Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Best Games of 2009

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Tune in, turn on and fire up the controller for a unique look back at the year that was... here's the best of 2009 in the world of video games.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Generations of Harbaughs

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Two generations of Harbaugh coaches are leading Stanford into the Sun Bowl against Oklahoma.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Avatar's Other Worlds

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Avatar the video game offers two paths where you can either join the natives or fight against them in an adaptation of the blockbuster movie.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bellarmine Heads to State

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Bellarmine College Prep is heading to Southern California to face Oceanside in the state title game.

Mammoth in an Hour

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Mammoth Mountain is basically an hour away from the Bay Area thanks to a new non-stop flight out of San Jose.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wii Holiday Mix

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A flood of games for the Nintendo Wii are brought out for the holiday season and the vast majority are geared to families who spend their game nights around a game console.

Friday, December 11, 2009

March Madness for the Holidays

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Each year after NBA video games hit stores shelves, college basketball follows right behind to bring some March Madness to the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mr. Mieuli's Many Hats

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Bay Area sports icon Franklin Mieuli is the only man ever to have simultaneously owned parts of three major pro teams in one market.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Music and Tech in the City

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The SF MusicTech Summit is a true Bay Area happening... a meeting of the minds from the worlds of music and technology.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cirque du Soleil Premieres OVO

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Some of the world's best acrobats are performing in the parking lot at AT&T Park for Cirque du Soleil's new show OVO.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Assassin's Creed Returns

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History comes alive with 'Assassin's Creed 2' blending futuristic mind-control with timeless themes and stunning visuals.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wii Holiday Fare

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New Super Mario Bros. Wii headlines the list of family-friendly offerings for the Nintendo system.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

War Games Updated

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4.7 million units of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' were sold in the first 24 hours of its release, according to Activision.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cinderella at the Opera

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Opera San Jose brings the story of Cinderella to the California Theatre with Rossini's La Cenerentola.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Art of Vernon Davis

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Explore the creative side of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in this behind the scenes visit with the artist at home.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Farm Fresh With Toby

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Spend some time on The Farm with Stanford Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart.

Legos That Rock

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Lego has gone well beyond blocks and is now enrolling in the school of rock, while 27 gold medal events are being waged on the Wii.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Warrior Girls Calendar Shoot

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Go behind the scenes at the annual Golden State Warrior Girls swimsuit calendar shoot.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DJ Hero Scratch-a-thon

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From DJ Hero to a fitness boot camp with Jillian Michaels, several new video games are about timing, dexterity and motion.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cooking with Moran Norris

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Step into the kitchen of 49ers fullback Moran Norris for a few cooking tips as he whips up some Shrimp Scampi.

Gourmet on a Budget

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Bay Area foodies are out looking for deals as restaurants are altering their menus. Many are finding that dining out doesn't have to break the bank.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Games That Rock

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Brutal Legend featuring Jack Black headlines this review of new games that rock.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

NBA Shootout

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Let the trash talk begin as NBA 2K10 and NBA Live 10 battle for position in the paint.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Clone Wars Rage On

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The latest Star Wars video game bridges the gap between series one and two of the animated Clone Wars TV series.

Rent in the City

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Two of the original Broadway cast members of the hit musical Rent are performing at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Xbox Heroes

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Heroes of all kinds meet up in this Xbox 360 round-up as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Heroes Over Europe and Mini Ninjas take the spotlight.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Presidents Cup Memories

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Unique moments make the Presidents Cup an event that goes well beyond just an international golf competition.

Familiar Faces at Harding Park

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Former Giants star Barry Bonds is just one of the familiar faces roaming the course at Harding Park during the Presidents Cup.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crabtree Finally Signs

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49ers top draft pick Michael Crabtree ends his 72 day holdout while signing a six-year contract.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

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For nearly a decade, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has played host to one the nation's most unique music festivals.

