Bernal Artist Amos Goldbaum Paints New San Francisco Mural in Tokyo

The new mural in Tokyo created by Amos Goldbaum (Photo: Instagram)

If you find yourself feeling a little homesick for San Francisco next time you’re having a Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson moment in Tokyo, Bernal Heights artist Amos Goldbaum has helped create a place where you can go to feel right at home.

Wise Sons, the Jewish delicatessen anchored on the corner of 24th Street and Shotwell in the Mission, is preparing to open a new outlet right in the heart of Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Station. To give the new place an appropriate sense of San Francisco provenance, the Wise Sons wisely commissioned Neighbor Amos to create one of his signature cityscape murals on a wall in their new Tokyo restaurant, which is scheduled to open next week.

Neighbor Amos has been sharing photos of his adventure in Tokyo on the Instagram, along with in-progress shots of the new mural. This sketch captured his vision for the project; a Goldbaumesque San Francisco scene, only with Mt. Fuji looming in the background:

Here’s how it looked as Neighbor Amos got to work on the wall in Tokyo:

Progress

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The houses in the foreground are a classic slice of San Francisco, of course, but close observers may notice a special element hiding amid the high-rises of the downtown San Francisco skyline: a “Bagel Kaiju,” or bagel monster, taking a break from marauding the city to enjoy a fresh bagel:

Bagel kaiju

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When the mural was complete, Sutro Tower had been replaced by the Golden Gate Bridge:

Attempted time-lapse

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Congrats to Neighbor Amos, and here’s to hoping that a version of his San Fransokyo graphic will be available soon in t-shirt form at a streetcorner near you.

Bernaltown Returns to Bernal Heights and Now Everyone Can Watch It!

The 20th Anniversary screening of Bernaltown: The Movie that took place at the Bernal Heights Library last Tuesday night was a classic Bernal event. The film sold out two screenings on Tuesday night, and the audiences were a friendly mix of Bernal neighbors, old and new.

That’s probably because Bernaltown is such a sweet film. Clocking in at about 30 minutes, Bernaltown was written and produced in the mid 1990s by  Gregory Gavin, who at the time was running a youth program that taught local kids how to build wooden go-carts for racing on Bernal Hill. The kids and the go-karts ended up with starring roles in Bernaltown, which was first shown in 1997.

Twenty years later, Bernaltown remains a work of delightful, uninhibited fun that showcases Bernal’s quirks and characters. It shows us how far we’ve come in some ways, reminds us what we’ve lost in others, and celebrates the oddball creative spirit that still clings to Bernal Hill’s chert.

A few celebrity guests from the Bernaltown cast were on hand Tuesday night, including the dastardly, diabolical Dealer Dan (Nic Griffin), and Shila Evanchak, who played a superhero version of her childhood self in the film:

Berntown celebrities Shila Evanchak (left) and Nic Griffin (as Dealer Dan) were on the red carpet Tuesday night

The Bernaltown screenings at the library sold out quickly, which meant a lot of Bernal neighbors were sad because they weren’t able to see the film.

Until now.

Now, all Bernalese can partake of the joy that is Bernaltown through the magic of our 21st century Interwebs. Yes, Bernaltown is now on YouTube!

So load it up and gather around your favorite screen with friends and family.

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, dogs and cats… Welcome to Bernaltown:

Neighbor Creates Amazing, Intricate String-Art Map of Bernal Heights

To the ever-expanding genre of artwork inspired by maps of Bernal Heights, Neighbor Naomi shares news about a very cool string-art piece she recently created.

Derived from the 5′ topographic map of Bernal Heights that local carto-wizard Eric Fischer produced in 2012, Neighbor Naomi tells Bernalwood how her piece came together:

I saw the post of Eric Fisher’s map on Bernalwood years ago and it got my wheels turning. I love textile arts (where my knittahs at?!), and my first idea was to do a quilt where the stitching followed the contours of the elevation lines.

That project stuck in my head for a while without becoming a reality (as these things do). Then I began noticing artists doing interesting things with nails and thread – Kumi Yamashita and Dominique Falla are two examples. The thought of the contour map came back to me as a cool subject for that technique.

I made an abridged version of the map with fewer elevation contours (every 20′ instead of 5′) and simpler, more segmented lines. That became my template for where to place the nails on a large piece of prepped plywood. Then, with regular sewing thread in several colors, I just started winding!

To make it a little easier to navigate between the nails, I threaded the strand through the casing of a ball-point pen, which actually made it feel a lot like drawing with string.

Special bonus! Neighbor Naomi also shared this fantastic time-lapse GIF showing how her piece came together:

This Weekend: Artist Open Studios in Bernal Heights

Found Soldier Two, 2017 by Miles Epstein. (Photo courtesy of Miles Epstein)

Bernal Neighbor Miles Epstein is spreading the word about the Artspan Open Studios event for local artists that’s happening this weekend in Bernal Heights. Art-loving Bernalese are encouraged to drop-in to see the work our local artists are making.

Neighbor Miles says:

I’m making a pitch for open studios this weekend. Artspan Fall Open Studios are underway, there are a bunch of Bernal atists showing on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 & 29, from noon until 6pm.

