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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

This Weekend: Absurd Boat-Building and General D.I.Y. Hilarity at Camp Tipsy

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Marc Roper

It’s summer, and summers in San Francisco mean temperamental weather and always a possibility of fog. Even on our beautiful days, it doesn’t mean there is a lot of playing in the waters that surround us.

That's what camping is for! California camping is the best, and camping by a water source that is actually warm enough in which to swim, not to mention has decent water levels right now, justifies any excuse to get out of the city for a few days in Stonyford, Calif., a few hours away in Colusa County.

Pack your cooler, your silly inflatables, your sense of adventure and do-it-yourself sensibilities and head three hours north for a zany, boat building campout. Camp Tipsy, put on by the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, is a five-day outdoor event in on the shores of East Park Reservoir — or, as it’s more affectionately called “Lake Ladoga.” 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Study Shows People Prefer Chain Restaurants/Coffee Shops for First Dates

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Based on a recent survey of dating app users around America, people prefer chain restaurants and coffee shops to other potential date locations for their first dates.

The dating app Clover analyzed data taken from 200,000 of its users around the country to get statistics about where people prefer to go on first dates, and found that Starbucks, Chipotle, and Panera Bread were the top three (out of 30) places. The study also found that 51% of men and 35% of women would rather a first date at a restaurant, whereas 52% of women and 31% of men prefer a coffee shop date.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Guard: San Francisco Opera Hosts an Evening of Stage Combat

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Dave Maier and Megan Messinger demonstrate fight choreography in a stage combat workshop at the San Francisco Opera on January 13. - PHOTO BY SCOTT WALL
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  • Dave Maier and Megan Messinger demonstrate fight choreography in a stage combat workshop at the San Francisco Opera on January 13.
Brad Pitt will not be pleased as we are about to break the first and perhaps most important rule of Fight Club. As Pitt's now iconic character, Tyler Durden, stressed in the 1999 cult favorite, "The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club." Duly noted, however, the folks over at the San Francisco Opera say otherwise.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mother Knows Best: Q&A with "Parenthood" Star Monica Potter

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

click image Monica Potter headshot - COURTESY OF AUSTIN LESHAY AT THE SCHIFF COMPANY
  • Courtesy of Austin Leshay at The Schiff Company
  • Monica Potter headshot

It's a bit of a mystery how NBC's Parenthood managed to, relatively,  stay under the radar for its entire six-season run despite great acclaim and ardent fans. The Berkeley-set series is weeks away from its finale and star Monica Potter is just as torn about it as everyone else.

However, she's got other fish to fry – literally. A quick scroll through her Monica Potter Home website reveals a nifty recipe for Hawaiian Ginger Mahi Mahi among other bits of home improvement that would make her television alter ego Kristina Braverman perk up with glee. 

Monica Potter Home is a labor of love for the Cleveland-born actress who grew up with an inventor for a father. Her online collection is a one-stop haven for all things home living and do-it-yourself novelty items.   

SF Weekly caught up with Monica Potter to discuss her family's past, her company's future and the end of Parenthood

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Being a Boring Date in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

So it’s date night, which always means dinner and a movie, right? Sure, if you’re 85 years old and/or unimaginative.

If you’re bored with your normal date routine, try one of these instead.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Four: How to Turn Treasure Island Flea Into a Burning Man-Like Experience

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Treasure Island Flea
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Alright folks, for those of you who are bummed out that you missed this year’s Burning Man, there is still some action to catch at the Treasure Island Flea with its Dog Days of Summer themed event this month.

Like always, the T.I. Flea will include 400-plus curated vendors who sell handcrafted goods, art, upcycled furniture, antiques, collectibles and, or, vintage items. There will be food, drinks, live music, a scavenger hunt, DIY workshops at Maker’s Square, and a doggie bar crawl, of course. Here is how to turn this weekend’s Treasure Island Flea into a Burning Man-like experience — and you can bring your furry friends too.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Read Local: How to Be a Real Cook

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM


New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a series on books produced in the Bay Area.

"Cooking is often one disaster after another. What you learn is the only thing you can't fix is a soufflé."

This quote by Julia Child, who needs no introduction herself, serves to introduce a book that promises to arm you with the kind of knowledge that makes a chef. I'm not talking about someone who can drive to a fancy food store and buy imported truffles snuffed out by a female pig. That requires little more than a nice-sized bank account, which also seems to be the only prerequisite a person needs in order to declare oneself a "foodie."

See Also: You've Never Seen S.F. Like This -- Rebecca Solnit's Infinite City

Increase your California Cred with these 10 Bay Area Books

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Video of the Day: The Ultimate How-To Nightlife Event

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

  • Anthony Gordon

If you haven't been to a Cal Academy NightLife event, tonight should be one of your New Year's resolutions. Featuring half price admission, plentiful cocktails, interesting bites to eat, and live music, in addition to all the fascinating exhibitions (without the screaming children running around), it's one of the raddest and most informative happenings on a Thursday night.

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Street Fashion of the Academy of Sciences' Nightlife

St. Patrick's Day Includes Irish History, Music, Dance, Drinks at NightLife

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The 20 Most Memorable Cosplay Costumes Involving Cleavage

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:30 AM

20. "My eyes are up here, guys." - CHRISTOPHER MORGAN
  • Christopher Morgan
  • 20. "My eyes are up here, guys."

We'll be honest, we didn't know what cosplay was until we googled it just now. For those in the dark who are, like us, no doubt carving blog posts out of stone tablets, cosplay, "short for 'costume play,' is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea." We put together a slideshow of the best cosplay outfits of the entire year (Merry Christmas!), from comic book conventions, anime events, sci-fi shindigs, and more. Such representation helps to debunk the image of cosplay folks as pale, overweight men, shedding much-needed light on the outdated assumptions and stereotypes that plague our ... sorry, what? We couldn't hear you over all the boobs.

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Our full slideshow, 100 Memorable Cosplay Images of 2012 

Talk on Internet Dating Is Like a Blind Date With Group Therapy

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Support the Future at the Youth Arts Summit

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  • Maggie Preston

Come out and show some love for the youngest and brightest up-and-coming artists and performers at the Second Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit. Youth leaders from prominent San Francisco advocacy groups have joined forces to showcase young artists' works which spans all realms of artistic expression.

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Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers

The Art of Macworld

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