Fall has arrived with some great new buildings and exciting arts and science

Posted by Leslie Bauer on Thursday, October 9th, 2008 at 1:03pm.

Fall is officially here with our great weather here in San Francisco. It is a very exciting time of year for this city -- The art scene starts their new season. There are some great new buildings on the market. The long awaited re-opening of the California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park and the  New Contemporary Jewish Museum opened its doors this summer and is about to host StoryCorps .


You know that blank wall in your home that is in need of a good piece of art work? The search is on in the month of October. Every weekend in October BAY AREA artists open up their studios to the public. This is an opportunity to see artists in their workspaces. It's a great way to find a piece or two of artwork for your home .  You can meet the artist buy directly from them.  It's also a great way to explore the neighborhoods.


Bay Area Now 5. YBCA's (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) fifth triennial exhibition of Bay Area art explores questions around how to re-imagine a regional survey in the midst of globalization. What continues to draw artists here and makes the Bay Area a unique place to live and work when more and more of us are traversing the globe and becoming international citizens? How does the physical geography of the Bay, both natural and constructed, influence the Bay Area as a site of artistic production? How does the history of this region, including its legacy of social activism, shape Bay Area residents' understanding of themselves and the rest of the world's notion of this place? What are the contrasts between the myths, ideals and realities of the Bay Area and the aspirations of its residents? Bay Area Now 5 (BAN5) asks these questions to explore the many ways artists are influenced by their experiences both inside and outside the Bay Area. http://www.ybca.org/bigideas/2008/bayareanow5.aspx


There is a little something for everyone in the new buildings that opened in the last few months.


The Artani opened their doors a week ago and my response is wow!!! The Artani is conveniently located at 818 Van Ness. A testament to its name, it's just a short walk from the symphony, opera, ballet, music hall, museums, galleries and films. That is just the surroundings. Enter the spaces and you will enjoy the attention to detail in the homes. There are many unique and spacious floor plans. There are 1 Bedrooms, 1 Bedrooms + den,  and 2 Bedroom homes available, 52 homes in total. The details that really stood out for me were; the use of space, they put every sq/ft to use.  They use pocket doors where needed, and have ample amounts of storage. No need to pick the finishes; they did it for you and they really are high-end, inside the homes and in the communal space. When you visit you have to see the rooftop deck, it will become an extension of your home. I can go on..... Instead call me and we can make an appointment to see it.


In another part of town, for people really looking for the "pied a terre" is Cubix Yerba Buena at 766 Harrison. 98 studio homes built by the architect George Hauser. They are Stylish, Convenient and Hip. Steps away from SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, movie theatres and Whole Foods they are your "Your Small Piece of the Big City" . It is low-impact, studio home living, with high sculpted ceilings, colored concrete floors and radiant heating. They are small homes with a spacious feel, wrap around bay windows to enjoy the views, and bonus balconies with glass rails. Ingenious precision crafted kitchens, complete with custom wardrobe kits and more storage leased in the basement. They didn't skimp on the Rooftop garden deck with Grill and three Glass View Terraces for panoramic city views. You have to see it to believe it. Let me know when you are available and we can make an appointment.


We are all waiting to hear what the Argenta at 1 Polk St. is going to do. Will they be for sale or rentals? If you are interested in finding out drop me a line and I will put you on the list for updates. 

First Museum in the Country to Host a StoryBooth
October 12, 2008 - October 11, 2009

StoryCorps will Launch with a Community Listening Party and Book Signing Featuring
Dave Isay, StoryCorps Founder and Author of Listening Is an Act of Love
Sunday, October 26, 2008 3-5 PM

San Francisco, CA, September 19, 2008 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum, will be the first museum in the country to host a StoryCorps StoryBooth. Founded and directed by award-winning radio documentary producer and MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps is the largest oral history project of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has brought together thousands of people from across generational, professional, socio-economic, and cultural divides to share their life stories, history, and hopes. Aired each Friday on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts touch millions by illuminating our common humanity through personal experiences that reflect contemporary American culture. For one year (October 12, 2008-October 11, 2009), Bay Area residents and visitors will be able to interview important people in their lives in the StoryBooth recording studio, located in the Museum's Sala Webb Education Center. After their recording session, participants receive a copy of their story, and with their permission, an additional copy is added to the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress for future generations to hear.

The Museum will officially launch its yearlong StoryCorps residency with a Community Listening Party, which will feature sound clips from StoryCorps interviews and a reading by Dave Isay from his book Listening Is an Act of Love.  WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 3-5 PM. WHERE: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. Free with admission.





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