glögg!

by Geezer on November 26, 2014

swedishBay seniors looking for a variation on Christmas traditions might want to see how it is done in Scandinavia. On Saturday December from 9 to 4 at Saint Mary’s on Gough Street there will be a Swedish Christmas Fair with imported crafts, pastries, meatballs and generous servings of glögg ( hot mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and raisins) as well as folk dancing, a Lucia chorus and, of course, essential pepparkakslandeting (cinnamon cookie decorating). Seniors $5. Tomorrow up at West Wines in Healdsburg there’s a free Swedish Christmas event with even more glögg

 

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free jazz

by Geezer on November 25, 2014

jazzBay seniors with enough memory left to recall seeing Jonathan Winters or Phyllis Diller clowning at the Purple Onion in North Beach, will be stirred to hear that it has been revived and named after Doc Ricketts , John Steinbeck’s garrulous character from Cannery Row. Downstairs this Sunday in Doc’s Lab, 17 major players from Bay Area big bands will be playing modern (i.e.midcentury) jazz and it’s free. Upstairs there’s a new, highly touted restaurant. Maybe it’s time for North Beach, like every other inch of the city, to enjoy a revival.

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best decked halls

by Geezer on November 25, 2014

hearstBay seniors curious about what seriously extravagant holiday decorations look like might want to head south to our most magnificent monument to egomania – the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. It has been festooned as it was 90 years ago  when William Randolph Hearst threw extravaganzas for his staff’s children who could pick any present they wanted from under the dozens of Christmas trees. The most over-the-top tours are the Grand Room and Evening ones. Nov.29-Dec.31 except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. $25-36 for adults, $12-18 for children.

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sweet memories

November 23, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors with nostalgic taste buds will be happy to hear that the new Stateside Bakery on Telegraph in Berkeley is re-creating the addictively sweet snacks of your youth only this time with wholesome 21st century ingredients. Oreos made with Valrhona chocolate are intensely richer than the originals ($3.75). Hostess and Little Debbie treats […]

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codgertations #9

November 19, 2014

Tweet The last time California was slammed by a drought I wasn’t living here but I heard all about the emergency measures people were taking and talking about – pails in showers, bricks in toilets, dying lawns, an emergency waterline to Marin. This time around, however, I hardly hear anything. Where’s the panic? Ski resorts […]

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slurp!

November 12, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors swearing off sugary sodas might want to consider the sudden flood of Asian smoothies showing up locally. Imported from Taiwan starting in the 1980’s they’re called bobas or bubble teas and are basically green or black teas mixed with fruits or fruit syrups. The sweet additions are endless from typical flavors like lychee […]

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sopranos in a bar

November 11, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who might like to hear opera in a setting more intimate than the Opera House, can do so every third Sunday of the month. Opera On Tap holds their recitals in drinking establishments around town. Chamber music groups back up the professional singers. There is one scheduled somewhere this weekend though you’ll […]

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keep the lights on

November 10, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors are pretty much in consensus about the dazzling nightly display of LED lights on the Bay Bridge (though I know one curmudgeon who calls it “a giant screen saver”). It was never scheduled to be more than a temporary event but its popularity has motivated the city, state and private citizens to […]

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old glories

November 10, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors know human beings have been living in the Yosemite Valley for 6,000 years, right? If that comes as a surprise, you are in store for quite a few more at the California Historical Society’s current exhibit, “Yosemite, a Storied Landscape” running through January at their headquarters on Mission Street. It honors the […]

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boomers en pointe

November 5, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors still nurturing a dream to stand on their toes and twirl around have plenty of company. In fact there are a number of classes in town catering to adult dance fantasies. Most prominent is Kathy Mata’s at the Alonzo King Dance Center who has been teaching grown ups to jetée since 1985. […]

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