Before It's Tiger's Turn

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Before and after Tiger Woods and some of the world's best compete for the Presidents Cup, golfers of all skill levels take their turn at Harding Park.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wii Fall Round Up

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MySims Agents, Dead Space Extraction and Daisy Fuentes Pilates are featured in this edition of the Wii Round Up.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It Is What It Is

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The Raiders, 49ers and Bob Costas discuss the latest trend in sound bite cliches sweeping across the NFL... "It is what it is."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tim Lincecum's Wicked Friend

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Baseball and theatre are center stage in San Francisco and in the spotlight are two friends from elementary school, the Giants' Tim Lincecum and Wicked's Vicki Noon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NHL Video Game Shootout

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Before the puck drops on the NHL regular season, two hockey video games square off in a shootout.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Green Day Broadway Bound?

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Green Day's Grammy-winning album "American Idiot" has been adapted as a musical making its world premiere in Berkeley.

Toy Story Mania

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The next Toy Story movie won't arrive until Summer 2010, but a new video game for the Nintendo Wii has been released as something of a preview.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spamalot Opens Broadway San Jose

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Go behind the scenes at Monty Python's Spamalot, the opening show for the inaugural season of Broadway San Jose.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Raiders Toll-Free Experience

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A look at the Oakland Raiders toll-free billboards scattered across the Bay Area, plus some of the 'rejected' ones you won't see and a new Sports Sunday promo.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Will Venable's Marin Co. Roots

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From the North Bay to the Ivy League to the Padres, Will Venable, the son of a former Giants player, is making a name for himself in San Diego.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Art.Tech at The Lab

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Bringing experimental art to San Francisco for 25 years, The Lab in the city's Mission District is now showcasing multimedia creations infused with technology.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Classic Game Franchises Revisited

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What's old is new again, and in addition to Wolfenstein hitting the game console, the Metroid Prime Trilogy has been released as a special edition three-game box set for the Wii.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sharks Special Delivery

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San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi are going door-to-door and hand delivering season tickets to the homes of fans.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ryan Garko's Round Trip

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Newly acquired Giants first baseman Ryan Garko was an All-American at Stanford where he played in the College World Series during each of his four years with the Cardinal.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Patty Duke at Home in SF

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In many ways things have come full circle for Wicked star Patty Duke. She's living in the same San Francisco neighborhood where the pilot for the Patty Duke Show was filmed.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wii Party Games

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The Nintendo Wii offers a wide variety of experiences for gamers of all ages, yet when it comes to titles developed for kids, party games on the Wii have become something of their own category.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August: Osage County in SF

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Estelle Parsons stars in August: Osage County running through September 6th at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Madden NFL 10

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It's the granddaddy of all sports video games and each year new features are added to the Madden NFL series so that it stays at the top of its game.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wii Sports Resort Hits Target

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The new 'Wii Sports Resort' features a wide range of activities all using the MotionPlus accessory packaged with the game.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fight Night Round 4

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In terms of popularity, boxing has given ground to mixed martial arts over the past few years, but Fight Night Round 4 has the sport off the ropes and jabbing.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oakland A's Baby Boom

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The Oakland A's family is growing by leaps and bounds as a surprising youth movement has taken hold.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Birds of the Giants Ballpark

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How do they always seem to know when the end of the game is near? We bring a bird expert to a Giants home game to show where they're coming from and why they're always on time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another Side of Summer Movies

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Video games licensed from movies can be hits, but they usually miss the mark. Take a look at some of what this summer's crop has to offer.

Friday, July 17, 2009

21st Amendment Cans What it Drinks

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Craft beer in a can from the 21st Amendment isn't some kitschy fad. It's about taste and consideration for the environment.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Princess Leia Broadway Bound

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From Princess Leia to 'Postcards from the Edge,' Carrie Fisher's life is now a one-woman show headed to Broadway.

Monday, July 13, 2009

NCAA Football 10 Means Business

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NCAA Football 10 delivers the rivalries and glory of College Football in the summer, weeks before the start of the Fall semester.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stepping Up to The Bigs 2

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Milwaukee Brewers All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder talks about The Bigs 2 video game from 2K Sports.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Camping with Anthony Randolph

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Warriors second year forward Anthony Randolph drops in on some happy campers working on their game in the East Bay.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Teeing Up Tiger 10

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Year to year how do you top what's widely considered to be the best game of its kind? Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 adds even more features.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Buster Posey's Home Away From Home

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While adjusting to his first year of professional baseball, Giants 2008 top pick Buster Posey and his wife Kristen have found a welcoming home in San Jose.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Giants Top Pick Zack Wheeler

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For the second time in the past three years, the Giants used their top pick in the draft on a high school pitcher... meet Zack Wheeler.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Voyage of the Plastiki

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A nautical adventure like no other ever attempted is taking form in San Francisco. It's where a boat on an environmental mission will soon set sail.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Golfing With the Oakland A's

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When major leaguers get the day off, they hit the links. Check out some of the action from the Oakland A's day on the golf course.

