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Local links: Downtown donuts, museum tech, pedestrian hit, Spock tribute & more

Comedian and actor Adam Corolla was at the Balboa on Tuesday night for a screening of his new film, “Road Hard”. Photo by Laura Dudnick

It’s Thursday, people! Here are some local links to push you through to the weekend. :)

  • This weekend are neighborhood free days at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Residents in the zip codes 94118 and 94121 can get free admission. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency is required.
  • A pedestrian was struck by a van while crossing Geary at 26th Avenue on Wednesday morning. “The pedestrian was unconscious but breathing after being hit in the crosswalk, Esparza said. He was taken to a hospital with what are considered life-threatening injuries,” according to the San Jose Mercury News. UPDATE: We are sad to report that the victim did not survive; more details here.
  • The de Young and Legion of Honor Museums have been beefing up their tech offerings lately. The de Young has partnered with Guidekick to be included in a new iOS mobile app that allows users to be their own tour guides of the de Young’s collections, building, and surrounding environment. The museum will also soon unveil a new app that provides visitors with a self-guided tour of the sculptures and architecture at the de Young and Legion. And finally, the de Young recently highlighted the use of a “Beam” device, which allows visitors with disabilities to remotely visit the museum using a robot.
  • Bolditalic did a nice feature on the Royal Market & Bakery on Geary, which is packed with Armenian and Russian groceries and baked goods. “Royal Market is one of the best in its class, a standing confirmed by word of mouth that travels from friends and Richmond locals.”
  • Got some good penguin sense? The Academy of Sciences is asking for the public’s help in naming two African penguin chicks that hatched in November. Members of the public can log on to www.calacademy.org/name-a-penguin to cast a vote for one of the names that have been submitted by local museums (Bert, Bufano or Ebb for the male penguin and Nori, Pina or Stella for the female). The winning names will be announced March 25.
  • Neighborhood website ob-kc.com, which is best known for its live webcam overlooking Ocean Beach (much lauded by surfers and sunset fans), is asking for donations to help cover site expenses. Drop in if you’d like to help out.
  • Artist Jay Mercado‘s iconic donut paintings are currently on display at CK Contemporary Gallery in downtown San Francisco (357 Geary). Aside from the 10th & Clement donut shop being 1 block from his California Street studio, Jay has other, more sentimental reasons for painting them. “Convenience of a subject notwithstanding, donuts are iconic. They represent a nostalgic whimsy. As a boy donuts were my reward at the last stop on my SF Chronicle paper route, a donut shop. Back then a hot cinnamon roll was my donut of choice. For me it was the king of donuts.”

  • So sad to hear of Leonard Nimoy’s passing recently. In tribute, the Balboa Theater will be screening two of Spock’s best films next Wednesday beginning at 7pm: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

11:02 am | Posted under Art, Golden Gate Park, Movies, Museums | 12 comments

Richmond District’s “Valentine wall” grows; makes the news


The community valentine wall that sprouted up on Valentine’s Day at 23rd Avenue and California has continued on, and it caught the attention of KTVU news.

They did a nice piece with residents talking about what the wall inspires in them, and why it’s very San Francisco. Go Richmond District!

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Art, Community | Add comments

