It's always a buzzkill when you're out on the town, spending your hard-earned money on a good time with your friends, only to have to cut it short in order to make the last BART train at midnight. That might change in the very near future, because BART officials are weighing the pros and cons of extending a few operating hours on weekends so people don't get stuck on the opposite side of the bay.
Welcome to "Transported", our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.
Just as the SFMTA, BART and five other Bay Area transit agencies are forcing the Clipper Card switch upon all riders, the San Francisco Examiner brings to light some interesting privacy issues surrounding the new card. All your daily transit movements could be easily tracked through the Clipper's embedded chip, exposing a what state Senator Joe Simitian worries is an accessible "roadmap to your life."
Everyone loves free stuff, right? You've got two chances for free movie nights this sure-to-be-beautiful Saturday.
Brave the crowds who will undoubtedly show up, White Russians and joints in hand, for a showing of The Big Lebowski in Dolores Park at 8 pm. Dress up like The Dude or Jesus Quintana, just do whatever you have to do to pledge your allegiance to this movie, because you'll have a lot of competition.
If warm and fuzzy films are more your speed, head down to Duboce Park in the heart of the city for a free screening of The Pursuit of Happyness, that Will Smith flick about hard times in the Bay Area filmed in, well, the Bay Area.
Kat Malinowska over at Mission Mission spotted an on-demand poet at the 16th Street BART station the other day. Typewriter in tow, he sells personalized poems to any comers with a sign in the case reading, "Pick a subject and price then get a poem." Kat includes pictures and says he attracted quite a crowd. She has no comment on the quality of the poetry but hey, if you've been procrastinating on those vows for your late autumn wedding, maybe he's your go-to guy. At a price you name, what do you have to lose? If it's not perfect, maybe it would at least give you something from which to work. Comments on the post claim he gets around so keep your eyes open and you might even save yourself a trip to the Mission.
Who says grown-ups can't play on the swings? As if it's not fun enough, try swinging on a moving BART train! Last week a group of unknown people went out and successfully installed swings on BART between 24th and Mission. Maybe not so safe when BART does the swinging for you, but tons of fun and it added a bit of lighthearted playfulness to the ride of a few folks.
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