<![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 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:35:07 -0700 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:35:07 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[StreetWars Water Gun Assassination Tournament Comes to Bay Area]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:19:11 -0700 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[Snoop Dogg Launches Marijuana Website]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:20:12 -0700 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.

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<![CDATA[Shatner to Host Star Trek Event at Silicon Valley Comic Con]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:29:28 -0700 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 16:16:03 -0700 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 14:11:21 -0700 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 11:14:16 -0700 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 17:50:13 -0700 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 13:52:36 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[T.I. Announces Surprise Release at Twitter HQ]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:13:57 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[Guest Chef Tailgate Season Launches at Levi's Stadium]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:47:17 -0700 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 12:58:37 -0700 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 12:32:45 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[20th Street Block Party Returns to SF]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:46:12 -0700 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 21:51:49 -0700 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 11:16:17 -0700 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 12:22:18 -0700 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 12:00:04 -0700 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.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Yo-Yo Champion Swings on SF Streets]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:07:13 -0700 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.

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<![CDATA[HipHop TV Launches in Oakland]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:36:13 -0700 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 19:04:27 -0700 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 12:02:38 -0700 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 09:10:36 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[Sammy Hagar Prepares 'Cooking and Partying Handbook']]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:38:12 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[Startup Partners With Chuck D for Digital Video Network ]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:08:00 -0700 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 14:42:17 -0700 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
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<![CDATA[San Jose Gets Its First Cat Café]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:38:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/11875423790625384381750431531794n.jpg

Cat cafes have arrived in the South Bay.

The Dancing Cat is San Jose's first cafe to offer feline adoption — or just some temporary companionship while having a snack. According to the website, 25 cats were adopted on first opening.

The cafe is open from Thursday through Sunday. It's also open for adoptions by appointment on Wednesdays. One-hour sessions of hanging with kitties are booked in advance; WiFi and catnip are free.

The Dancing Cat's location on East Julian Street is temporary until November; host organization Karma Cat Rescue is soliciting donations to help this project find a permanent home.

The business model of cats plus caffeine has some early success stories locally.

San Francisco's KitTea Cafe adopted out 17 cats in its first month, while Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center adopted out 184 cats in the first seven months of business, which brought the euthanasia rate at partner organization Oakland Animal Services down from 41 to 21 percent.

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<![CDATA[Chris Brown Sued Over San Jose Concert Shooting]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479992216.jpg

One of the five people shot in January at a San Jose nightclub during a party hosted by Grammy-winner Chris Brown is filing suit against the singer and the venue.

Lawyers for Paul Briley, 22, claim the college student suffered “a permanent injury” to his foot when he was shot at “Chris Brown’s Capricorn Bash” at the Fiesta Nightclub on Monterey Highway early on the morning of Jan. 11.

All five people who were wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries, San Jose Police spokesperson Officer Albert Morales told NBC Bay Area back in January.

The lawsuit includes references to prior violence incidents at Chris Brown concerts and his 2009 felony conviction for a notorious assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

“This shooting should never have happened. Brown’s managers and the concert promoters know that violence follows in Brown's wake,” attorney Richard Alexander said in a statement.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. Brown’s publicist calls it “completely frivolous.”

Ethan Metelenis, of BWR-PR, said in a statement: “We expect that the case will be dismissed and in future, to avoid these reoccurring meritless lawsuits directed at Chris Brown, we plan to seek damages from all parties and their lawyers.”

The lawsuit claims the club had been over-sold beyond capacity. It also states, given “shooting incidents … at similar concerts hosted by Brown under similar circumstances,” the defendants should have implemented stringent security procedures, such as metal detectors and pat-downs.

The suit cites the defendants’ “negligence and carelessness” as having led to Briley’s injuries.

Briley is suing Brown and the club to recoup lost earnings, his medical expenses, and a variety of other damages including “past, present, and future physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering, including fright, shock, terror, and post-traumatic stress of being shot.”

