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Penguin Scandal and Intrigue at the SF Zoo

Some juicy gossip straight from the SF Zoo: same-sex penguin couple, Pepper and Harry, have called it quits. And the reason is Linda, a recently widowed penguin of questionable reputation. Sources close to Linda say she can't be alone.  But we just think she's kind of a slut. And so, apparently, does the zookeeper, David Brown. “To be completely anthropomorphizing, Linda seems conniving," Brown told the Examiner.  "She’s got her plan. I don’t think she was wanting to be a single girl for too long.”  Snap.

Legit Naked Beaches

The SF Bay Guardian just put out its annual Nude Beach Guide, which is highly recommended reading if you're trying to get naked legally in public (or if you're trying to avoid people who are trying to get naked legally in public).  In terms of nude-friendliness, they gave all the beaches in SF County an "A," except for Fort Funston Beach, which was demoted to a "C" because of "dogs" and "gliders." Also noteworthy are the legal statuses of each of these beaches.  Basically, they're pretty much all legit naked spots "as long as no one complains and you don't touch anyone." Check it out.

Four Grab-Your-Stuff-And-Go Day Trips

Summer's in full-swing and everyone's abuzz with their fabulous vacation plans. Have you failed on that organizational front?  Are you murderously jealous of everyone's fabulous vacation plans? Don't be. There are tons of quick grab-your-stuff-and-go day escapes within an hour of the city.  Here are four we love.

Half Moon Bay

Pool Hunting: SF's Outdoor Pools, Found

We may not have LA’s warm blanket of smog or Miami’s awesome DayGlo beachwear, but we still do summer pretty well here in SF. And believe it or not, for those few treasured days of unadulterated sunshine, our fair city even offers some amazing outdoor (and even rooftop!) pools. Check out these surprisingly summery locales and you’ll forget you’re still in city limits—until the first foghorn sounds.

Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center
1675 Owens Street
415-476-5546

Staying in SF This Weekend? Our Fourth of July Fireworks Game Plan

Whether you're braving the crowds, huddling on a hill or getting rowdy with your own, here's your Fourth of July game plan for fireworks.

The Most Obvious Spots
With the fireworks taking off from Pier 39, the most obvious viewing spots are downtown and on high ground. To refresh your memory, that means...

The Embarcadero: If you can secure a spot amongst the sea of fireworks fans, the Embarcadero promises a front row seat. Camp out early for prime locations.

A Guide to the Area's Best 4th of July Fetes

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, how will you celebrate our country's Independence Day? With so much on tap around the Bay Area, we'd wager you won't have any trouble finding something to do.

Fillmore Jazz Festival

Groove alongside 100,000 of your closest friends to the tunes of some of the area's greatest jazz performers on three main stages. Arts, crafts and food vendors will occupy 10 blocks should you get restless and need to exercise your legs. July 4-5, 10am-6pm, free.

Summer Getaway: Escape to Monterey

Time: 2.5-hour drive
What you get: Windswept coast, world’s best aquarium, rickety charm

The Westin St. Francis Gets a Facelift

Out-of-town friends or relatives looking for a hotel recommendation? Well, the Westin St. Francis, one of downtown's poshest hotels, just got a facelift. And it's an A+ in our book, a nod to present-day San Francisco while still preserving the building's history. 

Summer Sailstice Takes Over the Bay

We might not have real seasons here -- no foliage, no snow, just schizoid micro-climates and changeable marine layers. But, here’s a hint that summer starts tomorrow -- sea-farers of all sorts will be out and about enjoying the Summer Sailstice, which just happens to fall on the summer solstice.

The Sailstice is a world-wide holiday celebrating sailing held annually on the longest sailing day of the year. Because, you know, we need to fill those extra few minutes with something, it might as well be water-side music, food, contests and flotation devices to benefit the Treasure Island Sailing Center.

Get Weird with Dad at the NorCal Pirate Festival

Maybe it's the Johnny Depp effect, but there's no denying the universal appeal of pirates.  So if Father's Day BBQs and games of catch aren't your bag, we're going to go out on a plank (har har) and suggest the NorCal Pirate Festival, which promises to be a swashbucklin' good time.  There will be music, there will be crafts and there will be swordfights (obviously). Also not to miss are the ventriloquist Captain Jack Spareribs (c'mon, you're curious), musical troupe the Seadogs, the dueling Privateers of the Dauntless and the singing vixens Queen Anne's Revenge.

Oh yeah, and it's free.

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