<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - ]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:32:54 -0800 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:32:54 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SF Sketchfest 2016: Sally Field, Patton Oswalt Among Notables ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:26:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sally+Field.jpg

Actress Sally Field is among the surprising headliners planned for the 15th edition of SF Sketchfest.

The festival is scheduled to take place across 200 events in 19 different San Francisco venues from Jan. 7-24, 2016. 

Field will appear for a guest screening and Q&A in support of the film "Hello, My Name is Doris" and as a "guest monologist" with comedy crew Upright Citizens Brigade.

Among the expected programming highlights is a conversation between comedian Patton Oswalt and Oakland music artist Boots Riley, a "Sesquicentennial" celebration of the film "Waiting for Guffman," San Francisco drag queen icon Peaches Christ taking on "Teen Witch," a stage rendition of cult Comedy Central program "Drunk History" and a live performance by UC Santa Cruz grads Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum's captivating Prince cover band Princess.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sunday and many are expected to sell out quickly.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Noise Pop Releases Initial 2016 Lineup]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:29:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/vince-staples.jpg

San Francisco's annual Noise Pop has announced the first wave of confirmed artists for the 2016 event, which takes place in various venues from Feb. 19-28.

Vince Staples, The Mountain Goats, The Thermals, Escort, Parquet Courts, Kamasi Washington, Film School, Heartwatch, Cayucas, Beacon, Natasha Kmeto, Palehound, Wild Ones, The Cave Singers, and Astronauts, Etc. are all scheduled to appear at the 24th edition of the music fest. More artists are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

General admission badges good for all non-seated concerts plus a schedule of related films, happy hours and cultural events are on sale now for $175; a "Super Fan" badge that includes drink tickets, merchandise package and access to a festival rep all week is $375.

The lineup broadens stylistically each year.

"Noise Pop books bands that we love and that we feel our audience will appreciate," Noise Pop general manager Dawson Ludwig told NBC Bay Area. "Over the last five years our audience has grown accustomed to a wide range of music. This is a dream come true for us music nerds. We are able to now confidently book a wide array of talent and be confident that it will sell well."

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 Gets More Star Studded]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:16:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/renner93845.jpg

Star power at the first Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016 is on the rise.

Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Apple founder Steve Wozniak announced in April that that they'll bring the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con to San Jose's McEnery Convention Center on March 18-20.

It was announced last month that Christopher Lloyd and William Shatner will appear at the event, the latter presiding over a 50th anniversary celebration for "Star Trek." Additions to the conference announced Thursday include appearances by Lee (with his Stan Lee Mega Museum), Jeremy Renner, Sean Astin, Ray Park, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk.

"When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn’t cool, and that wasn’t easy," Wozniak said in a memo posted to the event website. "I’m happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek."

Tickets start at $25 for the preview night on March 18 and go up to $890 for a "VIP Diamond" package that includes a three-night stay at one of three partner hotels in San Jose.

More stars, comic artists and speakers are scheduled to be announced over the coming months. 

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/file]]>
<![CDATA[LaBelle's Sweet Potato Pie May Still Be Available in East Bay]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:56:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/labelle-pie.jpg

A viral video frenzy caused Patti LaBelle's Sweet Potato Pie to fly off of Walmart shelves in the U.S., including in the Bay Area, but the retailer reports the dessert is still available in at least two East Bay stores.

In a video posted to YouTube on November 12, James Wright Chanel sang in LaBelle's signature tones as he offered a customer review of the pie, which he loved.

Chanel's video racked millions of views across sources, prompted nationwide sellouts and earned a personal phone call from LaBelle.

"We've located a few thousand more in our distribution centers and this week we're processing them and routing them to stores where there's the greatest need for them," John Forrest Ales, ‎Director of Corporate Communications at Walmart, told TODAY, which also published LaBelle's actual home recipe on Thursday.

Ales added that he wasn't sure if that would mean that they'd be available in time for Thanksgiving.

But there may be good news for curious locals. According to walmart.com, LaBelle's dessert sensation, which retails for $3.98 and is made with "California grown sweet potatoes," has sold out at the Richmond Walmart location but is still available in San Leandro and Oakland.

They're also available to bid on or buy via eBay, where amateur auctioneers are asking as much as $12,000 to buy two now.

Photo Credit: File--Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP and walmart.com]]>
<![CDATA[Cafe Gratitude to Close Berkeley Location]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:50:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/cafegratitudefood.jpg

Cafe Gratitude will close in Berkeley, leaving Santa Cruz as the last Northern California outpost of the Bay Area-founded vegan restaurant chain known for naming food after positive affirmations.

According to Berkeleyside, the Shattuck Street location will stop serving dishes such as "I Am Fulfilled" (mixed green salad), "I Am Magical" (black bean burger) and "I Am Humble" (Indian curry bowl) and close by the end of the year.

Locations in Los Angeles, Venice, San Diego and Kansas City are to remain open, as will Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant in San Francisco from Cafe Gratitude owners Matthew and Terces Engelhart.

In 2011, Cafe Gratitude was the subject of an East Bay Express ("I Am Annoyed and Disappointed") exposé featuring disgruntled former employees who said they were terminated for not attending the Landmark Forum training program. 

