Angela Johnston

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5:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Making a book from beginning to end, with one of San Francisco’s last remaining bookbinders

Tim James shows the final product
Jasmín Lopéz

Stepping inside the Taurus Bookbindery is kind of like stepping back in time. The wide open space is packed full of retro machines from the 1920s that could double as torture devices. There are electric paper cutters with long blades, sizzling hot, rusty knives, and eight-foot-tall cast iron weights. Rolls of cloth and leather line the walls, and their earthy smells mix with odors of oil, paper and hot glue.

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3:10pm

Fri February 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Saving the Bay starting with the Clapper Rail

A California Clapper Rail at Arrowhead Marsh, MLK Regional Shoreline, Oakland, CA.
Len Blumin

 

The California Clapper Rail is a bird that likes to be heard, but not seen. But today, on this windy morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, they aren’t too vocal. In order to find them, Vivian Bui scans the air with a big metal antenna, attached to a receiver, while she listens through big headphones.

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8:24pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

The first surfers to brave San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Boards rest against the seawall at Ocean Beach
Angela Johnston

 

In his backyard in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond neighborhood, Arne Jin An Wong coats a pink and white striped, eight-foot-long surfboard. This board is one of dozens in Wong’s quiver. They are all over his backyard: resting on fences next to tomato vines and suspended from the rafters of his garage. A few faded and yellowed boards are heaped in a pile that he is donating to children in the Philippines.

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5:20pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

Only Olympic sport played with brooms finds a home in the Bay Area

Barry Ivy at the Golden Gate Bonspiel
San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club

Inside a huge ice rink in San Jose, where the Sharks hockey team practices, thirty-two men and women are laughing, yelling, and taking turns sweeping and throwing heavy granite rocks down a freshly-Zambonied sheet of ice. They are curling, and on most Tuesday nights, four different curling matches are taking place on one rink.

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5:44pm

Thu January 30, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

New study aims to promote choir singing for healthy aging

The Western Addition Senior Center choir performs at a Christmas concert
photo courtesy of http://sfcmc.org/

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Miguel Garcia has tears in his eyes while he’s singing a an old Righteous Brothers tune. This song brings back memories. He’s wearing a red Manchester United jersey, navy blue track pants and bright green flip flops.  Sixty one year old Garcia is  used to having a microphone in front of him, so he begins belting out a medley of his favorite songs. He says that his past was at times, well, unhealthy.

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