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Holiday sing-a-long & market at Balboa Theater, Saturday

This Saturday, the Balboa Theater is hosting a benefit sing-a-long and holiday marketplace.

Bring the family for screenings of the sing-a-long versions of classic films “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Jungle Book”.

The films start at 1:15pm but beginning at noon, there will be a holiday marketplace in the lobby of the theater featuring crafts by local artisans, beer and wine, homemade sweets and holiday gifts. The market runs until 4pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $7.50 for kids 11 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Balboa Theater and the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School.

Sarah B.

5:20 am | Posted under Events, Kids, Movies | 1 comment

GGP tree lighting Thursday; Santa at Angelina’s Cafe on December 12

The holidays are upon us and we have two special events coming up in the neighborhood.

First up is the 84th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park (Stanyan and Fell) this Thursday. The festivities begin at 4pm, with the tree lighting taking place just after dusk. The celebration will include a train ride, live entertainment, and a special visit from Santa!

The following week on Thursday December 12, Angelina’s Cafe will host Santa Claus from 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Stop by for a pic with the jolly fellow and to decorate cookies. Plus a magic show from Professor Salamini at 3:30pm.

Angelina’s is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for the SFFD Toy Program, so if you’re headed to the Santa event, bring a toy to donate.

Sarah B.

The Batkid Express train below the tree in McLaren Park. Photo by @melissahandley

5:03 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | Comments Off

It’s #GivingTuesday. Here’s a list of neighborhood organizations that need help

It’s #GivingTuesday across the internet today. Why not give to one of our neighborhood organizations? Here are a few – feel free to leave more in comments and we’ll add them to the list!

Sarah B.

Western Neighborhoods Project
Dedicated to preserving the history of the west side of San Francisco
Donate here

Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground
Raising money for a new playground at Mountain Lake Park, breaking ground in 2014.
Donate here

Richmond District Neighborhood Center
Providing free and low-cost services to children, adults and seniors in the Richmond District.
Donate here

2:01 pm | Posted under Events | Comments Off

Benefit screening of newest “Lost Landscapes” at Internet Archive, December 18

A bit from the screening of Lost Landscapes 4. Don’t miss the footage at 3:30!

For eight years running, archivist Rick Prelinger has presented his annual collection of old San Francisco film and home movie clips as part of “Lost Landscapes”, “bringing together both familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more.” This year’s show at the Castro has already sold out.

But on December 18, the Internet Archive at Clement Street near Funston will host an additional screening, with proceeds benefiting the Archive whose scanning center burned in a fire last month.

Many of Prelinger’s archival films were scanned and converted to digital at the Internet Archive for previous Lost Landscapes, and funds raised at the Dec. 18 screening will help replace the specialized equipment that was lost.

This year’s Lost Landscapes includes newly-discovered images of Playland and Sutro Baths; the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; the 1968 San Francisco State strike; Army and family life in the Presidio; buses, planes, trolleys and trains; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more.

Prelinger’s screenings never include a soundtrack – he relies on the audience for that. “As usual, the viewers make the soundtrack — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.”

The screening takes place on December 18 at the Internet Archive (300 Funston Avenue) with a reception at 6pm, followed by the film at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online and start at $25.

If you love San Francisco history and have a penchant for time travel, you don’t want to miss it.

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Events, History | 1 comment

“Clementime Microhood” shopping event on Clement Street, Thursday night

This Thursday night is the third annual Clementime Microhood event where merchants along Clement Street between 3rd and 7th Avenues offer special sales, activities and libations for holiday shoppers.

Stroll through the shops below between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy the festivities:

Park Life offers refreshments in the form of drinks and snacks. They are also raffling off an original art piece by a Park Life artist. Free raffle ticket with purchase.

Green Apple Books keeps you entertained with music from RonDre and plenty of beer. They are taking 10% off everything and are hosting Docs of The Bay outside their shop for burger goodness.

Seedstore serves white wine throughout the evening while Ben Ahn plays ukulele music. The Tidy Shoppe offers complimentary eyebrow services.

Kisha Studio gives out champagne and fruits plus 10% off the store for the evening.

Q Restaurant and Bar reduces bills by 10% with a mention of The Bold Italic.

Pretty Please Bakeshop sweetens the event and takes 25% off all bakery items and 10% off all holiday orders placed during the night. They’ll also hook you up with spiked (or regular) eggnog.

Foggy Notion celebrates their two year anniversary with complimentary drinks and snacks.

Dirty Trix Saloon keeps you full with complimentary meatball sliders and $1 off cocktails.

Toy Boat Cafe scoops out $1 cones of Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Sparky’s Toys dishes out caramel corn, libations, gift certificate deals, and has a balloon twister for the kiddies.

Covet Boutique gives you a free gift with purchase over $30 and cupcakes and champagne.

Story provides tunes from DJ Mike S and with wine, cheese, and mini cupcakes.

The Mysterious Rack hooks you up with 25% off the whole store.

Kumquat Art takes $10 off purchases of at least $30 that are in stock and full priced with an email address.

Anzer Farms sets up a sale table with discounted lamps and vases up to 50% off

8:48 am | Posted under Events, Shopping | 2 comments

Chronicle video series profiles “Typecaster for Life” at Arion Press

Tucked just inside the Presidio gate at 14th Avenue is Arion Press, a small printing company that employs 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.

In the Chronicle’s video series “The City Exposed”, Arion Press typesetter Lewis Mitchell was profiled. He’s been doing his job for over 60 years, and boasts that one of his best machines was used in the 1915 Panama Exposition:

In the basement of Arion Press, where they still print books the old-fashioned way, Lewis Mitchell slid open a box of parts used to change the font size on the Monotype casting machines he has maintained for 62 years.

“I thoroughly enjoy the sound of the machines turning, and seeing the type come out is a joy,” Mitchell said. He can tell by the sound of the moving springs and levers if something is awry with his machines — a skill he said all good technicians should have.

Four different owners have run the business since Mitchell walked through the doors at age 18, and he has had several opportunities to leave, including a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that he declined. Now 80, Mitchell can’t imagine retiring from the job he loves so much. When Mitchell started making this kind of type, it was really the only way to print things, and now he doesn’t know how many books he’s helped print over the decades…

Watch the video above to learn more about Mitchell and his legacy at Arion Press.

Want to get to know Arion Press even better? Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7 – that’s when they’re having their annual Holiday Open House. Stop by between 11am and 5pm to tour the facility and see their just released edition of Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess,” illustrated by Kara walker (her prints will be on display), Julie Mehretu’s newly handcolored prints for “Poetry of Sappho,” and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” illustrated by Jonathan Hammer.

Sarah B.

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

5:05 am | Posted under Art, Business, Events | Comments Off

Photos: 2013 Leap Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach

After having to reschedule their event due to the government shutdown, Leap Arts finally held their 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach on Saturday.

Thousands came out to view the sand sculptures on what turned out to be a perfect day at Ocean Beach. The sculptures were created by elementary school students that had been teamed up with local architects, designers, contractors, corporations, and engineers.

This year’s theme was “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams were encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form as inspiration for their sand sculpture.

The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila took home the best in show gold prize this year, with their sculpture of a sand dragon encircling a pyramid. The silver best in show went to Redding Elementary School for their locally flavored sculpture which depicted the Golden Gate Bridge and Victorian homes.

The best in show gold sculpture by The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila

The third place best in show bronze award went to Miraloma Elementary School for their depiction of Harry Potter as a Vitruvian Man, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Neighborhood school George Peabody Elementary earned an award for the best site signage thanks to a wooden camel that accompanied their sculptures of the sphinx and the pyramids.

2012′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.

Congratulations to all who participated in this fun event – it was a great day!

View more photos

Sarah B.

The silver best in show scultpure from Redding Elementary School

The bronze best in show sculpture from Miraloma Elementary School

The sculpture and winning signage from George Peabody Elementary School

4:45 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Photos, Schools | 4 comments

Holiday decor workshops at Conservatory, Richmond Library – Nov. 13 & 20

The holidays are just around the corner and both the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District Library are offering workshops where you can learn to make your own decorations.

Living and Up-cycled Wreaths: a design workshop | November 13 @ 6pm
Richmond District Library, 351 9th Avenue
Artist and floral designer Sarah Glanville will share techniques and design tips to help you create beautiful, long-lasting, one of a kind holiday wreaths out of materials from your home or garden. After a demonstration of living and up-cycled wreaths, participants will create their own. A wreath frame, tools and some decorative materials will be provided. Space is limited to 20 students so participants must pre-register. Call 415-355-5600 or email dkimmel@sfpl.org.

Glass Terrarium Ornament Making | November 13 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
Join Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents for a succulent terrarium ornament workshop. Each participant will receive 2-3 glass ornaments to fill with tiny, lovely succulents. Take them home for the holidays or give them as a gift. Tickets are $45 General Admission, and $35 for Conservatory of Flowers members.

Holiday Centerpiece Making with Succulents and Cuttings | November 20 @ 2pm
Conservatory of Flowers
In this “make-and-take” workshop, Sloat Garden Center’s Jennie Strobel shows you how to make unique, non-traditional centerpieces featuring succulents and tillandsias that will beautify your holiday table for months with proper care. Sloat will provide the base, soil, plants, and supplies you need to create your masterpiece. Tickets are $50 for general Admission, $40 for Conservatory members.

10:15 am | Posted under Art, Classes, Events | Comments Off