Call for Submissions: ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY, SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 1 – 30, 2017

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the 14th Annual Architecture and the City Festival, featuring community workshops, design challenges, educational lectures, tours, films, special events, and an exhibition. The month-long celebration provides opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city.

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Entering the City on 101 North

Programs must address some of our most pressing urban issues, demonstrate innovation in working toward a more sustainable future, and explore how progressive design and creative problem solving improve our quality of life in the Bay Area.

FESTIVAL THEME: SECRET CITY

Questions? Contact Jaime Wong, Program Manager, at jwong@aiasf.org or 415.874.2632.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

What Is Life But a Bowl of Cherries

  • Let’s celebrate the cherries on top! — Michelle W., The Daily Post

The good news: self was back in London in the spring. The Cherry on Top? She was there during the week of the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Just look at the fresh flowers framing the entrance to the Bloomsbury Hotel!

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The Bloomsbury Hotel, London: May 2016

The good news was: Self was in Philo, CA. She found a small market that sold delicious potato salad. And the cherry on top? The ceiling lights were things of beauty. From a glass studio in Fort Bragg, the checkout lady told self:

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Ceiling Light, Lemon’s Philo Market, California

The good news was: self was spending another winter in Mendocino, CA. The cherry on top is that she got to see “Quills,” a play about Marquis de Sade, performed by members of the local community (It was a very entertaining production!)

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“Quills,” a drama about Marquis de Sade

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Feeling On Top of the World!

This week, share an image of what’s on top from your own life.

— Michelle W., The Daily Post

More of what’s on top:

  • Ferris wheel, Calgary Stampede:
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Self missed this ride at the 2016 Calgary Stampede!

  • Look up, and what do you see?
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Big, Clear, Prairie Sky! Calgary, July 2016

  • Finally, the view from self’s room in London, off Russell Square. She asked whose backyard that was, and was told: “It belongs to the Duke of Bedford and his heirs.” At least, he has nice art. Definitely, the cherry on top! (Self can’t quite get over the fact that something like this is sitting in someone’s private backyard. Something like this belongs in a museum! Wouldn’t you agree, dear blog readers? It reminds her of one of those thin Giacomettis.)
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In a Private Garden in Bloomsbury, June 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Look Up 4: Still More From the Calgary Stampede

None of these pictures would have been taken if self hadn’t been telling herself to aim her viewfinder UP:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Look Up 3: More From the Calgary Stampede

Would self have thought of taking these shots at this year’s Calgary Stampede if she hadn’t been trying to meet The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week:  LOOK UP?

Most likely, not. Yeah.

(The Calgary Stampede has some serious eats, dear blog readers. Serious, serious eats!)

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Lookup 2: Calgary Stampede

Self wasn’t kidding when she vowed last year to return to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.

As it turns out, this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge — LOOK UP — gave her many opportunities to get a little more creative with her shots as she walked around with her cousins Mike and Pixie.

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Gotta love those emoji pillows!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Dance 2: What Makes People Want To Move

Is it just self or are The Daily Post Photo Challenges becoming more challenging? The theme of this week’s challenge is DANCE:

Below, Artist Janet Self at Oddfellows Art Gallery, Mendocino:

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Artist Janet Self, standing next to her piece in the 2nd floor of Oddfellows art gallery in Mendocino, 2014

Below, one of self’s large collection of Christmas ornaments.

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Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Final Picture: the Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 2014:

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Cool Shoes: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Eye Spy 4: Masskara Festival, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Every October, Dearest Dad’s hometown of Bacolod becomes the scene of wild bacchanalia.

Just kidding!

Seriously, the theme of the month is wine, women and song.

Just kidding!

The culmination of the annual festivities is a procession of masked dancers. Quite a sight!

Self heard that the festivities have been toned down and aren’t as flamboyant as they used to be. Oh, that is just too bad.

In the meantime, she thought the giant masks, with their flirty eyes, would fit in very well with the week’s Photo Challenge: EYE SPY.

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One of the staff at self’s favorite Bacolod rest place: L’Fisher Chalet on Lacson Street: They hang the giant masks as part of the annual Masskara Festival, in October.

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Creepy 2: Random

WordPress Photo Challenge this week: CREEPY

  • This week, give us some heebie jeebies!

Here’s more creepiness:

DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Illustrated by Edward Gorey

DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Illustrated by Edward Gorey. Did you know that author Bram Stoker studied at Trinity College in Dublin? Self only knows this because she went on a tour of Trinity College.

Dancer, Masskara Festival, Bacolod 2013

Dancer, Masskara Festival, Bacolod 2013

Ballyvolane House, Cork: A servant ran off with her mistress's jewels, was apprehended and hanged somewhere in the vicinity.

Ballyvolane House, Cork: A pair of servants ran murdered their masters and made off with their master’s jewels. They were apprehended and put to death.  The male was hanged, the woman burned at the stake, somewhere in the vicinity. Hence the appellation “The Hag’s Cross.”

Self is so glad she never heard about The Hag’s Cross until the last day she was at Ballyvolane House because she hates ghosts and such.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre has its own ghost story, which was told her by a fellow resident. Apparently the ghost is named Miss Worby’s Ghost and she tweets.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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