San Francisco’s Maritime “Time Machine” eyes Voyage of the Future

One of the best kept secrets in San Francisco is docked down at Pier 45.  The S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien‘s all-volunteer crew keeps this Landmark WWII Liberty Ship immaculate and seaworthy.  Liberty Ships were a critical part of the war effort, transporting everything from trucks, food, medicine, weaponry and more to allied troops in Europe and…

Highland Games – Rhythm of Dreams

The Highland Games is about more than hefting poles and tossing hammers.  It is the brilliant backdrop for a co-creative dance of artists and musicians each moving to their own rhythm. I am always moved by artists who want you to appreciate their vision and inspire you to feel the vibration that feeds their soul.  While…

San Francisco’s Mayor Steps to Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets 2011 promises to be the longest season yet – with the street party offering up a double dose of entertainment in September.  It’s not yet on the website calendar, but organizers say September 18th will be the big day for Chinatown/North Beach.  There’s also a city-wide ping pong tournament about to be officially announced.…

The Many Vibes of Pride in San Francisco

Pride is as much for social butterflies as it is for wallflowers. It’s an explosion of color with moments of provocative and daring draped in family values, faith and corporate responsibility.   The show begins with a sea of motorcycles and thousands upon thousands of roaring spectators. There is that dash of flash, but it…

Preserving their Stories – USS San Francisco (CA-38)

This past year, we lost seven men who served on the USS San Francisco.  We feel the loss of our greatest generation while attending events such as the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the USS San Francisco monument in Lands End. Thanks to historians like James Hornfischer, author of “Neptune’s Inferno”, who spoke this year,…

The Visual Artistry of Julie Michelle – Inside City Hall

Julie Michelle records San Francisco history by embracing the stories of strangers and bringing their words to life through inventive imagery.  Her photos celebrate the city spirit against cultural murals, vintage doorways, turn-of-the-century glass, and tile stairwells dripping with coral, indigo and parrot green.  She is in love with color, nature, design and all San…

Blazing a Path of Latin Jazz in San Francisco

JazzSabor is a labor of love.  A group of seasoned Bay Area musicians are performing in propulsive rhythm to a hot genre of Latin jazz.  Some of these artists once shared the stage with legendary drummers and bandleaders.  Today their talent takes on new dimension as they deliver a unique blend of Latin dance music.  Among…

The Power of Music — Street People and Tourists unite in San Francisco

Music truly brings people together.  MJ’s Brass Boppers – a popular New Orleans-style brass band, takes to the street and everyone moves to the beat; following them on a beautiful journey down Market Street.  How fortunate am I to stumble on the scene with a Flip.  The popular brass band started out at Powell –…

T2- Global, Social, Sustainable

Layovers just turned luxurious at SFO with the soon-to-be open Terminal 2. A brilliant open house this weekend showcased fabulous affordable food (something rarely found in an airport), a unique shopping experience, superbly sustainable surroundings, and innovative entertainment stops — including ones for tots. It was a look into the past and a door to…