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Training alone won’t end implicit bias
Apr 20 • 5 min
When I watched the video of two African American men getting arrested last week at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, I thought of the times I’d visited the coffeehouse chain, asking — like the men — to use the bathroom. Sometimes I bought a drink on the way…
There’s no escape when it comes to family
Apr 19 • 5 min
The X-Men: Most days, my two sons Zane and Aidan don’t like each other. Aidan steals Zane’s Legos, so Zane puts dog fur in Aidan’s milk. At some point, they bro-hug it out, and Zane shrugs, “It’s family. You can’t get away.” Then they team up against me.…
Are the Navigation Centers helping city’s homeless?
Apr 18 • 5 min
San Francisco’s much-celebrated Navigation Centers for homeless people have been shifting their mission. Initially the promise was that they would put clients into housing quickly, but in practice it takes far longer. Now there are limits on how long most…
‘Geek Show’ the latest prong in Bindlestiff’s community building
Apr 17 • 5 min
You can’t create a show called “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon” without some serious nerd cred. Strike a single false note in your survey of geek and convention culture, and you might court the rage of trolls, summoning the fury of their tweetstorms and…
Special Edition: Michael Sangiacomo on his most treasured book
Apr 16 • 2 min
Special Edition: Michael Sangiacomo on his most treasured book Michael J. Sangiacomo is president and chief executive officer of Recology and chairman of the board of trustees of the California Historical Society. I’ve loved books since I was a kid. An…
Lovely sounds in the middle of the night
Apr 13 • 5 min
I was lying in bed a few nights ago and checked the clock. It was 3 a.m. and I was wide awake. Since I had already solved all the world’s problems, I began thinking about what subject I could tackle for this week’s column.I had nothing. My deadline was…
Team works in twilight zone to bring reef to surface at Cal Academy
Apr 12 • 5 min
A few hundred feet beneath the ocean’s surface, spots known as twilight zones are home to extraordinary and glowing deep-water creatures that few humans have ever seen in their natural habitat.
A family that expresses itself loudly in SF’s larger-than-life culture
Apr 11 • 5 min
After 23 years I’m out of jail. Fortunes change. I’m no longer doing time as a jailhouse deputy but am out on the streets of San Francisco. Well at least one street: Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. City Hall.Built in 1913, it’s the tallest rotunda dome in…
Remembrance of things taxed, Adair Lara, 1997
Apr 10 • 4 min
If it were not for the gentle reminders of the IRS, I would go through 1997 without a single glance backward at 1996. But thanks to tax time, I find myself meditating on the year past, taking stock, counting my gains and losses.Today is our national day…
Documentary shows Itzhak Perlman as a virtuoso violinist, human being
Apr 9 • 3 min
Our nationally recognized critics and writers put their deep knowledge and critical acumen to work to help readers make informed choices about how to negotiate the area’s rich array of cultural offerings. Whether it’s a long-established arts organization…
BBC assassination drama ‘Killing Eve’ mixes humor amid mayhem
Apr 6 • 3 min
We all want job satisfaction, right? To go home at night, put our feet up and feel we’ve accomplished something at work that day? So is it really wrong for a young woman to take pleasure in her job, even if her job is killing random strangers for a…
On TV, April 3: ‘Legion’ returns, so does Tracy Morgan
Apr 5 • 2 min
“Fary Is the New Black” is the title of a stand-up special available on Netflix today starring the French comic Fary.“The Middle” moves to the ICU … OK, well, slight exaggeration: “new time slot” of 8:30 p.m. on ABC. It is in its well-deserved final…
‘Paterno’ couldn’t figure out the play on scandal
Apr 4 • 6 min
Joe Paterno was the winningest coach in NCAA football history, with a 61-year career at Penn State. It all came tumbling down in 2011 when his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with 52 counts of sexual molestation of minors. Paterno…
The doctor has all the answers
Apr 3 • 5 min
Editor’s note: It’s time for another installment from our esteemed advice columnist, that Doctor of Communications himself, known to his legion of fans as simply Dr. C.Dear Dr. C: I’ve been married for over 40 years to the same wonderful woman. She knows…
Cirque takes to the ice with ‘Crystal’
Apr 2 • 4 min
Cirque du Soleil has taken to the ice and may break Disney’s stranglehold on skating rink spectacles. The new show, “Crystal,” Cirque’s 42nd original production but first on ice, strives to meld the exhilarating speed and elegant flow of ice skating with…
