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“Modern Relics” has a new website… and a discount for you

Last fall, I stumbled upon “Modern Relics”, a unique boutique and gallery at Cabrillo near 8th Avenue. Owner Alix Blüh and her dog, Jack, greeted me warmly and showed me around the store which features old fashioned, intricate displays that mesh intriguing objects with lovely, handcrafted jewelry. Read my profile of Modern Relics here

If you can’t manage to make it to the gallery or if you prefer to do your shopping online, Modern Relics has a new website where you can shop for Alix’s handmade jewelry including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings.

In celebration of the launch, Alix is offering visitors 10% off their purchase, either online at alixbluh.com or at the store at 771 Cabrillo. Just enter the code “launchblast10″ at checkout on the website, or mention the discount when you pop in the store.

Tell Alix and Jack that RichmondSFBlog sent ya,

Sarah B.

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 2:10 pm | Posted under Art, Business | Comments Off

Animator Yuri Norstein at the Balboa, Feb. 7

Next Sunday night, February 7, The Balboa will host acclaimed Russian animator Yuri Norstein. He’ll present three of his works: “Hedgehog in the Fog,” “Tale of Tales,” and a segment of his work in progress, Nikolai Gogol’s “Overcoat”.

Norstein (Yuriy Norshteyn) was born in Russia during his parents’ World War II evacuation. After studying at an art school and a short stint at a furniture factory, he found employment at studio Soyuzmultfilm in 1961. The first film that he participated in as an animator was Who Said “Meow”? (1962).

Norstein uses a special technique in his animation, involving multiple glass planes to give his animation a three-dimensional look. The camera is placed at the top looking down on a series of glass planes about a meter deep (one every 25-30cm). The individual glass planes can move horizontally as well as toward and away from the camera (to give the effect of a character moving closer or further away). He does not use computers in his work.

One of the films that will be shown, “Overcoat”, has an interesting backstory. Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Norstein earned many state and international awards for his work. Then, in a bitter twist of irony, he was fired from Soyuzmultfilm in 1985 for working too slowly on his latest film, a (presumably) feature-length adaptation of Gogol’s Overcoat. By that time he had been working on it with his usual small team of three people for two years… and had only finished ten minutes.

Fast forward to 2010, and Norstein is still finishing the film; his stubborn perfectionism has earned him the nickname “The Golden Snail”. He’ll show some of the yet-to-be finished film at the event. And to help fund its completion, proceeds the Balboa event will benefit Norstein’s studio in Moscow.

The duration of the screening will be about 90 minutes; doors open at 8pm with the screening starting at 8:30pm. The show is expected to sell out, so purchase advance tickets here ($25).

Watch the short documentary below about Norstein where he talks about his work and gives you a tour of his studio, where the magic happens.

Sarah B.

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 10:20 pm | Posted under Art, Movies | Comments Off

Free, bilingual tax help for Richmond residents

Tax day is a few months off but doesn’t it always seem to sneak up quick? Don’t worry, help is available!

This week, the United Way kicks off their annual free tax program, Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, with locations and events right here in the Richmond District. All of the Richmond sites will offer help in both English and Chinese.

Who’s eligible for the these free tax-filing services? All San Francisco households that earned less than $52,000 in 2009.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Richmond District Locations:

George Washington High School
600 32nd Ave., Building T-1 | 415.963.8633
Saturday, March 6, 10am–2pm
Walk-In Only

NECFCU—Agape Community Center
378 18th Ave. | 415.434.0738
Dates: 1/30–3/30
Tue & Thur: 6pm–8pm
By Appt. or Walk-In

Richmond Recreation Center
251 18th Ave. | 415.963.8633
Dates: 2/6, 2/20 & 2/27
Sat: 12pm–4pm
Walk-In Only

The program offers more than 180 free tax sites throughout the Bay Area from mid-January through April 15, so if you have friends of family elsewhere, be sure to let them know about this free program. Click here to find more locations

Sarah B.

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 3:45 pm | Posted under Events | 5 comments

Police Blotter – January 22, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 22, 2010. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org or visit their website.]

The suspect in the vicious attack and robbery on the 100 block on 9th Avenue last month remains in custody in lieu of bail that has been increased to two million dollars. The preliminary hearing is set of the week of February 1, 2010 and I will advise you of the outcome of that hearing.

This newsletter often contains information about financial elder abuse. Many of the incidents reported to Richmond Station involves the loss of a lifetime of savings. I want to share with you that studies suggest that for each report that government agencies receive at least four incidents go unreported. Moreover, while most of the reports that Richmond Station receives involve “cons” and lottery schemes by strangers, national data suggest that these types of crimes account for less than five percent of the total number of annual reports financial elder abuse. The same study noted that “trusted professionals”, family and care givers combined accounted for 55% of the cases.

If you suspect financial elder abuse please notify the police immediately by calling 553.0123. You can also share your concerns by leaving a message on the Richmond Station Anonymous Tip line by calling 415.668.7387.

During the past week, there were 18 traffic accidents, 4 involving injuries. There were 5 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 3 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 01/16/10 at 3:28am plainclothes officers observed two males walking in the area of 8th Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The subjects committed traffic violation and were detained by the officers. It was determined that one of the males had an outstanding parole violation warrant for burglary. He is also a suspect in several auto burglaries in a neighboring district.

On 01/19/10 at 2:15pm plainclothes officers were in the area of Middle Drive and MLK Drive inside Golden Gate Park due to auto burglaries and bicycle thefts that occur in the area. Officers observed the suspect walk through the park and peer in windows of parked cars. The suspect also made several rounds to the bike racks near the Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung Museum. They observed him for 45 minutes before it started to rain extremely hard and the suspect left the park. The officers detained the male who had an outstanding warrant and was in possession of numerous burglary tools. The 52-year-old male was charged accordingly.

On 01/20/10 at 8:55pm a plainclothes officer was behind a vehicle that was traveling north on Divisadero near Geary. The driver of the suspect vehicle committed several traffic violations and the officer asked the dispatcher to run the license plate. Dispatch informed the officer that the vehicle was stolen. The marked police unit initiated a traffic stop at Washington and Broderick Streets and the driver stopped the car and ran from the scene. A foot chased ensued and the suspect was taken into custody on the 2800 block of California Street. The driver, a 17 year old
male who is on probation out of San Mateo County, was charged with stolen auto and resisting arrest.

Between 01/17/10 at 9:00pm and 01/19/10 at 9:00am on the 3500 block of Sacramento Street a suspect entered into a building by unknown means. Once inside the building entry was made into two offices and tools and other items were taken.

Between 01/18/10 at 4:15pm and 01/22/10 at 8:00pm on the 500 block of Arguello a suspect entered an apartment and took a laptop. The tenant may have left a door unlocked.

On 01/19/10 at 9:56am two suspects entered a business on the 3200 block of Geary with their faces covered. One of the suspects grabbed a victim by the throat and when the victim screamed the two suspects ran downstairs and took two televisions before fleeing north on Spruce Street. The suspects were described as two males wearing dark clothing.

On 01/19/10 between 6:40pm and 9:50pm on the 300 block of 2nd Avenue a suspect entered a business by breaking a window. Once inside the suspect took computer equipment.

On 01/18/10 at 10:45pm a victim was on a westbound 38 Geary MUNI bus holding his I-phone in his hand. The suspect, who was sitting behind the victim, asked the victim for the time. The victim then got off the bus at Geary & Baker Streets and the suspect followed him. As the victim was waiting to cross the street the suspect told the victim to give him his I-phone. When the victim said no, the suspect grabbed it out of his hand and fled north on Baker Street. The suspect was described as a male in his late teens with a shaved head and a black hooded sweatshirt.

On 01/20/10 between 6:45am and 9:00pm on the 800 block of 47th Avenue a suspect entered an apartment and took a laptop and camera. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 01/20/10 on the 200 block of Willard North between 9:35am and 1:30pm a suspect entered an apartment by prying the front door. The suspect took laptops, cameras and jewelry.

Between 01/21/10 5:00pm and 01/22/10 at 5:30pm on the 2100 block of Broderick Street a suspect forced entry into the office of an apartment complex and took numerous keys.

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 9:58 am | Posted under Crime | Comments Off

Washington High raising funds for new athletic fields

The George Washington High School athletic fields need a little t.l.c. The athletic facilities been in service for 70 years of P.E. classes, soccer games, track and field meets, football games and more. And when your field boasts a bay view like the one at GWHS, it’s only fitting that the field be top-notch too.

This summer, after school lets out, GWHS will begin long-awaited renovations which will include new turf on the football field (also known as the north field) and on the south field, a new track surface. The renovations will not only serve the 2,000 Washington students, but also the 12 high schools and 23 middle schools that use the south field and track for their recreation and sports programs.

The field have turned out some decent talent over the years. Crooner Johnny Mathis was an All-City track star who would have represented the US in the ’56 Olympics had a record company singing audition not conflicted with the US tryouts. And let’s not forget Ollie Matson, a 1952 Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist in track as well as NFL All-Star and Hall of Fame halfback.

