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2009-03-16 10:41:27

An outdoor, interactive science museum has opened along San Francisco's waterfront, offering visitors both toys and tools to explore scientific principles. The Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason, a historic military post established in the 1860s, takes advantage of the natural and man-made landscape. Included among the exhibits is the Bridge Thermometer -- a calibrated telescope that allows viewers to see how the Golden Gate Bridge -- engineered to move up and down as much as 16 feet at its...

2009-02-11 10:45:00

ING Bay to Breakers 12K Implements New Policies to Promote Race Enjoyment and Ensure Safety of Race Participants and Cleanliness of Race Course Neighborhoods SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The ING Bay to Breakers and San Francisco police and City officials today announced several new policies will be enforced to improve the safety and enjoyment of the race for runners, spectators and neighbors during this year's 98th running of the ING Bay to Breakers on May 17. (Photo:...

2009-01-14 14:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The stage of President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration will glitter with some of the world's top performers on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, and two of the nation's top choral music groups will share the limelight with Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman: the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Ian Robertson, Artistic Director; and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Susan McMane, Artistic Director. The Choruses were invited to join forces for the...

2008-12-19 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- What has 65,000 heads, 130,000 legs and will once again wind through the streets of San Francisco this spring? The must-see event of the year: The 98th Annual ING Bay to Breakers 12K. Early registration for the Sunday, May 17, 2009 race begins Jan. 1 -- don't miss the opportunity to join world-class athletes, weekend runners and enthusiasts of all ages for the celebration of the year. "ING Bay to Breakers 12K is more than a race -- it's a...

2008-09-12 06:00:27

By Cheryl North Why would the management of New York's Carnegie Hall look all the way across the United States to San Francisco to fill the niche for its upcoming opening night gala commemorating the 90th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth? Because the Bay Area's maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are arguably the best qualified in the country to do the job. MTT, as Thomas is popularly known, is likely the artist most deeply influenced by, as well as...

2008-09-07 06:00:09

By Sue Gilmore For half its length, Bay Area author Amy Tan's 2001 novel "The Bonesetter's Daughter" thrums along in a quiet, self-reflective way, its narrative driven by the estrogen-drenched domestic angst that entangles mothers and daughters in so many of her books. In Part Two, on a particular page with a single spectacular incident, however, the whole thing explodes, going unmistakably, irretrievably, over-the-top operatic with such force that it casts everything that has gone before...

2008-09-05 06:00:12

By Sue Gilmore The last time I saw violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg -- and the only time I've ever met her face to face -- she was flush with success and happily hobnobbing late at night in a Sacramento restaurant with string players from the orchestra that had just supported her turn with the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. I remember marveling at what a collegial and downright democratic personality this world-renowned musician seemed to be. So it's nice, a couple of decades later,...

2008-08-26 00:00:16

Wanted: Host families for international students. That's the word from the Center for Cultural Interchange, which is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor visas for high school exchange students from around the world. In most years, more families volunteer to host than are needed, but this year - perhaps because of the weak economy - not enough volunteers have come forward, according to CCI. "For the upcoming year, families are needed more than ever to help CCI meet its...

2008-07-07 18:00:19

By Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 6--The San Francisco Mime Troupe is heading to the polls early. Just in time for the hottest presidential race in recent memory, the Tony-winning group is fulfilling its patriotic duty by skewering the powers that be in "Red State." These masters of political satire will attack the vagaries of the electoral process in general and voting "discrepancies" in particular, but that does not mean that Messrs. Obama and McCain will be the...

2008-06-18 09:00:42

By Randy Myers, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 18--A Concord man emotionally recounts how he felt when his son became his daughter. A former Albany woman digs through numerous photos and letters while trying to figure out if her great-grandmother had a lesbian lover. A Hayward teen passionately speaks in verse about race, politics and other hot-button topics in lively spoken-word competitions. These three will share their remarkable stories in films shown at...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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