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Junru Wang’s hand balancing is mind-blowing in “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Acrobats take over Club Fugazi with strength, grace and glee

‘Dear San Francisco’ is a loving, lively successor to ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’

Junru Wang’s hand balancing is mind-blowing in “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Revelers on Second Street enjoyed the How Weird Street Faire in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

How Weird festivities return to SoMa

Masks required, costumes encouraged at electronic music and art street party

Revelers on Second Street enjoyed the How Weird Street Faire in 2018. (Courtesy photo)
Gypsy Snider, onstage at far left, coaches hand balancer Junru Wang at a recent rehearsal for “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.”<ins> (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)</ins>
Gypsy Snider, onstage at far left, coaches hand balancer Junru Wang at a recent rehearsal for “Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story.”<ins> (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)</ins>
From left, Karinda Dobbins, Judi Leff, ArjunBanerjee, BobMcIntyre and LisaGeduldig appear in Comedy Al Fresco at El Rio in The Mission. (Courtesy photo)

Standup comics appear live, in unique El Rio patio show

After months laughs on Zoom, in-person performances return

From left, Karinda Dobbins, Judi Leff, ArjunBanerjee, BobMcIntyre and LisaGeduldig appear in Comedy Al Fresco at El Rio in The Mission. (Courtesy photo)
California cuisine pioneer Alice Waters celebrated Chez Panisse’s 50th birthday on Aug. 28, 2021. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)

Alice Waters on Chez Panisse: ‘50 years is proof this works’

Farm-to-table chef reflects on restaurant that’s ‘meant to feel like a home’

California cuisine pioneer Alice Waters celebrated Chez Panisse’s 50th birthday on Aug. 28, 2021. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)
U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, beloved by her progressive East Bay constituents, is the subject of a new documentary. (Courtesy photo)

Barbara Lee comes out of her shell for ‘Truth to Power’

East Bay congresswoman shares stories in inspirational documentary

U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, beloved by her progressive East Bay constituents, is the subject of a new documentary. (Courtesy photo)
Leslie Ivy and Gary Stanford Jr. play a long-married couple in “I Do! I Do!” at Woodminster Summer Musicals. (Courtesy Natalie Jane)

‘I Do! I Do’ gets rare, pleasant staging in East Bay hills

Classic musical fans will enjoy the simple show about an enduring marriage

Leslie Ivy and Gary Stanford Jr. play a long-married couple in “I Do! I Do!” at Woodminster Summer Musicals. (Courtesy Natalie Jane)
San Francisco Symphony’s former music director Michael Tilson Thomas has withdrawn from scheduled concerts in October to recover from surgery. (Courtesy Brendan Patoc)
San Francisco Symphony’s former music director Michael Tilson Thomas has withdrawn from scheduled concerts in October to recover from surgery. (Courtesy Brendan Patoc)
Chad Neuman, new culinary director of Chase Center, introduced new Asian-inspired menu items on July 26, 2021. (Courtesty Chase Center)

Chad Neuman heads up Chase Center dining

Arena uniquely serving from-scratch food for diverse palates

Chad Neuman, new culinary director of Chase Center, introduced new Asian-inspired menu items on July 26, 2021. (Courtesty Chase Center)
In the team Lab installation “Sketch Ocean,” visitors’ drawings of sea creatures are photographed, scanned and instantly added to moving art work on gallery walls. (Courtesy teamLab)

Dazzling wonderland fills Asian Art Museum’s new wing

Technology, nature combine to magical effect in ‘teamLab: Continuity’

In the team Lab installation “Sketch Ocean,” visitors’ drawings of sea creatures are photographed, scanned and instantly added to moving art work on gallery walls. (Courtesy teamLab)
The Tonga Room’s official band The Island Groove has been entertaining guests from a boat in the lagoon for years. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)

Tonga Room swimmingly back in business

Rain, rum drinks remain intact in historic tiki lounge

The Tonga Room’s official band The Island Groove has been entertaining guests from a boat in the lagoon for years. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)
Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)

Sweet sounds, extra space at Stern Grove

Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña play first free concert since pandemic hit

Bay Area soul and jazz great Ledisi headlined Stern Grove’s opening 2021 show. (Christopher Victorios/Special to The Examiner)
Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Juneteenth discussion “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female.” (Courtesy Jawan Scott)

MoAD celebrates Juneteenth with music and more

Holiday marking slaves’ freedom gains momentum with Black Lives Matter

Gabriella “Guitar Gabby” Logan is featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Juneteenth discussion “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretics: Shredding While Black and Female.” (Courtesy Jawan Scott)
<em>Lina Yea, owner of Bay Home & Linens in San Mateo, was happy to invite all customers in her shop on reopening day. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)</em>

‘No doom and gloom’ on the Peninsula

Hot spots in Burlingame, San Mateo enjoying good business on reopening day

<em>Lina Yea, owner of Bay Home & Linens in San Mateo, was happy to invite all customers in her shop on reopening day. (Leslie Katz/The Examiner)</em>
Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is back

Local artists play outdoor shows in 20th free summer series

Afro-Cuban singer and drummer Bobi Céspedes opens Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 1 p.m. June 26. (Courtesy photo)
Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)

Stern Grove announces summer schedule: Returns live on June 20 with Ledisi

Tickets for season’s concerts must be reserved online in advance

Grammy-winning R&B singer Ledisi opens the Stern Grove 2021 season on June 20. (Courtesy photo)
Club Fugazi in North Beach is being remodeled to accommodate an upcoming circus-themed show. (Rendering by Alexander V. Nichols)

New circus show coming to Club Fugazi

7 Fingers acrobats to appear in former home of ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’

Club Fugazi in North Beach is being remodeled to accommodate an upcoming circus-themed show. (Rendering by Alexander V. Nichols)
The Isley Brothers played Stern Grove in August 2019. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)

Stern Grove is coming back this year

84th outdoor music fest kicks off summer concert season on June 20

The Isley Brothers played Stern Grove in August 2019. (Leslie Katz/S.F. Examiner)
The new film adaptation of “In The Heights” is in the lineup of 2021 San Francisco Pride festivities. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)

Frameline, SF Pride screen ‘In The Heights’

Ballpark film event features adaptation of Tony-winning musical

The new film adaptation of “In The Heights” is in the lineup of 2021 San Francisco Pride festivities. (Courtesy Warner Bros.)
From left, Wiley Naman Strasser, Eric Garcia and Meegan Hertensteiner appear in FACT/SF’s “Diffusion” in Glen Canyon Park. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

‘Diffusion’ dancers go deep inside Glen Canyon

FACT/SF premieres life-affirming dance in a beautiful urban park

From left, Wiley Naman Strasser, Eric Garcia and Meegan Hertensteiner appear in FACT/SF’s “Diffusion” in Glen Canyon Park. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)