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Exploratorium to celebrate “Pi Day” on 3-14-15 – of course

  There’s never been a Pi Day quite like this one. This year, the international mathematical holiday that was founded in 1988 at the Exploratorium on Pier 15 will happen on the fourteenth day of the third month of 2015. Yes, that’s right: Pi Day is on 3.14.15.  Which is to say: Pi Day is on the first five digits of pi. Is that crazy? No, but it is irrational. Founded by physicist and “Prince of Pi” Larry Shaw, this annual celebration of the irrational, never-ending ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter includes π-themed activities, rituals, antics, and plenty of pie. Join the Exploratorium to find out what's so special about this famous mathematical constant, and take your (decimal) place in our annual march to the Pi Shrine. Did we mention it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday? Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free, courtsey of Uniqlo. However, at 9:26:53 a.m., the Exploratorium will push the pi-envelope, giving the first 58 … Read Full Article

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BCNA news: Civil Grand Jury report on the Port, part 2

For some time, the BCNA page on the Barbary Coast News has been carrying articles on the work of the outstanding 2013-2014 Civil Grand Jury. The San Francisco Civil Grand Jury is a government panel of volunteers who serve for one year.  It makes findings and recommendations resulting from its investigations. This is Part 2 concerning last year's Grand Jury report, "The Port of San Francisco - … Read Full Article

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Letter: No Wall nears goal for “Don’t Silence the Voters” donations

Dear Barbary Coast News, Last week clean government advocate Larry Bush pulled the curtain back on the anti-voter initiative scheme by business lobby groups and Supervisor Scott Wiener in a powerful SF Examiner op-ed piece:  "Two years ago the mayor, Wiener and colleagues, and high-rise developers lost on a referendum over 8 Washington St.'s wall on the waterfront for luxury condos built in … Read Full Article

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SFPD newsletter: New Ping Yuen officers, other station changes

In this week's SFPD Central Station newsletter, Capt. David Lazar outlines changes in offer assignments. Two officers have been assigned to the Ping Yuen housing project, with two more coming in mid-March. Also, the plain clothes team is expanding, and Fisherman's Wharf will get two new officers, bringing the total to four. For more details on this and the week's crimes of note, please click … Read Full Article

Mala Bingham has volunteered for CUESA for two years and enjoys learning about the artisans and farmers. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

Celebrate women at CUESA in March: Markets, demos, tours & more

March is National Women’s History Month, which gives us all the more reason to recognize and celebrate the amazing women who are transforming our food system—farmers, farm workers, chefs, cheesemakers, jammers, and home cooks. For all the women who touch our food and make the world a better place for all of us, we salute you with a whole month of women-led cooking demos, a hands-on class, and a … Read Full Article

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Attempted robbery at Taco Bell averted due to fake gun

A would-be thief at the Taco Bell at 7 Drumm St. at California Street was thwarted on Monday when an employee grabbed the fake handgun he was brandishing. According to the SFPD Media Relations Unit, the suspect - an African American male in his thirties - walked into the Taco Bell around 8:15 p.m., pointed a gun at a customer, and told the person to get on the ground. The suspect then jumped … Read Full Article

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation for @Large. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz closing April 26

In the five months since it opened, artist Ai Weiwei’s acclaimed exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz has attracted more than half a million visitors from across the world. Organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the exhibition features seven sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works installed across four … Read Full Article

The Bay Lights have become a beloved part of the San Francisco waterfront. Photo by James Ewing.

Bay Lights to be removed for 11 months; public can say goodbye on March 5

The Bay Area will be a little darker for the next 11 months. The monumental LED sculpture The Bay Lights must be removed from the western span of the Bay Bridge in early March to allow for maintenance of the cables.  But thanks to generous private donors and an agreement between the non-profit Illuminate the Arts and Bay Bridge officials, the artwork will be re-installed in time to shine for … Read Full Article