The venue, Fiesta nightclub, had its license suspended for 60 days and was placed on probation for two years.

(Editor's note: This article was updated Tuesday to include a response from Brown's publicist.)

<![CDATA[SFPD Recovers Ex-Chili Pepper Guitarist’s Stolen Telecaster]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:10:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/th-GUITAR-SFPD.jpg

A valuable piece of rock history is back with its rightful owner, thanks to San Francisco police investigators.

A vintage 1966 Fender Telecaster that was owned by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante was recovered this week by plainclothes detectives after the $30,000 instrument was stolen during a burglary on Aug. 16.

Frusciante had given the instrument to a friend who planned to loan it out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month, according to police. That friend was reunited with the guitar on Thursday.

Police said the guitar exchanged hands three times over the course of the 10 days it was missing. No information was released regarding possible suspects.

Frusciante played with the Chili Peppers from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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<![CDATA[First Look at 'Burning Man: The Musical' ]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:40:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/burner-musical.jpg

"Burning Man: The Musical" will one day be a full-length film feature, but the first five irreverent minutes are available to watch now.

San Francisco Magazine reported that the project is the brainchild of Matt Werner, 31, a tech writer for Google who is about to go to the annual Black Rock City event for the first time. 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign raised $5,327 in April, Werner has launched a new crowdfunder via Indiegogo that has raised $3,001 of a $20,000 goal as of this writing.

According to the Indiegogo campaign, that $20,000 would help fund the production and filming of the next two songs of the musical, which Werner plans to keep serializing on YouTube.

Photo Credit: Matt Werner
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<![CDATA[SF Armory Plans New Music Venue in 2016]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/207*120/San+Francisco+Armory.jpg

A 4,000 capacity music venue will open inside San Francisco Armory next year.

Audrey Joseph, who is overseeing the project, told SFGate that she is speaking with concert promoters Goldenvoice and Live Nation about potential programming.

The massive Mission District building, erected for the United States National Guard in 1914, has been headquarters for the sexcapades of BDSM porn company Kink.com since 2006.

But the building and the Drill Court that will become the music venue served a number of notable purposes in the past century, including a sports venue that historical documents obtained by Armory Studios noted was called the "Madison Square Garden of the West" in the 1920s-1940s.

The Drill Court was also used as a set for shooting interiors of the Millennium Falcon spaceship in the 1976 film "Star Wars."

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<![CDATA[Lonely Island Wallpaper Pays Tribute to Bay Area Icons]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/BayAreaToile.jpg

The Lonely Island has commissioned wallpaper that pays tribute to vibrant Bay Area icons and landmarks.

Designed in a French country toile style by artist Matt Richie (aka Matt136), the "Bay Area Toile" will pop-up for a one-night exhibit at Oakland's Athen B. Gallery on Saturday.

Jorma Taccone, who is one-third of the comedy/music troupe (and "SNL" writing vets) with fellow Berkeley High grads Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, told NBC Bay Area that the idea was more than a year in the making and was inspired by a "Brooklyn Toile" that Beastie Boys frontman Mike D helped to create.

"I live in Brooklyn but I'm always going to be from the Bay," he said. "This was spawned by me wanting to have a representation of the Bay Area in my house."

Taccone, who plans to come to the exhibit, revealed that it was a difficult process to narrow down the list to the eight Bay Area faces who grace the wallpaper: Food maven Alice Waters, political activist and professor Angela Davis, sports hero Joe Montana, former news anchor Dennis Richmond and rap stars E-40, Too $hort, Humpty Hump and the late Mac Dre. 

"As an art project, having Mac Dre and Alice Waters on the same wallpaper seems wonderfully appropriate to the Bay," he said.

Beloved Bay Area spots like Oakland's Grand Lake Theater and Children's Fairyland also appear; Taccone speculated that they may design another set of wallpaper in the future that includes more places.