My garage studio and backyard will be open, like many other Bernal Heights artists! I’m at 26 Bennington Street, just uphill from Cortland. Half hour stroll from 24th St BART.

Come see a fair bit of furniture, sculpture, collage, and mixtures of all three. Most for sale. Come make art as well – there will be chances to get your hands working.

Click here for a more exhaustive look at my recent work.

Artspan has pulled together a listing of all the 2017 Fall Open Studio Bernal Artists. You can also download an Open Studios guide app for your iPhone — no kidding:

I hope this finds you well, and perhaps we’ll see you in the neighborhood! 🙂

Bernal Artist Amos Goldbaum Creates New T-Shirt Based on His Pinhole Coffee Mural

If you’re headed to Fiesta on the Hill this Sunday — and you ARE headed to Fiesta on the Hill this Sunday, aren’t you??? — then you should also be on the lookout for celebrity Bernal Heights artist Amos Goldbaum.

Born-and-raised here in Bernal, Neighbor Amos creates intricate line-drawings of San Francisco streetscapes, such as the brand-new mural he just created on the west wall of Pinhole Coffee:

The Pinhole mural is rather fantastic, and at Fiesta on the Hill this Sunday, Neighbor Amos will be on hand to offer a brand-new edition of t-shirts featuring the same image. He tells Bernalwood:

Pinhole approached me about doing a mural earlier this year. They crowdfunded for it (thanks neighbors!), and we wanted to give the donors shirts with the same design.

Pinhole has a picture of their building that’s from 1893, so I used that image as a reference for the mural.

231 Cortland, in 1893

I wanted to insert the scene from the photo into its current context, so I tried to get a photo from a similar angle — but with the whole hill in the background.

I ended up on a roof across the street (thanks Dan!) with my phone on the end of a 20ft pole and got a good shot of the whole neighborhood. I combined the two images like this:

The I used that image to paint the mural and make the drawing for the shirts.

Glorious!!

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Saturday: Learn to Paint Your Own Bernal Hill Landscape with BHNC

Are you ready to discover your inner Bob Ross? This Saturday, Sept. 30, the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) will become a painting studio as part of a fundraiser that will help pay for next month’s Fiesta on the Hill.

Ailed Quijano Paningbatan-Swan, BHNC’s director of community engagement, says:

So excited to announce Paint on the Hill at BHNC! All proceeds for this family fun fundraising event goes to this years Fiesta on the Hill!

You are invited to our first ever Paint Day at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (515 Cortland). To focus on community-building as well as provide a space for neighbors to get to know each other, we’re holding this great event in partnership with local merchants.

This will be one of many series that we will be partnering with various groups and merchants in Bernal.

A few months ago we did a family spaghetti feed in partnership with Emmys Spaghetti Shack and the library – that event sold out in a few days.This time we’re partnering with Barebottle Brewery to present a day of painting, wine, good eats, and great-tasting beer.

There will also be a painting activity for kids (12 and under). All materials canvas, brushes, paint etc are included in purchased tickets for adults and kids.

Tickets are limited, so buy yours soon!

Also, save the date: Ailed tells Bernalwood that the 2017 edition of Fiesta on the Hill is set to happen on Sunday, October 22.

See the Film Adaptation of Neighbor Clane Hayward’s Childhood Memoir

Still from Lane 1974, a film adaptation of Neighbor Clane’s memoir.

Neighbor Clane Hayward is a Bernal resident on Gates Street who wrote a memoir called “The Hypocrisy of Disco.” The book chronicles her chaotic childhood spent growing up with hippie parents while shuffling between communes in Northern California.

Neighbor Clane’s book was recently adapted into a film called Lane 1974, and the film will premiere on October 9 at the Alamo Drafthouse on Mission  Street as part of the 2017 Litquake Festival.

Neighbor Clane told Bernalwood what it was like to have her book transformed into a film:

Seeing The Hypocrisy of Disco adapted for film and then becoming a whole new story as Lane 1974 has been SUCH a trip.

When SJ Chiro, the director, first got in touch with me, I told her that I always saw the book as a film. In my mind, the first page, in which a group of feral hippie kids jump off a porch, was set in slow motion like in Goodfellas.

To see it now in film after SJ put years of work into it, as an entirely new story, is — I can’t even find the right words — stellar. The stories are different. They’re both dark and visceral. The movie has its own pacing and the book has its own unique vernacular.

But where the book is a tale of a disintegrating center, the movie is the story of a girl who is forced to become her own center. The young actress, Sophia Mitri Schloss, is brilliant, speaking volumes with her face alone.

The best part about the movie is how truly good it is, despite being made with baling wire, luck, chewing gum, donations, and fervent prayers. The best part about my book is that it’s available at our Bernal branch library!

Alas, the debut screening for Lane 1974, at 7 pm on Oct. 9 is already sold out.. But you can still buy tickets for the 10 pm screening, right here. That’s also expected to sell out, so you’re advised to hurry. Hurry!

Bonus! Here’s the trailer for the film: