Leah Garchik, SF Chronicle

Leah Garchik

SF Chronicle

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Leah:

Pandemic moves are bonanza for a treasure-hunting street scavenger

Where local trash pros see a problem of neighborhood blight, Leah Garchik sees a no-cost flea market that abides by the rule of the street: finders keepers. → Read More

In San Francisco's shelter-in-place, your pooch is your passport

As a senior, I am in the Most Vulnerable group, a potential victim, but armed with doggie waste bags for my fresh air excursions, I qualify for the Most Privileged group, too, that has nothing to do with age, gender, bank account or social class: We have a dog. → Read More

In San Francisco, courage might mean housing the homeless near you

In elegant San Francisco, a city that pounds its chest to proclaim its beauty and progressive values, courage would be standing one’s ground against the tsunami of NIMBYs. → Read More

'I'm looking for my insignificant other': Overheard lines for Valentine’s Day

Presidents come and go, flowers bloom and wilt, but love lasts forever. And conversations about love are heartfelt blah-blah-blah and “then he said to me …” This year’s Valentine's overheards,… → Read More

Having located the Exit sign, I am proceeding to the exit

At Peet’s on Cole Street, Steve Heilig was listening. “Hey, did you hear that Leah Garchik is retiring?” one older man asked another. “Leaf garlic? What’s that?” was the reply. “Never mind,” said the first. For 47 years, this has been the main act of my professional life. At first, the fun of being at a newspaper, where I was hired as a clerical worker, was knowing stuff ahead of everyone else,… → Read More

Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler with unsentimental reverence

Michael Tilson Thomas’ last Mahler concert before surgery → Read More

All hands on deck for full digital demonstration

<p>Quiz relating to “Rhodascope,” City Hall art show</p> → Read More

Can a new soft drink cure the blight of urban poverty?

<p>Tenderloin voted most stressful neighborhood</p> → Read More

Keeping your sex life vibrant may mean washing the windows

<p>Connection between housekeeping and sex</p> → Read More

The case against pussy-footing to avoid theatrical outrageousness

Outrageousness in theater, at Marin Center and at Berkeley Rep → Read More

The pain of loving an easy-to-love opera: Get over it

Summer Opera, “Carmen” and backstage at the Opera House → Read More

First step in planning Trump presidential library

National Enquirer Live opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. → Read More

TSA provides handy tips for travelers

Your tuba is not welcome in airplane cabin, says the TSA → Read More

A one-step fitness plan for San Francisco dog-walkers

<p>How to do a downward dog sign in shop window</p> → Read More

Imagined villain Walter Trump wreaks havoc on town

New music plot parallels plot of 1958 show about huckster. → Read More

In San Francisco, the Bash and the bashing coexist

SFMOMA Art Bash and Wash Post essay hating the city → Read More

Offer of an Andy Warhol soup painting was rejected by a landlord

<p>Maurice Kanbar turned down a $2,400 Warhol</p> → Read More

Meals on Wheels benefit feeds those in need and their benefactors

Overwhelming food and drink at Meals on Wheels benefit → Read More

A whole new show when the painting’s turned around

Versos show at Modernism, photographs of backs of paintings → Read More

Narrative celebrates 15 years and pays homage to Tobias Wolff

A crowd of the magazine’s writers, readers and financial supporters gathered at Arguello to eat, drink and celebrate storytelling. → Read More