The following year, the Engelharts settled a lawsuit over labor practices brought by former employees out of court that triggered the first Bay Area closures.

Photo Credit: Cafe Gratitude]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Transgender Film Festival Returns]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 15:12:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/The_Girl_Bunnies._ROCKETSHIP._%28still_2%29.jpg

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival returns to the city on Nov. 12-15. 

The 19th annual event features shorts, documentaries and full-length features screening at the Castro and Roxie movie theaters.

Program highlights include a documentary on a 40-year transgender activist ("Major!"), a profile on a trans showgirl who eventually became a member of Parliament in Madrid ("El Viaje de Carla") and a stop motion animation short made for children ("The Girl Bunnies. ROCKETSHIP").

Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $12-15 or as a full festival pass for $65.

Photo Credit: Francoise Doherty/Wikipedia]]>
<![CDATA[SF Disco Preservation Society Archives '70s Scene]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:32:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/trocaderowhiteparty.jpg

An archive of music and images pays tribute to San Francisco's vibrant disco scene in the 1970s.

The SF Disco Preservation Society started in 2013 when Jim Hopkins, a San Francisco-based sound engineer, producer, DJ and head of the veteran local record label Twitch Recordings, bought a reel-to-reel tape machine to offer conversion services to his clients.

Soon after, he answered a Craigslist ad from a woman looking to have some reels transferred to CD. In her possession were many hours of recordings of her late father, DJ Michael Lee, a popular Bay Area disco DJ in the late 1970s. Lee was also a Billboard chart reporter and his daughter gave Hopkins stacks of his old charts and disco magazines.

Hopkins quickly put the digitized sounds and images on a Facebook page to share with the world, including photo galleries containing pictures of the now defunct clubs where Lee played, including the I-Beam, Buzzby's, Dreamland, and Trocadero Transfer. He later acquired and digitized a collection of reel-to-reel, cassette and video tapes from disco event promoter Rod Roderick. The two collections, which reach into the early 1980s, form the backbone of the Society archive.

After two years of archiving music on his own site, Hopkins has set up a page for the Society on Hear This, which allows him to stream the longer length recordings he accumulated. He has been adding new offerings almost daily.

"Jim Hopkins is an excellent DJ with a unique perspective on music and club culture since its beginnings," noted Steve Fabus, who has been spinning disco in San Francisco since 1975. "Disco was the beginning of dance music and the art form of DJ mixing and the DJ taking dancers on a trip through the night."

Fabus loaned the Society many images and sounds from his personal collection and still sees threads of the energy that made the scene in the 1970s so special.

"There are similarities in clubs that perpetuate the collective experience of the energy interplay of the dancers with the DJ," he said.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Steve Fabus]]>
<![CDATA[Metallica to Headline Pre-Super Bowl Concert]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:44:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453418148.jpg

Metallica will perform a concert at AT&T Park on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

The band's first San Francisco show in three years will be for CBS Radio's third annual Super Bowl eve concert "The Night Before" on Feb. 6.

The forthcoming performance was announced Monday morning by the band on radio station Live 105. A representative from Metallica's management company Q Prime told NBC Bay Area the band went live on five more local radio stations within one hour of the announcement in an unprecedented airwave blitz.

"As many of you know, we’re no strangers to our hometown ballpark supporting the local baseball team, but this will be the first time we have ever played a headlining show there and we can’t wait to bring a stage show and production worthy of the magnitude of the week," the band wrote on the Metallica blog.

Tickets go on general sale at 10 a.m. on Friday on Ticketmaster, while Metallica fan club members have early pre-sale access beginning on Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Getty/file
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Margaret Cho Launches Campaign for Rape Survivors]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:56:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/margaretchorapeawareness.jpg

Comedian Margaret Cho is leading a social media campaign for rape survivors to speak out.

The San Francisco native launched the hashtag #12DaysofRage on Sunday to encourage public dialogue on Twitter.

"Just because your rape wasn't reported doesn't mean it didn't happen," she tweeted on Tuesday. "Even if it's a secret u can still be angry. Let it out."

Cho is sharing her personal stories of sexual abuse, including multiple rapes, on video on her blog each day.

The campaign culminates on Nov. 13, when Cho plans to release a song and video called "(I Want to) Kill My Rapist."

Cho told talk show host Wendy Williams that she was repeatedly raped by a family member beginning at age five and continuing until she was 12.

"Sexual abuse leads to self abuse," she said. "You have to acknowledge that it happened."

Photo Credit: Margaret Taylor
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Star Wars, Superhero Costumes Top Bay Area Searches]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:51:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/103041242.jpg

There may be an outbreak of Chewbaccas, Darth Vaders and Luke Skywalkers around the region this Halloween.

The Bay Area has searched for Star Wars and superhero costumes more than any other Halloween outfit, according to Google Trends' Frightgeist experiment, which allows users to search for top trends this holiday. 

A pirate, Minnie Mouse and Batman round out the region's Top 5.

It's not far off from the nationally trending costume ideas, with one notable difference: Batman's foil Harley Quinn is the top searched costume in the United States, followed by Star Wars, superhero, pirate and Batman.

