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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Pioneertown

Many of my favorite musicians have rolled through Pioneertown to play at the infamous Pappy & Harriets. The Pioneertown Motel (right behind it) was a great place to lay our heads after a day in Joshua Tree and a night listening to local musicians at P&H. The old western downtown, complete with a livery, is just a short walk back to the wild west.

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Happy Halloween!

Cute girls with scary pumpkins.
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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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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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Port Costa

Port Costa is a tiny town about an hour northeast of San Francisco. It was founded in 1879 and was on the main route of the transcontinental railroad. Not much has changed since then it seems. The antique shops seem as if they were once new and the Burlington Hotel looks as though it’s seen many train travelers passing through. I’m pretty sure the whole town is haunted. Naturally, I was very excited to check it out.  The popular spot to go to is called the Warehouse Cafe.  It’s an eclectic mix of curiosities and antiques, including the infamous taxidermy polar bear. We ate cheddar cheese with saltines, played rummy, drank local brew out of jars, and threw horseshoes. It was a great day! Turns out, I’m pretty good at horseshoes and got a ringer to win the game. Not bad for a first timer.

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Pixie Cut Love

After a “free” haircut went awry the only solution was to go short, super short.  I’m channeling my inner pixie cut with images of the lovely ladies Jean Seberg and Mia Farrow who inspired many woman to go lockless. They are the epitome of adorable.

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Black Sparrow Press

I recently acquired another Black Sparrow Press book, Midnight Mass by Paul Bowles. Black Sparrow books are special in so many ways: paper texture, binding, cover design, and of course contents. The “full package” of a book.  Here are a few from my small collection in various states of being well-loved.
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Noir City at the Castro Theatre!

Noir City is this weekend at the Castro. I’m going to see one of the greatest films of all: Sunset Boulevard. A dream come true!

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Vintage Packaging.

Eye candy for your Wednesday.

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