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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 18:03:00 -0800 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 17:24:46 -0800 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 17:36:12 -0800 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 06:44:40 -0800 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 12:54:03 -0800 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 17:34:55 -0800 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 14:18:23 -0800 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.

Photo Credit: Joshua Bruner]]>
<![CDATA[50 Cent Will Sign Vodka Bottles at San Francisco BevMo]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:39:48 -0800 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 19:46:27 -0800 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 11:35:40 -0800 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 07:00:12 -0800 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 05:52:48 -0800 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 10:50:41 -0800 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 16:13:13 -0800 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 18:20:42 -0800 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 16:30:10 -0800 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Three Babes Bakeshop to Host 'Pie Bowl' ]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:51:16 -0800 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.

Photo Credit: Three Babes Bakeshop/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Black Bark BBQ Opens in Fillmore Jazz Preservation District]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:57:27 -0800 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 16:03:46 -0800 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 12:25:01 -0800 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 17:57:17 -0800 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 14:59:08 -0800 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 13:43:46 -0800 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 13:01:45 -0800 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 06:44:35 -0800 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 20:23:07 -0800 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 18:17:06 -0800 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 17:38:54 -0800 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 17:47:32 -0800 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 12:35:32 -0800 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).

<![CDATA[Grateful Dead Series Heads to Amazon]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:40:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/wikimedia_Jerry_Garcia.jpg

A biopic series inspired by the late Grateful Dead is being developed for Amazon.

According to The Guardian, the show, which will be available for streaming, is based on former Jerry Garcia manager Steve Parish's 2003 memoir "Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road With the Grateful Dead." The release date has not been announced.

In the meantime, Bay Area residents can dust off their Deadhead outfits on Sunday night for the book signing party of "This Is a Dream We All Dreamed: An Oral History of The Grateful Dead" by Blair Jackson and David Gans at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The evening will feature live tributes by local artists including Henry Kaiser with Matt Hartle, Doobie Decibel System, Melody Walker, and Sweet Blossom.

<![CDATA['Star Wars' Inspires Bay Area Musicians]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:48:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/starwars55df5d97c8780.jpg

The Force is strong in Bay Area music.

Local artists across genres have been loading their songs with references to "Star Wars" for years. Some have even sampled directly from the films' soundtracks. Below, discover what to listen for in the most notable examples:

Rogue Wave, "Like I Needed" (2007)

Listen for: Indie hero Zach Rogue singing, "Those aren't the droids you're looking for."


Blackalicious, "Reanimation" (1999)

Listen for: Rapper Gift of Gab flexing the line, "Photo light images Yoda might bite."


DJ Q-Bert, "Cosmic Assassins" (1998)

Listen for: The world champion DJ's use of sound from the trench scene of the original "Star Wars" film.


DJ Shadow, "Hindsight" (1993) 

Listen for: The producer's sampling of the Sandtrooper scene from the same "Star Wars" film.


Dead Kennedys, "One-Way Ticket to Pluto" (1986)

Listen for: One-time SF mayoral candidate Jello Biafra mashing up "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" in one verse. 

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<![CDATA[Margaret Cho to Star in Marijuana Family Dramedy]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:05:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/chotayMargaretCho-054.jpg

Margaret Cho is about to star in a new kind of after-school special.

The comedian, actress, singer and San Francisco native will play the lead in a dramedy about marijuana that's intended for family audiences.

According to Variety, the hour-long show, which is being developed for Amazon, is called "Highland" and will find Cho moving in with her family after completing a court-ordered stay in rehab.

The catch: Her family now runs a medical marijuana dispensary.

"Highland" was written by Liz Sarnoff, who has also written for "Deadwood," "Lost," and "Alcatraz."

Cho has also been working on "#BeRobin: The Movie," a documentary about helping San Francisco's homeless population, which included two months of daily busking on city streets to raise money and awareness.

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<![CDATA[Chess Federation Benefits From Wu-Tang Album Auction]]> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:11:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg

A pharmaceutical company exec, who has been pilloried in the past for buying the rights to an HIV drug then hiking up the price, is now the sole owner of the new Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin."

And the Bay Area's Hip-Hop Chess Federation will benefit. 

The Wu-Tang Clan long ago announced that its newest release would only be distributed to one person, like a work of high art. That one copy would then be sold off to the highest bidder.

