With its many festivals devoted to so many different aspects of film, festivals goers in San Francisco are especially fortunate in their opportunity to take in movies others may have only heard or read about.
More than 20 years ago, I stepped into Video Wave, which was then on Castro Street in Noe Valley. It was a Friday night, and not having anything in particular to do, I thought I would rent a movie.
Though it's not the only boogie woogie festival in the country, the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival has proven itself one of the best.
The clear and simple truth is that Airbnb has drifted very far from its origins, and is no longer simply a platform of "regular people" hosts. It has morphed into a giant loophole for professional real estate operatives.
"I still get goosebumps when I go to a drag show and they're performing 'Stranger in My House,'" admits singer Tamia with a laugh.
San Francisco is known all over as a popular tourist destination. With visitors from around the world seeking out famous landmarks, it can be tough to see the city's sights through the bustling crowds. For those seeking non-touristy places to visit in San Francisco, I have a few suggestions.
With its stunning natural beauty and a thriving arts and culture scene, the city has an abundance of things to do if you're on a budget or just saving for other indulgences.
He talks like he's some kind of analyst in the Sigmund Freud vein, lie down and let me look inside your underwear. For that's the drive for everything, he claims, talking to his pal fondling the mouth on a bottle of Corona.
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There are plenty of film festivals scattered across North America, including a number devoted to silent film. The Denver Silent Film Festival, Kansas Silent Film Festival, and Toronto Silent Film Festival have all made their mark in recent years.
Later this month, locals will have to make a choice. Whether to see the latest earthquake disaster movie, San Andreas, or to see an early and possibly first ever feature film about the 1906 earthquake and fire, When the Earth Trembled, from 1913.
This year marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (or PPIE), the 1915 world's fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and trumpeted San Francisco's recovery from the ruinous earthquake and fire of 1906.
With so much to do in San Francisco, a visit to this west coast culture hub can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned traveler. From its many neighborhoods, hilltop vistas, foodie spots and beyond, this glorious city is basically the poster child for the United States.
Lava Mae, Spanish for "wash me," is delivering dignity one shower at a time. The organization has repurposed San Francisco's old diesel buses, adapting them into showers and bathrooms for the city's homeless.
Drag Race has always had its share of zany characters. After all, where else can a bedazzled styrofoam head become an international sensation? But even Season 6 standout Ornacia has nothing on the weirdness that is Tammie Brown.