For now, the first edition of the wallpaper, made of eco-fabric, will be available for sale at the show and beginning Saturday online at Flavor Paper at a price of $250 for two two-foot by 10-foot pre-trimmed and adhesive backed panels that are made for easy, do-it-yourself installation and removal.

Could this be the start of a Martha Stewart-esque home furnishings empire for the Lonely Island?

"Yes," mused Taccone, "but I think we are skewing more Kathy Ireland."

Meanwhile, the Lonely Island is currently editing an untitled musical feature film, a fictional send-up of big screen pop star documentaries with producer Judd Apatow that's slated for release next summer. 

Photo Credit: Matt Ritchie]]>
<![CDATA[Michael Jackson's Chef Shares King of Pop’s Favorite Foods]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:35:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/71436998michael.jpg

Mani Niall was Michael Jackson's personal chef for two years at the peak of his fame, traveling the world with the star after the release of his seminal album Thriller.

Niall is now an accomplished cookbook author and owner of Oakland's Sweet Bar Bakery (2355 Broadway). He remembers Jackson with fondness and will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 29 by cooking up some of the King of Pop's favorite dishes from their time together.

As a Jehovah's Witness, Jackson never celebrated his birthday when Niall was his chef, so this is Niall's way of making up for lost time.

"His effect on my life is immeasurable and probably made me get serious about cooking," Niall said. "It was just a job until I met him. I saw how hard he worked at his craft and it was, well, inspirational. Plus he had fun with the people he met and worked with, sort of like the best part of running a food business."

Stop in at Sweet Bar starting Friday to try Jackson's favorite pizza, which had shiitake mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and roasted peppers ("Very Eighties," Niall joked). For dessert, Niall is serving "'ookies," which he likened to pecan sandies, dusted with maple sugar.

Niall said these specials will be offered for about a week.

On a side note, Niall recently spotted himself (clad in a turban) arriving with Jackson at London's Heathrow Airport in 1985 thanks to a video posted to YouTube.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Phil Walter
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<![CDATA[E-40 Introduces 40-Ounce Malt Liquor]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:57:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/e40ounce.jpg

East Bay rap star E-40's latest foray into the world of alcohol comes in the form of a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor.

It is an appropriate drink selection for a man whose nickname and rap moniker was first given to him based on an ability to drink many 40-ounce malt liquor bottles. E-40 is also often called 40 Water, because he purportedly used to drink 40s like water.

E-40's new drink, called E40 and bottled under his new company Interactions and Transactions, is a malt liquor flavored with honey that is 10 percent alcohol by volume. The bottle contains a tribute to the Hillside area of Vallejo, where he grew up and earned that nickname.

Last year, the self-confessed wine connoisseur launched his own Earl Stevens Selections with three varietals, a 2011 Moscato, a "Mangoscato" and a 2011 Red Blend. Earl Stevens Selections has been a certified hit in the past year. Stevens has used the same tireless work ethic he has always had as an independent music artist to secure a wide distribution network for his wine; it's available in major chains like Safeway, Costco and BevMo.

He followed the success of the wine line with Sluricane, a ready to drink rum cocktail with a name that references the chorus of "Hurricane," a 1995 song by The Click (E-40, sister Suga T, brother D-Shot, cousin B-Legit): "Hurricane, you can call me Sluricane. . . "

Stevens has long dabbled in the beverage business. He's endorsed and was part owner of a cognac called Landy and also had 40 Water, his brightly hued take on Vitamin Water. He released a song early in his career about Carlo Rossi Wine (erroneously called "Carlos Rossi") and later joined up with the Saturday Night Live-reared band The Lonely Island to record a song about Carlos Santana's wine called "Santana DVX."

(Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously said the new malt liquor drink is 18 percent alcohol by volume.)

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Earl Stevens]]>
<![CDATA[Oakland Named Top West Coast Food City]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:14:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/226*120/missollieschicken.jpg

Oakland has been named the top West Coast food city by USA Today.

