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San Francisco Busboys Want Fair Treatment

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 23, 2007

Gino Arguello, a 54-year old busboy in San Francisco, is aggressively organizing a busboy’s labor union and is quickly gathering support from local busboys as well as waiters and chefs unions and trade groups throughout Northern California. “Bus persons have been pushed around too long,” Arguello announced at a meeting of over 40 Bay Area busboys on Tuesday. “People treat us like crap and it stops now! Busboys are people too and should not have to feel like second-class citizens. Just because I got like a 350 on my SAT doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I just don’t test well.” Arguello... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california

Amarena Takes Food & Flirting to a New Level

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 20, 2007

Amarena is a classy little Italian joint nestled in the pristine neighborhood of San Francisco’s Russian Hill. It’s not in a commercial zone, which makes it nice. I get tired of restaurant rows. It’s good to have a choice, but a large grouping of nothing but eating establishments usually means one of two things: 1.) They’re all going to be mediocre or 2.) They’re all going to be really pricey. Things like competition and complacency all have opportunities to rear their ugly heads when you put a bunch of restaurants in one location. Amarena is just the opposite. When you get there,... (more)

Tags: san francisco, restaurant

The Great Victorians of San Francisco

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 19, 2007

Like wise old men and women wallowing in the fog and basking in the sun, the Victorian mansions and homes of San Francisco are more like people than structures. Every time I wander through Pacific Heights, the famous Cow Hollow commercial district, the Western Addition, the Outer Mission or the Haight, I marvel at these architectural masterpieces. If these buildings could only talk, I always think to myself. What would they say? I’m sure it would be things like, “Look at my decorative features”, or “Why do tourists keep taking my picture?” “Please wash my windows” or “Man, am I... (more)

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"The Parrots of Telegraph Hill" Part II

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 17, 2007

Mark Bittner is a great San Francisco story. Here's a homeless musician who was living on people's rooftops in North Beach. He discovered this flock of parrots and it changed his life. He's now a celebrity in this town, with a best-selling book, an award-winning documentary and a new book on the way. Not to mention the fact that he got a wife out of the deal, marrying the woman who made the film about him and his parrots. Last week Mark was part of a successful effort to keep several trees where the parrots live from being cut down. I interviewed Mark a while back and here is a portion of that... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie

A true 'no brainer.' Cockroaches can survive headless!

By Kim Randolph, published on Mar 16, 2007

...having their heads removed and the wound sealed with dental wax. Also, being that roaches are cold blooded, they need less food than warm blooded humans do, contributing to their relative biological oneupmanship and natural thrifty tendencies. But don't up your dose yet, my beleaguered San Francisco reader. Even roaches have shortcomings. So what with their mensa level memory and their sensorially intricate bodies, so keen even Spider Man would be envious. The brain still needs the input. University of Arizona neuroscientist, Nick Strausfeld, a specialist in bug learning, tells us that ... (more)

Tags: san francisco, traffic

When Will BrooWaha Catch On in San Francisco

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 15, 2007

I cannot believe that a hip, supposedly on the cutting-edge town like San Francisco hasn't taken immediately to a great journalistic vehicle like BrooWaha. If you look at the incredible news communities that already exist with BrooWaha LA and BrooWaha New York, you can see that this type of online publication is an innovative, one-of-a-kind concept that has caught on like wildfire in those two cities. Although the content on SF BrooWaha up to this point has been high in quality, I just can't understand why there isn't a huge rush of better writing. Where are the great writers out there... (more)

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Brian Copeland's One-Man Show: Not a Genuine Black Man

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 13, 2007

...become the incredibly insightful and tolerant man he is today. I worked with Brian doing standup way back in the late 80’s when he was in his early 20’s, and even then I could sense that he would be a big star. He has been doing standup ever since then, and recently won the San Francisco Cabaret Gold Award for his act. He is a multitalented comedian, writer, TV host (Channel 5), radio talk show host (KGO) and commentator. But, this one-man show has really put Brian on the map, and for good reason. It is the longest running one-man show in the history of San Francisco. HBO ... (more)

Tags: san francisco, california

Gutter 101: Ten Rules to Survive On The Streets

By Crowbar, published on Mar 12, 2007 willing to share a story and a bottle with you. You realize how easy it is too forget about a job, an apartment, about family, and friends. Every day becomes an adventure. Life is so simple! Yes, there is an allure to the streets, especially places filled with counter culture like San Francisco and Venice Beach. It becomes easy, and even trendy, to live on the beach, in the park, even passed out drunk on cardboard. There is a great sense of freedom to no longer caring about society. But the longer you stay attached to the streets, the harder it becomes to return. I have lived as... (more)

Tags: los angeles, venice beach, san francisco

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 12, 2007

“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” is a fascinating documentary about a flock of approximately 45 wild parrots that live and breed in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. It’s an award-winning film directed by well-known documentarian Judy Irving. For a long time, the movie made its way around the country as an underground sensation, popular with animal lovers, naturalists and people from all walks of life. Folks just seem to be drawn to this amazing story of human beings and animals living together and changing each other’s lives forever. The film is now available on... (more)

Tags: san francisco, movie, broowaha

The SF Zoo: Where the Animals Are on the Outside Looking In

By Ed Attanasio, published on Mar 11, 2007

I’ve been to a lot of zoos in my life, including the famous San Diego Zoo and the Central Park Zoo in New York City, and I truly believe that the San Francisco Zoo is right up there with the best. Back in the late 80’s when I first visited it, I couldn’t honestly say that. It was antiquated, with those old animal warehouse-type buildings and all of the animals were inside these rather uncomfortable-looking cages, or out in these environments that looked like bad sections of the Tenderloin. But, since then, the SF Zoo has gone through a complete remodel, and the results are so wonderful and... (more)

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