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Stirring speeches mark dedication of artwork to James R. Herman at Pier 27

    Former Mayor Art Agnos missed a tribute to George Moscone on Thursday night because it was more important for him to speak at a ceremony dedicating an interactive wall sculpture titled "Tides of Change" to his former landlord and friend James R. "Jimmy" Herman at the cruise terminal bearing his name at Pier 27. "This is the only cruise ship terminal in the world that is dedicated to a labor leader," said Agnos, who then gave a stirring speech about Herman. He recalled not only Herman's commitment to workers, but his solidarity with anyone fighting for justice: "He was among the first in America to march with [Cesar] Chavez and the farm workers," Agnos said. He also opposed dictatorships in Chile and apartheid in South Africa. … Read Full Article

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(Left to right) Jeff Lee, Cypress Properties Group, LLC; Cindy Wong-Chen, China Live; Michele Turnure-Salleo, director of Filmmaker360; Richard Miyashiro, China Live; Dave Scanlon, Cushman and Wakefield; George Chen, China Live; Chris Wight, Cypress Properties Group, LLC; Noah Cowan, executive director, San Francisco Film Society. Photo courtesy of Cypress Properties Group, LLC.

Chinese food center, theater, film offices in development on Broadway

Big new plans are underway for a cultural and culinary hub on the edge of Chinatown and North Beach. Cypress Properties Group, LLC, is developing a 42,500-square-foot space to include China Live, a Chinese food mecca (think: the Eataly of Chinese food);  a new home for the Speakeasy, a popular interactive theater experience set in the Prohibition era; and big-time film offices. The site includes … Read Full Article

Lunar New Year Lunch 2015

Community leaders honored at Chinatown CDC’s annual Lunar New Year lunch

Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) honored Supervisor Jane Kim, North East Medical Services (NEMS), Geen Lee, and Gerald “Jerry” & Beverly Lee and family for their leadership, dedication and sustaining commitment to the community. Over 600 guests attended the lunch at the New Asia Restaurant to recognize the community leaders and to celebrate the Year of the Ram. Chinatown … Read Full Article

Nighttime bocce players take the court at One Market Plaza. Photo by Dennis Anderson, with permission.

Ferry Bocce returns to One Market Plaza

  Ferry Bocce returns to One Market Plaza with a season opening party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Celebrate the opening on the plaza level of One Market overlooking the courts, the Ferry Building and the Bay. Check in with security on the lobby level. The season officially starts Monday, April 6, and just one team slot is open. Team building slots are still available … Read Full Article

SWL lot 322-1 at the corner of Broadway and Front streets is slated for an affordable housing project.

Letter: Mayor’s Office of Housing responds to affordable housing article

Dear Barbary Coast News,  Thank you for providing the community a summary of the March 4 Northeast Waterfront Advisory Committee (NEWAG) meeting in your March 5 column (“At public meeting, neighbors push for moderate income housing”).   The Mayor, and we at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), are acutely aware that middle class families, workers, and retirees … Read Full Article

Fish & Farm is moving from the Mark Twain Hotel to 424 Clay St. in the former Elephant & Castle space. An April opening is planned. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

A peek inside the new Fish & Farm

Buildout has begun on the new location of Fish & Farm in the former Elephant & Castle at 424 Clay St., and an April opening is planned. Fish & Farm will close its current location in the Hotel Mark Twain, 399 Taylor St., on March 31, said employee Heather Seliga. Incidentally, Fish & Farm’s owner, Michael Najjar - who also owns Green Bar in 3 Embarcadero Center - is cutting his … Read Full Article

NERT holds drills at local schools, among other locations. Photo by Dwayne Newton.

NERT training starts in North Beach March 24

  SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is a community based training program dedicated to a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach. Training classes are held throughout the city on an ongoing basis, and a new series runs from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from March 24 to April 28 at the Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard St. Click here to register. It is beneficial for … Read Full Article

Nancy Calef's Bush & Powell explores the fact that not only are Bush and Powell powerful men, they are a cable car stop in San Francisco. Billboards comment on the Middle Eastern crisis.  Image courtesy of Nancy Calef.

North Beach artist, author to talk at Beat Museum exhibit March 27

“Better art through suffering” could be the motto of Nancy Calef, a multitalented creative who counts painting, writing, music and computer animation among her skills. Calef, who's lived in North Beach for more than 30 years, released a book, “Peoplescapes: My Story from Purging to Painting” in May 2014 to tell the story of how she transcended an eating disorder and an abusive mother to become an … Read Full Article