HAIGHT STREET – In 1967, Hunter S. Thompson immortalized the Summer of Love, in the Haight Asbury district of San Francisco, in his sensational article (The Hashbury Is the Capital Of the Hippies) from the NYT. Also, the notable song named for The City sung by Scott McKenzie (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) endures to this day as an anthem of a generation. At one end, the Upper Haight features rows of remodeled Victorians with intricate color schemes. Buena Vista Park connects to the Castro on one side and the Haight on the other. There are many colorful murals along the way for aficionados of street art. The Red Victorian Hotel is a bed and breakfast near the Red Vic Theater which has an indie movie vibe. Recently, much to the chagrin of SF purists, a number of chain merchants (such as the Gap) have established themselves along the Haight. However, clothing re-sellers such as Wasteland appear to be alive-and-well, along with many other business models. There are very few remaining record stores to be found, having met their demise due to the internet, yet check out Amoeba Records. Finally, at the foot of Haight Street, there is the entrance to Golden Gate Park which is also quite near the Cole Valley neighborhood. In 2014, it’s easy to find plenty to do here. But, don’t expect to see any long-haired hippies dressed in paisley tunics and bell bottom pants.
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THE BAY BRIDGE IN PROGRESS – In February 2014, the de Young (a fine art museum) will feature a new exhibition, on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. As you may already know, the new Eastern Span was opened to traffic in September 2013. The exhibit is a story of a structure but also a tale of the city. We live in a changing technological landscape, with community patterns in flux, the bridge is firmly embedded in our self-image, as an urban society. See below for a link featuring examples or art pieces which will be on display.
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IN THE REIGN OF HARAD IV – A miniature maker–honored with a fur coat to attend court—creates doll house furniture with incredible detail. He loses himself in his own ambitions, ever creating things that are smaller and smaller, that his apprentices check on him one day. He has made a doll house so small, that it is invisible, even under powerful magnification. In the Reign of Harad IV by Steven Millhauser the author explores themes common to his other works, small moments, replicating reality, small models and exploration of the literary fantastic. This Pulitzer prizewinning writer has authored Dangerous Laughter, A Precursor of the Cinema and The Other Town.