Dolores Park’s hidden patch of wildflowers

It’s gonna be nice out today; might wanna blow off work and roll around in these beauties all afternoon.

[via cerrarto]

San Dimas High School Football Rules!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever been curious about time traveling to 1805 Austria all you gotta do is pop in this pooper and dial 1-323-459-4303. Right around the corner from Rhea’s, or is it Circle K?

More Sutro worship

If we were an early Pagan society with some kind of shell-based monetary system, we’d all worship Sutro tower. Like the sun, it’s huge and can be seen everywhere. Also like the sun, it constantly blasts us with helpful radiation (assuming you find TV helpful).

These days, we don’t turn towards it twice a day and pray for protection against the club-wielding apes, but we do take a shit-ton of pictures of it. Here are a couple more tributes from this week:

Local indie-music heartthrob Ryan Browne posted this soothing video montage he shot over the course of a few months. Check it:

WBTC points out that Therapy on Valencia, in addition to being a brick magnet, carries those dreamy laser-cut plywood 1/1000 scale models, if you don’t mind supporting a dude who allegedly likes to threaten other would-be-sutro-model-makers with legal action:

That’s it. Sutro bless you all.

Oopf

I was walking home drunk the other night and took this picture, I think because I thought “OOPF” was funny. But I don’t remember where it was. (Not that it’s very important.)

So how about, whoever identifies the location where this photo was taken will win a prize?

Groger’s Western Store suffers wild robot invasion

I’ve long wondered why the incredible Groger’s Western Store near 26th and Valencia has stood empty and abandoned for all this time. Today, we may be closer to an answer.

Apparently, these wild robots are a bit of a problem in these parts.

[Last photo via potentialpast]

Updates from Balmy Alley

A few weeks ago, reader Lily tipped us to a new mural-in-progress in Balmy Alley. Today, she writes in again with an update:

That new mural is now getting some paint on it. Looks like the riot police are kicking Adam and Eve (didn’t fit in picture) out of Eden. Also, those monkeys got some color!

Looks like the Hurricane Katrina mural is getting some updates as well:

From talking with the artist, she was adding more glued on artifacts (the picture glued across the hurricane damage are photographs the artist took of actual artifacts leftover after the destruction) as well as adding some lines, which:

  1. will eventually have leaves and be vines/ivy to represent the vines/ivy that grew out of the rubble, and
  2. will show the diaspora or displacement of New Orleans natives to other cities and areas of the country.

How’s that for a local art history lesson of the day? Thanks Lily!

Top o’ the Sutro tower to you

It’s a good thing that antenna operators are equipped with portable video recording devices (in the form of smartphones) these days:

And here’s another tower tour from 2009:

[via Monkeybrains]

Effort underway to make Dolores Park sunbathers uncomfortable?

So reports one miffed commenter:

Listen up – anyone who has been to DP since kiddy land opened will note that a real effort has been made make gay men who sunbathe feel uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the motorcycle cops driving through the park. But the vibe of the park has changed. Free sprit has been replaced with a Walnut Creek like atmosphere. Which was the plan all along.

The Walnut Creek line is a little melodramatic, but is the other part true? Are sunbathers being targeted?

[Photo by Sergio Ruiz]

Dolores Park’s newly turfed hillside

Along with the debut of the new playground comes the debut of this newly returfed bit of hill adjacent to the playground. Shiny and new, and clean — but for how long?

[via WBTC]

Adults-only after-dark pre-party at new Dolores Park playground

With the coming park closures over the next two years, the playground will be one of the few zones continuously open — but only to kids. This sneak peak the other night was probably the only chance us grownups had to fully enjoy the park’s newest amenity. Dolores Parks Works has the scoop:

Twenty adults were let loose on a self-guided tour of all the new play structures and amenities. The Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park  is the nicest and most creative I have ever experienced.  This was also the first time most of the group toured the construction site and they all were extremely pleased!  We were all giddy with excitement.  The new playground is a safe place for kids to take chances.

Read on.