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Nov-11-2014

Food news: De Place will be Dragon Beaux, Mescolanza closing, more on Pivot

DE PLACE IS UNDER DE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
“De place! De place!” Reader @cassfung tells us that something is happening at the former Big Heart Video Cafe / De Place space at 5700 Geary. As you may remember, it was under construction for over a year, then finally opened as De Place, only to close a few weeks later. According to a sign on the door, “De Place” is going to become “Dragon Beaux”. We couldn’t find any info online about Dragon Beaux other than that their beer and wine liquor license is pending. “Hope the food is better than its name,” @cassfung said.

MESCOLANZA CLOSING ITS DOORS AFTER 26 YEARS
Cozy Italian restaurant Mescolanza, located on Clement near 23rd Avenue, is closing its doors after 26 years in business. On their website, restaurant owner Ruben Macedo says that the business has to relocate, and that its last day of business will be December 31. Let’s hope they find another home soon in the neighborhood.

MORE DETAILS ON NEW WINE BAR PIVOT
More details have emerged about Pivot, the new wine bar opening at 443 Clement Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. According to EaterSF, the venture is spearheaded by veteran sommeliers Michael Ireland (Restaurant at Meadowood, Quince) and John Vuong (Ame, Gary Danko). Expect an “elected group of 30 wines by the glass, from $6 a glass from the keg to rare and pricey finds from the proprietors’ personal collections.” The 47 seat space will also feature a menu focused on “super high-quality snacks and light meals that pair with their wines”. They anticipate opening in Spring 2015.

Sarah B.

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Nov-11-2014

Two Richmond District banks robbed last weekend

Three banks in San Francisco were robbed last weekend according to Bay City News, two of them located in the Richmond District.

On Friday, a Wells Fargo Bank on the 800 block of La Playa was robbed just before 7pm. A man entered the bank, gave a demand note to a teller, and opened his jacket to display a gun, according to police.

“The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then fled. Police said the suspect was described as an Asian man between 30 and 35 years old who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 130 pounds. He was wearing a coat, blue button-up shirt, khaki pants and blue baseball hat with purple writing at the time of the robbery, according to San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza,” wrote Bay City News.

On Saturday, another Wells Fargo bank on Geary near Arguello was robbed around 5:35pm.

“Police said a suspect entered the bank, gave a note to a teller and simulated a handgun in his jacket pocket. The teller handed over cash and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect was described as an Asian man between 30 and 35 years old who is roughly 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and white tennis shoes with dark soles at the time of the crime,” wrote Bay City News.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from each bank, but have not yet found evidence to indicate that the three robberies are related.

The third robbery occurred on Saturday around 11:30am at a Citibank on Van Ness Avenue.

Sarah B.

[via Bay City News]

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Nov-11-2014

“Inner Richmond Microhood” event on Clement Street, Thursday night

This Thursday night beginning at 6pm, Bold Italic is putting on their annual Inner Richmond Microhood event along the early blocks of Clement Street.

This is the fourth year for the event, which showcases businesses along Clement Street leading up to the holiday season. Shoppers can enjoy great deals at various stores, as well as festivities, food and drink, live music, and the chance to connect with neighbors.

Participating businesses run from Clement Street at Arguello all the way up to 6th Avenue. Here’s what you’ll find along the way:

Green Apple Books will be serving Fort Point Beer, featuring live music from Everyone is Dirty, and hosting author Elizabeth Dutton.

Park Life will serving drinks, snacks, and raffling off free art work.

Pretty Please Bakeshop
will be serving complimentary spiked and regular eggnog, offering 25% off all bakery items, and taking 10% off all holiday orders placed that night.

Burma Superstar will be hosting a raffle every 15 minutes to win prizes such as tee shirts, tote bags, and gift cards. Dine-in customers will have the chance to beat them in a game of Rock Paper Scissors and win a round of drinks for their table (the Burma Cooler for 21+ and Ginger Lemonades for all ages; one participant per party).

540 Club will be offering drink promotions on specialty craft beers by New Belgium: $3 pints of Accumulation White IPA, $6 Salted Chocolate Stout (from the Lips of Faith series), and $2 bottles of Snapshot Wheat Beer.

Also featuring great deals, discounts, and surprises from April in Paris, Bitter End, BSTAR, Covet, Eats, Foggy Notion, Kinship Salon & Barber, Kisha Studio, Save My Seat, Seedstore, Story, The Mysterious Rack, The Plough and Stars, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, and more!

So come out between 6pm and 9pm to check it out!

Sarah B.

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Nov-11-2014

Keith Haring sculpture relocated to front of de Young as part of new exhibition


Photo by @deyoungmuseum

Keith Haring’s Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) sculpture was relocated from Third and Howard Streets to the front lawn of the de Young Museum recently in honor of the new exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line. Museum staff snapped this pic of the statue engulfed in the thick fog on Monday morning.

