San Francisco

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)
The empty lobby of Salesforce Tower on Sept. 8 is indicative of San Francisco’s challenge in bringing tech workers back downtown. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

Tech workers aren’t leaving San Francisco. They’re just working from home

Abandoned offices pose a ‘major risk’ to the economy

  • Sep 8, 2021
The empty lobby of Salesforce Tower on Sept. 8 is indicative of San Francisco’s challenge in bringing tech workers back downtown. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)

UCSF nurses allege chronic understaffing, overworking

‘Solutions they are proposing are not sustainable’

Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)
Flower Piano in the San Francisco Botanical Garden invites musicians from the public to play at one of 12 pianos stationed in the area; a community performer is pictured in 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Flower Piano to bloom again in Golden Gate Park

Music pros, community performers tinkle the ivories throughout botanical garden

  • Sep 8, 2021
Flower Piano in the San Francisco Botanical Garden invites musicians from the public to play at one of 12 pianos stationed in the area; a community performer is pictured in 2019. (Courtesy photo)
The Randall Museum, which focuses on nature and animals, will reopen Oct. 2. <ins>(Courtesy Quincy Stamper/Randall Museum)</ins>
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Most SF recreation centers have reopened

Proof of vaccination required for most visitors

The Randall Museum, which focuses on nature and animals, will reopen Oct. 2. <ins>(Courtesy Quincy Stamper/Randall Museum)</ins>
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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>
A group of entrepreneurs banded together to open Fog City Community Fitness during the pandemic in San Francisco. (Courtesy Fog City)

Why open a business during the pandemic? Because ‘I truly, deeply love San Francisco.’

Three days before opening day at Trade Routes, a new neighborhood bar…

A group of entrepreneurs banded together to open Fog City Community Fitness during the pandemic in San Francisco. (Courtesy Fog City)
Awkwafina and Simu Liu play San Franciscans who work at the Fairmont Hotel in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”<ins> (Courtesy Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios)</ins>

Marvel movie’s running ‘Rings’ around town

Asian superhero flick ‘Shang-Chi’ has exciting scenes in The City

Awkwafina and Simu Liu play San Franciscans who work at the Fairmont Hotel in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”<ins> (Courtesy Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios)</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)
Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Bay Area funk and soul band Tower of Power has two current CD releases. (Courtesy Haze Photography)

Tower of Power celebrates 50 years

A talk with the founder of the classic funk/R&B band

Bay Area funk and soul band Tower of Power has two current CD releases. (Courtesy Haze Photography)
Jenna Littlejohn is a grantwriter for nonprofits and arts and cultural organizations, including Bird & Beckett Books and Records in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Jenna Littlejohn is a grantwriter for nonprofits and arts and cultural organizations, including Bird & Beckett Books and Records in The City. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Circus Bella opens a new, one-ring outdoor show in The City and East Bay.<ins> </ins>
<ins>Courtesy James Watkins</ins>

Circus Bella bringing laughs and family fun to parks

‘Humorous’ promises ‘infectious joy’

Circus Bella opens a new, one-ring outdoor show in The City and East Bay.<ins> </ins>
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Three companies are accused of selling and distributing unregistered guns in the suit filed by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. (Shutterstock)

SF DA announces civil lawsuit against ghost gun manufacturers

‘It is not enough wait until after a crime has occurred involving a firearm’

Three companies are accused of selling and distributing unregistered guns in the suit filed by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. (Shutterstock)
Carla Short, who has served in various posts in the San Francisco Department of Public Works since 2004, takes over as interim director on Aug. 23. (Courtesy Public Works)

Carla Short named interim SF Public Works director

San Francisco officials on Thursday announced Carla Short has been appointed to…

Carla Short, who has served in various posts in the San Francisco Department of Public Works since 2004, takes over as interim director on Aug. 23. (Courtesy Public Works)
People undergoing cancer treatment may be among those eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine. (Shutterstock)

S.F. offering third vaccine dose to people with immunocompromised health conditions

The San Francisco Department of Public Health will begin offering a third…

People undergoing cancer treatment may be among those eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine. (Shutterstock)
Nearly two dozen servers and kitchen staff at Z & Y Restaurant in Chinatown will receive settlement payments in the wake of alleged labor violations at the eatery. (Google Earth)

Chinatown restaurant to pay $1.6M to settle wage theft claims

‘Our new normal must fully embrace workers’ rights’

Nearly two dozen servers and kitchen staff at Z & Y Restaurant in Chinatown will receive settlement payments in the wake of alleged labor violations at the eatery. (Google Earth)
Afghan Americans protested outside San Francisco City Hall on July 25 to bring attention to increasing violence in Afghanistan.<ins> (Courtesy Freshta Kohgadai)</ins>

SF immigration attorneys face flood of questions about Afghanistan

‘The main challenge right now is we need to expedite this process’

  • Aug 17, 2021
Afghan Americans protested outside San Francisco City Hall on July 25 to bring attention to increasing violence in Afghanistan.<ins> (Courtesy Freshta Kohgadai)</ins>
Janice Mirikatani was remembered in a celebration of life gathering at GLIDE on Aug. 15. (Courtesy Billy Cole)

​​Poet and activist Janice Mirikitani honored by her community, loved ones

‘There’s thousands of us that owe our lives to her inspiration’

Janice Mirikatani was remembered in a celebration of life gathering at GLIDE on Aug. 15. (Courtesy Billy Cole)
The orchestra section of the War Memorial Opera House has a new seat configuration that offers better sightlines and improved comfort. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

With remodel complete, War Memorial Opera House is ready for its close-up

Years-in-the-making seat upgrade project concludes in time for ‘Tosca’ opening

The orchestra section of the War Memorial Opera House has a new seat configuration that offers better sightlines and improved comfort. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)