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Sutro Baths panoramas, 1 of 3

Sutro Baths panoramas, 1 of 3

Swank in Pac Heights might win the award for best presentation of a hummus plate (if not necessarily best flavor)

Swank in Pac Heights might win the award for best presentation of a hummus plate (if not necessarily best flavor)

Post-it art above Market at Montgomery

Post-it art above Market at Montgomery

"SOMA," the new sculpture installation at Pier 14, was made by an art collective called Flaming Lotus Girls. Apparently it lights up at night. More info here.

Great day for a Pier 14 panorama

Great day for a Pier 14 panorama

Really interesting mural in the Tenderloin, around the corner from the Great American

I always forget what a beautiful theater the Great American Music Hall is

I always forget what a beautiful theater the Great American Music Hall is

The Hold Steady is one of the top 10 live bands performing today, in my opinion. I’ve seen them so many times over the years, and every show is a mesmerizing experience. Craig Finn knows how to work a crowd, and every musician in the band is a rock solid performer (even minus Franz Nicolay, who I still miss). Last night at the Great American was no exception. I had the good luck to be part of a very small audience at one of their South by Southwest shows in March, which was the first time I’d seen them perform some of the “Teeth Dreams” material, and it was great to get to see them do those songs with a bit more touring on them.

Cheap Girls opening for The Hold Steady at the Great American last night. They were fine, but they didn’t have much of an identity — they sort of sounded like every band I liked in 1991 — and the vocals were too low in the mix. Their guitarist had a charisma-to-talent ratio in the J Mascis range. They were a good choice for an opener for THS, though.

My panorama-making software made the Ferry Building look like The Big One had already hit

My panorama-making software made the Ferry Building look like The Big One had already hit

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO

Late afternoon sun on the McLaren Park Water Tower

Late afternoon sun on the McLaren Park Water Tower

View from the top of the Sunnyside Playground

View from the top of the Sunnyside Playground

Beautiful new mosaic staircase that opened out in Hunter’s Point earlier this month. It’s waaaaay out in a remote area (near India Basin) but worth checking out if you have a car. More info here.

Did you know that you can roast watermelon? We did it this weekend. I got the idea from this amazing veg sushi post, where the author used the texture to mimic tuna sashimi. It turned out really interesting! We baked it, without any additional ingredients, for 2.5 hrs at 350 degrees. I wish I had flipped the pieces halfway through. But it was sweet and squishy, yet firm, and had a more intense watermelon flavor, and a carmelized sugar taste. It would make a great foundation for someone with cooking skills to experiment with — adding butter during the roasting process, marinating it in other flavors, etc. A fun experiment!