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Boardsports 1200 Clay map San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, More
Wednesdays, Saturdays, 9 a.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.
Sometimes it seems like we have it so good around here. Even our volunteer work is relatively glamorous -- no working with corny religious charities for us! (Even our religious charities are cool, as in Glide Church.) Instead, we can hoof it out to the gorgeous reclaimed military installation and More
Coit Tower 1 Telegraph Hill map San Francisco North Beach/ Chinatown
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Coit Tower has its history, and it's definitely got its views -- and some of the best of each is inside the tower itself. The murals, commissioned during the beginning of the New Deal in the 1930s as a way to get artists back to work were painted by some More
Eric Kipp may be brilliant. Without a doubt, the spirit of San Francisco itself pulses quickly in his veins, because he is the creator of Hiking Yoga. It's exactly what it sounds like; you follow the charge up one of our butt-bustin' hills, and once you're up there, the organizer/sherpas More
As a self-described "logical extension of a free public library," our local free walking-tour company is, like most libraries, a fascinating mash of nerdy and white-hot rad. The San Francisco City Guides walking tours happen every day (except major holidays), are free, and follow in the footsteps of hypereducated history More
Amnesia 853 Valencia map San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights
Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The term "gaucho" commonly refers to nomadic South American cowboys, which is pretty indicative of how the San Francisco band Gaucho plays its version of Gypsy jazz: in Gaucho's hands, le jazz manouche is left playfully unchained to the genre's European historical foundations, allowing the music to ramble and roam More
ODC Dance Commons 351 Shotwell map San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 p.m.
Jill Parker's Beginning Tribal Belly Dance classes are a classic San Francisco experience: They're welcoming, weird, diverse, sweaty, trance-inducing, and somehow simultaneously straight and gay. Some students love to feel they're in a place where it's OK to actually have a belly, some come to gain the inevitable boost in More
California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse map San Francisco Richmond (Inner)
In ancient Rome, the god of fertility was honored in February, with ceremonial love lotteries and mock-floggings with a bloody goatskin. Even those are a pale reflection of truly bizarre courtships that unfold in the natural world. For example, the common garden snail is a hermaphrodite that carries both sets More
Wednesdays, 7 a.m., Fridays, 7 a.m. and Sundays, 7 a.m.
Thrice-weekly market featuring fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, and other forms of sustenance from local growers. More
House of Air 926 Mason map San Francisco The Presidio
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.
You like to have your butt thoroughly kicked, do you not? You may have already kicked your own butt with dance class, yoga class, brutal hikes, standard gym visits, athletic sex, or what have you, but have you done it on a trampoline? At Air Conditioning classes, use the power More
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Not everyone is comfortable talking about sex. In fact, just hearing the word in public is enough to make some people uneasy, even here in liberal San Francisco. For those of you looking to explore your sexuality in the new year (or are just curious what the fuss is all More
Legion of Honor 100 34th Ave. map San Francisco Richmond (Outer)
The Legion of Honor today reopens its incredible French period room, The Salon Doré. The type of room, particular to pre-revolutionary France, was called the salon de compagnie, or salon for conversation. "There was no eating," explains the Legion's curator of European decorative arts and sculpture, Martin Chapman. "They More
Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck map Berkeley Elmwood
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
The region's longest-running poetry slam has been hosting weekly wordsmith performances since the late 1990s. More
This bilingual exhibit follows the course of Chinese-American immigration from the 19th century to today via photographs, artifacts, and historical narratives. More
Interactive historical walking tours led by local comedians. More
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