A single protester holds a sign above a throng of supporters of President Barack Obama that filled the streets in front of City Hall hoping for a chance to get into a fundraiser and concert — featuring John Legend and Michael Franti — being held at the Bill Graham Civic Center on Monday. Anti-war protesters rallied in Civic Center Plaza, along with PETA activists upset about treatment of circus elephants. Read More
This week, enjoy performance and visual art, literary events, garage rock, or bar refreshments for a good cause.
Monday Oct. 8
Mustache Aid Club Deluxe hosts a benefit for beloved bartender and musician Lee Burik, who was brutally attacked in September. Bar proceeds will help pay his medical and dental expenses. Read More
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the federal case against disgraced former San Francisco crime lab technician Deborah Madden, with only a few jurors reportedly rejecting conviction.
Madden, who has admitted to taking small amounts of cocaine from samples at the lab in 2009, faced up to four years in prison on the federal charge of obtaining the drug by means of fraud, deception or subterfuge. Read More
Here are a just few top names among dozens of acts on six stages:
The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Dennis Crouch, Paul Franklin, Larry Franklin, Andy Reiss, Dawn Sears, Kenneth Sears, Joe Spivey, Jeff Taylor and Billy Thomas, 4:15 p.m., Banjo Stage
Elvis Costello 5:45 p.m., Banjo Stage
Conor Oberst 5:45 p.m., Rooster Stage
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Who’s in townAuthor, historian, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Robert Massie talks about his new book, “Catherine the Great.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesChris Dodd: The Motion Picture Association of America CEO discusses why technology and creative communities are vital to the economic well-being of their industries, consumers and the nation. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townAlternative-rock and noir-pop singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins performs at Café Du Nord. [7:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townIranian-born journalist, filmmaker and Farsi poet Roya Hakakian discusses upheaval in Iran, foreign policy and her book “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesRetirement planning: Mellody Hobson of ABC-TV and Paul Schott Stevens of Investment Company Institute discuss financial aspects of the future of retirement planning. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Police did not have to search very hard for these suspects.
After a vicious bar brawl in the Mission district early Wednesday, both the suspects and victims were treated at San Francisco General Hospital, police said. Not long after the victims were admitted, police said, two men believed to be responsible for the attack arrived at the same hospital via a taxicab seeking treatment for their own injuries. Read More
Who’s in townAlternative-rock singer Amanda Palmer and her band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, appear to promote their new album, “Theatre Is Evil.” [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]LecturesRobert Kaplan: The author of “The Revenge of Geography” discusses what we possibly can learn about coming conflicts by examining them through geography. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: www.worldaffairs.org] Read More
A San Francisco man is recovering after reporting the first human case of West Nile virus contracted locally in seven years, health officials said.
The unidentified man, who was recovering at home, had not traveled outside the Bay Area recently, according to a statement from the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The department said there is no way to know if the man was infected within San Francisco or a surrounding county. Read More
Who’s in townAmericana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, known for his Oscar- and Grammy-winning work with T-Bone Burnett on the film “Crazy Heart,” performs a concert. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]Lectures‘70 Years On’: Speakers discuss the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and successful legal challenges to it. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
One player who could shake the 49ers out of their lackluster performance on Sunday in Minnesota is wide receiver Randy Moss. Moss returned to the place he started and caught three passes for 27 yards as the 49ers targeted him early with six passes thrown his way.
But Moss could have been far more productive. Twice, quarterback Alex Smith threw high to him, including one time at the goal line. If Smith makes a better throw, Moss easily would have scored his second touchdown of the season. Read More
Who’s in townHip-hop artist, music producer and Haitian politician Wyclef Jean appears to talk about his memoir “Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story” in a City Arts and Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]LecturesBarb Stuckey: The food industry professional discusses her book “Taste What You’re Missing,” which addresses how biology, the brain and genetics make every person’s sense of taste unique. [2 p.m., Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City] Read More
A San Francisco police officer shot and wounded a suspected gang member Thursday night after the man pulled a gun on two officers in the Mission district, police said.
The man was described as suffering from injuries that were not considered life-threatening and was at San Francisco General Hospital under arrest, SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. Read More
Who’s in townFormer New York Times reporter Daniel Simpson talks about “A Rough Guide to the Dark Side,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]Lectures‘Spotlight on Iran’: The series presents a talk on U.S. policy regarding Iran. Former U.S. ambassadors William Luers and Frank Wisner and retired Adm. Eric Olson speak. [6:30 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.; RSVP: www.worldaffairs.org] Read More