The East Bay city has landed at No. 7 on a top 10 list compiled by USA Today's Best10.com. It's the only West Coast city in the top 10.

The article specifically namechecked The Cook and Her Farmer, Cosecha Café and Miss Ollie's, all located inside Oakland's Swan's Market on Washington Street.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was anointed as the best locale to eat in the country.

The accolade follows Bon Appétit's proclamation that San Francisco is the best food city in the nation, with the best new restaurant.

Photo Credit: Miss Ollie's]]>
<![CDATA[Janelle Monáe to Speak, Sing Against Police Brutality]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:23:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP862628482094_0.jpg

Pop star Janelle Monáe will speak and sing against police brutality at a San Francisco rally this weekend. 

The acclaimed recording artist and performer, joined by her protégé Jidenna and artist collective Wondaland, will appear at a press conference and rally Sunday at 24th and Mission streets in San Francisco. A similar event was planned for Friday in Los Angeles.

According to the San Francisco rally's Facebook event page, Monáe, Jidenna and Wondaland plan to perform a song called "Hell You Talm Bout," which recognizes victims murdered by police.

Sunday's gathering is being organized by the Bay Area Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

Though she hails from Kansas and came to prominence in the Atlanta music scene, San Francisco is a special region for Monáe, who has performed at City Hall and with the San Francisco Symphony.

Photo Credit: AP Images for the NFL
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<![CDATA[Burning Man Children's Book Looks for Funding]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:40:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/burner-book-kids.jpg

A photography book for children about Burning Man is seeking pledges on Kickstarter.

Peter Armenia hopes to raise $9,000 by Aug. 28 in order to publish "Burning Man — The World's Biggest Playground."

As of this writing, 78 backers have pledged $6,259.

The book's imagery focuses on Burning Man's art projects and cars as well as the colorful people who attend.

If funded, Armenia promises he'll donate at least 10 percent of the books to kids and schools in need.

The yearly Black Rock Desert event holds a special place in Armenia's heart: He married his wife Gretchen on the playa in 2010. And, after making personalized picture books of Burning Man for his 4-year-old daughter Veronica for the past four years, Armenia is bringing her along this year.


Check out the world's first children's book about Burning Man!

Posted by Burning Man on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Photo Credit: Peter Armenia
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<![CDATA[Elbo Room Gets Lease Reprieve]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:31:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/232*120/elboroom2015.jpg

One of San Francisco's most diverse nightclubs has a new lease on life.

A small one, anyway.

Mission District nightclub Elbo Room, which was expected to shutter when the lease expired in November to make way for condo development, has been given a brief extension.

Matt Shapiro, representing the staff of the Elbo Room, posted on Facebook Tuesday that the venue's lease has been extended until the end of the year, with "monthly options in 2016."

Shapiro wrote that the extension "came out of nowhere" and that the venue had previously been expected to vacate by Nov. 9.

Launched in 1991, the Elbo Room is known for being one of the few venues in the city to consistently support live and DJ-driven music genres like dub, dancehall and hip-hop.

Photo Credit: Elbo Room]]>
<![CDATA[Robot Butler Starts Work at Silicon Valley Hotel]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:45:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/aloft-robot-butler.jpg

The day has come.

Aloft Silicon Valley in Newark now has a full-time robot butler on duty.

The so-called "Botlr" is the second automated employee for the hotel chain, which also installed one last year at Aloft Cupertino.

Duties include delivering morning newspapers, toothbrushes, and other amenities to guests in their room. Instead of tips, Botlr encourages Tweets.

According to Wired, the Botlr was developed in 2014 by Savioke, a Santa Clara firm that creates robot helpers for various service industries.

Critics have called on the hotel chain to invest in higher wages for its employees instead of robotic butlers. One union rep told the BBC last year the machines are nothing more than "a nifty little gimmick."