Photo Credit: Getty/file]]>
<![CDATA[James Franco Bar Mitzvah Will Stream Live]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:35:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP777028630595_0_Franco.jpg

Not one of the chosen people who will attend James Franco's Bar Mitzvah on Saturday?

No problem, for the Palo Alto native's coming of age party will stream live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. Saturday on free app go90, according to StyleCaster.

Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 but will ritually become a man this weekend at a service hosted by his friend Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity organization at the Hollywood Palladium. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

This will double as Hilarity for Charity's fourth annual variety show. People reported that last year's event raised almost $1 million.

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Doc Chronicles Woman Who Swam From Farallons to GGB]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:18:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kimswims.jpg

"Kim Swims" tells the story of Kim Chambers, an open water endurance swimmer who was the first woman to swim solo from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chambers reached this milestone achievement in August when she swam the nearly 30-mile distance, which, according to the Kickstarter campaign for the documentary film, only four other people have managed.

What makes her story even more extraordinary is that Chambers almost lost her leg in a freak accident in 2008 and was given a 1 percent chance that she would walk without assistance. She began swimming regularly in 2010 as part of her rehabilitation activities.

As of this writing, 235 backers have raised $26,826 of a $35,000 goal that needs to be reached by Nov. 5 in order to be funded.

Photo Credit: Kate Webber]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Cafe Offers 'Fitness With Felines' Yoga Classes]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:38:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kitteayoga.jpg

A San Francisco cafe is taking kitten therapy to a new level of practice.

KitTea, a Hayes Valley tea house where patrons can hang out with adoptable cats and kittens, will introduce a series of restorative yoga classes next week.

The first planned "Fitness With Felines" class on Oct. 19 is almost sold out. Tickets are $56 and include a 90-minute Hatha flow yoga session, 30 minutes of communing with cats, a human head and shoulder massage and a pot of tea.

Classes will eventually take place every Monday night.

Photo Credit: KitTea]]>
<![CDATA[Chez Panisse, The Progress Given National Recognition]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:46:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/08_Chez+Panisse_Berkeley_CA+03.jpg

Bay Area restaurants are once again being recognized for national excellence by both critics and the general public.

An algorithm of TripAdvisor traveler reviews determined that Berkeley's Chez Panisse is in the top 25 best restaurants in the country, landing at No. 8. Other locals on the list are Restaurant Gary Danko (No. 11), The French Laundry (No. 16), and Kokkari Estiatorio (No. 22).

Meanwhile, Esquire's November issue named San Francisco's The Progress as one of the best new restaurants in the country this year, praising the every changing checklist menu that's described as "choose-your-own-adventure": "The Progress feels like a large-scale pop-up in which the cooks aren't forcing submission to any formal experience but rather floating experimental dishes like soap bubbles." 

The Progress also received a nomination in the Best New Restaurant category of this year's James Beard Foundation Awards.

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor]]>
<![CDATA[Rapper Lil B Hosts New Years Eve Party]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:03:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Lil-B-coachella.jpg

Lil B will host his own rare New Years Eve event in San Francisco.

The Berkeley-born rapper, Internet cult figure and Warriors superfan will take over the city's Regency Ballroom to ring in 2016. The night is billed as "Lil B & Friends" but additional guests have yet to be announced.

Tickets ($55) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Some believe that Lil B had magical sway when it came to a Golden State Warriors win against the Houston Rockets in May. His well-publicized curse against Rockets star James Harden for appropriating the "cooking dance" he says he invented was thought to be a secret asset in defeating Houston. Rap-savvy Warriors created photo memes with Lil B's Internet-famous "thank you Based God" phrase in appreciation of the hex.

In 2012, he tried out for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Golden State Warriors' D-League team. Two years later, he released "Hoop Dreams," a basketball-themed mixtape that featured a song and video called "Gotta Make the NBA."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NYC, Las Vegas Dominate List of Money-Making Restaurants]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:27:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/bottegalouielosangeles.jpg

The 100 top-grossing independent restaurants in the U.S. collectively earned $1.7 billion in 2014, according to a survey conducted by Restaurant Business. Nearly half of the restaurants were in New York City and Las Vegas.

The publication surveyed restaurants with five or fewer locations and also used public information to help estimate sales in cases where establishments didn't provide data.

New York City dominates the list, with 33 entries in the top 100 and half of the top 10. Tao Downtown heads up the Big Apple contingent with $38 million grossed in 2014.

Las Vegas follows with 15 spots, including the No. 1 overall position with Tao Asian Bistro, which brought in $47 million in 2014.

Ten restaurants in California made the list by grossing at least $12 million in 2014. Bottega Louie, a restaurant and bakery in Los Angeles, leads the state with $21.1 million, followed by The Slanted Door, a Vietnamese eatery on San Francisco's waterfront that grossed $16.9 million.

Seafood and steakhouses are big earners on the list overall, as evidenced by standouts like Joe's Stone Crab on Miami's South Beach, which landed at No. 3 on the list with $36.1 million, and Chicago's Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, which sits at No. 11 with $22.5 million.

Photo Credit: Tamara Palmer]]>
<![CDATA[The Roots Return to San Francisco]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:51:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/The-Roots-hi-res-copy.jpg

The Roots are returning to San Francisco.

