The Giants are BACK by the Bay

Photographer Ron LeValley captured 2 Giants fans in McCovey Cove. The gull wants hot dogs and Cracker Jacks.

Kudos to SF Giants fan/photographer Ron LeValley for capturing one of the many creative ways San Franciscans find to get first-hand reports during home games! Our guys are back in AT&T Park-by-the-Bay  April 8-17.

It’s called McCovey Cove, the destination of numerous boat companies, picnic sails, and private tugs to be close to the game and hear it live bayside.

Click for an example of Giants games boat tours.

Click for San Francisco Giants schedule.

Painting Meets Theatre

Think you don’t like art?  Consider yourself double-dared to remain unconverted after seeing SF Playhouse’s transformative production of Bauer.  A world premier script by Lauren Gunderson headed for New York, powerful acting, thoughtful directing, beautiful set and projected art — all based on the real life story of painter Rudolf Bauer (whose work is on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery around the corner on Geary Street).  What’s not to like, right?

Click here for tickets to SF Playhouse.

Click to see the Bauer catalog from the Weinstein Gallery, 383 Geary St.

Community Booty-Shakin

Dance Week San Francisco 2014 kicks off with another free dance-along in Union Square.  START NOW to learn an easy dance at home online, or attend one of the free rehearsals to learn it.  Bring friends or come solo to shake your booty with fellow San Franciscans!

Union Square Park, SF  Dance Light
Friday, April 25, 12-1pm

Click here to see this year’s dance performed.

Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Click here to see a video from the 2013 kick-off event.


Dancin Downtown SF

ODC Dance

Be transported by ODC at YBCA

Congratulations to ODC Dance for TWO stupendous premiers at YBCA in downtown San Francisco!

If you want funny, go to Program B.  Mythical multi-media world premier, go to Program A. In the dark, before the light came up for the curtain call, the nearly sold-out audience sprung to their feet screaming, whistling and clapping.  After half a dozen curtain calls, ODC can probably feel appreciated.  Ya think?

Tick tock, though.  Only a few performances left, including 4:00 today.

The Luck of the Green be with Ye

Thinking of crossing Market Street tomorrow in a car for any reason?  No no, don’t do it!  It’s the annual Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 11:30 from 2nd and straight down Market — well, maybe a little more crooked than straight, but that’s why we love San Francisco, right?  Other festivities begin tonight and go through Monday, with writers and music and beer, oh my!

See the Examiner’s article for a full list of activities:

Then get out there and eat some corned beef and cabbage.

THE big-game sport


The tiny dark speck center-top of this wave is Shane Desmond in the final heat of 2010 Mavericks.

The call has gone out:  Only 2 days for surfing champs from around the world to get their bods and boards to that sweet little town with the 30-foot waves an hour south of San Francisco for the awesome Maverick’s Invitational Big Wave Surfing Championship. Normally you don’t need to leave San Francisco’s Theater District to get big thrills, but Mavericks, it’s legend.

Word is that they’re selling viewing tickets for Friday’s all-day event from the mavericksinvitational website, with some viewing areas very reasonably priced.  Hopefully the new viewing areas fix previous years’ free-for-all spectator mania that cause injuries among landlubbers who apparently didn’t know that a “big wave” competition would have, well, big waves.  Bring binoculars or telescopes or whatever and stand waaaaay the heck back.

Speaking of Northern California sports:  Is it just me, or did other San Franciscans see some bad calls by refs in Seattle?  Anyway, kudos to our SF 49ers for a game well played.  You guys really gave it up for the Gipper and kept us on the edge of our seats — all we San Franciscans expect.  Thanks.

SF Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLKOh, and don’t forget to check-out the new improved waterfall at Yerba Buena Park, where a tribute to MLK is worth a little spray under the falls.

San Francisco celebrated the forever awesome accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The parade is a local favorite — unless you’re trying to drive from the CalTrain Station to Yerba Buena Garden around 11am.  Actually, just don’t do it.  Walk the route.  It’s only a little over a mile.  Everyone partied hearty all afternoon at Yerba Buena Garden with music and inspiration galore.

Click for the SF MLK parade route, beginning Monday, January 19, 11am.

Click for the official SF MLK website.

Click for a full Bay Area schedule of 2014 MLK festivities.

Drought Hits San Francisco

waterThis is the weather we hate to love.  When even New Yorkers take notice of California’s drought – in the midst of their own big Climate Change woes – you know it’s bad.  Westerners might have forgotten that Sandy is more than just a girl’s name, but down at the New York Times they’ve taken the day off from remediation efforts for sea level rise to focus on our water woes.

In San Francisco, this is a chance for natives and tourists to bond around new water conservation habits.  Share a glass of water with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and let the restaurant save the gallon of water it takes a commercial dishwasher to clean a single glass.  Let’s get creative here, gang, because that snow pack isn’t looking good for Eau de Hetch Hetchy.

Click to read about Governor Brown’s declaration of a state of drought emergency.

Click for a recent New York Times article on the California drought.


Valentines: Start your Engines

No, it’s not too early to plan Valentine’s Day outings for your sweetheart in San Francisco where restaurants and events will be especially booked with visitors in town for the Chinese New Year parade on February 15.  And just so you know:  The end of this month is the official start of the Year of the Horse.  The spirit of the horse is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and capable, a good usher for self-improvement.  Or so says the mythology.

Read about the Feb. 15 parade and its route in San Francisco:

Make Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations on, or hey, celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse during the great deals of Dine About Town week January 15-30: