This week’s new articles from the alternative weeklies…

  • How Chris Daly saved San Francisco from a bad America’s Cup deal (SF Weekly)

    …Daly’s true goodbye gift to this city — apart from inspiring a Donkey Kong revival — was countering former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Ahab-like drive to land the America’s Cup and ram through a high-priced deal before decamping to his new job in Sacramento.
    In doing so, Daly undermined an inferior pact centered on Pier 50, adjacent to AT&T Park on the central waterfront. Upfront city losses alone on that deal were subsequently pegged at some $58 million, with nearly that much again probably gone over the coming decades via land giveaways. Full article

  • The Bingo Kingpin (East Bay Express)

    … At the Gilman Street Bingo Hall in Berkeley, gross revenues exceeded $5.6 million in 2009. However, almost none of that money ever went to charitable causes. Most of it —$4.9 million — ended up in players’ pockets in the form of cash prizes. Nearly all of the rest went to so-called “overhead” costs that may have been nothing more than profit-taking. Full article

  • Short takes on Indiefest ’11 (San Francisco Bay Guardian)

    What to see at the always fiesty film fest? From est to the Ugliest Dog in the World, our writers screen a gaggle of independent offerings on a world of subjects Full article

  • Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits (Metro Silicon Valley)

    With its new show, “Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits” (traveling from the Palm Springs Art Museum), the San Jose Museum of Art deploys to perfection its well-designed gallery space in presenting this sequence of images in a syncopation that draws the viewer into one work and then along from portrait to portrait in an ever-deepening appreciation. Despite the consistency of size, tone and composition, each is a singular biography. In totality, “Portraits” illuminates a time and a place—and the man behind the camera. Full article


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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