The city has a special place in the group's history: The band was the first hip-hop act to play at SF's Davies Symphony Hall in 2009. Drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson also makes frequent appearances to DJ at various clubs in the city.

Now the beloved hip-hop legends and house band for NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" will appear at The Regency Ballroom on October 21. Tickets range from $52.50-79.50.
The Roots and Fallon have had a wonderful chemistry since joining forces six years ago for Fallon's previous program "Late Night." Their musical, comedic and overall improvisational chops are unparalleled, as noted by some of their most fun "Tonight Show" moments to date, which include freestyling about festivals, going on "Holiday" with Madonna and competing in a special version of "The Family Feud." 






<![CDATA[Two Bay Area Cities Named Best for Trick-or-Treating]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:17:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-155081793.jpg

San Francisco and San Jose have topped a list of the best cities in the country for kids to trick-or-treat for Halloween.

A survey conducted by Zillow considered the company's own home index, crime data, average age of residents and proximity of homes. Presidio Heights, Sea Cliff, Cow Hollow, Glen Park are the best San Francisco neighborhoods for kids to go door-to-door in search of free treats, while the hot spots in San Jose are Cambrian Park, Almaden Valley, Willow Glen, Blossom Valley and Rose Garden.

Both cities also have free merchant-driven trick-or-treating options for children.

In San Francisco's Japan Center Malls, there is trick or treating from 1-5 p.m. as part of the annual free Spooktacular Halloween Party.

In San Jose, kids can trick-or-treat at the businesses of downtown Willow Glen on Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Willow streets. Pre-schoolers and kids in strollers are welcome between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while school-aged kids in costume may participate between 3-4:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[SPCA Hopes to Stoke Pet Adoptions With Ramen, Tattoos]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:03:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lemurcat.jpg

The San Francisco SPCA is looking to fuel potential pet adoptions with the help of some noodles and ink.

Friday's "Popular" pet adoption event at the Alabama Street facility is a self-proclaimed "ode to hipness." A fictional character called "Kitty Ramenstache" was created to promote the day, which will feature Japanese ramen by Namu Street Food, a station dispensing temporary tattoos, cocktails, a DJ and a photobooth.

Adoptions are free for those who qualify to give a pet a stable home.

The organization is out of space for free RSVPs on Eventbrite, but it's not too late to RSVP with a donation.

Photo Credit: SF SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[StreetWars Water Gun Assassination Tournament Comes to Bay Area]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:19:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/streetwars.jpg

Regardless of the weather forecast, some San Franciscans are going to get wet starting Sunday.

StreetWars, described by organizers as a water gun assassination tournament, is coming to the city between Sept. 27 and Oct. 24.

The spy game draws on the rules of “Assassin” and encourages participants to “find” and “kill” targets using colorful water pistols, water balloons or super soakers. But a line is drawn at anything that “remotely resembles a real firearm,” according to StreetWars’ organizers, the so-called Shadow Government.

The game is not without controversy though. In the past, it has been played in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London, and has been criticized by law enforcement officials along the way. The San Francisco Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

According to StreetWars' rules, solo "agents" or at least one teammate must live and work in San Francisco.

“You can pose as a delivery person and jack them when they open the door, disguise yourself and take them out on the street,” its website says.

On Saturday night, participants will be provided with their targets’ name, phone number, email address, home and work address, and, most importantly, photograph.

After that, players must come out with water guns blazing and make a minimum of one kill attempt per week. “Stalking” doesn’t count while one drop of water counts as death, the game’s organizers stressed, adding that a kill passes on the victim’s target to the assassin.

Participants cannot be struck in no-kill zones, including the city block where they work, on all forms of public transit, and in hospitals, government buildings and bars. However, being in a restaurant or parking lot does not offer the same protection.

Also, bystanders can be collateral damage in the watery free-for-all.

The assassin left standing after the three-week run will win a cash prize. Registration, which has now ended, costs $60.

For more information, visit the site.

Photo Credit: StreetWars San Francisco]]>
<![CDATA[Restaurant Faces Eviction From San Francisco Waterfront]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:55:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SF-SINBADS-EVICTION-raw---23011524.jpg

A restaurant fixture on the San Francisco waterfront for more than 40 years is facing eviction, but it won't go quietly.

Port of San Francisco spokeswoman Renée Dunn Martin revealed to SFGate that the San Francisco Sherriff's Department would be changing the locks on Sinbad's on Pier 2 at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Co-owner Tom Stinson told the publication, "It's not going to happen," but wouldn't say what he planned to do.

The locks were not changed at 11:30 a.m. Stinson informed an NBC Bay Area photographer that Sinbad's has filed for bankruptcy and that he plans to keep it open during bankruptcy proceedings.

A Port representative told NBC Bay Area that the bankruptcy filing will delay eviction proceedings.

"Hopefully we can rectify a bad situation which was created," Stinson said Wednesday.

Sinbad's lost a court battle against the Port in July after suing to protest a March order to vacate in order to create a bigger ferry terminal.

A sheriff's department representative declined to comment on the eviction.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Harry Houdini Halloween Séance Planned in SF]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:47:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/houdiniharry.jpg

A Halloween séance to call up the spirit of late master illusionist Harry Houdini is planned at San Francisco's Brava Theater.

