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San Francisco Upper Haight

The Booksmith to move closer to first Haight Street home, taking over Bindery space

After several years of planning, legacy bookstore The Booksmith is moving to its third home later this spring. The new location is just down the block on Haight Street in a building the business already leased for an event-focused space called The Bindery. Read More

Feb 24, 2021
San Francisco

The Cliff House's mini-museum of SF artifacts is up for auction and history buffs hope some of it stays together

A local group of history buffs and conservators is hoping that the collection — at least some of it — can remain together and available for public view, even after the Cliff House potentially becomes a different restaurant. Read More

Feb 24, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

Teens create a full, virtual replica of San Francisco's Chinatown in Minecraft

Shelter in place won’t block a youth-led tour group from giving Chinatown tours, as they’ve rebuilt the neighborhood in the virtual world of Minecraft. Read More

Feb 23, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown North Beach

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights Booksellers, dies at 101

Legendary North Beach poet, publisher, and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, has died. He was 101 years of age. The beloved literary icon died peacefully in his San Francisco home surrounded by loved ones, "holding the hands of his son and his son’s girlfriend, 'as he took his last breath,'" his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti said on Tuesday. Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

New Chinatown parklet murals ring in Lunar New Year

The temporary COVID-19 mural magic of the Paint the Void project comes to Chinatown in time for the Lunar New Year feasts, as three restaurant parklets get rejuvenating murals. Read More

Feb 11, 2021
San Francisco West Portal

West Portal loses CineArts at Empire to the pandemic

West Portal's beloved arthouse cinema, CineArts at Empire (85 West Portal Ave.), is closing for good due to the pandemic, though the city says it is working to find a new operator for the theater. Read More

Jan 29, 2021
San Francisco Hayes Valley

Overnight sensation poet laureate gets a mural in Hayes Valley

After rocking the nation’s world at the Biden inauguration, poet laureate Amanda Gorman now has a mural homage at the Hayes Valley SF Zen Center. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Revamp of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater aims to improve access to McLaren Park venue

Renovations to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park are underway to make the site more accessible and improve facilities for concert performers and attendees alike. Read More

Jan 12, 2021
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Marina

Sundance Film Festival will be screening some of its 2021 flicks at Fort Mason drive-in

While you can’t go to hot tub parties in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, the flicks are coming to SF as Fort Mason will be a ‘satellite’ site for the 2021 festival. Read More

Jan 09, 2021
San Francisco Japantown

Cherry blossom trees in Japantown vandalized, nearly destroyed by vandal

A pair of cherry blossom trees outside the Japanese Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco's Japantown won't be blooming this year after a vandal or vandals went to great efforts to rip all the branches off of them. Read More

Jan 06, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

Bruce Lee-written Chinatown action series ‘Warrior’ arrives on HBO Max

A TV pilot Bruce Lee wrote in 1971 is now a big-budget TV series set in 1870s San Francisco Chinatown, and it’s streaming now on HBO Max. Read More

Dec 08, 2020
San Francisco Alamo Square Duboce Triangle Western Addition

Short film chronicles the life and costume creations of long-time Western Addition resident

Longtime Western Addition resident and gay-Latino designer Miguel Gutierrez was recently profiled in a new documentary film about his life in San Francisco, and his art, design, and costume creations. The film was released last week in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Read More

Dec 02, 2020
San Francisco Portola

San Bruno Avenue murals celebrate Portola history, offer light during lockdown

In the Portola, this month signifies not just the end of an eventful year but the close of the Multi-Mural Community Art Project, a two-year effort that has culminated in three new murals along San Bruno Avenue.  Read More

Nov 30, 2020
San Francisco Financial District

American Institute of Architects takes over ground-floor space in landmark Hallidie Building

The landmark Hallidie Building (130 Sutter St.) is getting a new ground-floor tenant next year, and it's the professional organization for architects that has long occupied some offices on an upper floor of the building. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco

SF is hiring artists and performs to do COVID-19 PSAs

Work will be slightly less scarce for 30 underemployed artists and performers in the coronavirus economy, as a new San Francisco Creative Corps will be giving the gift of gigs. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco Sunnyside

Detroit Steps Project launches art contest to beautify Sunnyside stairway

Fitting in a year where public art and physically distant activities are the new norm, a Sunnyside neighborhood group is calling for art enthusiasts to participate in its 2020 Socially Distanced Drawing Contest, which begins this Sunday, November 22. Read More

Nov 16, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro gallery Art Attack goes into hibernation mode amid pandemic

Over the weekend, three-year-old Castro art gallery Art Attack SF (2358 Market St.) announced it would be closing its doors for the foreseeable future. Read More

Nov 11, 2020
San Francisco Presidio Tenderloin

The Walt Disney Museum to highlight veterans' voices in new exhibit launching tomorrow

An exhibit designed to amplify the voices of local veterans will be on display at the Walt Disney Museum starting tomorrow. Read More

Nov 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Artists continue to paint Castro murals with focus on diverse voices

Castro residents walking around the neighborhood may have noticed that murals are continuing to proliferate on storefronts and buildings. Read More

Nov 09, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Banksy mural in the Mission marked up by taggers

A 10-year-old Mission District mural attributed to street artist Banksy got graffitied, so cue up the debate on the ethics of tagging over someone else’s tagging. Read More

Oct 27, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

PianoFight opens new virtual venue to raise funds for its future

The team behind PianoFight is launching a virtual venue this week with a fundraising event that aims to let attendees mingle and interact safely from their own homes. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Mission's Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery to reopen Thursday with 'new intentions' and varied vinyl collection

Among an increasingly long list of imminent reopenings, the Mission District’s beloved cultural space and bookstore, Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery, is set to open its doors Thursday, October 29 — with a curated vinyl collection and “new intentions” for the independent bookstore. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco SoMa Union Square

Westfield Centre’s cineplex Century Theatre set to reopen Friday

One San Francisco cineplex will reopen this weekend for the true movie theater experience, but with no concessions, small crowds, and of course masks required. Read More

Oct 16, 2020
San Francisco Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Pink Martini, Major Lazer bring back live concerts at Burlingame drive-in

We haven’t seen live concerts from big-name national acts in 7 months — but they’re coming back next week, at Burlingame’s Bayshore Drive-In. Read More

Oct 15, 2020
San Francisco Parkside

[Update] Endangered lemur from SF Zoo found safe in Daly City

Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur, was apparently abducted from the San Francisco Zoo earlier this week, and the zoo is offering a reward for his safe return. Read More