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Holiday Glow 

Wednesday, Dec 21 2011
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We San Franciscans don’t fear knowledge. Unlike the unruly proles in some places (maybe, say, Modesto), we don’t revel in the simple(-minded) life of big trucks, 12-packs, and Walmart while hurling hatred and distrust at anything intellectual. Just the same, we do occasionally hurl hatred and distrust at people who seem to know more than we do about everyday things. (They make us feel like Modestans.) But we San Franciscans are a practical bunch, and we have things such as Discovery Street Tours — a great equalizer in the type of data that make us feel better about ourselves. Take tonight’s example, the Science of (Holiday) Light. This 90-minute walking tour along hilly side-streets and stairways provides a view to some of the city’s more noteworthy displays. The guides of the 1.5-mile tour teach you how light works, explain some history behind holiday lights, and provide seasonal treats to keep your energy level up. In addition to this winter special, Discovery Street Tours’ subjects include the Science of Tea, the Science of Your Step (“the physics and physiology of your pedestrian self”), Invented in San Francisco, and Fermented Favorites: the Science of Cheese and Wine.
Wed., Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 23-25, 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m., 2011

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