The summer festival has become de rigueur. Hell, even Gap and Bloomingdales are sporting mannequins adorned in what’s become known as festival attire (short shorts, something crocheted, a reusable water canteen, a piece of cultural appropriation—you know the drill). As the series of annual rites of passage take place across the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, and, yes, Burning Man are among the largest), music festivals especially, are becoming interchangeable, featuring rotating rosters of the same bands (with a surprise must-see here and there) and offering much of the same experiences—artisanal culinary zones, locally grown booze camps, upcharged VIP retreats, and digital detox areas.
San Francisco's most venerated arts establishments are connecting with the next generation of audiences through modern, electrified programming, interactive events, and plenty of booze.
SF Sketchfest—a nearly month-long festival celebrating comedy in all its shapes and forms—descends upon San Francisco each January with an overstuffed roster of performances and panels to choose from. Each show usually sells out as soon as the festival’s full lineup is announced, but, with less than a week to go before it ends, we discovered available seats for some surprising performances. Here are the best of the rest.
Vinnie Hobbs is the wizard behind some of this year's most iconic music videos, including Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" and Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda."
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener has no problem standing out in a crowd. The District 8 supe (representing the Castro, Noe Valley, Duboce Triangle, as well as parts of the Mission and more), who stands at an impressive 6-foot-7-inches, graduated from Duke, went to Harvard Law, and earned a Fulbright scholarship, all before bringing his distinct political style of quiet efficiency to San Francisco.
The story of Anne Wojcicki’s genetic testing service 23andMe is destined to become a classic in the epic tale of how libertarian, fast-paced, entrepreneurial Silicon Valley clashes with the slow grind of regulatory Washington.
Stewart Butterfield, cofounder and CEO of Slack, has had some luck with that quintessential Silicon Valley gremlin, the pivot.
Since being turned over to the National Parks Service in 1994, the Presidio has steadily emerged as one of the San Francisco’s best, if somewhat surprisingly lesser known, natural work and playscapes. And it’s about to get a whole lot bigger—13 acres bigger.
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