Art, San Francisco

Sunday Symphony in the Park


Just another Sunday in the park. Made this with Beemo, my new favorite iPhone app.

I packed a massive picnic (made my first crab rolls!) and headed to Dolores for the annual free concert in the park from the SF Symphony. The music was nice, but as I lay there sweating in the unusually hot weather, I realized: I’m just not that into the symphony.

It’s taken me a few years to figure this out. I’ve seen some great shows. Rufus Wainwright, silent films and even Max Raabe & Palaast Orchester. But then none of these are purely music. They are music + a show. I like the idea of the symphony, but I really need something else to focus on. Otherwise I’ll fall asleep. That’s probably why I like opera so much. There’s just so damn much to see. I don’t know why there’s that stereotype/joke of falling asleep at the opera. If you fall asleep at the opera, the opera will punch you in the face to wake you up. It’s intense stuff.

But even though I’m not a fan, I’ve got to give it up for the SF Symphony. They’re trying hard to connect to a younger fan base. Their next two shows this week are “Video Games Live” and music from “The Matrix.” Yep. Exactly what it sounds like. They know the San Francisco audience :).

Ever since I saw a show at the Chicago symphony in 2011, I’ve been getting calls soliciting donations. I got a call a few days ago. This time I happily said “No thank you. I live in San Francisco. Also, I don’t like the symphony.” It was very satisfying.


Food, San Francisco

Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival

Cultivate Festival


Love food? Love music? Love massive burrito bombs from Chipotle?

Then come to the Chipotle sponsored BurritoFest Cultivate Festival in Golden Gate park on Saturday. It’s corporate sponsored, but I can’t snark. The lineup looks pretty good and …

Free is free!

  • Free music (The Walkmen! Mayer Hawthorne! People I haven’t heard of!)!!
  • Free cooking demos from Chef Celebrities such as Amanda Freitag and the Big Gay Ice Cream guys.
  • A free burrito if you visit certain”Learning tents” across the festival
  • There’s also a food hall with samples from local artisanal food vendors, and an educational section to learn about sourcing food sustainably.

It looks like it will be 82 in SF tomorrow, so probably a perfect day to laze in the park and eat things.


Music for Your Twerk Out


 I don’t talk about working out terribly often, but I’m a gym rat.

Lately my routine is heading to the gym during my lunch break, running about three miles, showering, and then getting my slobbery mess self back to the office where I chow down my lunch in front of the screen. It’s really really nice. My mood is ten times better, and I love getting my workout out of the way so that it doesn’t cut into my personal time after work.

I don’t like running all that much, but it really makes me exhausted, and when I’ve only got thirty minutes, it does the trick. One thing that has made running almost… *enjoyable* has been Major Lazer.  

And now there is a Major Lazer Workout Mix. YES! It’s on POTATOwillEATyou, Skrillex/Diplo/A-Trak’s YouTube channel. Thanks to my sister in cynicism Michelle for tossing it my way. It’s fantastic. Listening to this mix basically FEELS like you’re already running.

Favorites include:

19:30 Diplo and M83 – Express City (Benzi Short Redo)

22:23 Action (Richie Beretta 7th Grade Dance Remix)

24:25 Alesia and DJ Snake – Bird Machine