<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 21:01:13 -0700Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:01:13 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 04:40:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

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<![CDATA[Let it Rain! Prince to Play Again in Oakland]]> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 19:11:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-498349288.jpg

After what fans and reviewers described as a killer Prince concert at the Paramont Theatre in Oakland, the popular and mysterious singer will be playing again on Friday, according to promoter Live Nation Bay Area.

Prince will play his second "Piano &a Microphone" show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Friday at 9 p.m., and tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Last time, tickets sold out in minutes, and orchestra seats sold for $300. Prince himself tweeted out a video of him twirling a basketball - a nod to performing at the same venue where the Golden Gate Warriors play ball.

The San Francisco Chronicle said the Great Purple sat at his piano and mesmerized the crowd, whom he chastises for taking out cell phones and his guards will confiscate them if need be. The Mercury News was flabbergasted at the repeat encores he did.


His new show debuted on February 16 in Melbourne, Australia, and features Prince performing old and new material at a grand piano. 

At that performance, he paid tribute to the passing of Denise Matthews, the singer who was one of his most memorable protege of the '80s as Vanity and who passed away in a Fremont hospital on February 15. Prince is in the Bay Area because he attended Matthews' funeral in Union City on Sunday before his first show.

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<![CDATA[Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:11:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_258965522.jpg

Spring forward!

This weekend marks the start of Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. That means that when the time hits 2 a.m., we automatically "spring forward" and the time becomes 3 a.m.

Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour either before you go to bed Saturday night or as soon as you wake up Sunday.

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But pay attention to any of your electronic devices that have clocks on them, such as smart phones and fitness trackers -- your devices might be set up to automatically adjust their time. Check your devices' settings to be sure.

In addition, you should take the time this weekend to make a few quick safety checks around your home. "When you change your clocks, change your batteries," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding people. You should test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month, and make sure to change the batteries twice per year.

Daylight Saving Time will end Sunday, Nov. 6.

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<![CDATA[Union City Memorial for '80s Pop Star Closed to Public]]> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:07:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VANITY_GettyImages-95581712.jpg

A Union City memorial service for Denise Matthews, better known as '80s pop star and Prince protegé Vanity, has been closed off to the public amid speculation Prince will attend.

Matthews passed away at a Fremont hospital on Feb. 15.

According to San Jose Mercury News, the Saturday service at the Union City Apostolic Church was initially open to the public but has since been made private due to rumors that Prince, who is scheduled to perform two shows in Oakland on Sunday night, might be there.

Roxane Harper, a family friend of Matthews' who has helped to organize the service, told the publication she hasn't heard anything about him wanting to attend, but that "He was the love of Denise's life."

The cause of Matthews' death has not been revealed, but she disclosed on a GoFundMe campaign four months ago that she had been diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis. She was also known to have spent years on kidney dialysis.

The goal of Matthews' campaign was to widely re-release her out-of-print autobiography, "Blame It on Vanity." She had created a limited-edition second version with more photographs and stories and was selling her last six copies for $250 on the book's website at the time of her passing. They're also listed for $267 and up on Amazon.

A born-again Christian since 1994, Matthews settled in the Bay Area, where she became an ordained minister and maintained close friendships with her church as well as with local music stars like Sheila E. and MC Hammer.

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<![CDATA[Bowie's Co-Star in 1976 Film to Appear at the Castro]]> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:24:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/davidbowiepaley921832.jpg

Candy Clark, David Bowie's co-star in the 1976 film "The Man Who Fell to Earth," will appear at a screening and tribute to the late icon at San Francisco's Castro Theatre.

Clark is scheduled to be interviewed by Tony Bravo from the San Francisco Chronicle after the film screens at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Clark is an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "American Graffiti" and most recently appeared in the drama series "Criminal Minds."

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Bowie guise, which will make you properly attired for the afterparty at the Oasis Nightclub that follows.

Advance tickets range in price from $20 to $47.50

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<![CDATA[Sean Penn to Give Keynote at Cybersecurity Conference]]> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:14:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/penn-chapo-18.jpg

Sean Penn is apparently adding cybersecurity guru to his list of job titles.

The Hollywood star and North Bay resident will give a closing keynote speech at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on March 4, Boston Business Journal reports.

According to the event's blog, Penn will appear in conversation with RSA president Amit Yoran to discuss his cinematic work, philanthropy, public advocacy and "the complicated relationship between Hollywood stardom and privacy."

Last year, Alec Baldwin was among the keynote speakers.

Conference passes start at $1,620 for one day. 

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<![CDATA[Prince Plays Oakland's Paramount Theatre This Weekend]]> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:31:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/169083254.jpg

Prince will bring his new "Piano and a Microphone" tour to Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Sunday.

His new show debuted on February 16 in Melbourne, Australia, and features Prince performing old and new material at a grand piano. 

At that performance, he paid tribute to the passing of Denise Matthews, the singer who was one of his most memorable protege of the '80s as Vanity and who passed away in a Fremont hospital on February 15.

Tickets go on sale on noon on Wednesday for two shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and are likely to disappear quickly. Prices are not currently listed on either the Ticketmaster or Paramount Theatre websites but are expected to start at $99.

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<![CDATA[Neil Young Films Screen for One Night Only]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NeilYoungBrusselsLive.jpg

A double-feature movie night featuring Bay Area rocker Neil Young is scheduled for theaters across the country next week.

