Dear Parking Guru,
I came back from vacation yesterday and found that my car was stolen. I made a report and soon thereafter I found that it wasn't stolen, but was towed by the SFMTA, impounded, and had racked up charges in excess of $1700 while I was away. I was parked in my residential neighborhood, with a valid residential sticker prominently displayed on my bumper. The people at AutoReturn would not listen and told me to contest the ticket, but said that I better hurry because in two weeks, it will be auctioned off. I refuse to pay this fine, but am racking up $60 each day that it is impounded. Help!
Twilight Singers to Play "Blackberry Belle" in its Entirety at GAMH in September: Tickets On Sale Now
Performing an album in its entirety has definitely become a trend over the last few years. This year alone Jethro Tull will dust off Aqualung for its 40th anniversary, Matthew Sweet will relive Girlfriend for its 20th, and Pixies continue to add dates to their never-ending Doolittle tour because—well, probably because people are still paying for tickets. Add to this list Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers, who will play their 2004 album Blackberry Belle in its entirety one night only at the Great American Music Hall on September 17.
The bad news: When City Arts & Lectures announced in November that Tina Fey would be passing through SF in April to promote her new book Bossypants, tickets sold out in less than an hour. So, they got a bigger venue, and tickets sold out again in a hot second.
The good news: Starting now, you can place a bid to score 2 premium orchestra seat tickets for the April 20 performance at Orpheum Theatre! A benefit for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, 100% of the moola raised will go to the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California fund to help victims of the disaster.
Concert fans are not taking these tough times sitting down—music lovers everywhere have been voicing their concerns over hefty show prices and fees in hopes of stirring up some deals. This time around, being loud has paid off. Live Nation, one of the world's largest ticket brokering services, just issued a great one-day-only offer: $24.99, no additional fees, for lawn tickets to some of this season's biggest performances.