In a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening, San Francisco became the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur. "The sale of fur products in San Francisco is inconsistent with the city's ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness," said San Francisco district supervisor Katy Tang. “We’re trying to pave the way to a less cruel future of fashion.” As reported by the New York Times, small-scale furriers make an estimated $40 million in SF sales alone, and it’s not yet known how much the city-wide ban will affect the financial standings of domestic and international fur traders. Regardless, it’s a winning moment for animal rights activists. "San Francisco has today put itself on the map as a world-leading city in kind, progressive law making," said Kitty Block, CEO of the Humane Society International. "Let's see this ban replicated in cities, states and countries across the world." The new law is part of a series of recent animal-rights legislations, including last year’s bill to sell only rescue dogs and cats at SF pet stores. San Francisco's ban will go into effect in January 2019, but retailers will have through January 2020 to sell their current inventory.
Thousands will take to the streets this Saturday, March 24th for the first ever March for Our Lives. The demonstration, which is part of a worldwide day of protest, comes in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here's how you can show your support in the Bay Area. Here's everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives in San Francisco: When is it? Saturday, March 24 at 1pm. Where is it? Civic Center Plaza. The events starts with a rally. There's also a march planned, but the exact route isn't set yet. Be sure to join the Facebook group for route updates. How do you get there? Civic Center Plaza is easy to reach by BART and Muni. Note that roads in the area will likely be closed due to the march. Lyft will also be offering free rides for attendees. What if it rains? The event will go on rain or shine. Are signs allowed? Signs are encouraged. Can I volunteer to help? Sign up here to help direct marchers, clean up, or register voters. Here's everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives in Oakland: When is it? Saturday, March 24 at 10am Where is it? Oakland City Hall. The event is just a rally—participants are encouraged to join the march in San Francisco after the rally. How do you get there? Take BART to 12th Street/Oakland City Center station or one of the dozens of AC Transit buses that stop near City Hall. Lyft will also be offering free rides for attendees. What if
1. Wise Son's Deli's matzo ball soup with a side of challah bread After a heaping bowl of this classic comfort food, you'll not only feel warm, you'll feel that Jewish mother love. 2. Tadich Grill's cioppino Invented right here in San Francisco, cioppino is a spicy Italian seafood stew made famous (and delicious) by one of the city's oldest and coziest establishments. 3. Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store's "comb" focaccia sandwich It remains a San Francisco mystery why such a foodie town consistently ignores the city's most delicious hot sandwich. This oven-baked beast oozes cheese, meat, mustard and hot steam. 4. Nopalito's pozole rojo When a pork shoulder is cooked so perfectly that it turns into a stew, it becomes pozole rojo, Noaplito's cult-favorite soup that fills up even the hungriest of eaters. Ancho chili adds a wonderful warm kick. 5. Outerlands's grilled cheese This isn't your babysitter's grilled cheese. The Outerlands' version is a massive melding of fresh-baked Tartine bread and overflowing cheeses. Served exclusively in the foggy Sunset District, this sandwich is notorious for warming up a wintery day. 6. Yank Sing's Shanghai-style dumplings Like noodle soup turned inside out, a Shanghai-style dumpling is actually filled with flavorful broth. Devouring these toasty treasures can be a bit of a challenge at first—imagine eating a mini hot water balloon—but the risk is worth the reward. 7. Ramen Yamadaya's tonkatsu ramen The broth in this legendary
Spring has officially sprung! Despite the rainy forecast, we're taking a moment to stop and smell the roses (and daisies and dahlias). Here are our favorite thing about our favorite season: 1. We've got two words for you: baseball season. 2. Spring marks the sun-kissed return of TreasureFest (formerly the Treasure Island Flea Market), the last weekend of every month. 3. From the Cherry Blossom Festival (April 14–22) to Carnaval (May 26–27), street festivals are back. 4. Stow Lake is full to the brim and perfect for paddle-boating again. 5. Off the Grid is back at Fort Mason on Friday nights. 6. Celebrities arrive en masse for the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 4–17.) 7. Local chefs get creative with fresh Spring ingredients at all our favorite SF restaurants. 8. There are hardly any tourists in town. Visit your favorite tourist traps and Napa wineries without the lines. 9. Nearby parks are bursting with spring blooms, making spring a perfect time to resume your local hiking adventures. 10. Weekends in Dolores Park return to full, fabulous capacity. 11. Let's be honest. We all just got super excited about Bay to Breakers on May 20.
