OK, true confessions: I attended Punahou school in Honolulu, Hawaii - and I hated it. But seriously, Barack Obama is doing more than blowing my mind with his performance as a candidate - I'm also having to rethink my dreaded junior high and high school years at this elite prep institution that essentially catered to the islands' missionary/colonist spawn and the wealthy. Read more »
Jason Schwartz, founder of a digital music label called Robber Baron Music, and Randy Saaf, the founding CEO of an internet piracy prevention technology company called MediaDefender, Inc, discussed the conflicting viewpoints of the record labels and millions of music consumers. Read more »
I'm not convinced that the web is breaking down boundaries. At the SXSW Interactive Media conference there was a sea of iPhone engaged people who represent the first generation to really harness the experience of growing up with the web and bring it to the business realm. Those who have been the most successful have achieved web fame status. Read more »
Culture editor Molly Freedenberg hits SXSW for the first time to explore the festival's extracurricular aspects. For Music Editor Kimberly Chun's take on SXSW's tunes, click here.
Yes, I’m a music fanatic, but I’m no music geek – and certainly no expert. I love the music I love in the simplest, purest way, as a child who grew up on the Stones and the Beatles and associates rock’n’roll with love and breakfast and spontaneous living room dance parties. Read more »
What? You haven't seen "Girls Rock! The Movie" yet? It's a documentary about a rock n’ roll camp in Portland Oregon that teaches young girls how to overcome oppression, fight off attackers, and most importantly how to rock! Read more »
What would make me want to spend a year of my life living in Concord?
Cheap rent. ($350/month to live with said person I loved, and another roommate.)
Bomb-ass Mexican food.
I am about to say a very controversial thing: I have yet to eat a truly good burrito in the city. I have been up and down Mission, up and down Valencia, and to El Beach Burrito by my house in the Sunset, and found nothing but decent -- bordering on good -- burritos. I am not impressed. Read more »
The best brunch in the city isn’t at J’s Pots of Soul or Boogaloos, my friends. It’s at the Legion of Honor, that elegant neoclassical building perched high atop foggy Land’s End (so Hitchcockian), during the press preview for the Legion’s Annie Leibovitz exhibit. (There is a Sunday brunch for the masses, but I doubt you get your own nametag – or a chat with Ms. Leibovitz -- at that one.) A pyramid of martini glasses held fresh fruit salad garnished with sprigs of mint. Read more »