The Bay Area is a great place for fans of silent movies, with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival bringing rare riches to the Castro twice a year; weekly screenings at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum; numerous presentations at the Pacific Film Archive, Smith Rafael Film Center and Stanford Theatre; and other surprise events all with live musical accompaniment just as they were presented back in the day.
“Neon enhances a cityscape, keeps a city’s spirits up in the wee small hours and in all kind of weather, casts color on drab pavements, bounces crazy reflections off dark windows, and draws the eye upward to where you might not otherwise be looking.”
—Tom Downs, from the Foreword of San Francisco Neon Continue reading
by Dianne Boate
In 1926, Stalin was coming to power; Lindbergh set a flying record; Mr. Cobb, who owned The Brown Derby, invented a timeless salad, naming it after himself; and—oh, yes!—the Balboa Theater began life here in San Francisco. The best reason to have a birthday party, and a birthday cake! Continue reading