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New book celebrates “Legendary Locals” of west side; author event Sunday

The Richmond District is full of great history – just take a look at the 1000+ historic photos that recently came to light thanks to the Western Neighborhoods Project.

But local history is about more than just places, events, and artifacts. It’s also about the people. Which is what makes a new book called “Legendary Locals of San Francisco’s Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate Park” so interesting.

Authored by local historian and author Lorri Ungaretti, the book shines a light on the people that have helped make the western neighborhoods of San Francisco what they are today – varied, vibrant, colorful, full of beauty, rich with history, and still thriving.

Ungaretti, who has also authored books “San Francisco’s Richmond District” and “Stories in the Sand: San Francisco’s Sunset District”, focuses not only on the famous, former residents of the west side like Johnny Mathis, Ansel Adams and Barbara Eden, but also on the infamous – like Anton LaVey of 6666 California Street.

But you don’t have to be a famous or infamous figure to make it into Ungaretti’s book. True to the west side, it’s the people and businesses that are part of everyday life that have helped shape the neighborhood.

People like Angie Rando, owner of Angelina’s Cafe at 22nd & California, whose 30 plus years in business has made her business a neighborhood hub.

“I feel as if I’m just the ‘keeper’ of this place,” Rando says in the book. “It really belongs to the neighborhood.”

Or Paul Kozakiewicz, who started and continues to publish the free Richmond Review newspaper every month. And Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher of the Western Neighborhoods Project who help preserve our neighborhood’s history.

The book groups legendary local into six chapters: Golden Gate Park, History Lovers, The Builders, Making a Difference, The Arts, and Businesses.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the legendary locals of the past, or those that still work day in and day out to make our community great, “Legendary Locals of San Francisco’s Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate Park” is a fun and interesting read.

“Legendary Locals of San Francisco’s Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate Park” by Lorri Ungaretti is available in paperback at local bookstores like Green Apple Books, and online at Amazon or the Western Neighborhoods Project website.

And while Ungaretti is too modest, it’s safe to say that her contributions to documenting our neighborhood’s history would easily earn her a page in her latest book. But you can thank her and show your appreciation at a special book signing on Sunday at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (741 30th Avenue) from 10:30am until 2:30pm.

Stop by to pick up a signed copy of “Legendary Locals of San Francisco’s Richmond, Sunset and Golden Gate Park”. Who knows, you might even rub elbows with a legendary local or two while you’re there. ;)

Sarah B.

9:23 pm | Posted under Events, History | 2 comments

Santa coming to Angelina’s Cafe + Cal’s Pet Supply this week

Santa loves the Richmond District, and he’ll be making his annual visit to Angelina’s Cafe and Cal’s Pet Supply this week.

On Thursday, stop by Angelina’s at 22nd Avenue and California to meet Santa, take a picture with him, and decorate some Xmas cookies. There will also be a magic show at 2:30pm featuring Professor Salamini. Angelina’s is also collecting toys for the SFFD, so bring a new, unwrapped toy to contribute. This is a free event.

Pets love Santa too! He’ll be at Cal’s Pet Supply at 22nd and California on Saturday for pics with your furry friends. Pictures are free, courtesy of Cal’s.

Sarah B.

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Golden Gate Park’s 85th annual tree lighting at McLaren Lodge, Thursday night

Photo by Richard Tamayo

This Thursday night from 4pm until 8pm, Rec & Park is hosting a special holiday celebration featuring carnival rides, cookie factory, arts and crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, and live entertainment.

During the event, they’ll officially light up the giant Monterey Cypress in front of McLaren Lodge. The lighting will take place between 6pm and 6:15pm (Santa will be there starting at 5:15pm). McLaren Lodge is located at 501 Stanyan Street at Fell, just inside the park.

Event attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to SFPD’s Operation Dream holiday toy drive. Donations can also be dropped off at the Rec & Park office in McLaren Lodge during normal business hours.

The tree lighting tradition began in 1929 when John McLaren, the grandfather of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco’s first park superintendent, began a holiday tradition of lighting trees along a mile-long stretch of Fell Street that ended in front of McLaren Lodge, his home at the time.

Sarah B.

Photo by Pistols Drawn

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The Doors’ “When You’re Strange” documentary at the Balboa Theater, Dec. 4

This Thursday, the Balboa Theater continues its weekly rockumentary series with a screening of “When You’re Strange”, a 2010 documentary about the legendary band fronted by the late Jim Morrison.

Narrated by Johnny Depp (did you see him recently at the HFA’s? yikes), the film uncovers historic, previously unseen footage from the band and provides new insight into the impact of their music and legacy.

Taking its title from the cabaret-tinged Doors hit “People Are Strange,” the film chronicles the creation of The Doors’ six landmark studio albums in just five years, as well as their electrifying live performances. Rare cinèma vèritè footage offers an intimate glimpse into their musical collaboration – and their offstage lives.

Also on hand will be Doors biographer Denise Sullivan, who earlier this year released “Shaman’s Blues: The Art & Influences Behind Jim Morrison & The Doors“. She’ll introduce the movie on Thursday. Sullivan was one of the Morrison scholars consulted for the making of a different, new film on Morrison entitled “Before The End: Searching For Jim Morrison”, by indie filmmakers Jeff and Jess Finn.

“When You’re Strange” plays at the Balboa Theater this Thursday night at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online or at the Balboa box office ($7.50 – $10).

Sarah B.

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“Inner Richmond Microhood” event on Clement Street, Thursday night

This Thursday night beginning at 6pm, Bold Italic is putting on their annual Inner Richmond Microhood event along the early blocks of Clement Street.

This is the fourth year for the event, which showcases businesses along Clement Street leading up to the holiday season. Shoppers can enjoy great deals at various stores, as well as festivities, food and drink, live music, and the chance to connect with neighbors.

Participating businesses run from Clement Street at Arguello all the way up to 6th Avenue. Here’s what you’ll find along the way:

Green Apple Books will be serving Fort Point Beer, featuring live music from Everyone is Dirty, and hosting author Elizabeth Dutton.

Park Life will serving drinks, snacks, and raffling off free art work.

Pretty Please Bakeshop
will be serving complimentary spiked and regular eggnog, offering 25% off all bakery items, and taking 10% off all holiday orders placed that night.

Burma Superstar will be hosting a raffle every 15 minutes to win prizes such as tee shirts, tote bags, and gift cards. Dine-in customers will have the chance to beat them in a game of Rock Paper Scissors and win a round of drinks for their table (the Burma Cooler for 21+ and Ginger Lemonades for all ages; one participant per party).

540 Club will be offering drink promotions on specialty craft beers by New Belgium: $3 pints of Accumulation White IPA, $6 Salted Chocolate Stout (from the Lips of Faith series), and $2 bottles of Snapshot Wheat Beer.

Also featuring great deals, discounts, and surprises from April in Paris, Bitter End, BSTAR, Covet, Eats, Foggy Notion, Kinship Salon & Barber, Kisha Studio, Save My Seat, Seedstore, Story, The Mysterious Rack, The Plough and Stars, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, and more!

So come out between 6pm and 9pm to check it out!

Sarah B.

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“Underwater Gardens” exhibit at Conservatory of Flowers; opens Nov. 13

Lao Chan Fei. Photo courtesy of the 2013 Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest

Most of the plants we enjoy are above ground, but what about the many species that live underwater? A new exhibition opens this week at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park that puts these special hydrophytes on full display.

The Art of Underwater Gardening lets visitors dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants and the international garden design trend called aquascaping, the art of creating underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood. These submerged gardens built in large aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys as they become sublime works of underwater abstract art.

Aquascaping began with the Dutch in the 1930s but got a huge amount of attention in the 1990s when Japanese aquarist and photographer Takashi Amano introduced the world to his “nature aquarium” style. Amano made use of the Zen aesthetic practice of rock and plant arrangement to create minimal, but gorgeous works of living art. This triggered a huge amount of interest in the hobby and led to the establishment of dozens of international aquascaping associations and huge contests that attract hundreds of entries from around the world each year.
Check out these amazing entries from IAPLC

The Conservatory’s exhibition will feature a dozen tanks ranging from 4 to 6 feet long, set into the walls of a partially enclosed cavern-like setting that gives visitors the feeling of being down in a sinkhole. Nine of the tanks take their inspiration from Africa, Asia and South America, making use of native plants, rock, hardwood and fish to evoke the natural landscape of these tropical places. Three additional tanks are being created by local aquarium experts from San Francisco’s Ocean Treasures and will highlight the more abstract, artistic possibilities of aquascape design.

Timucin Sagel, photo courtesy of the 2013 Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest

Aquascapes are a fine balance between form and function. An aquascape is an ecosystem in which every living and non-living item contributes not only to the overall beauty of the aquarium, but also to the chemical and biological balance that allows the plants and any animals to live. Consideration must be given to lighting, carbon dioxide levels, filtration, algae control, fertilization and more. Plants and fish work together to process waste and aerate the water. Rocks and gravel provide shelter for beneficial bacteria that reduce toxicity from waste. Even the position of the wood and rock affects the health of the tank by allowing or impeding the flow of water.

The Art of Underwater Gardening opens to the public on November 13, 2014 and runs until April 12, 2015. Entry to the exhibition is included in regular admission to the Conservatory.

Sarah B.

Aqua Forest Aquarium

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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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49ers cheerleaders at Bambu Cafe this Sunday for 2015 calendar signing

On Sunday, November 9, a few of the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders will be at Bambu Cafe (6050 Geary at 25th Avenue) to sign autographs and their new 2015 Gold Rush Calendar.

The cheerleaders will be there from 1 to 3pm. Stop by to meet them and watch some of Sunday’s NFL action at the cafe, which specializes in Vietnamese desserts and with blends of fresh tropical fruits, coconut, jellies, beans and aromatic coffees and teas.

Hut, hut, hike!

Sarah B.

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