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Jan-12-2015

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
Dec-1-2014

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
Nov-19-2014

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

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Nov-11-2014

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.

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Nov-10-2014

Sand artist Andres Amador featured in new Afrikaans music video

Local sand artist Andres Amador, known for the intricate designs that he etches into the sands of Ocean Beach, is featured in a new Afrikaans language music video from an artist named Rozanne Gewaar.

Gewaar moved to California and began researching beaches for the video shoot when she came across Amador’s work.

“It took a while to come together because he was traveling and has to work when the tides and sand consistency is right,” Gewaar told us.

In the video for “Klein Gode” (Small Gods), which was shot at Fort Funston, Stoman walks among the cliffs and trails above the beach as Amador works on a large design in the setting sun.

Gewaar wrote the song and says it’s “part love song, but also speaks to the creative process and ambitions”.

In an online interview, Amador said though he normally works alone, he enjoyed this collaboration.

“I love that it’s Afrikaans. I love that I don’t know the words, I don’t understand or know the language but the sounds are so beautiful that I really appreciate it,” Amador said.

Sarah B.

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Nov-7-2014

Laughing Sal, Mergatroid, LouSeal & Doggie Diner were riding Muni…


By @danbransfield

Local artist Dan Bransfield tweeted out this fun illustration yesterday of some San Francisco icons gabbing away on a Muni bus.

All of them on their way to work, no doubt ;)

Sarah B.

10:30 am | Posted under Art | 4 comments
Nov-7-2014

Artist open studios in the Richmond District, November 8 & 9


Big Leaves by Jay Mercado

This Saturday and Sunday, artists across the Richmond District will open their studios as part of ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios event.

Stop by any of the locations on the map below between 11am and 6pm on either Saturday or Sunday to meet the artist and see their work (scroll down in the map window to see the list of artists as well).

We have artists in the neighborhood that create in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Artist Jay Mercado, known in the neighborhood for his donut paintings and other American icons often hanging in his studio window on the corner of 10th and California, is celebrating the 20th anniversary in his studio space.

“When I realized my art studio has been up and running in the same location since 1994, I was semi-mind-boggled. Twenty years? I’ve changed. My art has changed. San Francisco has changed. And I’m still here,” he wrote in an email inviting people to his studio during the weekend event.

Arion Press just inside the Presidio gate at 14th Avenue will also be open for the event.

This weekend’s Open Studios also include the neighborhoods Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Haight, Buena Vista, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview. Check out all the artists participating across this city this weekend.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios – Richmond District | Nov. 8 & 9 in a full screen map

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Oct-23-2014

Fine craftsmanship in the printing of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at Arion Press

Local filmmaker and Richmond District resident James Kennard sent us this film he shot at Arion Press, the small printing company just inside the 14th Avenue Presidio gate that employs about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles.

For its 100th publication, Arion chose to create a handset deluxe limited edition of the text in the famed 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

Kennard’s film documents the making of the book which is nothing short of fascinating. The amount of craftsmanship, labor, detail and patience that went into the process is astounding. Publisher Andrew Hoyem narrates the film, showing you the most intimate moments of the book manufacturing process, which even includes Hoyem reading every page aloud to a proofreader that sits across from him.

Hoyem chose Leaves of Grass as Arion’s 100th publication as a tribute to his Arion Press predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” is how poet laureate Robert Hass describes Leaves of Grass. The appearance of this book of poems in the middle of the nineteenth century was revolutionary. No one had ever read poetry like this before. Ralph Waldo Emerson was so astonished and impressed that he wrote the thirty-five-year-old Whitman what must be the mash note of all time: “I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.” [Arion Press]

Kennard does a wonderful job of showing the minutia of the making of the book but also keeping you engrossed as the book comes to life, piece by piece, beginning with custom type being made in the press’ foundry.

The Arion Press edition of Leaves of Grass is limited to 275 copies with Arabic numerals for sale. The price is $1,250; contact Arion for more information (see the “Please Enquire” button at the bottom of this page).

Sarah B.

4:30 am | Posted under Art, History, Video | 3 comments
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