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Q&A with Darlyne Sheppeard, Who Grew Up at America's Most Infamous Prison

Alcatraz

Originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

The Rock. Uncle Sam's Devil's Island. Hell on Earth. Alcatraz Island went by many names.

But for Darlyne Sheppeard, it only went by one: home.

Q&A with Giants Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt on Homophobia and How SF Changed Him

Jeremy Affeldt

Originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

When Jeremy Affeldt started playing baseball, he hated San Francisco. As a conservative Christian, he bristled at the city's liberal ways–especially its embrace of homosexuality.

Nate Pollak, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Cofounder, On Leaving Tech For The Perfect Grilled Cheese

Nate Pollak

Originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

It's a scenario most people who slave in front of a screen all day have imagined at least once: ditching the tie, taking a sledgehammer to the computer and opening a restaurant. That's precisely what Nate Pollak and Heidi Gibson did. (Except maybe without the sledgehammer bit.)

Q&A with The Stone Foxes' Shannon Koehler

The Stone Foxes

Originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

While the Stone Foxes may situate themselves in the "classic rock" wheelhouse, the band is no nostalgia act. By mixing heavy riffs with crack musicianship and sharp lyrics, the band has quickly developed a rabid following of music fans who, at the end of the day, just wanna rock.

Thomas Keller On Iconic Restaurants and What's Next For French Laundry

Thomas Keller

Originally published on Huffingtonpost.com

It would seem Chef Thomas Keller would have reason to be satisfied.

Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick Talks Race, Moving to Berkeley and Why Electronic Music is Boring

Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi

Originally published as part of My SF on Huffington Post SF

Much like the tUnE-YarDs' Merrill Garbus, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick moved to the East Bay right after his induction into the current crop of indie rock royalty. His band, Toro Y Moi, effortlessly marries left-field pop hooks with hazy textures and engaging electronic flourishes. His muscular, dance-y third full-length album "Anything In Return" came out in January, and the band is playing a headlining set at this year's Noise Pop Festival.

Payam Rajabi (The Verizon Ad Cyclist) on Love and Long Distance

Originally published as part of My SF on Huffington Post SF

Payam Rajabi became a San Francisco celebrity and the envy of every Bay Area bachelor last month when he was featured in a Verizon ad for the Love Cycle Droid Razr M. The adorable commercial followed his efforts to bike a heart-shaped path around the city. The story was inspired by Rajabi's own Valentine's Day gift to his girlfriend the year before.

Almanac Beer Co.'s Jesse Friedman On Beer Week And Farm-To-Bottle Brewing

Jesse Friedman

Originally published as part of My SF on Huffington Post SF

An innovator in the “farm-to-bottle” beer movement, Friedman is the co-founder and Chief Beer Officer of Almanac Beer Co.

Q&A with SF Political Comedian Nato Green

Nato Green

Originally published as part of My SF on Huffington Post SF

In a town where everyone wears their politics on their sleeves, every comedian is, in a sense, a political comedian. But Nato Green is in a league all his own. The San Francisco native (and HuffPost blogger) is a Marx-quoting former labor organizer who has taken his passion for politics and transformed it into a career as one of the city's most exciting comedic performers.

Q & A with David Chiu, San Francisco's Board Of Supervisors President

David Chiu

Originally published as part of My SF on Huffington Post SF

Representing San Francisco's District Three, David Chiu was recently reelected to his third consecutive term as president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. The Boston native and Harvard Law graduate is the first person in history to have successfully run for three terms in a row.

We managed to grab Chiu between meetings to talk about his experiences in the city, the biggest issues facing San Franciscans, his failed mayoral run and his potential candidacy for the California State Assembly.

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