The sign for Kingdom of Dumplings is easily missed. Beneath the large Chinese characters — “Nation of Dumplings,” it proclaims — the English is thin and anemic, like a subtitle. “Kingdom of Dumplings,” it whispers.
Kingdom or nation? No matter. Seekers of soup dumplings, keep your eyes peeled.
There is something about Shanghainese soup dumplings, or xiaolongbao, that make people embark on quests for them, even to the Parkside neighborhood, where there are no decent bars. Xiaolongbao aren’t common, and they’re hard to get right. Read More
The New York Times ran an in-depth piece on the trials and tribulations of a struggling “Today Show,” outlining the bungled dismissal of Ann Curry as a symptom of a much greater problem on set. Read More
Celebrity chef Cat Cora used the “N-word” (no, not that one) after she rear-ended someone in Los Angeles, calling them a “nerd.” Cora was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI after her blood-alcohol level registered 0.19, according to TMZ. The legal limit in California is 0.08.
People magazine reported Wednesday that she won't be facing charges for the incident, which happened last summer. Read More
Start with the wit of Oscar Wilde, blend in an Austin Powers palette and an effervescent musical score and you get “Being Earnest,” the exuberant new musical making its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Mountain View.
When “The Importance of Being Earnest” premiered in 1895, London’s The Times reported, “The story is almost too preposterous to go without music.” Read More
As a kid, Julie Edwards constantly had her grammar corrected by her talk-show-host father Steve Edwards, who now anchors “Good Day L.A.”
“I couldn’t say, ‘Everyone has their own thing.’ It had to be, ‘Everyone has his — or her — own thing,’” says the drummer, who rebelled by dubbing her new duo, with guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Troy, Deap Vally.
“But one day, someone told me the theory that every form of communication works,” she adds. “It doesn’t have to be proper. So spelling and grammar are for elitists — the world belongs to the common people!” Read More
San Francisco’s rich and varied history comes to life in a tiny Mission district exhibition space at Guerrero Gallery, which is featuring works by local photographers Andrea Sonnenberg, Ted Pushinsky and Travis Jensen, each showcasing different eras, stories and individuals on city streets.
At only 23, the self-taught documentarian Sonnenberg, who calls herself “Teen Witch,” captures an intimate perspective on street culture, particularly young people. Read More
The beginning of Thomas Bradshaw’s 2009 one-act “The Bereaved” — the first of Bradshaw’s many plays to be produced locally, thanks to Crowded Fire Theater — seems like a domestic comedy.
Husband Michael (Lawrence Radecker), a low-wage-earning, unambitious adjunct professor, is fiddling on his computer. Lawyer wife Carol (Michele Leavy) stomps in after a busy work day.
The two immediately start squabbling about who should be taking out the garbage. “You’re a retard!” they shriek at each other, upping the ante of a scene that had seemed mild enough. Read More
U.K. jungle music legend Roni Size returns to San Francisco on Saturday for a stripped-down, hyperkinetic drum and bass set with MC Dynamite.
The 44-year-old Bristol resident’s first visit to The City in two years will precede his Sunday set at the gargantuan Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
Don’t worry about him saving something in the gas tank for his sweltering desert date. Read More
French-born, London-based art rocker Jehnny Beth isn’t content with her new, all-girl, quasi-goth combo Savages, nor her sidelined duo with longtime beau Johnny Hostile, John & Jehn, nor the record label they run together, Pop Noire — about to issue the Savages’ debut recording, “Silence Yourself.” She knows it sounds corny, but the singer, who also acts, really wants to direct feature-length films. Read More
Rafal Blechacz made headlines in 2005 when he became the first Polish pianist in 30 years to win the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. It was an especially captivating victory, because no second prize was awarded that year. (San Francisco’s Garrick Ohlsson is the only American winner.) The 27-year-old virtuoso appears this weekend in a Chamber Music San Francisco presentation. It’s his third visit to The City, after sold-out concerts in 2008 and 2011.
How do you prepare for concerts? Read More