Evil spirits have until Saturday night to hang around Chinatown before they are banished for another year by a San Francisco tradition that dates to Gold Rush times.
The drums, fireworks, lion teams and 268-foot-long golden dragon are staples of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, along with being a celebrated cultural tradition. Read More
San Francisco’s nightlife scene is giving new meaning to the term “entertainment value.”A report released Monday by the City Controller’s Office estimates the nighttime entertainment industry contributes $4.2 billion to the local economy, employs 48,000 people and pays $55 million in taxes to The City. Read More
Welcome to 2012, the year of empowerment. Fasten your seatbelt — the days ahead are all about accelerated risk-taking and breaking through outmoded paradigms. Can you handle it? Of course! Just follow the guidance for your Sun sign and discover how to make the most of all the amazing opportunities ahead. It’s all in the timing, baby! Read More
A colorful stream of floats and costumes filled San Francisco's streets Saturday, braving the rain to ring in the Year of the Rabbit for the annual Chinese New Year parade. To see a slideshow of snapshots from the celebration, click on the photo to the right. Read More
If there is something that’s an annual constant, it’s that every Chinese New Year, the tradition stays the same — out with the old and in with the new.
Often the new looks a lot like the old, but this year is different. This year, the new will be truly groundbreaking.
On Saturday, The City’s first Chinese-American mayor, Ed Lee, will be the grand marshal of the Chinese New Year Parade. Read More
Image of the weekNew Year’s celebration: Two women pray at the Ma-Tsu temple as they celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday. This is the Year of the Rabbit.Something to readCaribou Island By David Vann ($25.99)A marriage is pushed beyond its ordinary limits in the severe wilds of Alaska, in local author David Vann’s much-anticipated debut novel. [Vann will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.] Read More
The Year of the Rabbit promises to bring some much-needed peace and tranquility. If you are like most people, you probably feel like you were on a roller coaster in 2010, the Year of the Tiger. That will generally not be the case in 2011, as the Rabbit is everything the Tiger is not. Read More
Julie Chen carefully sifted through paper decorations of bright-colored rabbits in hopes of finding the perfect combination to display in her home in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Every year, Chen and her two daughters visit the heart of Chinatown to stock up on decorations for the annual celebration. She buys fresh fruits and flowers to bring good luck, which is a cultural tradition. The shopping list is pretty much the same every year, except for one thing. Read More
San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year: On Saturday afternoon at Davies Symphony Hall, the orchestra, under the baton of Carolyn Kuan, celebrated the holiday with a special concert, followed by an elegant Imperial Dinner under the City Hall rotunda. Organizers were Gorretti Lui, Yurie Pascarella and Jennie Chiu; the presenting partner was Bank of America and supporting sponsors AT&T and Monster Cable. Read More
The 55,000 children enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District are the lucky beneficiaries of a three-day week.
Students will not have school Thursday, Feb. 3 or Friday, Feb. 4, according to district officials. Read More