Meanwhile, the original Botlr at Aloft Cupertino is about to hit the road for a brief tour of the East Coast before returning to duty.

Photo Credit: Aloft Hotels]]>
<![CDATA[Robin Williams Mini Film Festival Planned]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:23:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jumanji+Robin+Williams.jpg

San Francisco's SoMa StrEat Food Park will screen 12 hours of Robin Williams movies this weekend. 

The Robin Williams Mini Film Festival runs from noon to midnight on Saturday at the parking lot-turned-food truck marketplace.

The program is scheduled to open with the film "Jumanji," followed by "Good Will Hunting," "Dead Poets Society," "The Birdcage" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."

The park has 10 big-screen TVs for the marathon, and will add a bigger screen after dark for the final two films. Complimentary popcorn and paid options from a dozen different food trucks should ensure ample snacks to go with the movies.
Admission is free for the first 200 people, and $5 thereafter.

<![CDATA[Jacka Birthday Tribute Planned, Murder Still Unsolved]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:50:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/222*120/jackafreewayvideo.jpg

As a birthday concert tribute to slain Bay Area rapper The Jacka is planned in San Francisco this week, there has still been no movement in solving his February murder.

Jacka's former crewmates Mob Figaz are scheduled to join local rap stars Andre Nickatina, Keak Da Sneak, Cellski and more for an all-ages concert on Wednesday at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco.

The Jacka, born Dominic Newton and later changed to Shaheed Akbar, was shot dead in East Oakland on Feb. 2. He was 37 years old. 

Oakland Police have not announced any arrests or leads in solving The Jacka's murder over the past six months.

The department and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of his killer.

Photo Credit: Empire Distribution]]>
<![CDATA[Cystic Fibrosis Patient's Wish: Meet Taylor Swift]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 19:53:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/B-TZ-TAYLOR-SWIFT-FAN-VO---00000606.jpg

Tiffany Rich has two items on her bucket list: get new lungs and meet Taylor Swift.

The 26-year-old from Brentwood in the East Bay is constantly in and out of the hospital to treat her cystic fibrosis. Rich also is on a wait list for a double-lung transplant.

"When you're getting poked and prodded at like a human pin cushion, it's not fun," Rich said.

Rich's parents were told their daughter likely would not have live past 18.

"You can't change it," she said. "Might as well make it positive."

Rich and her friend posted a picture online hoping Swift would see it and agree to meet them when the pop star performs at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara next weekend.

Since Rich posted the photo online, the hashtag "#Lungs4Tiff" has gone viral with nearly 4,000 retweets. 

"It really warms my heart so much," Rich said. "I don't have the words."

Rich hopes she has the opportunity to let Swift know all she has done for her and for being a positive influence.

"She's just the sunshine on the worst day," Rich said.

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<![CDATA[Snoopy Celebrates Birthday]]> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:55:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/snoopy+Peanuts+movie.JPG

Snoopy is celebrating his birthday. 

The beloved beagle with Bay Area roots first appeared in the "Peanuts" comic strip on its third day running, Oct. 4, 1950.

Snoopy's birthday was acknowledged in a strip that ran on Aug. 10, 1968. It is unclear whether that was his first-ever birthday; if so, that would make him 47 years old, 329 in dog years.

Snoopy's creator, Charles M. Schulz, started the wildly popular series while living in Minneapolis, later relocating to Sebastopol in 1958, then Santa Rosa in 1969.

Schulz passed away in Santa Rosa in 2000, leaving behind a strong community legacy that includes an ice skating rink, museum and even an airport named after him.

Now, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang are headed to the silver screen in "The Peanuts Movie," due in theaters on Nov. 6.

Photo Credit: Blue Sky Studios
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<![CDATA[Japanese Pop Culture Festival Moves to Fort Mason]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:12:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/gacharic_800.jpg

Japanese pop culture, ever popular in San Francisco, is getting even bigger in the city.

