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The Cognoscente: Inside the Abstract Life of Painter Stevan Shapona

Stevan Shapona, 59, is one of the last remaining artists from San Francisco's fabled golden age. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Shapona worked alongside his father as a sign painter for decades—touching up the awnings of the St. Francis hotel among other local icons—before pursuing art full time.

Uber Tries Its Luck in the Overcrowded On-Demand Delivery Sector

It seems dominating the ride-sharing industry just isn't enough for local tech giant, Uber. Now they're going after Postmates, too. 

Style Council 2015: Andre Iguodala, Warriors All-Star + Style Director

Andre Iguodala needs no introduction. The NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors shooting guard slam-dunked his way into basketball history this June when he defended the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA championship to bring home the trophy. And he made Lebron James cry

The Big Eat Oakland 2015: 100 Dishes to Eat in the Town Before You Die

If you haven't tasted from the vast array of culinary offerings that Oakland has to offer, consider this your crash course. From the chilaquiles at Grand Lake Kitchen to Hopscotch's Yonsei Oyster, here are 100 things you need to try in the Town before you die. 

Valley Fire Forces Thousands to Flee Homes + How to Help

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency after a fast-moving wildfire demolished hundreds of buildings and forced more than 23,000 people to flee their homes over the weekend. 

Salsipuedes Brings Baja Californian Vibes to North Oakland

Confession time: I drove by Salsipuedes the night before my reservation and was a little surprised to see a small neighborhood restaurant with just one communal table and a bar that puts you basically in the kitchen with the chefs. With all the pre-opening fanfare, I had expected a fancier joint, but this was a restaurant that belonged on the beaches of Ensenada, nestled smack dab in the middle of residential Oakland. 

#SFPortal Connects Locals With Strangers Around the Globe

"What would make today a good day for you?" That is the question curious visitors to this fancy gold shipping container, now at Proxy in Hayes Valley, are asking complete strangers from around the world in a groundbreaking public art project. 

New Photo Book Remembers SoMa's Colorful Pre-Tech-Boom Past

Most young San Franciscans can't even remember a SoMa before the Moscone Center or AT&T Park, when the neighborhood was filled with auto repair shops and unironic billboards advertising PBR. South of Market, a new photography tome by Janet Delaney, turns back the page to SoMa's dingy-yet-vibrant past, offering a glimpse of life B.T. (before techies). 

Eat Here Now: Calavera Raises the Bar for Mexican Fare in Oakland

When I was younger, one of my favorite movie scenes came from Beauty and the Beast and involved Belle rejoicing in her newfound library by swinging excitedly on a ladder from shelf to shelf, picking up novel after novel. When I walked into Oakland's Calavera last week, I instantly felt that same rush of excitement when I saw the bartenders swinging from shelf to shelf via an old, wooden ladder. But instead of books, expert hands reached for tequila—shelf after shelf of tequila. 

The Mina Test Kitchen Serves Up Fresh Flavors in First Pop-Up

There's nothing Mediterranean about the old Cafe Claude space. Dark walls, busy burgundy wallpaper, and large gold accessories transport you back to turn-of-the-century France rather than the glistening waters and white sands of the Mediterranean sea. That is, until you sit down to the menu. 

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