Local Links: Sand art Sunday, CSA boxes, restaurant shuffles & more

Here are some local links to get you through your Wednesday…

  • Want to catch sand art in action? Head out to Ocean Beach on Sunday at 12noon to see Andres Amador at work. He usually wraps up the piece in about 2 hours.
  • Foggy Notion is now a pickup spot for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes from Say Hay Farms’, a 20-acre farm in Yolo County, California that raises certified-organic vegetables, melons, and eggs. Subscriptions start at just 4-weeks and as little as $16/week and can be picked up on Wednesdays from Foggy Notion (256 6th Avenue) between 3 – 6pm. More info
  • Parking alert: The metered lot on 8th Avenue between Clement and Geary will be closed for repaving from February 16 until March 14th.
  • The Chronicle recently highlighted some historic, long-running brands from San Francisco and we had a couple on the list. Its-It ice cream sandwiches started at Playland in 1928, and Boudin Bakery is still using the mother yeast from created by Isadore Boudin in 1849. The yeast was saved in the 1906 quake and the bakery moved from downtown to its current 10th Avenue location.
  • The start of the year restaurant shuffles continue… Reader Sarah tells us that Japanese restaurant Kaminari at 7th and Balboa is closing. And Francisco reports that the former Ju-Ku location at 19th Avenue and Clement is being taken over by a restaurant called The Flame (Hot Pot), with an opening date of March 1.
9:10 am | Posted under Art, Business, Events, Food, History, Ocean Beach | 8 comments

We Players to stage integrated theater performance of “Ondine” at Sutro Baths

We Players performing Macbeth at Fort Point, 2013

The We Players, known for their “site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater”, including performances of Hamlet on Alcatraz, Macbeth at Fort Point and The Odyssey on Angel Island, are bringing their latest production to Sutro Baths.

Ondine at Sutro
, “an exploration of our own troubled love/destruction relationship with Nature”, will play at Sutro Baths every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 1 – June 7, 2015 (preview performances April 23-26).

Ondine is the tragicomic love story between a mystical creature of the deep and a mortal man, a hapless knight – often shallow, sometimes deep – in short, a real man. A fable of the follies of love, Ondine is also an exploration of our own troubled love / destruction relationship with Nature. Worlds collide and the powers mete gentle but unrelenting justice.

Staged at Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park, we experience the great power and sense the timeless depths of the ocean as we wander amidst the eroded foundations of mansions and grand swimming pools. Audiences will move with the action of the play, exploring the park and taking in the expansive and breathtaking views of the great Pacific, while immersed in the enchanted realm of Ondine.

Advance tickets are available now. Click the link below for the day you’re interested in and enter the password “SeaChange” to access the pre-sale:

Preview performances: April 23 – 26, $40
Fridays: May 1- June 5, $60
Saturdays and Sundays: May 2- June 7, $80

Pre-sale tickets are limited so if they run out, you can try again on March 2 when the rest will go on sale.

Sarah B.

We Players performing Hamlet on Alcatraz, 2013

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Local links: Are we pet-friendly?, food updates, free stuff at the Library & more

Photo from @BalboaTheatreSF

It’s already the second week of 2015, and we hope everyone is settling back in nicely. Here are some local links to start you off…

  • We’re not sure who sketched the above picture of the Balboa Theater, but we just liked it.
  • Ever wondered which San Francisco neighborhoods are the most welcoming to renters with pets? HotPads decided to map it out and the Richmond District finished near the bottom with only an average of 29.5% of rental listings allowing for pets. Landlords in the Sunset were slightly worse at 24.6%, and SOMA and Mission had the highest percentages.
  • Burma Superstar continues its expansion with a new location in the Mission at 211 Valencia near Duboce. The menu will have the usual BS favorites like samusa soup, tea-leaf salad, coconut chicken noodle soup, yellow bean curry, and more, plus a full liquor license. Hours are 5pm – 10pm daily; lunch service to come later.
  • In a sad twist of fate, To Hyang lost their lease at 3815 Geary last May. The space has been empty since then and after losing their lease in the Tenderloin, Burmese Kitchen will take over the Geary space this year. To Hyang is still looking for a new home. [EaterSF]
  • Clement Street art gallery and boutique Park Life will set up shop at this weekend’s FOG Art/Design Fair at Fort Mason Jan. 14 – 18. “We will be featuring a selection of Editions, Objects, Books, and Art by artists Tauba Auerbach, David Shrigley, foglogoPaul Wackers, Tucker Nichols, Robert Lazzarini, Jonas Wood, Todd Hido, and many others,” Park Life said on their website. If you’re at the show, be sure to pop by and say hi!
  • A Richmond District resident named Henry Leggett started a custom furniture design business called Design Trifecta. So far Henry has designed a standing desk for Regular Exercise, a pool cue storage rack for 540 Club, and some tables for Sidebar. Check out more of his work here.
  • Neighborhood artist Richard Rothman has a show at Supervisor Eric Mar’s office (City Hall, Room 244), exhibiting photographs of public murals from around the Richmond District and San Francisco. Stop by during business hours through March 2015 to view the exhibit.
  • Checked out the free events happening at the Richmond District Library lately? Photography, gardening & meditation classes, plus all kinds of programs for kids.
12:18 pm | Posted under Art, Business, Food | 4 comments