Before rap, deejaying and graffiti were mainstream, a group of dedicated trendsetters and musicians made hip-hop the cultural force that took California by storm in the 1980s. And while hip-hop was once associated with violence, drugs and gang culture, a new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California focuses on the valuable lessons to be learned from hip-hop culture in its role as a platform for self-expression and activism. “These radical movements have matured and are giving back,” says senior curator René de Guzman, who compiled the expansive exhibit, which highlights everything from deejaying and MCing to hip-hop entrepreneurialism, dance and fashion. The gallery is filled with everyday items like skateboard decks, barber chairs, lowrider cars and Grandmaster Flash’s original turntable. In one very special corner of the gallery hangs a tapestry by renowned artist Kehinde Wiley—famous for his heroic portraits of Black celebrities and who Barack Obama recently commissioned to paint his official presidential portrait—alongside party flyers and rare photographs from the 1980s and ’90s. Photograph: Amanda Sade Salako Another section centers on the history of hip-hop in the Bay Area and was curated with the help of local music legends E-40 and group Hieroglyphics. Included are a map of hip-hop’s historical markers—from Hayward to Vallejo—works from local graffiti artists and modern street fashion. OMCA comissioned a photographer to shoot contemporary hip-hop fashion
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival Everyone has smiling Irish eyes in this green-hued parade. The procession kicks off at Market and 2nd Street—led by a formation of kilted bagpipe players and followed by floats, marching bands, labor unions and Irish dance groups—and winds its way to Civic Center for a raucous festival. Afterwards, walk a couple blocks to any of the Tenderloin’s classic dive bars to keep the party going, or dive into a plate of corned beef at Tommy’s Joynt. St. Paddy's Marina Bar Crawl St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year — need we say more? Though other neighborhoods try, none do debauchery quite as effectively as the Marina, where green-clad partiers will find a classic pub crawl in full swing during Civic Center’s more family-friendly festival. The fun begins at The Dorian, but pro drinkers will wind their way through other Marina mainstays, including Palm House, Brixton and Blue Light. St. Patrick’s Day Dog Parade Leash-up the pup and take a w-a-l-k to the St. Patty's Day Dog Parade at Patrick’s Park. Pups of all walks of life are invited, as long as they’re leashed. St. Patrick's Day Polk Street Pub Crawl Pub crawl veterans CrawlSF put together this St. Patty’s Day alcohol outing, offering killer drink specials and a padded list of bars where you can enjoy all the green beer, cocktails and shots you can manage. Drink responsibly and embrace ride shares. Flying Leprechaun Skydive It’s not a bird or a plane, but a flying leprechaun!
