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West Meets East, With Stumbles and Laughs, in Berkeley Rep's Chinglish

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.04.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Ridiculous translations provide the simplest and funniest comic gambits in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, which generated roar after roar of hilarity when it opened Berkeley Rep's season in the Roda Theater a few days ago.

Friday Fresco

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.24.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

When you have a tendency to write about San Francisco, and you have been doing it enough, certain themes keep coming back around, whether you want them to or not.

8 Restaurant Game-Changers in the Bay Area

Zagat | Posted 10.24.2012 | San Francisco

Alice Waters didn't set out to start a revolution. When the former Montessori teacher and Francophile opened up her Craftsman bungalow in 1971, she just wanted to offer a convivial place to break bread like the places she admired in Europe.

826 Valencia Celebrates a Decade With Their Third Annual Write-a-thon on 8/26 Day

Nicki Richesin | Posted 10.20.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

In honor of their 10-year anniversary, 826 Valencia asked would-be authors (including children and adults) to round up pledges for 8/26 Day, then join them at 826 Valencia on Sunday, August 26 from noon to 8:26 p.m. to write.

Friday Footsteps: Searching for the Item

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.10.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Last night after the heat still had not really broken, we had no idea what to do. So, after a moment's hesitation, we decided the only appropriate action was North Beach.

San Francisco's Funniest Restaurant Names

Zagat | Posted 10.07.2012 | San Francisco

You know what's funny to us? How many San Francisco restaurants insist on naming themselves after their sourcing policies: Locavore, Local's Corner, Local Mission Eatery. We get it -- you guys love to shop at the farmers market -- just like us!

Friday Frame-up: The Hidden Lair Hanging Off the Back of Telegraph Hill

Christopher Caen | Posted 10.03.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Now, before you go and think that I am prone to conspiracy theories and looking through drawers for secrets, understand that I have been knocking around this town for most of my (allegedly) adult life.

Bacon, San Francisco and Loni Love

David Duran | Posted 10.01.2012 | San Francisco
David Duran

Comedian and actress Loni Love has brought audiences into hysterics with her witty satire and hilarious stand-up. I've seen her perform and even her short sets keep everyone wanting more.

Friday Fielders: The Dodgers Are in Town

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.26.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

We have all sorts of weird things going on right now, from the Mirkarimi circus to development projects going sideways. However, I will speak of none of these things. The reason is obvious: The Dodgers are in town.

Friday Follow-up: The Cast for Our Imaginary Dinner Party

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.19.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

For the couple people who missed last week, the topic was "who would you invite to a historical San Francisco dinner." No sooner did it hit the site than I started getting new additions to the cast.

The New Wingtip Will Be Super Fly

Julia Plevin | Posted 09.18.2012 | San Francisco
Julia Plevin

As members of the Wingtip flip through the wine menus made from signature leather they come across a weekly brief of club events. There's a Humphrey Slocombe ice cream social, a dominos tournament, and a legal trip to Cuba on the schedule.

California Climbing With Maria Morales

Zach Dean | Posted 09.17.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Maria Morales is an awesome climber and a kick ass climbing instructor. She has been climbing all over the US since 2001 and helping noobs like me get into the sport since 2007.

Delightfully Dark, Sweeney Todd, a Must See

David Duran | Posted 09.15.2012 | San Francisco
David Duran

I had the pleasure of attending opening night of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Eureka Theater. The Ray of Light Theatre production was absolutely stunning and worth the modest ticket price.

Friday Feast: San Francisco Dinner Party

Christopher Caen | Posted 09.12.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Those of you who have reading my scrawlings since the days of the Examiner column will know this game by now. We have done this before, and it seems about time to send the hamster around the wheel.

SFMOMA Wonders What Cindy Sherman Looks Like?

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 09.12.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

The opening party for the riveting Cindy Sherman retrospective at SFMOMA played out like a bit of Where's Waldo for the contemporary cadre. Amidst the elegant installation of photographs featuring Sherman, where was... Sherman?

Friday Finish: The Composers

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.29.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

This week I thought of the composers, and I thought about deadlines. Yes, the news has been set free in this wonderful new digital world. But something in the process seems to have been lost.

Five Best Dog Friendly Bars in San Francisco

Party Earth | Posted 08.21.2012 | San Francisco
Party Earth

For dog owners, a guilt-free night on the town without the dog can be hard to come by. Luckily, the dog-friendly bar solves this problem, and there may be more of these bars in San Francisco than anywhere else. Here are five of the best places.

Bay Area Food Guru Cooks Up a Benefit for City Arts & Lectures

Camille Hayes | Posted 08.15.2012 | San Francisco
Camille Hayes

Farro, chicken, kale and sheep's milk cheese. These are the foodstuffs (one item from each food group) that Michael Pollan would take to a desert island to eat in perpetuity, were he to find himself regrettably, but unavoidably, marooned.

Putting the 'Pub' Back in Republican: Where to Take Your Conservative Friends for a Drink in San Francisco

Party Earth | Posted 08.07.2012 | San Francisco
Party Earth

There are times when we all can forgo the confines of the handful of beliefs that separate us, and gather as one for that truly unifying practice of slinging back a few too many cocktails.

Amsterdam-by-the-Bay: Learning Better Biking From the Dutch

Jay Walljasper | Posted 08.01.2012 | San Francisco
Jay Walljasper

Transportation is one field where forward-looking Americans are examining what European, Asian and some Latin American nations have accomplished to increase mobility, reduce pollution, and strengthen the sense of community.

Beckett's Endgame and Play Sizzle Despite Dearth of Physical Action

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.21.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Art isn't easy. The fictionalized descendant of painter Georges Seurat made that assertion in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, but it applies far more forcefully to Samuel Beckett.

BAM! That Was Great!

Sally Fay | Posted 07.16.2012 | San Francisco
Sally Fay

Many of us have been to and worked on many a benefit over the years and appreciate the work that goes into them, but when you find yourself in a state of constant elation at one, it catches you by surprise!

Friday Foolery: The Snipe Hunt

Christopher Caen | Posted 07.11.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

In the early morning fog they gathered deep in the woods of the Presidio. They were a motley group, but in truth they were following in the footsteps of a grand tradition of motley groups.

Ragner Johnson Wins What May Be First Surf Contest Ever Held at Fort Point

Cyrus Saatsaz | Posted 07.08.2012 | San Francisco
Cyrus Saatsaz

Recently, the Bum Rush Tour made a visit to Northern California, where they awarded local surfer Ragnar Johnson a check for $1,000 for winning the Bum Rush Tour contest at Fort Point in San Francisco.

Decadent & Delicous: Our Gourmet Life Sensual Dinners

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.25.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

How many sexy dinners have you ever attended? Dinners that include eating food off of one another, while sipping delicious wines? For most of us, these dinners are ones of our own making.