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Bands on the Rise 2012

Moombahton mavens, doom metal masters, post-apocalyptic art wavers: 12 local music acts you need to know this year

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

MUSIC There's no underlying theme running through the 12 acts profiled here other than geographic: they all reside somewhere in the Bay Area. Well, that and we think they'll break huge this year. Or at least, deserve a larger audience in 2012. It's not based on buzz or hype, I can assure you of that. It's about their artistic output, innovation, and listenability, the grand scheme of the band's lifespan (just how many EPs did they record?), and the current cultural zeitgeist as we see it.Read more »

Summer fairs and festivals

Get ready for the solstice with our guide to summertime fun 

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ONGOING

Young At Art Festival de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, SF. (415) 695-2441, www.youngatartsf.com. Through May 22, free. The creative achievements of our city's youth are celebrated in this eight day event curated and hosted by the de Young Museum.Read more »

Summer movie madness!

Blockbusters, indie picks, festivals, and more

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cheryl@sfbg.com

'Tis the season for big, loud, making-zillions-opening-weekend-then-dropping-off-into-oblivion fare. Summer 2010 was one of the shittiest in years (Iron Man 2, we hardly knew ye). Summer 2011 has the usual array of superhero sequels and remakes, but there are a few seemingly bright spots on the blockbuster schedule. And if giant robots aren't your thing, there's plenty more in store beyond the multiplex. All release dates are subject to change.Read more »

Sounds of summer

Concert and music festival highlights from air guitar to Woodsist this season 

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arts@sfbg.com 

 Live music in the Bay Area this summer is bracketed by festivals, from the lowercase indoor venue indie pop of the San Francisco Pop Fest on Memorial Day weekend to the outdoor mid-August convergence of Outside Lands. The guide below aims to name some highlights from a wide variety of genres, with an emphasis on rare and first-time appearances in the Bay Area. 

 

MAY 25-29 Read more »

Rolling recreation

Three carfree dog days adventures

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SUMMER GUIDE "We definitely try to de-emphasize Iron Man trips," says Justin Eichenlaub, author of Post-Car Adventuring, the eminently usable guide to low carbon camping, hiking, and cruising trips around the Bay Area, Although Eichenlaub and coauthor Kelly Gregory want to include all fitness levels in the fun, make no mistake — they're hardcore.Read more »

The essential SF bike map

Bike routes today, tomorrow, and still to come

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Click here for a pdf version of this map

 

The fun side of bikes

The Fossil Fool pushes bicycle advocacy in the direction of music, art and parties

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steve@sfbg.com

Paul Freedman, a.k.a. the Fossil Fool, is a singer-songwriter and builder of elaborate art bikes who lives in San Francisco's Mission District. Since 2001, when he decided to apply his Harvard University education to building custom bikes, accessories, pedal-powered products, and mobile sound systems, Freedman created Fossil Fool and Rock the Bike to sell his creations and provide a platform for his performances and alternative transportation advocacy work.Read more »

Cycling race

Advocates for minority bike riders find ways to spread the word

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caitlin@sfbg.com

In contrast to the alley cat fixie fiends and placid Venice Beach cruisers, some of Los Angeles' most ardent bicyclists were going unnoticed and underserved by bike advocacy groups. Working class Latinos are often the only ones on two wheels in several of the city's most disadvantaged communities — but you weren't going to catch them at Critical Mass or grabbing a seat at L.A. County Bike Coalition meetings.Read more »

The rise of bike culture

The streets of San Francisco aren't just for cars anymore

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steve@sfbg.com

San Francisco has quickly peddled back into the front of the pack among bicycle-friendly U.S. cities, regaining the ground it lost during a four-year court injunction against new bike projects that was partially lifted in November 2009 and completely ended last June.Read more »

Bike Party!

San Francisco's newest group ride marks a less confrontational, more booty-shaking phase in the city's bike movement

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caitlin@sfbg.com, steve@sfbg.com

On Friday night, May 6, hundreds of bikes lean against the massive pillars holding up the Palace of Fine Arts' rotunda, a colorful array of plastic flowers and stereo speakers affixed to their baskets and trailers.Read more »