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Friday, January 23, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Keith Haring's Permanent San Francisco Art Work

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

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San Francisco has hosted some of the world's greatest and most provocative masterpieces. Currently, the de Young museum is hosting a temporary retrospective collection of one these artist's works: Keith Haring. Now in its final weeks, the collection of more than 150 pieces will travel elsewhere next month, but — you may not know — there's one Haring piece that's been living in San Francisco all along. Haring has a piece that is an important and permanent fixture in San Francisco (and this week's Tourism for Locals feature): "The Life of Christ" adoring the AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel in Grace Cathedral. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Tourism For Locals: William McKinley Monument Stands as Local Legacy of San Francisco-Born Sculptor

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:02 PM

A testament to a great man and we're not talking about the president it's dedicated for actually. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • A testament to a great man and we're not talking about the president it's dedicated for actually.

As much as we love our local history, San Francisco seems to love erecting monuments to the most important and random of achievements and individuals. Some are warranted, like the alley that inspired the birth of the hard-boiled detective drama; yet, there are other's that seem like complete head scratchers, like this week's Tourism for Locals highlight: The William McKinley Memorial Monument in Golden Gate Park's panhandle.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tourism For Locals: Dance Into the New Year and Visit the Treasure Island Dancing Lady Statue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 1:46 PM

'Blissful' dancing during the San Francisco sunset. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • 'Blissful' dancing during the San Francisco sunset.

We slid into the new year, and now we're going to dance — this week's Tourism for Locals brings you to Marco Cochrane's "Bliss Dance."

More commonly referred to as the “dancing lady statue,” the 40-foot statue debuted at Burning Man in 2010 and moved to Treasure Island in 2011. There it remains as a reminder of not just of Burning Man's culture and origin, but serves as a reminder of the jaunty vibe of San Franciscans.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Slide Into the New Year at the Seward Street Slides

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Slide into childhood bliss! - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/ SF Weekly
  • Slide into childhood bliss!

We're on the cusp of 2015, and while you may have several hopes and a few resolutions for the new chapter with 365 blank pages, there's one we think everyone should try to embrace in the new year — try to have a little fun. Although we can't make any promises of how much fun 2015 will bring you, this week's Tourism for Locals will take you to a place that, for even the briefest of moments, will give you a cheap thrill. Take a trip — and a piece of cardboard — to The Seward Street Slides.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Listening the to Nature Inspired Sounds of the San Francisco Wave Organ

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds.

Christmas music has reached its highest level of saturation this week — how many versions of "All I Want for Christmas is You" are playing in stores and restaurants across the U.S. right now? We shiver at the thought. If you want or need to catch a break, you might need to head out to the Marina to get away from it all. Yes, the Marina, that ONE district many of us try to avoid at all cost for its bro-y vibe, has one spot that is soothing to the eyes and most importantly — the ears. The Wave Organ, channels the surrounding tides to orchestra a cacophony of calming, oceanic sounds.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Camera Obscura Provides a 360 Degree View of the Coast

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 8:43 AM

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San Franciscans are surrounded by 360 degrees of beautiful views. Yet, some of us still take the beauty of the City for granted at times, forgetting to look up from our phones and remind ourselves that we, us lucky few, get to call this place home. If this has ever happened to you, then maybe it's time to have a paradigm shift.

Sea Cliff's Camera Obscura, an edifice contraption inspired on a 15th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci, produces 360 degrees of  images of the Seal Rock Area, all while using only mirrors and natural light. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Neptune Society Columbarium, a Final Resting Spot for San Francisco Locals

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

They left their remains in San Francisco. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • They left their remains in San Francisco.

The Christmas season is in full swing, but many San Franciscans are already over with the excessively saccharine spirit of it all. And if want a local escape from the Hallmark-like festivities,  and want to experience something more along the line of The Nightmare Before Christmas, then pay a visit to the equally bright-and-morbid Neptune Society Columbarium: the only non-denominational burial place within San Francisco's city limits that is open to the public and has space available.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Brian Goggin's Caruso's Dream is a Suspended Musical Delight

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Thirteen glass pianos are in sync with the voice of the famed Italian tenor. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
  • Thirteen glass pianos are in sync with the voice of the famed Italian tenor.

Brian Goggin
is San Francisco's artistic gift that keeps on giving.

Goggin's art is iconic, internationally recognized, and purely San Franciscan. The San Francisco-based artist fuses his high-flying pieces, ranging from flapping books to fleeing furniture with existing edifices and structures, and he injects animal-like movements to inanimate objects. His most recent piece is faithful to his artistic style and worth seeing.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco's Walk of Fame

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

On this street corner lay the accomplishments of locals. - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/ SF Weekly
  • On this street corner lay the accomplishments of locals.

As we noted last week, San Francisco is boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — with monuments and statues commemorating those individuals and their accomplishments. Although there are notable omissions, there's a spot that recognizes people who may have not been recognized outside our peninsular parameters but remain local legends. It may not be as glitzy as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or as colorful as the Castro's Rainbow Honor Walk of Fame, but the Fourth Street Bar and Deli's Walk of Fame honors the San Franciscans who were ordinary citizens that performed extraordinary deeds for the people of San Francisco.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco was Bruce Lee's Native City and There's No Homage to It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The Man. The Master. The San Franciscan - BRUCE LEE FOUNDATION
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  • The Man. The Master. The San Franciscan

San Francisco is a boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — the City erects monuments and dedicates plaques to momentous events like the creation of television and recognizes when it has been the birthplace to the famous. 

But San Francisco is suffering from a case of regional amnesia — one of the greatest heroes of cinema and pop culture has no formal recognition of San Francisco being his hometown.  

We are talking about one of the greats here, one who has been omitted from the collective public memory of S.F. municipal fame — the man, the myth, the martial arts master Bruce Lee

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