producer Eliana Lopez announced...

Monologos de la Vagina finds new actress to replace controversial conservative

Following national controversy over the resignation of a politically conservative actress from the local Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues, producer Eliana Lopez announced...

Bee true

The documentaries of Berlin and Beyond

Cage heat: salute the screen icon’s 50th bday!

January 2, 2014
Oscar-winning actor (for 1995's Leaving Las Vegas), cultural curiosity (for his Superman and Elvis obsessions, tax troubles, hair, etc.), Coppola family member (Francis Ford...

Homework troubles

School district helps the city with affordable housing, but teachers say they're the ones who need help

Joe Bulgo: The neglected hero of Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2013
By Bruce B. Brugmann(B3 note: reprinted from last year and to be reprinted every year by me for reasons that will become apparent upon...

On the line

Undocumented young activists risk arrest to block a deportation bus and call for immigration reform