The Official Houdini Séance 2015 has currently raised over $12,000 of a $9,000 goal on Kickstarter to assist in the production of the event, which is part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

With three days left to donate, organizers have set two stretch goals: Raising $18,000 total will fund a daytime forum that will include re-enactments of Houdini's most famous escapes, such as from a straightjacket while hanging upside down, while reaching a goal of $25,000 would take care of the costs of producing a documentary about the event, which has been held in a different city every year since Houdini's death in 1926, a tradition started by his friends and relatives.

According to sfgeneology.com, Houdini may have executed magical stunts as many as four times in San Francisco in his career, including performing for inmates at San Quentin in 1915 and hanging from the side of the Hearst Building at Third and Market Streets in 1923.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/The Library of Congress, McManus-Young Collection]]>
<![CDATA['Carmichael Show' Star Headlines Treasure Island Comedy Lineup]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:01:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NUP_168478_2133.JPG

Jerrod Carmichael, star of NBC sitcom "The Carmichael Show," is among the headliners announced for the Treasure Island Music Festival's first comedy lineup this weekend.

Curated by humor site Funny Or Die, the comedy tent is called The Blah Blah Blah and incorporates standup sets with live podcast recordings. Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric fame headlines on October 17, while Carmichael will help close the festival on October 18.

"The Carmichael Show," which also stars Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier and has been praised for its topical humor, has been picked up for a second season.

Photo Credit: Matthias Clamer/NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Snoop Dogg Launches Marijuana Website]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:20:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP279735288232.jpg

Snoop Dogg is making a new public proclamation of his love for marijuana.

The weed-friendly rapper announced the creation of a cannabis-focused website called Merry Jane at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Monday, according to TechCrunch.

"Merry Jane" is also the name of a 2007 song by Redman featuring Snoop and the late Nate Dogg.

Snoop hopes the site will be an icebreaker for people to take pride in their love of weed.

"There are so many people in the closet, and we are giving them an opportunity to come out of the closet and just admit they like to smoke," Snoop said at TechCrunch Disrupt. "I’m a smoker, my name is Snoop Dogg, and I’m a stoner."

Snoop and site co-founder Ted Chung, who is also his longtime manager and business partner, released a four-minute profile of marijuana-positive military members called "Deflowered with the Marines" as an example of the type of video and editorial content that Merry Jane will offer.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Shatner to Host Star Trek Event at Silicon Valley Comic Con]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:29:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480079144_ComicCon.jpg

William Shatner will preside over a 50th anniversary celebration for "Star Trek" at the first Silicon Valley Comic Con in 2016.

Apple founder Steve Wozniak and Marvel Comics' Stan Lee announced in April that that they'll bring the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con to San Jose's McEnery Convention Center on March 19-20 and have since added a preview night on March 18.

"When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn’t cool, and that wasn’t easy," Wozniak said in a memo posted to the event website. "I’m happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek."

Tickets start at $25 for the preview night and go up to $890 for a "VIP Diamond" package that includes a three-night stay at one of three partner hotels in San Jose.

Silicon Valley Comic Con plans to announce further details of the "Star Trek" celebration, including other former castmates who will appear alongside Shatner, in the coming months.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Urban Wine Trail Features 10 Wineries]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:16:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/oaklandurbanwinetrail.jpg

The East Bay's latest answer to Wine Country starts within Oakland city limits.

Don't expect palatial estates with free-flowing grapes, as one might find in Sonoma or Mendocino counties, though; Visit Oakland's new Oakland Urban Wine Trail site and map is more of a warehouse hop than a vineyard crawl.

The map notes 10 distinct wineries, all located within close proximity for walking, biking or a short drive. Their locations are also within reasonable distance of BART, ferry and Amtrak stations.

Photo Credit: Visit Oakland]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Montana Auction Benefits Ronnie Lott Charity]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:11:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0507-JoeMontana.jpg

Niner fans who double as culinary enthusiasts can bid on a chance to meet Joe Montana at a special dinner in honor of Ronnie Lott's charitable foundation.

Bidding via IfOnly starts at $500 for dinner for two at Stones Throw restaurant in San Francisco created by executive chef Jason Halverson in conjunction with Nancy Oakes of SF's Boulevard. The winner's table will be visited by fellow diner Montana and will receive a football autographed by Montana and Lott. 

Highlights of the menu include local halibut crudo, duck liver mousse with corn and cornbread, and Wagyu beef with smoked polenta and winter truffle roast beef jus.

Proceeds for the night go to Lott's All Stars Helping Kids, which provides seed funds for Bay Area nonprofit startups with a mission to help low-income children.

The auction for the event, which takes place on Sept. 28, closes on Thursday.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Bridge School 2015: Neil Young, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:14:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/81831793.jpg

Neil Young, Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow are among the headliners for the 29th annual benefit for The Bridge School, to be held on Oct. 24-25 at Shoreline Ampitheatre.

Young and ex-wife Pegi launched the annual two-day benefit for the Hillsborough-based school in 1986 in hopes to boost its efforts to educate and assist physically impaired children through the use of technology.

