New Orleans' Preservation Hall opens new music venue in San Francisco

The Mission District's Valencia Street gets hipper by the day -- or in this case, hotter. Preservation Hall West: The Chapel -- the West Coast cousin to New Orleans' famous jazz music venue -- opened its doors last month during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, bringing the "hot music" of jazz to this uber-cool neighborhood.

"Aerial dancers" perform in SF -- on the side of a building! (Sept. 26-29)

Free public art abounds in San Francisco, but one new piece that's a cut above the rest is an aerial dance and multimedia production entitled Niagara Falling. From September 26-29, aerial dancers will be suspended from the side of a historic downtown building, performing amidst images of San Francisco and Niagara Falls.

San Francisco hostels launch new discount programs

Pinching pennies is a way of life for backpackers on the road, but visiting a world-class tourist gem like San Francisco can be a bottomless black hole of pricey drinks, hefty museum admissions, expensive excursions, and more-than-you-bargained-for meals. Fear not, dear traveler -- San Francisco can be fresh without the lettuce! Our San Francisco hostels have rounded up a whole new batch of discounts for guests, from neighborhood businesses as well as some major attractions.

Inside Scoop: Jan's guide to live theater in San Francisco

Jan Gilbert, front desk staff at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel, is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, but she's called San Francisco home for two years now. When she's not at the hostel, she's out collecting ticket stubs and exploring the local performance art scene. Jan is a theater enthusiast who encourages all visitors of San Francisco to experience the vibrant, live entertainment options in this fascinating city.