Friday Night Lights - If you haven’t already visited the new deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park make the trip. The museum sponsors great events on Friday evenings, opening their galleries, showcasing music and dance and other activities. Alice and I visited the current “Warhol Live” exhibition, listened to some World music, dined in their café, went to the top of the observatory tower (great views) and watched the movie “Factory Girl,” a tragic biopic of 1960s Warhol-promoted “superstar” Edie Sedgwick. The museum is terrific, and the very modern architecture is stimulating and thought provoking. San Franciscan’s should be very proud.
Also make time for the California Academy of Sciences, located just across the drive from the deYoung. The building is also of a breathtaking design and the exhibits should thrill young and old alike. They are offering free admission on special nights, arranged by zip code. Check out their ad on the back page of the Observer.
Congratulations to Sanford Johnson and Kimberly Lesher, owners of Sunset Pet Supply on Taraval Street. They have opened a second location, “Sunset Pet Supply – Ocean Beach” at 3809 Noriega Street (at 45th Ave.). What’s Next – Sunset Pet Supply – OC? We wish them the best of luck on their new venture. They are good people who really give back to the community.
Restaurant Cheers and Tears Dept: We recently dined at Villa d’Este for Easter brunch. Owner /Chef Ramon Oropeza and his staff turn out an amazing variety of choices at very reasonable prices. In an era where portions are shrinking and ingredients are compromised, the Villa still offers “complete” dinners that include antipasto, soup, salad, pasta, coffee and ice cream for between 17.50 and 25 dollars. “A la carte” selections are $4 less and still include a choice of soup or salad. To top it off, the restaurant features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Sadly, we have to report that two of our favorites, the Granada Café, and Julius’ Castle have closed for the time being, with the Granada being a victim of an early morning fire. It’s been reported on the blog, “Eater SF” that the operators of Julius’ Castle are in a nasty dispute with their landlord. We hope they both will reopen soon, as they represent real “old school” San Francisco. Another favorite, Alfred’s, is featured in our Business Corner this month.
This is the last week to check out the SFSU museum exhibit, “Caravan across Persia: An Architectural Tour of Iran,” as it ends May 8th. Rare 1930s photographs and ancient and medieval ceramics are featured. Located in the University Museum in the Humanities Building 510, the exhibit is open from 11 to 4 on Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
The Commodore Sloat School is preparing for a Silent Auction Fundraiser for their annual “Rainbow-A-Fair,” to be held on May 9th we hear it’s a “one of a kind event.” The school is located at 50 Darien Way.
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Some friends and I recently had the pleasure of attending the 6th annual Tim Baptista Memorial Crab Cioppino dinner at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep HS. Over 340 people were in attendance for the dinner and the silent auction. The food was terrific as ever, and there were lots of good prizes in the silent auction with the proceeds for the evening going to support the programs at the school. Tim’s family also sponsors a golf tournament in the summer. It’s also a fun event, and it seems like half of San Francisco is there. For more information on these events, visit the website: www.TimBaptista.org.
A new “Private Spa” has opened on West Portal, and some of you may be familiar with the proprietor…Leslie Villarreal has returned to the Avenue, opening Relaxologie, at 262 West Portal Ave. You may remember her from when she ran Relax Now, from 1998 to 2004. She features her own line of skin care products, Relax Now Skin Care, and handles all of the spa services personally. Take the time to pamper yourself and make a date with Leslie. All appointments are “by appointment only.” To experience this “private world” you can ring her at 415.999.8720.
I was at the WOTPCC meeting on Tuesday, and was surprised to see Rae Doyle, with her arm in a sling. It seems that she recently had shoulder surgery and is on the mend. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Observer columnist Sharon Caren conducted a workshop last month focusing on the many beneficial ways to use essential oils in your life (see the photo above). The workshop, held at the Curves-Twin Peaks on Portola Drive, was a great way to learn about and test some of the oils. The peppermint oil is amazing, just one drop in a bottle of water creates a tasty and invigorating drink. For those who missed the presentation, she will be hosting an encore presentation on April 19th. The location will again be at the Curves-Twin Peaks, located at 608 Portola Drive.
Make a point to visit the West Portal Avenue Arts and Crafts Fair on April 3-5. Many artisans will have their work on display, along with good food. It’s a great time for the neighbors to get out and see each other. Let’s hope the weather will cooperate.
The Commodore Sloat School is preparing for a Silent Auction Fundraiser for their annual “Rainbow-A-Fair”, to be held on May 9th. If you have anything that you would like to donate as a auction prize, please contact Aaron Goodman at 415.786.6929, or send the donation to “Commodore Sloat School, attn: Auction, 50 Darien Way, SF, CA. 94127.”
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