The CultureBus

26 09 2008

Well, here’s a good idea! 

Last weekend, Muni started a new eco-friendly bus line, the 74X CultureBus. For $7 you can ride all day and see a lot of San Francisco’s major arts and culture institutions around the City ($5 for seniors, youth and disabled people; free for children under 4). 


Check out all the places it stops:

Yerba Buena Cultural Institutions

California Historical Society (
Cartoon Art Museum (
Contemporary Jewish Museum (
GLBT Historical Society (
Museum of the African Diaspora (
Museum of Craft and Folk Art (
SF Camerwork (
The Society of California Pioneers (
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (
Zeum (


111 Minna Gallery (
Aurobora Press (
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions (
Braunstein/Quay Gallery (
Catharine Clark Gallery (
Chandler Fine Art (
Crown Point Press (
Modernism (
RayKo Photo Center (
Sculpturesite Gallery (
The Artists Alley (
Varnish Fine Art (
Visual Aid (
Other Yerba Buena Arts and Events (

Civic Center

Asian Art Museum (
City Hall (

Golden Gate Park Museum Concourse

de Young Museum (
California Academy of Sciences (
Japanese Tea Garden (
Conservatory of Flowers (


Pretty Titties

17 09 2008

You know when you go to an event and you’re in a roomful of new people? You look around to feel out who you want to meet. Last weekend I was at a business seminar, and right off the bat I spotted a woman who just sparkles. (No, she wasn’t dressed like she is in the photo!) When we talked later that day, I thought, “she’s actually as lovely as I expected!” (I also learned that she has an awesome last name!)  

Jude Marks makes beautiful bustiers for all kinds of busts. I encourage you to visit her website and read her heartwarming and powerful story.

SF MOMA MuseumStore

14 09 2008

Whenever I’m down near Third and Mission and I have some extra time, I like to stop in to see what’s new at the museum store at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. They have incredible wacky and wise books to read and browse, toys, amazing handmade jewelry, unique housewares and office supplies, selected small furniture – all, in their own ways, qualifying as art. I always find something useful or useless that I can’t live without. 

It’s a great place to visit when you need some inspiration in your life. If you can’t find it there, well… my heart goes out to you!

Here’s my dear friend Angela,  a special education teacher in SF’s public schools. She spent part of her sabbatical last year volunteering at orphanage for baboons in Africa.


What’s your favorite find at a museum store?

My Favorite Road Sign Ever

9 09 2008

According to the folks over at The San Francisco Citizen, this sign was put up (officially – I love San Francisco) where Bush Street ends at Presidio Avenue, just a few weeks after ours truly was sworn in. I wish it had worked sooner.

A Very Colorful Day

8 09 2008

On Wednesday (but during the day, so you have time to go to the Story of Stuff event) you have the opportunity to attend a full day about designing with color. The House Beautiful Color Institute is open to public and professionals alike. In the morning you’ll hear panel discussions and a presentation by Stephen Drucker, Editor in Chief at House Beautiful. The afternoon will be full of informational seminars and showroom events hosted by top experts and designers. Sounds like a good day!

So if you love color and don’t have anything on your calendar Wednesday (9/10) (like, ahem, WORK) call 212-830-2997 or email to register for this FREE event at the SF Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams Street.

The Story of Stuff event

4 09 2008

A couple times a year I teach an 8-week class about clearing clutter out of your life. Earlier this year someone sent me a link to the incredible 20-minute video, The Story of Stuff, which is now mandatory viewing for my students, clients and for anyone else who cares to listen to me. Just as its website explains, the video is a “fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

Annie Leonard, the creator (and movie star!) of The Story of Stuff, will be a guest of the American Jewish World Service and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps next Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-9:00pm, at The Women’s Building (3453 18th Street). You can join them for what promises to be a lively evening of a viewing of the video, great discussion, and Q & A. RSVP here, or contact with questions.


What do you think about this video? Comments, please!