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It’s Confirmed: Kate And Anthony Bridgerton Will Return To Season 3 Of Bridgerton

There’s no doubt that Netflix’s Bridgerton has mesmerized audiences worldwide. Since launching on Christmas Eve in 2020, we have welcomed the glamorous Bridgerton family into our homes, becoming captivated with the love stories each season unveils. During season 1, we watched as the incredibly handsome Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton fell in love before moving on to season 2 when her brother, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, vyed for Kate Sharma’s affection. And now, we are patiently waiting to find out what happens with the story of Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington. Pen (played by Nicola Coughlan) has been entranced with Colin since season 1, so it will be interesting to see if a love blossoms between them or not! 📸 | BREAKING! Simone Ashley was spotted on the set of the third season of Bridgerton on August 3 in South London — Simone Ashley Network (@SimoneANetwork) August 5, 2022
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New 5.4-Acre Waterfront Park Breaks Ground In Front Of Chase Center

There’s a new waterfront park in the works in San Francisco! Bayfront Park in Mission Bay just broke ground last week on the waterfront in front of Chase Center. The park’s design features open lawns and plazas ideal for sightseeing and community gatherings, and provides a thoroughfare between adjacent green spaces like Agua Vista Park and Mariposa Bayfront Park. Reclaimed steel from the old Bay Bridge has been appropriated to create shade structures and other elements. The $19.1M park is a highly-anticipated component of the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan, which dates back to 1998. The neighborhood has added thousands of housing units and retail spaces since then, not to mention the newly-opened Chase Center in 2019. Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Matt Dorsey, and the Golden State Warriors attended Bayfront Park’s groundbreaking on August 3.
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Oakland Is Home To The World’s First Cathedral Built Entirely In The 21st Century

Walk past this building next to Lake Merritt and you’ll probably do a double take – it looks like something between a spaceship and an ice sculpture, and is undeniably other-worldly. The Cathedral of Christ the Light, also known as Oakland Cathedral, is one of the Bay Area’s most interesting modern buildings. It was built between 2005-2008, making it the world’s first cathedral built entirely in the 21st century. Read on to discover what makes it so unique. The Cathedral of Christ the Light is decidedly more modern than it is classical, and some traditional religious groups have been known to balk at the design’s divergence from custom. Simultaneously, the cathedral has been lauded for fostering a welcoming environment for the diverse population of Oakland. The building itself is essentially a massive tapered cylinder with a wedge cut out of one side, coated in glossy glass paneling that glimmers in the sun and evokes a brilliant golden lantern effect at night. It’s topped by a crown of rigid spires, which the architect called “architectural exclamation points.”

Famed SF Cocktail Bar Will Teach You To Mix Drinks Like A Pro

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your favorite spirit, or make craft cocktails like a pro, The Alembic is here to help. Their Monday Night Mixology classes offer you the rare opportunity to pour, shake, stir and sip with some of SF’s best mixologists. The Alembic, located in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of SF, has been a standard-bearer for craft cocktails since it opened in 2006. These hands-on classes range from fun seasonal drinks to deeper dives into a single spirit, like American Whiskey and Vermouth. Owner and bar manager Kathryn Kulczyk is the creative force behind The Alembic’s...

This SF Restaurant Puts Trash On The Menu And Customers Can’t Get Enough

There’s nothing subtle about Shuggie’s Trash Pie in the Mission District of SF. The interior is bold and colorful, the food is served with playful irreverence, and their mission is unapologetic: 40% of all food in the US is trashed and this needs to change. Owners Kayla Abe and David Murphy scour farmers’ markets and work with individual producers in order to rescue produce that would normally be left to rot in the field or end up in the trash. Good food that farmers just can’t sell. In their restaurant, it’s transformed into dishes that are both delicious and...

Get A Free Screen-Printed Quesadilla At SFMOMA On Thursday, August 4

As part of SFMOMA’s monthly First Thursday event series, political performance collective The Great Tortilla Conspiracy (GTC) will be serving free screen-printed quesadillas on Thursday, Aug 4th from 3:30-7:30pm.  This interactive performance promises an irreverent night of communal snacking, and original graphics inspired by Diego Rivera’s America. During this four-hour event, GTC will screen print and cook quesadillas on a traditional comal, before serving them up to museum visitors––with a side of the playful conversation. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Diego Rivera’s Pan American Unity mural alongside the other countless exhibitions currently on display at SFMOMA The Great...

Celebrate Transgender History Month In SF At The Riot Party This August

San Francisco became the first U.S. city to officially recognize August as Transgender History Month back in 2021, and the Transgender District is working hard to promote several important initiatives in the coming weeks. In a city where so many essential moments in LGBTQ+ history have taken place, we’re excited to see even more progress being made before our eyes. Perhaps the most exciting event on the calendar is the Riot Party, an outdoor music festival fundraiser. Diamond Stylz and Ian Harvie will host the festival which features performances from Nomi Ruiz, Jasmine Infiniti, Trace Lysette, Yves, ASTU, Dominique Morgan,...

