We’re still rocking over here in the Richmond District, with music festivals going on every weekend.

Last Sunday Train rocked my world at Now and Zen, and this weekend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival comes to Golden Gate Park. As implied by its name, the list of artists is all over the map. Perhaps MC Hammer is up your alley, or maybe you’re more into Lyle Lovett. Whatever your taste, you’ll find something on the six stages to whet your musical appetite. Even funnyman Steve Martin is taking the stage with his band.

If you’re more of a beach bum, then don’t miss the Sandcastle Contest on Ocean Beach this Saturday. This year’s theme is “Stories in the Sand: Class Children’s Books”, so expect lots of dragons, monsters and elaborate castles. Oh, and even us amateurs can take part with this year’s new community sandcastle-building area. Go get sandy!

A new restaurant, Prime Rib Shabu, opened up last week from the same culinary greatness behind the Marina’s Isa and Hayes Valley’s Domo. If you’re into Japanese cooking but like the DIY experience of hot pot cooking, this is the place for you.

If you live in the zip codes 94115, 94118, 94121 and 94129, then you can get into the Academy of Sciences for free this weekend. See the new “Journey to the Stars” planetarium show narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, or check out Maya Lin’s latest sculpture that debuted just a couple of weeks ago. And well, let’s face it, those adorable penguins and the albino alligator are always worth the trip.

Continuing on the free theme, City Guides is offering free walking tours of the Richmond District this Sunday and next. Come out and learn more about the Richmond’s varied and sometimes checkered past. You read that right! We had beer halls, race tracks, road houses, amusement parks and all kinds of mischief going on before we settled into the bedroom community we are today.

And I leave you this week with one Richmond resident’s musical commentary on the current health care debate crisis. Entitled I Cant Afford to Go on Living, it is musician Rick Homan’s humorous story about the perils of our health care system. Delivered in deadpan stereo.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Sarah B.
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