Palo Alto welcomes renowned Bay Bridge light artist for exclusive new gallery show

Leo Villareal’s innovative union of art and technology takes center stage in Pace Gallery’s reopening exhibition Leo Villareal’s “Detector” exhibit, shown in Pace Gallery of London, 2019. (Image via Leo Villareal’s website) By Sheryl Nonnenberg If you have driven across the Bay Bridge, you have seen Leo Villareal’s large-scale, site-specific “The Bay Lights.” Installed in 2013, it consists of 25,000 LED lights installed on the span that continuously change, thanks to a custom ...

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A new restaurant model? This SF eatery now delivers food out of a 20-year-old Singaporean restaurant in Menlo Park

Shiok + Proposition Chicken=new business paradigm? The kitchen staff at Shiok in downtown Menlo Park are now also cooking Proposition Chicken delivery orders. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) Proposition Chicken, a popular fast-casual chicken eatery in San Francisco and Oakland, has no physical presence on the Peninsula. But thanks to an unlikely partnership born of COVID-19, the restaurant is now delivering its food locally. Through a new startup called Local Food Group, Proposition Chicken ...

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Take a trip to the early days of the Grateful Dead via this new psychedelic graphic novel

Grateful Dead Origins dives deep on the band’s beginnings in Palo Alto and around the Bay. (Image via Z2 Comics) “It’s very weird.” Yep, trying to nail down the logic behind the Grateful Dead’s enduring popularity is a tricky proposition. After all, how exactly did a group of mismatched oddballs from the San Francisco Peninsula vault their unlikely band to global fame, garner a one-of-a-kind devoted fan base and trailblaze a massive counterculture that ...

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Un-forgetting the segregationist history of Palo Alto (and Daly City, and San Francisco, and…)

Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law documents how American communities—including much of the Bay Area—were purposefully segregated along racial lines. In 1954, one Peninsula real estate agent seized upon the sale of a single home on the east side of Palo Alto. (Book cover image via Liveright/W.W. Norton Publishing) Floyd Lowe, President of the California Real Estate Association at the time, quickly began amplifying racial tensions by warning residents that the one black family ...

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Salty And Sweet: 4 Food Trucks To Track Down on the Peninsula

by Monica Hruby Growing up, we’d willingly run through the street at a dead sprint for the ice cream truck and its memorable melody. Even today, seeing a food truck makes us nostalgic and super hungry. We love them because they have no constraints, they’re open late and you can bring your dog. We’ve compiled a list of food trucks making sweet things into savory entrees and vice versa. All in honor of the ...

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Improv your life: getting on stage at Silicon Valley’s top improv schools

Photo courtesy of Clara Morgan. “Don’t worry about my pet martian,” I said. “It’s potty-trained.” “From the looks of it, you certainly aren’t,” my scene partner responded. If standing on stage to deliver jokes like this off the cuff sounds like a horrifying experience, then consider improv. Get outside your comfort zone, say whatever comes to mind and meet new friends in the process. You’re guaranteed to make a fool of yourself and remember ...

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