The Young-written and directed 1982 comedy "Human Highway" and his 1979 live concert feature "Rust Never Sleeps" will screen together at 14 Bay Area movie theaters for one night only.

"An Evening With Neil Young" will take place at AMC theaters in Cupertino and San Francisco, the Regal in Dublin and Cinemark locations in Daly City, Hayward, Mountain View, Napa, Pleasant Hill, Redwood City, San Francisco, San Jose, San Rafael and Walnut Creek on Feb. 29.

Advance tickets are on sale now through Fathom Events.

This clip of "Human Highway" features a musical performance from Gerald V. Casale of Devo, who has also been bottling Sonoma Coast wines for the past two years under his The 50 By 50 estate.

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<![CDATA[Iconic Daly City Restaurant Reopens Under New Ownership]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:53:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Chloe-Jackman-Photography-Original-Joes-Event-+2015-140.jpg

After a two-year absence, iconic Daly City restaurant Joe's of Westlake has reopened under new ownership.

It's now called Original Joe's of Westlake and has had a total remodel under its new owners the Duggan family, proprietors of Original Joe's in San Francisco, who purchased the restaurant in 2013.

According to San Francisco Chronicle, the layout of the restaurant has been preserved, but everything else is new. 

“Our goal is that the customers will feel very comfortable coming in," John Duggan told the publication.

Open for lunch and dinner, the menu also feels very familiar with the inclusion of classic options like seafood Louie salads, veal scallopini and, of course, Joe's Special, a scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach and onions that many a Bay Area kid grew up eating since the original incarnation of Joe's opened in 1956.

There's another Original Joe's in San Jose, but that location isn't affiliated with the other Original Joe's establishments.

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<![CDATA[Bill Graham Biopic in Development at Fox]]> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 17:24:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9_BillGraham_60sReunion.jpg

Fox is developing a movie about the late Bay Area concert promoter Bill Graham. 

Graham, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany and Korean War veteran, passed away in a helicopter crash near Vallejo on October 25, 1991.

According to Deadline, the studio owns movie rights for his memoir "Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out" and is conceiving a story with producer and director Shawn Levy and his production company 21 Laps.

Meanwhile, The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco will mount a comprehensive retrospective, "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution," from March 17 through July 5. The exhibit features 250 objects of memorabilia that comes from the private Graham family archives, as well as lenders including Carlos Santana.

Included are photographs, instruments and a large selection of original Fillmore concert posters, a treasure trove of psychedelic art. The exhibit delves into Graham's storied career as a music promoter as well as his journey to San Francisco, where his first job was as the business manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

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<![CDATA['Top Chef' Visits Oakland, MC Hammer]]> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:19:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/hammerpadmatopchef.jpg

Thursday night's episode of "Top Chef" was shot in Oakland and features MC Hammer as a guest judge.

The 13th season of Bravo's cooking competition has been shot in various California locales.

Oakland is home to two restaurants from former "Top Chef" competitors: Shakewell, from Season 4 alum Jen Biesty and "Top Chef Just Desserts" competitor Tim Nugent, and Juhu Beach Club, from Season 6 contestant Preeti Mistry.

Hammer, who got his nickname back when he was an Oakland A's batboy due to his resemblance to slugger "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron, is himself a Cooking Channel star and presides over the episode's opening "quickfire challenge," which competitors learn when they meet him and host Padma Lakshmi in Jack London Square.

Bravo is a property of NBC Universal, which is the parent company of NBC Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[Halal Guys Opening San Francisco Location]]> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:28:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/halalguys.jpg

The Halal Guys, a cult favorite in New York City known for its gyros, chicken and rice and consistent lines, will open a location in San Francisco's Tenderloin.

While the Berkeley location at 2126 Center Street, previously announced, is currently under construction, Eater SF reports the Guys will likely open a 26-seat restaurant in San Francisco at 307 O'Farrell Street first.

Opening dates have yet to be announced.

Halal cooking refers to food that is prepared under Islamic dietary guidelines, something the Bay Area hasn't traditionally had in abundance.

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<![CDATA['Hunger Games' Exhibit Opens in San Francisco]]> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:56:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hunger-games-teaser.jpg

Fans of one blockbuster film franchise now have a place to pay homage to the ultimate game of survivor.

"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" is open through July 31 at Innovation Hangar at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The interactive installation includes recreations of familiar sets of District 12, District 13 and Panem from the film and a high-tech zone for the games as well as actual costumes, props and other artifacts.

According to SFist, the exhibit takes an hour or two to peruse, depending on one's level of absorption.

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<![CDATA[MC Hammer, Sheila E React to Death of Vanity]]> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 15:58:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VANITY_GettyImages-95581712.jpg

Bay Area legends MC Hammer and Sheila E are remembering with fondness their friend Denise Matthews, '80s pop star and Prince protegé Vanity, who passed away at a Fremont hospital Monday.

The cause of Matthews' death has not been revealed, but she disclosed on a GoFundMe campaign four months ago that she had been diagnosed with sclerosis encapsulating peritonitis. She was also known to have spent years on kidney dialysis.

A born-again Christian since 1994, Matthews settled in the Bay Area, where she maintained friendships with both Sheila E and MC Hammer. The latter took to Twitter Monday to express his condolences and express his gratitude for seeing her speak and say goodbye to the fellow members of her church on Saturday.

