We already have some seriously good writers and photographers contributing to Riptide, but now we want to have our own editorial cartoonists and graphic artists. So come on, people, put on your thinking caps, get out your old Rapidograph pens, and start drawing for Riptide. Email Mayburrito AT Goofbuster.com when you are ready to be published. You won't make a dime here, but you will be famous in your own lifetime.
The statue of Gaspar de Portolá (top) on Highway 1 in Pacifica had long reminded me of the Passion Façade (bottom) of the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Spain. As farfetched as it seemed, I decided to look into whether there was a relationship. To my utter shock and delight, it turns out that both works are by the Catalonian painter and sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs. Take a closer look at the sculpture of Portolá, and you see that it is a very impressive work – making Pacifica the lucky home of world-renowned art.
I am very worried about what is happening with the conditions of approval (COA) for the Harmony @ 1 project now bulldozing the hillsides above Fassler and Roberts roads. We need to pressure the Planning Commission to stick to the COA that were the reason for fast approval of this project. It was designed and sold to planners as a flagship environmental development. It is now just turning into a money machine.
Art Guild of Pacifica annual holiday “Galleria” opens Friday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m, and continues December 6 through 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends only. Unique, affordable art and gifts in all three galleries. Meet the artists and visit their studios. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard. For info, see artguildofpacifica.org. Card design above by Gale Frances.
Pacifica Performances presents The Curios 17th Annual Winter Concert, Mildred Owen Concert Hall, Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
At the beginning of every Curios Winter Concert, singer/songwriter Nancy Hall always asks folks to raise their hands if it is their "first time," and a few dozen hands go up. Then she asks, "How many of you have been here since the beginning?" and a surprising number of hands also go up, accompanied by a loud "whoop!"
The band is always changing, but at its core are longtime musical collaborators Nancy Hall and Lee Parvin. Special guests this year include renowned guitarist Michael Tyler and local singer/songwriter Nomi Harper.
The Curios perform engaging, original music with a couple of covers thrown in. One might call it "acoustic-based rock" or "eclectic Americana." What they do best is move the audience to shouts, tears, dancing, and everything in between. Hall and Parvin are probably best known for their stirring and beautiful harmony singing.
"We started singing together when I was 19," says Hall. "We are practically telepathic with each other at this point." Northern California Songwriter has called The Curios style a “wonderfully eclectic, quirky and beautifully complex musical universe.” This year's concert is described by the band as being a more intimate sound, focused on duets and debuting new writing, from delicate to rocking.
Hall and Parvin, both longtime Pacificans, made their careers working with some high-profile acts both in the studio and touring. From Neil Young to Taj Mahal, Michael Bloomfield, Randy Jackson, Vicki Randal, and many others, their collective discography is impressive.
With Hall on various stringed instruments, including ukulele and dulcimer, and Parvin on keyboards, including accordion, the music takes the listener on an unpredictable journey. It's a journey that many want to take again and again, so get your tickets early; this show generally sells out!
Owen Hall is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info: 650-355-1882, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Art Connection proudly presents "Under Georgia's Influence," showcasing the work of longtime Pacificans Margaret Welsh and Judy Quitoriano. Their exhibit, two years in the making, is inspired by renowned artist Georgia O'Keefe. It is a stunning collection of 30 paintings, photographs, pastels, and ceramic pieces.
Welsh features a series of florals that exhibit her amazing talent and skill with watercolors. Her paintings Succulent Beauty and Secrets of the Rhododendron are close studies of nature's colors, shapes, and patterns. Her unique perspective invites the viewer to look more closely at the familiar. In Colorado Hills and Desert Rock, Margaret portrays the essential beauty of huge, and small, geologic wonders.
In tandem with Welsh, Quitoriano captures the dance of nature in her close-up floral photography and pastels. Her ceramics and sculptures offer a sense of the Southwest, which inspired O'Keefe. Reflection and Folk Art Basket are standouts and San Mateo County Fair prize winners. Finally, her acrylic painting Joseph's Robe is a bold statement with intense colors that portray the energy of the San Miguel Hills at sunset.
This exciting exhibit is not to be missed! It runs through Saturday, December 6. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, next to Avani Salon, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dear Riptide Editor: Did you happen to notice the unusually ugly "Fall Colors" photo at the top of the November 19 Pacifica Tribune editorial page? For one thing, it was printed in black and white, so there were no fall colors, unless you consider ash gray a color. For another, perhaps because of the lack of actual color, you could not tell what the picture showed. Was it a tree or was it some dog's dinner?
You can now use your Clipper card to ride the new elevated train between Coliseum BART and Oakland International Airport. Instead of exiting Coliseum BART station at the regular fare gates, take the escalator, stairs, or elevator to get to Platform 3. Tag your Clipper card at the fare gate and proceed to the "BART to OAK" boarding area. Returning from the airport, simply tag your card at a fare gate to exit Platform 3 at the Coliseum BART station. Catch a train to your final destination. Trains run every five minutes. Make sure you have either cash value or a High Value Discount (HVD) ticket on your card. Clipper will deduct your fare from your card’s balance whenever you enter or exit the "BART to OAK" boarding area. Visit bart.gov/airport for more information.
PERFECT POUR 188 Clarendon Road at Francisco, Sharp Park, Pacifica, phone 650-355-POUR (7687). At the website is a full menu. Hours of operation 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We have been open for a year and four months. I am the owner (Haley McKee, 23-year-old Pacifican, San Francisco State University student). We specialize in coffee, as well as breakfast, lunch, pastries, smoothies, and more.