John Metcalfe, East Bay Times

John Metcalfe

East Bay Times

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Recent articles by john:

The world’s best new curling facility just opened in Oakland

Miles White has a dream. And that dream is to be a championship curler. “It’s just one of the more unique sports,” says White, who’s 15 and lives in San Francisco. “If you were to find a sport with a bat, you could name at least three. If you were to name a sport with, like, ‘net,’ there’s billions. But a sport with brooms – that’s one.” To practice, White’s parents drive him an hour to a… → Read More

Guerneville 2022: The 12 best places to eat, drink, shop and explore nature on the Russian River

Everyone’s favorite Sonoma river town has a bunch of new stuff to experience, including restaurants, an ice creamery and a friendly ghost. → Read More

4 great Guerneville side trips with hikes, art and wineries

From a quonset-hut movie theater to whale watching, there’s plenty to do within driving distance of Guerneville. → Read More

7 fantastic things to do, see at Presidio Tunnel Tops, San Francisco's newest park

“I’ve stood up there and watched whales breach in the Bay, flocks of pelicans fly by. It’s just an extraordinary place.” → Read More

5 Bay Area restaurants with fantastic raw bars and chilled seafood

Warm weather, cold seafood – is there any better summer-dining combination? Add in a glass of something nice and a waterfront view and you have the perfect moment. Here are a few of the San Francisco Bay Area’s eateries that excel in raw or chilled seafood. → Read More

Why the Bay Area’s spectacular murals aren’t just ‘pretty art’

“I looked at her face and realized she was crying…. That’s something that will always affect me.” → Read More

10 hot new Bay Area alfresco restaurants to try this summer

With its Mediterranean climate, the Bay Area has plenty of outdoor options, whether it be a patio garden, rooftop or duck-filled lakefront. Here are 10 new restaurants to enjoy that scene from Half Moon Bay to Los Gatos, Oakland and Antioch. → Read More

9 eccentric (and totally fascinating) Bay Area museums

The Bay Area is home to all the expected museums, their galleries brimming with art of every variety, be it modern, ancient or somewhere in between. But in a galaxy far, far away – that would be Petaluma – rests Darth Vader’s codpiece, along with half a million other treasures in the largest “Star Wars” collectibles museum in the universe. In a Berkeley archive of “curious scents,” there’s… → Read More

7 amazing sculpture gardens to explore in the Bay Area

Want to hike among great artwork? The Bay Area obliges with wineries, historic gardens and a Burning Man graveyard. → Read More

Alexis Gabe’s disappearance draws a crowd on a search for new physical evidence

More than 300 people have expressed interest in hunting this weekend for the missing woman’s phone. → Read More

3 lovely Bay Area hikes that end with a splash

This summer explore three great hikes with three different ways to get wet. → Read More

Explore a dazzling experimental garden hidden in the Berkeley Hills

Everyone knows about Tilden, the Berkeley Rose Garden and the UC Botanical Garden. But there’s a century-old public garden you’ve never heard of hidden in the Berkeley Hills. → Read More

5 places to get up close with farm animals in the Bay Area

Want to hug a cow or pet a goat or hold a chicken? The Bay Area has many farms and parks that allow you and children to get close to animals and livestock. → Read More

Inflation buster: 10 Bay Area lunches that are still under $10

From Richmond’s Portumex to San Jose’s Falafel’s Drive-In, here’s where to grab a delicious lunch on the cheap — and you won’t find a fast-food chain in the mix. → Read More

5 delicious spots for ice cream and shave ice in the Bay Area

It’s hot. But here in the Bay Area, we have great places to lower your internal temperature with ice cream and shave ice. → Read More

5 great beach eateries within striking distance of the Bay Area

While the Bay has a reputation for mild weather, summer temperatures can certainly soar above the 90s. You could stay indoors and sweat in misery, or you could enjoy nature's air conditioner at one of the region's many spectacular beaches. Here are some great eateries to grab some fresh seafood with quick access to sand and waves to chill afterward. → Read More

Warriors fans pour into San Francisco for Dubs’ championship parade

Will Draymond get a technical and foul out of Monday’s parade? If it happens, we’ll report it here. → Read More

‘Stranger Things’ gets a real-life explorable experience in SF

“Stranger Things: The Experience” is an in-person journey through the series’ universe at an old military facility in San Francisco. → Read More

A new exhibit lets you party in an SF dump like it’s 1999

Ever want to get down like a raccoon and party in the town dump? Check out Recology San Francisco’s new exhibit and celebration. → Read More

Live jazz flourishes near San Francisco at Half Moon Bay's 'Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society'

The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay is known for famous jazz acts like Art Blakey, Etta James, Bill Evans, and the Kronos Quartet, as well as fostering a tight-knit community of music lovers in charming Half Moon Bay. → Read More