Of special interest: Spend an evening exploring and looking up to find forgotten clusters of vintage neon signs in the streets of Chinatown. Zig zag through the back alleys and hear all the stories that need to be told about a long lost art. Tours feature local history with architectural and graphic design insights to San Francisco’s unique legacy of surviving neon signs. Photography and a lively Q&A are encouraged. Be prepared to walk 2 miles for 2 hours, with rest stops. Tours start just before twilight. To learn more and find out about other neighborhood tours check out: https://giantorangepress.ticketleap.com/
New at SFMOMA: On Wednesday, SFMOMA installed the single largest painting in the museum’s history, a 1,728 square foot piece spread across a pair of canvasses that individually weigh some 300 pounds each. The piece, titled Howl eon (I,II), comes by way of Ethiopia-born artist Julie Mehretu. The museum specifically commissioned the colossal composition (which took a year to complete) to fit in the lobby of its main entrance on Third Street, which means that it will be on display to the public even without the purchase of a ticket.
On the Plans: As I previously mentioned the Bucca di Beppo is now closed after a 20 year run. A conversion of the space to pure office space or condos is on the books.
The Museum of Ice Cream – opening September 17th at 1 Grant Avenue at Geary!
The museum promises a most delectable and rapturous experience. The site-specific plan is to reveal to the public, structures of the former banking building that have been hidden from view for decades. The SF Museum of Ice Cream will be entirely different from the experiences that previously took place in L.A. and New York. Look for a magical candy garden, psychedelic rainbow unicorns, a push pop installation, and other surprises. There will be a variety of ice cream flavors, with a weekly rotating selection from the likes of Bi-Rite Creamery, It’s It, and Salt & Straw. (there is a “soft” opening this Saturday which is SOLD out),
Hardwood Bar & Smokery
The restaurant has a crew of industry vets and an “impressive smoker” that will be part of the draw. Hardwood will serve cocktails along a hefty selection of craft beers while the kitchen will produce a menu of “Bay Area-style barbecue” at lunch and dinner, as well as late night. Smoked pork spare ribs, a spicy chicken sandwich, and brisket tacos are all on the menu.
680 8th St. between Brannan Street and Townsend Street
Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.
On Saturday, August 26th, Marin-based Woodlands Market officially opened its first San Francisco outpost on the ground floor of the Lumina condominium complex. The 9500-square-foot Rincon Hill store offers a wide selection of organic products, as well as baked goods, a sushi and poke bar, hot and prepared foods, and a ton of fresh produce sourced from local farmers. The Market will be open every day from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.
203 Folsom Street between Main and Beale.