The field and track renovations are only partially funded by a bond measure, so the school is taking the initiative to raise funds to cover the shortfall. Under the slogan of “A First Class Facility for a First Class School,” GWHS is reaching out to alumni, sports fans, staff, family, friends and neighbors of the school for support.

There are a couple of ways you can help. Attend a fundraising dinner on Friday, February 26, at Patio Español, 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco. Tickets are $100 per person ($34 dinner/$66 tax deductible donation) and it includes a lifetime pass to all GWHS football games (Go Eagles!). Or just make a donation in any amount to help fund the renovations. $250 or more will get your name on a plaque.

“We ask the Washington High community to help support our P.E. program and the long standing tradition of athletic excellence at Washington,” said Ericka M. Lovrin, GWHS Principal. “Helping us to raise funds to be able to complete this project will allow young athletes hundreds of hours of increased use on these newly renovated fields.”

To attend the fundraising dinner or to make a donation, download the form here.

Sarah B.

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Rains cause muddy flooding at 15th Ave. Presidio gate

Local blog The Daily Kernel has a post about the recent flooding from some landfills in the Presidio. The neighbors living on 15th Avenue next to the Presidio gate have been getting their fair share of runoff from the recent rains. The landfills are part of the redevelopment project of the Veterans Hospital as it gets turned into housing.

While at the PAR meeting last week, President Ray Holland said there has been some finger pointing over the issue, as the property within the gate is under the purview of the Presidio Trust, while the street outside the gate falls under city jurisdiction. Hopefully they’ll get it sorted out soon.

In one of the photos below you can see the standing water that is up against a house that borders the Presidio. Click here for more photos.

Sarah B.

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 11:38 am | Posted under Weather | 3 comments

1903 film of the Cliff House & Ocean Beach

More fun from the Library of Congress Digital Collections. This time we travel back to September 23, 1903 and peek in on the scene at Ocean Beach. So many people!

You’ll love the outfits and won’t recognize a lot of the buildings. Full details of what you’re looking at is listed below. Enjoy!

Sarah B.

The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film, concentrating on background buildings:

[Frame: 0103] At left is the Lurline Pier (1894-1967), which protected the intake pipe for the downtown Lurline Baths (Larkin and Bush streets, 1894-1936). In the background at right is the first Beach Chalet (1900, moved in 1925), a small resort opposite the west end of Golden Gate Park (hidden behind the beach ridge and not yet grown tall). The adjacent tower is part of the closer pier.

[0244] At left center is the Dutch Windmill (1902), sails turning, marking the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park. Together with a later mill (1906) at the southwest corner, it pumped fresh water from an artesian well into the park lakes. The Dutch Windmill was restored in the 1980s, but its sails now turn by electrical power. At right center is a road house (no longer standing) called Cycler’s Rest for the bicyclers who rode to the beach.

[0493] The tank, roof, and chimney are all part of the Olympic Salt Water Company pumping station which pumped ocean water from the Lurline Pier to the downtown baths. On the beach in the foreground is a concession with a banner reading “Ice Cream 10 c.”

[0620] A group of American flags fly over the roller coaster, hidden behind the beach ridge.

[0900] The Ocean Beach Pavilion (1894), evolved from a concert/dance hall into Topsy’s Rest, a restaurant and night club. It was then absorbed into Playland to become Skateland, and later the Slotcar Raceway.

[1055] Seal Rock House (1858) seen here was the pioneer resort and hotel in the area. It survived into the “teens.” Note the dense beach crowd in the foreground.

[1104] The long shed adjacent to Seal Rock House was a wind-sheltered stable for the horses of hotel guests.

[1536] Adolph Sutro’s fantastic Cliff House combined architectural elements of the French chateau and the German castle.

[2215] A cut is made here as the camera is trained on children playing in the water. Seal Rocks are visible just offshore from the Cliff House, at left. Sutro gave the rocks names. Arch and Hermit Rocks are out of the frame; the visible rocks are (left to right) Cone, Repose, and the more distant North Seal.

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 6:10 am | Posted under History | 6 comments

Beam me up, Scotty…from Sea Cliff

Check out this scene from last year’s Star Trek film. Looks like the Starfleet Academy is located in Sea Cliff and Baker Beach! Nice to know we have a bright future. ;)

Thanks to Janna for sending this in.

Sarah B.

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 8:32 am | Posted under Movies | 10 comments