This year's J-Pop Summit has moved from Japantown to Fort Mason and has transformed from a free to a ticketed event. The Summit runs from August 7-9.

Tickets for Friday's opening event at the Castro Theater are sold out but admission to various events that are still available ranges from $13-30. 

The Fort Mason festivities include music performances, interactive technology displays, fashion shows, (including a contest inspired by the colorful fashions seen in the Harajuku section of Tokyo), and a "J-Pop Idol" singing contest.

Offsite highlights outside of the main program of music, fashion and technology explorations at Fort Mason include a Sake Summit in Union Square and the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco back in Japantown.

Photo Credit: Victor Entertainment]]>
<![CDATA[Margaret Cho Mobilizes Sexual Assault Survivors]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:43:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/chomcho_9455_todd+v+wolfson.jpg

Margaret Cho's new Twitter hashtag #isurviveandTHRIVE is uniting victims of sexual assault.

"You know what would really break the Internet?" she posted to Twitter on Thursday. "If every rape and molestation victim came forward and said #isurviveandTHRIVE - do you?"

The hashtag has been retweeted and used hundreds of times.

"I want people to know they are not alone," Cho told NBC News. "Rape, molestation, sexual violence is more common than anyone admits. If all survivors - I say survivors, not victims - if all survivors came forward we could actually see the problem clearly and find a solution and hopefully heal."

Cho is working on a documentary about homelessness in San Francisco and will embark on a new comedy tour in the fall.

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<![CDATA[Akon Lights Up Africa One Solar Panel at a Time]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:12:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ALA_Akon-describing-his-entrepreneurial-experience_3-31072015.jpg

Singer-songwriter Akon noticed a trend during a recent tour of Africa: a lack of electricity.

With 600 million Africans still eating and working by candlelight he decided to launch “Akon Lighting Africa” in February 2014. Aimed at bringing solar power to nearly half of the 600 million living without electricity, ALA has provided solar street lamps, micro-generators, charging stations and home kits to people in 14 countries.

“Africa needs to be sustainable for a long time and be a crutch for the rest of world instead of the other way around,” Akon told ThinkProgress in a phone interview. “A stable Africa helps the world.”

The Missouri-born Senegalese American is no stranger to the electricity situation in Africa. Though born in St. Louis, Akon was raised in Senegal, in West Africa, until the age of 7.

According to Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, Africa holds 15 percent of the world’s population, but the continent only consumes 3 percent of the global electricity. More than 1.3 billion Africans have no access to electricity and only 5 percent living in Sub-Saharan Africa have electricity.

Electricity from solar has the potential to change that. ALA plans to continue to install solar street lamps and solar panels on homes and in the street, as well as providing educational training programs called Solar Academy. The first has blossomed in Mali’s capital of Bamako.

“We want to empower the people to develop their own opportunities,” Akon said. “[But] before you empower people you have to educate them.”

This year, Akon and co-founders Samba Bathily and Thione Niang have been to several countries in Africa, including Kenya, Guinea and Benin. Last week, the co-founders spoke and attended meetings in Congo, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Back in the states, 2,000 fans got involved in the campaign when they showed up to Centennial Olympic Park on July 19 for the Passport Experience Festival in Atlanta. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward ALA.

The Akon Lighting Africa initiative has brightened 14 countries in just one year and plans to launch campaigns in an additional 11 countries by the end of 2016. ALA plans to help light all of Africa by 2020.

Photo Credit: Bass
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<![CDATA[Morrissey Says He Was Groped at SFO]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/455184451.jpg

British pop singer Morrissey said he was groped at San Francisco International Airport this week on his way to London, and now he's making waves by blogging about what he's calling a "sexual assault."

On his True to You "Morrissey Zine" blog, the former Smiths singer wrote that prior to taking off from SFO on July 27, he was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped him, "crouched" before him, and "groped" his private areas, moving away quickly when another officer passed by.