Well, it sold. For a bundle. Reportedly $2 million. And the buyer? Bay Area Biotech CEO Martin Shkreli, who cops to buying it in a series of tweets, including one reading,"If there is a curious gap in your favorite artist's discography, well, now you know why."

Bloomberg Business cited a source "familiar with the deal" as saying Shkreli spent $2 million for the Wu-Tang Clan record.

Shkreli became notorious when his company Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to an HIV drug then raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill, according to NBC News. He eventually agreed to cut the cost to about $375 per pill amid widespread criticism.

He later bought up the majority of shares in another company, South San Francisco's KaloBios, whose stock price shot up more than 4,000 percent.

When NBC Bay Area spoke to Shkreli about all the attention, he said "I'm not here to please the media, I'm here to please investors, and ultimately help patients."

Wu-Tang leader RZA said he'd give some of the proceeds to charity. He came through. Among those getting money from the sale is the Bay Area's Hip-Hop Chess Federation. HHCF blends rap and chess to help kids make better decisions in life through the study of chess (a theme of many a Wu-Tang song) and martial arts.

HHCF co-founder Adisa Banjoko tells NBC Bay Area, "RZA told me the sale of the album occurred. He wanted to make a donation, as a karmic ripple effect. I'm thankful for the donation, at a time when it's hard for kids out there. RZA believes in what we're doing ... I hope other artists follow his lead."

Shkreli told Bloomberg he hadn't listened to the exclusive album yet but planned to "for a rainy day" or if "Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that."

Scott tracks tech on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Oakland Singer Gets Grammy Nomination]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:05:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kehlani.jpg

Kehlani, a 20-year-old singer from Oakland signed to Atlantic Records, has been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. 

"You Should Be Here," which was released in April, is competing against albums by The Weeknd, Miguel, The Internet and Lianne La Havas.

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The Bay Area's own Grateful Dead has also been named an inductee to the Grammy Hall of Fame Class of 2016 for the group's 1970 album "American Beauty."

And the region is featured in a clip nominated for Best Music Video: Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" was shot on location in Oakland and on Treasure Island.

The Grammy winners will be announced on Feb. 15, 2016.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Cooking School Hosts Bakery Day]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:48:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/sfcooking1.jpg Pastry students at San Francisco Cooking School create a final Bakery Day project before heading to various externships.

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<![CDATA[Pharrell, DMB Plan Super Bowl 50 Concerts]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:10:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Dave+Matthews+Band+Sleep+Train+9.5.14+%2830%29.jpg

Dave Matthews Band and Pharrell Williams have announced Super Bowl week concerts at Pier 70 in San Francisco.

Matthews and crew will play on Feb. 4 (aka "Super Thursday"), while Williams follows with a solo show on Feb. 5 ("Super Friday").

Each show is general admission and priced at $75. Both shows go on sale on Friday at 9 a.m. on Ticketmaster.

The concerts join a Super Bowl pre-party week that's studded with rock stars. Metallica's "Night Before" performance has sold out at AT&T Park on Feb. 6. 

And Coldplay has been announced as one of possibly several musical performances during halftime at the main event on Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Scott Weiland Dead at 48]]> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 10:55:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_233605965072.jpg

Scott Weiland, best known as the frontman of the '90s alt-rock group Stone Temple Pilots, died in his sleep on Thursday in Minnesota, his manager confirmed with NBC News. He was 48.

The singer, whose musical career included a stop in San Diego in the late '80s with STP when the band was first known as Mighty Joe Young, was found unresponsive on his tour bus, according to published reports. He was slated to perform Friday in Rochester, Minnesota, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The news first broke when Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro tweeted, "Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight." That tweet has since been deleted.

In a statement released Friday, The Recording Academy said Weiland “will forever live on,” calling him an extraordinary talent whose performances captivated audiences.

“We have lost an innovative member of our creative community and our sincerest condolences go out to Scott’s family, friends, collaborators and all who have been impacted by his incredible work,” the academy said in the statement.

While Weiland's cause of death is unknown, the performer had well-documented struggles with heroin, cocaine and alcohol in the past.

Most recently, Weiland sang for the band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, which played in San Diego County at the Belly Up in 2014 as part of the Sunset Sessions music-industry insiders' conference, as well as at the Sycuan Casino last year and at Music Box in Little Italy last month. The band was scheduled to tour this month in Nevada and California. 

