On June 2nd, the SF SPCA and 7x7 staged the second annual Whole Enchihuahua on a bright, blustery day in San Francisco's Dolores Park. The event brought together pet lovers, adoption agencies, and rescue groups to call attention to the mighty chihuahua—one of the breeds most in need of rescue.
Meet Gabriel (Gabe) Johnson, born in Spanish Harlem, raised in Boston and, as of six years ago, a proud resident of San Francisco.
Gabe works as an adman, writing slick copy for the local boutique agency, Engine Company 1. When he's not busy getting wordy, he's involved in the local art and music scenes or in the kitchen, cookin' up something tasty.
Gabe kind of does it all, and he looks damn good while doing it. From nautical stripes to frayed-edge shorts, check out what he's wearing this spring.
Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not.
Step one: Create cardboard armor and weapons.
Step two: Show up at Dolores park on Saturday afternoon.
Step three: Charge at your fellow cardboard wielding friends and duke it out.
There's no doubt the masses will flock to every park in the city this weekend for some get-it-while-you-can, quality sun basking. The usual suspects are, of course, the uber-hip fest at Dolores Park, BBQs at Crissy Field, or bike riding at Golden Gate. While those parks are always a-happenin', this Sunday, make the trek out to Stern Grove for the SF Symphony's free concert at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival.
Courtney Durler is a Headlsburg native, who's been enjoying summer break with weekend play in SF. I caught her while shopping at the Ferry Building, and noticed her fun, festival girl look.
The Dolores Park Cafe hosted a Latte Art competition last night, drawing in competitors from as far away as Los Angeles. From swans to indecipherable scribbles, the contest was quite the spectacle. Check out the photos.
Wholesome-minded Easter Sundays usually mean brunches, egg hunts and a cloying amount of pastel (for a great roundup of egg hunts for kids around the Bay, check out this list on Red Tricycle). After you're done with all of that (or if you're just allergic to swirly dye and egg casseroles to begin with), walk on the wild side of Easter at a SF institution now in its 32nd year -- the annual Hunky Jesus Contest in Dolores Park. It's presented by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an awesome order of cross-dressing nuns, and involves a whole lot of steamy resurrected Christs.
I had hoped to have a report on Contraband or Ma*Velous today, but neither was open to the public when we stopped by earlier this week. (According to Ma*Velous publicist Claudia Juestel, its a permitting matter. It's always a permitting matter. Every new cafe struggles with permitting, and it always takes longer than expected.) In the interim, I thought I'd look at some interesting coffee news from around the Bay this week including, yes, Blue Bottle and Dolores Park.