Final upgrades & beautification underway for Lincoln Park steps

The Lincoln Park steps, located at the end of California Street, are currently closed off to pedestrians while Rec & Park puts the final touches on the upgrade project that has been underway since 2010.

Back in late 2010, the first phase of the project was completed which included restoring and tiling the large bench at the top of the stairs.

But after that initial installation, all work ceased on the project as the Friends of Lincoln Park worked to complete their fundraising for the project.

The restoration is spearheaded by lifetime Friends of Lincoln Park members Anna Yartroussis and Meg Autry.

Funding for the project comes from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, a Community Opportunity Fund award and a grant from Friends of Lincoln Park, which required raising $300,000 in private donations. Katherine Delmar Burke School, adjacent to the stairs, donated $10,000 to the project.

The final phase is now underway, which includes repair of the steps, landings, pillars, benches and sidewalls, as well as the installation of handrails.

But the pièce de résistance are the decorative (slip-resistant) tiles that will cover the stairs from top to bottom, continuing the theme started with the upper bench.

An artist’s rendering of the tile design that will be on the main staircase

The tiles for the steps are inspired by historic photographs of Sutro Baths and buildings of the 1890 World’s Fair in San Francisco, and from the vision of San Francisco artist Aileen Barr.

Barr is a renowned tile artist who has worked on many public projects in San Francisco, including the award-winning 16th Avenue Stairs in Golden Gate Heights and tiled benches at Alta Plaza playground.

Some donors also gave $500 or more for named tiles which will appear throughout the design.

The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2015.

Sarah B.

The restored and tiled bench at the top of the stairs, completed in 2010.

A closeup of some of the tile on the bench

The view from atop the Lincoln Steps

4:25 am | Posted under Art, Parks | 9 comments

Daguerreotypes of SF by Binh Danh: What is new is old again

By Binh Danh

San Francisco artist Binh Danh specializes in daguerreotypes, and his latest show, “This Then, Is San Francisco,” is now open at the Haines Gallery (49 Geary).

The daguerreotype process was one of the earliest forms of photography and was in wide use only from the early 1840s to the late 1850s. The process involves printing the image captured in the camera onto a silver plate, and images appear in reverse because they are viewed from the side of the metal that faced the camera lens.

In addition to some nice pieces of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths, the 47-piece exhibition also features shots of downtown, the Legion of Honor, the Transamerica building, the de Young Museum, City Hall and the Mission. View the gallery here

Binh Danh is also known for his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis (more on that in the video below).

The Haines Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10:30AM – 5:30PM, and Saturday 10:30AM – 5:00PM. Danh’s daguerreotypes will be on display until December 20.

Sarah B.

By Binh Danh

4:30 am | Posted under Art | 2 comments

Keith Haring sculpture relocated to front of de Young as part of new exhibition

Photo by @deyoungmuseum

Keith Haring’s Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) sculpture was relocated from Third and Howard Streets to the front lawn of the de Young Museum recently in honor of the new exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line. Museum staff snapped this pic of the statue engulfed in the thick fog on Monday morning.

The exhibition, which runs through February 15, 2015, features ” more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings (on tarpaulins and canvases), sculptures and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The exhibition will create a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist.”

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Art, Golden Gate Park, Museums | Add comments