Weekend Guide / Apology letters and Super Bowl grub

It's Friday, February 5th.

Hey there! Happy Friday. 

I received a lot of positive responses to the Weekend Guide idea, so I thought I’d give it a whirl! If you think it’s helpful, I’ll continue putting these together on Friday’s for you all 😊.

Okay, without further adieu… here we go: 

  • 💗 Send an apology letter to someone you love. Saying sorry can be hard. And so can mailing letters. But local resident Jersey McDermott is here to help! Stop by her driveway on Page Street (right above the Sightglass coffee on Divisadero) and she’ll type up an apology letter for you on her vintage, Royal typewriter (You’ll still need to dictate the letter, so come prepared!). For $1, Jersey will also put the letter in the envelope and mail it off for you! Easy enough, right? Just make sure you bring cash. 

    Jersey will be out on her driveway this Sunday, weather permitting, from around noon till about 2:30-3 pm. 

  • 🎥 Watch a movie from the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. I know, we all have plenty of streaming options to choose from. But as Jeff Ross, the festival’s founder, told me this week, his goal is to present movies that “maybe wouldn’t play” on “Netflix or Hulu.” Last night, I watched “It's Gonna Be Fine” and it was pretty good! And after watching most of the trailers, next on my watch list are “Small Time,” “Sapelo,” and “499.”

    Movies are $10 to watch à la carte. There are passes as well that start at $45 for five films. 

  • 🍗 Order something special for the Super Bowl. If we can’t have Super Bowl parties this year, maybe it's worth treating ourselves a bit? Eater put together a list of Super Bowl specials from 15 restaurants across San Francisco. The party pack from Wayfare Tavern looks pretty delicious, though I am always a sucker for a good Causwells burger 😎.

  • 🌳 Visit a garden filled with bonsai trees. For the first time, the historic Filoli estate in Woodside is showing off its entire collection of bonsai trees, including a miniature redwood and tiny, 400-year-old black pine. Check out The Six Fifty’s full write-up of the exhibit here

    Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and should be purchased ahead of time online. The exhibit runs through February 28th. 

  • 🌲 Hike amongst the redwoods. The CZU August Lightning Complex fire scorched the Santa Cruz Mountains and shut down beloved places like Big Basin and Butano State Park, but this recent guide by The Six Fifty lays out places on the peninsula where you can still find great hikes near some glorious redwoods. 

  • 🎶 And finally… Sign up for an impromptu cello concert. It’s not guaranteed that cellist Saul Richmond-Rakerd will play this weekend on his Page Street front porch, but you might as well sign-up for future alerts now. Richmond-Rakerd, a professional classical cellist, started the free neighborhood shows back in March when he got tired of all the virtual events he was doing. After a bit of a hiatus over the last few months, he told me this week: “Now that we're unlocked and the days are getting longer and nicer, I think it's time to get back to making some nice neighborhood music!” 

    Email alerts typically go out the mornings that Richmond-Rakerd plans to put on a show. You can follow along on his Instagram Stories as well. Last Sunday, he played around 2:15 pm.

Alright. That’s all for today! Have a great weekend everyone! -Nick B.

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