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BEST OF THE BAY 2014 READERS POLL IS HERE http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming <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/calavera_mariachi.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Our 40th annual Best of the Bay issue is coming Oct. 15!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px;">This year's theme is Dia de los Muertos, in celebration of true Bay Area spirit.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20px;"> </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Best of the Bay 2014 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:43:26 +0000 admin 31167 at http://www.sfbg.com No thanks, Bono http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/no-thanks-bono <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Three new albums that should magically appear on your iPod in place of <em>Songs of Innocence</em></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/4851-music_leftdial_KarenO.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:esilvers@sfbg.com">esilvers@sfbg.com </a></p> <p><strong>LEFT OF THE DIAL</strong> Amid all the geeky hyperventilating last week about the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, U2 — the Irish rock giants by whom the announcement of new music inspires roughly the same level of excitement as a new flavor of seasonal, sugar-free Starbucks latte, and among the same demographic — tried to pull a Beyonce by dropping a new album out of nowhere. For free!<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/no-thanks-bono"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="325" height="275" alt="Caption here (*required)" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/4851-music_leftdial_KarenO_0.jpg?1410940992" /> </div> </div> </div> Music Volume 48, Issue 51 Emma Silvers Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:03:14 +0000 Emma Silvers 31298 at http://www.sfbg.com Waltz work http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/waltz-work <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Tarantino's muse can't save Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'</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/4851-film_zerotheorem.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend">Your skin makes me cry: Waltz and Thierry play an almost-couple. <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO COURTESY OF AMPLIFY RELEASING</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <P><a href="mailto:cheryl@sfbg.com">cheryl@sfbg.com</a> <span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/waltz-work"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Film Review Volume 48, Issue 51 Terry Gilliam The Zero Theorem Cheryl Eddy Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:53:26 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31297 at http://www.sfbg.com New doc spotlights the musical wanderings of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/new-doc-spotlights-musical-wanderings-arhoolie-records-founder-chris-strachwitz <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/4851-film_mousemusic_ChrisStrachwitz.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend">Yesterday and today: Mance Lipscomb and Chris Strachwitz; the Pine Leaf Boys <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARGOT PICTURES</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="line-height: 20px;"><strong>By Nicole Gluckstern</strong></span></p> <p><a href="mailto:arts@sfbg.com">arts@sfbg.com </a></p> <p><strong>FILM</strong> In an early scene from Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon's documentary on the life and musical obsessions of their mutual friend Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records, we see Strachwitz behind the wheel of his car, struggling to explain the common thread that joins his wide-ranging musical tastes, from country blues to Cajun Zydeco to bordertown conjunto.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/new-doc-spotlights-musical-wanderings-arhoolie-records-founder-chris-strachwitz"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Film Review Volume 48, Issue 51 Documentaries Gosling and Simon Music Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:47:51 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31296 at http://www.sfbg.com The Organ Master http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/organ-master <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/4851-ego.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:marke@sfbg.com">marke@sfbg.com </a></p> <p><strong>SUPER EGO/SEX ISSUE</strong> "My dilemma is that I have to perform at Symphony Hall smack in the middle of Folsom Street Fair," cosmically talented and fantastically flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter told me over the phone from Berlin. "Now, I could show up drunk and a bit roughed up to perform, or I could sneak out right after my part is done. Neither seem quite optimal. Let's just say I will make an appearance of some sort."<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/organ-master"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Super Ego Volume 48, Issue 51 Marke B. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:38:08 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31295 at http://www.sfbg.com Stream of movement http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/stream-movement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Liss Fain turns to Faulkner for 'The Imperfect is Our Paradise'</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/4851-dance.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend">Imperfect communicates with its intelligence, clarity of purpose, and rich, tight choreography <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO BY RJ MUNA</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:arts@sfbg.com">arts@sfbg.com </a><span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/stream-movement"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="325" height="275" alt="Caption here (*required)" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/4851-dance_0.jpg?1410939042" /> </div> </div> </div> Dance Volume 48, Issue 51 Dance Faulkner Imperfect Rita Felciano Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:30:46 +0000 Rita Felciano 31294 at http://www.sfbg.com Water with a price tag http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/water-price-tag <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Prop. 1 opponents line up against funding for new dams</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:Rebecca@sfbg.com">Rebecca@sfbg.com </a></p> <p>At the tail end of a dry, dusty summer, California continues to weather the effects of an extraordinary drought.</p> <p>Wildfires have swept through forestlands in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Mendocino County, and near Yosemite recently, making for smoky skies and glaring red sunsets. Meanwhile, shrinking reservoirs have prompted the state to issue formal crackdowns on watering lawns and washing cars.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/water-price-tag"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> News Volume 48, Issue 51 dams Water Rights Rebecca Bowe Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:18:35 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31293 at http://www.sfbg.com Reform BART's approach to labor http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/17/reform-barts-approach-labor <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="line-height: 20px;"><strong>By Christina Olague</strong></span></p> <p><strong>OPINION</strong> If BART is part of your daily commute, you know how critical a reliable system is to Bay Area working people. If you don't ride BART, all you have to do it think about all the cars that the system keeps off the road every day.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/17/reform-barts-approach-labor"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Opinion Volume 48, Issue 51 BART BART strike Christina Olague Labor Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:13:12 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31292 at http://www.sfbg.com Bridge the housing-Muni divide http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/16/bridge-housing-muni-divide <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>EDITORIAL</strong> One the most frustrating political conflicts in San Francisco this election season is the schism between sustainable transportation activists and affordable housing advocates, a split that unnecessarily divides the progressive movement and one that has been cynically manipulated by the Mayor's Office and its political allies.