Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The First Inner Sunset Street Fair



I left sunny Civic Center Saturday afternoon for the freezing fog of the Inner Sunset District to campaign for Michael Nava who is running for Superior Court Judge this June. Of course, the first person I encountered was the sitting judge who Nava is attempting to unseat, Richard Ulmer (above right).



District 5 Supervisor Mirkarimi, at the microphone above, was cheering on the neighbors whose biggest cause right now seems to be keeping the nearby Botanical Garden free from a proposed admission fee by San Francisco's larcenous, mismanaged Recreation & Park Department in conjunction with the private San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.



The First Annual Inner Sunset Street Fair was a modest, lightly attended, two-block affair on Irving and 10th Avenues, and besides the miserable weather, there were plenty of charms...



...including musical acts...



...lots of massage tables offering services like free "Brain Clearing"...



...and a booth devoted to "Local Authors"...



...such as writer, historian and interpreter Frederik Schodt (above), an authority on Japanese manga who translated some of the Astro Boy series for the legendary Tezuka Osamu.



Next to him was Steven Winn, the longtime San Francisco Chronicle arts writer, who left the paper in 2008 but continues to freelance for them.



He was hawking a book about the dog his family adopted who hated him, which actually sounds interesting.



Also holding court was N-Judah Chronicles publisher Greg Dewar (above)...



...and our group repaired to his local pub, the Blackthorn Tavern, to "warm up."

2 comments:

janinsanfran said...

Oh the street fair circuit ... we get just enough warm years so people remain hopeful and plan these things, over and over.

Do you have to campaign at Carnaval? Manys the shivering weekend I've spent amid the dancers.

Compulsive Reader said...

Unfortunately the right-wing Elsbernd voted for the fee this week, and Avalos has also supported the fee.

We need to keep the Arboretum out of the hands of the Botanical Garden Society!

Call the Supervisors today!