Welcome to the November 2014 edition of a decades-long Bay Guardian tradition: the Clean Slate.
The following is a result of many hours of endorsement interviews with candidates and ballot measure proponents and opponents, along with additional research to arrive at our picks, some involving difficult decisions.
Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony, aka one of the highly funky and highly promising Bay Area bands in this year's On the Rise issue — aka the only band that's ever issued the descriptors "Adventure Rock™" or "Mary Poppins meets Weezer" or "Freddie Mercury and Tom Waits in a cliff-diving competition" or "Danny Elfman making out with Indiana Jones while they play Dungeons & Dragons" when asked to define their sound for a news publication — just brought us this new video for their tune "I Need Your Help," off last June's 7-inch (c/w "Like a Metaphor For Sex"). Read more »
There are many things for sale in the beautiful city of San Francisco – often times with the goods going to the highest bidder. But what is certain in the community is that there are goods that are not for sale: Mission Playground being one of them. But this is all much bigger and much more nuanced than just Mission Playground.Read more »
Advocates for sustainable transportation and affordable housing in San Francisco — who have been pitted against each other in this election — discussed their differences and found some common ground for a post-election agenda during a community forum last night [Thu/9] hosted by the Bay Guardian and San Francisco Transit Riders Union.Read more »
FINALLY, clever, retro-styled thriller The Guest is here. Check out our interview with the filmmakers and star here, and then go see The Guest this weekend. You're welcome.
After you've TCB in that regard, you might also want to check out sleek new Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January(review here), family drama The Judge (interview with the director here), or journalism thriller Kill the Messenger. How to decide? Read on for reviews of these and even more films, plus trailers.
I always enjoy seeing fellow journalists and their work celebrated in a Hollywood blockbuster such as Kill the Messenger, which opens tomorrow. It’s even more exciting when that journalist is someone that one knows and admires, as I did the film’s protagonist, the late Gary Webb, author of the explosive “Dark Alliance” series connecting the CIA to cocaine trafficking in the ‘80s and early ‘90s.Read more »
The race for BART board of directors in the upcoming November election has been highly contested this year. As we previously reported, incumbent James Fang faces a challenge from investor and former solar company entrepreneur Nicholas Josefowitz, a Harvard graduate in his early 30s.Read more »
Taking the sounds of traditional rockabilly, blues, and jazz and giving them an injection of her own infectious energy and style, Irish chanteuse Imelda May can make listeners swoon at a ballad or jump up to the searing rockers that pepper her excellent new album, Tribal (Verve), which was released last month here in the United States.Read more »
The courtroom saga between City College of San Francisco and its accreditors reached a new milestone yesterday [Wed/8] , as Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected the accreditors' motion to dimiss the City Attorney's Office's case against the decision to close the college, yet again.
Like Charlie Brown's decades-long effort to kick the football from Lucy's hands, the accreditors keep trying to get the case dismissed and they keep failing.Read more »
The head of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey, has announced that he will step down once his term comes to an end in December.
As the scandal of inappropriate emails between high-ranking CPUC officials and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives continues to grow, more and more people have called for Peevey to be fired. Read more »
Joel and Ethan Coen have been creating films for 30 years, dating back to their still-stunning, low-budget debut, neo-noir Blood Simple (1984); it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1985. They followed with the screwball satire Raising Arizona (1987), which contains a pair of timeless (and quotable) performances by Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter.
And yet the Coens' next three films lost millions: the tough-nosed noir Miller's Crossing (1990), the darker-than-black comedy Barton Fink (1991), and their surprisingly enjoyable ode to Frank Capra, The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). Luckily, their brilliant mid-Western Fargo (1996) followed, winning them an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a trophy for Frances McDormand (Joel's partner in crime) for Best Actress.
Even more internal Pacific Gas & Electric Co. emails – this time flagged by activists focused on safety concerns at a nuclear power plant – raise new questions about the company's tactics of manipulating the state regulatory process.Read more »