This year's celebration also includes live appearances from Ryan Adams, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr., Spoon and Nils Lofgren. There will also be some special, unnanounced guests who will take the stage.

Tickets ($35-150) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday on Live Nation.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Fest Attempts to Top 'Soul Train' Record]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:50:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Soul-Train-Dancers_Soul-Tra.jpg

Last June, 337 Oakland dancers boogied their way into the Guinness Book of World Records for executing the biggest "Soul Train" style dance line.

The record was soon bested by an Arizona with 425 people, so OakTrain, which was behind the first record-breaking line, is organizing a new chance to recapture the title.

Dancers are needed at the eighth annual Life Is Living Festival on Oct. 10 at DeFremery Park (1651 Adeline Street) in West Oakland. All are welcome, with the stipulation that registrants have enough stamina to dance for at least three hours. It costs $10 to participate and includes a T-shirt.

The "Soul Train" line was a consistent feature of the dance and music-driven television series that ran from 1971 to 2006, a time for stars-in-the-making to show up and show out.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Trailer for 'East Side Sushi,' Filmed in Oakland]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:52:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/eastsidesushi.jpg

A fictional film about a Mexican woman's quest to become a Japanese chef, shot in Oakland, debuts in Bay Area theaters on Friday.

"East Side Sushi" is the feature film directorial debut for Oakland native Anthony Lucero, who has shot and edited for the PBS documentary series "Not in Our Town" and created visual effects for films such as "Star Wars: Episodes I & II," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Iron Man."

The film has earned numerous accolades, including the Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival and the Audience Award at this year's SF IndieFest.

Photo Credit: Blue Sun Pictures
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[T.I. Announces Surprise Release at Twitter HQ]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:13:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP329098695839.jpg

Rapper, actor and reality television star T.I. visited Twitter's San Francisco headquarters Thursday to announce he's dropping a surprise music release at 9 p.m. PDT on Thursday night.

After parting ways with his longtime label, Atlantic, he's releasing a five-song EP called "Da Nic" independently through San Francisco's Empire Distribution. He revealed the news via a live Q&A session on Twitter, inviting users to ask questions using the hashtag #Tip911.

Symbolic of taking his own destiny into his hands by going independent, T.I. is also free to use his family nickname from childhood, Tip, which he was asked to change to T.I. before releasing his first album in 2001 in order to avoid confusion with rapper Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest.

"Da Nic" is slang for another slang term, nickel bag. The five songs precede a forthcoming full-length album called "Dime Trap."

Tip's day in the Bay also included visits to Pandora in Oakland and Facebook in Menlo Park.

Photo Credit: AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Guest Chef Tailgate Season Launches at Levi's Stadium]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:47:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+TZ1+MICHAEL+MINA+VO+-+00004226.jpg

Michael Mina is once again set to launch a lineup of guest chefs at Levi's Stadium for football season, starting on Monday night.

The chefs will cook refined football-themed menus, offered with beverage pairings, on game days at Michael Mina's Tailgate, the restaurateur's members-only club at the stadium.

The schedule includes a mix of notable local and international chefs. Monday's kickoff against the Vikings features San Francisco chefs Ryan Farr (4505 Meats) and Joshua Skenes (Saison).

Other highlights of the series include molecular gastronomy star José Andrés with "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio (October 18), PBS host and restaurateur Todd English (November 8) and "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern with Boston chef Matthew Jennings and David Bazirgan of San Francisco's Dirty Habit (November 29).

This kind of culinary offering doesn't happen on a garlic fries budget, though; a season membership to the Tailgate, only available for Niners season ticket holders, costs $5,000. In addition to food and beverages, membership includes perks like VIP parking, an invite to a big Super Bowl 50 bash in San Francisco and a personal concierge.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile Tea Jeep En Route to Bay Area Stops]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:58:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steepteagirls.jpg

After a year in business, West Oakland tea blenders Steep Tea Co will soon hit the road, stopping at Bay Area farmers markets, pop-up events and private parties to serve tea and treats in the Steep Tea Jeep.

Owners Molly Gaylord and Karina Vlastnik are in the final hours of a Kickstarter campaign which has already surpassed a goal of $20,000 to renovate their 1967 Jeep postal truck. Among the improvements to come are to outfit the truck, affectionately nicknamed "Belle," with a kitchen that will include a soft serve machine to dispense ice cream in flavors like chai and Earl Grey.

The Jeep will also sell beverages such as hot and iced teas, tea sodas and tea lattes along with loose tea.

Gaylord and Vlastnik told NBC Bay Area they are currently working on permits to operate in Alameda and next plan to pursue San Francisco permits.

Photo Credit: Steep Tea Co]]>
<![CDATA[Margaret Cho Sneak Previews Doc on SF Homeless]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:32:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cho-homeless-doc.jpg

Margaret Cho is set to preview "#BeRobin: The Movie," her documentary about helping San Francisco's homeless population.

The Kurt Weitzmann-directed film, still a work in progress, will be screened on Friday at Second Act Marketplace in San Francisco. Tickets run from $10-50 and proceeds will help Cho finish the production.

Weitzmann has also set up an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise funds; as of this writing, it has raised $3,856 towards an $11,000 goal.