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"Today my friend & Sister Denise Katrina Matthews p/k/a #Vanity passed away," he wrote. "She absolutely loved GOD unto salvation. Rest in his Glory. . .   Saturday #Vanity left church after giving a beautiful testimony of appreciation for her Pastors & Thanks to her savior Jesus, I was there. . .   I was looking for her Sunday and the announcement came that she fell ill during the night, she ended up on life support She loved the Lord."

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"SADDEN my FRIEND IN CHRIST gone 2day. Vanity, Denise Matthews. MISS YOU DEARLY. U ARE IN HIS ARMS NOW, NO Pain," wrote musician Sheila E, who was once engaged to Prince.

The goal of Matthews' campaign was to widely re-release her out-of-print autobiography, "Blame It on Vanity." She had created a limited-edition second version with more photographs and stories and was selling her last six copies for $250 on the book's website at the time of her passing. They're also listed for $267 and up on Amazon.

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<![CDATA[ Janelle Monae to Open 77th Stern Grove Festival ]]> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:09:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP862628482094_0.jpg

The 77th season of Stern Grove Festival, which takes place in San Francisco June 19-August 21, will open with a free show by singer Janelle Monae.

Admission to the concert, which starts at 2 p.m., is free. A ticketed fundraiser called The Big Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m., which allows festivalgoers to snag reserved picnic table seating in time for the live music. Tickets and sponsorships to that range from $250 to $20,000.

Monae is expected to make her film debut as an actress this year in "Moonlight," which IMDB describes as the story of a young man who comes of age in Miami in the '80s. She last appeared in San Francisco in August, speaking and performing at a rally against police brutality organized by Bay Area Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

The remainder of the Stern Grove summer schedule will be announced on May 1.

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<![CDATA[Report: Dr. Dre Starring in Apple's First Scripted TV Series]]> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:54:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_129703052779.jpg

Apple appears to be getting into the television business in a new way.

According to Hollywood Reporter, which cited multiple anonymous sources claiming familiarity with the deal, Apple's first original television series will reportedly be "Vital Signs," a scripted series executive produced by and starring Dr. Dre.

Neither Dr. Dre nor Apple would comment on the project, but the publication reports it's both violent and racy, with an orgy scene already shot and in the can.

Director Paul Hunter has shot music videos for Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre's step-brother Warren G.

Dr. Dre is not the only super-producer with his eye on television. Amidst his recent Twitter pleas for money addressed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Kanye West also tweeted that Apple Music's rival streaming service Tidal is "funding a lot of [his] scripted content ideas."

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<![CDATA[Tarantula, Native to Folsom Area, Named After Johnny Cash]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:28:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cash-and-spider.jpg

Researchers have named a species of black tarantula native to the Sierra Nevada foothills around Folsom after country music legend Johnny Cash, who dressed in black and sang "Folsom Prison Blues."

In a scientific paper published Feb. 4 in ZooKeys, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of animal taxonomy, the authors write that they named the spider after the "Man in Black" because the carapace of the mature male Aphonopelma johnnycashi is black.

The female of the species is larger, hairier, and brown or gray.

The spider is native to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Folsom Prison, where Cash performed for inmates and recorded a live album in 1968.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Rappers on Forbes' 'Cash Princes' List]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:03:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/forbes-rappers-under-30.jpg

Two Bay Area rappers have been recognized as having high-earning potential in the future.

San Francisco's Lil Dicky and Oakland's G-Eazy are on the radar of a panel of music industry luminaries and editors at Forbes, who think they have a shot at earning multimillion dollar paychecks.

Forbes released its third "Hip-Hop Cash Princes" list on Tuesday, a prediction of 10 rappers and producers under age 30 who have the potential to land on its "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list, for now topped by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs with estimated annual earnings of $60 million.

Lil Dicky's rhymes are based in comedy and don't cover the usual materialistic trappings of rap.

"You don't hear a guy [in rap] talking about frugality, I really do take pride in it," he told the publication.

Both are playing close to home this week.

G-Eazy will perform live at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday; tickets are $39.50.

Lil Dicky is scheduled to appear at San Francisco's Ruby Skye on Friday; tickets are $45.

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<![CDATA[Adele Parody Skewers SF Mayor Ed Lee]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:24:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/candace-song.jpg

A new song and its accompanying video take San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to task for a city many view as being divided between the haves and have-nots.

Candace Roberts' "Hello Ed Lee" addresses the elected official as she paints a picture of a city with obvious wealth as well as crisis in the streets.

Roberts pointedly hits a raw nerve for people who have been forced out of San Francisco.

"Hello from Vallejo," she sings. "This is just how far I had to go/Now I can pay my rent but my friends are all gone/I left my heart, wait, that's someone else's song."

She also calls out Lee's investor friend Ron Conway by name: "Has Ron Conway got your ear, planning his next big back room deal?"

And she can relate directly to the struggles in the song. Roberts, who is part of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, told Matier and Ross she lived out of a suitcase for four years.

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<![CDATA[Claremont's New Restaurant Has Michelin-Starred Chef]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:36:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dominique-Crenn.jpg

Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn has opened Antoinette, a French brasserie, inside the renovated Claremont Hotel in Oakland.

