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Your 2015 Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Werner

This past weekend wasn't just the unofficial start of summer; it's the official start of Pride season. In the coming month the sunlight will not only stay out longer but cities will start flying the rainbow flag to celebrate their LGBT communities.

For a Better L.A., Be Disruptive

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

To succeed in the startup space, be disruptive. That was the lesson of this morning's TechFire Ignite 2015 program at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club.

Notes From a Dive Bar VI

Alan Black | Posted 05.28.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Turn away now if you are disgusted by the description of a bar's grim lavatory. This is not for you. Come back next time to Notes when the talk will be of love and cocktails garnished with fresh fruit. Sadly, this grim description has to be done.

Three Music Festivals to Enjoy with That Cabernet Sauvignon

Divina Infusino | Posted 05.28.2015 | San Francisco
Divina Infusino

Summer music festivals have become a mainstay attraction across much of the U.S., but few celebrate their place of origin like those occurring in Napa Valley, California.

How San Francisco Is Helping Give Ex-Offenders A Better Shot

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

San Francisco is helping former offenders adjust to life after prison by turning a single-room-occupancy hotel into free housing. In a program spea...

Showers and Toilet on Wheels Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.

Film Review: San Andreas

Dwight Brown | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

If you've lived in California, a major earthquake is your worst nightmare. The thought of a 9.5 quake is almost unimaginable and terrifying. Quick, stand under a doorway or hide under a desk, it's coming and the aftermath is not all that pretty in San Andreas.

Movie Review: San Andreas -- Rumble. Tumble. Yawn.

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Each generation of special effects creates its own avalanche of disaster films: movies about disasters that are themselves disastrous.

Agents of Change: 5 Forward Thinkers You Need to Know

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five luminous entities that strive to make the world a better place.

San Francisco's Best Rooftop Bars

PureWow | Posted 05.25.2015 | San Francisco
PureWow

Our sunny spring has been hijacked (boo to this premature chilly, cloudy weather). But we're holding onto hope for brighter, warmer days. Here's a cheat sheet of rooftop bars that you can have at the ready as soon as a nice day hits.

Notes From a Dive Bar V

Alan Black | Posted 05.24.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Friday night -- At opening time, the merchant who adds cash to the ATM machine slinks in as quiet as a mouse. He stocks the money nest with tens and...

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-22-1432338746-5872862-2015052214323122322116311RobertandGarysmall.jpgThroughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

A Former Waiter Remembers the Day He Served Steve Jobs and the Lesson He Learned

Quora | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Quora

I've actually had the pleasure to serve Steve at a restaurant in Palo Alto, and here's the story ... I took some "time off" from the tech industry in 2000 to learn more about one of my passions, wine. So, on a whim, I walked into Niebaum-Coppola on University St. and applied to be an assistant behind the wine bar.

Notes From a Dive Bar IV

Alan Black | Posted 05.21.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Occasionally, the smokers stampede for the door. A fight has broken out or a scary psycho has wandered in off the street looking for a light in the darkness.

Bouncing Back at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and with memories of Super Storm Sandy still fresh in people's minds, architects and designers are turning their attention to building smarter for the longer term, with a goal of protecting the lives of all the people through design.

The Most Annoying Things Tourists Do In New Cities

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

We envy the people that live in the dream destinations we visit. But we understand it can be hard for locals to deal with crowds of tourists day after day. So we asked our readers, "What are the most annoying things tourists do in your city?"

Homeless Man Helps Shelter Get Internet So Others Can Find Jobs

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact

To Wayne Samuelson, Internet access made the difference between employment and living without an income. The U.S. veteran -- who's been homeless fo...

San Francisco Silent Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

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.

Here Are The Top 10 Fittest Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus and Alena Hall | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

The national's capital isn't just leading our government -- it's setting the standard for fitness, too. According to the latest American Fitness Index...

A Road Trip for Public Transportation

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Sometimes I need a good road trip to think about public transportation. Last week I took a much needed working vacation by flying to Reno. A friend met me there and we started our adventure, by car, in the rapidly hipsterfying Midtown neighborhood.

Notes From a Dive Bar III

Alan Black | Posted 05.18.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Years ago, at night's end, I locked a drunk French tourist in the bar, by mistake. He awakened under a table on the balcony, perfumed with vomit, a fragrance found in bars. Only the bar's ghosts were with him.

Top 10 Geekiest Cities in America

Donny Gamble | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Donny Gamble

Once upon a time, "geek" was considered a derisive label. The word alone conjured images of suspenders, pocket protectors, and wedgies. But with time, that has changed, as those skills formally relegated to geekdom have proven to be fundamental in a technology-driven economy.

Why Is Rand Paul Wooing Liberal San Francisco

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.15.2015 | San Francisco
Lincoln Mitchell

Mr. Paul is betting that the essentially Libertarian ideology of the new tech economy will soon have a political impact in San Francisco, a city that for decades has generally been understood to be the most left-of-center metropolis in the country.

Notes From a Dive Bar II

Alan Black | Posted 05.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tramodol came in. He looks good in a suit. He handed me a copy of Don DeLillo's, White Noise. "Read it," he said, strongly. What are the side effects of reading this? I wondered.

An Open Letter to the Selfie-Stick Wielding Tourists on Alcatraz

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

My goal is to round out your vacation memories so that when people ask, "What did you do in America?" you have a better answer than "Took selfies from a metal stick."