Isda Funari is one of the founders of Isda and Co., a 20-year-old San Francisco-based clothing design company that creates stylish yet comfortable clothing for women between the age of 35 and 65. She was also responsible for the popular Esprit designs in the 1980s. What inspired you to start a clothing line? Read More
Matt Kent, the San Francisco native and first-time author, uncovers the history behind The City’s harbor defenses in “Harbor Defenses of San Francisco: A Field Guide 1890 to 1950.” What is your book about? It’s a field guide of San Francisco’s harbor defenses from the modern era of 1890 to their demise in 1950. It comprises all the forts and reservations located north and south of San Francisco. Read More
Laughter is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.
Clown therapists from the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization ClownZero are healing through humor by clowning around in the pediatric ward at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Yes, they are professional performing artists, but clown therapists are not just everyday circus clowns; they all have a background in therapeutic healing. Read More
San Francisco comedian Rick Overton described her act as a California stop — she never actually stops at a stop sign, but just keeps rolling through. Comic Wendy Liebman, known for her dry delivery and her “dot dot dot” style that leaves people hanging until she throws out another joke, says, “I remember watching Phyllis Diller do an interview on Mike Douglas, and she said, ‘You have to make people laugh, and when they think they’re done laughing, you have to make them laugh again.’ I knew exactly what she meant, and I was only 11 years old.” Read More
Diana Scott, the chair of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, has partnered with SFSU’s Jewish Studies Department to bring a new course offering to students and the community, entitled “Yiddish History, Literature, and Society” beginning in spring 2011. Read More
To raise awareness about climate change, Heidi Quante, coordinator of 350 EARTH, recently launched the world’s first ever global climate art project. From Nov. 20-28, artists across the globe created installations large enough to be seen from space. For information, visit 350.org.
What does the 350 mean? The goal of the organization is to get the world back to 350 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere. We need this amount in order for life as we know it to continue; right now we’re at 390 parts per million. Read More
Resourcefulness is all the rage now, even in theater. Sweet Can Productions’ newest intimate theatrical circus “Candid,” opening this week in San Francisco, is all about transforming everyday objects like tablecloths, chairs and benches into magical experiences.
In the popular show “Stomp,” of course, dancers used trashcans and brooms onstage, but “Candid” pushes the concept further, with performers converting simple objects into trapezes, aerial silks and acrobatic props. Read More
Linda Mornell is the founder of Summer Search, a San Francisco-based nonprofit mentoring program for low-income and at-risk high school students. The organization, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, sees 100 percent of its students graduate from high school, almost all of whom go on to college.Why did you create Summer Search? Read More
Think twice about doing your holiday shopping Wednesday, or at least stay off the road that day.
According to an Allstate Insurance Co. review of claims over the past four years, more accidents are reported on Dec. 15 than on any other day of the year, making it the most dangerous day for California drivers.
“We’re not certain why, but it could be attributed to weather, as you consider snow in the North, rain in the South, high winds in the Central Valley,” Read More
San Francisco-based food system activist David Gumbiner is one of three locals in The Udon Project, which is facing off against Detroit’s Beet Squad in Yoxi’s national video challenge to “Reinvent Fast Food.” To see their Pad Thai Project video and cast your vote, visit www.yoxi.tv/submission/14. Read More
A Santa fired for telling a joke will be arriving today in a fire truck at his new job to collect toys for the girls and boys.
John Toomey was fired from Macy’s in Union Square after a 20-year stint there for telling a joke to an elderly couple. Toomey, however, was hired by nearby eatery Lefty O’Doul’s, where he will start today. Read More
Kenji Liu, program director for the Geneva Car Barn will be hosting a showcase of works by 12 youth artists created during this fall’s Powerhouse Arts Apprenticeship Program at Lick-Wilmerding High School at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
What is the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse?
The Car Barn is a historical building across from the Balboa Park BART station that was built in 1901; as an organization we are in the process of revamping the building and turning it into an arts and cultural center for District 11. Read More
Daly City will be ringing in much more than a fresh decade when the ball drops this New Year’s Eve.
The year 2011 marks the city’s centennial, and to honor its namesake, John Daly, Daly City historian Bunny Gillespie is organizing a tribute at Daly’s grave in Woodlawn Memorial Park on the morning of Jan. 8.
“I always felt that there wasn’t much of him in Daly City except for the name,” Gillespie said. “There’s no school ... and then they closed the library on the location that he had given them in 1920; it seemed to me that he shouldn’t be forgotten.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom flipped the switch Tuesday on the completed Sunset Reservoir Solar Project, the largest municipally operated solar installation in California.
The 24,000 solar panels covering an area equivalent to 12 football fields have led Newsom to expand his goal for The City’s green plan, calling for 100 percent of San Francisco’s electricity to be drawn from renewable sources by the year 2020. Read More
Megan Rondeau, the special projects coordinator for peta2, the youth division of PETA, talks about San Francisco vegan restaurant Herbivore, a Best Local Restaurant nominee for the fifth annual Libby Awards. Voting ends Dec. 16. To cast your vote, go to peta2.com. What is peta2? Peta2 is the youth division of PETA. We work with high school and college students on issues that are important to them, like having vegan options in their cafeteria or cruelty-free dissections in their labs. We also work with bands, celebrities and athletes to get them involved. Read More