Antoinette is a significant part of recent upgrades from the two-year-old Claremont's owners, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, which operates San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel. The hotel's 276 rooms and suites have also gotten a boost.

According to Eater SF, the restaurant occupies the former Claremont Club & Spa with a menu that utilizes rare French delicacies such as Brittany blue lobster alongside locally sourced fare like Liberty Farms duck. Crenn has hired chef Justin Mauz, who has previously worked for one of France's most acclaimed chefs, Joel Robuchon, to head the Antoinette kitchen.

Crenn also operates Atelier Crenn, her Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, and the more casual Petit Crenn, which opened in 2015 in San Francisco.

A book of Crenn's self-described "poetic culinaria," "Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste," was published by Houghon Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.

<![CDATA[Celebrities at Super Bowl 50]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:44:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AMBRO_GettyImages-508985750.jpg Famous faces dotted the crowds at Super Bowl 50 as A-list celebrities flocked to see the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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<![CDATA[Curry, Warriors Hit 'Rolling Stone' Party After Big Win]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:54:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rs-party-th.jpg Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa were among the celebs spotted checking out performances by Travis Scott and Avicii at one of the most exclusive pre-Super Bowl 50 parties in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Saint John Coltrane Church in Danger of Losing Home]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:34:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/johncoltrane.jpg

The lease is up on Saint John Coltrane Church in San Francisco, and parishioners hope that they'll be able to stay on Fillmore Street.

A petition hopes to communicate to their landlords inside the West Bay Conference Center, who want to double the rent, that they should keep the community subsidized rental rates in place so it can stay.

Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King founded the church in 1971, originally called the Yardbird Temple, after seeing the late jazz saxophonist Coltrane in concert in 1965. The name was changed in 1982 when they joined the African Orthodox Church.

The church views the post-1957 Coltrane, who had then emerged from drug addiction and set on a spiritual path, as a Sound Baptist who was able to unite with God through music.

Sunday mass, which is preceded by a weekly meditation set to Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" album, is open to the public, and the church also does food and clothing giveaways by appointment.

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<![CDATA[Local Artist's New Shirt Eulogizes a Changing SF]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:18:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IMissSFTShirt.jpg

Artist Joshua Bruner's new "I Miss SF" t-shirt for San Francisco's True Clothing offers up a wearable tribute to a changing San Francisco.

Bruner's design eulogizes SF institutions big and small that have shuttered over the past decades, including Candlestick Park, Doggy Diner, Playland at the Beach and The Coronet Theater.

The bottom of the design says, "if you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."

Bruner wrote that the shirt is a statement on how gentrification has gone hand in hand with the displacement of scores of multicultural businesses, venues and collectives that have shuttered in San Francisco over the past decades. 

"There is no balance here anymore, and it makes me miss San Francisco," Bruner said on the True blog.

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<![CDATA[50 Cent Will Sign Vodka Bottles at San Francisco BevMo]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:39:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/166*120/50cent4.jpg

Rapper 50 Cent will appear at a San Francisco store on Saturday to sign bottles of his personal line of vodka.

The musician/actor born Curtis Jackson is scheduled to autograph bottles of his Effen Vodka from 5-7 p.m. at BevMo, 1301 Van Ness Avenue.

According to the BevMo website, Jackson may or may not decide to sign other items at his discretion.

50 Cent, of course, is in the Bay Area this weekend to celebrate Super Bowl 50. He will appear with Chris Brown, R&B star Ty Dolla $ign and producer DJ Mustard earlier at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Fox Theater in Oakland; tickets are $49.50.

He and Brown will also host a Super Bowl pre-party from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at San Francisco nightclub Origin on Feb. 6; tickets range from $89 to $8,000 for a full VIP experience for you and your entourage.

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<![CDATA['Making a Murderer' Creators to Appear at Bay Area JCC]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:46:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/504851244.jpg

"Making a Murderer" creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will appear in conversation at San Francisco's Jewish Community Center on Feb. 28.

The 10-part documentary series, which follows a Wisconsin man named Steven Avery over the course of 10 years, has been a hit for Netflix since it debuted in mid-December.

Ut has also been a catalyst for threats against Wisconsin law enforcement as recently as this week. 

Tickets ($42) for "The Making of Making of a Murderer" go on sale Friday on the JCCSF website.

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<![CDATA[Bill Graham Retrospective Heads to Jewish Museum]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:35:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/9_BillGraham_60sReunion.jpg

The Contemporary Jewish Museum will mount a comprehensive retrospective of late Bay Area concert promoter Bill Graham in March.

Graham, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, passed away in a helicopter crash near Vallejo on October 25, 1991.

The exhibit features 250 objects of memorabilia that comes from the private Graham family archives, as well as lenders, including Carlos Santana.

Included are photographs, instruments and a large selection of original Fillmore concert posters, a treasure trove of psychedelic art. The exhibit delves into Graham's storied career as a music promoter as well as his journey to San Francisco, where his first job was as the business manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

"Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" opens on March 17 and runs through July 5.

Photo Credit: Ken Friedman/Contemporary Jewish Museum]]>
<![CDATA[In Town for Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg's Concert Gear Stolen in SF]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:00:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP279735288232.jpg

Equipment said to be used for Snoop Dogg's live shows and DJ appearances was reportedly stolen from a vehicle in San Francisco.

