The Drama and the Draw of Occupy SF

The Occupy SF camp is like one big storefront window this holiday season.  There’s mixed reaction as to whether it’s helping or hurting retailers.  Demonstrators spent one of the busiest shopping days halting cable cars and busses down Market Street on two occasions for 20 minute stretches.  That irritated some to the point of public…

A Year in San Francisco

Touched and moved by Andrew Clancy’s A Year in New York, I set out to assemble my own video tribute to San Francisco. ‘We Don’t Eat’ by Irishman James Vincent McMorrow is a beautiful and awe-inspiring song. Using video I shot throughout the year, these images reflect the San Francisco I live and breathe every…

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…