Lots going on this weekend, beginning with the 45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets in Japantown — from 11AM to 6PM both days. The 9th Annual Chinatown Music Festival happens on Saturday, from 12 – 4PM at Portsmouth Square. At the same time, the Playland on Balboa Music Festival takes place on Balboa Street between 35th-38th Avenues. There’s more. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation will kick off its “2018 Film Night in the Park” series at dusk, on Saturday at Dolores Park. They will be showing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). Lastly, Jerry Day 2018 takes place Sunday, from 11AM-6PM, at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in McLaren Park — 50 John F Shelley

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We never thought that the day would come when we would say that eliminating parking spaces in the City makes sense, but writer Kevin Frazier makes a pretty compelling case for it in the most recent issue of the Marina Times.

He focuses on the Marina, and presents a lot of astonishing numbers that may in fact suggest that parking spaces might become a thing of the past, at least in that neighborhood.

Here are some excerpts:

“Marina residents — increasingly less reliant on cars for transportation — may soon not need a place to park a car (assuming they even own one). In 2011, 51.6 percent of Marina residents drove to work (44.2 percent drove alone, the rest carpooled). With the proliferation of ride sharing, scooter-grabbing, and public

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The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation will kick off its “2018 Film Night in the Park” series on Saturday at Dolores Park, with a presentation of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

The series will then present three additional films later this month, and in September:

  • Lady Bird (2017) Sat., August 25, Washington Square Park
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Sat., September 8, Union Square
  • Black Panther (2018) Sat., September 22, Dolores Park

All films begin at Dusk. They are presented on a giant outdoor screen and attendees are encouraged to picnic before each film, though refreshments are available. The screenings attract residents from throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Sounds like fun!

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It’s not yet August, and we’re already looking forward to this fall, when the Maine-based seafood chain Luke’s Lobster will be opening its first West Coast location in San Francisco. We love lobster rolls that much!

According to, the new location will be housed in the historic Bourdette Building at 90-92 2nd St. (between Jessie and Mission streets), in the space once occupied by Henry’s Cafeteria.

Founded in 2009, the New England-style seafood chain is focused on responsibly sourced seafood. It currently has more than two dozen locations across 10 states, mostly on the East Coast, as well as in Japan and Taiwan.

The menu is focused on an assortment of seafood classics, like lobster rolls and clam chowder, and sides such as

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You may be familiar with Emily Fromm. We were not, until we spotted a profile about her in a recent issue of CA Modern. Emily lives and works in the City, and she captures in a wonderful and unexpected way the essence of living in San Francisco — our local neighborhoods, street scenes, and the people that are found here.

Emily, 26, paints in a flat style, without shadow or depth, and limits the number of colors she uses in her paintings.  As a result, her work has a bold graphic novel feel about it, yet the settings are all easy to recognize.

According to writer Dave Weinstein , “Emily’s focus on the material world and pop culture belongs to a long tradition that includes 16th century Dutch genre scenes, the Japanese Ukiyo-e prints of the

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The San Francisco Civic Music Association presents the Mozart to Mendelssohn concert, Pastoral, on Saturday night at Herbst Theater. Admission is free and registration/RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 PM. The 41st running of the San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on Sunday. The race expo, open to the public and free, will be held at Fort Mason today from 12 PM to 7 PM and tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM.  The San Francisco Ballet returns to Stern Grove Festival performing an afternoon of selections from the current repertory. It all

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We have always been fascinated by San Francisco’s Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The entire structure burned down to the ground in 1966, but you can still make out something of its astonishing scale in the ruins where it once stood at Lands End.

The video below, Sutro Baths: A Forgotten Landmark, tells the remarkable story in vivid relief. It includes wonderful historical footage, along with eyewitness accounts. Just over 14 minutes in length, it is a trip back in time well worth taking, to a place that in spite of all of our advances and technology, is truly unimaginable today.

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The 41st running of the San Francisco Marathon (Full Marathon, 1st Half Marathon, 2nd Half Marathon, 5K and Ultramarathon) will fill San Francisco’s streets with over 27,500 runners on Sunday. Runners will enjoy waterfront miles along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Crissy Field; feel their heart pound as they race across the Golden Gate Bridge; speed past landmarks like Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and AT&T Park; and pound the pavement through San Francisco’s liveliest neighborhoods like Haight-Ashbury and The Mission.

The race expo, open to the public and free, will be held at Fort Mason on Friday from 12 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The races take place on Sunday. For more information, click here.

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San Francisco Magazine just published a list of what it considers to be the 10 best new restaurants in the Bay Area in 2018. We’ve mentioned many of them previously, including Nyum Bai, True Laurel, Che Fico, Robin, Avery, and Sorrel. But one restaurant on their list that we haven’t written about is Jiangnan Cuisine.

Here’s part of what San Francisco Magazine has to say about the place:

“There’s no sauce quite like a Wuxi sauce: glossy and pitch-black, balanced on a knife’s edge between sweet and too sweet. Still, it might have been easier for Wuxi natives Zhanyong Shao and Jean Hua to market their year-old restaurant, Jiangnan Cuisine, as a Shanghainese joint. But they were determined to shine a light on the food from their hometown (a

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Sometimes you think you’ve got to go far away for certain activities. You might think kayaking is something you do in some distant, remote Canadian lake surrounded my mountains. Think again. Think urban kayaking, and City Kayak.

There’s more to urban kayaking than trying to retrieve baseballs out of McCovey Cove — though that is a ton of fun. There are piers to explore, waterfront views to admire, and sea lions to spot.

Why not take the plunge this summer, and explore the relatively flat waters of the bay that is right in front of us. City Kayak has everything you need from lessons to rentals to guided tours.

City Kayak, South Beach Harbor(Pier 40)

Note: City Kayak is located in South Beach Harbor in San Francisco, next to AT&T Park.

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