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Summer Guide, Summer Go Your Own Way

Go Your Own Way

Politics in the '60s had poise as well as noise. When people protested, they protested in style; when they preached peace and love, they did it in their flowing peasant blouses, oversized shades, and Birkenstocks. While it probably wasn't bell-bottoms…
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Summer Guide, Summer Sixties Flashback

Sixties Flashback

Forty years ago, throngs of idealistic youth descended upon San Francisco with flowers in their hair for what is still known as the Summer of Love. That singular season spawned a vibrantly creative local culture, and helped launch a psychedelic…
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Summer Guide, Summer Passion Plates

Passion Plates

In 1967 hippies were at the helm of a global social experiment that combined drugs, grassroots street theater, free love, and free — if not very fancy — food. Nowadays, we've eased off a bit on the drugs and political…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Notebooks From the Underground

For most of the folks who participated in the Summer of Love, the details might be a bit foggy. It could be the intervening 40 years, or maybe copious amounts of mind-altering substances, that have kept the details spotty. But…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Yes, It's Still the Haight

You may not be able to find Janis herself roaming the Haight these days, but you can find: Solar-Powered Bobble Heads (by Tomy) Where: Giant Robot How much: $16-$18 Camouflage Padded Bra (by Rosa) Where: New York Apparel How much:…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Summer of Love

AIDS Walk San Francisco: Even if you can't walk the Walk — which, really, is always a fun time — you can at least make a donation to the cause. AIDS has wiped out many who made this city what…
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Summer Guide, Summer And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

When the Summer of Love rolled through San Francisco in 1967, there was already a thriving counter-cultural literary scene going on. Why? Well, there were the San Francisco poets. Jack Spicer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and so forth,…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Summer in the City

If you can't jet off to a private retreat for the summer months, aren't you glad you live in San Francisco? We've put together a complete outline of fun, entertaining, exciting, and, yes, even rewarding things to do between now…
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Summer Guide, Summer

A Different Tack

Until a month ago, I'd never set foot on a sailboat. Sailing just wasn't something families like mine did. It was up there with golfing and taking high tea and any number of oddly aristocratic activities that appeared to require…
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Summer Guide, Summer

School's Out for Summer

Remember summer vacation? Take a minute to recall the formless freedom, the sense of possibility, the Slip 'n' Slide. That was nice, huh? Now you're a boring grown-up and you have to work all year round. Social Security will soon…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Music Live, Worth the Drive

As I grow long in the tooth and gray in the hair, I find that I'm more exacting when it comes to live music. I don't want to brave the mega-aggravating Bay Bridge traffic just to hear a band play…
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Summer Guide, Summer Get Inside!

Get Inside!

Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the moment it's opened, and fat guys are the only ones hanging by the pool in bikini briefs. So…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Picnic in the City

This is San Francisco, celebrated more for fog and damp than al fresco dining. While our true summerlike heat never really blooms until calendars have already declared the season kaput, the next few months promise to be a great time…
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Tasty Picnic Libations

Summer, and the sippin' is easy. Once you've packed your picnic, it's time to think of what to drink. Here are some suggestions to match your mood and food. Tasty yet affordable local vintages: Picnics aren't wine tastings, especially if…
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Summer Listings

1906 Earthquake: A Disaster In Pictures: SFMOMA's take on photographs capturing the disaster of the earthquake and fire. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m., $7-$12.50 free for children under 12. SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St. (at Mission),…
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Summer Guide, Summer Urban Surfer, Urban One

Urban Surfer, Urban One

This spring I saw a surfer at Ocean Beach tear through waves like he was exacting revenge. He'd bury his rail off the bottom and ambush the lip, which he wouldn't hit so much as vertically displace, launching sheets of…
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Summer Guide, Summer Butt Boards Up!

Butt Boards Up!

When one thinks of Cache Creek, casino glitter and lavish buffets tend to overshadow the creek itself, a largely bucolic body of water that sluices through the Central Valley and periodically explodes into thrilling white-water rapids ideal for inner-tubing and…
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Summer Guide, Summer Nights at the Races

Nights at the Races

Imagine cruising the San Francisco Bay in a quarter-million-dollar sailboat, the wind lapping against your face, the unparalleled backdrop of the Bay Area sparkling all around you. Now imagine a flotilla of ships alongside your own as the sun drops…
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Summer Guide, Summer

Hipster San Diego

Aah, summer in the city. Tourists descend on Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square, and you can hardly walk through Chinatown without some gawker from the flyover states begging you to take his picture. It's time to get outta town, and…
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Summer Guide, Summer Outside the Ordinary

Outside the Ordinary

Brunching in the sunshine and dining under the stars is a light-dappled, breeze-scented culinary pleasure as old as a rustic campfire, as suave as a flute of champagne on a cliffside terrace, and as convivial as good food, lively street…
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