July 2018

There are 22 blog entries for July 2018.

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 Hoodline.com, 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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The 2018 SF Art Book Fair runs today through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free. Also this weekend, 2018 Orchids in the Park takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM in the San Francisco County Fair Building. Thousands of beautiful orchids will be for sale and on display. Meet local growers, and purchase plants and supplies from vendors from all over the world.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/15/18 – 7/21/18

New Report: SF Housing Needs and Trends

Earlier this month City staff presented a memo to the Planning Commission — the first step toward devising some sort of effective solution to the housing crisis, according to SF.Curbed.com.

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SF.Curbed.com just updated and published a wonderful guide to San Francisco’s best public art installations. It includes an interactive map, making it easy to locate all of these pieces.

On this list you’ll find everything from statues made of trees and earth in the Presidio to a kinetic sculpture in the Tenderloin that moves with the wind and lights up at night.

Here are a number of our favorites:

  • Skygate 1574-1636 The Embarcadero
  • Nuotatori 661 Lombard Street
  • Earth Wall 50 Moraga Avenue
  • Fountain at Gateway Court 430 Davis Court
  • The Thinker 100 34th Avenue
  • Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) 747 Howard Street
  • Willie McCovey Statue 24 Willie Mays Plaza
  • Caruso’s Dream 55 9th Street
  • SQUARED Fell St & Octavia
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The Bay Area Art Book Fair runs Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). Admission is free.

Now in its third year, the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) cultivates a diverse and inclusive roster showcasing talent from the Bay Area art publishing community and beyond, exhibiting hand-stapled zines alongside limited edition clothbound tomes.

Since its founding, the fair has grown exponentially, welcoming 10,000 visitors in 2017. This year marks not only an increase in the number of exhibitors, but also the highest international turnout, including representatives from Iran, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and France.

San Francisco Art Book Fair
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minnesota Street

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