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Friday, January 30, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Church of 8 Wheels Provides Heavenly Fun

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 1:25 PM

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We have already mentioned that the closest thing to heaven on Earth is located at the corner of Fillmore and Fell streets — and the best things in life, often, come on wheels. By day, the abandoned Sacred Heart Parish looks like any other religious building: solitary and somber. But at night, that is when everything shifts to heavenly heights and the choir of angels is guided by the voices of Gloria Gaynor, Mariah Carey and the holy trinity: Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Prepare yourself for a rolligious experience because we are now crossing the San Francisco Pearly Gates and entering the Church of 8 Wheels. 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Listening the to Nature Inspired Sounds of the San Francisco Wave Organ

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds.

Christmas music has reached its highest level of saturation this week — how many versions of "All I Want for Christmas is You" are playing in stores and restaurants across the U.S. right now? We shiver at the thought. If you want or need to catch a break, you might need to head out to the Marina to get away from it all. Yes, the Marina, that ONE district many of us try to avoid at all cost for its bro-y vibe, has one spot that is soothing to the eyes and most importantly — the ears. The Wave Organ, channels the surrounding tides to orchestra a cacophony of calming, oceanic sounds.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Camera Obscura Provides a 360 Degree View of the Coast

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 8:43 AM

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San Franciscans are surrounded by 360 degrees of beautiful views. Yet, some of us still take the beauty of the City for granted at times, forgetting to look up from our phones and remind ourselves that we, us lucky few, get to call this place home. If this has ever happened to you, then maybe it's time to have a paradigm shift.

Sea Cliff's Camera Obscura, an edifice contraption inspired on a 15th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci, produces 360 degrees of  images of the Seal Rock Area, all while using only mirrors and natural light. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Neptune Society Columbarium, a Final Resting Spot for San Francisco Locals

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

They left their remains in San Francisco. - JUAN DE ANDA
  • Juan De Anda
  • They left their remains in San Francisco.

The Christmas season is in full swing, but many San Franciscans are already over with the excessively saccharine spirit of it all. And if want a local escape from the Hallmark-like festivities,  and want to experience something more along the line of The Nightmare Before Christmas, then pay a visit to the equally bright-and-morbid Neptune Society Columbarium: the only non-denominational burial place within San Francisco's city limits that is open to the public and has space available.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Brian Goggin's Caruso's Dream is a Suspended Musical Delight

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Thirteen glass pianos are in sync with the voice of the famed Italian tenor. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
  • Thirteen glass pianos are in sync with the voice of the famed Italian tenor.

Brian Goggin
is San Francisco's artistic gift that keeps on giving.

Goggin's art is iconic, internationally recognized, and purely San Franciscan. The San Francisco-based artist fuses his high-flying pieces, ranging from flapping books to fleeing furniture with existing edifices and structures, and he injects animal-like movements to inanimate objects. His most recent piece is faithful to his artistic style and worth seeing.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco's Walk of Fame

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

On this street corner lay the accomplishments of locals. - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/ SF Weekly
  • On this street corner lay the accomplishments of locals.

As we noted last week, San Francisco is boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — with monuments and statues commemorating those individuals and their accomplishments. Although there are notable omissions, there's a spot that recognizes people who may have not been recognized outside our peninsular parameters but remain local legends. It may not be as glitzy as the Hollywood Walk of Fame or as colorful as the Castro's Rainbow Honor Walk of Fame, but the Fourth Street Bar and Deli's Walk of Fame honors the San Franciscans who were ordinary citizens that performed extraordinary deeds for the people of San Francisco.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tourism For Locals: San Francisco was Bruce Lee's Native City and There's No Homage to It

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The Man. The Master. The San Franciscan - BRUCE LEE FOUNDATION
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  • The Man. The Master. The San Franciscan

San Francisco is a boastful of its famous residents and milestones — past and present — the City erects monuments and dedicates plaques to momentous events like the creation of television and recognizes when it has been the birthplace to the famous. 

But San Francisco is suffering from a case of regional amnesia — one of the greatest heroes of cinema and pop culture has no formal recognition of San Francisco being his hometown.  

We are talking about one of the greats here, one who has been omitted from the collective public memory of S.F. municipal fame — the man, the myth, the martial arts master Bruce Lee

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Wally Heider Recording Plaque Marks Birth of San Francisco Sound

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

A small plaque in the corner marks the spot where San Francisco became the center of music recording in the United States during the '60s, '70s and '80s. - JUAN DE ANDA/ SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/ SF Weekly
  • A small plaque in the corner marks the spot where San Francisco became the center of music recording in the United States during the '60s, '70s and '80s.

When we are asked to describe San Francisco, practically all of us will focus on the sights of our City. But as locals, we know full well that the sounds of San Francisco are equally as important. And by sounds, we mean more than just the clanging of cable cars and blaring fog horns. Our music scene is constantly shifting and with all this evolution, it can be difficult to pinpoint when and who was responsible in the fostering the earlier days of the musical mecca.

Fortunately there is a small plaque in the Tenderloin commemorating the spot where San Francisco Sound was born. It's time to visit the site where Wally Heider created his San Francisco recording studio that forever altered the history of American music. 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Hallidie Building First in Nation to Employ Glass Curtain Style

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
  • A glass marvel and architectural accomplishment.

San Francisco is, and has been, home to inquisitive authors, brilliant inventors, and — as we'll explore this week — architectural mavericks. 

While we know that San Francisco is home to famous buildings and homes, we have one edifice that employed a revolutionary technique that was not only a first in the United States but also set the standard for several modern buildings we see around the world today.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Hotel Vertigo Commemorates Alfred Hitchcock's Classic Film

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Still standing today. - PARAMOUNT STUDIOS/ YOUTUBE
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  • Still standing today.
San Francisco has a rich cinematic history and is a haven for avid cinema fanatics — from respected film schools to iconic shooting locations for films like The Maltese Falcon and Mrs.Doubtfire — there is always a gem waiting for the movie buffs to visit.  And perhaps, without question, one of the greatest film makers of the 20th century treated San Francisco as his greatest muse and inspiration for scenery.  Alfred Hitchcock filmed many of his greatest films like The Birds and Vertigo in here in the City and his his work are massive love letters of reel proportions. Although there are many cameos made by S.F. locations in his films, we'll be exploring a place that was pivotal in plot development and very much a character itself.

It's time to check into the Vertigo Hotel.

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