‘We the Corporations,’ by Adam Winkler
Mar 30 • 7 min
Published in the 18th century, William Blackstone’s “Commentaries of the Law of England” became the most influential legal treatise in Anglo-American history. Among the important subjects addressed by Blackstone were the rights and duties of corporations,…
Tag, you’re it!, Herb Caen, 1976
Mar 29 • 4 min
As you may have noticed, April Fool’s Day isn’t what it used to be, either. No wallet on a string, to be yanked away by guffawing youngsters as you reach down to pick it off the sidewalk. No phone messages to call a “Mr. Lyon” at a number that turns out…
State Lines: California poetry: Indigo Moor’s ‘Never Let You Go’
Mar 28 • 2 min
Two figures star in Indigo Moor’s new book, “In the Room of Thirsts and Hungers.” One is Shakespeare’s Othello. The other is Paul Robeson, remembered chiefly for his acting, singing and political activism that landed him on Hollywood’s blacklist during…
Even Trump’s opponents have to agree he has one virtue
Mar 27 • 4 min
Some people love Donald Trump. Some people, especially around here, hate Donald Trump. Very few people are indifferent. He is definitely one of the most polarizing presidents in history.However, in the interests of national unity, I would like to express…
Shandling a little less elusive, but even greater genius in Apatow documentary
Mar 26 • 6 min
The late Garry Shandling was an enigma. His death two years ago at 66 only deepened the mystery of who he was beneath the brilliant and complicated humor.Shandling’s facial expressions seemed almost detached from the rest of him. His normally hangdog…
Not a good morning for sensitivity from U.S. official
Mar 23 • 6 min
Context is everything.Last week, after Rep. Colleen Hanabusa asked if funding would continue to preserve sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began his reply by saying, “Konnichiwa.
Invisible Talks brings artists together to explore creative process
Mar 22 • 5 min
The heavy, nearly hidden door of artist Paul Mullowney’s Mission District printmaking studio was difficult to find and even harder to open. Once inside the airy ground floor studio, I noticed that Mullowney’s immense printing presses somehow made way for…
Vegas bookmaker doesn’t have high hopes for Giants or A’s
Mar 21 • 3 min
Last year, Jay Kornegay, who directs the sports book at the Westgate in Las Vegas, took some heat as the baseball season began for saying that the San Francisco Giants were on the decline.He didn’t expect the team to lose 98 games and finish 40 games…
Dreaming the dream of home ownership
Mar 20 • 5 min
I only have one grandchild, and she can’t talk yet (or do much of anything), but if I had a couple in the vicinity of 12 years old, I expect we’d have the following conversation:Little Jimmy: Grandpa, explain to us again why we’ll never own our own…
Running down the gas gauge is risky way to test limits
Mar 19 • 4 min
The trouble began when the fuel gauge started flashing while we drove up Mount Diablo. The vistas of the rolling green hills were lovely, but inside, our family flew into an uproar.“Why didn’t we stop?” my husband grumbled. He’s a…
Faye Carol, soul prophet honored in Berkeley
Mar 16 • 4 min
Musicians, like prophets, often go without honor in their own lands, and the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol hasn’t spent her time worrying about awards. But when Berkeley, her longtime hometown, declared March 13 “Faye Carol Day” in tribute to her decades of…
Parents get to learn the power of patience
Mar 15 • 5 min
Sister Lil is the assistant principal at Aidan’s school. For a woman who never had progeny, she sure does know children. On one of my exasperated days, when I had actually calculated Aidan’s math homework, so I knew it was done, and I told him three times…
Hitting a new low as an amateur vocalist
Mar 14 • 5 min
I came home around 9:45 the other night after a long solo trip in the car and announced to my wife that I had made a life-changing discovery.She was watching one of those murder mystery documentaries where one spouse has allegedly killed the other and is…
San Francisco filmmaker’s experience learning English inspires ‘Oh Lucy!’
Mar 13 • 6 min
When San Francisco filmmaker Atsuko Hirayanagi was a graduate student at New York University and was asked to write “an idea for a movie about someone you know,” the memory of a shy classmate from her childhood in Japan came flooding back.“I remembered a…
Show tunes and strong drinks at Martuni’s, one of San Francisco’s last piano bars
Mar 12 • 6 min
Nine o’clock on Friday is a good time to get to Martuni’s, the piano bar at Valencia and Market streets. You can still snag a table, though it may be the last one. You can still get a drink in under five minutes. The singing, for now, is background music…