Remembering Gary Webb, the fallen messenger resurrected on film

I always enjoy seeing fellow journalists and their work celebrated in a Hollywood blockbuster such as Kill the Messenger, which opens tomorrow. It’s even...

Endorsements 2014

Vote to give Muni more money, raise the minimum wage, discourage real estate speculation, and send Campos to Sacramento

Film Listings: Oct 8-14, 2014

Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Sara Maria Vizcarrondo. For rep house showtimes, see...

The Doctorow is in

The sci-fi writer visits the Bay Area with two new works

Mill Valley, ‘Gone Girl,’ and TWO flicks featuring Satan: yep, must be time for new movies!

The 37th annual Mill Valley Film Festival opened last night and runs through October 12 at all the big Marin venues (Larkspur's Lark Theater,...

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...

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

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...

Flooding the streets

Climate movement's big day raises hopes and questions

Dave Chappelle kept me up until 5am this morning and I’m still trying to process what just happened

The first time I saw Dave Chappelle perform live was 10 years and three months ago, in a large, echo-y gymnasium at UC San...

Viracocha is legit! Here are five things from the past five years that we wish we could’ve written about

As you may have heard by now, Viracocha — everyone's favorite Never-Never Land of a music venue/spoken word performance space/speakeasy/antiques store/beautiful place to stop...

Lee and UC Berkeley institute take on income inequality

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society are teaming up today in Washington DC to...

The Breeders barrel on

With a slew of solo work under her belt and new full-band songs on the way, Kim Deal slows down for no one

Racing for solutions

Candidates running in District 10 debate the myriad problems facing southeast San Francisco

Norquist, tech titans, and whether Burning Man is positively affecting society

Is Burning Man really making Bay Area technology titans, right-wing ideologues, and other uber-capitalists more community-minded? Do they really come back from the desert...

Taking a cue from SF, California Legislature bans plastic bags and offers paid sick leave

California lawmakers took two big steps forward last week, passing a statewide plastic bag ban and a measure providing workers with three sick days...

Flynn and out

Hollywood-scandal tale 'The Last of Robin Hood' comes up short

Tom’s legacy

As Ammiano returns from Sacramento, can he help revive San Francisco's progressive spirit?

A master of observation: chatting with author Sean Wilsey

“We used to call this Café High,” author Sean Wilsey says of Café International, our meeting spot, before letting out a hearty chortle. By...

Who will run Gleneagles Golf Course? If it’s not the city, who cares?

As we watch today’s Recreation and Park Commission meeting on extending political insider Tom Hsieh’s no-bid contract to run the once-public Gleneagles Golf Course...

Cruel stories of youth

'Rich Hill' and 'Me and You' offer very different (but equally compelling) coming-of-age tales

Lee and Pelosi talk middle class jobs in unequal SF

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) joined Mayor Ed Lee at a press conference yesterday at Yerba Buena across from the construction site...

Listen: The trainwreck pop parodies of the Westboro Baptist Church

In case you don't stay tuned to the comings and goings of the fearful, hate-filled, how-is-this-a-real-thing-and-not-a-caricature-of-extreme-right-wing-lunacy shitshow that is the Westboro Baptist Church, your...

Beyond the force

'Alec Guinness at 100' presents epics, capers, and delightful deceptions — but no mind tricks

Patronize me

CAREERS + ED A new site from SF musicians aims to get artists paid for their work — using the oldest idea in the book