Friday News Wrap Up: Streets, Eats & Beats

Castro Street Design LogoAs we posted on Tuesday, and have been covering extensively since first announced, the Scott Wiener led Castro Street Redesign Project did receive the go ahead approval from SFMTA Board to start construction early next year.

Sup. Wiener made the announcement via his Facebook page on Wednesday saying, “On Tuesday, the Castro sidewalk widening and streetscape project was officially approved. This project, which I was proud to champion, resulted from years of neighborhood advocacy and hundreds of people participating in a community design process. I’m thrilled that we are moving forward with long-overdue positive changes to Castro Street, which will make this corridor even more of a world-class place than it already is.”

SF Transit Riders UnionThe $4 million project, funded through the 2011 road repaving and street safety bond Wiener championed, is designed to mitigate crowding and create more space for residents, tourists and merchants..

According to the Examiner not everyone is as stoked as the Supervisor about the upcoming changes to Castro Street. SF Transit Riders Union objects and said so in a letter sent to the SFMTA Board. They believes the redesign will just add to an already congested commute citing the slow-moving, often delayed, MUNI Divisadero 24 lines current dismal on time record.

The final design will be firmed up by mid-September and work begins January 2014. End date projected end of September.

Canela LogoLocal eatery, Canela Bistro Bar (2272 Market St.), was recently anointed top honors by being included in the Five Best Spots for Tapas in San Francisco by the keeper of all things listy, 7×7 blog.

Canela has been around since 2011 quietly making inroads with locals and attracting foodies in the know to come and sample their wares. 7×7 food critic noted the restaurant has, “been refining their menu and adding more seasonal stuff. Especially good are their croquettes, flatbreads, and garlicky gambas (shrimp, their take on gambas al ajillo), doused in a garlicky tomato sauce. And also don’t miss special items like the tuna salad crostini with capers and arugula.”

Mat & Paco the team behind Canela. Photo: Canela website

Mat & Paco the team behind Canela. Photo: Canela website

Canela is the love child of Mat Schuster and Francisco Cifuentes, Chef and Co-Proprietors respectively. They moved to SF 13 years ago, adored the Castro, fell in love and were determined to bring their dream of opening a sweet little spot like Canela to the neighborhood. They believe the restaurant is an extension of their own family and treat all who visit like long lost relatives.

Let’s hope this accolade by the well read and often quoted blog helps boost business and bring them continued good fortune. Their business is one we champion-local, gay-owned, and breaking new ground with both menu and atmosphere.

Peaches at a recent photo shoot for Magia FM

Peaches at a recent photo shoot for Magia FM

Lastly, according to a press release put out by Castro Street Fair Executive Director, DJ/ club promoter, George Ridgely, the fortieth annual celebration of the nieghborhood event first envisioned by the late Harvey Milk has landed the amazing Peaches to be this years headliner!

Peaches, the Electro-Clash mega star whose break out hit, ‘Fuck the Pain Away’ from her 2000 debut album ‘Teaches of Peaches’–still a staple on dance floors the world over– said via the organizations press release “I am so proud to be part of Castro Street Fair, especially because it was started by the fearless Harvey Milk. This year, being the 40th anniversary, I will help honor another fearless incredible San Fran LGBT legend, Sylvester. I can’t wait to be a part of this! Yes!!!!”

The late SF disco legend and Castro resident, Sylvester, who died from AIDS in 1988 is a personal hero of Peaches. She loved his gender bending defiance and over the top attitude which compliments her own 21st century take on the world and music. She will be joined onstage by The Peachettes, a group of local performers produced by Peaches Christ’s own Midnight Mass choreographer, Rory Davis. This is certainly going to be a fair to remember.

Castro Street Fair is slated for Sunday, October 6th from 11AM to 6PM. Full line up of performers can found at the Castro Street Fair’s website. This year’s admission is a suggested $4 which will be donated to an array of local non-profits. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence along with a large amount of volunteers will be staffing the gates. If you’d like to pitch in the Fair certainly would welcome the help. You can contact them here.
Castro St. Fair 2013

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer loves San Francisco, social activism and punk rock(ers). His work has appeared in Handbook Magazine. SF Bay Times, The Advocate, Diseased Pariah News and American Music Press . He also has an extensive and repeatedly redacted FBI file.

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