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9 Unusual Things To Do In San Francisco

1.Wave Organ
The Wave Organ literally turns waves into fine music. It was created by the San Francisco Exploratorium in the year 1986, and the organ is using series of pipes which are interacting with the ocean’s waves to produce the most beautiful melodies.

The Wave Organ’s concept was created and developed by Peter Richards and renown stone mason and sculptor George Gonzales helped to install the wonderful organ. The idea for the wave organ was inspired by a number of recordings of astonishing sounds emerging from vent pipes in a floating dock made out of concrete in Sydney, Australia.

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Craziest Things That Happened in San Francisco

  • The experience of the Folsom Street Fair. Full-out S&M of people chained up, whipping, getting sort of semi-tortured, and plenty of other randomnesses. My weirdest experience was actually a black guy who had a huge monster unit hanging out. He was only wearing a bit of leather and a cock ring …another guy just came walking up to him, grabs his junk and says “nice d**k”, gets down on his knees and starts going all the way. No one even blinks an eye. If you’ve never been there, and when you are okay with gay culture, nudity, and BDSM, the Folsom Street Fair is a must-have experience.
  • A guy who fell asleep on a massive construction barrier right in the middle of a terribly busy Tenderloin street.
  • I once had a gun at my head in broad daylight on the corner of Market and 5th. It was an older man dressed in a red-velvetish coat.  He only said: “don’t even think about it”…that was all!

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How to Create a Foolproof Financial Plan for Startups

San Francisco is known for its growing number of start-ups, so here is something really useful. I didn’t have a high school diploma so I took an online prep course (for FREE!) with Covcell.org to get my GED, and passed the test without any problems, so is there a better way of becoming successful than starting a start-up, right? So I spent some time researching to find out how to make my startup successful, but first, let’s start with a financial plan.

A financial plan is one of the most important parts of your overall business plan, not only for start-ups.  Yet, for many people, the financial plan is often one of the most difficult parts to complete. Many start-up companies struggle with financial projections because the financial situation of an early-stage company is uncertain and radically different from the financial state of an established company.

Borrowing money from a bank as well as attracting venture capitalists or an angel investor to invest in your company will require a well prepared financial plan.

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Five Famous San Francisco Artists

1. William T. Wiley
William T. Wiley was born in 1937, and his work is spanning a wide range of techniques such as painting, drawing, film, sculpturing, pinball, and performance. Part of Wiley’s work falls into the category ‘funk art’.

For more than fifty years, Wiley has challenged the precepts of all sorts of mainstream art. His work cannot easily be classified into particular a stylistic trend or movement. He has continuously been developing his own distinctive style and he combined found objects, humble materials, personal items and symbols, and enigmatic texts with art history, current events, and popular culture.

Wiley’s specific style can perhaps best be described as ‘varied, inventive, and subtle. Wiley’s impressive practices are ranging from painting in acrylic and watercolor, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, to performance and film. Among the defining hallmarks of Wiley’s work are the wordplay and the texts that are accompanying practically all of his pieces.

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What Locals Say About San Francisco

First impressions of San Francisco Life: this page contains several of the first impressions and characteristics of the city that I struck me when I moved here. They provided actually the basis for all my other experiences.

  • The weather is odd. It was in June that I arrived in San Francisco for the first time, and I was really hoping to get a nice taste of early California summer. Little did I, the naive, know….Northern California’s weather is nothing like how it is down south. Around here, it actually can get quite chilly all through the summer. Temperatures may even change by the neighborhood, but as a rule of thumb you can say that it pretty much always feels like spring or fall. The ideal outfit for San Francisco consists of 2 to 4 layers that are easy to remove or put back on.

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San Francisco Attractions

San Francisco belongs to those cities that never get old. No matter how often you visit it.

San Francisco has always a neighborhood that you didn’t explore yet, or there is a scenic spot you didn’t have the time to visit, or there is an activity that you just missed during your last visit. I’ve just now completed my fourth trip to The City and there so many activities that I absolutely had no trouble getting my days filled with exciting things. 

And oh yeah, that San Francisco weather…. That nice breezy, cool San Francisco weather…. Every time I get here I’m surprised by The City’s sort of chilly feel year-round….Even in the midst of summer.

When you plan to visit San Francisco anytime soon, take a closer look at these suggestions. Here are five essential activities for a great weekend in this beautiful city.

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SF Arts Market is closed

San Francisco Arts Market was an open-air arts and crafts market and performance and activity platform held in United Nations Plaza in San Francisco’s Civic Center region.

Hosting was open Thursdays, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. from 2010 until 2014.
Independent Arts & Media and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development partnered to support the arts community and invigorate United Nations Plaza through a creative and supportive environment every Thursday.

SF Arts Market hosted a weekly open-air market offering local arts, crafts, literature, music, and performance. The Market increased relationships with local artists and community, giving the community and beyond the ability to purchase locally made products and aid artists in their endeavors in small business.

The Market had hosted live artists, dancers, circus performers, and an array of music ranging from blue grass to dark rock, and more. They transformed the Plaza into a performance and activity platform along with unique arts and crafts vendors each Thursday.

VITAL x Horizon Variations By Adrien Dezalay from VITAL on Vimeo.

The VITAL EP x Sing For Hope Trailer from VITAL on Vimeo.

San Francisco Arts Market

San Francisco Arts Market kicked off on June 16th, 2011 with quite a bang! United Nations Plaza came alive with over 30 unique artist and artisan vendors, live music, and delicious lunch options from Off the Grid Food Trucks. Crowds joined the Plaza to see what was going on, eat, shop and join the fun. Now, we do this every Thursday!

A project of the Mayors Office of Economic Workforce and Development and nonprofit, Independent Arts & Media, SF Arts Market continues to partner with city agencies and nonprofits in support of bringing art, culture, and liveliness to the mid-Market area.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network visited a number of Market Thursdays to see what we were up to and document how the Market is making a difference for all involved, including artistic vendors, performers, local community and all visitors to the Plaza. We are very thankful to have this video and many photos to share with the public produced by Michael Pawluk of NEN.

About NEN

In 2007, residents, merchant associations, non-profits, neighborhood agencies, faithbased organizations, academic institutions, and SF foundations created NEN (The Neighborhood Empowerment Network) to focus on one simple mission: the empowerment of the SanFranciso neighborhoods and help them towards resilient conditions.  The alliance was named “Neighborhood Empowerment Network” (NEN), and during the past decade, it has created numerous methodologies, tools, and resources to advance the communities through a bottom-up grassroots approach.