Local event: Outside Lands Festival

Who said we can see many rock stars at Starbucks in San Francisco? If I remember rightly, it was Eric Martin, the vocalist of Mr. Big, who has been in the Bay Area since 1980’s. To tell you the truth, I got excited when I read this in a magazine. However, since arriving in San Francisco I have seen  … Read more

Student Activity: Alfred Hitchcock Walking Tour

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), was a famous director of the popular Thriller film genre. Hitchcock remains well-known for presenting tense relations between people and objects, managing to relate fear and terror to everyday matter. Meeting at the fountain in Huntington Park, between Taylor and Mason … Read more

San Francisco Fog Horn

San Francisco has many sounds, and most of them are incredibly loud and usually unwelcome (i.e. sirens). However, there is one sound that is soothing and makes me feel right at home here in San Francisco, and that is the fog horn. The low hum signals the ships in the fog and I love it, even though t … Read more

Fillmore Jazz Festival (July 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday)

Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 90,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From from morning to evening, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse fine art and crafts through over 8 blocks and enjoy f … Read more

Friday Nights at the de Young (July 6, Friday)

Friday Nights at the de Young is after-hours is art “happenings” on every Friday evening (from 5:00 pm to 8:45 pm) including a mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, special performances, hands-on art activities and exhibition tour … Read more

Independence Day: Wednesday, July 4 (school holiday!)

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrating the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecu … Read more