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Too Much to Do

There is never enough time to do all there is to do in this city. Here are just a few of the recent events that have moved across my line of vision:

365 Plays/365 Days
Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Suzan Lori-Parks wrote a play a day for one year. The plays are now being presented in a year-long nation-wide festival, which had it’s kick-off in San Francisco last night, November 16. Suzan Lori-Parks attended the event at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, and spoke to the audience afterward.

One: An Earth Installation
Stanlee Gatti, a lauded local artist, designer, and event planner, has created an exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers that ‘reflects on the interconnectedness of all living things.’ The exhibit runs until April 15th, however the opening was last night, November 16th. Incredible amounts of food and wine assisted the V.I.P. attendees in finding their reflective nature. Among the attendees were Yomi Agunbiade, General Manager of the Recreation and Park Department; Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco; and Leah Garchik, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Embarcadero Center Lighting Ceremony
Tonight, Friday, November 17, the city turns on its holiday spirit. The skyline brightens during an event that will include a performance by SF Jazz All Star High School Ensemble, an ice show, a special guest performance and a ‘spectacular’ pyrotechnic show. San Francisco loves its pyrotechnics.

San Francisco Hip Hop Dance Festival
This is going to be awesome.

Mafia Made Trunk Show
Bay Area crafters and do-it-yourself artists show and sell their wares at this Russian Hill Craft Mafia event. Drool over colorful little items that are so cute you wish they were edible, and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

And then, of course, there are a million local bands to see (Minipop play The Bottom of the Hill on Saturday the 18th), and a ton of theatre (anyone seen “Edward Scissorhands” yet? Is it any good?).

In addition to some of the things listed above, I am going to eat some Brazilian food at Canto do Brasil, and see The Science of Sleep.

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The Folsom Street Fair

When the city’s sidewalks are heavily traversed by men and women clad in head-to-toe black leather, or sometimes just the head, or just the toe, or just the torso criss-crossed by bondage gear, it can only be for one reason: The Folsom Street Fair.

No, it isn’t a quaint farmer’s market, as the lilt of the name might imply to those who don’t know what Folsom Street is. It is, rather, a meat market, a sex and s&m market. A celebration of San Francisco’s kinky underground. A throw-back to the Barbary Coast era, when drinking and debauchery ruled.

Here is a comprehensive history of the Folsom Street Fair, a thoroughly San Franciscan phenomenon: The Power of Broken Hearts.

I didn’t go to the fair, but I was out and about this weekend, and couldn’t help but see the hordes of attendees, in their head-turning garb. How I wish I’d had my camera when I saw the man with the colorfully tattoed ass, framed by his assless chaps.

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PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day

Curbed SF posted a great list of links and photos of PARK(ing) Day. As it was a beautiful day here in San Francisco, the actual parks were brimming with activity. But for those parts of town lacking in open space – the financial district, SOMA, the Tenderloin – a few new open spaces added a welcome sense of serenity, or at least made an interesting statement. Please, less cars, more parks.

Is it a coincidence that Rebar scheduled this PARK(ing) Day on the last day of summer? It was a great day to be outside – sunny with temperatures in the mid to high 70’s. Today is the start of autumn, and it’s nearly 80 degrees. Thus begins San Francisco’s indian summer.

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