Posts Tagged ‘academy of sciences’
Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?Thursday, February 4th, 2016
What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.
Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.
And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:
Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.
And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.
Again, never seen it like this.
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”
*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…
The Roof of Our World-Famous California Academy of Sciences Now Smells Exactly Like a Burger King – ExactlyWednesday, July 15th, 2015
I’m talking exactly.
Of course the nearby Inner Sunset district used to have the World’s Smallest Burger King (just a skosh under the then all-important 1000 square foot threshold), but it, just as with Cole Valley’s Bacon Bacon, had issues with neighbors complaining about the smell.
So head on up to the wavy wavy roof for a sniff. And while you’re there, check out Color of Life. It’s excellent.
You know, just saying.
Well, the car’s pointing in the wrong direction, that’s all.
You know, just asking.
“There’s more to color than meets the eye. This summer, the California Academy of Sciences will unveil Color of Life, a major new exhibit that explores the connection between charismatic colors and their starring role in the natural world. Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with fun programs and performances all weekend.
Program Partners include EnChroma, Inc., Conservatory of Flowers, California Wolf Center, Little Artistas, Bryson Voirin, California Academy of Sciences Exhibit Studio (Saturday only), and California Academy of Sciences Department of Botany (Sunday only).
Activities will take place in the Piazza from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.”
If You Live in SF, You and Your Fam Can Visit the Academy of Sciences for Free, Courtesy of Target StoresMonday, February 23rd, 2015
Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:
Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.
Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.
All the deets:
“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.
Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.
Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8
Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15
Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22
* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:
A driver license or state ID card
Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date
Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”
R.I.P. Moss Room Restaurant – Now Here’s the Outdoorsy, More Casual “Terrace” at the California Academy of SciencesThursday, October 16th, 2014
[UPDATE: So I’ve been looking for any kind of support for The San Francisco Chronicle’s objections to Sodexo, but I’m not finding much. Throw in this rewrite from well-trafficked EaterSF of the Chronicle bit linked below and see that the obviously-well-trafficked Chron got a total of four comments on the matter.
And, oh look, The Terrace is now officially approved by District One Supervisor Eric Mar and District Four Supervisor Katy Tang.
And here’s what the place looks like on a foggier day.
And now we’ve also got these posts:
New academy restaurant maintains Bay Area culinary trend by David Boitano, Steinhart Aquarium[!] Examiner
And here’s the new menu of The Terrace
So that’s a wrap on the Academy’s new eatery.]
Or The Terrace, if you prefer, at our California Academy of Sciences
Believe it or not, this is a color photo:
Oh, this is better:
Comes now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi to complain about the choice of vendor for this eatery (and BTW, it’s also the new vendor for Academy Cafe, about which more anon).
So I don’t know – basically what’s happening is we’re losing the subterranean fine dining Moss Room but gaining the more casual Terrace. I’ll tell you, I was invited to sample the food twice at the Moss Room, both for the first iteration a while back and then for one of the more recent efforts, and I declined because I’m not really competent to judge food, frankly. (But at the time I wondered how the place would do considering its location, which aint good for several reasons…)
Anyway, I don’t get the beef over the new vendor. I assume that everything will work out fine.
Speaking of which, here’s the new menu from the Academy Cafe, which just started up October 1st or so:
Now back to the Terrace – here you go, some bites with goat cheese. It was yummy:
And here’s a salad:
And here’s what’s in the salad:
And here’s the pizetta:
And so on…
Do you see what I mean here? The Terrace isn’t a replacement for the Moss Room – it’s just what came next after the Moss Room didn’t work out. And the basement location of the Moss Room would appear to make a great semi-hidden event space…
(I can recall how upset some people were about getting a new vendor at the nearby Stow Lake Boathouse a few years back. The “local” vendor basically responded to the RPD beauty contest with a real half-assed attitude – he thought he deserved the contract no matter what. I didn’t agree with that either.)
Anyway, if the food writers of the Chronicle want to head out to the Park to see the set-up, I’m sure they’d be welcome to do so…
All the deets:
Coyote Warnings are Out Again in Golden Gate Park – At the Conservatory and Academy – But Don’t Say, “Clever Girl!”Thursday, October 16th, 2014
I’m not sure when CW Nevius SF Coyote Hysteria hit its peak – I think it was a year or two after he moved to town, so it must have been a year or two ago. Here’s a sample, where the SF newcomer uses the term “we” as if he were a long-timer:
So how many people have been nipped at by San Francisco coyotes since the Era of Alarmism? How about zero? Compare that with the number of people hospitalized from dog attacks over the same period. Mmmm…
Anyway, there are more signs than usual on the East Si-iiide of the park these days:
And here’s some mockery of these now-famous coyote signs, from back in the day