North Beach art director Pablo Rochat is going viral for his sardonic and witty commentary on social media and modern life. (Courtesy of @pablo.rochat)

Meet the SF artist behind the most wonderfully weird IG account + more good news from around the Bay Area

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Chances are good you've done a double take at the singularly quirky local art installations of art director Pablo Rochat. Or, you're one of his 640K+ Instagram followers. Now the story is out about the North Beach artist whose feed we've been stalking during shelter in place.

Plus, California is the first state in the nation to partner with RuPaul's Drag Out the Vote; a Bay Area rapper is working on a COVID-19 vaccine; and more local headlines that won't make you cry with despair.



From pigeon ads to panoramic hot dogs, artist uses San Francisco as 'playground' for viral videos, Hoodline

Chances are you've already been puzzled by or cracked up over one of North Beach artist Pablo Rochat's out-of-the-box installations. Read more.


Bay Area Teens Launch 'Lacrosse Against Hunger' To Collect Food Donations During COVID-19 Outbreak, CBS Local

Fifteen-year old Acalanes High School Varsity lacrosse players Owen Estee and Zach Appel have raised over $2,000 by offering $25 lacrosse lessons for kids. Read more.


In Bayview, a new farm aims to take a more equitable spin on California farm-to-table cuisine, San Francisco Chronicle

With a GoFundMe circulating on social media and vegetable and flower seedlings planted on a formerly overgrown land, Bayview's new urban farm will eventually provide residents with affordable organic produce and a botanical garden, and partner with local chefs to create farm-to-table cuisine. Read more.

Meet the Bay Area rapper working on a COVID vaccine, SF Gate

In addition to performing sold-out shows pre-pandemic and using her popular Instagram feed as a platform to discuss social justice movements, Hayward rapper Ruby Ibarra can now be found working on COVID-19 test kits and a vaccine at a biotech company. Read more.


Drag Performers Could Run Your California Polling Place in November, KQED

In an effort to boost LGBTQ+ and Gen Z voter turnout, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and bipartisan organization Drag Out the Vote have officially teamed up. Drag Out the Vote's queen ambassadors—think Nina West and Brita Filter of RuPaul's Drag Race—will be registering voters and working the polls on election day. Read more.

Mighty Buildings Makes Stylish, 3D-Printed Prefabs Starting at $115K, Dwell

A 20-foot tall 3D printer allows the Oakland startup to build cost-efficient—and stylish—350 square foot homes, up to California Building Code and Title 24 Energy Efficiency requirements, in less than a day's time. Read more.


New Effort Promises $25,000 to Chinatown Restaurants for Outdoor Dining, Eater SF

In hopes of helping Chinatown restaurants survive the pandemic, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Chinatown Community Development Center will help restaurants pay for barriers and help with Shared Spaces applications through the new Chinatown Outdoor Dining Support Project. Read more.

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