2006 Summer Guide 

The word on everything from hang gliding to solar power to farmers' markets to must-see bands, and your ticket to ten weeks of patio dining, books, concerts, festivals, recreation, fairs, and fun.

Free as a Bird Now
East Bay gliding enthusiasts call their sport the closest you can get to actual flying.
By Michael Rosen-Molina

Our Fifth Annual Guide to Outdoor Recreation
From car shows to brutal hikes to high-speed bike races through East Bay city streets, the season's highlights.
Compiled by Michael Rosen-Molina

On the Grid
Solar power finally took off once it plugged into the larger electrical system.
By Laura Counts

The Market Makers
For local entrepreneurs, farmers' markets are launchpads to food-industry stardom.
By Lauren Gard

Our Fifth Annual Guide to Outdoor Dining
Places to enjoy your food in the summer.
Compiled by Michael Rosen-Molina

South Side Story
Profiling your own neighborhood onstage is more challenging, and potentially risky, than it might seem.
By Sam Hurwitt

This Time, It's Personal
In the summer's best new books, it's what you are, not what you do, that counts now.
By Anneli Rufus

Ten Bands for Ten Weeks Local chartbusters, rhyme busters, and paradigm busters vie for our summer entertainment funds.
By David Downs

Get Inside! Your three-month forecast of the summer's top movies.
By Jordan Harper, Melissa Levine, Luke Y. Thompson and Robert Wilonsky


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