As evidenced by the surfboard drilled onto the wall above the bar and palm trees in every corner, the proprietors of John Colins definitely love surfing. And with multiple areas for dancing under strobe lights and a classic disco ball, nightlife becomes an effervescent experience. There also seems to be someone decorating the walls who loves big dogs, as nearly every large painting has differently colored pooches posing at various angles. Read More
Downtown Redwood City, spicing up the city with a salsa competition on Sept. 29, is calling on cooks to register by Friday.
Salsa Tasting & Competition entry fees are $50 in both professional and individual categories and the winner of the People’s Choice award gets $500.
Part of the fifth annual Redwood City Salsa Festival, the contest will feature chefs facing off on site. Read More
Fly Bar In a homey and cultured neighborhood bar, a mixologist plays an important part. Mixed-media artist Ehren Reed works behind the plank at Fly Bar to serve our every need — as a new customer or a friend. With a down-to-earth decor, the bar, which has another location in the Western Addition, offers a convivial experience with the staff, whose dedication comes through in the glass.Fly Bar, 1085 Sutter St, (415) 441-4232, www.flybarandrestaurant.com/sf2 Read More
Alameda actress and environmentalist Jessica Robinson — who made the short film “Recycle Woman” — recently joined Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps in hopes of expanding her knowledge of climate change.How does it feel to work closely with the former vice president? I feel incredibly honored and grateful that I was selected to be a part of the climate leaders corps. I have been following V.P. Al Gore’s work and ... this opportunity to join his team is like a dream come true. Read More
For Khan Kanga, fashion and fun go together.
The San Francisco-based creative director and co-founder of Swell Attitude, a custom tailoring service for men, hosts themed monthly events he calls “stylish happy hours.”
The next one, dedicated to pocket squares, is Thursday at Circa on Chestnut Street in The City. To guarantee free entry, the “casual chic with a square” dress code will be enforced.
Swell Attitude, which has been in business for two years, also offers style consulting. Read More
When the Giants or Warriors are playing, Fire Fly is the place to be. Unlike many other sports bars, this one takes great pride in its cocktails. Bartenders tailor their creations to a customer’s liking and taste. C-One Tang, a longtime member of the Fire Fly team, is here to give you the full scoop on the scene and talk about some of her most popular citrus drinks.
BAR info: 2457 Noriega St., S.F. (415) 682-8877 Read More
Growing up in Cuba, and now living in Miami, the acclaimed musical group Tiempo Libre is enjoying the American dream.
“Living the American dream means being able to write and perform the music that comes from deep inside you without being censored,” says Jorge Gomez, pianist and musical director for the Grammy-nominated group, which plays two concerts with the San Francisco Symphony this week. Read More
The former CEO and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine is a meditation teacher. His latest book is “Emotional Chaos to Clarity.” Moffitt’s motivation to write the book came from his 20 years of work with meditation clients and students. Moffitt is currently with Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin.
What made you decide to be a mindfulness meditation teacher? Read More
Named after an Italian word used to accentuate positive comments, according to the restaurant, Perbacco puts an exclamation point on everything it serves. Carla Gassner, a server and bartender, gives us the inside secrets of Perbacco’s cocktail menu and how to find the best drink to pair with your meal. She learned her way around a pint when she was first exposed to the drinking world of London.
BAR info: 230 California St. • (415) 955-0663 • www.perbaccosf.com Read More
Each year as part of San Francisco’s Pride weekend, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hold an LGBT celebration in the Castro district. But in recent years, the celebratory aspects of Pink Saturday have been outshined by safety concerns.
In 2010, 19-year-old Stephen Powell was shot and killed at the event, and two other bystanders were injured. And last year, five people were injured when gunfire from an unrelated gang skirmish injured several Pink Saturday celebrants a couple miles away from the event. Read More
The federal government considers Pfc. Bradley Manning to be a traitor who deserves to spend life in prison for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
But the Oakland-based anti-war group, Courage to Resist, is asking participants in the 42nd annual Pride parade Sunday to march in celebration of the imprisoned gay intelligence analyst as a hero. Read More