Nerd Out At Silicon Valley Comic Con With Adam Savage, George Takei, And More

The 7th annual SiliCon with Adam Savage is coming up on August 27 and 28 at San Jose McEnery Convention Center. It’s your chance to explore the best in pop culture, technology, science, makers, cosplay, gaming, and more in Silicon Valley’s version of Comic Con.  You can meet featured guests including Karen Gillan, George Takei, Christopher Lloyd, and Simone Giertz. This year’s theme is “Creating the Improbable.” The two-day family-friendly event is a hybrid “Comic Con + Maker Con” with everything from maker challenges, to cosplay crafting, to celebrity meet-and-greets. Some exciting Hollywood celebrities making an appearance include Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji), George Takei (Star Trek), and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). Adam Savage, best known as co-host of Mythbusters, will bring together some of the best makers around for demonstrations, competitions, and panels as part of the Savage MakerVerse.

Take A Book, Share A Book: Here’s What To Know About SF’s ‘Little Free Libraries’

Have you seen these adorable tiny libraries around the city? Global nonprofit Little Free Library (LFL) is a worldwide phenomenon, having recently installed its 150,000th mini library in Lebanon, Tennessee. San Francisco alone has 50 of the tiny structures spread throughout its neighborhoods, recently bringing in several thousand new diverse books uplifting marginalized communities as part of its Read in Color initiative. The tiny free libraries are found in all 50 states, 115 countries, and all 7 continents as a result of passionate book lovers that seek to bring free reading materials to the masses. Since LFL began back in...

The Nation’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival Comes To San Jose In October

Lost In Riddim will take over Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose on October 1 and 2! This is the nation’s largest Afrobeats music festival, and it’s sure to bring an amazing show after the success of its first run in Sacramento last year. The festival comes from the same organizers behind this year’s hit Sol Blume festival. The lively outdoor event will have two main stages with non-overlapping performances, plus a third smaller stage for DJ sets all day long. The festival centers African, Caribbean, and Black music artists from a range of genres including reggae, dancehall, afro-fusion, hip-hop, and R&B. Headliners Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido are all Nigerian singers who will perform in celebration of Nigerian Independence Day Weekend. They’ll be joined by other Nigerian acts including Tems, Rema, Kizz Daniel, Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, and Ayra Starr.  More international acts include U.K. singer Ella Mai, British-Nigerian MC and rapper Skepta, and rapper Sean Paul and singer Koffee from Jamaica. Grammy award-winning rapper Wale will also make the trip from Washington, D.C.

This Free Light Installation At The De Young Is Cleverly Hidden Underground

Three Gems by artist James Turrell is a free immersive artwork, hidden in a corner of the de Young Museum’s Sculpture Garden. It’s arguably one of the most photogenic and best-hidden locations in SF. Three Gems feels like a blend of secret garden, labyrinth, and futuristic meditation chamber. It’s a surreal journey to the center of the installation, where you’ll find a room that invites you to simply gaze at the sky above. Turrell is internationally known for his work using natural and artificial light in combination with custom-designed spaces. Natural light plays a central role in this space, and...

10 Beautiful Restaurants In San Francisco To Try At Least Once

These 10 restaurants in San Francisco didn’t skimp when it came to the design of their dining rooms, and the results are absolutely phenomenal. Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful restaurants in the city, compiled with a little help from our Instagram followers. The beloved Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is one of the longest continually running tiki bars in the States. It’s basically everything a tiki bar should be; an explosion of deliciously kitsch tropical decor with all the themed, lethal cocktails and Polynesian-fusion dishes you could hope for. But it truly stands out for the large plunge...

A Free New Contemporary Art Museum Will Open In San Francisco This Fall

The highly-anticipated Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco (ICA SF) will open on October 1 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. It’s an innovative new gallery space that will be completely free to all, working to uplift artists and individuals while promoting equity and representation. The museum makes a welcome addition to the city’s thriving art and culture scene, and we can expect exciting new gallery spaces that bring something new to the traditional museum model. ICA SF works to “create a paradigm shift in the art world” by exhibiting civically engaged creators who are ready to shift the hierarchies and traditions rampant in the art world. Upcoming exhibitions listed for their fall 2022 opening include the following: ICA SF is a non-collecting museum made possible by large donations from various SF tech giants and venture capitalists. SFist writes that some of the biggest names to fund the space include Andy and Deborah Rappaport of SF’s Minnesota Street Project; Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and his wife Kaitlyn Trigger; and venture capitalist David Hornik and philanthropist Pamela Hornik, who previously collaborated on exhibitions at ICA San Jose.

