Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Free SF Symphony Concert in Civic Center This Sunday
This Sunday, July 27th at 2 PM, there will be a free concert given by the San Francisco Symphony.
The program includes the Mendelssohn violin concerto played by the baby-faced 24-year-old soloist Benjamin Beilman above left, along with Edwin Outwater conducting a few musical bon-bons by Mozart and Tchaikowsky. If you are thinking of attending, my suggestion is to bring a blanket and/or beach chairs because the hard-packed dirt seating area is uncomfortable.
The quadrangle was a lawn for decades before then-Mayor Gavin Newsom had it ripped out in the summer of 2008 for Alice Water's "Victory Garden," and the grass was never replaced for some reason. Newsom is the binge thinker who gifted the city with a $15 million debt via his embrace of the America's Cup races, gave us the disastrous Ed Lee as his successor "caretaker" Mayor, and is currently suing San Francisco to overturn the recently passed Proposition B. In his role as one of three members of the California State Lands Commission, Newsom doesn't believe voters should have any say in local land use decisions. If his casual destruction of the Civic Center lawn is any indication, he's the one who should be restricted from those kinds of decisions.