My City: Live music, amateur films and Japanese food

Faves and raves by Jane Solis Schafgans

Personal stats

AGE: 54

YEARS IN THE CITY: 54

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sunnyside

OCCUPATION: Mosaic artist and art facilitator

SELF-DESCRIPTION: There is a rumor floating around town that she is free thinking, expressive, fun loving, creative, and deeply moved by acts of beauty and kindness

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY GARDENING SUPPLIES  
Flowercraft Garden Center
WHERE: 550 Bayshore Blvd., at Cortland Avenue
WHAT: Helpful staff, good selection and a cheap section
INFO: (415) 824-1900 or www.flowercraftgc.com

The people who work there are helpful, personable, and there are lots of good selections to choose from. And they have a great cheap section.   

FAVORITE PLACE TO LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Stern Grove
WHERE: 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
WHAT: Sharing food, drink and blanket space with total strangers and friends alike
INFO: (415) 252-6252 or www.sterngrove.org

It’s always a treat. The crowd is fun and warm, sharing food, drink and blanket space with total strangers and friends alike, and the feeling of community is very strong.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A PLAY
Shakespeare Garden
WHERE: MLK Jr. Drive and Middle Drive East, in Golden Gate Park
WHAT: Lovely setting; enact plays in the garden
INFO: (415) 831-2700

The setting is lovely. When I was in school, my friends and I used to enact plays in the garden. My younger sister also got married there.

FAVORITE MUSEUM OR GALLERY  
Palace of the Legion of Honor
WHERE: 34th Ave. and Clement St., in Lincoln Park
WHAT: Sit in the galleries and take in the art
INFO: (415) 750-3600 or www.famsf.org/legion

I have been going to that museum since I was a baby. I know each piece in the permanent collection as if it were my friend. The building and location are so beautiful. I would cut class in [George Washington] high school just to sit in the galleries and soak up the art and atmosphere.

<strong>FAVORITE PLACE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Moraga Street Steps
WHERE: Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues
WHAT: The whole staircase is covered in a beautiful mosaic and shimmers in the sunlight
INFO: www.tiledsteps.org

They are hard to miss: The whole staircase is covered in a beautiful mosaic and shimmers in the sunlight (whenever that neighborhood gets any). It is truly a gorgeous work of art.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE DANCE
The Cowell Theater
WHERE: Fort Mason, in the Herbst Pavilion
WHAT: Nice size and layout; not too big
INFO: (415) 441-3400 or www.fortmason.org

I like the size and the layout. I like the way the seats are spaced out.

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A FILM
School of the Arts Auditorium
WHERE: 555 Portola Drive, at O’Shaughnessy Boulevard
WHAT: Media night film debuts of the high school students
INFO: (415) 695-5700 or www.sfsota.org

Where my son’s films and those of his illustrious classmates have premiered to crowds of screaming teenagers and their families. In the four years that my older son attended that school, in the film department I had the pleasure of helping to run the media night film debuts of the students. I was always struck by the superb work that the students put out. It gives me great hope for the world of cinema.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT   
K’s Kitchen
WHERE: 757 Monterey Blvd., between Gennessee Street and Ridgewood Avenue
WHAT: Small neighborhood restaurant, lovely ambiance, great food, welcoming owner and staff
INFO: (415) 333-8500 or www.kskitchen-sf.com

A small neighborhood Japanese restaurant, lovely ambiance, great food, and the owner and staff are very welcoming and friendly. I think the neighborhood is still in shock that a restaurant of such high quality exists within our humble midst.

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