July 4th in the City

San Francisco FireworksLooking toward the Alcatraz side of the San Francisco Bay is the best place in the country to spend the evening of July 4th.  Sure, other towns have music and fireworks and food, but this City has magic.  Try for Coit Tower or one of the footbridges into Pier 39, early, because there will be crowds. Happy crowds.  Dancing and singing crowds.   If you’re able-bodied, park near Fort Mason or even in one of the garages near Union Square and walk to your favorite high ground for viewing.  Roads get closed, buses and cable cars get full after the fireworks, so you’ll need to be able to walk some blocks to a taxi stand or back to your car or just stay with the street party at Fisherman’s Wharf a little later.

Oh yeah, and if you want to eat out during that weekend, make your reservations today.

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.

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: 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

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

Celebrate Fall Equinox

A real Harvest Moon (the last full moon before the Autumnal Equinox) peeks into some lucky fogless San Francisco neighborhoods.  Now’s the time to think about how to celebrate the passing of summer into the official start of a new season:

  • Sing the ancient Vak goddess song with Ann Dyer at the Forum at YBCA.

Vak: Song of Becoming
Fri-Sat, Sep 20-21, 8 PM
YBCA Forum, 710 Mission Street in San Francisco
General: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door
Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
YBCA listing and tickets: http://www.ybca.org/ann-dyer

  • Meditate on world peace.  Why not?  Can’t hurt, might help.  Because the earth does not tilt toward or away from the sun during an equinox, the length of the day is the same on all parts of the earth.  It’s a small point of unity starting at 8:44pm, to be exact.  See Wikipedia on Autumnal Equinox.