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.

 

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:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/plenty-of-ways-to-go-green-on-st-patricks-day/Content?oid=2731805

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

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.

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: http://www.chineseparade.com/

Make Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations on OpenTable.com, or hey, celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse during the great deals of Dine About Town week January 15-30: http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=4&ref=296&pid=67

Clogged Downtown

So why is it that our fair city would organize major road work around downtown San Francisco on a weekend during a BART strike with the Nike Women’s Marathon scheduled to start with around 50,000 people running out of Union Square?  Poor planning? Check the course map before you leave home today, and take MUNI anywhere you’re going!

 

Fantasy SF Driving

YouTube has a thrilling video of a race car driver doing his thing on miraculously empty streets of San Francisco.  If this is your fantasy, probably I’ve seen you early mornings in my neighborhood when I’m trying to walk to BART.  You’re the car that gets airborne coming over the hill, which looks like great fun for you, although maybe I’d like to remind you that my street is actually a neighborhood.  People live here.  We actually use the crosswalks.  I’m just sayin.

Live the ultimate urban driving fantasy from the safety of YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus

Rebuilt Landmark

Don’t you wish your landmark birthday could arrive with taxpayer-provided reconstructive surgery, a gigantic party and a world-class light show?  Forget about it, unless you’re the San Francisco Bay Bridge, of course.  The many-setbacks-public-works-boondoggle project is drawing to a close, with an Opening Ceremony scheduled for Labor Day and the regular 26,000 commuter bridge traffic due to commence at 5am Tuesday. 

But whew, it was a narrow escape for the Lucky Bridge Troll, rescued by ironworker James Sturgeon from the old section of the bridge and ready for its new home on the replacement section.  Too bad the Troll wasn’t in charge of heat-treating those already failing bridge bolts, right?  Ah well.

For both of you who haven’t heard the troll lore, read about it on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Bridge_Troll

The parts of the Bridge work not completed in China have been memorialized in stunning photographs on display this month at SF City Hall and at the Havey Milk Photo Center.  Photographer Joe Blum gives us views of local workers to make us proud.

San Francisco City Hall, ground floor
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA  94102
Free and open to the public.

Watch construction of the Bay Bridge live at ABC video: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/livenow?id=9222623

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=resources/traffic&id=9226016

http://harveymilkphotocenter.org/exhibits/a-view-from-the-bridge/

http://www.sfartscommission.org/gallery/2012/the-bridge-builders-by-joseph-a-blum/