Wednesday through Saturday nights there's a ready-made date if you want romance without having to think too hard. At $80 a person, it's a package deal between Luce Restaurant (which I've written about more than once) in the Intercontinental Hotel and Top of the Mark. Choose the order - three course dinner or cocktails first - with a cab ride included to the second location. Read more »
Managers at Hotel Frank, who have been sparring with their employees since taking over the financially troubled hotel following a bank foreclosure earlier this year, last week fired an outspoken union organizer on the day after the hotel was targeted by a boisterous picket line. But the employee, longtime bellman Marc Norton, said this transparent effort to intimidate the workers won't work.Read more »
Absinthe is on the move from its initial novelty phase once finally legalized in the US in 2007 into an era where appreciators of fine drink are gaining greater education and refinement on the subject. No, it is not a hallucinogen (more on that in a minute), and no, it's not the artificially sweetened and colored liqueurs flooding the market (but labeled as absinthe). When made as it has been historically, it's a natural, herbal spirit with a rich culture surrounding it. Read more »
Downtown cash is pouring into the district supervisorial races.
Ethics Department filings show that an alliance backed by the Chamber of Commerce, the SF Police Officers Association and United Health Care Workers West is dropping major money on Steve Moss in D10, Scott Wiener in D8 and Theresa Sparks in D6.
Called the “Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth,” the coalition supports the building of a mega-hospital on Cathedral Hill. Read more »
Today Johnny and Tim talk about why Meg Whitman won't recover from her immigration problems -- and whether the roomate who drove a gay college student to suicide should wind up in prison. Listen up after the break. Read more »
Today’s San Francisco Chronicle contains an opinion piece by David Horsey commending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, for taking Texas oil companies Tesoro and Valero to task for attempting to subvert California’s landmark global warming legislation, AB 32. Read more »
Lovevolution's daytime portion may be cancelled this weekend, but that's no reason to sit this one out -- as I wrote this week in Super Ego, there's tons of great Love Weekend events, plus a bunch more happenings. Funz! Read about all the official Lovevolution parties still going on here, and check out the below for even more.
At a Sept. 30 Planning Commission meeting, several commissioners and community members raised concerns that project approval for Parkmerced, a development that will add thousands of new housing units to an existing residential complex, had been scheduled before anyone was really prepared to discuss it. It’s since been pushed back, but the attempt to rush it through drew fire nonetheless. Read more »
With five supervisorial seats open and only one incumbent running, the Labor Council has had a tough time picking the right pro-labor candidates. The easy choices were incumbent Carmen Chu in District 4, with no opposition, and Raphael Mandelman, an exceptionally promising newcomer in District 8. But Janet Reilly in District 2 opposes the Labor Council's revenue measures. In District 6, where long-time activist Deborah Walker has been endorsed, and in District 8, where Malia Cohen and Chris Jackson are #1 and #2, there are a multitude of candidates, many of them labor friendly. It's not an easy year.
Prop. B on San Francisco's November election ballot confronts the city's working people and their unions with an unprecedented challenge. The measure, sponsored by Public Defender Jeff Adachi, would severely weaken public employee unions and undoubtedly lead to other serious attacks on workers and unions in private as well as public employment nationwide.
The proposition is by no means the only dangerously anti-labor measure on the ballot, but it 's the worst from labor's point of view, as it very well should be. It's a prime example of the public-employee bashing that's become a favorite theme in election campaigns everywhere and, if passed, would set a clear national precedent.