Lyft Call a ride on Friday or Saturday and you might end up in Lyft's latest activation, Lucky Mode. Get into a decked-out car (perfect for that perfect St. Patty’s Day Instagram), play a race-against-the-clock game for the chance to win big (MONEY!) and take selfies in the backseat photo booth. Salt & Straw For dessert, head to Salt & Straw to try the new Pots of Gold & Rainbows flavor. The whimsical treat begins with hundreds of boxes of meticulously hand-sorted cereal. The whole grain bites are soak overnight in cream to capture that bottom-of-the-bowl milk taste, then the rainbow marshmallow charms are stirred in to finish. Salt & Straw, 586 Hayes St (saltandstraw.com). Via Drink your Guinness with a view on the roof at Via. Enjoy festive food and drink specials as well as live traditional Irish music from Busca. 138 King St (hotelviasf.com). Mar 17 1–8pm; general admission $20 CREAM Order the Lucky Care Bear ice cream sandwich before it's too late. Based on Good Luck Bear’s green color and four-leaf clover belly badge, Lucky Care Bear features double chocolate chip cookies with shamrock confetti and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Various locations (creamnation.com) The Lobby Lounge Bar For an upscale celebration, the bar inside the St. Regis is offering festive menu items including decadent lamb sliders and The Lucky One cocktail, made with Jameson whiskey, chartreuse, a splash of lime juice and a basil cucumber twist. The St. Regis, 125 3rd St (
Serpentine This Dogpatch staple has a new chef, Tommy Halvorson (Chez Panisse, Bix, Gary Danko), and a new interior (tons more windows). The restaurant serves vibrant cocktails alongside southern-inspired dishes including a Nashville hot chicken sandwich and tender short ribs over dirty rice with pickled okra and cauliflower. And save room for the tart key lime pudding. The Front Porch Replete with front porch rocking chairs, buckets of fried chicken, eclectic decor and a friendly staff, The Front Porch oozes Southern charm. Try the house hot sauce, crawfish hush puppies, Dr. Pepper-braised short ribs and the blackened wild Gulf flounder with duck fat roasted potatoes and blue lake beans in a blue crab buerre blanc. Botellon Botellón is an ideal meeting spot for a bite and drink. Chef Nicholas Andoe's Oklahoma roots shine in two of the best bites on the menu: jalapeño chorizo cornbread and house smoked pork ribs in charred scallion BBQ sauce.
Love roaming the aisles of IKEA, but loathe the unavoidable headaches caused by putting your purchases together? Well, rejoice frustrated San Franciscans, because TaskRabbit is now available at all Bay Area IKEAs. The service pairs customers with skilled builders who know their way around an allen wrench. “We are always looking at ways we can innovate and help make our customers lives at home easier,” says Jackie DeChamps, IKEA's Chief Operating Officer and EVP. “We are excited to participate in the on-demand, sharing economy and give our customers access to a flexible, convenient and affordable service solution with the new TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service.”“With just a few clicks, TaskRabbit offers a truly seamless experience for customers who can now purchase IKEA home furnishing products today and have them assembled in their homes as soon as tomorrow,” added Stacy Brown-Philpot, Chief Executive Officer of TaskRabbit. “We love improving people’s homes and their lives, and we know this service will help even more customers get things done." TaskRabbit assembly fees start at $36. IKEA will still continue to offer their own assembly partners, but those services start at around $90. So do yourself a favor, and have someone else build that bookcase.
UHAUL SF with Bribee + Gunn Lundemo This International Women’s Month, show the women who love women in your life a little love at a banging club night. UHAUL consistently brings in top talent and this session is no exception as former Bay Area DJ Bribee makes a highly-anticipated return from NYC to open for DJ Gunn Lundemo, hailing all the way from Stockholm. Ladies get in for free before 10:30pm with proof of cohabitation (just show matching ID addresses)! Artspan Reception at Ritual Coffee Feel that creative buzz as ArtSpan unveils a new exhibition featuring works by some great talents. Ritual Coffee Roasters is playing host to the reception, serving up some of its famous brew and tasty treats to complement the mix of mediums. It’s all part of the ambitious organization’s Art-in-Neighborhoods program, which aims to make art accessible to everyone — even caffeine addicts. Yoga in the Park Feeling in need of a strong dose of chill? Combine two reliable stress relievers into one bountiful outing with donation-based yoga in the park this weekend. All levels are welcome to meet up at the President Garfield statue near the Conservatory of Flowers for some relaxing and rejuvenating stretching and meditation. Heck, we bet no one would even mind if you just sat on a mat watching dogs play for an hour. Namaste. The Shape of Water + Creature From the Black Lagoon Still haven't caught Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning damsel-slash-monster meet-cute, The Shape of Water?