Sunday, November 29, 2020

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Who can ask for anything more? A review of Tony Bennett in San Jose

Dear Mr. Bennett, I rarely dress up. Outside of a funeral, you’d never see me in a tie. So when I found out you were coming to The Civic National Theater in...

1979 — In the Mission

No Monster in the Mission! Build the Marvel, not the Monster! Competing voices and visions packed the auditorium of Mission High School Feb. 7 to speak for and against the...

‘Take back our lives:’ The words of poverty scholars

May 2 marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of poet Al Robles. Al Robles was conferred much respect as a poverty scholar of POOR Magazine and remains an...

The day of the big SRO move

  It was the day of the big move. The SRO Citadel, on Sixth Street, sat perched on granite. It was among a bevy of residential hotels vying for the title...

Arthur, Arthur!

I was on Muni heading to my high school reunion. As an author, memory is crucial to my craft. Much of high school I have forgotten. Crowded Muni rides...

Can I get a whiteness?

Whiteness has not been my witness. It has averted its eyes, its shards of denial making its way towards us, eyes shooting cursory glances, muted bullets. Wanda Coleman called...

How do you feel?

I deliver to you News Not solutions But Torments people go through Trying to solve problems Clashing voices Morbid moral tortures --Benjamin Bac Sierra, State of Grace The passing of...

Long live the I-Hotel

Last year, SFGate posted a video segment called "This forgotten date in San Francisco history." The date in focus was August 4, 1977. The event was the eviction of...

Lit: A reluctant sleuth searches for the heart of SF

LIT A reluctant sleuth who can’t keep his shoelaces tied as he probes the streets of San Francisco, Bill Haywood is a reporter for a small San Francisco newspaper...

An open letter to Tony Bennett

Dear Mr. Bennett: Congratulations on your being honored by the city of San Francisco.  I’m sure hundreds will attend the ceremony on Nob Hill on August 19th at the Fairmont—a...