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Bay to Breakers will have video surveillance, license plate scans, and secret “FBI assets”

Police video surveillance was in the spotlight during yesterday's City Hall hearing on security measures at large events, as supervisors voiced a desire to...

Hearing on event security as SFPD pushes police state

Just a few weeks ago, Sup. Scott Wiener, civil libertarians, and I were raising concerns here about the SFPD unilaterally expanding its video surveillance...

Sneaky surveillance

SFPD has been quietly seeking video footage of new bars since losing a public fight over the issue

Wiener’s dance mix: more DJs mixed with fines for “bad actors”

DJs could proliferate in San Francisco's bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and plazas under legislation that Sup. Scott Wiener introduced today to include DJs under...

Western SoMa Plan changed to lessen development impacts to nightlife and Muni

The Western SoMa Community Plan had its first hearing before the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee today, with dozens of...

Supervisors consider Western SoMa Plan, lots of new condos, and “the purple building”

The fate of the “purple building” – which has become caught up in the clash between nightlife and residential interests on the clubgoer-saturated 300-block...

Clubs vs. condos

Can new housing coexist with nightlife in western SoMa? A rezoning debate around the 11th Street Corridor heats up

Is the War on Fun over, or do we still need to fight for our right to party?

On Monday, the Entertainment Commission brings together a slew of City folk and party people at its fourth annual Nightlife Industry Summit. The three-hour...

Our Weekly Picks: June 20-26

THURSDAY 21SF Symphony Presents: Duke Bluebeard's Castle This'll be dark and delicious. Young British filmmaker Nick Hillel's innovative, sculptural projections have appeared in videos...

Nite Trax: Yes, the 2012 San Francisco Nightlife Awards are real

... and apparently I am hosting them with Anna Conda on Thursday, May 31. What the heck are the 2012 San Francisco Nightlife Awards? No...

Mayor Lee praises the importance of nightlife to SF

Addressing a gathering of nightlife advocates at a California Music and Culture Association event last night, Mayor Ed Lee praised the economic and cultural...

The war is over. Fun won.

San Francisco nightlife is finally getting some political support

Nightlife: Fun plus jobs

San Francisco supervisor Scott Weiner on what clubs mean to our community

Future Twin

On the Rise: The Mission group incorporates the sound of mopeds into its 'psychedelic grandma rock' 


steve@sfbg.com MONDAY 3CMAC mayoral forum San Francisco Police crackdowns on nightclubs and private parties, with the tactic and sometimes overt support by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom,...

5 Things: August 25, 2011

>>COMIC ZEN We just want to breathe deeply and slow our caffiene mainline (ironically) when we read Paul Madonna's All Over Coffee comic strip (is...

All the names

Too much nightlife? Never! Richie Hawtin, Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, Independance, A Club Called Rhonda, Boom!, and a cherry bomb of parties for the long weekend

He’s back!

Police say it was a mistake to have notorious Officer Bertrand recently back on the beat busting nightclubs

The Performant: The fast and the furious

FURY Factory turns fourSummertime is festival time in the city, and the streets will stay lively from now to Halloween, barring acts of god/s...

Heroes and hoedowns

Spotlight on homegrown docs and narratives

Mayor derails hearing on nightclub crackdown

Will entering a large nightclub in San Francisco be akin to a TSA pat down? We won’t know for a while, as the proposal...

The Guardian endorses: Jello Biafra for Mayor!

On every level, the San Francisco mayor’s race is critical. San Franciscans will decide whether a fiscally conservative candidate backed by downtown interests will...

Hundreds pack City Hall to save the raves

Hundreds of young ravers and other supporters of electronic dance music parties packed into City Hall last night (Tues/22) for an Entertainment Commission hearing...

Make waves

Stand up for your dance rights. Plus: Angela Bowie, Kingdom, Todd Terje, Hacienda, and Steam Punktrick's Day parties