San Francisco Bay Guardian - Essential Bay Area News, Politics, Arts, and Culture http://www.sfbg.com/ en American landscapes: a review of SF native Sean Wilsey's essay collection, 'More Curious' http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/20/american-landscapes-review-sf-native-sean-wilseys-essay-collection-more-curi <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/seanwilsey.jpg" alt="" title="" width="343" height="500"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Midway through the introduction to <em>More Curious </em>(McSweeney's Books, 342 pp., $22), his recently-published collection of essays from the last 15 years, Sean Wilsey (who appears at the Booksmith Thu/21) reveals his quest to combine the styles of Thomas Pynchon and New Yorker legend Joseph Mitchell — paranoia and precision, respectively.</p> <p>The introduction itself is a joyfully meta attempt at this very task. The 20-odd pages of often non-sequitorial rumination about the aforementioned authors, the triviality of the 1990s, and the first Obama election can be mistaken as “formless while still astonishingly informative” or “so intricately constructed and fact-filled that the form is too complex to be instantly identified.” The happy reality of all of Wilsey’s essays is somewhere between these two perceptions.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/08/20/american-landscapes-review-sf-native-sean-wilseys-essay-collection-more-curi"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> book review Booksmith David Kurlander Lit Sean Wilsey Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:57:49 +0000 cheryl 31150 at http://www.sfbg.com Hump day music news: The Masonic gets a facelift, that dancey new Toro y Moi side project, and more http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2014/08/20/hump-day-music-news-masonic-gets-facelift-dancey-new-toro-y-moi-side-project-and-mo <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Upper%20View%20Final.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">An artist's rendering of you and all your computer-generated friends having fun at the new Masonic.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO/LIVE NATION</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>-- The venue formerly known as the Nob Hill Masonic Center will re-open next month as "<a href="http://www.livenation.com/venues/14758/the-masonic" target="_blank">The Masonic</a>," a 3,300-seat music venue booked by Live Nation (as it was before), with new bars, food options, and a state-of-the-art sound system, after spending much of 2014 under construction. The lineup of shows so far has some pretty big hitters, with the Pixies, Broken Bells, Modest Mouse, and, um, Hall &amp; Oates taking the stage in the coming months. <span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/08/20/hump-day-music-news-masonic-gets-facelift-dancey-new-toro-y-moi-side-project-and-mo"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Joanna Gruesome Masonic Stone Foxes Toro Y Moi Emma Silvers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:24:49 +0000 Emma Silvers 31149 at http://www.sfbg.com SFPD still searching for man who beat Feather; memorial fund set up http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/08/20/sfpd-still-searching-man-who-beat-feather-memorial-fund-set <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/feathernoe2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">The Noe lemonade stand paid tribute to Feather last week.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>There have been no new developments in the case of Feather, aka Bryan Higgins, the Radical Faerie <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/08/14/scenes-faerie-farewell" target="_blank">who was found beaten near Duboce Park</a>, and who later died at SF General.&nbsp;</p> <p>Feather was found around 7:30am on Sunday, Aug. 10 near Church and Duboce streets. Police are still looking for a white man in his 20s or 30s wearing a grey hoodie at the time of the attack. Police are reviewing camera footage which supposedly contains images of the attack, but have yet to release the footage to the public.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/08/20/sfpd-still-searching-man-who-beat-feather-memorial-fund-set"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Feather Radical Faeries Violence Marke B. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:22 +0000 admin 31148 at http://www.sfbg.com Patsy Cline Tribute with Joni Morris at Vallejo’s Historic Empress Theatre http://www.sfbg.com/promo/2014/08/20/patsy-cline-tribute-joni-morris-vallejo%E2%80%99s-historic-empress-theatre <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Empress-Theatre-Joni-Morris-Patsy-Cline-Tribute.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: #222222;"><span style="font-size: 12.222222328186035px; line-height: normal;">Joni Morris and her stellar band bring to life the music of Patsy Cline at the beautiful, century-old historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo for a night of legendary music in a majestic setting.