Morrissey said two members of the British Airways Special Services were "horrified at the sexual attack," and at their urging, he lodged a complaint. Those agents were not identified and NBC Bay Area was not able to independently verify this part of the story.

Morrissey relayed his version of what transpired on his blog between what seems to be a British Airways employee and the officer:

Morrissey:You have just sexually groped this man.
That's just your opinion.
Morrissey: What you have done is illegal.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
Morrissey: You have no right to do what you have just done.
Officer: That's just your opinion.

SFO Doug Yakel deferred all comment to the TSA. According to a TSA spokesman, the alleged groper does not officially work for the federal government, but is a private contractor with Covenant Aviation Security that provides service at SFO.

A TSA spokesperson responded to NBC Bay Area's request for comment, saying in part, "TSA works with numerous groups to continuously refine and enhance our procedures to improve the passenger experience while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public."

It's unclear whether any action will be taken against the officer based on Morrissey's accusations. Morrissey didn't state on his blog whether he was pursuing any criminal action.

Photo Credit: Getty Images ]]>
<![CDATA[Susan Sarandon Brings Her Ping Pong Bar to SF]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:31:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/susansarandonpingpong.jpg

Actress Susan Sarandon is a partner in Spin, a ping pong social club opening later this year at 690 Folsom Street in San Francisco's SoMa District.

Inside Scoop SF reported that Spin should open with 16 ping pong tables, two bars, a full liquor license and a kitchen serving American comfort food staples this winter.

While the menu hasn't been announced, the website includes a catering menu that offers items such as flatbread pizza, charcuterie and cheese plates, grass fed beef sliders and mini braised shortrib sandwiches.

Spin currently operates locations in Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto and Brussels, Belgium. A forthcoming location is also planned for Chicago.

The proposed timeline should allow plenty of time for prospective players to purchase their own custom ping pong paddles from the website of Sarandon's 2014 film "Ping Pong Summer," which co-stars Amy Sedaris and Judah Friedlander.

<![CDATA['Million Dollar Listing' Spotlights 'Starchitect']]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/222*120/rohstanley.jpg

The latest episode of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing San Francisco" dubs local designer Stanley Saitowitz a "starchitect."

Saitowitz and his firm Natoma Architects Inc. created the luxury condominiums at 8 Octavia in San Francisco that "Million Dollar" realtor Roh Habibi attempts to sell on the episode and has created several residential buildings in the city.

The professor emeritus of architecture at UC Berkeley is also behind a wide range of recognizable properties including San Francisco's W Hotel, San Jose's First United Methodist Tower, and Oakland's Jack London Tower.

According to Curbed, the "Million Dollar" plotline where Saitowitz is painted as a reclusive rock idol who is difficult to reach or get to attend functions promoting buildings that he's designed might have been massaged in typical reality show fashion. The publication also frowned on the episode's portrayal of San Francisco's Bernal Heights as an undesirable neighborhood when real estate sites like Redfin display otherwise.

But Saitowitz's portfolio is still well worth checking out, if only to learn how many of them are already familiar to the eye.

Photo Credit: Bravo TV]]>
<![CDATA[Adam Levine Serenades Wife Behati Prinsloo in Cabo]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:45:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/adamthumb.PNG

Hollywood may be abuzz with the news that country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have filed for divorce, but at least one other “The Voice" star is very happily married.

Maroon 5's Adam Levine was spotted in Cabo by NBC Bay Area anchor Jessica Aguirre last weekend as he serenaded his wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo, on their one-year wedding anniversary.

The newlyweds were having dinner at Flora Farms — where they got married last July — when Levine got up and took over the stage, and to the delight of other diners, sang to his bride.

He then sealed the night with a romantic kiss as everyone congratulated the happy couple.

"If you look really close you can see me right behind Behati, I'm the one swooning," said Aguirre. "I was pretending he was singing to me."

Video courtesy of The Cape — Thompson Hotels