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23 February 2009 @ 09:04 am
Shout-out to Bay Area folks  
We'll be hanging around the SF Bay area for a few days after Potlatch (i.e. March 2-4) for the express purpose of seeing our Bay Area friends and sights that we usually miss because we come down for conventions and then head right home. If you'd like to get together, or suggest something going on that we'd be interested in (museums, shows, etc.), send email or post a comment here.
AElfflaedbethpeters3 on February 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
I will probably be in Emeryville then. I'd be available in the evenings after @ 5:30 or so March 2-3. Abney Park will be performing in SF that Wednesday night.
aelfieaelfie on February 23rd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I think there's a knitting show going on while you'll be here. =)
Kate: Hummel Stitch in Timekateyule on February 27th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Stitches West
I looked into the classes that didn't conflict with the con, and none of them drew me strongly enough to justify their cost.

Will stay away from the Market, though it calls MOST strongly, oh yes my precioussss! I am quite proud of coming home from Madrona with just two more skeins, one of them provided in class.
aelfieaelfie on February 28th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: Stitches West
=) I thought you might know about this.
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Thom Watsonthomwatson on February 23rd, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think the California Academy (which subsumes the old Steinhart Aquarium, and also includes the Natural History Museum and the Morrison Planetarium, a cool roof right out of Hobbiton and an indoor rainforest, all in one place) might actually beat out the Exploratorium for coolest, now.

In my three years here, though, we still haven't been to the zoo, even though it's just minutes from the house, so if you want to go there that's also someplace we might want to tag along.
Debbie N.wild_irises on February 24th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Once you go to Muir Woods, presumably with a vehicle, one of the Bay Area's great secrets is the Bay Model in Sausalito, a working model of the San Francisco Bay managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. About ten years ago, they put some museum-y exhibits around it which are nice enough, but the model itself is the thing.
Thom Watsonthomwatson on February 23rd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see you.

There are a number of interesting sounding exhibitions at the various museums, and we have family memberships and can take two guests free to SF MOMA, the de Young, and the Legion of Honor.

At the de Young:
Yves St. Laurent
Signs: Wordplay in Photography
Warhol Live (not literally)

At the Legion of Honor:
Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique
Waking Dreams: Max Klinger and the Symbolist Print

Patterns of Speculation: J. Mayer H.
Otl Aicher: Munchen 1972
The 1000 Journals Project

There's also a Coraline exhibit at the Cartoon Museum. We don't have a membership there, and have already seen it ourselves, but it's inexpensive and something you might want to check out.

The California Academy of Sciences is really awesome, and definitely worth checking out if you haven't already been there, but I only have an individual membership with them so no freebies.
Katekateyule on February 27th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
What an enticing list. Are you constrained by classic day-job hours? Email David w/contact info, we don't trust the phone number we have for you.
Johnny Eponymousjohnnyeponymous on February 23rd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'd say visit us at the COmputer History Museum and I'd show you the Babbage Engine, but alas, I'm off all those days at San Jose's own Cinequest Film Festival.

Won't even get to go to Potlatch and it's less than a mile from my house!
Kalimackalimac on February 23rd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
As Chris said, go see the Babbage Engine in operation. Details will be in the Potlatch program book.

I'm open to group meals & gatherings after the con.

Say, the Shakespeare group I belong to meets on Monday evening. Anyone interested in participating in a group reading of Henry V Part II [I bet you didn't know that Henry V comes in Parts. Well, around here it does], we'll be here.
Tomvoidampersand on February 23rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Since you'll be in the South Bay, I highly recommend Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The main grove is awesome, and it is very easy to get to. It's good in the rain because the trail is paved and the trees provide some shelter.

If the weather dries out and you're interested in a really good day hike, the Berry Creek Falls Loop is a classic. It's ten miles long but it's not very strenuous because the trail goes around the Big Basin on a contour and it avoids the steep ridges (of which we have a few).

I second the recommendation, don't miss the Babbage Engine. The Visible Storage display is also great -- it has a bit of everything.

There's a really great Japanese restaurant we'd like to take you to. It is not in the Potlatch restaurant guide, because I was negligent and didn't get around to writing up a review. It's "kappo" style, small plates that you can order as you wish. It's kind of halfway between an izaka-ya and kaiseki, casual, but very innovative and tasty. The chefs are from Kyoto.

I'm sure we can think of some other things. There will be a lot of other fans visiting the area, so maybe I should try cooking a dinner.
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Katekateyule on February 27th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Are you coming to Potlatch?
Allan: Pardon?allanh on February 24th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I, on the other hand, am NOT going to Cinequest, and AM going to Potlatch, and will happily be at your and Kate's disposal.
Rob Frenchrfrench on February 24th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
CJ and I are probably around in the evenings if there is a dinner or something.
CJ Smithcjsmith on February 26th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
LJ ate my other comment, but yes, we're around in the evenings. It looks like you're already massively booked! I'd enjoy seeing you if it could work out. I can do dinners or things that sit in the timeslot of dinner.
Katekateyule on February 27th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Despair not! It could happen! Email David with contact info, OK? david at bentopress dot com.
Erin Cashiertherinth on February 25th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Winchester Mystery House -- it's good strange fun :D
Katekateyule on February 27th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, fascinating place. We've been on previous visits. I esp. liked spying the domes next door, having read and re-read Michaela Roessner's Vanishing Point.