But Ed Jew's flower shop doesn't have a water account !

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By Sarah Phelan
What kind of flower store owner doesn't have a water account? Ed Jew, that's who.

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When Ed Jew's water consumption first became an issue at the end of May, I asked the SFPUC for records for both his house in the Sunset District and his flower shop in Chinatown. Read more »

Revealed: Sup. Ammiano's joke of the day

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Tom Ammiano is a supervisor who happens to be a standup comedian on occasion. Or, depending on your point of view, he is a standup comedian who happens to be a supervisor. As people know who call his private home phone, he puts up a political joke almost every day on his answering machine.

Monday: "Mayor Newsom says he is a progressive. I guess rehab really works."

Friday: "Ed Jew under house arrest? What house?"

Alas, for understandable reasons, Ammiano doesn't give out his home phone number, so people just can't call in and get their daily dose of Ammianoism. Read more »

Cool shit: A brief history of women in art

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posted by Molly Freedenberg

By "brief" I mean 3 minutes. And by "history" I mean 500 years.

Sure, it gets a little tedious after awhile. But tell me that shit isn't cool.

Money for nothing and the booze for free

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By Molly Freedenberg

During the summer of 2000, as a a recent college grad with a lot of desire to drink and only a little money with which to do it, I made a chart of Portland bars’ happy hours, drink specials, and free food nights so I’d always have know where to drink affordably. The chart was divided by day. It was color coded. Read more »

Arrrooo! 'Oceans Thirteen' vs. cougars

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OK, someone has to voice it: was I the only one who detected a whiff of misogyny in the latest three-quel to shamble lazily into our movie theaters, Oceans Thirteen? Read more »

I'm just the mom of an American Soldier

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by Sarah Phelan

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Photo by Sarah Phelan

My son is among the 800 National Guard members deploying to Iraq this summer, which is why I was at Camp Roberts, near Paso Robles, yesterday afternoon, attending the Family Farewell Celebration.
The scene was as representative of California as any I've seen: Brown, black, yellow, and white families, mostly of modest means, judging from the absence of flash cars and flash clothing, and the abundance of baby strollers.
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All hail Air Guitar Nation

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Bang your head and break out your best moves, rockers. Director Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation was one of the sweet, funny, and shockingly heart-warming surprises of the Asian American film fest this year; you get another chance to see it at the Red Vic today, June 7. Read more »

Pop! goes Monterey

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By Molly Freedenberg
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In case you hadn't heard (though you'd have to have spent the past two months on acid to have missed the news by now), this year is the 40th anniversary of just about every major event that defined the music and culture of the 60s. Read more »

Going Bananas at Davis's "Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom"

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By Michael Harkin

ACLU lawyers take note: freedom made its biannual comeback to Yolo County this past Saturday, June 2. It was KDVS’s fifth edition of “Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom,” hosting 16 musical artists in the backyard of Plainfield Station, a biker bar out near Davis.

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Peel out, Bananas. All photos by Michael Harkin. Read more »

Hip to be screwed

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By Deborah Giattina

As always, a trip to the Commonwealth Club proved to be an edifying venture. For last night’s event, Hot Young Sommeliers (that’s pronounced so-mol-yay), the club rounded up three of the aforementioned creatures from the front houses of our city’s finest restaurants.

Now, I don’t know very much about wine, and young is such a relative term, n’est-ce pas? Read more »