Luggage, laptops and music-related gear were stolen through the smashed window of an SUV parked on a city street Monday night, according to TMZ. San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza confirmed to NBC Bay Area that the theft occurred, adding that the gear belong to the rapper's tour.

The theft comes amidst the rapper's plans to celebrate the Super Bowl throughout the Bay Area this week. Snoop is slated to perform Tuesday at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and Friday at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz. A quick check of those venues' websites indicated both shows are still on.

Snoop is also scheduled to appear at a party Friday night at The W Hotel in San Francisco, and his youth football league is holding an all-star "Snooper Bowl" game on Saturday at San Jose City College. Snoop has an additional scheduled DJ performance at San Francisco nightclub Ruby Skye on Feb. 7.

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<![CDATA[Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder, Dies at 74]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:52:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/507240924-jefferson-airplane-paul-kantner.jpg

Paul Kantner, founding member of legendary San Francisco rock band the Jefferson Airplane, died Thursday at the age of 74.

Kantner died of multiple organ failure after suffering a heart attack earlier this week, according to Cynthia Bowman, the guitar player’s publicist confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle.

His son confirmed the news to NBC News, saying that his father has passed at 2:22 p.m. PT.

"At the moment we are grieving as a family," Gareth Alexander Kantner said, adding that a family statement is forthcoming.

Jefferson’s Airplane second album, Surrealistic Pillow, reached No. 3 in the U.S. in 1967. The band’s most enduring classics include the hits "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love," and "Volunteers of America."

Kantner was also a founding member of the band’s spinoff groups, Jefferson Starship and Starship, who hit it big in the 1980s with the Oscar-winning track "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

Kantner was a Bay Area native who attended both Santa Clara and San Jose State universities.

Jefferson Airplane was the only band to play all three iconic music festivals of the 1960s, Woodstock, Monterey Pop and Altamont.

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<![CDATA[Southern Fast-Food Chain Sends Sweet Tea to Santa Clara]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:50:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/bojanglestea.jpg

A popular Southern fast food chain will be serving its signature product to the Carolina Panthers and their fans in Santa Clara on Friday.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Bojangles' has dispatched its "Legendary Teamobile" to drive the 2,000 miles to the Bay Area and bring the Panthers some sweet tea.

It's also expected to stop at Bay Area tailgate parties throughout the weekend and will announce its whereabouts via Twitter.

What the quick-service company, an official sponsor of the Panthers, is not bringing is food; besides sweet tea, Bojangles' is well known for its chicken and biscuits.

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<![CDATA[Pussy Riot Plans Speaking Engagement in SF]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:13:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/pussy-riot-in-conversation-with-zarina-zabrisky-tickets_02-11-16_17_5669cd39b40f5.jpg

Members of Russian punk activist group Pussy Riot will appear in the Bay Area for a talk at The Warfield in San Francisco next month.

The Moscow-based female collective drew international headlines in 2012 after being arrested for a performance in a cathedral that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin. Three members were ultimately charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and two served two years of prison time.

"I'm looking forward to talking about the Art Protest with the Pussy Riot members. I want to hear their opinion," wrote Zarina Zabrisky, a Russian author based in San Francisco who will moderate the conversation, in a story posted to Medium

Zabrisky also invited the public to submit questions.

Zabrisky has never met the group, but assumes she was asked to participate in the event because she organized a protest in San Francisco during the group's 2012 trial.

Tickets range from $25-45 in advance.

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<![CDATA[SF Comedy Club Books All-Female Lineup for Month of March]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:20:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MsPatComedy.jpg

Female comics and female comics only will hold court on one prominent San Francisco stage for an entire month.

The Punch Line comedy club is hosting Women in Comedy Month in March, with 14 different shows with all-female lineups, starting with a bill on Mar. 1 called "Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women)."

Other highlights of the Punch Line schedule include British ex-pat Gina Yashere (Mar. 9-12), local lesbian comic icon Marga Gomez (Mar. 22) and Ms. Pat, the street-raised Atlanta comedienne behind a highly anticipated summer memoir (Mar. 24-26).

The celebration comes at a timely juncture as Boston's annual Women in Comedy Festival has announced that it would take 2016 off in order to build a bigger and better event for next year.

And, truth be told, the Punch Line is keeping the spotlight on women a bit longer than a month. The last performer, Cristela Alonzo (who starred in her own network sitcom "Cristela"), will take the stage from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2. 

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<![CDATA[David Bowie Tributes Take Shape in SF]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:30:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/David-Bowie.jpg

David Bowie will be remembered lovingly at various San Francisco events and club nights this week.

Bowie passed away on Sunday at age 69 from cancer, his family announced in a statement.

DJ Jim Hopkins of the San Francisco Disco Preservation Society will honor the memory of The Thin White Duke with a free event where he'll mix together Bowie's classic videos on Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at gay bar 440 Castro.

The new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has scheduled a sing-along called The David Bowie Music Video Celebration on Thursday at 10:55 p.m.; proceeds from the $5 tickets will be donated to UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Popular nightclub 1015 will host a David Bowie Tribute Party with DJs King Most, Timoteo Gigante, Deejay Mykill and Michael Milano on Friday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $17.50.

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<![CDATA[Three Babes Bakeshop to Host 'Pie Bowl' ]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:51:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/threebabesbakeshop.jpg

One San Francisco dessert company has imagined what kind of pies would best represent this year's Super Bowl contenders.

