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03 Mar 2022

San Francisco Bar Culture is History

By Curt Hopkins It took us until our second tenure in San Francisco to figure out how to eat in the city. Here you flee from fancy food like from a rural outhouse. Fancy food in San Francisco is overhyped, overpriced, and overcooked. Like Jonathan Gold advised Angelenos, it’s best

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19 Jan 2022

Hauntings, Demolition, and Murder: The Fascinating History of SF’s City Hall

In 1942, San Francisco City Hall employees began to fear their place of work.  Every day, shortly after noon, employees heard five rapping sounds, seemingly emanating from within the walls. This was followed by a brief pause, then another three raps. Nobody could explain the source of these eerie sounds. 

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07 Sep 2022

What it’s Like Writing About San Francisco for 20 Years

In celebration of my 20th year in SF, I am extremely excited to announce Slouching Towards Neverland: 20 years of Writing About San Francisco. Here’s a quick rundown: – This limited edition, hand-signed, new zine covers my two decades of writing about this strange and beautiful city. – Besides well known

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15 Dec 2021

From Protest to Puke: The Debasement of SantaCon

For those who don’t participate, SantaCon is an annual spectacle, mildly disorienting and mostly foul. If you’ve ever seen a cluster of self-saboteurs in Santa costumes collectively heaving over a gutter or stumbling about in a daze, you’ve likely been privy to the awe-inspiring merriment of SantaCon.  As a writer

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08 Dec 2021

The Dark & Disturbing History of the St. Francis Hotel

The Westin St. Francis Hotel looms on the edge of Union Square, bearing silent witness to flocks of tourists and shoppers who likely know nothing of its history. Built in 1904, the St. Francis Hotel is now known to be one of the most haunted hotels in California. Many notable

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19 Oct 2021

Black Panther Party Alumni, Punk Artists Join Forces to Revive Radical Roots

It all began here in Oakland 55 years ago: the rise of what would become a global movement for equal civil rights under the law, for oppressed brothers and sisters of every stripe. With a “radical” idea of what equality looks like and a 10-point platform, the Black Panther Party

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11 Jun 2021

‘Noodling’ Around San Francisco, a Unique Way to Explore

Hi and welcome to the BAS Weekend Wellness Column! My name is Erynne Elkins and I’m a Well-Being Advocate and Certified Breathwork Facilitator. Every Friday I’ll share a holistic wellness modality available here in the Bay Area. Cheers to good health! The art of noodling around:  an aesthetic meditation for

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16 Sep 2020

History of the Holocaust is Being Erased in the U.S.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If there’s any truth to George Santayana’s words, the future of the U.S. is remarkably bleak.  According to a new study commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, young adults in the U.S. are woefully ignorant

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15 Sep 2020

Emperor Norton And The 1860s Black Activism Movement

It’s the 161-year anniversary of Emperor Norton declaring himself “Emperor of these United States” in the pages of the 1859 San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin. While this bizarre move catapulted Emperor Joshua Norton I to status as a beloved local cult figure for centuries, our frequent celebrations and homages to

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