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BradS
04-18-2006, 12:58 AM
Hi, there is a Edward Weston exhibit at the Oakland Museum, which I believe is near a BART train station: http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/exhi_weston.html

Jon

Excellent! I feel a sore throat coming on...(cough, cough).

Yes, the Oakland Museum is one block from the Lake Merritt BART station.

bjorke
04-18-2006, 03:26 AM
You will want to check out the Fraenkel Gallery, the Wirtz Gallery, the Scott Nichols Gallery, etc. All in one building & not open Sunday or Monday so that probably makes it the 16th for you. The galleries are all in the same unmarked building @ 49 Geary, around the corner from Union Square or the downtown Ghirardelli, Virgin Megastore, Apple, etc. in case the family's not too keen, & near 77 Geary (which has less photography)

http://www.kochgallery.com/

http://www.hainesgallery.com/

http://www.fraenkelgallery.com/

http://www.wirtzgallery.com/

http://www.scottnicholsgallery.com/

Aggie
04-18-2006, 08:39 AM
The most magical time in the city to me is near 5:00 am this time of year. It's just as the light is starting to infiltrate the night, and the street lights are no longer the main source of illumination. The whole city has this difused monochrome feel that is so quiet. The city has not woken up and the traffic is nonexistent. It is a stark contrast to the chaos that in just a hour or so will invade the slumbering city. Set your alarm clock early one morning and go have some quiet fun.

Craig
04-18-2006, 10:55 AM
Another thought to file in the "intersting" category is each time I've been to SF if you go down to Market Street after dark, say 9pm the musicians come out, typically between 4th and 5th streets. One time I saw an amazing drummer doing solo's, and another a guy brought a honda generator and a mixing board, turntable and speakers and was mixing dance music on the sidewalk. The restored streetcars run the F line down Market street and out to the Castro, so that adds some interesting colour.

Aggie
04-18-2006, 11:22 AM
Another thought to file in the "intersting" category is each time I've been to SF if you go down to Market Street after dark, say 9pm the musicians come out, typically between 4th and 5th streets. One time I saw an amazing drummer doing solo's, and another a guy brought a honda generator and a mixing board, turntable and speakers and was mixing dance music on the sidewalk. The restored streetcars run the F line down Market street and out to the Castro, so that adds some interesting colour.

Not all those interesting people are nice. Carry a sturdy tripod with you just in case. I took jewelry classes at approximately 450 Market and sometimes we were there until 10 pm. The day people that get replaced with night people can be scary and oft times threatening. Only once did I have to use one of my tools, (flat nose pliers) to defend myself. I think the word got around quickly as I was never harrassed again. But then I was carrying a case that contained silver, gold, and gem stones. A camera is just as tempting some of them. The castro area is very safe even after dark. It is one of the cleanest and nicest parts of town. You can find some of the best food in the Castro as well. If you go to the Embaracdero, which is where Market dead ends into the SF bay, you can catch the same restored street cars to take you to fishermans wharf. Pier 39 is better than the rest of the Wharf, but is still too touristy. Hit coit tower it is on the way too. There is what is called the bay model over in Sausalito. It is where they constructed a small scale (takes up 4 football fields) model of the bay. When they are filling it for reasearch, it is funn to watch what all the different formations on the bay floor do to the water. Angell Island is a fun place to catch the ferry too, and hike around. In fact the ferries are fun to go on and just turn around and come back. Cheaper than paying for the big tours boats that do almost the same thing. If Brad can get away there is also Niles canyon where they have trains. It is the place where Charlie Chaplin had his first movie studio. Hi might even take you to Ardenwood it is easy to find just off 880 and hwy 84 near Fremont and Newark. It is an old village that practices what it was like in the early bay area doing everything the old fashioned way. As an analog person you would love it. You daughter would get a big kick out of it as well. A couple hours south or less if you drive like me, is the Big Basin redwoods park. It is closer than driving to northern california.In Golden Gate Park go to the Steinhart Aquarium. I had to drag my kids there for a school outing. Your daughter will love that place. Of course you have to go see my legs at Haight and Ashbury.

Sean
05-15-2006, 01:31 AM
Well, not sure I'll manage to meet up with anyone. We are trying to cram in as much as possible in our short stay and it's NOT easy to say the least. We were out all day today (oh my aching feet), and tomorrow we have several things we want to do, then our final day will be taking my daughter to six flags marine land. So I think we're out of luck :(

roteague
05-15-2006, 02:02 AM
Have a great time in SF, and a safe trip home. It was great seeing you again in Toronto.

Aggie
05-15-2006, 07:25 AM
SEANNNNNNNNN Napa valley is real close to marine world. In fact about 25 miles and just one real turn to get there. It is so easy to find from Marine world you will kick yourself if you don't spend just a bit of that day at the Mumm Winery/Gallery. I know how much you love Ansel Adams! It has the largest display of Ansel's work outside of traveling shows. You will be soooooooo close it is one of those for you, once in a life time opportunities. I can get a map that will take you directly to the winery if you want to do that. DON'T miss it. I've taken many apuggers to that gallery, and none have ever regretted seeing it. Go early before you hit Marine world. I think the gallery is open by 10 am. about the same time Marine world would open. This way you can cram both in the same day.

gordrob
05-15-2006, 10:12 AM
I would have to second Aggie's recommendation for the MUMM Winery/Gallery. The Ansel Adams display is worth the trip alone. In addition - at least when we visited the gallery there was quite a display of a number of other photographers as well. After visiting the gallery you can take a short tour of the winery or simply put your feet up on their patio and enjoy a flute of champange.

Gord

roteague
05-15-2006, 11:53 AM
I would have to second Aggie's recommendation for the MUMM Winery/Gallery. The Ansel Adams display is worth the trip alone.

So were the William Neil, Charles Cramer ..... Sorry, but I got more out of them than I got out of St. Ansel.

bjorke
05-15-2006, 05:10 PM
I still recommend 49 Geary. Good high-end new work (do you really think you'll see Ansel prints you haven't seen plenty of times before? And besides, Nichols Gallery has a bunch of 'em).

I'm take you m'self but I'm actually WAY out of town this week. go fig.

Sean
05-15-2006, 10:41 PM
what a day today, looked beautiful this morning so we rented bikes to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. As we near the bridge (I'm towing Amelia in a sidecar pod thingy, and I am pretty out of shape), the fog rolls in heavy and the temp drops about 15degrees, then gail force winds kick in. We didn't let it get in the way though, we pushed on and made it to (forgive my spelling) Salusito, a nice little town on the other side. The sky cleared a bit and we took the ferry back after 5. I really like San Fran a lot, several parts remind me of Wellington, NZ. I know we will not get to do near enough so we are considering this a scouting trip. Next time we come to the US San Fran will be our gateway (since they have NZ direct flights) and we'll be able to hit the ground running. My legs are going to be in some serious pain tomorrow, anyone have a Segway I can borrow? :)

Sean
05-15-2006, 10:42 PM
I still recommend 49 Geary. Good high-end new work (do you really think you'll see Ansel prints you haven't seen plenty of times before? And besides, Nichols Gallery has a bunch of 'em).

I'm take you m'self but I'm actually WAY out of town this week. go fig.
sounds great, will check that out tomorrow morning..

BWGirl
05-16-2006, 07:57 AM
Glad to hear you are enjoying San Fran, Sean. It's always been one of my favorite spots, along with Carmel by the Sea. I can relate to the leg agony! It's definitely a great walking town! haha

Hope your family is enjoting the sights! Have a safe trip home! :)