Three Babes Bakeshop will pit two special pies created for the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos against each other in the shadow of Super Bowl City at their booth at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday.

According to the company blog, they were close to making a "Pey-can Manning" pecan pie to represent the Broncos, but decided on an orange lime blueberry pie made with fresh squeezed orange juice and local blueberries from Hidden Star Orchard.

Panthers fans can sidle up to a dark chocolate coconut pie made with coconut pastry cream smothered in dark chocolate ganache, which they decided to make instead of a "Caramel Cam (Fig) Newton" pie.

The pies can be pre-ordered online for $40 for pickup on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Black Bark BBQ Opens in Fillmore Jazz Preservation District]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:57:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/blackbarkbbq2.jpg

The Fillmore Jazz Preservation District in San Francisco is getting a high-profile barbecue joint.

Black Bark BBQ debuts on Wednesday from Chef David Lawrence and wife Monetta White, the owners of the popular 1300 on Fillmore restaurant.

The menu's focus is on Texas-style barbecue, with dry rubbed meats like ribs, a popular item at 1300 which inspired the idea for Black Bark, which is across the street. Offerings include platters and sandwiches.

Lawrence said that he hopes the beef brisket from which the restaurant took its name will be the star, noting that the mark of a great brisket is to develop a crunchy black "bark" on top of the meat and fat.

Mayor Ed Lee attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. He praised Lawrence and White for their passion and their key roles in revitalizing the neighborhood to attract food offerings "other than McDonald's." 

The neighborhood is slated to open some high-profile new restaurants this year, including Brenda's Original Po'Boys, the fourth component of chef Brenda Buenviaje's "French Soul Food" empire, and the first of several bagel shops planned by Wise Sons Deli.

Lee was pleased with Lawrence and White for hiring half of their Black Bark staff from the neighborhood, including many youth, and presented them with a certificate declaring Tuesday as Black Bark BBQ Day in San Francisco.

"You really take the time to get to know people,"  he told them.

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<![CDATA[Alicia Keys to Play Free Show on Super Bowl Eve]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:03:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MusicalGuest_AliciaKeys.jpg

Alicia Keys will headline a free day of music and performing arts at Super Bowl City on San Francisco's waterfront.

She is the marquee performer planned for The City Stage at Super Bowl City at on Feb. 6, according to a press release from stage sponsor Levi Strauss & Co.

Additional musicians and performers as well as the schedule for The City Stage, located at Sue Bierman Park, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Keys' sixth album (and first since 2012's "Girl on Fire") is expected to be released in 2016, but a release date has yet to be confirmed.

"What I know for a fact is it's the best music I've ever done in my life yet and it's really exciting to be able to have this kind of growth, this type of opportunity," she told Billboard in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Band Prepared for Rose Parade]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:25:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford-band-vargas.jpg

The Stanford University Marching Band is in Pasadena practicing for the 2016 Rose Parade.

Known for being weird, wacky and unpredictable, the Stanford band plans to switch things up during the performance.

"They say that seeing the Stanford Band march like a regular 'ole [sic] band is like seeing a pig fly. Well, it's happening," band member Collin Christner said via email.

The Rose Parade requires bands to march in step, and Christner says the band hasn't marched traditionally since 1971. While the Stanford band has marched in the Rose Bowl parade before, members are learning even more traditional marches for Friday morning's parade.

But wackiness will of course still be a part of the act.

"We also plan to make a pig fly," Christner said. "It's true!"

The 127th Rose Parade steps off Friday, Jan. 1 at 8 a.m.

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<![CDATA[New Restaurant From Manresa Chef/Owner Opens Next Month]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:57:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/davidkinchbywater.jpg

Manresa chef/owner David Kinch will open a Los Gatos eatery inspired by his hometown of New Orleans in early 2016.

The Bywater, which opens Jan. 12, is Kinch's first foray into a casual restaurant in the South Bay; Manresa's prices hover at close to $200 per person for a tasting menu.

The menu puts California twists on city signatures such as po'boy sandwiches with fried oysters, homemade hotlinks or shrimp, Creole shrimp and grits and pork chops with black-eyed peas, with a raw bar showcasing oysters not often seen in this region, including Pemaquid, Grassy Bar and Rappahannock varieties.

The intimate 30-seat restaurant with a 10-seat bar and 20-seat outdoor patio will serve lunch and dinner in January, with weekend brunch to follow in February.

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<![CDATA[Mountain View Couple Collects Dozens of Puppets ]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:59:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Family+Affair.JPG A Mountain View couple has collected over 50 puppets since the 1980s. They consider each puppet as part of the family

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<![CDATA[Tom Hanks Fondly Remembers Ken Stabler in Letter]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hanks-stabler.jpg

The legacy of the late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler is being fondly remembered by a Hollywood star.

Award-winning actor and Bay Area native Tom Hanks sent a sweetly typed thank you letter to Stabler's daughters after they sent him some memorabilia that belonged to their father.

Stabler, otherwise known as "The Snake," was the Raiders quarterback from 1970-1979. He passed away in July from colon cancer at the age of 69.

"Your father, with his left-handedness and those two bad knees, displayed a permanent smile of bemusement that said -- win or lose -- 'ain't this fun?'" Hanks wrote. "I really did see in him the honor to be found in playing the game, of using one's god given talent, of taking pleasure in the effort."

