Tarin Towers

NBA Finals

How to Watch the Warriors: A Journey into Fandom and Across the Bay

A search of the one true Warriors experience during the NBA Finals included a public park with a Jumbotron, variously loathsome sports bars, semi-fancy restaurants, and Oracle Arena itself.
Tarin Towers
6.22.16
NBA Finals

In Oakland, a Team and a City on the Verge of Gentrification

The Golden State Warriors meant a lot to Bay Area sports fans even before they were the future of basketball, but it's hard to know where the team or the game or the city will be by the time they move to San Francisco.
Tarin Towers
6.2.16
nba

'Eskimo Love' and Basketball: Two Native Alaskans Make the Long Trek to a Warriors Game

Ernestine and Shannon Andrew made the journey from Emmonak, Alaska, to watch the Warriors and the Spurs earlier this month—and made a scene at Oracle Arena.
Tarin Towers
4.22.16
Stuff

I Got a Concealed Carry Gun Permit I Can't Even Use

In San Francisco it's pretty much impossible to get a license to carry a gun, but that doesn't mean you can't find nearby classes that will teach you how to do so.
Tarin Towers
4.21.16
WITCHES

Honoring the Dark Goddess with a Coven in an Airport Conference Hotel

Every year, thousands of witches and pagans flock to the PantheaCon conference in California. We went to a ritual summoning the Dark Goddess and tried convening with the divine.
Tarin Towers
4.16.16
Super Bowl 50

The Imperfect Host, Part Six: What Comes After The Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is over, and with it Super Bowl City's brief, branded invasion of San Francisco. Things will be back to normal soon enough, but that's not the end.
Tarin Towers
2.8.16
the imperfect host

The Imperfect Host, Part Five: Seeing The Invisible In Super Bowl City

San Francisco's inequalities are well known, but are hard to see because of how invisible the poor have become. Life outside the walls in Super Bowl City is rough.
Tarin Towers
2.4.16
Super Bowl 50

The Imperfect Host, Part Four: On The Edge In Super Bowl-Occupied San Francisco

With its four-figure average ticket prices, Super Bowl 50 is unmistakably and even proudly a luxury event. Life outside the walls of Super Bowl City is different.
Tarin Towers
2.3.16
the imperfect host

The Imperfect Host, Part Three: The Refugees Of Super Bowl City

San Francisco has a unique relationship with its homeless population, and always has. The arrival of Super Bowl City has complicated things, and displaced people.
Tarin Towers
2.2.16
Super Bowl 50

The Imperfect Super Bowl Host, Part Two: San Francisco Street Hassle

Hosting the NFL's "Super Bowl City" theme park has meant displacement, discontent, and expense for San Francisco. In a city with problems, it's a gamble.
Tarin Towers
2.1.16
the imperfect host

The Imperfect Host, Part One: The Citizens of Super Bowl City

Super Bowl 50 is in Santa Clara, but San Francisco is hosting the NFL mini-theme park Super Bowl City. Fitting a city in a city isn't any easier than it sounds.
Tarin Towers
1.29.16
witch week

How to Cast Spells Using Emoji

Instead of subtweeting your ex, why not cast an emoji unbinding spell instead?
Tarin Towers
10.29.15