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Beijing Opera performance at GWHS, September 30

Next Monday night at 7pm, a high school theater group from China will perform a traditional Chinese Opera in the auditorium of George Washington High School (600 32nd Avenue).

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and all attendees will be entered into a drawing for a special gift. Contact GWHS at 415-750-8400 to reserve a seat. view flyer (PDF)

Proceeds benefit George Washington High School, The Police Activities League and the Association for International Friendship.

Sarah B.

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Beers, Bikes & Fun at Tour de Fat festival in Golden Gate Park, Saturday

This Saturday, the New Belgium Brewing Company is putting on their annual festival known as Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park.

The event kicks off with a bike parade around Golden Gate Park that begins in Lindley Meadow at 11am.

Entertainment throughout the day includes juggler Scott Nery (12noon), a yo-yo show from the Yo-Yo People (2:40pm), conjurer of comedy Nigel Blackstorm (12:15pm) and the Squirm Burpee Circus from the Handsome Little Devils.

There will also be lots of bike-themed activities and tasting of New Belgium beer brands like Fat Tire, Pluot, and Rampant.

Tour de Fat runs from 11am until 5pm at Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park; admission is free and open to all ages.

Sarah B.

10 a.m. — Parade registration
11 a.m. — Danger Zone Parade Launch
12 p.m. — Scot Nery Show
12:15 pm: Nigel Blackstorm
12:30 p.m. — Honeymoon Cabaret
1:15 p.m. — Slow Ride
1:30 p.m. — The Moth True Stories
2:15 p.m. — Stunt Pepper Dance Contest
2:40 p.m. — YoYo People
2:45 pm: — The Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus
3:30 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
4:00 p.m. — Beats Antique
4:45pm: — Finale!

10:11 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment

Local links: Fresh & Easy sold, Balboa stays alive, Yoga Tree, Sutro Heights fire, art stuff & more

The Tidy Shoppe aesthetics salon that opened at 4050 Geary this week. Photo by Derek

  • The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain is being purchased by billionaire investor Ron Burkle. Burkle is buying 150 of the stores, and the remaining 50 will be shut down. It’s been confirmed that the store on 32nd Avenue and Clement will be one of the 150 stores that remains open. Burkle has been mum on his plans for breathing new life into the 150 stores he’s purchasing, but called Fresh & Easy “a tremendous foundation.”
  • In case you haven’t heard, the Balboa Theater reached their Kickstarter fundraising goal of $75,000. So now they can go digital and not dark. Congrats and good job Richmond District! They’re still taking donations, which will go towards digitizing the second theater.
  • Park Life is curating an art show of local artist Ryan Beavers in the office of Supervisor Eric Mar. There’s an opening reception this Friday, September 13 from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Mar’s office, which is located in Room 284 of City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
  • In other art news, neighborhood artist Jay Mercado of donut painting fame, was recently profiled in the Chronicle Sunday magazine. Mercado has a studio on California and 10th Avenue, and told the Chronicle, “It’s nice to have a studio that’s accessible to people. I don’t want art to seem like it’s something that is elite. It should be accessible to everyone. I want to make them feel at home with artwork and be able to talk about it. If the mailman comes in and buys a painting, like she did once, I think that’s pretty cool.”
  • There’s a new yoga studio coming to the neighborhood. We heard from a reader that popular chain Yoga Tree will be opening on 6th Avenue between California and Lake Streets. We hear the outside is painted bright green. We haven’t heard when they’ll open for classes, but say your om’s and keep your eyes out.
  • Another fire broke out last week at a homeless encampment that located on the back of Sutro Heights Park. The last fire on Sutro hill was in January 2013 and because of its hard-to-reach location, fire crews have to hand carry hoses up behind homes on Balboa and up a flight of forty stairs to battle flames there.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, September 11 to discuss Cinderella Bakery’s (436 Balboa) proposed parklet. We haven’t seen any renderings of it yet, but if you want to attend, the meeting is at 9am at City Hall, Room 400.
  • A new aesthetics salon called The Tidy Shoppe opened this week at 4050 Geary near 5th Avenue. Service categories include bikini waxing, brows, tinting, face, threading, body and lashes. Online appointment booking is available through their website.
  • Have you seen the Snowy Plover? Join a free guided walk on Ocean Beach this Sunday with Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for the Western Snowy Plover. This small shorebird is highly threatened by human activities and habitat degradation. Join the walk to see this adorable species in its native habitat and learn ways that you can help. The walk is from 10am – 12am and RSVP online is required.
  • The Chronicle recently wrote about Glenn Gable, a one-man anti-graffiti crusader in the Richmond District, and why we’re not likely to see tags removed from neighborhood mailboxes anytime soon.
  • The complete lineup was recently confirmed for the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival, taking place in Golden Gate Park on October 4-6, 2013. Highlights include Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris Gogol Bordello, Nick Lowe, Boz Scaggs, and dozens more.
2:59 pm | Posted under Art, Business, Eric Mar, Events, Fire | 29 comments

500+ come out for the first Richmond District Jog in the Fog fun run

Sunday was the first running of the Richmond District Jog in the Fog race, where 536 participants ran and walked the 3.4 mile course from Mountain Lake Park to the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End. Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC).

Racers began gathering at the start line in Mountain Lake Park at 7am. Shortly before the 8am start, after opening welcomes from RDNC Board President Bonnie Levitt and Supervisor Eric Mar, the official start signal was broadcast: fog horns. Runners took off into the mist, guided and cheered along the course by volunteers that included residents, RDNC staff members and supporters, and high school students.

