Ein Schönes Wochenende (A Beautiful Weekend)

The ten-year drought in California is over. Fountains are flowing again. Cherry blossoms and daffodils are in bloom in the Park. I have come out of hibernation and the synapses are sparking. And Spring is in the air!

Unlike the East Coast, we are experiencing beautiful weather in San Francisco. Germans often wish friends and family “A Beautiful Weekend”, and indeed we celebrated one this week.

Can you walk to a museum within a mile where you live? Indeed, we are fortunate enough to have both the DeYoung Museum and the Academy of Sciences within a stone’s throw of home. We finally took advantage of the convenience and did a twofer in one day to use our memberships in both. For visitors to San Francisco, you can easily conquer these in one fell swoop as they are opposite each other in Golden Gate Park. In the tower at the top of the DeYoung (a Herzog and DeMeuron masterpiece), you can grab a killer view of San Francisco within Golden Gate Park (see images shown below) from the tower (see header image above of tower).

The annual “Bouquets to Art” at the DeYoung allows floral designers to interpret a famous painting or exhibit. The scent of the flowers enhance the experience. A few of my favorites are shown here. Flowers are scattered throughout the museum, with two or three displays in each gallery. The floral displays coerce you into a lively dialog with the paintings.

The nearby Academy of Sciences is a recently renovated, Platinum LEED building. That means it is a sustainable, net-zero energy building. We had neglected this natural history museum and aquarium until recently, after I saw the ones in New York and Berlin. The albino crocodile, Earthquake exhibit, Butterfly Terrarium (in a structure that imitates the Reichstag!) and full-scale skeleton of a blue whale are notable. And, in true San Francisco style, the Terrace Cafe had a decent menu with our choices here (Fish Tacos and Skirt Steak with Arugula Salad).

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The annual CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) Festival, held in San Francisco over the past couple of weeks, closes this weekend. The “Guangzhou Dream Factory”, was an evocative documentary about African entrepreneurs in China, and a series of seven short films showcased emerging filmmakers. Here’s a couple of shots from the new trendy “Uptown” neighborhood of Oakland where the New Parkway Cinema is located, and the Q&A with the directors and actors of the film shorts.

My midterm art review for figure drawing earlier this week helped me to organize and present what I have produced in class. Here is a spectrum of work along with others’ work. See if you can detect my “style” vs. others’ contributions!

At the beginning of the week, the Acting Chancellor of City College of San Francisco presented plans for the Fort Mason campus, where I attend art classes. Unfortunately, the lease is up for renewal. Options were presented to a vocal group of teachers, students and representatives of the arts in San Francisco. It was a contentious meeting. Despite the re-accreditation and free tuition for San Francisco residents next year, the budget and planning process is very unclear and dubious.

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You’ll soon see the launch of the Fourth Annual “Travels with Myself and Others” World Trip! Stay tuned and follow along “real time” during the posts next month! You can check out the itinerary of places to be visited on the tab at the top for “World Tour 2017 (or in the series of bars on the upper right on a mobile device). Join me and and don’t forget to send your comments!

8 thoughts on “Ein Schönes Wochenende (A Beautiful Weekend)”

  1. Hi Victoria, Looking for the tab for your world tour 2017. Also, please plan a visit w me prior to your departure

    On Mar 18, 2017 8:49 PM, “Travels with Myself and Others” wrote:

    VickieVictoria posted: “The ten-year drought in California is over. Fountains are flowing again. Cherry blossoms and daffodils are in bloom in the Park. I have come out of hibernation and the synapses are sparking. And Spring is in the air! Unlike the East Coast, we are experie”

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    1. On a computer, it’s at the top of the page under the header on the left side, titled “Around the World in 72 days 2017”. On a mobile device, it’s under a set of bars on the upper right.

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  2. Great sales pitch for SFO & Bay Area. Looks like we’ll have to join you there, wink, wink! Also looking forward to accompanying you virtually on your Fourth Annual “Travels with Myself and Others” World Trip. Warm fuzzies from the breakfast room in Brazzaville, with excellent view across the Congo River to Kinshasa!

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    1. Still wondering when you are landing! I am doing everything to convince you– how about San Francisco being the only city in the US (outside of NYC) being in the top 10 of 230 cities? By the way there are 5 German speaking cities in the top 11. That’s why I learn Deutsch. You can google the Mercer Report for the list.
      Send photos of Brazzaville and ask 3 people whether they know who Pretty Yende is.

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  3. Auch Dir ein schones Wochenende​. Your writing is so vivid and inviting I want to head right to SFO. Looking forward to your next adventure. I think I want your life.

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    1. As in the words of Leonard Cohen (one of my favorites): “First we take Manhattan, then we take….” …Dusseldorf?!? I did Berlin last year, so I am adding a second verse to the song. Hopefully Dusseldorf will match up to Berlin. It’s little known, but it’s higher on the list of livable cities than Berlin! I am not sure it can be topped, but we’ll see!! I will get to see Pretty Yende in Koln on my first day of arrival–about half an hour from Dusseldorf. My museum-going is an extension of what we did in Schwabisch Hall–and all the great field trips we had there. Why stop?!? Anyone can do this, really. But thanks for the encouragement–it really helps to know I’m reaching someone out in cyberspace!

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  4. Es erfreue mir das du an eines neues Abenteuer fangen. Danke fur die Empfhlung. Ich hore, sie jetz auf Spotify. Ich wunsche ihnen eine gute Reise.

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