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What, Somebody’s _Starting_ a Newspaper in San Francisco? Presenting Issue One of “HATCH Beat” from Liz Fedak of Illinois

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Well, here it is, an actual real 8-page newspaper “serving Cole Valley, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley and the Haights” – it’s the brand-new HAtCHBeat, Issue One*

Now meet Liz Fedak, Publisher.

Somebody who tried something like this a little while back was Eve Batey. Her online-only effort didn’t work out.

And speaking of online-only, Hoodline (mostly covering “Divisadero, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Upper Haight,” mostly) comes to mind as there’s a lot of overlap there. Liz has carved out an area that we can call District 5 Less The Inner Sunset.

Who’s taken notice already? How about D5 Supervisor London Breed** with her City Hall column and SFPD Park Station Captain Gregory Corrales with his Police Beat? 

And add to that an alphabet soup of SFGov departments, including advertisers with big ads such as the Department of Elections and the SF Public Library.

Check it out if you can. You’ll see a bit about Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic (1988-2013) that takes a decidedly anti-RPD position.

That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

Do you have interest in writing, photography or videography? Whether you have experience or not, send an email to to get involved.”

Leaving you with the categories to be covered:

Business + Money — HATCH Beat
Parenting — HATCH Beat
Profiles — HATCH Beat
Community — HATCH Beat
Calendar — HATCH Beat
Pets — HATCH Beat
Food + Drink — HATCH Beat
Police Blotter — HATCH Beat
Entertainment — HATCH Beat

I’ll tell you, I was startled to see this small newspaper – it just cruised in under the radar and onto my stoop.

 Bon courage, HAtCHBeat!


**The 2014 London Breed. A bit more sedate than the Fuck Willie Brown-era London Breed of 2012-2013.

OMG, Meet Adam Savage at Main Library on November 2: One City One Book – Packing for Mars

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Adam Savage, co-host of the television series MythBusters, will be on hand for a conversation at our Main Public Library at 6:00 PM on November 2, 2011.

It’s all a part of One City One Book, which looks at Packing for Mars this year.

And oh, Smitten Ice Cream Moon Pies are involved. Deets below.

Adam Savage packing for Mars: 

All the deets:

Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage

Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm, SF Main Library – Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 557-4277

What happens when one of the funniest and smartest authors around gets interviewed by a MythBuster? Hear which space legends might be as combustible as urban ones when Mary Roach and Adam Savage chat it up about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2011.

Before the conversation, enjoy the premiere of Rockets of Yesterday, an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams, curated by archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.

Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program.

Note: Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45pm.

Plus, an extra sweet partnership:

Smitten Ice Cream in Hayes Valley – the folks behind that space age-y liquid nitrogen fueled instant ice cream maker — is making a special new space-themed flavor, Moon Pie, to coincide/partner with San Francisco Public Library’s annual One City One Book which this year is Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. A space themed ice cream flavor for a space-themed book!

The Moon Pie flavor will be a marshmallow ice cream with chocolate and graham cracker cookies. Yum.

The Library will be setting up a table outside Smitten’s shop next Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28) at 4 p.m. and Saturday 10/29 at Noon, giving away some free copies of the Packing for Mars book to the first handful of people who order the new Moon Pie flavor. Smitten is located at: 432 Octavia Street at Linden in Hayes Valley.

Plus, the Library’s big One City One Book event on Nov. 2 (Author Mary Roach in Conversation with Adam Savage) at the Main Library will feature an extra special prize treat courtesy of Smitten.”

Apple Haterade: San Francisco Public Library Hosts Bilingual Presentation on the Shortcomings of Apple’s iPad 2

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Our SFPL offers this in reply:

"FYI – we did do an iPad 2 training and demo a few months ago. Patrons specifically asked about Chinese-made tablets so the International Center Librarian specifically reached out to find some manufacturers to learn about their tablet computers. No sales pitches can be made. It’s purely informational session about the device and how it can work with library’s resources such as eBook downloads."

[UPDATE II: Well, let's consider the language below a first draft, as some of it is gone now. Check the current sched to see that there are now listed similar classes what focus on the iPad 2.]

Uh, our San Francisco Pubic Library has a “Chinese Center” that puts on bilingual demonstrations about how tablet PC’s like the Acer Iconia Tab and ASUS Eee Tab Transformer are better than Apple’s iPad 2?