Friday, June 12, 2009

American Life Unfolds in Life Inc.

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In his new book Life Inc., author Douglas Rushkoff examines how American life has transformed with our views on life at home.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wordsmith's Paradise in Sausalito

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Marin's scenic waterfront town of Sausalito has an idea factory with a specialty. It's the birthplace of hundreds of internationally known brand names.

Wolverine Slashes Up Game Console

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is unlike most Marvel-licensed video games and it's a side of Hugh Jackman's character you haven't quite seen yet.

Monday, June 1, 2009

St. Mary's Star Tests NBA Draft Waters

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St. Mary's star guard Patty Mills says his hand is fine and he's all-in during a pre-NBA draft workout in Oakland.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Games Going Beyond the Mat

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'Legends of Wrestlemania' and 'UFC Undisputed 2009' offer two distinct gaming experiences, one nostalgic and the other exhilarating.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Heart of the Game in Richmond

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Football is helping bring part of Richmond's community together as youth teams share the field with the Kennedy High School team.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spamalot Invades San Francisco

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And now for something completely different... we've found the Holy Grail and it's a Monty Python musical starting its run in San Francisco.

Eric Idle Spamalot Exclusive

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Here's some extra video from my interview with Monty Python founding member Eric Idle talking about Spamalot.

Feeding Giant Appetites in SF

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Get a taste of some gourmet ballpark food with the executive chef who feeds thousands of fans during each Giants home game.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Music and Technology Star at SF Summit

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The future of music's digital delivery was at the heart of the SanFran MusicTech Summit.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Raiders Get Back to Business

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The Oakland Raiders are back at work trying to put the past few seasons behind them during a mini camp at team headquarters.

Stars Align for Mariachi Fest

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Music luminaries Carlos Santana and Linda Ronstadt talk about plans to join Los Lobos and dozens of other artists for San Jose's annual Mariachi festival in the Fall.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sharks Season Postmortem

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Having secured home ice advantage through the Stanley Cup Finals, this season's early playoff exit by the Sharks proves extra costly.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Table Tennis Prodigies

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Meet the future of table tennis... because the future is now. These two young women represent the United States at the World Table Tennis Championships in Japan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Green Giants



From recycling bins in the dugout to Green Garlic Fries, Giants players and management are thinking about the environment at the ballpark.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The History of Garlic Fries



I found this one in the archives from last year's Giants Clubhouse. Get the inside story on the creation of a true ballpark favorite from the man who brews up ideas for all kinds of unique tastes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sharks Circle Before Duck Hunt



For the first time in four decades, two California teams collide in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs as the Sharks face the Ducks.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Giants Opening Day Twitters



After a gloomy morning where Giants players were in the clubhouse on Twitter, the sun eventually shined for an Opening Day win.

Friday, April 3, 2009

From Top Chef to Front Cover



Absinthe executive chef Jamie Lauren is one of many Bay Area culinary stars featured in the new book Sexy Dishes.

Sunnyvale Sheep



It's something of a Bay Area tradition... animals let loose to do the dirty work. It's not the running of the bulls, but a green approach to saving some green.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Education of Buster Posey



Giants top pick and catcher of the future, Buster Posey, has been playing the game like a pro since he was a kid and now prepares for his eventual major league debut.

SF Stage Covered in Grease



The kids of Rydell High are having a reunion in San Francisco and have brought American Idol winner Taylor Hicks with them.

Niners Get Back to Work



The book on the 49ers is that an early 'OTA' -- Organized Team Activity -- is showcasing a new-look offense that has everyone talking and the head coach writing.

Chocolate Rain in SF



This was a preview before thousands flocked to Fort Mason's Herbst Pavilion for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The King of Air Hockey



Sunnyvale-native Davis Lee Huynh takes air hockey a little more seriously than most... because he knows what it takes to be the best in the world.

