The Palace of Fine Arts’s exhibition hall is available for rent, but whoever wishes to lease the iconic property will be responsible for repairs and rehab work potentially costing tens of millions of dollars. Read More
The Sound Column is gone, but the Tactile Dome will live on.
Since 1969, visits to the Exploratorium — the hands-on museum of experience at the Palace of Fine Arts — have been a rite of passage for schoolchildren in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. That ended Wednesday, as more than 5,000 visitors hummed, whirred, buzzed and discovered their way through the museum’s 450 exhibits before the site shut its doors forever at 5 p.m.
After 43 years of educating students, tourists and Bay Area residents about the wacky ways of biology, physics, chemistry and more, the Exploratorium will be closing its doors at the Palace of Fine Arts at the start of the new year. Read More
One thing you can say about barnstorming banshee Chris Cornell — the guy certainly doesn’t telegraph his punches. No sooner had he finished with his recent reunion tour with Soundgarden — which precedes an upcoming album they’re currently recording — than he released a standalone new single called “The Keeper,” from the soundtrack to Marc Forster’s “Machine Gun Preacher.” It now has its own video, as well. Read More
Fans probably took it as a joke at first, perhaps a publicity stunt, when Dresden Dolls anchor Amanda Palmer organized a fun flash-mob “wedding” in New Orleans last November with noted fantasy author Neil Gaiman. Read More
Doctors are set to cast their votes today on whether a former San Francisco poll worker who stole dozens of ballots on Election Day is crazy.
On the eve of his possible release from jail last month, 51-year-old Karl Bradfield Nicholas was thrown back into a cell after giving the judge the silent treatment. Read More
Bella the swan is moving out after receiving a less than gracious reception from her brother and sister-in-law at the lagoon near San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Recreation and Park Department officials said.The family drama began Sunday when Bella rejoined her brother, Blue Boy, and her sister-in-law, Blanche, after spending more than a month recuperating from a fractured webbed foot at her birth home in Point Reyes. Read More
Bella the swan has returned and hopes to stay at her lagoon near the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco after recovering from a foot injury last month, Department of Recreation and Park officials announced. Read More
WHO’S IN TOWN Crime writer Lawrence Block (“A Drop of the Hard Stuff”), who was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1993, appears in conversion with Hugo- and Nebula-winning science-fiction author Robert Silverberg (“Times Three”). [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]LECTURES Read More
A fractured webbed foot is no cause for a swan song for Bella, an injured swan who resides at the Palace of Fine Arts lagoon in San Francisco.Bella was transported to the San Francisco Zoo on Thursday for treatment of a fracture to her left foot and a possible infection.The 2-year-old swan was later taken to her birth home, run by a swan breeder in Point Reyes, where she is receiving treatment. Read More