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21 December 2006

the golden state.

well here i am, sunny california. we flew into san francisco on friday and spent the weekend there. here's what we did (boring, but with lots of linxxx!):

friday: get into sf at around 7pm california time. drop off our stuff at our friend ava's house, and then immediately go get a burrito from taqueria cancun. THE BEST BURRITOS EVER. wander around the mission district a bit and then go back to ava's. fall asleep by 10pm.

satur(art)day: out of the house by 9am. get breakfast at this place around the corner, and then go to the big farmer's market on the embarcadero. eat a lot of samples. then we decide to go to some museums. we start at the cartoon art museum, which is showing a really beautiful collection of old children's book illustrations. then we go around the corner to the museum of modern art, which is showing an amazing body of work by anselm kiefer, as well as a hysterical art film of kids in istanbul doing karaoke to smiths songs by british artist phil collins (NOT FROM GENESIS). after the moma we make plans to meet up with my friend kim and go to the new de young museum in golden gate park. we see 2 amazing shows: the ruth asawa exhibit, a retrospective of the bay area artist's crocheted wire sculptures as well as works on paper. check this out:

totally mindblowing. the other great show was the quilts of gee's bend exhibit, which features more than 60 quilts made by the women who live/d in gee's bend, alabama, over the past 4 generations. technically the quilts serve the purpose of keeping people warm, but they were totally works of art. see here:

also totally mindblowing. after the de young, we walk through the park to the giant robot store for the printed matter opening. after being arty farty for an entire day we decide to head up to crepes on cole for dinner, where we meet up with kim's paramour dana. after dinner, we take the train downtown to catch the bus up to my friend jamie's apartment, near the crooked part of lombard street, in russian hill. i've been friends with jamie for over 10 years. she's totally crazy, in the fun way, and an amazing artist. she just graduated from san francisco art institute and needs to become famous soon. we spend some time up there for a bit and then head home and pass out from art-exhaustion.

sunday: we wake up relatively early and go have some breakfast at the pork store cafe in the mission with ava. michael and ava decide to have a big bike ride down to ocean beach (isn't that the best name for a beach?) that afternoon, so i make plans to spend the day with jamie. michael and i sadly part ways and i head up to jamie's. we take the bus down to fillmore street where our friend ryan works at a really awesome pet store called george. then we wander in and out of shops we can't afford before getting some food at la mediterranee, a great greek restaurant. from there we head back to the mission to go to this amazing shop paxton gate which is basically a gardening/oddities/taxidermy shop. it's right next to 826 valencia, which is the san francisco contingent for mcsweeney's. after spending about 2 hours in paxton gate, we head over to artsf, which is (sadly out of date) having a show of artwork for less than $100, organised by an old highschool friend of mine. i know that there are going to be a ton of people i know there from both university and my hometown, but i don't expect to see half of my roommates from 2001 there! it was totally crazy. they all live in sf now and are in a band called the dedications. i also get to see my friend ally, who is from my hometown and went to the same university i did, but only after i graduated. and do you want to know something awesome? ally was a semi-finalist for this past season of america's next top model! i bet she has some great stories. anyway i spend some time at the art show with her and jamie and ryan, and then jamie and ryan take off and i head over to meet michael at a bar on 16th called gestalt haus, where a bunch of bike nerds are drinking litres of beer, eating vegetarian kielbasa and swaping bike parts. i get there just in time to meet up with michael and his friends erik and ben, and we all head over to golden era in the tenderloin for some vegan chinese. so we're all totally stuffed, but michael and i think it's a good idea to go to mel's diner for pie. we each get a slice of pie and pick up a slice for ava and head back to her place to eat pie and watch a shitty movie called pulse.

monday and tuesday coming up shortly.


Blogger the library girl said...

Saw Gee's Bend exhibition a few years ago when it debuted in Houston at the MFAH. I completely agree with the mind blowing factor. Did you watch the documentary that ws made about the quilters? I also have a oral history in print based on a similar group of women in TX if you are interested.
Happy New Year!

30 December, 2006 23:04  

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