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After conducting interviews with each one of the city's 16 mayoral candidates, I've prepared the following quick guide to the race for the top office. Click on the names to hear or read short versions of our conversations. Jeff Adachi – A resident of the city's west side, documentary filmmaker...
Over the last few months, I've had the opportunity to sit down for one-on-one interviews with all of the men and women running for mayor of San Francisco. It's a remarkable race between 16 candidates. They include the interim mayor (Ed Lee), two city supervisors (John Avalos and David Chiu),...
El Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday in which people honor the spirits of those who’ve passed. The holiday is actually celebrated on two days: November 1st is Day of the Innocents, when the souls of children are remembered. And the following day, November 2nd...
As you may have noticed from the piles of candidate flyers that arrive in your mailbox every day, or the swarms of politicians hovering around Muni stops and social protests, it’s election season. SHARMIN BOCK: Hi there, I'm Sharmin Bock, I'm running for DA. Good morning, I'm Sharmin Bock, I'm...
For many of us, the time we spend riding BART or Muni can be one of the least inspiring parts of the day. It’s a time out of time, spent mostly waiting to be somewhere else. Commuters with headphones snake headphones from ear to ear, eyes focused on smartphones and iPads, or on the pages of books...
There are 16 candidates in this year’s San Francisco mayoral race, including two city supervisors and a state senator. There’s an educator, an entrepreneur, and an entertainer. The city’s public defender, city attorney, and assessor recorder. A taxi cab driver, a former nightclub owner, a formerly...
San Francisco boasts a wealth of talented writers, at least one of whom writes children's books. The thing I really love about Daniel Handler – a.k.a. Lemony Snicket – is his gift for taking complicated subjects and simplifying them in an entertaining way, so children (and adults, for that matter)...
BAY AREA BOOK WORLD BREAKING NEWS Occupy Main Street! Now that Occupy Wallstreet has landed in the Bay Area, it’s about time for someone to start an Occupy Main Street movement. And we should therefore begin with a brief statement from an anonymous member of the top 1%: “This country was founded on...
If you take a look at the list of contributors to the San Francisco-based novel, No Rest for the Dead, it reads like a mystery writers’ hall of fame: Jeffrey Deaver, Diana Gabaldon, John Lescoart, Faye Kellerman, R.L. Stine, Alexander McCall Smith, Kathy Reichs, Michael Palmer… All of these writers...
In local artist Brett Amory’s “Waiting” series of paintings, isolated figures inhabit washed out, spare landscapes—solitary people waiting at bus stops and crosswalks, on BART platforms or at the airport. It’s an ongoing series, focused on themes of anticipation, distraction, and the culture of...
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