Friday, November 16, 2018

Scrutable Unscrutability --- Day 7/250

Walk: Union Square, Embarcadero Cinema (Burning)
Distance: 2 miles, small yoga

Director Lee Chang-dong's BURNING
Sensual, ugly, beautiful, sinister, humorous, enigmatic, crystal clear.  Burning is all of these, mesmerizingly shape shifting from moment to moment.  Highly intelligent, perfectly acted and shot, Burning is also languidly literary and, at 2.5 hours, not for the impatient or those uninterested in life's ultimate mysteries.  Ciwt loved it. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Climbing Walls, Etc. --- Days 7/249-50

Walk: Not So Much
Distance: A Few Miles, Smallish Yoga


We're all going a bit stir crazy around Ciwt's home not being able go outside and exercise in the smoke.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Not Fog --- Day 7/248

Walk: Hood Errands
Distance: 4 miles, yoga

Monday, November 12, 2018

Nailed It Today --- Day 7/247

Walk: Nails on Fillmore, Home for Cat Groomer
Distance: 8 blocks

  Ciwt doesn't particularly like getting her nails done. (Too boring)

But she's much quieter about it than her cats

Sunday, November 11, 2018

To All Who Serve and Have Served, Love Ciwt --- Day 7/246

Walk: Cinema Club (Becoming Astrid), Calvary Presbyterian Church (War & Peace Concert)
Distance: 2.8 miles, small yoga

Page 1, NY Times, 11/11/1918

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Nope, --- Day 7/245

Walk: T. Joe's
Distance: 2 miles, Yoga


Friday, November 9, 2018

Big Picture --- Day 7/244

Walk: Pier 24, Ferry Building, Hood
Distance: 4 smokey miles

Pier 24 Photography

Ciwt's picture above is small because, let's face it, she just isn't that big a fan of photography.  And Big is the operable word for Pier 24 Photography which is a once dilapidated 28,000 square foot warehouse that his been renovated (I'll say!) by The Pilara Foundation to be the largest space in the world devoted to photography.  This will change when a European venue opens next year, but then Pier 4 will still be the largest on the Western continent.

Ciwt aside, many, many people love and prefer photography and some collect it. For them Pier 24 is a treasure.  And for anyone interested in beautiful, historical San Francisco sites (this one is on the Bay under the Bay Bridge) and walking destinations Ciwt highly recommends checking out Pier 24 Photography like she did today.  (click for its website)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Around Town for Some --- Day 7/243

Walk: Marin Driving Day, PGCC Book Group (Red Power)
Distance: Small yoga, 1 mile

Ciwt thought these outfits from the de Young Museum's Contemporary Muslim Fashion show were fresh, cute, stylish (and probably frightfully expensive). 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sumptuous Modesty --- Day 7/242

Walk: de Young Museum (Contemporary Muslim Fashion Show)
Distance: 6 Miles, Yoga Stretch

If you love textiles,

Exquisite fabrics and fabrication, 

the de Young's current show, Contemporary Muslim Fashion, is a feast for your eyes. But even as the show dazzles, it also provokes many questions about the ways the sumptuous garments on view fit into the contemporary world.  Unfortunately, not many of those are answered. 

For openers, the show does not mention that all of the fashion on display could only be afforded and worn by exceedingly wealthy women.  Then there is the matter of why some mannequins have covered heads and others don't when they only thing most Americans think they know for sure is that Muslim women are obliged by their faith to wear a veil.* You might also wonder what occasions the fashions are worn, in what Muslim countries, whether the fashions are also worn by non-Muslims, and many other things.   

Those answers are skimpy.   But, oh those lush fabrics and colors!! 

* Since she didn't find any signage that explained this, Ciwt consulted Professor Internet and found that wearing the hijab or veil Muslim is a complex and debated issue with some/many thinkers on the side of women having free choice about whether to veil themselves.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Okay, Enough Nice --- Day 7/241

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 3.5 Miles

The other day Ciwt was talking long distance to a friend who said she considered going out but it looked like it might snow so she stayed inside, lit a fire and curled up with a book.  As San Francisco's annual and glorious Indian summer goes on and on with Thanksgiving on the horizon, a part of Ciwt envies her friend.

