Faves and raves by Jack Fertig
YEARS IN THE CITY: 34
NEIGHBORHOOD: Cathedral Hill
OCCUPATION: Astrologer who sees clients, teaches at the International Academy of Astrology, lectures and writes articles for magazines and an internationally syndicated sun-sign column for GLBT papers. His Web site is www.starjack.com.
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Lifelong activist for peace and economic, racial and gender justice; especially interested in the intersections of spirituality, sexuality and politics
Fields Book Store
WHERE: 1419 Polk St.,
between California and Pine streets
WHAT: Best metaphysical and
astrological books in The City
INFO: (415) 673-2027 or www.fieldsbooks.com
They have the best collection of metaphysical books in The City, and their astrological selection is very complete. They also have a nice collection of general literature and poetry.
Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery Store
WHERE: 5540 Geary Blvd.,
between 19th and 20th avenues
WHAT: From napoleons to
hamentashen to pirozhki to cakes
INFO: (415) 668-6959
They have a great collection of sweets — from dense, heavy chocolate “potatoes” to napoleons and hamentashen, plus a variety of pirozhki, breads and cakes. It’s a great stop on the way home from the beach!
WHERE: Bernal Heights
WHAT: Great views
We’ve been exploring city parks, making great finds, but we keep going back to Bernal Hill. It has great views, and we often run into friends there.
San Francisco Opera
WHERE: 301 Van Ness Ave.
WHAT: Supertitles and cheap balcony seats
INFO: (415) 861-4008 or www.sfopera.com
I’m really just a big old opera queen and feel very blessed to live just a few blocks from one of the continent’s best opera companies. Supertitles and cheap balcony seats make the opera so much more affordable and accessible than a lot of people realize.
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
WHERE: 100 Larkin St., between Fulton and Grove streets
WHAT: Always something new to take in
INFO: (415) 557-4400 or www.sfpl.org
With frequently changing exhibits on old San Francisco, arts and artists, local writers and personalities, there’s always something fascinating. Check their schedule or just look around the special collections and go up to the sixth floor.
Cable Car Museum
WHERE: 1201 Mason St., at Washington Street
WHAT: See how the whole system works
INFO: (415) 929-1873 or www.cablecarmuseum.org
The Cable Car Museum is where you can watch the engines and great wheels pull the cables that make the whole system work. Signs and exhibits explain it all, and it’s free! There are also great old photos from the 1906 quake.
FAVORITE CHEAP EATS RESTAURANT
WHERE: 25 Grove St., between Eighth and Hyde streets
WHAT: Halal Turkish food — try the spinach pie
INFO: (415) 621-8313
Gyro King has good halal Turkish food right across from the Main Library. I especially love their spinach pie!
WHERE: 20 Jones St., at Market St.
WHAT: No wall separating women and men, visitors are welcome, some interfaith events
My favorite place for Juma’a prayer on Friday afternoon is the Masjid Darussalam, commonly known as the “Jones Street Mosque” — especially since they tore down the wall that separated the women from the men. Visitors are welcome, and they also host some interfaith events with Jewish and Christian friends.
Glen Canyon Park
WHERE: Bordered by O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, Bosworth Street and Elk Street
WHAT: Great place for dogs; don’t worry about the coyote warnings
It’s our second favorite place to take the dogs, walking up by Islais Creek, climbing over the rocks and up and down the hillside. The coyote warnings add a frisson of the wild, but they hide pretty well when folks are there.