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Butterflies Are Freed at the Academy of Sciences

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 06.29.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Guests arriving at the California Academy of Sciences' Big Bang Gala were greeted by human 'butterflies' swooping and flitting about, their shimmering wings competing with patrons' dresses for color and contrast.

Quirky, Flamboyant Stagecraft Propels Pericles at Berkeley Rep

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.22.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Wing-Davey and company -- including a three-piece ensemble that provides all manner of terrific musical and sound support -- have turned this Pericles into a showcase for quirky stagecraft. If that sounds like your dish, have at it.

Swells Come to Pier at the New Exploratorium

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 06.18.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

San Francisco's beloved Exploratorium opened with a big splashy party that befitting its swell new digs on Pier 15. Guests were as giddy as schoolchildren on a field trip as they navigated the expanse filled to the open rafters with scientific schemes.

Junior League Sets Sail for Fashion Once More

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 05.08.2013 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

The beloved 87th annual fashion show event put on by the San Francisco chapter of the Junior League brings visibility, leadership and volunteer training to the league's members, as well as the opportunity for a fun party.

Sex and the City by Trannyshack

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 04.08.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

One of the things I loved about this play is that the sex scenes are made to be more humorous than dirty.

Meet Caitlin Gill: Comedian and Cat Lover

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 04.07.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

What I most enjoy about Caitlin Gill is that you get a sense of who she is in her comedy. She is not trying to be anything other than herself. Her content ranges from gross to topical and I am curious to see just how far she will go.

Chris Dugan at JingleTown Recording Studio

Melissa Webster | Posted 04.02.2013 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

It's like a fortress. That was my first impression as I approached JingleTown Recording Studio on this dead-end street in Oakland, California.

TCHO: San Francisco's Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory (VIDEO)

GloboMaestro | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home

Ghirardelli may be San Francisco's best known chocolate, but production moved away years ago. Today, TCHO is the real San Francisco chocolate -- and it's the only place in town involved in the entire chocolate making process.

Review: Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright

Erika Milvy | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Erika Milvy

More novel than a graphic novel and more colorful than a color comic book, Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-Adventures of Bradley Boatright, is a dynamic, angst-fraught, paean to the super-cool kid-power of awesome invention.

San Francisco's Ultimate Farm-to-Table Sandwich (VIDEO)

GloboMaestro | Posted 03.09.2013 | San Francisco


Five Breathtaking Views Around San Francisco | Posted 02.04.2013 | San Francisco

All this magic in 49 square miles means we sometimes forget the glories that await just across the Bay, or down the peninsula. Here, five amazing Bay Area views to remind you why your East Coast friends are (and should be) jealous.

San Francisco: Where to Get the Freshest Ice Cream Made in 60 Seconds Flat (VIDEO)

GloboMaestro | Posted 02.03.2013 | San Francisco


A Huge Factory for Theatrical Art Takes Shape in West Berkeley

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.02.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

As a novice reviewer of Bay Area theater in the late '60s, I probably dropped in on Berkeley Rep for the first time in early 1969, possibly to cover its production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage.

Budget Friendly Bars in San Francisco

Party Earth | Posted 01.26.2013 | San Francisco
Party Earth

From the hip Mission district to the Castro, here are a few of the best places to booze on the cheap in the city.

Lauryn Hill and Nas Take Fans Back to the Golden Era

SF Critic | Posted 01.21.2013 | San Francisco
SF Critic

Hip hop legends Nas and Lauryn Hill brought the Fox Theater to life on Monday night. As the lights dimmed, fans had no idea what they were in store for: two of the greatest '90s hip hop acts coming back to shine.

Wednesday Winners

Christopher Caen | Posted 01.14.2013 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

It was a surprisingly balmy evening last night as our cabbie took a swerve to the left across in front of an onrushing bus, zipped past a double-parked car, and deposited us at Bottle Cap. It was time once again for the Annual Herb Caen Martini Competition.

Elektra at ACT: Ancient Yet Timely, but Marred by Dubious Choices

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

How little the human race has changed in the 2,500 years since Sophocles' Elektra emerged on the Athenian stage. Her drive, her obsession, her fury had a single focus, expressed in one word: justice.

Biking the East Bay Wineries | Posted 10.30.2012 | San Francisco

Wine towns abound in California. But factoring in travel, expensive accommodations and various other factors, a simple "wine weekend" can translate to a hefty price tag. Fortunately, wine country is closer than you think.

Biking the Bay: Alpine Dam (Climbing Mount Epic-est)

Zach Dean | Posted 12.30.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Fresh off my Alcatraz swim and keen on pursuing life in my un-comfort zone, I agreed to push my limits and ride along with veteran Bay Area cycling enthusiasts on the Alpine Dam Loop. When we departed, I was told that "this ride is going to be epic."

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Putting the Pop Back in Populism

Erika Milvy | Posted 12.26.2012 | San Francisco
Erika Milvy

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is a hard-rock musical that tells the life story of this nation's seventh president in modern lingo to make the 19th century relevant to youth culture. Lets just say, been there, done that, hella better.

Bass Heads Wobble at Bassnectar's Civic Center Performance

SF Critic | Posted 12.23.2012 | San Francisco
SF Critic

Bassnectar openly advocates for causes such as free press and true media, but on this night, there was nothing. He kept things simple. There was just enough simple communication with the San Francisco crowd to keep folks' attention and energy in the moment.

Berkeley Rep's An Iliad Transforms an Ancient Tale Into Timeless Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 12.22.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

One actor, roaming a stage that is nearly bare; one musician, lodged in a tiny balcony overlooking the performance space; a torrent of words -- some ferocious, some tranquil -- that recount events which may have taken place some 3,200 years ago.

When the Community Works Together, Our Schools Prosper

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 11.24.2012 | San Francisco
Rhiana Maidenberg

By aligning the interests of each individual school with each other and fostering a collective, citywide spirit, edMatch is helping build one more plank on the bridge to equality.

Biking the Bay: The Paradise Loop

Zach Dean | Posted 11.14.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Yo, wanna take a ride through Marin? Lets take it nice and easy... Real nice and precise like... No hills, no problems, lots of fun. Welcome to the intersection of Tea Berry Lane and Paradise.

Fall Aboard! Riding the Lagunitas Skunk-Beer-Train (PHOTOS)

Zach Dean | Posted 11.12.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Never heard of the Skunk-Beer-Train?! Picture a roofless train packed full of adults drinking beer. Do you get it now? Here's how it happened...