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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking of SFMOMA…

Check out this performance for the ground breaking ceremony of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, by Mark Pauline of Survival Research Labs, which took place 20 years ago this month in April, 1992. Pauline’s ‘lab’ is currently located in Sonoma County. His next performance is scheduled for May 19 at ArtPadSF at the Phoenix Hotel.



Best Indian food in the Bay Area (hint: look south)

You would think with all the engineers from the Subcontinent employed by Silicon Valley tech firms, the South Bay would have plenty of good Indian restaurants to choose from. You would be right. Drive down El Camino Real in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara and it starts to look like one big Indian restaurant bazaar. There’s so many, I heard they even opened one inside a Starbucks. (Badaboom) Okay maybe not, but it’s also no surprise to find some of the best curries and dosas and naan in the Bay Area down south. Continue reading Best Indian food in the Bay Area (hint: look south)

A craftsman original: for the love of Swedenborg

I love craftsman architecture, the natural elements of wood and stone at its heart, the whimsical artistic flourishes reflected in the decorative and woodcut art of the same period (early 1900s), the functional nooks and crannies, and a pleasing solidness to the structures. It’s a very warm and charming style. The original British creator of craftsman style, William Morris, was responding to the dehumanizing utility of the industrial revolution, so the best craftsman homes are an homage to nature–a sort of English garden fairyland nature–that produces a feeling both fanciful and secure.

Fortunately for admirers of the form like myself, there are a number of craftsman buildings found throughout Northern California. One of the most remarkable I’ve come across is the Swedenborgian Church on the corner of Lyon and Washington near the Presidio. Continue reading A craftsman original: for the love of Swedenborg

The best free museum in the Bay Area

Yes, those are Rodin’s in the garden (Rodin!), lots of them, sprouting up from the ground like mushrooms after a rain. And of course they’re free to view, to even touch I suppose, though the thought never occurred to me (until now) out of reverence for the art and artist. Continue reading The best free museum in the Bay Area

Best beaches in the Bay Area

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz

Northern California isn’t exactly Maui when it comes to beaches, but they’re still pretty great, even if the weather requires a sweater and a wetsuit. I mean, it’s a beach! (just ask your friends in Kansas to explain). Besides the rocky cliffs along much of our coastline, providing lots of dramatic and inspiring views, you’ll  also plenty of find sandy stretches for rolling out a blanket or long easy strolls. And on a warm, sunny day in the Bay Area, there’s no better place to be. Continue reading Best beaches in the Bay Area