San Francisco Public Library The Library’s Chinese Center hosts a demonstration about tablet computers from Taiwan in this bilingual program in Chinese and English: -  Sat, 10/15/2011, 1:30 – 3:30.”

Acer Inc., a  top computer company in Taiwan, and Central Computers Co. will talk and demo the features of the popular Acer Iconia Tab and ASUS Eee Tab Transformer, including what iPad 2 doesn’t have. The program will be in English and Chinese.”

O.K. then.

News to me…

Free Music and Dance at your San Francisco Public Library: “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music”

Friday, July 29th, 2011

It’s American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music running August 27 through November 13 at your San Francisco Public Library!

All the deets, below.

See you there at the Opening Event:

“Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium will feature Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.”

“Music, Dance, Books, Films and More Highlight San Francisco Library

Exhibition on Latinos in Popular Music

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, on view in the

Skylight Gallery, Main Library, Aug. 27-Nov. 13

 From free music and dance performances, to film screenings, album art and literature talks, the San Francisco Public Library will be humming with activity from August to November, thanks to more than 25 special events in support of the exhibition, American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.

The traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, on view in the Main Library’s Skylight Gallery, Aug. 27-Nov. 13, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

Developed by the Experience Music Project and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), American Sabor travels to 12 cities through 2015. The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

Among the exciting programs coming to the San Francisco Public Library in support of the exhibition is an opening event, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium, featuring Grammy-nominated and USA Fontanals Fellow John Santos and his stellar Sextet.  They will perform and provide educational insights on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation.  Chelis Lopez of KPOO radio station will serve as the emcee.

Family and children’s programs include From Latin Beats to Tiny Feet, a free performance on Sept.24 with La Familia Peña-Govea and youth ensemble Futuro Picante. On Oct. 21, children can help build a Dia de los Muertos altar at the Bernal Heights Branch Library. And the Library’s third annual Tricycle Music Fest West has a special Latin theme this year with three free concerts featuring Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. On Nov. 5, teens will participate in a special Latin dance competition at the Main Library. See a complete list of programs below.

Ever more deets after the jump


The Famous Cliff Pigeons of the San Francisco Main Public Library

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

These critters have only an inch or so of ledge on San Francisco’s Main Public Library in Civic Center (right across the street from the Most Expensive Burger King in the World, Where They Knoweth Not of the Buck Double.)

This is about the only horizontal surface left in the area not covered with those anti-pigeon spikes.


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Poor little fellers…

Boy, Not Much Has Changed Since This WWII-Era Map Was Made By the Golden Pheasant Restaurant

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The five-star-rated San Francisco EATS Exhibition continues in the basement and the “6th Floor Skylight Gallery” (Note to self: Say what now, Skylight Gallery?) of our Main Public Library on Larkin.

Here’s a part of the ephemera and whatnot they’ve got down there – a useful map of the bay area with all the landmarks and cities laid out.


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“San Francisco Eats showcases the culinary delights that can be found in the San Francisco Public Library’s collections dating back to the mid 19th century and will serve as a visual feast for visitors of all ages. From the Gold Rush to Slow Food, San Francisco has never stopped being a beacon of gastronomic delight.

This exhibition includes menus, historical photographs, an array of food writers, cookbooks and culinary history, ephemera such as coasters and matchbooks, and San Francisco food inventions, including gadgets and signature dishes.

Exhibition is on view in both the Jewett Gallery, Lower Level and Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor.

The San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to building its collections and welcomes your donations.  For more information on how to submit or donate, contact the San Francisco History Center at 415-557-4567.

HeadphonesCheck out the Opening Program: Food for Thought Podcast

Related Exhibitions and Events

*San Francisco Eats
Saturday, December 11, 2010 – Sunday, March 20, 2011
Main Library, Skylight Gallery – 6th Floor
Saved by the Sea
Saturday, February 12, 2011
*Lights! Camera! Cuisine!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
North Beach
The San Francisco Cliff House
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Western Addition’s “On the Same Page” Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Western Addition
*The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
Saturday, February 19, 2011
*Mochitsuki — Japanese Rice Cake Making Party by Kagami Kai
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Western Addition
Eddie Madril, Native American Storyteller & Dancer
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Main Library, Children’s Center – 2nd Floor
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B
An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A and B
A Little Piece of Earth
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Grab Your Hat: “Full Signal” Documentary on Wireless Hazards Plays This Afternoon at Our Main Public Library

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Full Signal, a “documentary” on “wireless hazards” will play at the Koret Auditorium starting at 5:30 PM

So grab your (tin foil) hat and get over there, if you want.

