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Video: “California Cowboys” short documentary on Ocean Beach surfers

We don’t know too much about the video other than the interviews and photos were conducted by Claire Kirshner. It’s a nice look at the surfers that frequent the wild waters of Ocean Beach.


UPDATE: We got a note from Claire with some extra info on the video: “Hi there, I am Claire who created the Ocean Beach audio slideshow. Thanks so much for sharing it on your blog! I am a USF student and live in the Richmond district so it is such an honor! This project was for Audio Production class at USF taught by Beth Hoffman and features interviews by Andy Falzone and Aaron Lanes, two good friends of mine. All of the interviews, photos, videos and editing were done by me. Thanks again!”

Sarah B.

12:48 pm | Posted under Ocean Beach, Video | 1 comment

48 years ago: Human Be-In at the Polo Fields

48 years ago yesterday, on January 14, 1967, the historic Human Be-In took place at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park.

The event, officially titled the “A Gathering of Tribes”, was organized to protest the bourgeois mentality of the older generations and, specifically, a California law passed the year before making LSD illegal.

At the time, San Francisco’s hippie counter-culture was fast growing and the event was a precursor to the city’s “Summer of Love”, epicentered in the nearby Haight Ashbury.

The one-day event drew an estimated 30,000 people to the Polo Fields, and featured appearances by the Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory and Owsley “Bear” Stanley handing out acid to the crowd (who was also the sound engineer for The Grateful Dead).

The Human Be-In garnered national media attention, and firmly planted the hippie movement into America’s consciousness (and San Francisco as its home base). The gathering served as a prototype for many 1960s counter culture celebrations.

In 2004, Dino posted his memories of the event to outsidelands.org.

“Yes, I attended the first Human Be In at the Polo Fields in 1967. I was 15 and it was more of a hugh consciousness raising event which announced to the world that the hip/peace movement was here and growing while the times were about to be a changin’. I saw Allen Ginsburg and Timothy Leary and some barely dressed ladies while folk rock and poetry went Psychedelic. I was amazed and it changed my life. I would not be the same person today without that experience.”

Were you at the Human Be-In in 1967? Leave a comment to let us know.

Peace and love,

Sarah B.

Photo courtesy of The Allen Ginsberg Project

11:50 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, History, Video | 11 comments

Video: Overview of the Mountain Lake restoration project

The Academy of Sciences shared the above video on their blog this week. It gives a nice overview of the various efforts that were made, and are still underway, to clean up the lake and restore native plant and wildlife species.

It’s been a multi-year, community effort involving Caltrans, the Presidio Trust, the Academy of Sciences, experts from Stanford, and dozens of volunteers.

We had to chuckle that they left out the mass fish “genocide” that took place in November, but we’ll focus on the great, long-term benefits this project will bring to our little lake!

Sarah B.

4:35 am | Posted under Parks, Video | 1 comment

Video: Homebound seniors getting help from new RDNC food delivery program

The Richmond District Neighborhood Center is getting ready to kick off a pilot program for grocery delivery to homebound seniors in the Richmond District. The center says there are 16,000 seniors in the neighborhood, one quarter of which are unable to get to the grocery store on their own.

The RDNC uses their successful food pantry program to prepare the groceries, and then relies on volunteers to deliver them to seniors.

CBS News recently paid a visit to the center to profile the program, which you can watch in the video above.

To volunteer for the program, or to let the RDNC know about a Richmond District, homebound senior who could benefit from this program, contact Sarah Huck at sarah@rvbeacon.org or (415) 750-8554.

Sarah B.

9:50 am | Posted under Community, Video | Add comments

Fine craftsmanship in the printing of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at Arion Press

Local filmmaker and Richmond District resident James Kennard sent us this film he shot at Arion Press, the small printing company just inside the 14th Avenue Presidio gate that employs about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles.

For its 100th publication, Arion chose to create a handset deluxe limited edition of the text in the famed 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

Kennard’s film documents the making of the book which is nothing short of fascinating. The amount of craftsmanship, labor, detail and patience that went into the process is astounding. Publisher Andrew Hoyem narrates the film, showing you the most intimate moments of the book manufacturing process, which even includes Hoyem reading every page aloud to a proofreader that sits across from him.

Hoyem chose Leaves of Grass as Arion’s 100th publication as a tribute to his Arion Press predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” is how poet laureate Robert Hass describes Leaves of Grass. The appearance of this book of poems in the middle of the nineteenth century was revolutionary. No one had ever read poetry like this before. Ralph Waldo Emerson was so astonished and impressed that he wrote the thirty-five-year-old Whitman what must be the mash note of all time: “I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.” [Arion Press]

Kennard does a wonderful job of showing the minutia of the making of the book but also keeping you engrossed as the book comes to life, piece by piece, beginning with custom type being made in the press’ foundry.

The Arion Press edition of Leaves of Grass is limited to 275 copies with Arabic numerals for sale. The price is $1,250; contact Arion for more information (see the “Please Enquire” button at the bottom of this page).

Sarah B.

4:30 am | Posted under Art, History, Video | 3 comments

Video: Drone’s eye view over Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach

It’s like someone made this video just for us… :) Nice views over Golden Gate Park including the Murphy Windmill, and some gorgeous shots of Ocean Beach at sunset with camp fires aglow.

Thanks to Rico for the tip.

Sarah B.

4:15 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Video | 1 comment

Video: Stormy waters lead to multiple rescues at Ocean Beach Wed; two dead

UPDATE 9/26/14: The Chronicle reports that the son also died from the incident.

UPDATE 9/25/14: KTVU reports that the father who was pulled from the waves has been confirmed dead.

9:39 am | Posted under Ocean Beach, Video | Comments Off on Video: Stormy waters lead to multiple rescues at Ocean Beach Wed; two dead

Video: Chef Marcus Samuelsson shows off the Inner Richmond

Travel + Leisure sent Chef Marcus Samuelsson into the inner Richmond for an episode of his “B-Series” show, where he explores the lesser known areas of popular cities like San Francisco. In the video, Samuelsson stops at many of the great spots including the de Young tower, Green Apple Books, Schubert’s Bakery, Good Luck Dim Sum, Seedstore and more.

It’s a great little tour of our micro-hood! Thanks to Kevin for the tip.

Sarah B.

5:16 am | Posted under Video | 5 comments