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art in the park, art about the park

outside lands festival continues tradition in golden gate park

The tradition of holding rock concerts in Golden Gate Park began with the Great Human Be-in held at the Polo Fields on Jan. 14, 1967.  A record crowd of 20,000 people attended that historic event (some put the number closer … Continue reading

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artful fence at the entrance to the rhododendron dell

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exquisite black and white photos capture moody park

Walking around Stow Lake these days you might encounter a dapper, white-haired gentleman with a gorgeous 4 x 5 camera on a tripod, lens focused on a group of stones at the water’s edge or a distant, misty view of … Continue reading

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some gorgeous plein air paintings of golden gate park!

Cameron Chun lives in the Richmond, not far from Golden Gate Park.  I think his paintings beautifully capture the park’s moods in various weather conditions.   I particularly like how he paints the park’s trees  .  .  .  so much … Continue reading

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golden gate park after dark?

golden gate park at night (by photographer Chris MacArthur, SF Weekly) Marie Winn’s delightful book,  Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife (New York:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  2008) begins: “The first time I walked through … Continue reading

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the bicycle girl: lights, bells and whistles

This illustration shows the bicycle path from Prospect Park, Brooklyn, to Coney Island in 1896.  Bicycling had become such a popular sport nationwide by the end of the century that cities were hard pressed to control the traffic.  Many municipalities … Continue reading

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free admission?

On August 7 this year, the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park began to charge admission for the first time since it opened to the public seventy years ago.   Nobody likes to have to pay for something that was … Continue reading

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ferlinghetti in golden gate park

In Golden Gate Park That Day … by  Lawrence  Ferlinghetti In Golden Gate Park that day a man and his wife were coming along thru the enormous meadow which was the meadow of the world He was wearing green suspenders … Continue reading

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charlie chaplin in golden gate park

Charlie Chaplin filmed several movies in Golden Gate Park, including “A Jitney Elopement” (1915) pictured above.  In this romance Chaplin plays the true love of Edna, whose father wants her to marry the wealthy Count He-Ha instead.  What place could … Continue reading

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