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San Francisco to Ban Public Nudity

San Francisco ain’t gonna be the same ever again. Supervisor and party pooper Scott Wiener has proposed a legislation to ban public nudity in the let-it-all-hang-out Californian city: Wiener on Tuesday proposed legislation that would [...]

Star Wars at the Coronet Theater

Did you happen to go see Star Wars on its opening weekend in San Francisco in 1977? Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle found and posted photos of the crowds at the Coronet Theater waiting to see the new film Star Wars, and he wants to find those folks. Even if you weren’t there, [...]

The Voice of Admiral Ackbar Speaks

(Video Link) Though he wasn’t given a screen credit, voice actor Erik Bauersfeld brought us Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna of Star Wars. He’s skilled at his job and, as we can see in this delightful interview conducted by the San Francisco Chronicle, Bauersfeld is also a talented raconteur. Watch him talk about the time he [...]

Are Urban Bicyclists Snobs?

You’ve seen them (or maybe you are one): holier-than-thou urban bicyclist who think they’re better than their environmentally destructive, car-driving brethren. Will Doig of Slate’s Dream City blog is a cyclist – and he has [...]

98-Year Old Woman Earns 10th Degree Black Belt

A few years ago, we mentioned that Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco is a judo master, despite advanced age, arthritis, and triple bypass surgery. Now, at the age of 98, she’s been awarded the highest rank in that martial art: Only three people in the world, all men living in Japan, have ever reached that mark. The [...]

Bikini-Swiping Cat Burglar

I hate to use the word “literally” but I think it’s appropriate here. Dusty, a 5-year-old feline from San Mateo, routinely sneaks out at night to nab the neighbors’ swimwear, among other interesting treasures. Whatever his motives, Dusty’s kleptomania has become something of a joke in his neighborhood. (Is it all right to make a [...]

Men of Tears

Real men don’t cry … or do they? Lee Glickstein and Pete van Dyk founded a group dedicated to promoting crying as a therapeutic practice: A few moments before 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, nine men ages 25 to 67, filed into a small, bare office in San Anselmo, arranged their chairs in a circle, [...]