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Open Studios with Richmond District artists, October 19 & 20

Beach Bus Stop by Barbara Landis

This weekend is the Richmond District edition of SF Open Studios!

The month long SF Open Studios event moves from neighborhood to neighborhood each weekend, and gives San Franciscans a chance to discover local artists as they open up their studios and invite people in to view their work, and their workspace.

The art on exhibit runs the gamut from challenging installation work, painting and photography to furniture, glass, wearable art, fiber arts, ceramics, mixed media, drawing and more.

From 11am to 6pm on Saturday or Sunday, stop in any of the artists’ studios below to check out their work:

Jay Mercado – 4754 California Street @ 10th Avenue (group show)
Ariel Gold – 183 21st Avenue @ California
Fong Fai – 239 12th Avenue @ Clement
Marilyn Luzzio Bridon – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Deirdre Weinberg – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Elizabeth Fracchia – 497 8th Avenue @ Anza
Arne Jin An Wong – 425 2nd Avenue @ Geary
David Yapp – 3024 Fulton Street, #9 @ 6th Avenue
Nea Bisek – 7915 Geary Boulevard @ 43rd Avenue

Pillow by Jay Mercado

Rachel Murray Meyer – Table Asia Gallery, 1101 Lake Street @ 12th Avenue
Barbara Landis – 689 37th Avenue @ Balboa
Colleen Mullins – 616 3rd Avenue @ Balboa

Mariella Zevallos – 345 8th Avenue @ Clement
Rowley Rabbit – 1428 Lake Street @ 15th Avenue
Shirley Smith – 207 20th Avenue @ California

Larry Lurie (Sculpture) – 21 21st Avenue @ Lake
Jody McMillan (Printmaking) – 59 6th Avenue @ Lake
Melissa Shanley (Fiber) – 773 15th Avenue @ Fulton
Nšel Chun (Ceramics) – 1332 Anza Street @ 4th Avenue

This weekend’s neighborhoods also include Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, Haight, Buena Vista, and the Sunset. Find out more on the ArtSpan website.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios 2013 Richmond District (Oct. 13 & 14) in a full screen map

Sutro Baths 2010 by Colleen Mullins

Baker Beach Sunset by David Yapp

Challenging the boundaries – mask series #2 by Mariella Zevallos

4:49 am | Posted under Art, Events | 4 comments

Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in Golden Gate Park celebrates 25 years, October 19

Photo by Den Dowling

This Saturday is the 25th annual Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in Golden Gate Park, featuring vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all types.

Jimmy’s Annual Old Car Picnic started in 1988 when classic car-loving friends got together in Golden Gate Park to celebrate Jimmy O’Keefe’s brithday. It has since grown into the largest and longest running show of its kind in San Francisco.

The event takes place in Speedway Meadow (Hellman Hollow) in Golden Gate Park from 7am until 4pm. Anyone can display their vintage car, as long as it’s from 1987 or earlier. The cost to display is $40 per vehicle, with proceeds benefiting The Janet Pomeroy Center and The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

Attending the picnic and viewing the cars is free and fun – you’ll see a wide variety of vintage cars that range from Model T’s to souped up hot rods, and crazy motorcycles.

View more photos from Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic 2012

Sarah B.

Photo by Veronica T V-M

Photo by Den Dowling

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Public meeting about SFPUC’s “Baker Beach Green Street” project, Oct. 17

A rendering of Baker Beach Green Street improvements on El Camino del Mar
between the Lands End trailhead and the Legion of Honor

On Thursday, October 17, the SFPUC is hosting a public meeting about their upcoming Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach.

The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues.

From the project website:

During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Rain gardens, permeable paving, and other green infrastructure technologies are stormwater management technologies that take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and divert stormwater runoff so it does not overwhelm the sewer system. Green infrastructure also cleans stormwater onsite before it enters our sewer system.

The Baker Beach Green Street is one of eight green infrastructure projects the SFPUC is planning to build throughout the City in the next few years. These projects are part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure now and for generations to come.

The project’s goals are to improve water quality at Baker Beach and China Beach and reduce localized flooding by integrating rain gardens into existing parkland and neighborhood, and introducing permeable concrete to reduce stormwater runoff.

The October 17 Community Open House will be the first community gathering about the project, which is in planning mode until next summer. Designs will be finalized from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015, with construction kicking off in summer 2015 and lasting until Summer 2016.

The meeting will take place from 6:30pm until 8pm at Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California near 32nd Avenue.

Thanks to reader Amy for the tip.

Sarah B.

5:01 am | Posted under Events, Green | 9 comments

POSTPONED: LEAP annual Sandcastle Contest on Ocean Beach, October 12

The “Awesome Fireblasting Dragon” that won Best of Show for Creative Arts Charter School in 2011

UPDATE: We had previously posted that the LEAP Sandcastle Contest would take place this Saturday on Ocean Beach. However we have been informed that the event has been postponed because of the partial government shutdown (Ocean Beach is part of the GGNRA which is National Park Service). The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013.


This Saturday is the LEAP 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach. Each year, LEAP teams up architects, designers, contractors, corporations, engineers and local elementary school students for the contest.

Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day.

On Saturday morning, the teams and students will arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest at 10am. From there, four hours of intensive building begins and results in over two dozen creatures and structures all made from sand.

This year’s theme is “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams are encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form (from cave paintings to Greek Tragedies to break dancing) as inspiration for their sand sculpture.

Last year’s event raised $250,000 for LEAP, which goes towards funding their programs that serve over 8,000 students in over 40 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts.

