A new and improved
Orpheum emerges on Market Street for The Lion King.
Honeymoon in the city that says goodbye too soon
who doubted that Mayor Gavin Newsom would give political rival-turned-partner
Angela Alioto something significant to do in his administration - and
this includes me - was wrong.
Looking very mayoral at a press conference at the Department of Human
Services on Mission Street, Newsom announced last week that Alioto would
chair a task force responsible for preparing the city's 10-year plan
to eradicate chronic homelessness.
Alioto, looking very vice mayoral, accepted the assignment. The city's
share of $2 billion earmarked for homeless programs by the Bush administration
is dependant upon the formation of a 10-year plan. Newsom and Alioto
have promised the goods by June.
Critics whisper that the plan, which will contain goals and deadlines
but is not legally binding, has no teeth. However, in the words of one
insider, "It may be just a piece of paper, but Angela will roll it up
and use it as a club."
Also between datelines, Newsom established a cabinet of relevant city
officials to coordinate the effort on homelessness - something the public
has long clamored for - and he took a pay cut. The honeymoon continues
and why shouldn't it?
Order up! News that Sears Fine Food
on Powell Street had been purchased by the owners of Lori's Diner and
will reopen this spring came as no surprise. A deal was in the works
even as Sears was eulogized from Union Square to the Sunset.
Other San Francisco institutions that were pronounced dead in recent
years, only to be resurrected, include the Washington
Square Bar & Grill, House of Shields,
the Brown Bag, Jack's
restaurant, and the pink section.
Hot 'n' Hunky, the burger joint on 18th Street at Hartford, was a neighborhood
fixture in the Castro when disco was king. It closed for remodeling
last month, but don't look for a speedy return. Healthier diets appear
to be on the rise along with the economy.
Fans of grease and salt will remember Hot
'n' Hunky for dishes like the Macho Man Burger, the Miss Piggy,
and I Wanna Hold Your Ham. A second Hot 'n' Hunky, on Polk Street, and
another on Market Street next to the Mint karaoke bar also closed in
the past decade.
Valencia Rose alum Charles Busch
wrote "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" for the actress Linda
Lavin. With the planned Sears reopening I'm reminded of a story Lavin
told in an earlier show. It's a story of a universal experience.
To paraphrase, maybe you've been on a flight and because you were in
a happy mood you bonded with the lady sitting next to you. She told
you about her nieces; you told her about your job in the city and the
great vacation you've just had from it. You have a new best friend from
Denver to SFO. You say goodbye as you're taking down your carry-on luggage.
You go your separate ways.
Five minutes later, you run into your buddy at the baggage claim area
where you find you have nothing at all to say to her. Absolutely nothing.
Why? Because, you said goodbye too soon.
"All Over Coffee" by artist Paul Madonna of the Western Addition is
the Chronicle's newest cartoon strip, having premiered in the pink section
on Sunday, February 8. MisterSF.com's visitors are familiar with the
strip, which was introduced here for a six-week run last November.
You'll be seeing much more from the talented Madonna. "All Over Coffee,"
which features internal reminiscences over graceful line drawings of
San Francisco landmarks, runs four times a week in the daily.
With so many great events currently happening or quickly approaching,
here are a few fabulous things to see and do.
The San Francisco Independent Film Festival continues through Sunday,
February 15. There are still tickets available for some great films
in the lineup. Peter Moody will attend the screening of his martini
documentary "Olive or Twist" at the Women's Building on 18th Street
on Valentine's Day. Visit sfindie.com for more information.
The Lion King at the Orpheum gives a much-needed boost to the city's
"big theatre" community and the vitality of Market Street. If you have
no use for Disney cartoons made into lavish stage productions, you can
still be a part of the scene by visiting the Orpheum's new street level
cafe. By opening up some of the grim, sealed-off entrances, the addition
is a wonderful makeover for the building.
Erich von Stroheim's 1925 epic silent film Greed
includes a scene that shows the Orpheum when the entire street level
was an open arcade.
The Glitter Ball at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday, March 5 is a formal
affair by the Junior Committee to the Woman's Board of the California
Pacific Medical Center Foundation. A reception for organizers at Chaz
on Fillmore Street revealed event co-chairs Aimee Fowler and Jenna Liddell
Hunt as exemplars of a burgeoning community of young philanthropists
in the Marina. They know a good cause when they see one. The Glitter
Ball benefits CPMC's Child Development Center. Call 750-2413 for more
Mayor Newsom and Taxi Commissioner Arthur Jackson will launch a fleet
of a dozen or more London taxis in front of City Hall this Thursday,
February 12, at 11 a.m. The custom-built taxis, square and black, are
an elegant addition to the streets of San Francisco. Like cresting cable
cars, they provide memorable silhouettes for tourists, photographers
and all admirers of the cityscape.
Anne Galjour's dark comedy Okra opens at the Brava Theatre Center on
24th Street on Wednesday, February 18. Galjour is Brava's artist in
residence. The new play on Cajun themes is so authentic that its characters
will cook a pot of gumbo each night during the performance. They'll
get by with a little help from PJ's Oyster House. For more information
Fort Mason Center hosts The Pacific Orchid Exhibition from February
19-22. The exhibition features thousands of varieties of orchids from
65 participating nurseries from around the world. For more information
Matt Gonzalez's next monthly art opening, in his City Hall office on
Friday, March 5, will showcase the paintings of San Francisco's first
poet laureate, City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlighetti.
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