Ciwt doesn't feel like playing golf, or running, or biking or hiking all day, or doing anything summer! Or feeling guilty because she's not doing those things.  It is fall. She wants to wear her cashmere and other yummy fall fabrics and colors.  Her cats' coats are thick; they are ready for the cold.  So at our house we're saying Bring It On.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Yes --- Day 7/240

Walk: AMC Kabuki (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Distance: 2.5 miles, small yoga, small pedal

In real life the celebrity biographer Lee Israel was caustic, cruel, a filthy slob, alcoholic, self-absorbed, loved only by her cat (if he did).  In other words thoroughly unpleasant and unlikeable.
The wonder of Can You Ever Forgive Me? is that the screenwriters and Melissa McCarthy have made Lee so watchable.  Still not particularly likeable but sympathetic and interesting as she survives her life with the fewest of people skills coupled with desperate and witty creativity.

Forgive Me showcases McCarthy's considerable serious acting talent.  But she refuses to play it cute or winking or apologetic in any way and continues to be a role model for body positivity by looking and comporting herself exactly as herself in her own skin. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Family Portrait --- Day 7/239

Walk: Cinema Club, Japantown
Distance: 2.5 miles, Pedal

Shoplifters, written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

So, Ciwt has another movie to recommend.  If you are more than an occasional CIWT reader, you probably know that many of her recommended movies are of the quiet, thoughtful, well acted and directed type.  That is, indie and arty.  And here she goes again with Shoplifters which won the (usually arty) Cannes Palme D'Or for Best Picture.  The director/writer/editor, Hirokazu Koreeda, is fast becoming a national treasure in Japan for his filmmaking, and the acting is uniformly superb.  

People whose cinema tastes run to action, you should probably know Shoplifters is a quiet, masterful drama about a ragtag family that runs a bit over 2 hours; ie, probably not for you.  Don't despair though, Ciwt Loves good fast paced (sometimes incomprehensible), rough tough (sometimes violent), gripping, suspenseful movies too.  (As well as documentaries, animated longs and shorts, musicals, the works)!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Say It With Visuals (And Music) --- Day 7/238

Walk:  Vogue Theater (20th Annual Animation Show of Shows)
Distance: 2 Miles (weirdly the glorious warmth slows Ciwt down)

Luckily a small, old-timey neighborhood theater near Ciwt is one of the venues for the Annual Animation Show of Shows.  This compliation of animated shorts is the love child of this man:
 Ron Diamond who has curated, produced, promoted and accompanied his baby to each college campus, theater, basement theater and everywhere his Show of Shows is shown.  He was there today talking about watching 1,200 shorts and culling them to the 16 in this year's group.  During the past 20 years, 38 of his choices have been nominated for Academy Awards and something like 13 have won Oscars.  But winning awards is not what Diamond is all about; his mission is bringing the labor, love, and talent of the intensive art of animation to people's awareness and doing whatever he can to encourage young people dreaming of being in the field themselves - or making just one short.

It is always a bittersweet adventure for Ciwt.  Sweet because it is such a treat to see animation from all over the world - particularly at such a high level.  But bitter because each film takes innumerable hours - for one film this year, the director hand drew each frame for ten years before having enough to make the short he had in mind.  Then it is over and maybe, very possibly, only a handful of people will see the final product or hear the original music written for it.  Soul work kind of .

Friday, November 2, 2018

Monlight Becomes the River --- Day 7/237

Distance: 4 miles

George Ault, The Hudson River from Riverside Drive, 1920-21, oil on linen*

Ciwt is not a particular fan of Modernist art, but she loves this little gem.
It is filled with moonglow which lights the entire gallery it hangs in.  Thank you, Wayne
Thiebaud for bringing it to our attention in his, ahem, illuminating "Artist's Choices"
show at SFMOMA.

* No, it isn't your eyes, Ciwt's photo is off kilter.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Oh, Am I Drawing? Didn't Notice ---- Day 7/236

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: Kind of 0

    Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920), Notebook Drawings, felt tip pen and graphite on paper, no date

Like many artists, Wayne Thiebaud carries a notebook and pen with him at all times and draws nearly continually.  Ciwt loves how the cat and the female nude echo each other - and of course that dog.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Welcome --- Day 7/235

Walk: Hood with big bag of papers to be shredded, mail in ballot, spca cat food donation
Distance: 1 mile, Pedal, yoga

Maybe there are new owners with children on and near Ciwt's block.  She doesn't remember so many Halloween decorations, and she was enjoying deciding trying to which she likes best.

Black and White?


Then she got to her Wells Fargo and saw this sign: 


Do You feel welcome?  At first she thought, "How cute of Wells Fargo to get into the Halloween spirit."  Then she realized they were 'dead' serious. 
"Give us all the money in your drawer."