After saying he'd proudly wear his gifts, Hanks closed out the letter with a mention of Stabler's famous catchphrase and style: "throw deep, baby."

"What a stud! So cool of him to reach out," Kendra Stabler Moyes said in a tweet containing a photo of the letter on Monday sent to her and sister Alexa.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area New Year's Eve Party & Transportation Guide]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:01:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/123113-sf-fireworks-live-stream.jpg

Need help figuring out what to do on New Year’s Eve? Tired of hosting parties and then being left with the clean up? Fret not, there are plenty of events in the Bay Area – from kid-friendly to more mature outings – that will help you ring in the New Year.

Check out this interactive map, which features more than 60 New Year’s Eve events. The map has been coded, so you can easily sort through parties that are right for you, your family and friends.

Reading the Map:

Events pinned with a parent and child symbol are family-friendly festivities, such as the party at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Little ones might also enjoy San Francisco’s fireworks, so areas that provide a nice view of the display have been marked on the map with a red "boom" symbol.

The map also includes plenty of events that cater to a more mature audience. Parties symbolized by a music note indicate a New Year’s Eve bash that is at a nightclub or venue where there will be live music and dancing. Meanwhile, the cocktail icon represents just a few of the many bars that will be open on New Year’s Eve – most of which offer low cover and admission charges compared to their nightclub counterparts.

If cost is a concern, avoid the icons with the dollar sign symbol – anything that costs more than $100 per person gets this icon. Firework cruises and exclusive parties – though surely fun – usually fall into this category.

Meanwhile, if you want to go somewhere more tranquil, check out events with the theatre mask icon. Those symbols have been used to indicate comedy club parties, lowkey events, and even a few meetings at Zen centers or other places that advertise themselves as being perfect for a quiet night out.

A festive dinner might also be an ideal way to celebrate 2016. Check out the icons with the knife and fork symbol, which are used to highlight restaurants that will be offering specially- themed menus on Dec. 31. If you don’t see anything you like, check out a more comprehensive list of bay area restaurants that will be open on New Year’s Eve over at Open Table.


Several companies and public transit systems are offering special deals for people who plan to go out on the town for New Year’s Eve. According to Forbes magazine, New Year’s Day is "one of the single most dangerous days to be on the road all year," just behind Thanksgiving and the July 4th weekend. To stay safe, appoint a designated driver or take advantage of some of these discounted deals – none of which enact "surge prices," thankfully.

Berg Injury Lawyers are footing the bill for cab rides up to $35 in San Francisco and Sacramento from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 4 a.m. In order to qualify, all cab rides must be called in advance. Some conditions apply: the cab will not transport riders from bar to bar; the deal is intended to ensure patrons get home safely. Check Berg Injury Lawyer’s website for details. 

BART will be running until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. So, unlike ol' Cinderella, you can stay at the ball past midnight and still have a carriage to take you home – or, at least, to the station closest to home. For BART times, check out the transit's website.  

Caltrain will be running on its regular weekday schedule and is adding four post-firework rides departing from San Francisco Station every thirty minutes from 12:45 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. 12:45 a.m. Free fare hours will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Check Caltrain’s website for details 

AAA Tipsy Tow program is offering a free tow to Northern California drivers on New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 6 a.m Jan. 1. You don’t have to be a AAA member to reap the benefits of the tow program, though the deal is only free up to 10 miles, meaning a charge will come with every additional mile. For more information on Tipsy Tow, check out the details at SF FunCheap 

Downtown Oakland’s Free B Downtown Shuttle will be running every 10 to 15 minutes from 7 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 between Embarcadero West and 27th street. This ride is perfect for those of you who hope to hop between different bars. For information and bus routes, check the Shuttle B website. 

SF Muni is offering free rides on all lines and routes from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Jan 1. However, some routes will stop after 4 a.m. Click here for more details, including routes and schedules. 

For people celebrating the New Year in San Mateo, SamTrans is offering free service from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Jan 1. Redi-wheels will also be offering free rides to party goers, according to the Sam Trans website. 

So, there you have it. With a slew of events and plenty of ways to get home safely, there’s no reason why you can’t commit to having a happy – and safe – New Year’s Eve.

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<![CDATA[Fieri Wants Out of Johnny Garlic's Restaurant Chain]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:44:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/guyfierivegas.jpg

Famed restaurateur Guy Fieri has landed himself in hot water.

The celebrity chef, who rose to fame after starring in numerous Food Network TV shows, is being sued by his longtime business partner, Steve Gruber, after it was revealed that the TV star has plans to ditch the restaurant chain the two co-founded together in 1996.

Gruber is suing to stop the dissolution of Johnny Garlic’s Inc., a Northern California-based restaurant chain that was founded prior to Fieri’s meteoric rise to fame. There are seven locations across California, including restaurants in Santa Rosa, Dublin, Roseville and San Jose. 

Fieri made clear his intent to dissolve the partnership on Dec. 14, in a petition to the California secretary of state, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Then, on Monday, Gruber filed legal papers of his own, halting the dissolution in an effort to give him time to buy out Fieri’s shares. 

The two seemingly cannot agree on a price for Fieri’s 50 percent stake in the company, and Gruber is asking the court to oversee an appraisal that will establish the fair market value of Johnny Garlic’s Inc.

