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Pro-Palestine activists marched on Saturday to block an Israeli ship scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland, protesting Gaza violence.
Well over 1,000 protesters marched from the West Oakland BART station to the port to block the Zim Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Services, Ltd., from docking and unloading its goods. As of last night the ILWU respected the Block the Boat picket line. A police line met the protesters when they arrived.Read more »
We Guardianistas aren’t just tethered to our keyboards, writing stories for our weekly print and daily online editions. We’re also working the microphones at public events and online broadcast outlets on a regular basis, including our biweely Alternative Ink show on BFF.fm.Read more »
Editor’s Note: Aug. 19 marks the Bay Area Global Health Film Festival, hosted by the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The theme of this year’s festival is “Road Traffic Safety Locally … and Globally,” and is geared toward raising awareness about the need for road traffic safety improvements. In this opinion piece, representatives from the University of California at San Francisco Orthopaedic Trauma Institute, at San Francisco General Hospital, describe how all-too-common accidents can permanently injure pedestrians and bicyclists. And they voice support for Proposition A, the San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond.
By Amber Caldwell and Nick Arlas
San Francisco is a transit-first city. Everyone shares the need to get safely from point A to point B, preferably quickly. And the various options for doing so span the full spectrum from driving, biking, and walking, to public transit like MUNI and Bart, rideshare programs, taxis, and companies like Uber and Lyft.
As we go about our daily lives, transportation is one of the most important public infrastructure systems that San Francisco relies upon. It encompasses many controversial issues and is linked to other social equity campaigns including housing advocacy and urban gentrification.
My earliest memories of Candlestick are formative ones. Like any Bay Area kid who cut her baseball teeth on Giants games at the notoriously frigid stadium, I thought every family prepared for sporting events by piling on 17 strategic layers and stuffing their car full of sleeping bags and other accoutrements that could double as equipment for scaling Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more »
Outside of the multiplex this week, don't miss Midnites for Maniacs curator (and Guardian contributor) Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' very special tribute to William Lustig at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Exploitation icon Lustig will appear in person to chat about his films, and they're screening the entire Maniac Cop trilogy ... so why haven't you gotten ticketsyet?
Also, check out the Turkish Film Festival, which runs August 19-21 at the Embarcadero and screens new films from Turkey for free! You can reserve seats here.
Meanwhile, Hollywood would like to remind you that age ain't nothing but a number (The Expendables 3), that feelings are important (The Giver), and that not all cops are evil (Let's Be Cops, which technically is about fake cops). Reviews, trailers, and more below!
Michael Brown's death at the hands of Ferguson police is an all too familiar scenario for Bay Area residents. Oakland and San Francisco lost two of their own, Oscar Grant and Alex Nieto, at the hands of local police.
But as hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza took part in the National Moment of Silence in honor of Brown, that quiet was disrupted by the loud chop-chop-chop of a helicopter hovering directly overhead. Read more »
An unseasonably warm afternoon breeze wafted the scent of burning sage over Duboce Park yesterday, as a crowd of 200 or so mourners joined hands in a giant prayer circle to celebrate the life of Feather -- the Radical Faerie community member found beaten nearby on Sunday morning.
Chimes rang in the sunshine, and colorful swaths of cloth twirled from a makeshift altar, heaped with flowers, perched atop the park's central hill. A large, iridescent feather stood up from the grass.
At a meeting lasting about four hours last night [Wed/13], the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, the steering committee of the city’s Democratic Party, decided on its endorsements for the Nov. 4 election.Read more »
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) joined Mayor Ed Lee at a press conference yesterday [Tue 12] at Yerba Buena across from the construction site of a Central Subway station. It was billed as an event highlighting how “San Francisco has been in the lead” on creating middle-class jobs, investing in transportation, and ensuring fair wages for workers.
But as these words in the press advisory leapt out at us, we at the Bay Guardian responded with raised eyebrows. Really? It has?Read more »
A California appellate court issued a ruling this week [Mon/11] opening up San Francisco Police Department personnel files to prosecutors, who then must disclose to defense attorneys when officers have criminal or other misconduct issues that may affect their credibility when testifying during trials. Read more »
Waves of Central American child refugees are landing in San Francisco, fleeing violence in their home countries. A growing number of supporters are lending aid, and now the San Francisco Unified School District is the newest group to join the cause.
Last night [Tues/12], the SFUSD Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to bolster services in city public schools for child refugees fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.Read more »
While hordes of people were packed into Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands Aug. 9, the all-American quasi-collective known as Snarky Puppy made the walls of the SF Jazz Center made ring with their particular frequencies of jazzy, instrumental fusion.Read more »
"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; email@example.com
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