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“A free screening of an extraordinary new film depicting an emerging global public health issue from the widespread, unchecked proliferation of wireless technologies. This one-hour documentary by Talal Jabari was filmed in 10 countries and features some of the world’s top scientific experts on the biological effects of microwave radiation.  After the screening, there will be 45 minutes for a Q&A with environmental activist Camilla Rees, founder of and the co-author, of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution. She will be joined by Bay Area activist Ellie Marks, of the California Brain Tumor Association and national advocate for cell phone safety; long-time San Francisco cell tower activist Doug Loranger of San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna-Free Union (SNAFU); and activist Melissa Weaver of the EMF Safety Network.

Watch the Full Signal trailer here:

Sponsored by the Stegner Environmental Center. A Green Stacks program.”

Tricycle Music Fest West! – Starts at 12:15 PM – Today Only! – Indoors at Main Public Library in Civic Center

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Today, Sunday, October 24th, 2010, is a looking a little soggy so the 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West is heading indoors and starting an hour later, at 12:15 PM this afternoon.

All the deets, below.


Free concerts for Kids!

Come inside from the rain and rock out at the library with the 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest Main Stage Event!

Check out the Bay Area’s coolest kindie rock bands at a music festival inside the Main Library on October 24th, starting at 12:15 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of lit-kindie rock featuring performances by The Sippy Cups, Frances England, The Time Outs, The Devil-Ettes and Pip Squeak A-Go-Go.

The 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West is FREE and open to the public.

Presented by the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with Sunday Streets (Civic Center/Tenderloin), there’ll be giveaways, good times and more.  Come shake, rattle and roll at the Library—all in the name of literacy!  For more information, please visit

2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West Main Stage

October 24th, 12:15 p.m.. – 3:30 p.m.

Main Library (100 Larkin St.)

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level

Check Out Our Public Library’s New Kid-Friendly Website: Ahora en Espanol, Chinese

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The San Francisco Public Library is relaunching its website today – check it out, if you’d like.

I don’t know all what the changes are, but you’ll see the differences I’m sure.

If the noisy new kids section irritates you within two seconds, well, that just goes to show you’re not a kid. Turn down your speakers first, Gramps.  

The deets:

SanFrancisco Public Library Re-launches
After two years of planning and design, San Francisco Public Library is pleased to unveil its new Web site at
The new site is intended to be more user friendly and inclusive; it provides a variety of formats to locate online information from SFPL. For example, the online catalog of materials, with a query box located in the upper right hand corner of the Web site, enables patrons to search for materials using either the classic catalog or the new Explore catalog which leverages Web 2.0 technology to offer more items related to a search.
“Among the major new enhancements to our Web site is the ability to offer a wealth of online resources and information to our diverse community, thanks to translated versions of web pages in Spanish and Chinese,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
SFPL staff devoted time to studying the needs of its patrons and the development of Web 2.0 features and then worked with Desite Design, a San Francisco web development firm, to execute and deploy the new online presence.
The overall site offers a more modern display of information intended to keep library patrons and online visitors better informed about the variety of collections, programs, services and calendar of events provided by San Francisco Public Library.
New links enable all to obtain quicker access to information such as dynamic listings of events linked by branch or by series of interest. Links on each event page make it easier to share information from the calendar. Users also can learn about current highlights at the library through a series of rotating spotlights on the home page.
Online visitors can find information about the branches in the SFPL system by clicking to a dedicated page for each branch. The site also offers Library podcasts and videos and new photo gallery features. To enhance the user experience, the site is programmed with print settings that avoid wasting paper and the ability to change text size for readability.
The children’s section of was also redesigned. The colorful and engaging kid’s site includes a cable car, a seal, Sutro Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge and of course the city’s ever-present fog. Desite worked with illustrator Shawn Rosenberger to create a colorful and interactive area that is very distinct from the main site.