The comedian, actress, singer and SF native arrived at the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets on Nov. 17 to begin a daily, two-month commitment to busk on the streets to raise money for the city's homeless population.

Cho set out a guitar case with a handwritten sign that says, "If you have, give; if you need, take (please remember your fellow man)."

"We have a small amplification system and big hearts," Cho wrote on her Facebook page when she started the campaign last November. "The homeless problem in SF is out of control and this is the least we can do."

The campaign later became known as #BeRobin, a reference to the kindness of the late Robin Williams.

Photo Credit: #BeRobin: The Movie
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[20th Street Block Party Returns to SF]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:46:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/2014BlockParty1_PaigeKParsons-2.jpg

Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group will host the third annual 20th Street Block Party in San Francisco on Sept. 12. The music and food festival highlights local sounds and restaurants from the neighborhood.

Musicians on deck for this year's event include Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Nick Waterhouse, Andrew St. James, Dominant Legs, Fine Points, No Vacation, and SF Rock Project, while there will be cooking demos as well as food and drinks offered by area eateries such as Flour + Water, Trick Dog, Frozen Kuhsterd, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, Mission Minis and Asiento.

The event is free for general admission. There's also a VIP package ($95) that includes amenities like a private area to view the stage, free wine, beer and bites, plus a T-shirt and mixtape.

Photo Credit: Paige K. Parsons]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Ice Cream Sundae Costs Cool $3K]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 20:51:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/threetwins3ksundae.jpg

One of the Bay Area's most expensive dishes can melt in mere moments.

Three Twins Ice Cream, which originated in the North Bay, offers “The World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae” for $3,333.33.

The haute couture take on a banana split is made with syrups from three rare dessert wines (a vintage port, a Chateau D’Yquem and a German Trockenbeerenauslese), served with a 19th Century ice cream spoon.

Customers who order it at least a day in advance have the option to eat their sundae with musical accompaniment by a live cellist. 

One-third of the price is donated to a local land trust. A rep for the company said that Three Twins has sold three or four of them since first being offered in 2014.

The concept sounds like something that could only be invented in San Francisco, but it was likely inspired by "Golden Opulence," the $1,000 sundae that's been served for the past decade at New York's Serendipity 3.

On a more "budget" scale, the shop also offers a "Twinasaurus," a 20-scoop sundae served in a pot for a pricetag of $45.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Three Twins Ice Cream]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Bruno Mars Offered Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:16:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bruno-mars-superbowl-2014.jpg

We don't know which teams will be playing in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. But we might be close to finding out who will be performing at halftime.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the NFL has offered Bruno Mars the coveted halftime performance slot.

This would be his second go around. He also performed in 2014 at MetLife Stadium during the game between the Broncos and the Seahawks.

Mars is also being asked to “curate” the halftime extravaganza. When Mars performed in 2014, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined him on stage.

Other artists to perform at multiple Super Bowl halftimes include Gloria Estefan and Nelly.

Super Bowl 50 is in Santa Clara on Feb. 7.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Ride the Ducks Tours Leaving San Francisco]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:22:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ride+the+ducks+tour.jpg

Ride the Ducks is flying away from San Francisco.

SFGate reports the tour company with the boat-shaped, duck-themed and amphibious vehicles has pulled its fleet of seven off the road/water after eight years in business.

The publication cited a 2014 death of a woman struck by a motorized cable car owned by Hirschend in front of City Hall. Following the incident, the city established new rules for tour buses, including the abolishment of drivers serving as narrated tour guides.

“San Francisco is an iconic destination but an extremely challenging business environment,” owner Chris Hirschend said in a statement.

According to NBC Philadelphia, another woman was struck and killed by a Ride the Ducks vehicle in Philadelphia in May.

The company still operates in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Guam.

<![CDATA[James Franco Will Teach Film Workshop at Palo Alto High]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP777028630595_0_Franco.jpg

James Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996.

Now, nearly 20 years later, the actor has announced that he'll lead a workshop on film at his alma mater.

Hollywood Reporter noted that Paly students grades nine through 12 are eligible to take the class, but they must submit an application by Thursday.

According to that application, 24 students will be selected to create an original film that will be screened at a film festival "if it is good."

In 2013, Franco starred in "Palo Alto," a film about a high school teacher's inappropriate relationship with a student. It was based on "Palo Alto Stories," a short book he wrote.

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Yo-Yo Champion Swings on SF Streets]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:07:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kahnman-yoyo.jpg

Ernest Kahn is a two-time Phillippine National yo-yo champion now living in San Francisco, where he has taken to the streets to show off his swinging craft.

Kahn's shows (which often take place on Powell and Geary streets) and his quest to make yoyoing a full-time pursuit have been captured in a short documentary film.

Kahn Man: The Story of Ernest the Yoyoist is student Anthony Forcione's final project for a class at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking.

"When I street perform, something inside comes out of me and all of a sudden I'm burning bright," said Kahn.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[HipHop TV Launches in Oakland]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:36:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edloverhiphoptv.jpg

Oakland's Watch Now Networks has launched a 24-hour streaming network for hip-hop content.