"The facts are: Guy Fieri filed to dissolve the company and Steve Gruber filed a petition to stop the dissolution and is exercising his right to purchase Guy’s shares under appropriate California codes," Witt said in an email to the Press Democrat.

It’s unclear if the restaurants will undergo a marketing makeover when the split becomes official, though it is likely. For now, many dishes are advertised using Guy’s name, including an entire subsection of the menu titled "Guy’s Approved Big Bites," "Guy-Talian Spicy Sausage & Penne," and "Guy’s Big Bite Burger." The celebrity chef’s signature is even emblazoned on the company’s logo and gift cards.

Fieri has stayed mum on the subject, instead releasing a statement through his publicist.

"After more than 20 successful years as a partner in Johnny Garlic’s Inc., Guy Fieri has chosen to separate from the company and its restaurants for creative and operational considerations," the spokeswoman said to the Press Democrat. "Guy wishes the entire Johnny Garlic’s Inc., team the best."

But fear not, lovers of wild boar schnitzel and buffalo meatloaf. All restaurant  locations will continue normal operations throughout the legal proceedings.

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<![CDATA[Your Pics: Christmas Full Moon Lights Up Bay Area]]> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:23:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/newmoon-th.jpg For the first time since 1977, the moon was full on Christmas. Here are some of your photos of the full moon above the Bay Area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. ]]> <![CDATA[Bob Saget to San Francisco: 'Wake Up,' 'Fuller House' Is Here]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 19:17:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fuller-house-netflix.jpg

Get ready "Full House" fans, your first look at the new Netflix spinoff is here.

Bob Saget, aka Danny Tanner, tweeted a teaser for "Fuller House" on Thursday and also announced a premiere date for the anticipated revival series: Feb. 26.

Though the teaser is light on plot details, it’s heavy on nostalgia.

Images of the Tanners' iconic San Francisco townhouse flood the screen, while Miranda Lambert's emotional "The House That Built Me" plays in the background.

The Broderick Street house, in particular, has become a symbol of the popular TV series. Since the show wrapped in 1995, fans have continued to visit the home and take pictures from the street. It’s often included in lists of popular tourist attractions, even making USA Today’s list.

Netflix announced in a press release that "Fuller House" would focus on D.J. Tanner, who moves back to the family abode with her children after becoming a widow.

Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are all set to reprise their roles as D.J, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibler, respectively. Other members of the original cast are slated make occasional appearances, including John Stamos, who is a lead producer on the reboot. 

Sadly for Michelle Tanner fans, neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley Olsen will be returning to their childhood role. 

Michelle’s absence will be addressed, however, as show writers have planned for her character to be working as a fashion designer in New York – a fate not too far removed from that of her real life counterparts, who are busy running several succesful clothing lines. 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Curry Dines with Drake at Alameda In-N-Out]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:38:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drake-curry-combo.jpg

Judging by the photos, Stephen Curry might be Drake's new "Right Hand" man.

Curry and his wife Ayesha were spotted dining at Alameda's In-N-Out Burger along with the Canadian rapper early Thursday morning. A fan posted a Snapchat of the trio, who were laughing and appeared to have a good time.

Tabloid news site TMZ reports the three were accompanied by a crew of 15 people, including bodyguards. Apparently, Drake and Steph were cordial with fans and were glad to take a few pictures.

The site also reported that Drake hopped on the restaurant intercom at one point and shouted his love for "Dub Nation." Then, when Curry's food was ready, Drake reportedly yelled, "Steph Curry for the fries, tho!"

Understandably, everyone cheered.

The In-N-Out trip came after the Warriors won Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns, with a final score of 128-103.

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<![CDATA[Drake Invests in SF Startup's App]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:47:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488644638.jpg

Hip-hop star Drake has invested in Omni, a concierge and storage service app that aims to help users catalog their personal possessions.

According to the startup's co-founder, it may be one of the music star's premiere forays into the world of tech.

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"Being one of Drake's first tech investments and doing deep dives on the crossover between tech and music from an end user perspective. . . is wild," co-founder and CEO Thomas McLeod posted on Instagram, a caption for a picture with McLeod, Drake and Omni's "latest investors."

Omni charges between 25 cents and $2 per month for each item you allow the service to pick up, photograph, catalog and store, with the option to have any item delivered back to the customer on demand.

The app's potential for storing large music archives must not have eluded its most famous new investor.

Other notable investors in Omni include Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and former Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Restaurants Named in Global Best List]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:35:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_chef_thomas_keller_st.jpg

Prominent Napa Valley chef/restaurateur Thomas Keller and several Bay Area spots have been recognized in a list of the world's best restaurants.

Keller's New York restaurant Per Se was named the second best restaurant in the world by La Liste, which is a project from the French Foreign Ministry and funded by corporate sponsors, according to Grub Street.

After teasing the top results over the weekend, La Liste revealed its full global list of 1,000 restaurants on Thursday, determined by an algorithm that scoured diner-generated scores from sources like OpenTable and Zagat.

Several Northern California restaurants were named in the top 20 restaurants in the United States: Los Gatos' Manresa (No. 15), San Francisco's Benu (No. 14) and Saison (No. 6),  Keller's The French Laundry (No. 9) in Yountville and St. Helena's The Restaurant at Meadowood (No. 7).