Local links: Senior graffiti artists; Cassava Chef is one to watch; Girl in coffin almost identified; a look at Paul’s Hat Works

Seniors at the Institute of Aging get into graffiti

Here are some local links to start off your Wednesday:

  • The Institute of Aging on Geary has a lot of great programs for seniors. Recently, they teamed up with LA-based art collective Crewest to offer a graffiti workshop for their members. Check out the video below to see what these colorful seniors got up to. (Don’t worry – they won’t be tagging your house anytime soon…) [Via CurbedSF]

  • Head chef Kristoffer Toliao at Cassava (3519 Balboa) was named one of “9 Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in the SF Bay Area” by Zagat. “Toliao’s approachable, satisfying California-Asian cooking deserves an audience…These days, diners stop by for slow-braised beef cheeks over cauliflower cream at dinner or wake up with a proper Japanese breakfast complete with oven-roasted fish.”
  • Remember the coffin of the small girl that was found under the house on Arguello earlier this year? They have made progress with the DNA samples and are close to making an identification for the girl, according to researcher Alex Snyder. Snyder said she was “buried sometime in the 1870s, 80s, 90s, somewhere in that time frame.” Stay tuned.
  • The neighborhood mad hatters at Paul’s Hat Works (6128 Geary) were featured in an episode of “Under SF: Survival of the Artist”. Watch their segment below, which starts at the 1:50 mark: