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First ever Inner Richmond Pedi Cab Craft Beer Tour, Wednesday night

As part of SF Beer Week, there is a special beer tour event in the Inner Richmond this Wednesday night.

Called the Inner Richmond Pedi Cab Craft Beer Tour, the event includes five beer-serving stops in the neighborhood: 540 Club, Chomp N’ Swig, Buckshot, Q Restaurant, and Healthy Spirits.

The pedi cab part of the event comes in between venues. Hop on one to make your way safely to the next destination in the beer tour. Organizer Ben Mansell of 540 Club says there are 7 confirmed cabs for the event, possibly more by Wednesday night.

Each location will have its own Beer Week festivities going on, plus brewery showcases and great eats.

540 Club will have a selection of Nitro beers from Deschutes Brewing Company (Red Chair), Buckshot is promoting beers from the New Belgian Brewing Company (Fat Tire), Q Restaurant is hosting a Marin Brewing Company tap take over, and Chomp N Swig is creating a “SoCal Night” with Green Flash Brewery of San Diego (Palate Wrecker) and Cistamontane Brewing.

And while you can’t sample or drink at Healthy Spirits, you can make it your last stop to shop one of the largest and highest quality beer selections in the neighborhood.

The beer tour runs from 7pm until 11pm. Pedi cabs are provided free by Cabrio Taxi but tipping is encouraged!

Sarah B.

11:30 am | Posted under Events | 3 comments

Former Legion of Honor Director was part of Monuments Men WWII platoon

Today, George Clooney’s latest film The Monuments Men opens in theaters. The film depicts an unusual WWII platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians who were tasked with rescuing artistic masterpieces that had been stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners.

One of the platoon members was Thomas Carr Howe, Jr., who at the time was the Director of the Legion of Honor Museum. Howe’s character is not portrayed in Clooney’s film but during his years of service as a “Monument Man”, he helped rescue and preserve countless artworks stolen by the Nazis, including Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child (1501) and Jan Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece (1432).

During World War II, Howe joined the U.S. army and served from 1945 to 1946 in Germany and Austria. He began as a naval lieutenant but was soon assigned to serve in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives (MFAA) section. Howe reported to Lieutenant Commander George Stout at Wiesbaden, and was later promoted to Lieutenant Commander and Deputy Chief of the MFAA at Frankfurt.

During his service as one of the “Monuments Men” Howe located hidden and recovered large repositories of cultural objects and works of art stolen by the Nazis. He also helped with the restitution effort. At the Altaussee salt mines in Austria, Howe helped salvage a large cache of stolen artwork that included Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child and the Ghent Altarpiece or The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, Vermeer’s The Artists Studio, and the Rothschild family jewels. Howe later described his wartime work in his book Salt Mines and Castles: The Discovery and Restitution of Looted European Art (1946). [Archives of American Art]

Today at 12noon, the Legion of Honor is hosting a lecture about Howe and the real life story of the Monuments Men. The talk features presentations from UC Berkeley, The Frick Collection Art Reference Library, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, and the American Institute for Conservation Oral History Project.

To watch the art talk online, follow the Legion of Honor on Google+ and then tune into the broadcast.

You can also watch at the Koret Auditorium at the de Young or at the Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor. Museum admission is required.

Thomas Carr Howe, Jr.’s papers are stored at the Archives of American Art, which includes a great gallery of images from his time with the platoon. A few are shown below but more can be seen here.

For his wartime service as a Monuments Men, Howe was honored with the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and the Officier of the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau in 1946. After completing his service, Howe resumed his place as Director at the Legion of Honor, a position he held until his retirement in 1968.

And you can see the new Monuments Men movie starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and George Clooney at the Balboa Theater, starting tonight.

Sarah B.

Stephen Kovalyak, George Stout and Thomas Carr Howe transporting Michelangelo’s sculpture Madonna
and child, 1945 July 9. [Archives of American Art]

Herr Sicher, George Stout and Thomas Carr Howe inspecting paintings, 1945 July 9 [Archives of American Art]

4:45 am | Posted under Art, Events, History, Museums | 2 comments

Watch Super Bowl XLVIII on the big screen at the Balboa – FREE!

This Sunday, the Balboa Theater will host its annual Super Bowl party, featuring the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Doors open at 2:30 and kick off begins at 3:15. Pop star Bruno Mars will entertain at half time, plus you’ll get to see all the new commercials.

If attendees are really lucky, maybe they’ll show some of the 2014 Kitten Bowl – we think that’s what everyone will be talking about on Monday.

The Super Bowl event is free so come by the watch the big game on the Balboa’s huge screen in surround sound, with plenty of popcorn to go around.

Sarah B.

5:04 am | Posted under Events, Sports | 1 comment

It’s all about the blooming magnolias at GGP’s Botanical Gardens

Photo by James Gaither

While the rest of the country is bundled up, we’re enjoying record high temps and blooming magnolia trees at the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Mid-January through mid-March is the best time of year to see the magnolia trees in bloom, and the gardens have a few events to showcase the magnificent flowers.

On Saturday January 18, take the Magnificent Magnolia Tour which includes a tour of the collection in the company of a magnolia expert. The tour runs from 1pm until 3:30pm, and admission is $20, $10 for members. Purchase tickets online in advance. Additional tours will be offered on February 15, March 8, and March 9.

The following Saturday, January 25, the Botanical Garden will host a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration, featuring lion dancers, lively folk dances, tai chi performances with dazzling sword forms, children’s activities and more. It’s a great chance to see all of the gardens and take in the magnolias. The celebration is free and the full schedule (9am – 3pm) is online.

If you can’t make an organized tour to check out the magnolias, the Botanical Garden also offers a self-guided tour. Pick up a free Magnolia Highlights map at the ticket kiosks.

There are also free docent tours of the magnolias every Saturday, January 18 – March 15, at 2pm, departing from the North Gate.

The Botanical Garden’s magnolia collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. The collection began in 1939 with Eric Walther, who planted the very first magnolia in the Garden and continued to introduce species and cultivars throughout his tenure as the first Director.

One of the most famous species he planted was the cup and saucer magnolia or Magnolia campbellii, the first of its kind to bloom in the United States in 1940, attracting huge crowds of excited and curious visitors who stood in long lines to see the magnificent large pink blossoms of this lovely magnolia that still stands in the Garden today.

C’est Magnifique!

Sarah B.

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4:41 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park | 1 comment

Mountain Lake Park Family Festival, January 11

There are lots of changes going on at Mountain Lake Park, and Saturday’s Family Festival is a great chance to learn more about them, and have some fun.

Come out between 10am and 12:30pm to learn more about the lake remediation / restoration project that is underway, and see the designs for the new children’s playground which will begin construction this Fall.

Join the Presidio education staff for a morning of place-based learning and exploration. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities, from water investigations to birding on the beach to artistic walks, all about Mountain Lake.

Members of the Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground will be on hand to share the playground designs.

The festival also coincides with the Presidio Trust’s regularly scheduled drop-in restoration program, so you’ll also see people hard at work restoring Presidio native habitats.

Come take the pledge and receive your “Love Mountain Lake” water bottle sticker featuring the cute-as-a-button western pond turtle.

If it is raining on Saturday, the event will not take place.

Sarah B.

10:45 am | Posted under Events, Parks | Comments Off

Local links: Food news, gardening classes, stargazing, jazz concert & more

Photo by David Young

Happy New Year, readers! Here are some local links we collected over the holidays. Now go off and have a great start to your 2014! – Sarah B.

  • New biz alert: Bay Chinese Medicine Clinic opened up on the corner of California and 22nd Avenue. Website says owner Heather Shields offers “holistic care and customized treatments for adults and children using acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas and massage.”
  • News from La Playa… Reader Gabriel tells us that the old Burger King has been bought by a couple who are putting in their own ovens and intend to make it an American-food cafe, with early morning bakery items.
  • Stargazers unite: The SF Amateur Astronomers Club will host a free City Star Party & Telescope Night at Lands End on Saturday, January 11 starting at 5:30pm. Check their website for details on where to meet up.
  • The Richmond District branch library is hosting a free series of Saturday Gardener Workshops starting January 11, taught by San Mateo and San Francisco County Master Gardeners and local arborists. Topics include Growing Healthy Vegetables, Fruit Tree Selection, Life in the Soil, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, and Growing Vegetables from Seeds.
  • Michael Reddig of the Inner Richmond wrote to the Chron editors about an incident on the 38 Geary that reinforced his “belief in the goodness of people and highlights a part of our Muni system that really does work”. It’s the little things in life, right?
  • Jazz it up: The West Side Jazz Club will play a free concert at The WestSide Art House (540 Balboa) on January 18th from 8pm to 10pm. The quartet “maintains an expansive, ever-changing book of jazz standards, focusing on challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics from Monk to Shorter, through Ellington, Rollins and Coltrane.” Concert is free, kids and dogs are welcome.
  • Vegan? There’s a few spots in the Richmond District for you, including Enjoy Vegetarian, Burma Superstar, and Hong Kong Lounge, according to a “100 Vegan Dishes to Try in San Francisco” article we found. Don’t miss the faux fish Sea Bass Eggplant at Enjoy Vegetarian or the infamous Tea Leaf Salad at Burma Superstar.
  • Have some storage or display space challenges in your apartment? These Richmond District apartment inspired shelves made by Carlysle Manufacturing Company are pretty cool. “…After moving into a cramped Outer Richmond studio, [creator John Pemberton] adapted the dated peg concept for San Francisco renters.”
  • Food critic Patricia Unterman revisits Shanghai House (3641 Balboa): “When I walked in I saw my last review, written in 2007, facing me on a cardboard stand. I took it from the counter and used it to order–and sure enough, everything that I had raved about back then pleased me just as much now. I was captivated all over again by a place I had not visited for six years.”
11:39 am | Posted under Business, Classes, Events, Food, Muni | Comments Off

Bring your pet by Cal’s on Saturday for a pic with Santa

The Reindeer Foundation in the North Pole is holding a special event at Cal’s Pet Supply on Saturday.

Santa Claus will be in attendance to take pictures with all the special boy and girl pets in the neighborhood.

Come by between 2pm and 4pm for your free photo with jolly St. Nick. Cal’s is located at 5950 California Street near 22nd Avenue.

Sarah B.

8:31 am | Posted under Events | 2 comments

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