Monday, July 24, 2006

Right in the middle of a heat-wave, is it global warming or just a strange weather pattern causing havoc to our Bay Area Micro climate? Well grab a hat, water and add some sun block it’s time to go. Except for the heat I had a very nice weekend. Saturday I went to the De Young Museum, at Golden Gate Park, admission was free (Sponsored by Target) to showcase a new Chicano art exhibition. Musicians performed throughout the day, a local favorite John Santos was there with his group performing great Latin Grooves and Loco Bloco a youth drumming group performed outside the museum.

The museum was crowded and visiting the exhibit was really an introduction. I’ll return to enjoy on a more peaceful day. Another exhibit at the museum I wanted to get a taste of was Quilts of Gee Bend an exhibit of works by African-American women quilters. Their pieces remind us how ideas are not isolated inventions of one group of people. The patterns on the quilts can’t help but remind the viewers of modern abstract painting we’ve all seen in museums.

John Santos and Saul Sierra tearing it up.

However, these ladies were making quilts from their own visions not books or instructors from an art school. Since this exhibit was also bustling with folks I headed to sculptor garden for relief from the crowds.

Sunday I went tothe Stern Grove Festival and I got a picnic table!! Hey it's possible but you have to dial like you've returned to your teenage days. Now I know why people have autodialers. I was on the phone over 30 minutes just to get on the waiting list but lady luck was with us and we got a comfortable place to enjoy the concert.

For those who don't know Stern Grove is an actual grove in San Francisco where every summer for the last 69 years their is a music concert series. The program is diverse it is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to various types of music and admission is free to every program. The Grove is woodsy and green and shelters folks from the wind and fog. For those who can't get a picnic table there is plenty of lawn seating and terrace seating.

Mavis Staples from the Staples Singers was the headliner. She sung several songs from her days with the Staple Singers and she also performed some of her own inspirational songs. I spent the afternoon listening to good music, good food and company.


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