On the fifth floor of a building in Chinatown salty porridge, fried pastry, and oranges were being passed for at a special Women's Day meeting of the Chinese Progressive Association. Of course, the day itself is Tuesday, but as member Wen Lan Rong told me (through an interpreter), in China the holiday is a much bigger deal: women often get the day off work to go out to special meals or outings with their lady friends. Staff and volunteers passed out roses and folic acid vitamins to the females in the room, but the morning played host to a discussion of a campaign that, if successful, could be a much more substantial way of honoring women in our society: the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and attendant legislative drive.
Foodies, take note. If you like offal, Malaysian food, or adventurous eating, there's a "secret" offal menu through Blackboard Eats. Sign up for the Betelnut special on March 8th only. You'll get a passcode to give to your waiter at the restaurant during any dinner until May 8th. Read more »
Sexy, sultry Gitane had me at “hello” when it opened over two years ago. There is no other place in SF with quite its seductive charm. (In the neighboring alley to Gitane’s Claude Lane, Irish Bank is a festive, beer-soaked hang-out.) Gitane lures you into its tiny space with sherry cocktails and Spanish-Moroccan food. Read more »
How long does it take to tell 10 contestants that they're in and 14 that they might have to go home? Particularly when there are no real surprises and pretty much everyone knows what's going to happen? Wait! I just did it! About 11 seconds!Read more »
In today's episode, Johnny Angel and Johnny Venom talk about the Supreme Court, free speech, the asshole Fred Phelps -- and why we have to stand up for the rights of people to be really, really obnoxious. Listen after the jump. Read more »
(Jess Brownell is a freelance writer in Milwaukee who keeps a sharp eye on job-creating events in Madison, Wisconsin.)
According to our new Governor, Scott Walker, his budget – which includes big tax breaks for the private sector and strips public employees and teachers of their collective bargaining rights – will engender a business climate that will soon produce 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin. Right now the outcome remains uncertain. The battle is on, and after the battle the war will continue. Yet who can argue with the need for jobs? And what state couldn’t use 250,000 new ones? So in the interest of fairness, let us put aside our differences for a moment and peer into this rosy future . . .
(The Governor of Wisconsin and an aide are showing a prospective factory site to a manufacturer who is considering moving his production facility to Wisconsin.) Read more »
The political season is definitely upon us, and despite all the sunny statements coming from mayoral hopefuls, I predict is going to get ugly. One gauge was the split reactions to my stories on David Chiugetting into the mayor race and how his belief that “there's always common ground” to be attained on big issues will be tested this year.Read more »
The decision by San Francisco prosecutors to drop a drug case that involved four of six plainclothes officers currently under investigation for illegally raiding residential hotel rooms and then lying about the busts in police reports, came one day after the Public Defender’s Office released videos that contradicted police reports in two separate cases. And it’s thrown another curve ball into the D.A.’s race, which veered into weird and uncharted territory the minute former Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed the city’s top cop George Gascón as SF’s next D.A.Read more »
The Chronicle's got a story today about how Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's personal investments and earnings, documented in an economic disclosure form released by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), make him a lot richer than his boss, Gov. Jerry Brown.
The form also discloses travel payments and gifts Newsom received in 2010, which makes for some interesting reading. For one, San Francisco's former mayor evidently received a very expensive pen (made by Louis Vuitton and valued at $398) last year from this guy. Read more »
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>>MONKEY MAN We can count on one hand the email newsletters we get that are an actual thrill to see sitting unopened in our inbox, and Kirk Lombard's is one of them. Lombard knows every. Thing. There is to know about Bay Area fishes (he's a world champion monkeyface eel fisherman and runs urban angling classes outta ForageSF that are an absolute gas to attend): identifying them, catching them sustainably, eating them, respecting their majesty. He's got a dope blog, but his recent March newsletter clued us into these aquatic happenings: the spirinchus starski is jumpin', California halibut season is starting (rent a kayak, Lombard says, for optimal fishing of these guys), and a list of items you might not guess would make servicible monkeyface eel fishing poles: a paint-roller extender or golf course flag. Read more »
MUSIC How do you know spring is coming in San Francisco? Trusty Mission venue El Rio starts throbbing once a month to the sweet soul sounds of yesteryear, and a hot, youthful crowd of queer dancers (and friends) floods the spacious patio to capacity. Although there are many parties in the city that cater specifically to gay men, Hard French is one of a handful that has built a successful formula on welcoming everyone — lusty femmes, trans jocks, DIY freaks, fairy stoners, vinyl junkies — while staying true to its spirit of retro-tune vitality and lean toward old-school R&B.Read more »