The Doggie Diner was the name of a Bay Area chain of burger joints that had its heyday in the '60s and '70s. The last remaining restaurant in the Chain was located at the corner of 46th and Sloat in San Francisco, CA. Even after the place became a restaurant with a new name ("Carousel") the giant Fiberglass dachshund head remained as a piece of nostalgia until a storm toppled it on April 1st, 2001. The head was relocated in January 2005
to the median of Sloat Boulevard and became San Francisco city landmark #254. Now the restaurant itself is slated for demolition
. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels
on Aug 22, 2011 -
Shortly before noon yesterday morning
an art thief walked into the Weinstein Gallery
near San Francisco's Union Square, grabbed Pablo Picasso's 1965 pencil drawing, "Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman)"
and strolled casual out of the museum to a waiting cab. Witnesses described the man as a "well dressed" "white man about 6 feet tall, age 30 to 35, wearing a dark jacket, a white shirt, dark pants, large dark glasses and loafers with no socks." Surveillance cameras at nearby restaurant Lefty O'Doul's appear to have captured the suspect as he walked briskly down the street, Picasso under arm.
“Most galleries that show this caliber of artwork don’t put it on street level
,” said gallery owner Rowland Weinstein. “It’s very upsetting, because my goal is to keep this kind of work accessible to the public.” Weinstein says the piece was insured and is valued at $200,000.
posted by 2bucksplus
on Jul 6, 2011 -
As a public transit geek, I really enjoyed this
story. We've talked about taking public transit on unlikely
, and I read the original blog post
giving the directions on how to get from SF to LA using only public transit. But the article from SF Weekly's In Transit
blogger, Joe Eskanazi, really brings the trip to life.
posted by agatha_magatha
on Jun 27, 2011 -
On Christmas Eve, exactly 100 years ago
, Luisa Tetrazzini
, the most famous opera singer of her day, sang in the streets of San Francisco as a gift to the city she loved. 250,000 people, most of them survivors of the 1906 earthquake listened in silence as she began with "The Last Rose of Summer
," then sang along as she ended with "Auld Lang Syne."
posted by williampratt
on Dec 24, 2010 -
"I never know what to call myself really
. I call myself a cartoonist because it's what I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember, it's what I always return to, and it's how I think. But I don't really work in that field. I think I'm an artist and a writer, or more appropriately, an artist who writes." [more inside]
posted by oulipian
on Jul 31, 2010 -
Button du Jour.
A charming semi-daily imaginary vignette featuring food, fashion, music, and an exotic location -- all inspired by a beautiful button.
posted by ottereroticist
on Feb 1, 2010 -
God Hates Signs:
Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church band-of-bigots showed up in San Francisco the other day to protest at the headquarters of Twitter. (Why? "Twitter should be used to tell the punks of doomed America that God hates you!"). They were met by counter-protesters
, well versed in the dark arts of snark. Hilarity ensues.
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 31, 2010 -
San Francisco - the Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.
Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Dec 21, 2009 -
31 years ago today, 918 people died in the Jonestown Mass Murder-Suicide
. One week later, CBC Radio aired this comprehensive examination
[MP3] of the events leading up the tragedy, including cult leader Jim Jones' rise to power, the founding of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Guyana, and the ill-fated investigative delegation headed by Congressman Leo Ryan which precipitated the tragic event.
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Nov 17, 2009 -
"The What Cheer House
catered to men only, permitted no liquor on the premises, and housed San Francisco's first free library and first museum." Opened in 1852 by Robert B. Woodward
it became immensely popular. "[S]ailors enjoyed staying there... [he] was such a well-liked man that they would often bring him trinkets from around the world when they’d come to town. For Woodward, these gifts were the beginning of what would become a life-long obsession with collecting." He moved the collection and opened Woodward's Gardens
in 1866 between Mission and Valencia at 13th-15th streets. Called the Central Park of the West
, it was San Francisco's most famous public resort. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Oct 4, 2009 -
people who skirt the edges of things; people whose connection to the broader flow is murky or obscured. Mistaken as more, less or different than they are; they aren’t really seen and don’t really belong
. That’s everyone sometimes; but some
more often. I try to establish a line for a moment. I hope to connect. And I see the most beautiful
and the most heartbreaking
posted by parudox
on May 10, 2009 -
1939 - 1982 Illustrator
and Collagist extraordinaire
; like many talented people of that era hung out at Vesuvio
" There is a time in the span of civilizations when creative energy and the human spirit are wholly, if briefly focused. When this occurs culture in all its manifestations reaches its zenith. The moment passes; civilizations decline, only to be replaced by others. This process of life appears cyclic. Communities become tribes, turn into nations and become empires which, like
suns, radiate their energy to the limits of their power, then decay and finally vanish, leaving behind only traces. This cycle, which may continue until our sun--or our planet--fails us..... "
When you want to know about someone's life you either ask the person
yourself or you ask friends
... Sätty is Dead [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Feb 14, 2009 -
"Shaping San Francisco
is an ongoing multimedia project in bottom-up, participatory history." Earthquakes
, jazz clubs
, neighborhoods dead
, and oh so much more
posted by hal incandenza
on Dec 4, 2008 -
Thirty years ago yesterday (November 27, 1978) San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harvey Milk
and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated
by Dan White
, another city supervisor. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the U.S. Prior to his death he championed a movement against a California proposition (Proposition 6, dubbed the Briggs Initiative
) which sought to ban gays and lesbians, and anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California's public schools. In the midst of a national right-wing, conservative, religious movement heralded by folks like Anita Bryant
the proposition was soundly defeated. Fast forward to today. A new film "Milk
] (starring Sean Penn in the title role) is garnering critical acclaim
and is relevant to current events. "Harvey came up against a lot of obstacles, which I think is the case for any gay man now," says Brolin, who plays Dan White [in the film]. "The irony is that Prop 8 is now what Prop 6 was then
posted by ericb
on Nov 28, 2008 -