L.A. Art Book Fair

On a last moment whirlwind trip to L.A. for my new gig, I saw the city in a new light (with sunglasses on of course). The L.A. Art Book Fair  organized by Printed Matter was quite a trip in itself. I got to soak it all in.  Cool people making cool stuff.

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The Thing Quarterly booth introducing our new John Baldessari issue!
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Here’s a brief history on Baldessari narrated by Tom Waits.

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The World of Arnold Lobel

The (wonderful) World of Arnold Lobel is on display at The Contemporary Jewish Museum now through March 23rd.  I grew up on his books, illustrations, his adventures portrayed by anthropomorphic characters, his world at the end of his pencil. Seeing his original drawings and peeking into his writing process was a much needed dose of inspiration. While I’ve always enjoyed the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad, my new favorite is The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds featuring  part bird- part thing creatures such as the Gramophone Gullfinch.

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Gingerbread Mansions

I went downtown to check out the sugar castle at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel. The ingredient quantities alone are something to marvel at. There are dueling giant gingerbread mansions around town so you can have various Hansel & Gretel moments like myself. Luckily, my house isn’t edible, otherwise I might not have a roof over my head.

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Moonface at the Swedish American Hall

Sometimes person and place come together to transform that moment. This happened when hearing Spencer Krug play the piano at the Swedish American Hall. It’s beautiful Swedish doors aren’t open very often. As expected, my much anticipated Moonface show left me elated. Can’t stop listening to Julia with the Blue Jeans On. The Bay Bridged gave a sweet review here.

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MOONFACE-JULIA

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Musée Mécanique

After walking to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, I continued my self lead city walk to Musée Mécanique in Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s pretty much the only reason for someone who lives here to go to Fisherman’s Wharf.  Admission is free to see this impressive collection of antique coin operated machines dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Many of the machines were acquired from Playland amusement park on Ocean Beach. Oh how I wish I could have gone to Playland, The Cliff House and Sutro Baths in their heyday! A gal can dream.  Luckily, you can live vicariously through playing the arcade games. Most of them are only a quarter for one play.

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A Ferris Wheel made entirely of toothpicks!
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If only I could be a Radio Artist.
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disproportionate me with three heads.

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Letterpress + Trains

I was lucky enough to take quick trip up to Portland, OR and attend a couple of design week events. My favorite event was the Letterpress Fair held in the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum. They even steamrolled woodcut prints! Two of my passions: printing and trains!

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Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Image from here

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Friendship Bracelets Forever

I’ve been wanting to make friendship bracelets/rings for a while now and finally got around to it. There is a plethora of styles, patterns, and color combinations to try. I think I’m hooked! It’s not weird at all to make a friendship bracelet for yourself (and friends too of course)! Martha Stewart has great instructions and tutorials here.
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Gold goes with every color!
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First attempt at the chevron pattern.

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Flora Grubb Gardens

I went on a Bayview neighborhood adventure. One of our stops was the plant oasis that is Flora Grubb Gardens.  I would live there if possible. It is a horticulturist’s dream space and a succulent paradise.

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