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fifties Bye, Bye --- Day 7/234

Walk:  AMC Kabuki (Wildlife) and errands
Distance: 4 miles, Pedal, wee yoga

Wildlife: The Mother, The Father, The Watching Son

So how did Ciwt take advantage of this perfect weather day?  By going to an indie of course.  And is she guilty or sorry?  Absolutely not!

Wildlife is all an indie should be - and more. Excellent screenplay from an excellent novel, beautifully shot and directed.  And then there is the outstanding acting. Carey Mulligan as the wife/mother may get an Academy Award nod, but all the actors and the characters they play are on her level.  Those would be Jake Gyllenhaal as the father/husband, Ed Oxenboule as the son and Bill Camp as the rich car dealership owner.  

Any director that can make Gyllenhall ordinary, unnoticable in a crowd must be a good one.  That would be the seasoned actor Paul Dano directing his first film (and co-adapting the screenplay from a Richard Ford book).  

If you like indies with uniformly glowing reviews (and an unfortunate trailer), go. And be very, very glad the 50's are a thing of the past.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dog Days of Fall --- 7/233

Walk: Monday Hood Errands (So easy in SF Fall weather weather)
Distance: 2 miles, Pedal, Yoga


Dogs agree with Ciwt that this is the most glorious time of year to be in San Francisco.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Norway Across the Bridge --- Day 232

Walk: No, Another Marin Driving Day 
Distance: 0, Yoga

So today Ciwt drives her becoming beloved A4 back to Marin for a play.  It is long - 2.5 hours - but friends say it is good, so we'll see.  Stay tuned...

*Back now:  Ciwt says very good But...hard to hear sometimes, probably too long.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Happish Again - Days 230, 231

Walks: Hood, Lots of trips to Marin in Loaner Car
Distance:  Miles and Miles and some Yoga.  No Golf.

So, another good piece of car news that no one cares about except Ciwt.  Oh well, it is her CIWT.
You may remember (if she told you) last January her beloved 18 year old Audi A4 finally reached the point of being 'completely unhighway worthy."  So, since she couldn't drive from dealership to dealership to scout out new models, she picked out one on line, drove to the dealership and did the deed.

Her new car, being simply the newer version of her wonderful A4, would of course be nearly identical except newer.  That was her reasoning until she got home, drove into her garage and nearly totalled her 1/2 hour old car.  It was Much! bigger.  Longer and Wider, which she later learned Audi and all the reviewers considered a selling point.

Ciwt is omitting all the new news about the car being completely computerized and an utter mystery to her for months and, for many things, still.  (Along with many Audi mechanics she might add).  

Anyway, she learned that in the intervening 18 years, an Audi A3 had come into production.  Almost the same cost and most of the same features but smaller and zippier like her 💗👄💘old car.  So she actually considered just losing money and trading for it.  Until her mechanic and other mechanics she asked said No Way!!  Don't be stupid, (old lady).

Still Ciwt was secretly planning to make that move.  Until, luckily, mercifully, etc., etc.  she was given an A3 as a loaner while her Big new car was in the shop the other day.  Well, it is tinnier, tinier, (cramped actually), brittle, uncomfortable and not half as luxurious, smooth riding, comfortable and who knows what else as her new A4.  So, let the love begin....Sorry to doubt you, mechanics and nice new car.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dangerous Too (?!) --- Day 7/229

Walk: No, Marin Driving Day
Distance: 0ish, Long Yoga, Pedal

So, Ciwt is seriously reconsidering her comeback to terrible golf playing.  Did she tell you she got hit by a golf ball the other day?  That's like being struck by lightening, and she may use it as her omen that it is okay to finally let go of that sport which is so fraught for her.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ciwt, Technician --- Day 7/228

Walk: Marin Audi, PGCC (putting, lunch, bridge)
Distance: 1/2 mile maybe
Ciwt had to take her newish car into a warranty dealer today.  Here were the problems she was encountering: tripmeter randomly reset itself back to zero, back up screen randomly refused to turn on, car wouldn't let her shift gears at random times, and a few more.  Not one about ye olde mechanical problems.

Her tech specialist was polite but clearly thought Ciwt was a crazyish lady of a certain age since nobody at the dealership had ever heard of such issues.

