The Stern Grove Festival, The City’s wildly popular free outdoor music and performance series, announced today that its 76th season begins June 16 with appearances by Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.
Before the 2 p.m. show, the organization is hosting The Big Picnic, a ticketed fundraising event.
Some 100,000 people are expected to attend the season’s free concerts in the grove, located at Ninth Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.
The full schedule for the series, which continues for 10 consecutive Sundays through Aug. 18, will be announced May 1. Read More
The owner of the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Bay Guardian is acquiring the SF Weekly in a sale designed to preserve and enhance the paper’s role in The City’s media ecosystem.
San Francisco Newspaper Co., the Weekly’s new owner, pledged to continue operating the venerable alternative newsweekly as a standalone publication with separate editorial content from the both the Examiner and the Guardian. Read More
With the film industry award season under way — the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 10, and the ceremony is Feb. 24 — comes The S.F. Examiner’s annual, unscientific compilation of critics’ top picks for 2012. Read More
Two weeks after safety advocates questioned the slow pace of The City’s pedestrian action plan, the mayor on Wednesday announced details of a proposal that’s being drafted.
The plan, which is expected to be finalized and implemented in early 2013, is one step toward a city goal to reduce serious or fatal pedestrian accidents by 25 percent in 2016 and by 50 percent five years later, Mayor Ed Lee said. Read More
Two San Francisco organizations that advocate for seniors and the disabled protested outside a Wells Fargo branch at Grant Avenue and Market Street on Tuesday afternoon, causing a hiccup in the bank's daily activities.
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Senior and Disability Action and the Gray Panthers gathered outside the bank branch at noon, claiming that Wells Fargo is the leader in San Francisco foreclosures -- many of which are happening to senior citizens and those suffering from disabilities. Read More
The San Francisco Bulls had no answer for the Stockton Thunder’s Toni Rajala, who recorded a hat trick to carry the Thunder to a 6-4 ECHL victory on Monday in front of 12,881 hockey-deprived fans at HP Pavilion in San Jose. It was the first taste of pro hockey in the South Bay all season with the NHL stuck in a lockout.
Bulls goalie Thomas Heemskerk allowed five of Stockton’s first 20 shots to get by him before he was replaced by Taylor Nelson. Read More
Who’s in townDavid Crist, a senior historian for the federal government and the author of “The Twilight War,” discusses relations between the United States and Iran. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-6672, ext. 229]Lectures‘Ethical Destinations’: Speakers discuss Ethical Traveler’s 2013 list of the “World’s Best Ethical Destinations” and why the 10 countries it contains were selected. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Allen finishes his career as the school’s all-time leader with 205 receptions. He ranks third with 2,570 yards receiving and seventh with 17 touchdown catches.
“I am grateful for all of the opportunities the University of California has provided me over the past three seasons,” Allen said in a statement. “I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to play in the NFL, and my time at Cal has helped me get to the point in my career where I believe I am ready to take that next step.” Read More
Muni trains were halted during the Monday evening commute because of a problem with the system's signals, a transit spokesman said.
Underground Metro service was stopped because of electrical problems caused by a transformer that blew near the Van Ness Avenue station about 5:45 p.m., said Muni spokesman Paul Rose. Stranded passengers were being taken by bus shuttles between the Embarcadero and West Portal stations.
Crews were working on restoring service, but Rose could not say when trains would be running again. Read More
It will be a ground vs. air war when the Navy and Arizona State football teams get together for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
Arizona State (7-5) was picked Sunday to play the Midshipmen (7-4) in the annual San Francisco bowl game. The Sun Devils, a familiar team to Bay Area fans as Arizona State plays in the Pac-12 Conference, are coming off a 41-34 victory over rival Arizona, while Navy will wrap up its regular season Saturday against Army at Philadelphia. Read More
As soon as Cal lost to Oregon State 62-14 on the road on Saturday to complete a 3-9 season, its worst in 11 years, the question of coach Jeff Tedford’s future became the No. 1 issue.
Despite being Cal’s all-time leader in coaching victories and being responsible for bringing the Golden Bears back to national prominence, there’s a chance Tedford will be dismissed, and an announcement could come as soon as today. Read More
Josh Huestis scored a career-high 18 points, leading Stanford to a 69-51 home victory against Alcorn State on Thursday. Chasson Randle added 10 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (3-0), who have won nine straight dating to last year’s run to the Postseason NIT tournament title.
Anthony Nieves scored 12 points, Josh Nicholas 11 and Anthony Evans 10 for Alcorn State (1-2).
The Braves held an early lead at 9-8 before Stanford put together a 13-2 run and never trailed again, eventually leading by as many as 21. Read More
The man who brought us iconic films such as “Pink Flamingos,” “Hairspray” and “Cry-Baby” is now going to bat for a Mission district movie house that’s struggling financially.
The Roxie Theater has created an online donation drive on Kickstarter, and Waters also contributed a video pledge (see video below) to keep the venue alive that can be seen on YouTube. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than $14,000 of the $60,000 goal had been raised. Read More
It’s that time of year when choirs kick into high gear with songs of the season, both religious and popular. As is the tradition, many choral events are participatory.
Take a break from shopping or caroling with a stage show — comedy, classics and clowning are on tap this season. Check out: