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Even dance clubs around the world are putting their own spin on going green. At Surya, in London, the floor is piezoelectric—it harnesses the power of dancing feet and converts it into energy for lighting. Temple Nightclub in San Francisco uses c...
See our slideshow of Must-See Green American Landmarks. From atop the High Line, the old elevated freight track that is about to debut as New York’s most revolutionary public park, you get a clear, wide-angle view of the future. The sculpted con...
The Just-opened California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr.; 415/379-8000; calacademy.org ), in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, extends green, sustainable architecture in unprecedented ways. Pritzker laureate Renzo Piano’s airy, lumin...
Some news doesn’t need to be sugarcoated: retro candy stores are back in style. In San Francisco, a handful of brightly colored shops trigger a trip down memory lane. Diane Campbell and her husband, Brian, comb the country for icons of American ki...
Last year a lot of travelers found that their favorite hotels--and sometimes an entire city's worth of rooms-were sold out for the dates they requested. Many destinations (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas) were fully book...
Brian Barneclo (www.brianbarneclo.com) has literally painted his town red—and black and yellow and blue. The 34-year-old San Francisco artist’s massive, neo-graffiti works cover the walls of restaurants, hotels, and neighborhoods. There’s Suite 30...
Art Europe London "Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British satirist and moralist William Hogarth in 30 years, includes portraits, conversation piece...
Dodge dim sum. Hold the raves on risotto. Here's the lowdown on Stars and Stripes for the taste buds. Sure, you might have to drive out of the comfort zone, yell your order, or share a table with strangers. It doesn't faze you at all. You crave th...
New Orleans Bar Le Phare 523 Gravier St.; 504/636-1890; drinks from $7. The Classic Sazerac Absinthe, rye, or bourbon; simple syrup; Peychaud’s bitters; lemon twist. The Twist Local ingredients—Sazerac rye, Peychaud’s bitters—are both made i...
Art Europe London “From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, 1870–1925, from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” at the Royal Academy of Arts (through April 18; royalacademy.org.uk). This exhibition, highlighting one international love affair b...
Hog Island Oyster Co. This Tomales Bay grower serves up to seven varieties—from sweet Kumamotos to briny French Hogs—at the counter. Acme Bread Co. Former Chez Panisse busboy Steve Sullivan opened the cult favorite in Berkeley in 1983. Twenty-five...
Shopping U.S. + Canada 1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership with stores like Gump's and Boucheron means discounts of up to 20 percent, and some of these ...
It was in San Francisco, where I moved after college, that I got my first taste - literally - of Asia: sushi, dim sum, Vietnamese chao gio, crisp Philippine lumpia. I acquired a taste for Ozu films and raku tea bowls as well. Familiarity became pr...
San Francisco has always been a magnet for cultural renegades. It nurtured the Beat poets and jazzmen of the fifties and then the acid rockers and electric-blues players of the sixties. Now the Bay Area is celebrating a renaissance in the blues. T...
The culinary wedding of our generation—the one between flavors East and flavors West—was preceded by a stormy courtship played out in the jet-set restaurants of California. Looking back, we can see it wasn't quite love at first sight. After blushi...