Actually, Prop. B might better be described as a pummeling rather than bashing - and one coming, furthermore, just a few months after city employees took a voluntary $250 million pay cut. Prop. B would steeply raise the employees' contributions to their pensions unilaterally and prohibit bargaining on the issue in the future as well. Read more »
I had a blind date with Dixie De La Tour, but I wasn't nervous. If all else failed, at least she would bring stories to tell. And how – De La Tour is the founder and emcee of Bawdy Storytelling, a randy live series with two events next week (Wed/6 and Sat/9) that will bring writers, comedians, and normal folk-like to the stage to share corset-busting sexcapades with an audience of vicarious pervs. Read more »
"This is the gayest thing I've ever done in my life!" laughed my friend Ricky Strawberry as he twirled around and around, unfurling lengths of tie-dyed cloth to Hi-NRG dance tracks from a live DJ in the sunshine. If you know Ricky Strawberry, that's pretty damn sparkly pink unicorn in a rainbow thong bathing under a Splenda waterfall gay. In fact, it was the gayest thing anyone in my pinko posse had ever done, as well, and we had a ball. It was gay, it was amazing, it was gaymazing, and you should do it too.
"99 Poems for the 99 Percent" Contributors read from a new collection that represents "the real America." Poets include Dean Rader, Gillian Conoley, Barbara Berman, Keith Ekiss, Julie Bruck, and Hiya Swanhuyser. 7:30pm, free, Booksmith, 1644 Haight, SF. www.booksmith.com
ATA Lives! - Gallery and screening venue Artists' Television Access marks its 30th anniversary with a month of events honoring a long track record of unique, boundary-pushing, subversive programming. Tonight, the ball gets rolling with a program of works by current and past ATA staffers; tomorrow afternoon, buckle up for a 30-hour marathon curated by Other Cinema programmer and ATA co-founder Craig Baldwin, among others. The weekend closes out with a special edition of Mission Eye & Ear, a live-cinema series that facilitates collaborations between experimental filmmakers and composers. 8pm, $7-10. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF. www.atasite.org
The Sam Chase - "The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful of cigarettes and curse words," according to the unconventional folk band's bio. Singer Sam Chase and his cast of five to seven backup players (on vocals, guitars, strings, horns, percussion, you name it) have been starting dance parties all over the Bay Area for the past half-decade, alternating whiskey-drinkin' party songs with rough-around-the-edges lullabies. Equal parts sweet and salty (and just as addictive as that sounds), with fellow local fave Rin Tin Tiger as an opener, this lineup is a solid choice to kick off the Mission Creek Oakland Music & Arts Festival. 8pm, free. Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. www.mcofest.org
The Bruce Lee Band - Mike Park has been one of the most important figures in the Bay Area music scene since founding ska band Skankin' Pickle in 1989. Since then, he's been in countless other groups, organized the Ska Against Racism tour, and started one of America's most respected DIY labels, Asian Man Records. The Bruce Lee Band is an all-star outlet for Park's musical ambitions, featuring members of several of his former bands in addition to members of MU330 and Bomb the Music Industry! The band has only been active sporadically, so its Bottom of the Hill show is a can't-miss occasion. 9pm, $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, SF. www.bottomofthehill.com
Haight Street Music and Merchants Street Festival - Yep, it's another street fair on Haight — but this brand-new event has a highly local focus, since it's sponsored by neighborhood merchants. Expect three stages of music, kids' activities, a skate ramp, and more. Noon-6pm, free, Haight between Masonic and Stanyan, SF; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rentals - Despite being best known as a Weezer side project (singer Matt Sharp was the early-era bassist for the indie titans), the Rentals have a quietly devoted — and large — fan base of their own, who've been eating up sweet melodies and goofy Moog-heavy tendencies since the band re-formed in 2005. After a slew of well-received EPs, this year's Lost in Alphaville marks the band's first full-length since 1999, and it basically overflows with guest stars — among them, Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney and Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. One should expect to see a slew of diehards at this show, for good reason. With openers Ozma. 8pm, $20. Slim's, 333 11th St, SF. www.slimspresents.com
Rapture, Blister, Burn Aurora Theatre Company opens its 23rd season with Gina Gionfriddo's drama about three generations of women "struggling with feminism's foibles." Tue and Sun, 7pm (also Sun, 2pm); Wed-Sat, 8pm. Through Sept 28. $32-50. Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison, Berk. www.auroratheatre.org