Merc workers plan protest of job cuts

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By G.W. Schulz

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UPDATE! I failed to include a date for the protest first time around. It will be this Tuesday, June 26.

Employees of the embattled San Jose Mercury News announced earlier today that they intended to picket the newspaper over expected job cuts at the peninsula daily.

The jobs of 30 ad-production workers will immediately be affected, and editorial and composing room employees were already facing planned cuts. Read more »

Thirds, please?

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By Sean Manning

I started watching Bravo’s Top Chef because it was a cooking show that threw creative challenges at its contestants and occasionally gave useful advice for the wannabe chef. That was Season 1. I got hooked on Season 2 because it acted like a classy cooking show when it was really a culinary “Lord of the Flies” (complete with their own Piggy—the endlessly obnoxious man-child Marcel Vigneron). Read more »

'Cosmo' video games as silly as the mag

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By Stephen Torres
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As long as there have been admin and reception jobs, there has been un-relenting, mind-numbing boredom as well. Since the positions were held primarily by the female set for such a long time, publications such as Cosmopolitan, founded by the inimitable Helen Gurley Brown in the sixties, found a place jammed into the desk drawers or bags of all those working girls. Or so Miss Brown had hoped. Read more »

Nudity Merited

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By Sarah Phelan

Photo courtesy of Jack Gescheidt's Tree Spirit Project.

A City of Oakland plan to cut down 224 trees along Lake Merritt has stalled, thanks to a Friends of the Lake lawsuit. Then this Saturday, traffic stalled as demonstrators stripped, some climbing into the tall eucalyptus trees, while others prefered to keep their feet on the ground. But was their nudity merited? Eucalyptus trees tend to arouse the passions of both types of Tree People. Those who love all trees, and those who love all other trees except eualyptuses. So, why are some people hating on eucalyptuses? Read more »

Playing hooky from Pride? Go to the garden.

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By Molly Freedenberg
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Looking to take a break from Pride madness next Sunday? How about a good old-fashioned Garden Party? Read more »

We'll never forget you, Punk Planet

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By G.W. Schulz

It was incredibly disheartening to learn today that one the nation’s best known indie-culture and rock zines, Punk Planet, had published its final edition after 13 years and 80 issues. Read more »

City Attorney says Jew must go

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By Sarah Phelan

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Things do not look good for beleagured Sup. Ed Jew. Today. City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced that the evidence against the rookie supervisor is "overwhelming," as he waved a thick wad of documents at the running dogs of the media, during a filled-to-bursting press conference. Read more »

A Hot Pocket by any other name

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By Gazelle Emami

It’s hard to define piroshki, though there’s no doubt they’re a Russian food. I say “food” because it’s a little ambiguous as to whether it’s a pastry, snack, or meal. Whichever group(s) it falls under, with its thick, deep-fried dough stuffed with an assortment of fillings ranging from meat to vegetarian-friendly options, You might call piroshki the Hot Pocket’s granddaddy. Read more »

Transported SF is on a roll (but doesn't fucking roll on Shabbos)

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By Molly Freedenberg

It's about time to talk about TransportedSF, not just because they have another kickass event coming up June 21, but because their sexy little crew dubbed "The Nomads" just graced a page in our equally sexy Scene Magazine (on newstands last week, and online for, well, ever.)

So. Here's the deal with the Transported crew: they're awesome. Need more information than that? Okay, fine. Read more »

Itchy Digits, C&B

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In the mood for synthesizer-driven, blister-forming cacophony, honey? Then check a pair of ace twosomes tonight at the Hemlock Tavern: The Bay's electri-noise sprats Casy and Brian contort 'n' distort like the finest of 'em. You'll get grimy kid stuff on your Havaianas - and you'll dig it.

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Casy and Brian tap some serious monkey magik. Make it stop. Read more »