Faves and raves by Kathleen Maley
Years in The City: 14
Neighborhood: Mission district
Occupation: Studio jeweler and co-owner of Gem and Jetsam (www.gemandjetsam.com), an urban lifestyle boutique and gallery featuring the work of local San Francisco artists and artisans, coming this fall to the Mission district
Self-Description: Escaped her past life in San Diego as a roller-skating panda at Aquarius Roll-A-Rena to move to San Francisco and start her own jewelry business
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET PUPUSAS
WHERE: 3230 Mission St., between 29th and Valencia streets
WHAT: Open until 3 a.m.
INFO: (415) 282-2572
El Zocalo stays open till 3 a.m., has giant carafes of house red wine (drinkable), and, if you’re lucky, rice-flour pupusas with loroco (an edible native flower from El Salvador). Look out for drunken mariachis either bursting into song or crashing into your table, or both at the same time.
FAVORITE LOCAL CRAFTS FAIR
Celebration of Craftswomen
WHERE: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Nov. 11-13
WHAT: Myriad crafts, for over three decades
A favorite show for over three decades, Celebration of Craftswomen never disappoints: jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics and handmade clothing and accessories plus food and music, a raffle — and the fair benefits the Women’s Building community center. I’ve exhibited at the show for over 10 years, and it just keeps getting better!
FAVORITE HIDDEN PARK FOR AN EMERGENCY DOG WALK
Juri Commons Park
WHERE: Between Guerrero, San Jose, 25th and 26th streets
WHAT: Easy to duck into
Best small park to duck into if you are being chased on your bike or your dog needs relief. Look for the unusual mosaics embedded in the lawn throughout the park.
Mission Dolores cemetery
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Dolores streets
WHAT: A great place to stroll and get a feel for old San Francisco
One of the most peaceful places in The City is the old cemetery at Mission Dolores. You can walk along tiny Chula Lane and see the graveyard — night or day, it’s a great place to stroll and get a feel for old San Francisco. Tip: The grave marked “Died by the Hands of the V.C.” has nothing to do with the Viet Cong.
FAVORITE PLACE FOR TIPSY TAXIDERMY VIEWING</span>
The Royal Cuckoo Bar
WHERE: 3202 Mission St., between Fair Avenue and Valencia Street
WHAT: Antique church pews and taxidermied animals
INFO: (415) 550-8667 or www.royalcuckoo.com
This is my favorite place to sit in an antique church pew, sip a cocktail and stare at taxidermied animals. Also a great selection of records (real records!) — be nice to the bartenders, and they’ll take your request. The late-night pupusa shack is a very short stumble up Mission Street.
FAVORITE PLACE TO MAKE A FELTED IPHONE COVER OR OTHER CRAFTS
WHERE: 1890 Bryant St., at Mariposa Street
WHAT: Make everything from votive candle-holders to handmade paper
A fledgling crafts workshop — grab a coffee at the coffee bar at the rear of the building, and sit down for a relaxing evening making anything from votive candle-holders to handmade paper. A great place to take (or meet) a date!
FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY A COMIC BOOK AT MIDNIGHT
Mission Comics & Art
WHERE: 3520 20th St., between Mission and San Carlos streets
WHAT: Comic book and art events late into the night
INFO: (415) 695-1545 or www.missioncomicsandart.com
This comic book store and art gallery seems to host a regular series of events with caffeine-fueled, earnest-looking artists hunched over long tables late into the night — in some kind of crazy comic book marathon! It’s a great chance to see the artists at work and buy a comic book, graphic novel, even children’s books. They have a large selection of books written and illustrated by S.F. locals.
FAVORITE FLEA MARKET
Treasure Island Flea
WHERE: Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
WHAT: Flea market treasures and the San Francisco skyline
A trip to the Treasure Island Flea Market is a wonderful treasure hunt, with a combination of vintage and antique dealers, handmade crafts and clothing. Score a tasty lunch from a local specialty-food booth, eat it on the lawn under a giant sculpture and watch the San Francisco skyline while a live band plays. The last time I went, it was a group of earnest young teens who rocked so hard you couldn’t help but cheer!