Thrive City Brings The Party With Free Movie Nights, Concerts, And Fitness Classes

Head up, bargain hunters of San Francisco: Thrive City at Chase Center is the place to be all summer long! Take advantage of FREE activities including outdoor concerts and movie nights, fun fitness classes, health and wellness workshops, and comedy shows. Read on to start planning your next trip out to the Dogpatch. Remember to RSVP for each event in advance. This series of live music and comedy performances happens every other Friday night from 6-9pm. Expect food and drinks in a festival-style outdoor environment. One Saturday a month from 3-7pm, Thrive City hosts a free movie night where guests are advised to BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). Enjoy cinema-themed food and drinks and an interactive kids’ zone with games, crafts, and body art. Thrive City’s screen is the only outdoor LED screen in the city, measuring 74 feet across with nearly 2.2 million pixels.

SF’s Free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Returns To Golden Gate Park This Fall

San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced its official in-person return for 2022! The free festival will happen in Golden Gate Park from September 30 through October 2. The festival has yet to release a lineup announcement, but we can expect the first round of artist medleys on July 26. Guests are encouraged to download the HSB22 app for announcements, lineup updates, Spotify playlists, maps of the stages, artist photos and bios, and more as it becomes available. In its 2019 rendition, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass hosted performers including Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Margo Price, and Fantastic Negrito. Frequent returning performers include Emmylou Harris, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Gillian Welch. Guests can enjoy over 50 on-site food and drink vendors or bring their own picnics. Alcohol is not sold at the festival but you are allowed to bring your own. The free event brings up to 750,000 people  over the course of 3 days, so be sure to arrive early and follow all park safety precautions.

7 Upcoming Bay Area County Fairs To Put On Your Calendar

Have some good old-fashioned fun at these county fairs in and around the Bay Area! If you’re craving a funnel cake, hoping to blow off steam on a carnival ride, or seeking some quality animal time at a petting zoo, be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming local fairs and festivals. The California State Fair in Sacramento is in full swing through the end of July! The massive event brings the best of California to light, from homegrown produce to cultural showcases. The Best of California Brew Fest is always popular, and new this year is the cannabis awards program highlighting the best of California’s cannabis industry. Prices: $14 general admission, $12 for seniors over 62, $8 for children 5-12, free for children under 5, $15 for parking. Tuesdays are free for kids under 12. What to know: This fair enforces a clear bag policy (bags over 5″ x 8″ must be clear, and clear bags can be no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″) and an unaccompanied minors policy (all minors 17 and under must be accompanied by a 21+ adult after 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).

A Made-To-Order Gourmet Popcorn Store Just Opened In Hayes Valley

San Francisco just welcomed Fluff Nugget, the city’s first made-to-order popcorn store, on Thursday in Hayes Valley. The gorgeous new shop has taken over Smitten’s old storefront at 432 Octavia Street with next-level popcorn treats in sweet and savory flavors. Fluff Nugget comes from the minds of Vino Volo founder Doug Tomlinson and Top Chef Season 6 contestant Chef Laurine Wickett. Wickett has curated a gourmet popcorn menu with exciting flavor combinations including Chorizo & Cheddar, Strawberry Meringue, Chocolate Aztec Chili, and limited-edition Pistachio Pesto for a special summer treat. Drink options include house-made berry lemonade and iced tea, plus...

5 Reasons To Visit San Francisco’s Immersive Holographic Art Gallery

Experience an art gallery like no other at San Francisco’s Verse: Art of the Future. The one-of-a-kind augmented reality experience will transform the space around you into a compelling exhibition of glimmering, shifting, and dynamic NFT artworks. You’ll see spectacular holograms and famous pieces from some of the metaverse’s top-selling artists–read on to discover 5 reasons you can’t miss out on this event at SF’s Palace of Fine Arts. Get tickets now to SF’s exceptional holographic art gallery! Art and technology come together for an unparalleled look at the expanding world of NFTs! Watch the artworks come to life around you with the Microsoft Hololens 2, a powerful mixed-reality headset.

14 Vintage Clothing Shops in SF Where You Can Find The Perfect Retro Look

Vintage clothing is always in. Whether you’re trying to channel the bright ’80s vibe of Stranger Things, nail that ’60s Summer of Love look, or want to step into a hip speakeasy in your best ’20s flapper dress, San Francisco has a vintage clothing store for that. This little vintage shop specializes in sourcing clothes from a 50-mile radius of SF with a focus on natural fibers, with some exceptions for amazing polyesters. B.P.C. was started as an exploration of how we respond to being clothed and how the right clothing can help us feel more comfortable in our own bodies. Location: 211 Hugo St., San Francisco No is a small but mighty vintage clothing shop, featuring lots of great basics, denim, oversized jackets, and tons of plants that give it a cool loft apartment vibe. No’s highly curated and fairly priced offerings feature lots of bright colors and patterns, ranging from classics to more eccentric looks.

10 Exceptional Dog-Friendly Restaurants And Bars In San Francisco

San Francisco is a city of dog lovers, there’s no doubt about it. Luckily for us, many SF businesses are more than welcoming to our four-legged friends. Whether you’re looking for a nice outdoor patio brunch or a laid-back dive bar atmosphere, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover our top picks for dog-friendly dining (in no particular order), and be sure to scroll to the bottom for a handy map.