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Friday, June 26, 2015

Let's Get a New California License Plate, Already

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

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It’s been a pretty bad week for the Confederate flag and its supporters. (Some dead-enders tried to claim a moral equivalence between it and the Gay Pride flag, but that bit of theatrical trolling is probably a non-starter). Now there’s a movement to replace San Francisco's flag, which does kind of look like clip art of a snooty vulture sitting on a bottle cap.

This is a good idea, as anything resembling a heraldic crest is totally out of style, and abstractions are in. (If Chicago’s flag looks like the flags Argentina and Iraq moved to the Midwest and had a baby, at least it’s considerably more prominent around town than ours is.)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Vulcan Steps Take Urban Climbing Up a Notch

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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San Franciscans, as a collective whole, love to talk about those isolated hilltop spots for those urban sweeping views. Although the best view is always a debatable item in any local dialogue and in the past, SF Weekly has highlighted one such spot, we've simply decided to highlight one more worth our attention: The Vulcan Steps.

Located clandestinely off Ord Street and adjacent to the more recognizable Corona Heights Park, The Vulcan Steps are among the best of San Francisco's numerous stairways carved into the hilly landscape. Originally laid out on Oct. 23, 1925, they are constructed primarily of concrete and span approximately two city blocks. 

The steps separate into two divergent paths part-way up the incline. A small wood and plank trail reconnects the paths closer to the top of the steps. The Vulcan Steps create a pedestrian shortcut path over the hill between the Castro and the Haight Ashbury districts.

The traditional views of the Financial District and Civic Center are barely visible but it's for the better because your attention is diverted toward Eureka Valley and the Mission (a true locals' view). Yet the best vista isn't one looking over the horizon but along the steps. The Victorian Houses in this neck of the woods are eclectic by nature and reflective of their owners—from bright color palettes to kitschy porch/window decor. Nearly all of the houses are accessible only by foot.

So go head and take the climb. Even if you don't savor the simple hidden beauty of The Vulcan Steps, at least you'll get your leg work out out of the way.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tourism for Locals: LeRoy King Carousel Takes Locals for a Spin

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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No matter how old we get, San Franciscans will never stop being kids at heart —even when we get jaded and bitter from the rise of the cost of living. We're a city fostered in the spirit of youthful (albeit, child-like) creativity and enthusiasm.

For those looking to put a spin on their routine or seeking out an inexpensive excursion down Memory Lane , there's one location to go to unleash that inner child: The 109-year-old LeRoy King Carousel

Built in 1906, this intricately hand carved merry-go-round (carousels are comprised of solely horses) was constructed in Rhode Island by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. The carousel was intended to be installed in San Francisco, however it could not be due to the great 1906 earthquake and fire.

In 1912 it was a permanent fixture in Sea Cliff's Playland-at-the-Beach until the fairgrounds closure in 1972. When Playland shut its doors, the merry-go-round was purchased by a private collector and put into storage in New Mexico. In 1983, it was brought out of storage and moved to Long Beach. 

Purchased by the City of San Francisco in 1998, it was fully restored and brought to Yerba Buena Gardens within the Children's Creativity Museum. It was renamed in 2014 after former SF Redevelopment Commissioner LeRoy King, who took his future wife on their first date on the carousel that now bears his name.

It’s a round-and round-trip that creates a lifetime of memories that's open Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4 per ride. 
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Discovering the Mexican Museum Within Fort Mason

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Fort Mason has more than 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres. - IMAGE COURTESY OF THE FORTH MASON CENTER
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  • Fort Mason has more than 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres.

Museums abound in San Francisco — name it and we'll probably have it. From sex toys to albino alligators, there is no shortage of exhibitions to pique the San San Franciscan's interest . And while some, like the de Young, are more prominent in the local museum scene, San Francisco's smaller museum more than carry their weight in exhibitions and articles on display.  


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tourism for Locals: San Francisco Surround Sound at Audium

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Surround yourself with acid for the ears. - JUAN DE ANDA
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  • Surround yourself with acid for the ears.


San Franciscans are truly a lucky bunch. We  live in a city chalk-full of sensory overload — from bright  architecture to eclectic individuals to drastically diverse terrains — hence diminishing any hope of ever being bored.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Daily Holidays: February's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Get yourself clean in body and mind with a good book. - CATE FROST/SHUTTERSTOCK

There is an obscure holiday to celebrate every day this month; and in honor of these diverse, festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted eight February holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature. Here are our picks (we swear these aren't made up):

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Tourism for Locals: Palace of Fine Arts Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 7:55 AM

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This week's Tourism for Locals breaks with tradition.

Since the inaugural post of this column in 2013, I vowed that we would never feature sites that were typical tourist attractions, in an effort to show a taste of the real San Francisco, a local's guide of our important and treasured sites. Along with Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge, The Palace of Fine Arts could be considered a part of this list, but we're making an exception because the Greco-Roman is celebrating its centennial birthday this month!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Church of 8 Wheels Provides Heavenly Fun

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

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We have already mentioned that the closest thing to heaven on Earth is located at the corner of Fillmore and Fell streets — and the best things in life, often, come on wheels. By day, the abandoned Sacred Heart Parish looks like any other religious building: solitary and somber. But at night, that is when everything shifts to heavenly heights and the choir of angels is guided by the voices of Gloria Gaynor, Mariah Carey and the holy trinity: Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Prepare yourself for a rolligious experience because we are now crossing the San Francisco Pearly Gates and entering the Church of 8 Wheels. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Daily Holidays: January's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 3:57 PM

And We're Telling You....We're Not Going To Take It! - YOUTUBE
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  • And We're Telling You....We're Not Going To Take It!

From releasing your inner diva to pondering penguins, there is an obscure holiday to celebrate every day this month; and in honor of these diverse, festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted eight December holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature. Here are our picks (we swear these aren't made up):

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

San Francisco is Number One on the Naughtiest Cities List in America for Renters

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Here we are... on the naughty list. - SHUTTERSTOCK/STEPHEN FINN

San Francisco chose the wrong time of year to be naughty.

With Christmas just two weeks away, the last thing Santa Claus needs is a reason to triple-check his list before takeoff on his merry sled. Unfortunately, the tattletales at Rent.com took it upon themselves to ruin Christmas in San Francisco and announce to the whole world that we’ve been naughty where it hurts the most: our wallets.

Expect plenty of coal this holiday season.

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