Weiland also fronted the band Velvet Revolver with former Guns n' Roses members Slash on guitar, Duff McKagan on bass and Matt Sorum on the drums. Weiland was featured on vocals for the group's albums "Contraband" and "Libertad."

One of his signature moves onstage was to sing through a megaphone into a mic to produce a gritty sound that matched the alternative grunge style of the music he played through out his career. 

For "Contraband," Weiland helped produce the album from an in-patient rehab facility. The rock star was ordered to spend 10 days in the residential facility after he pleaded no-contest to two counts of felony drug possession. The judge allowed him to leave four hours a day to finish the album, according to E! news.

Months after the the felony drug possession charges, Weiland crashed his BMW into a parked car in Hollywood while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to E!

Stone Temple Pilots, made up of Weiland along with two brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo, were part of the alt-rock vanguard, releasing the album "Core" in 1992, which generated a string of hits, including "Creep." Their sophomore effort, "Purple," also went platinum, featuring the hits "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song."

Weiland was an on-again, off-again member of Stone Temple Pilots. In 2013, Weiland was outraged to learn he was "terminated" from the band from the press.

"I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press," the singer said in a statement. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out."

In 1995, Weiland was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin following the success of the album "Purple" which ultimately got him kicked out of the Stone Temple Pilots. The rocker attemped a solo career but ended up overdosing on heroin and spent a year in Los Angeles County Jail.  

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<![CDATA[SF's Magnolia Brewing Co. Files for Bankruptcy]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:04:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/magnoliabrewing.jpg

Magnolia Brewing Company of San Francisco has filed for bankruptcy, but plans to keep its three brick-and-mortar eateries open.

Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery, The Alembic Bar and Smokestack are not expected to close following last week's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

"Our two restaurants are busy, sales are strong, and we're seeing really great growth in our beer distribution. We feel like this is the best course for all of our stakeholders and expect to emerge from this stronger than ever," owner Dave McLean told According to San Francisco Business Times.

McLean's goal is to keep the restaurants business as usual for the customers.

"From an operational perspective, we don't expect anything to change as we continue to brew, serve and distribute our beer, cook the food that we love as much as our guests seem to, and deliver the same experiences that we've always strived to do," he said.

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<![CDATA[Janis Joplin's Porsche Could Sell for $500,000]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 13:03:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_795498443796.jpg

A custom-painted Porsche that once belonged to the late San Francisco musician Janis Joplin will be sold by Sotheby's on Thursday for an expected price of around $500,000.

According to the Sotheby's listing, the 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet, offered by Joplin's siblings Michael and Laura Joplin, is expected to be picked up in the company's "Driven By Disruption 2015" auction for between $400,000 and $600,000. She originally picked it up used for $3,500.

The car, which was called the "History of the Universe" due to its custom paint job, has been displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the past 20 years.

"It is an embodiment of its owner and her ethos," reads the listing. "Janis Joplin never needed status; she needed honesty, sincerity, and a hell of a lot of emotion, and those qualities spilled out of her in gravel tones and settled on these Stuttgart curves. She was her Porsche, and her Porsche is Janis Joplin."

Bloomberg Business took the Porsche, which has a manual transmission, for a spin and found it not only in working order, but "extremely fun to drive."

"Janis: Little Girl Blue," a documentary on Joplin's life, is screening through Dec. 10 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. 

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<![CDATA[SF Ballet Orchestra Scores 3 Grammy Nominations]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 16:42:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanfranciscoballetorchestra.jpg

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has been named a part of three Grammy nominations for playing on the original album for the musical "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz," based on the 1961 book by Langston Hughes.

The album has been nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical; Producer of the Year, Classical; and Best Classical Compendium. 

Recorded at Skywalker Sound, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra performed as part of an ensemble that also included "The Tonight Show's" own The Roots, rapper Medusa, sopranos Janai Brugger and Angela Brown and jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.

Grammy winners will be crowned on Feb. 15, 2015.

Catch the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra performing for the ballet's annual production of "Nutcracker" at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco from Dec. 16-31.

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<![CDATA[Coldplay Announced as Super Bowl 50 Halftime Headliner]]> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:31:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/coldplay-generic.jpg

Coldplay will headline the Super Bowl 50 halftime show at the 49ers' Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016.