HipHopTV started streaming live on Monday at Hiero Day, a music festival hosted by Oakland's Hieroglyphics collective that features top California hip-hop talent and annually attracts tens of thousands.

The network, which plans original programming alongside showing music videos, live performances and other content, is viewable on computers, mobile devices, tablets and set top boxes such as Apple TV and Roku.

Oakland's Shawn Granberry, the founder and CEO, has a long history of promoting entertainment in the Bay Area. HipHopTV's vice president of artist relations is Ed Lover, the New York radio personality who hosted early hip-hop television series "Yo! MTV Raps" in the 1980s. 

Another soon-to-be launched network called Premo, based in San Francisco, appears to be aiming for a similar multicultural and Millennial viewer and has partnered with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D for original musical programming.

However, unlike Premo, which plans a subscription fee of $4.99 per month, HipHopTV is free.

Photo Credit: HipHopTV]]>
<![CDATA[Inside Wizard World Comic Con in San Jose]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:04:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/090415-comiccon-sj-9.jpg Comic Con has descended on San Jose! Check out some of these pictures from the big Wizard World event.

Photo Credit: Riya Bhattacharjee / NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Charlie Brown Gets 'Forever' Stamp Treatment]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:02:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/peanuts-stamp.jpg

The U.S. Post Office's forthcoming 'Forever' stamps featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang will be dedicated in a free ceremony at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa on Oct 1.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" stamps, inspired by imagery from the popular 1965 animated special, are available for pre-order now via the USPS.

Meanwhile, the effort to make Snoopy California license plates happen is still active. About 1,600 more plates need to be pre-sold before January 2016 in order for them to go into production. They cost $50 for a Snoopy plate with a standard license number or $98 for a custom Snoopy plate.

Snoopy reportedly celebrated his 47th birthday on Aug. 10, which is 329 in dog years.

Photo Credit: USPS]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Mission to Lars' Trailer]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:10:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/LarsUlrichWillSpicer.jpg

A documentary showing a man with autism's quest to meet Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be released in theaters later this month.

In "Mission To Lars," Tom Spicer, a British man with a spectrum disorder called Fragile X Syndrome, travels to the West Coast with his siblings on a mission to meet his favorite drummer.

The unpredictable trip to track down the Bay Area band includes a Sacramento concert stop and a visit to a top Fragile X researcher located at UC Davis.

Originally produced in 2012, the film will get limited theatrical release and be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Sept. 25.

Photo Credit: Will Spicer
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Sammy Hagar Prepares 'Cooking and Partying Handbook']]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:38:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hagar-partial-cover.jpg

Move over, Guy Fieri.

Sammy Hagar is about to reveal his secrets for partying like a rock star in and out of the kitchen.

The Bay Area rocker and restaurateur's "Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking and Partying Handbook" will be released on Sept. 15 by Dey Street Books.

Hagar teamed up with San Francisco Magazine food critic Josh Sens to pen the his self described "lifestyle cookbook," which includes 50 food and drink recipes and his singular brand of entertaining advice.

Among the recipes in the book are guest contributions from celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali and dishes from El Paseo, the Mill Valley restaurant he owns with Tyler Florence.

Those in search of a closer brush with the lifestyle can meet Hagar at his Bay Area book signing appearances at Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur on Sept. 20 and Books Inc. Opera Plaza in San Francisco on Sept. 23.

Photo Credit: Dey Street Books
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Startup Partners With Chuck D for Digital Video Network ]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:08:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/91071369.jpg

A new subscription-based digital video network hopes that a multicultural audience of Millennials will pay for a mix of documentaries, music, food, comedy, lifestyle and original programming.

San Francisco startup Premo will launch this fall on iOS, Android, Xbox and Roku devices, with more platforms promised in the future. The service will cost $4.99 per month.

Founder/CEO Cary Grant Jr., who is not the son of the late Hollywood screen star, has not yet released a specific programming schedule. But he shared in a statement that he is developing unique content partnerships including one with Public Enemy frontman Chuck D to develop "music-focused programs" of various styles.

Grant told StreamDaily that he's defined his potential audience as multicultural, but that his definition of the term has broadened beyond just race and ethnicity.

“Multiculturals, especially millennials, are people who have different lifestyles, different political views but no political affiliation, different racial and ethnic backgrounds, who happen to embrace a broader spectrum of ideas," he said. "It’s not the multiculturalism of yesterday where you’re just talking about African Americans and Latinos.”

The network's website currently asks visitors to join the mailing list to be notified of the launch and receive a 30-day free trial offer once it is live.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Trailer for Tower Records Documentary]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:42:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TowerRecords.JPG

"All Things Must Pass," detailing the rise and fall of Northern California's Tower Records, is due in theaters on October 16.

Tower Records was a retail empire that was founded in a Sacramento drugstore in 1960, expanded to San Francisco in 1967 and grew to 200 stores in 30 countries before filing for bankruptcy in 2004 and 2004.

With the help of interviews from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, Dave Grohl and Elton John, "All Things Must Pass" examines how Tower "became the heart and soul of the music world, and how it all crumbled away."

The film is directed by Sacramento native Colin Hanks, son of actor (and Bay Area native) Tom Hanks.

Photo Credit: Alan Light/flickr
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>