</span></span><span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/08/20/patsy-cline-tribute-joni-morris-vallejo%E2%80%99s-historic-empress-theatre"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:02:09 +0000 Guardian Promo 31147 at http://www.sfbg.com We're draining the swamp: No more comments at SFBG.com, at least for now http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/08/20/were-draining-swamp-no-more-comments-sfbgcom-least-now <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/troll.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>There’s a tipping point between constructive criticism and destructive disparagement, and when the latter category is layered with an onslaught of spam from spellcasters, solicitors, and scammers — well, those scales have now tipped for us at the Bay Guardian. We’ve decided to indefinitely suspend comments on SFBG.com.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/08/20/were-draining-swamp-no-more-comments-sfbgcom-least-now"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Trolls Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:18:01 +0000 steven 31146 at http://www.sfbg.com Sixth at the Syc http://www.sfbg.com/2014/08/19/sixth-syc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>THE WEEKNIGHTER </strong>Contemplating change -- and not-change -- with High Lifes at the Sycamore&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/4847-food_weeknighter.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Straddling worlds at The Sycamore</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">GUARDIAN PHOTO BY JESSICA CHRISTIAN</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:culture@sfbg.com">culture@sfbg.com</a><span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/08/19/sixth-syc"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Food & Drink Volume 48, Issue 47 Bars Food and Drink The Sycamore The Weeknighter Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:01:14 +0000 Kate Conger 31145 at http://www.sfbg.com Gimme a kiss http://www.sfbg.com/2014/08/19/gimme-kiss <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>TABLEHOPPING</strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px;">From late-night bibimbap to calzones for lunch and affordable thali plate feasting, you're covered.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/4847-food_tablehopper.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">The Tarragon Collins and Mumbai Mule at new Mission bar ABV (3174 16th St, SF. www.abvsf.com)</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO BY TABLEHOPPER.COM</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:culture@sfbg.com">culture@sfbg.com</a><span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/08/19/gimme-kiss"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Food & Drink Volume 48, Issue 47 ABV Beso Food and Drink Hog & Rocks Tablehopping TwoFish Baking Company Udupi Palace Woodward's Graden Marcia Gagliardi Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:58:50 +0000 Kate Conger 31144 at http://www.sfbg.com This Week's Picks: August 20 - 26, 2014 http://www.sfbg.com/listing/2014/08/19/weeks-picks-august-20-26-2014 <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Power of pup positivity</p> <p>WEDNESDAY/20</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<span class="read-more"><a href="/listing/2014/08/19/weeks-picks-august-20-26-2014"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> This Week's Picks Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:55:47 +0000 Kate Conger 31143 at http://www.sfbg.com Rep Clock: August 20 - 26, 2014 http://www.sfbg.com/listing/2014/08/19/rep-clock-august-20-26-2014 <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Schedules are for Wed/20-Tue/26 except where noted. Director and year are given when available. Double and triple features marked with a •. All times pm unless otherwise specified.</p> <p><strong>ANSWER COALITION </strong>2969 24th St, SF; <a href="http://www.answersf.org">www.answersf.org</a>. $5-10 donation. <strong>A Good Day to Die </strong>(Mueller and Salt, 2010), Fri, 7. With film subject and American Indian Movement (AIM) co-founder Dennis Banks in person.<span class="read-more"><a href="/listing/2014/08/19/rep-clock-august-20-26-2014"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Rep Clock Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:54:46 +0000 Kate Conger 31142 at http://www.sfbg.com Psychic Dream Astrology: August 20 - 26, 2014 http://www.sfbg.com/listing/2014/08/19/psychic-dream-astrology-august-20-26-2014 <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>ARIES</p> <p>March 21-April 19</p> <p>Get 'er done, Aries. It's the time to clear the air, finish the job, or start something new. You have the wind at your back and favor smiling upon you, so don't waste these good vibes with inactivity! You are in an excellent position to make things happen, so be bold, honest, and proactive for best results.