The NFL made the announcement during the Thursday Night Football during the game between Green Bay and Detroit.

The London-based act, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, will release a seventh full-length album, "A Head Full of Dreams," on Friday.

But will there be more performers to come at the Super Bowl?

NFL.com blogger Dan Hanzus, who claimed not to know any of the official details before the announcement, speculated that more headliners will emerge later.

"We can expect multiple performers — and I doubt they mean it in a Katy-Perry-with-cameos-from-Lenny-Kravitz-and-Missy-Elliott kind of way," he wrote, referring to last year's halftime show. "Our guess is there will be multiple standalone A-list acts, covering different generations to honor the Super Bowl's golden anniversary." 

According to Associated Press, 118 million viewers watched last year's halftime show, which was headlined by pop star Katy Perry.

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<![CDATA[Blackalicious Remixes 'Alphabet Aerobics' for Bleacher Report]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:27:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sportsalphabet.jpg

"Alphabet Aerobics," a tongue-twisting song that the Bay Area's own Blackalicious released in 1999, was given new life last year when Daniel Radcliffe, the British actor best known for playing Harry Potter, deftly rapped it for Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show."

The song is now back in 2015 with an athletic twist, a sports-themed remix called "Sports Alphabet" recorded for The Bleacher Report.

As the group's emcee Gift of Gab raps champion bars for every letter of the alphabet (sample line for Q: "Quest for the cup, it's Quannum y'all, quote me!"), the accompanying video showcases 26 different styles of animation.

Blackalicious released the fourth full-length album "Imani Vol. 1" in September.

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<![CDATA[Former Child Star Works at East Bay Mall]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 19:53:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Steven-Anthony-Lawrence.jpg

For Disney Channel fans in the East Bay Area, Christmas just got a little merrier.

Steven Anthony Lawrence, who starred in Even Stevens as the bacon-loving sidekick Beans, has recently been working as Santa’s helper at the Sun Valley Mall in Concord.

Fans of the show took to social media to post selfies with the former child star, who obliged by smiling and making Bean-esque poses.

"The highlight of my youth," wrote one Instagram user.

Lawrence, now 25, did a few movies and commercials after Even Stevens ended its run in 2003, but he has mostly stayed out of the spotlight. Though he’s happy to take pictures with his fans, Lawrence said it still baffles him when people recognize him on the street.

"It's really weird. I feel like I've changed so much when I look in the mirror,” Lawrence told The Huffington Post earlier this year. "I don't know how people even barely recognize me. But I'll be walking down the street and people drive by for two seconds and automatically they'll go, "Oh, my God! You're Beans! Ahhh!' God, even I would have to at least do a double-take."

It should be noted that the actor might be doing research for an upcoming role: He's slated to star in "Holly, Jingles and Clyde 3D," due out in 2017, according to IMDB.

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<![CDATA[George Lucas Hasn't Been Online Since 2000]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:19:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/george-lucas-r2d21.jpg

All those "May the 4th Be With You" memes have eluded the creator of the famed Star Wars franchise.

George Lucas revealed in an interview that he hasn't used the Internet since the year 2000.

Lucas told the Washington Post that he doesn't use email, Facebook or Twitter, and it's been 15 years since he's gone online, in part to avoid reading nasty comments about himself and his work.

The Verge noted that Lucas has been offline since shortly after the release of the heavily critiqued film "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace."

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<![CDATA[Claremont Hotel Lures Michelin-Starred Chef to Open Restaurant]]> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 11:45:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/dominquecrenn.jpg

Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn will open a French brasserie inside the renovated Claremont Hotel in 2016.

San Francisco Business Times noted that the addition of Crenn's forthcoming restaurant inside the Berkeley hotel is part of the upgrades from the Claremont's two-year old owners. FRHI Hotels & Resorts, which operates San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, purchased the Claremont in partnership with financier Richard C. Blum and family in 2014. 276 rooms and suites are also getting a boost.

Crenn has dubbed her cooking "poetic culinaria" and the dish names at her Michelin-starred flagship San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn (she opened the more casual Petit Crenn last summer) reflect the soul of a poet. "Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste" was recently published by Houghon Mifflin Harcourt. Dishes on the current Atelier tasting menu include "I touch the salted water, and hold the shell against my ear" and "Strolling on the beach."

The unnamed Claremont project is expected to be a more approachable affair.