Fashion or Function?

Story and Photos by Jessica Graham Crystals, specifically quartz, are a hot trend in fashion, dominating the runways of designer labels such as Chanel and Prada, trickling down to more affordable fashion outlets like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. Ranging from rounded, crystal-clear stones to a colorful, multi-faceted stones, crystals are versatile, abundant and, based on the type, affordable fashion accessory. While crystals are shiny, eye-catching accessory for some designers, to others, crystals hold a deeper significance. Jewelry makers, like Josh Sisler--a Santa Cruz native living in San Fracisco--use crystals...

Open City: A Week of Comedy Open Mics in SF

  By Molly Sanchez Photos by Frank Leal By day I am a journalist. I sit in classes, carry a voice recorder in my purse, and find clever ways to mock my superiors within the confines of the Chicago style. But by night I am a standup comic. I sit in bars, carry a voice recorder in my purse, and find clever ways to mock my superiors within the confines of three-minute long sets. Open mics are a right of passage for entry-level comics, and the best way to get...

Nutrition in the Raw

By Nicole Ellis Photos by Samantha Benedict The word juice means different things to different people. The “juice-heads” in Jersey aren’t the same juicers who work with Barry Bonds or Lance Armstrong. And those juicers are completely different than the juicers shopping at Whole Foods. The more common and accepted juicer is the kind that extracts nutrients from raw fruits and veggies. Not everyone who juices is a rawist, but juicing is a huge aspect to eating raw. Beans, fruits, seaweed, sprouts, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables are among the...

The Benchwarmers of Section 139

By Jessica Mendoza Photos by Gabriella Gamboa It’s a cloudy morning in San Francisco. Crowds of people gather towards China Basin. The World Champs, San Francisco Giants, have come back to AT&T ballpark. The blue, red, and white Major League Baseball banners, annually displayed on every Opening Day, line the entrance to the ballpark. The smell of garlic fries and hot dogs cooking intoxicate the ballpark air. Enthusiastic Giants fans prepare themselves as they wait outside for the gates to open. Out the four main gates, a couple of Giants...

Sublet Survivor

  By Kenny Redublo Photos by Virginia Tieman Valencia street is alive as usual. Cyclists ride next to cars and trucks zooming by while couples walk their dogs on the sidewalks as they window shop at the local boutiques before stopping into a cafe for a coffee. It's a typical Mission day, except for the lack of sunshine. Valerie Luu sits on the patio at Four Barrel Coffee, taking a break from work. She holds a poetry book in one hand and adjusts her hair with the other. The wind...

Scrapped Up

  By Kayla McIntosh Photos by Gabriella Gamboa The name SCRAP says it all. Tucked away in SF’s Bayview neighborhood, a junkyard/teacher’s donation center/starving artist’s paradise is waiting to be sifted through. Melissa Tan is completely at home. Carrying two frumpy shopping bags, she rushes past the metal gate and scurries up the mini-flight of stairs into her personal nirvana. “It’s a good thing I’m not alone otherwise I could spend hours here,” she says nonchalantly. Her cat-lined eyes are set on the fabric section placed dead center of the...

Unique Hotels in San Francisco

  By Hassina Obaidy Photos by Erica Marquez and Andy Sweet Location, cleanliness, and price are usually the top three things guests think about when booking a hotel room. But what about the uniqueness, or the historic, elegant touch that most of these hotels embody? We’ve compiled the top five unique hotels that make guests feel at home, feel like they’re a star, or just feel like they’re living in an art gallery. Literally. From Japantown to the shopping district of San Francisco, five boutique hotels stand with distinct themes...

Best Hangover Breakfasts

By Ben Pack Photos by Frank Leal You wake up, and through your squinting eyes you remember that it’s Sunday. You try to piece together last night, but somewhere between that second shot of Jager and the AMF you lose it. That doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters now is recovery. Most of society is already up and functioning, so you gather your friends and decide it’s time to go. Where to, you ask? Well we’ve got you covered. We have assembled five of the best hangover breakfasts for you...

Food Tours

By Vanessa Serpas Photos by Gabriella Gamboa By Vanessa Serpas Photos by Gabriella Gamboa Whether you are a local or new to San Francisco, one item you must cross off your “things to do in SF” list is a food tour. With San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods and diverse culture, there are great restaurants all throughout the city that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. And the great part about the food tours is that you can leave all the details to your tour guide. All you have to do is...

Nerdy San Francisco

  By Molly Sanchez Photos by Virginia Tieman San Francisco is a city full of the weird and the wonderful. It’s the city of Lucas Films; the future home of The United Federation of Planets, and stomping grounds to nerds and geeks of all shapes, sizes, and degrees of virginity. As a connoisseur of all things nerdy, I feel it is my duty to bestow upon you the top 5 favorite nerd sites in the city. Friday Night Magic at Two Cat’s comics in West Portal Monday nights (5-9 p.m.)...

San Francisco Welcomes Back Allen Ginsberg

By Nicole Ellis Only in San Francisco can Vermeer, Allen Ginsberg, and ancient terracotta soldiers be displayed within five miles of one another. The city is a cosmopolis. A fusion of everything from cultures to taste, and it’s the perfect place for these five traveling exhibits to stop and display their distinct and diverse histories.   Asian Art Museum China’s Terracotta Warriors Now- May 27 Tickets: $20/adults and $16/student with I.D* 200 Larkin St., San Francisco The terracotta warriors were built under the order of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang....

Diving Deep: Rhys’s Guide to the Best Dive Bars in SF

By Rhys Alvarado Li Po Cocktail Lounge 916 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 982-0072 Bathroom-o-meter: 1.5 Happy Hour: None In the heart of the nation’s first Chinatown lies one of San Francisco’s oldest dive bars. Dating back as far as the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge, Li Po Cocktail Lounge remains with the same lantern above its entryway, the same faded murals of bonsai landscapes and the same Buddha shrine behind the bar that serves up their house famous Chinese Mai Tais. Here, locals slam cups for games...