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Music festivals are a fantastic way to revel in your favorite bands and stumble upon some brand new ones. There are even those huge outdoor ones that fill an entire three days with live music. It’s an exhilarating experience for sure, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you’re on your feet practically all day, sometimes in scorching temperatures (Coachella, eh?). And on the music side of the coin, some bands’ live shows just work better in an intimate indoor venue rather than in outdoor settings that could drown out the sound.

These festivals surely get more publicity in the long run, but if you’re looking for a different festival experience right here in the Bay Area, check out the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco! In its 21st year, the festival — happening from February 26th to March 6th — presents a plethora of shows in the city at a variety of different venues. You can attend as few or as many as you wish and with the festival pass you can score some sweet deals if you choose to milk the festival for what it’s worth. There are also some film, art and culture events as well! Here is a playlist highlighting some of the best of this eclectic shindig:

  1. Ramona Falls, “Fingerhold
  2. !!!, “Must Be the Moon”
  3. White Arrows“Get Gone”
  4. Toro y Moi, “New Beat” read more »

When you’re enjoying free bus rides on AC Transit with your Class Pass you might notice that a lot of locals have a card that they tap against a reader when they board — that’s what makes all those beeping sounds. That card their using is called the Clipper Card, and it has a lot more uses than just AC Transit. Clipper Cards are read more »


“Science rules” (name that reference!), and for a day, it’s free at the California Academy of Sciences!

The local science center, located just a quick Bart or bus ride away in Golden Gate Park, is offering free admission on Sunday, December 9th (normally $29.95 for adults) as as a part of a quarterly effort to appeal to a wider demographic of people looking for some free science-y fun but couldn’t attend their previous Wednesday free days.

The center is an expansive bed of science and imagination perfect for anyone with at least a spark of science interest, housing an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, live animals, and so much more. Plus … it’s all under a living roof!  What to know what that could possibly be? You’ll have to visit to find out Wink-wink.

Here is a sampling of some of the cool sites CAS has to offer:
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California Academy of Sciences


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No family feast for you? Not a problem.

No family feast for you? Not a problem.

Not going home for the holiday weekend? While most dread the holidays (our relatives’ drunken shouting matches over eggnog, Christmas song covers by Justin Bieber…), many of us college students won’t have the luxury of going home for the holidays this year. If you’re one of the 30% of Cal students from out of the state or country – or simply can’t make it out of town – we’ve found some alternatives to ruminating in your dorm room next week.

Lusting after turkey dinner? Crossroads sometimes just won’t cut it, so check out Opentable for a list of East Bay and San Francisco restaurants that are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner. read more »


It’s hard out there for a … punk?

In a way we were just a tad disappointed upon arriving at college to find that the stereotype of Berkeley as a breeding ground for wild and wonderful eye candy was just that – a stereotype. In today’s seas of earnestly-inspired (but decidedly inoffensive) combat boots around campus, it’s next to impossible to spot a pair of New Rocks in Berkeley. How things have changed since 2004…

UC Berkeley Gets A - Er, Makeover

UC Berkeley style gets a - er, makeover. (Click to expand!)

In fact, when we were in grade school, Hot Topic was actually cool.

No, really.

It once was a place where your cool, mohawked older siblings went to buy Manic Panic and bondage corsets, read more »


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As Berkeley’s impending fall vote on the sit-lie measure draws closer, the San Francisco Chronicle’s latest report on sit-lie simply adds fuel to the con side. The majority of sit-lie tickets are going to the same people, who happen to be older alcoholics. read more »


rally car

Professional rally driver Ken Block took to the streets of San Francisco and showed us the definition of someone who is a “master of his craft.” Seriously, this guy drifts through the streets of SF and touches nothing. So this is why traffic is terrible. Check out the full video here for the badassness that took place in the city.

Image source: Gerard Reyes under Creative Commons


The view as we ran in hopes of finding a bathroom.

The view as we ran in hopes of finding a bathroom.

Every time we head to San Francisco, we feel like saying “Eureka!” after finding a new place in such unexpected circumstances (also known as a strong desire to pee).

Actually, we were being tourists and heading up to Pier 39 — the piers on the way to Pier 39 don’t offer much to tourists, unless we want take the Amtrak or walk into a dark loading dock — but before we got there decided to go into the historic Ferry Building to find clean public restrooms.

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Our complex interpretation

Modern art is quite innovative

For a little summer learning, we decided to venture to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The MOMA houses paintings that date back to Matisse to an exhibition of the work of Buckminster Fuller, who was an American engineer to futurist and everything in between.

We are novices in the art world. Actually, we’ve never dabbled in modern art at all. Modern artwork has its stereotypes — ridiculous and silly (these are our’s at least) — but the (MOMA) does feature an eclectic set of paintings, sculptures and exhibitions that can make any amateur can find a stable grounding in (well only if you do it right).

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Looking for a place in  San Francisco’s Tenderloin to do your laundry where you can also enjoy a nice hot sausage? Look no further, Joey’s has everything you could ever want while waiting for your socks to dry!

We were walking by Joey’s, located at 517 O’Farrel St., after Pride, and just had to share this. We looked into the store’s front window and saw a cafe front with a large washer and dryer room in the back. This is brilliance, but like one Yelp reviewer of Joey’s asks, “How did this place come to exist?”

Image source: Robert Frawley, Daily Cal


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