Despite the record temperatures the day before, Sunday’s weather lived up to the race’s name, enveloping participants as they wound around Mountain Lake, up Lake Street and El Camino del Mar, and into the Lands End trail. They were lucky to even get a glimpse of the water down below the cliffs of Lands End.

But in true Richmond District style, the fog didn’t dampen the spirits of racers, who sprinted under the finish line balloon bridge – provided by Sparky’s Balloons & Toys – with arms outstretched and big smiles.

The top male finisher (and overall first place finisher), Menso de Jong, completed the race in 21:45, and the top female finished in 22:40. Both received trophies, while the first boy (28:53) and girl to cross the finish line received gift cards from Green Apple Books. [Our record keeping was lacking, so if you know the names of these awesome runners, please leave a comment to let us know - photos below!]

The top male (and overall first place) finisher, Menso de Jong (21:45)

We’d like to thank the people that made the Jog in the Fog possible including our neighborhood sponsors – SF Toyota, Green Apple Books, Busvan, Clement Street Merchants Association, Angelina’s Cafe, Blondlogic, Bright1Fitness, and Sparky’s Balloons – the nearly 60 volunteers who got up early on a Sunday to help, Emily Gillingham of the RDNC for her tireless enthusiasm and support, race captains Brighton Miller and David Hirtz and last but not least, all of YOU – the men, women and children of the Richmond District that came out to participate.

We were truly thrilled to see all of you gathered at the starting line, ready to rock it! We’re still tallying the final proceeds that will go to the RDNC and going through photos, so bear with us. Follow the Jog in the Fog on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest photos and updates.

UPDATE 9/12/13: The tally is in! Thanks to our racers and sponsors who helped us raise $8000 for our charity, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center. Woo hoo!

Did you take photos at the race you want to share? Upload them to our event album on Eversnap – just download the free smartphone app or visit their website and enter the album code joginthefog2013 to get started. You can also use the album code just to view pics too from the race.

And for those of you who weren’t able to get your hands on a 2013 Jog in the Fog t-shirt designed by Andy George, hang tight, we’re looking into ways to let you order one online, you can place your order online and we’ll have it available for pickup at Green Apple Books.

Thanks to everyone for making the first Jog in the Fog a great success! Who’s in for next year!?!? :)

Sarah B.
Race Director

The top female finisher (22:07)

The top boy (28:53) and girl finisher (Piper Brooks)

Racers at the start in Mountain Lake Park

At the finish line at Lands End

Check out more photos on Flickr:

11:31 pm | Posted under Community, Eric Mar, Events | 14 comments

Amy Stewart at Conservatory with new book, “The Drunken Botanist”, Oct. 3

You might remember the Conservatory of Flowers exhibition in 2011 called “Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues and Assassins”, which was inspired by author Amy Stewart’s book of the same name that chronicles dozens of infamous plants that have left their mark on history and claimed many an unfortunate victim.

Stewart is back with a new botanical tome entitled The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks. In this new book, Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, tree, fruits, and fungi that humans have contrived to transform into alcohol.

On Thursday, October 3rd, the Conservatory of Flowers will host a special evening with the author that features botanical cocktails, tips for creating your own “cocktail garden,” and a reading and book signing with Amy herself.

The evening begins with an intimate and exclusive 20-person tour of the Conservatory, led by Amy and featuring complementary cocktails made by Lillet and Hendricks, and inspired by the botanical cocktail recipes in The Drunken Botanist.

A larger presentation and book signing will follow in the Conservatory’s Orchid Pavilion from 7 to 9pm, also with complementary cocktails.

This is a 21+ event, and tickets are $35 for Conservatory members, $40 for non-members. Space is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance.

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | Comments Off

Blood Drive at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, August 28

Next Wednesday from 3pm until 7pm, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center will host a blood drive at their offices at 741 30th Avenue between Balboa and Cabrillo.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are preferred. To make an appointment, visit the Blood Centers of the Pacific website.

Sarah B.

5:05 am | Posted under Events | 2 comments

Volunteer for Jog in the Fog on September 8

Want to help us with running the Jog in the Fog on race day, September 8? We’d love it! We’re looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks:

  • Race course monitors (help direct and cheer on runners along the course)
  • Start and finish line volunteers to help check in runners, call out times at the finish, hand out water etc.
  • CPR certified volunteer(s) for our first aid booth
  • Photographers to take pictures along the course and at the finish

Aside from our thanks and hugs, volunteers also receive a free race t-shirt.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this short form and we’ll be in touch. Thanks so much!

Sarah B.

9:24 am | Posted under Events, Volunteer | Comments Off

Free all-ages jazz show at the Westside Art House on Balboa, August 17

This Saturday from 8pm until 10pm, the Westside Art House (540 Balboa) will host a free jazz concert from the West Side Jazz Club.

In case you haven’t heard of it, the Westside Art House opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for community, donation-based classes and events. Part dance studio, part art gallery and part community center, it was started by Marisa Gregory, a trained yoga instructor.

Saturday’s jazz concert is free and for all ages. The West Side Jazz Club is “a San Francisco-based collective of musicians seeking to balance modern, innovative jazz music with a solid tradition of small-group bebop. As a trio, quartet, quintet or larger group, WSJC is organic and dynamic in both its members and sound.” It was founded by tenor saxaphonist Scott Silverberg in 2006.

Families, kids, and even dogs are welcome at Saturday’s show. The music begins at 8pm.

Sarah B.

1:03 pm | Posted under Events, Live Music | Comments Off