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Celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Scenes from Chinese New Year in San Francisco

February 8th marked the first day of the Year of the Monkey and San Franciscans flocked to Chinatown to celebrate with food, friends, and fireworks. 

Get to Know the Animator Behind 'Bambi,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' + Howdy Doody at This Disney Museum Exhibit

Called "the Forrest Gump of the arts” by animated film producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), the late Mel Shaw designed ski resorts, restaurants, and a rubber ducky patented in 1950. He created oil paintings depicting California's history. But Shaw was most prolific in his 20-year career as an animator at Disney, where his doodles took life as some of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. Now, more than 100 of Shaw's works may be viewed in the Walt Disney Family Museum's new exhibit, “Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback.”

The Cognoscente: Behind the Simple Aesthetic of Designer Patrik Petersson

Born and raised in northern Europe, designer Patrik Petersson has a minimalistic aesthetic, a respect for the environment, and a hunger for innovation that we can all rally behind.

The Phantasmagoric Fashions of Funk-and-Flash Icon Billy Bowers Showcased in New SF Exhibit

Why don't more people know Billy Bowers? Not only did he foster the Bay Area-born funk-and-flash arts movement of the 1970s, he also dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper—all in outrageous phantasmagorical costumes that incorporated found imagery, cash money, and even taxidermy rats. This month, Billy Bowers is back on the scene with a show of new works, The Success of Excess: The Art of Billy Bowers, on display at Valencia Street's Glama-Rama. 

Property Porn: Inside the Los Altos Hills Mansion that Hosted Beyonce

Have you ever wondered where the Queen sleeps when she's away from home? 

Oakland Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh Captures Portraits of Life in America's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

I had known Brittani Sensabaugh for less than two minutes before she started crying. It was last Thursday morning at a well known cafe in Uptown Oakland. We had just sat down over mugs of hot chocolate, when she pointed out to me that we were the only two "melanin people" (her term for people of color) in the room. Then, in walked a young black man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Unarmed Citizen.” Cue the water works.

Five Romantic Beach Sunsets for This Weekend

You know what some people think is a bit of a cliché? Watching the sunset. You know what’s also a beautiful and inexpensive way to spend time with someone you love? You guessed it — watching the sunset. Here are five of the most beautiful beaches to catch the day’s last rays around the Bay.

Metallica Plays Epic Show (to Revenge Super Bowl Snub) at AT&T Park

We're assuming we don't have to tell you what went down at Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos emerged victorious, Beyonce slayed the halftime show, and the UC Berkeley marching band made a surprise appearance on the field. 

This Week in Live Music: Built to Spill, Waters, Wet, and More

With the Super Bowl in the rearview we can kiss sponsored events goodbye and proceed with our regularly scheduled world-class offering of underground music. 

Broncos or Panthers: Team-Inspired Cocktails for Super Bowl Sunday

Whether you're rooting for the Broncos or firmly standing by the Panthers, you're going to need a festive drink to sip on during the Big Game. Here are two delicious recipes for the perfect Denver orange or Carolina blue cocktail.

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