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Monthly Cello event at a sleepy local cafe

How I wish we have this in Cole Valley! Cellist Hannah Addario-Berry organizes a wonderful cello event called Cello Bazzar(2012 is the 4th year!) at the Bazzar cafe on California Street @ 21st Avenue. Performers range from talented Conservatory students to seasoned professionals, playing everything from Bach and Beethoven to contemporary music (including local composers), jazz, and hiphop. While Cello Bazaar is a cello-centric event, the performances also feature collaborations with other instruments including violin, viola, piano, guitar, vocals, and more. More details here.

I went to their March 18th event, here’s the video of Hannah performing herself:

Cellist Sam Bass and the Canadian composer Stephen Brown only met for the first time for 2 hours before performing together here:

There are many other musicians too.

The event is free, but everybody was eager to fill the tip jar. Hey if you want to start a salon or would like to host some musicians in your home for a reasonable fee - give them a call. Hannah is well connected with other musicians. You can sit very close to the musicians with your friends instead of watching the performance from all the way in the back with hundreds of people.


Purim party

Join neighbors and friends for a spectacular Purim Party in Cole Valley.

March 8th at 5:30 pm
@ Grattan School Auditorium, 165 Grattan Street

* Megilah Reading
* Drum Circle with Yari Mander
* Crafts for kids
* NY Deli & Salad Bar
* Live music with Mel’s Mellow Bellows
* Viennese Table

- Online: $10 Adult | $7 Child | $30 Family Rate
- At the Door: $15 Adult | $10 Child | $40 Family Rate

For more info, click here.


Cole Valley Community Wide Menorah Lighting

Join a Cole Valley Community Wide Menorah Lighting at Grattan Playground on December 20th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Enjoy delicious latkas and donuts.
Have your picture taken with Judah the Maccabee.
Fun arts and crafts for children of all ages.
Music by Isaac Zones.


Never-ending radiance of the Strangelove Spirit

new piece

In addition to my solo show, I’m also selected for the group show at the Southern Exposure Gallery. Opening is this Friday, Sept. 16th, 6-9pm. Exhibition Dates: September 16 - October 8, 2011 / 3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 See you there!

11×14″ Silkscreen on paper, radiating visual effect caused by the turning of the disk - try it out in the gallery!


Goodbye Maggie


Our long time neighborhood friend Maggie Posth passed away tragically last Thursday. Growing up as a maths genius, Maggie studied computer science in Berkeley under full scholarship. She later on earned a PHD in Philosophy from the North Western Univ. under full scholarship too. But Maggie is best known among us for her warm personality and her deep love for the animals.

Today, about 50 neighbors, who saw her every day at the Reverie cafe for many years, gathered at Maggie’s brother’s house on Carl Street to say goodbye to this dear friend. We will always miss you, Maggie!


Cole Valley Fair 2011 - booth fee reduced for CA94117 residents

Cole Valley Fair will be back again for its ninth year on Sunday, September 25, 2011! This is a charming and well-attended event features local art and fine crafts, lip-smacking food, live music, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, a full block of vintage automobiles owned by neighborhood residents, events for children, and more!

The fee for resident’s booth spaces have decreased to $150 only in order to attract more local artists. (YAY!) This is the most affordable neighborhood fair that I know of! You will love this well-attended event. Send in your application no later than July 1st. See you at my booth near the corner of Cole and Parnassus!

Here are the: Application for non-food vendor, application for food vendors, application for Cars on Cole. For more information, click here. Oh by the way, they’re also seeking musicians from all genres and styles for one-hour performance slots.


Harvey Milk photo center

photo center

Just went to Clarence Tower’s retirement party and his photo exhibit at the photo center on 50 Scott Street. Clarence has been the director of the photo center for decades, we will miss him very much (as well as all the old staff that are gone or retired)… I use to spend hours and hours at the darkroom there, and years after, I finally made my way back after the photo center has been renovated. Clarence’s retirement party brought a lot of the photographers back. We used to look at each others’ prints all the time, giving each other critiques, sharing tips and techniques…oh those good ol’ laid back days!

Established in the early 1940’s, The photo center is the oldest public darkroom in the United States. Now the renovated photo center has a brand new digital center, with brand new imacs, large flatbed scanner, large format Epson 7900, and of course, lots of upgraded enlargers! Check it out - it’s right where Duboce Park is. N Judah stops right there.

Membership fees:
-Annual - Adult unlimited use: $269
-Six Month - Adult unlimited use: $150
-Six Month - Adult limited use: $54 + $5 day pass
-Annual - Senior (65+) unlimited use: $134
-Six Month - Senior (65+) limited use: $27 + $5 day pass

which includes:
-Film processing lab
-Full web black & white darkroom
-Print drying and mounting
-Film and print scanning
-Inkjet printing
-Members’ gallery
-Discounted course fees


Inner Sunset Street Fair - May 15th

inner sunset street fair

Tai Chi, yoga, swing dance, local folk music and even a Pizza-tossing competition… Wow, can’t miss this great event. May 15th 10am to 8:30pm, on irving street between 9th and 10th avenue, and on 10th avenue between Irving and Lincoln. For details about the Inner Sunset Street Fair, check out their website.

Come and check out my booth on 10th avenue. I will have local neighborhood stuff for sale, as well as my baby grocery shirts!



April 1st, noon, Saint Stupid’s Day Parade

Saint Stupid's Day Parade

Open to public and be as silly as you like! The parade starts promptly at noon at the foot of Market Street (Embarcadero Plaza) and follows a well-established route through the financial district. Bring your feet, old socks, pennies, dead lottery tickets, noisemakers, 3-D glasses, drums…April 1st, noon, silly costumes are encouraged!!! Be there, or be elsewhere!


Cole Valley Fair 2010

Attention artists, vendors, musicians and owners of unique cars:

Cole Valley Fair will be back again for its eighth year on Sunday, September 26, 2010. The fair features local art and fine crafts, lip-smacking food, live music, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, a full block of vintage automobiles owned by neighborhood residents, events for children, and more!

Application for artist can be downloaded here. Priority will be given to Cole Valley residents and returning vendors. Food vendors’ application is here. Musicians from all genres and styles can apply for one-hour performance slots here. Unique car owners are encouraged to apply for “Cars on Cole” car show this year. It need not be a “show queen”, or vintage, or rare. The range of vehicles in past years has been from a gaggle of Citroen 2CV’s, British, German, French, Japanese and Italian sports and touring cars, heavy 30-60’s American Iron, Model A to modern Hot Rod, bicycles to motorcycles.

For more information, please visit www.cviasf.org. Oh, the deadline is July 1st!!


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