SF Garden Show Controversy



Over a million people have attended the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show since its inception in the late '80s, but the event has moved to the Peninsula and has brought with it some controversy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

MLB 2K9: From Mocap to Opening Day



Go behind the scenes with Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum to see the making and the final product of MLB 2K9.

Oakland A's 'Little 3'



Given a nickmame that harks back to the days of Hudson, Zito and Mulder... the 'Little 3' -- Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson and Vin Mazzaro -- figure big into the A's future plans.

Inside the Outdoor Exploratorium



San Francisco's Exploratorium has been taken outside for a series of science exhibits free to check out at Fort Mason.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The SEGA Revival



Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection brings 2D to the world of HD with 40 games from SEGA's past.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Doctor Without Musical Borders



The lead singer of the San Francisco band Rupa and the April Fishes is on a mission to save lives, but not just with her music.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Journalists Take On Pebble Beach



Some of the nation's top journalists have made their way to Pebble Beach, but they're not there to cover the tournament. I caught up with several Friday at the Pro-Am.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Warhol Live Hits the de Young



Pop Art invades San Francisco's de Young Museum for "Warhol Live" through mid-May. Special thanks to the staff at the de Young, especially Robin Wander, organizing curator St├ęphane Aquin and museum director John Buchanan for helping with this sneak preview.

MLB Front Office Manager



The business of baseball from signing free agents to scouting prospects is the focus of the new MLB Front Office Manager from 2K Sports.

Obama Poster Meets 2 Live Crew



A notable copyright issue regarding a photo of President Obama may soon set a precedent involving images and artistic expression. This is a commentary I did for Episode 4 of 'Press: Here.'

Stanford Professor's Novel Approach



Stanford professor Abraham Verghese is an author whose unique experience makes his writing possible. I interviewed him at his office, and then later that night attended his reading at Kepler's in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

March Madness Early



Before any brackets are set for March Madness, you can set the tempo with NCAA Basketball 09.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Viktor Victorious



San Jose's Shark Tank was just some of the Bay Area training ground for Phoenix Coyotes rookie Viktor Tikhonov. I talked with him, his father Vasily and his head coach Wayne Gretzky when Phoenix was visiting.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wicked Returns to SF



I was at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco for the return of Wicked to the Bay Area, caught up with the show's creator Stephen Schwartz and took a backstage tour.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Kid Reporter at Warriors Game



This was a really special day. I had the honor of having Randall Coleman, a very cool 13-year-old, shadow me at the Warriors MLK Day game. It was part of a program through the Oakland Boys and Girls Club. Randall did a great job and we both had a blast.

Celebrity Autobiography Exposed



Celebrities reading the words of other celebrities is the stuff of a hit Off-Broadway production that came to San Francisco.

Will Forte, Rachel Dratch and Jason Sudeikis were all super cool people and a thrill to interview.

Poetry of the Raiders and 49ers



Poetic license is invoked in this look back at the 2008 season for both the Raiders and 49ers.

Feeding the Sharks



The San Jose Sharks never leave practice with an empty stomach thanks to Myles McEntee and his gourmet kitchen on wheels.

Andre Carter Returns



I met up with Andre in D.C. after the Redskins/Eagles game over the holidays. Thanks to my friends at WRC for helping me pull this together for a Christmas Eve feature.

The Art of Cardboard



The work of esteemed artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Gehry can take many forms... such as cardboard.

Photographer Beau Beyerle, now of MediaHouseHD, shot this beautifully.

Jeremy Roenick: Fashion Icon



Part Shark Week... part Project Runway... NHL star Jeremy Roenick took us inside his world of hockey, fashion and the Internet.

Photojournalist/Editor Felipe Escamilla did magic on this one.

A-11 Offense 101



Piedmont High School has been part of a varsity football experiment... nine players spread from sideline to sideline with two quarterbacks in the shotgun.

Cat House on the Kings



This was a pretty amazing story outside of Fresno. I'm glad I found it and went to see it for myself.

Baron Abandonment Disorder



Half Moon Bay at sunset and Captain Jack -- this was done before the season at Warriors media day.