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/16/bridge-housing-muni-divide"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Editorial Volume 48, Issue 51 Affordable Housing BART MUNI Progressive Politics Guardian Editorial Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:59:16 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31291 at http://www.sfbg.com Deadly gamble http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/16/deadly-gamble <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Local media stoked BART's dangerous union-bashing strategy, new report finds</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="/sites/default/files/dynimagecache/0-11-600-278-540-250/BART_helmet_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="250" /><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:540px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend">A BART helmet right near the site of the accident that killed two transit workers.</div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:joe@sfbg.com">joe@sfbg.com </a></p> <p>As BART management and unions were locked in dysfunctional contract negotiations that would result in two strikes and two deaths last year, the district and the media scoffed at workers safety concerns and waged a media campaign demonizing the unions. Now, a new report commissioned by the district calls that strategy a horrible mistake.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/16/deadly-gamble"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="338" alt="Caption here (*required)" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/BART_helmet_1.jpg?1410937030" /> </div> </div> </div> News Volume 48, Issue 51 BART BART strike San Francisco Chronicle Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:57:19 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31290 at http://www.sfbg.com Still not sharing http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/16/still-not-sharing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sub-head"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Airbnb slammed at city hearing for not paying taxing or cooperating with proposed regulations</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/4851-news_airbnb.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="mailto:news@sfbg.com">news@sfbg.com </a></p> <p>As controversial legislation to legalize and regulate Airbnb and other short-term housing rental services operating in San Francisco headed for another contentious City Hall hearing on Sept. 15, the San Francisco Treasurer &amp; Tax Collector's Office quietly unveiled new policies and mechanisms for hosts to finally start paying long-overdue local taxes on their rentals.<span class="read-more"><a href="/2014/09/16/still-not-sharing"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="325" height="275" alt="Caption here (*required)" src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/4851-news_airbnb_0.jpg?1410936664" /> </div> </div> </div> News Volume 48, Issue 51 Air BNB Emily Dugdale Tech Steven T. Jones Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:48:56 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31289 at http://www.sfbg.com Supervisor Mar calls for more bike access on Muni http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/16/supervisor-mar-calls-more-bike-access-muni <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="/sites/default/files/dynimagecache/257-0-1183-1000-325-275/MuniBikes.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275" /><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"> <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO BY MIKE KOOZMIN</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>With racks that can hold only two bikes on the front of most Muni buses, and no bike access on Muni's light rail fleet, Sup. Eric Mar is calling on Muni to look at improving its bike-access. At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, he called for a hearing to explore what can be done to address the problem.</p> <p>"<span style="line-height: normal;">We’re looking at expanding the capacity of Muni for those that ride their bikes," Mar told the board. </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/16/supervisor-mar-calls-more-bike-access-muni"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Bicycles Bikes MUNI Supervisor Eric Mar Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:05:23 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31288 at http://www.sfbg.com Locals only: Split Screens http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/16/locals-only-split-screens <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/split%20screens.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">Split Screens hit Bottom of the Hill Sat/20 for their LP release show.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> There's something overwhelmingly dreamlike about Jessie Cafiero's songwriting, to the point that it makes a listener feel like they're sleepwalking: The ebbs and flows of cinematic, orchestral pop conjure a surreal sense of nearly floating around one's city. It's not surprising, then, to hear that the singer-guitarist often draws inspiration from walking around these foggy hills of ours. <span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/16/locals-only-split-screens"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Locals Only Split Screens Emma Silvers Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:39:38 +0000 Emma Silvers 31287 at http://www.sfbg.com Grassroots campaigns work to counter the influence of big donors http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/16/grassroots-campaigns-work-counter-influence-big-donors <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/no%20gridlock%20campaign_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="391" height="216"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">No on L hosts a fundraiser this evening.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Big money is pouring into a few campaign committees for the fall election, with <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2014/07/22/big-sodas-big-money">Big Soda targeting the soda tax</a>, <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/09/realtors-give-600000-defeat-anti-speculation-tax">Realtors gunning for the anti-speculation tax</a>, and the Fisher family last week giving $500,000 to <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/07/24/sf-voters-weigh-beach-chalet-turf-war">promote artificial turf playing fields</a> in SF (Yes on I, No on H), <a href="http://www.sfethics.org/ethics/2013/12/november-4-2014-election-campaign-finance-dashboards.html#">according to campaign filings</a>. But low-budget grassroots campaigns are still having a strong presence at public events like the Sept. 14 Sunday Streets in Western Addition. <span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/16/grassroots-campaigns-work-counter-influence-big-donors"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Displacement Election 2014 Kids Transportation Steven T. Jones Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:59:01 +0000 steven 31286 at http://www.sfbg.com Toronto International Film Festival report: in defense of the long, long movie http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/16/toronto-international-film-festival-report-defense-long-long-movie <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_Width_545_wide/fromwhat.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="250"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:540px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Lav Diaz's <em>From What Is Before</em></div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"><em>The unstoppable&nbsp;Jesse Hawthorne Ficks keeps his eyes open 24/7 through another Toronto International Film Festival, and lives to tell the tale (but shares no spoilers!) Read on for the first in several reports back from the 39th TIFF.</em></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Starting on a high note: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's <em>Winter Sleep</em> (Turkey/France/Germany) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, so it arrived in Toronto with its share of hype. I can report <em>Sleep</em> is the director's funniest and most satisfying film to date. That said, it does run 196 minutes, and more than a few critics walked out early, which poses an ever-important question about the current trend toward slow-moving, observational, and meditative narratives: Who's actually watching 'em?&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/16/toronto-international-film-festival-report-defense-long-long-movie"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Lav Diaz Nuri Bilge Ceylan TIFF 2014 Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Jesse Hawthorne Ficks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:50:59 +0000 cheryl 31285 at http://www.sfbg.com