Free Flower Deliveries in San Francisco Next Week

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There's nothing like a random act of kindness -- whether a stranger holds the door open for you when you're leaving a building, or say, someone sends you flowers, a kind gesture can go a long way. So if you're feeling inspired to make someone's day, then this free flower delivery is for you.

KIND granola bars and the Bicycle Film Festival have partnered up to deliver free flowers and messages of kindness in several cities around the U.S. Currently, they're delivering flowers to people in Austin, Texas, but we're next!


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Artists Reconnect with 1906 Earthquake at "Unveiling Happening"

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It's hard to click a link these days without seeing another story about San Francisco's class divide. The artists and working class are being priced out, and everyone blames the techies first and the real estate industry second. But at 55 Ninth St. downtown, a couple of artists, a few foundations, and, gasp, a developer are collaborating on a surrealist happening held in San Francisco's long tradition of public weirdness, and a grand piece of site-specific art.

From a distance, And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea (Caruso's Dream), looks like 13 floating pianos. From underneath, the viewer might wonder if the pianos are falling. The installation created by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn is large, impressively intricate, and deeply symbolic. It's also covered, or under construction, most of the time.


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Smell the Art: Urban Olfactory Exhibit

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This exhibit is definitely for her

They say smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, and the Urban Olfactory exhibit at SPUR Urban Center will definitely be a trip down down memory lane (Grew up in New Jersey? Ah, smell that turnpike!). Yes, turnpike smells.

The exhibit will feature scents from agrarian and urban settings throughout history. Admit it, you're curious of about what 18th century Paris smelled like. (And you already know what cookies and roses smell like anyway.)

The exhibit (SPUR Gallery, 654 Mission) runs through March 31, and is free.

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Small Press Event: [PANK] Magazine Invades San Francisco

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[PANK] Magazine started as a web journal in 2006 and has developed into an influential part of indie/small press literary culture; providing an important place for experimental writing, it's a magazine that is partially responsible for the current generation of writers who are taking bigger risks and stretching their creativity.

[PANK] started a print series called Tiny Hardcore Press in 2011, and are about to publish their ninth title, Beside Myself by Ashley Farmer.


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Pier 39 Sea Lions Celebrate a Milestone by Laying Around and Barking

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What do tourists and sea lions have in common? They arrive in droves to claim Pier 39 as their own.

Just when you thought a group of 850-pound 6-foot-long slippery mammals couldn't get any bigger, (the sea lions, not the tourists...) Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39 announced that today marks the grand opening of the Sea Lion Center, a kick-off event for the 24th anniversary of the sea lions arrival to Pier 39.

The Sea Lion Center overlooks Pier 39's K-Dock, where the sea lions have called dibs and declared home since 1990, shortly after the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

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Do you Dare? Strip to Your Skivvies and Take the Polar Bear Plunge

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At least it's not this cold in San Francisco

If you're ready to meet 2014 buck naked* amongst a crowd of freezing people on a wintry beach -- then this is the event for you.

Splash into the chilly waters of the Pacific on New Year's Day in an annual tradition known to some as the Polar Bear Plunge and to others as how-you-get-hypothermia. According to Surfline, the water temperature at noon has been hovering near 51 degrees -- cold, but at least it's above freezing!

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Renegade Craft Fair: Hip Gift Options for Procrastinators

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A very small sampling of what you'll find

If you're like most Americans, you're just getting your Christmas shopping done now. Lucky for you, there's a pretty awesome craft fair happening this weekend. If you haven't been to one of the Renegade Craft Fairs before, don't expect the tired crafts of Christmas fairs' past. Designers are selling a wide range of items, from letterpress prints to handmade clothes to geometric planters -- and far more.

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Across America: Motorcyclists' Finding Main Street's Photos on Display

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Across America in 50+ Days.
Wyatt McCall and brothers Brant and Dylan Ozanich have really been keeping SF Weekly up to date with the wide-multimedia project Finding Main Street.

For those of you who don't know, the motorcycle trio traveled 10,500 miles through 28 states in a massive circle around the periphery of the continental United States in 55 days. They documented the sights, sounds, and people in every region along the road with photography, video, and blog writing in search of an all-American Main Street.

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Tourism for Locals: The Westfield Dome Offers Cultural Viewing in IMAX

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Thunder Dome: SF Ballet edition.

'Tis the season for crowded stores, pushy shoppers, and bell ringers. As much as we love the holidays, they can be overwhelming and drive us away from the festive centers of the city, like Union Square.

But don't scoff and roll your eyes if you are surrounded by this Christmas chaos. if you happen to find yourself waiting in long lines at the Westfield in downtown, then we suggest going to the fourth level of the seven-story mall and enjoy some free ballet under the dome.

The dome at the Westfield's San Francisco Centre is an iconic glass and steel vaulted ceiling, first unveiled in 1896, and sits at the center of the building that was once home to the former Emporium department store.


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Tourism for Locals: Musée Mécanique Revives Past with Family Fun

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Enter a Portal of Arcade Fun and Education for Free.

Fisherman's Wharf is already a circus show that most of us want to avoid, but there's one attraction along the Embaracadero that makes pushing through the crowds of tourists worth it.

With the drop of a coin, the Musée Mécanique has the power of bringing the past to life and entertaining our childhood euphoria. It aids us in finding the classic joy in playing with the quarter-clunking, old-school arcade games to the more modern, Japanese-inspired, Nintendo-nostalgic car chase booths -- all of which are present in this free museum that dedicates itself to showing the evolution of the arcade.

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Laffing Sal

With more than 300 games, the arcade is one of the largest privately-owned collections of vintage penny machines and mechanically-operated attractions from the past century, according to the museum. One of the best perks of such an expansive collection on public display is that there is something for everyone and most are only a quarter to operate.

From worn-down grannies reading tarot cards inside their glass casings to self-playing pianos to flip books peepshows of sultry women to apparatuses recreating executions in Europe and North America through little marionettes -- the collection will bring out a smile or chuckle from even the most stoic of individuals.

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