The exhibition, which runs through February 15, 2015, features ” more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings (on tarpaulins and canvases), sculptures and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The exhibition will create a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist.”

Sarah B.

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Nov-11-2014

“Underwater Gardens” exhibit at Conservatory of Flowers; opens Nov. 13


Lao Chan Fei. Photo courtesy of the 2013 Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest

Most of the plants we enjoy are above ground, but what about the many species that live underwater? A new exhibition opens this week at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park that puts these special hydrophytes on full display.

The Art of Underwater Gardening lets visitors dive into the dazzling world of aquatic plants and the international garden design trend called aquascaping, the art of creating underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood. These submerged gardens built in large aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys as they become sublime works of underwater abstract art.

Aquascaping began with the Dutch in the 1930s but got a huge amount of attention in the 1990s when Japanese aquarist and photographer Takashi Amano introduced the world to his “nature aquarium” style. Amano made use of the Zen aesthetic practice of rock and plant arrangement to create minimal, but gorgeous works of living art. This triggered a huge amount of interest in the hobby and led to the establishment of dozens of international aquascaping associations and huge contests that attract hundreds of entries from around the world each year.
Check out these amazing entries from IAPLC

The Conservatory’s exhibition will feature a dozen tanks ranging from 4 to 6 feet long, set into the walls of a partially enclosed cavern-like setting that gives visitors the feeling of being down in a sinkhole. Nine of the tanks take their inspiration from Africa, Asia and South America, making use of native plants, rock, hardwood and fish to evoke the natural landscape of these tropical places. Three additional tanks are being created by local aquarium experts from San Francisco’s Ocean Treasures and will highlight the more abstract, artistic possibilities of aquascape design.


Timucin Sagel, photo courtesy of the 2013 Aquatic Gardeners Association International Aquascaping Contest

Aquascapes are a fine balance between form and function. An aquascape is an ecosystem in which every living and non-living item contributes not only to the overall beauty of the aquarium, but also to the chemical and biological balance that allows the plants and any animals to live. Consideration must be given to lighting, carbon dioxide levels, filtration, algae control, fertilization and more. Plants and fish work together to process waste and aerate the water. Rocks and gravel provide shelter for beneficial bacteria that reduce toxicity from waste. Even the position of the wood and rock affects the health of the tank by allowing or impeding the flow of water.

The Art of Underwater Gardening opens to the public on November 13, 2014 and runs until April 12, 2015. Entry to the exhibition is included in regular admission to the Conservatory.

Sarah B.


Aqua Forest Aquarium

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Nov-10-2014

Sand artist Andres Amador featured in new Afrikaans music video

Local sand artist Andres Amador, known for the intricate designs that he etches into the sands of Ocean Beach, is featured in a new Afrikaans language music video from an artist named Rozanne Gewaar.

Gewaar moved to California and began researching beaches for the video shoot when she came across Amador’s work.

“It took a while to come together because he was traveling and has to work when the tides and sand consistency is right,” Gewaar told us.

In the video for “Klein Gode” (Small Gods), which was shot at Fort Funston, Stoman walks among the cliffs and trails above the beach as Amador works on a large design in the setting sun.

Gewaar wrote the song and says it’s “part love song, but also speaks to the creative process and ambitions”.

In an online interview, Amador said though he normally works alone, he enjoyed this collaboration.

“I love that it’s Afrikaans. I love that I don’t know the words, I don’t understand or know the language but the sounds are so beautiful that I really appreciate it,” Amador said.

Sarah B.

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Nov-7-2014

Laughing Sal, Mergatroid, LouSeal & Doggie Diner were riding Muni…


By @danbransfield

Local artist Dan Bransfield tweeted out this fun illustration yesterday of some San Francisco icons gabbing away on a Muni bus.

All of them on their way to work, no doubt ;)

Sarah B.

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Nov-7-2014

Artist open studios in the Richmond District, November 8 & 9


Big Leaves by Jay Mercado

This Saturday and Sunday, artists across the Richmond District will open their studios as part of ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios event.

Stop by any of the locations on the map below between 11am and 6pm on either Saturday or Sunday to meet the artist and see their work (scroll down in the map window to see the list of artists as well).

We have artists in the neighborhood that create in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Artist Jay Mercado, known in the neighborhood for his donut paintings and other American icons often hanging in his studio window on the corner of 10th and California, is celebrating the 20th anniversary in his studio space.

“When I realized my art studio has been up and running in the same location since 1994, I was semi-mind-boggled. Twenty years? I’ve changed. My art has changed. San Francisco has changed. And I’m still here,” he wrote in an email inviting people to his studio during the weekend event.

Arion Press just inside the Presidio gate at 14th Avenue will also be open for the event.

This weekend’s Open Studios also include the neighborhoods Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Haight, Buena Vista, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview. Check out all the artists participating across this city this weekend.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios – Richmond District | Nov. 8 & 9 in a full screen map

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