Well, .. at the end of the day he called to report that All of Ciwt's car issues were in fact known to the manufacturer, and fixes had been created by their technicians.  Her specialist now had a tone of respect in his voice and said he would like to keep her car longer 'to really make sure.'  Ie, maybe his client was a more reliable source of information than his manual.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bird Obscured by Museum Goers --- Day 7/227

Distance: 4.5 miles, small yoga

 Detail: Morris Graves (American 1910-2001), Bird Maddened by the Sound of Machinery in the Air
1944, watercolor on rice paper

Here is why dark art can be difficult to display.  (Ie, reflection).  The full work (below) was even more difficult to capture.

Too bad because Ciwt is very drawn to Morris's art as is Wayne Thiebaud who chose this painting to be in the thoughtful, educational and intimate show of his personal selections from the SFMOMA collection now up until next spring.*

*(Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice: September 29, 2018–March 10, 2019)

Monday, October 22, 2018

You Watch, Still it is Unreal --- Day 7/226

Walk: AMC Van Ness (Free Solo)
Distance: 4 miles, small yoga

A doc that has the Tension and Focus yesterday's doc lacked.  In Spades!  Even the camera people are intensely anxious (one has his camera on a tripod and running but can't watch) as they film Free Solo.  You know the climber Alex Honnold is going to make his free solo (ie, without any ropes) climb up the face of El Capitan; not just by reading newspapers but because he is filmed alive at follow up interviews, presentations and book signings.  But, even knowing for sure, the camerawork is so skillfully intimate and exacting Ciwt was sweating each breath, each step, each handhold.  You will be too! 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tired Feet, Tired Brain --- Day 7/225

Walk: Cinema Club (The World Before Your Feet), Japantown
Distance: 2.2 miles, Yoga

Walker and New York lover Ciwt really, really wanted to love The World Before Your Feet, her Cinema Club's selection this morning. It is a charming documentary about Matt Green, a man who has spent the last 6 years walking all the streets of all five boroughs of New York City. (He estimates he has another year or two to go before accomplishing his goal). 

And she did love it for maybe 45 minutes.  Probably longer than viewers who don't appreciate lengthy walks and certainly longer than those who are not interested in the Apple. But after that stretch even Ciwt got a little restless and needed to work to stay attentive.  The little recognized, non-Manhattan neighborhoods kind of went on and on, and Matt's little personal foci like store names that ended with 'z' (eg, Hair Kutz) and scattered  9/11 memorials were too long. The visuals weren't held together with tension or drama so Ciwt started to feel like she was watching someone's personal Instagram page.  One of her friends commented "This would make a great 10 minute movie," and, grudgingly, Ciwt wouldn't entirely disagree. 

That said, if you love walking, love New York City and love just sort of passing time visually as you go along, definitely see The World Before Your Feet  if it comes your way - and by all means walk to your theater if you can.   

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Is Sunday on Saturday? --- Day 7/224

Walk: Sunday errands around home, PGCC
Distance: Up and down her stairs, small yoga, hit large bucket of balls

 All this golf playing and club going has Ciwt a little lost in time and space.  

Friday, October 19, 2018

Can You Find at Least Two Differences? --- Day 7/223

Walk: GG Golf Course, Legion of Honor, Hood (Yuri's Lighting)
Distance: 5.5 miles, small yoga


(Hint: They have to do with the lamp...)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Living at the Club --- Days 7/221 and 222

Walk: PGCC (Book Group, Book Group, Bridge, Hitting Balls, Womens Self Defense Class, Lunch, Socializing)
Distance: 4 Miles, Buckets of Balls

If you're looking for Ciwt these days, try calling her golf club.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Harmless (and sort of pointless) --- Day 7/ 220

Walk: PGCC Book Club (The Forgiven), SF Playhouse (You Mean to Do Me Harm)
Distance:  A Few Blocks.  Arty day

You Mean to Do Me Harm: Well acted, great set, going nowhere script 😑.  Too bad.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Mama Said There'd Be.... --- Day 72/19

Walk: Pier 22 1/2  Fireboat House
Distance: 1.6 miles

        San Francisco Fireboat Phoenix
                                                                    Our Captain

Most beautiful of all is San Francisco from a fireboat in perfect weather.  This after 50 years of living in this delicately gorgeous Bay Area. Panoramic perfection everywhere she looked; Ciwt gave up trying to capture in on her iphone and just marveled. A very special, stunning actually, adventure Ciwt was lucky enough to be invited on.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nada and Nice --- Day 7/218

Walk: No
Distance: 0, Yoga

Ciwt had all sorts of movie and practice tee plans, but abandoned them for reading* with cats on her deck in our Indian summer.  Splendid decision.

* The Forgiven.  Quite good.