The competition begins at 10:30am and finishes at 4:30pm. If you want to just see the finished product, we recommend arriving after 2pm.

Sarah B.

11:09 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Schools | 6 comments

Open house and tour of Arion Press inside 14th Ave gate, Saturday

Touring Arion Press. Photo by inarges

Many of you may not know that a printing press sits just inside the 14th Avenue gate to the Presidio. It’s called Arion Press and this Saturday, they’re hosting an open house event.

Arion Press, which is named after the legendary Greek poet who was saved from the sea by a dolphin, first opened on Franklin Street in 1961. It moved three times across the city since then and has been located in the Presidio at 1802 Hays Street since 2001.

Arion Press is small, employing about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles. Part of the team are the highly skilled and long-experienced typesetters of Mackenzie & Harris, the oldest and largest surviving typefoundry in America. They supply lead-alloy type to printers and schools around the country and provide typographic services in computer-generated composition.

Saturday’s Open House and sale runs from 11am until 5pm and includes a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. RSVP on Facebook (optional)

Free tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery will be offered at 12noon and 3pm. Visitors on the tour can see how type is cast from hot metal in the foundry, watch pages being made up in the composition room and printed by letterpress, and learn how a book is bound by hand, from sewing to backing to casing in.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s open house, Arion Press also offers tours on Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm that last approximately an hour and a half ($10 per person).

Sarah B.

The Arion Press building (yellow) inside the Presidio near Lake & 14th Avenue.

12:05 pm | Posted under Art, Events | 3 comments

Local links: 5L, an art cave, Mysterious Rack opens, farmer’s mkt updates, Halloween hats, Sunday Streets & more

The Mysterious Rack’s second store at 12 Clement Street

Happy hump day Richmond District! Here are some local links to keep you humming.

  • A second location of the Mysterious Rack vintage clothing store is opening at 12 Clement Street this weekend (original location is at 3423 Balboa at 35th Ave). The store will host a grand opening party this Friday at 8pm, so stop in to check out their new digs. Both locations also offer alterations and tailoring services.
  • The new 5 Fulton Limited service pilot will begin at the end of October according to a recent progress report from the SFMTA (Sec. 2.2.2). The 5L would run during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and would make all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. More info from a previous story.
  • Parking for the Clement St. Farmer’s Market just got a little easier, thanks to Roosevelt Middle School who will offer $5 parking in their school lot every Sunday from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Drive into the lot from Palm Ave. between Euclid and Geary, and you can access the farmer’s market on foot via the school’s Arguello gate. And for those of you wondering, the Farmer’s Market has been approved to continue every Sunday from 9am until 2pm until November 24, 2013 with a hearing for a further extension on October 24.
  • Need a great hat for your Halloween costume or looking for a great hat to BUILD your costume around? Check out the annual hat sale at Paul’s Hat Works at 6128 Geary, where you can pick up a vintage or costume hat for $1 – $80. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 6pm.
  • Got your dancing shoes on? Stop by Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church (417 31st Avenue) on the 3rd Friday of every month at 7pm for a family folk dance night. The fee is a sliding scale $5-$10 per family, and no experience is necessary. Dances are taught by an elementary school dance teacher.
  • Mark your calendars for our next Sunday Streets on October 27 which for the FIRST time will take place on Clement Street between Arguello and Funston (and on Arguello from Fulton to Clement; view map). Also during Sunday Streets, the Farmer’s Market will expand from 2 blocks to 4. The entire route will be closed off to cars to maximize care-free frolicking.
  • There’s a new “art cave” in the neighborhood (translation: garage converted into an impromptu art gallery). The Cabrillo Art Cave will have art and artisanal crafts for sale, and will be an opportunity for visitors to meet some local artists. They’ll be open this Friday through Sunday in conjunction with Hardly Strictly, so stop by 925 Cabrillo (between 10th and 11th Avenues) between 11am and 5pm to check it out. Not sure on hours after this weekend, but their website says “We open for nice weather and Events.”

The Cabrillo Art Cave, open on nice days at 925 Cabrillo

9:15 am | Posted under Art, Business, Events, Recreation | 1 comment

Try your hand at lawn bowling! Open House in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 5

You’ve probably seen them when you’ve driven through the Golden Gate Park – adults dressed in pristine white clothes, hurling small, dense balls across smooth lawns. Some in v-neck sweaters with sharp-looking hats.

Wasn’t there a part of you that was just itching to join in?

Well here’s your chance! On Saturday, the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club is hosting an open house at the club on Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. Stop by to learn how the game is played and try it for yourself.

The free open house runs from 10am until 4pm and takes place at the Lawn Bowling Club in Golden Gate Park (directions). Be sure to wear flat-soled shoes!

If Saturday doesn’t work for you, they also offer free lessons every Wednesday at 12noon (weather permitting).

Sarah B.

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OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls headline “Now & Zen” music fest in GGP, Sunday

“Now & Zen” bands clockwise from top left: OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls, Larkin Poe and Walk Off The Earth

Alice 97.3FM is putting on their annual “Now & Zen Fest” this Sunday in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow from 12noon until 5pm. Admission is free.

Headlining the music festival this year is OneRepublic and Goo Goo Dolls. Supporting bands include Plain White T’s of “Hey There, Delilah” fame, Canada’s Walk Off the Earth, and Larkin Poe, known for their ‘swampadelic soul’.

Approximate set times for Sunday are:

Larkin Poe – 12:05p
Walk Off the Earth – 12:25p
Plain White T’s – 1:10p
Goo Goo Dolls – 2:20p
OneRepublic – 3:45p

Rock on!

Sarah B.

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