</p> <p>TAURUS</p> <p>April 20-May 20<span class="read-more"><a href="/listing/2014/08/19/psychic-dream-astrology-august-20-26-2014"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Astrology Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:46 +0000 Kate Conger 31141 at http://www.sfbg.com Live Shots: SF Street Food Fest fills us up quickly http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/19/live-shots-sf-street-food-fest-fills-us-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-gallery-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14okone.jpg?1408487476" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="960" height="1279" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14salmon.jpg?1408487510" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14delsur.jpg?1408487309" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14delsur2.jpg?1408487322" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14momos.jpg?1408487335" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14piroshki.jpg?1408487501" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14phorockpaperscissors.jpg?1408487490" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_gallery_image" width="1279" height="960" alt="" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/sfsff14crowd.jpg?1408487167" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>The weather was gorgeous, the lines weren't too long, and the people were friendly -- and hungry -- at the sixth annual <a href="http://www.sfstreetfoodfest.com/" target="_blank">SF Street Food Festival</a> last Saturday.</p> <p>About those shorter lines, though -- that meant we had access to pretty much any food we wanted in less than 10 minutes! (Except for the ever-popular <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/specials/best-bay-2013-best-bun-noodlin" target="_blank">ramenburger from Nombe</a>, the line for which stretched almost the length of a block.) Uh oh, we were faced with unlimited choices, too many for our stomachs to bear, try as we might. And we might!</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/08/19/live-shots-sf-street-food-fest-fills-us-quickly"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Food and Drink La Cocina Live Shots SF Street Food Festival Marke B. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:52:01 +0000 admin 31140 at http://www.sfbg.com Theater Listings: August 20 - 26, 2014 http://www.sfbg.com/listing/2014/08/19/theater-listings-august-20-26-2014 <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Stage listings are compiled by Guardian staff. Performance times may change; call venues to confirm. Reviewers are Robert Avila, Rita Felciano, and Nicole Gluckstern. Submit items for the listings at <a href="mailto:listings@sfbg.com">listings@sfbg.com</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">THEATER</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">OPENING</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/listing/2014/08/19/theater-listings-august-20-26-2014"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Stage Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:51:50 +0000 Kate Conger 31139 at http://www.sfbg.com Film Listings: August 20 - 26, 2014 http://www.sfbg.com/listing/2014/08/19/film-listings-august-20-26-2014 <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Film listings are edited by Cheryl Eddy. Reviewers are Kimberly Chun, Dennis Harvey, Lynn Rapoport, and Sara Maria Vizcarrondo. For rep house showtimes, see Rep Clock.</p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: large;">OPENING</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/listing/2014/08/19/film-listings-august-20-26-2014"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Film Reviews Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:47:17 +0000 Kate Conger 31138 at http://www.sfbg.com Summer sounds http://www.sfbg.com/2014/08/19/summer-sounds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>New releases from bands that call the Bay home</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/4847-music_sounds_GoodnightTexas.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Goodnight, Texas</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>THE FRAIL</strong><em>&nbsp;</em><br /><strong><em>LoveDeathLegend</em></strong><span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/08/19/summer-sounds"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Music Volume 48, Issue 47 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:45:31 +0000 Kate Conger 31137 at http://www.sfbg.com 20th street soul http://www.sfbg.com/2014/08/19/20th-street-soul <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Noise Pop's 2nd annual shindig-in-the-streets features Myron &amp; E, dumplings, everything else good</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/4847-music_leftdial.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Myron & E play Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party Sat/23</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO BY WILLIAM PERLS</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:esilvers@sfbg.com">esilvers@sfbg.com</a><span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/08/19/20th-street-soul"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Music Features Volume 48, Issue 47 Left of the Dial Music Features Music Festival Myron & E Noise Pop Emma Silvers Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:44:26 +0000 Emma Silvers 31136 at http://www.sfbg.com