This weekend, the Balboa Theater turns 84. They’re hosting a special celebration with a screening of the 1926 film “The Cat and the Canary”, which has been called the finest spooky house movie ever made. Plus a live vaudeville show, movie shorts and of course, birthday cake. Come out and celebrate their rich history in honor of the late co-owner, Irma Levin, who passed away recently.
Speaking of movies, on March 16 a new documentary is coming to the Balboa but for one night only. “Remembering Playland” is the first and only documentary on the old amusement park that used to sit on the Great Highway. Relive (or experience for the first time) all the great landmarks of Playland like the creepy Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, and Fun-tier Town. This will sell out so get your tix early.
Crikey! There’s been lots of discussion this week over an outer Richmond bar and grill that is serving up ‘roo burgers, as in kangaroo burgers. Some people are ready to hop over and try it (sorry, I couldn’t resist), while others are totally grossed out (“disgusting. seriously, that’s DISGUSTING”). And they’re debating whether this is even kosher down under. What do you think?
If you’re into live, local music, come rock out at Bazaar-Stock 2 this Saturday. Over 30 musicians will play in cozy Bazaar Cafe from 10am to 10pm, and it’s free. Check out neighborhood artist David Greco, along with many other talented, Bay Area musicians.
Something you should not miss: “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 4”, the great collection of vintage videos of San Francisco that the Prelinger Library put together. The fourth, fascinating edition in the series is now online. You’ll get a kick out of watching the Bay Bridge being built (clearly OSHA was not around then), a vegetable fight among USF underclassmen, footage of Ocean Beach, Playland, and much more. Watch it here
I’ll leave you with a belated Valentine’s sentiment. Below is video of the penguins of the California Academy of Sciences getting their heartfelt greetings. Warning: it’s really, really cute (and there is no sound so don’t leave me a comment moaning about it).
Have a great weekend everyone!