As I write this, it’s 70 degrees outside and it’s after 9pm, so know that even the Richmond District, way out here in the Outside Lands, enjoys this great weather we’re having. 🙂

Speaking of the Outside Lands, the second annual music festival of the same name is coming up on August 28-30 in Golden Gate Park. Check out the schedule of who’s performing and get your tix. If you have friends coming into town, Kimpton’s boutique hotels are offering discounted rates for that weekend.

Last weekend, the Richmond and Sunset welcomed Sunday Streets to Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway. Thousands turned out to revel in the car-free space and enjoy their neighbors. Check out the video below for a fun recap of the day. We’ll do it again on Sept. 6 so come join us!

One of our best restaurants, Chapeau, officially moved to its new location at 126 Clement. That used to be the owner’s other restaurant called Clementine’s. But now it’s just Chapeau. Same great menu and service.

The de Young is hosting a compelling photography show called “Toward Abstraction”. I interviewed the collectors behind the show. My mom really likes the article, so do her a solid and check it out.

Also on the art tip, our community art gallery, Frankenart Mart, is holding a drawing contest about…hot dogs (it has to do with their name). They’re also looking for videos of pavement. See, the Richmond can be artsy and avant garde, just like the Mission! And no making fun of my hot dog entry in the comments, please!

This week’s fascinating history tidbit is about a horse named Blackie, who in 1938, attempted to swim from the Marin side of the bay to San Francisco. This was all due to a bet between two gentlemen. Did Blackie make it? Check out the newsreel clip to find out.

Soon, Richmond District playgrounds will be the destination of choice for kids all over the city. We just broke ground on our first renovation at the Lincoln Playground on Clement and 33rd Ave. We’ll also be re-doing the Cabrillo and Fulton playgrounds.

Last week, I found myself in the Richmond District police station. But I’m innocent, I swear! Their open house was part of “National Night Out”. Get the behind the scenes tour of the station, including pictures. There’s a great little tie-in with the old TV show, NYPD Blue.

And if you’re looking for a fun movie this weekend, check out PONYO, the new animated film from acclaimed director Hayao Mayazaki. It’s playing at the Balboa Theater which, I do believe, has the best snack bar in town.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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