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Dating 101: Six San Francisco hot spots

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Chances are – if you are reading this- you are suddenly single and on the look out for interesting, new places to try in San Francisco. The City is famous for provocative people, fabulous food, and eclectic venues.

Six Super Spots for great dates in San Francisco

  1. Feeling Brazen? Brazenhead Restaurant, the intimate Marina hideaway, boasts ambiance, amazing menus – divine specials – a lively bar. Great bartenders. The perfect first dinner date spot
  2. Friendliest bookstore in San Francisco? Bird and Beckett -in the hip and lively Glen Park district. Check out their literary and jazz joint schedule. Check Out: October 11: JAZZ CLUB hosted by Grant Levin Starts: 8:00 pm Ends: 10:30 pm
  3. Feeling Spooky? Dying to see a haunted house? Now is the time for all good ghouls and boos to sign up for the Ghost Hunt walking tour. It’s fun, it’s a scream, and it’s spooky. Six nights a week at 7 PM Price: $20. An excellent tour of lower Pacific Heights. Jim Fassbinder, the guide is brilliant and witty and very scary.
  4. imagesYou’ll Haight it  after a primo dinner with tapas and Caribbean small plates at Cha-Cha-Cha dance over to The Tornado in the Haight. Famous for 50 beers on draft. Their Oh, Happy Hour starts at 11:30 am and goes until 6:00 pm. Come on, come on, get happy.
  5. Best Jazz in San Francisco? San Francisco Jazz Center is mecca. Star-filled shows with the likes of Ahmad Jamal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Pedrito Martinez, David Sanborn & Bob James. The world-class Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival is a do-not-miss-event. Get tickets now.
  6. Friday Night in the Park? See: the de Young Museum at GGP– “Friday Night Events” Get thee to the Party… From 5pm until 8:45pm it’s a party with a no-host bar, great music, and a modicum of the best ever art…

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PS: Friday, October 10: Litquake STARTS- Fleet Week  sails- with San Francisco Bay polka dotted with boats floating and deafening Blue Angels buzzing overhead (Shake, rattle,roll on Saturday 3pm-4pm) and the Mill Valley Film Festival is a SRO event – with some tickets available. What is not to like?photo_1963_20060920

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  • San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at Page.Larkin@gmail.com.

 

Part two: Top 10 places to meet men in San Francisco

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Looking for a few good men…

Mae West said: “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.”

It is harvest time. Odds are, Mae West would tell you to push away from the computer, get off the couch and out of the house in order to meet your playmate, soul mate or new best friend.

The Top 10 Places to Meet Men in the City – Part Two

6. California Academy of Sciences Thursday Nights at the Academy –No other place on Earth has a planetarium, an amazing natural history museum, an incredible aquarium and a 4-story rain forest under one roof. The Academy is breathtaking, dazzling and awe-inspiring. For a mere $12 on Thursday nights from 6pm -10pm, come join in on the music, activities and one of the best events anywhere in the City. ( Across the yard…The DeYoung Museum has Friday night events, too)

7. Join a Club that is of interest to you, and they will follow. Suggestions? Sierra Club, a biking clubs, a writer’s group,  a hiking group, book clubs, film groups. Check out Urban Diversion. Go to Meetup.com, which has vast, long lists of social groups to join from: Arts and Entertainment to Zydeco.

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8.Volunteer at Special Events- There is no dearth of opportunities to volunteer in and around the City.  Think out of the Box: and Think: Car Shows, Golf Tournaments, SF Giant’s Games…

Or the San Francisco International Film Festival,  Don’t miss Litquake, San Francisco’s most literary party -an October happening. Lend a hand at  St. Anthony’s, or any number of Wine Tasting Events, Sierra Club hikes, the Human Race, various Writer’s Conferences. The big bonus here is that when you volunteer you get to attend the venue for free and mingle with the attendees. More altruistic? One Brick has myriad volunteer opportunities and ‘provides support to local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social and flexible volunteer environment.”

Note to File: 75% of the Volunteers at the Mill Valley Film Festival are Single Women.

9. To Gym or Not Gym – that is the question. A casual poll among friends, and a few strangers leaving 24 Hour Fitness, indicates no one admits to going to a gym to meet someone. My friend, Shawn, says the Universal Sign for ‘Do Not Talk to me’ is ears stuffed with earphones. She says she takes the high road (or the Hi road) and says ‘Hey’ to every man in the gym wearing earphones. She candidly reports, that despite the noisy naysayers, the gym is the best place to meet men.

10. Hardware Stores- Some men are real ‘Week End Warriors’ and they frequently go to worship at the altars of Home Depot, Lowe’s and Brownie’s Hardware. Men love saws, drills, bits, tool belts and workbenches. This is the very best place to start your home improvement project and to ask questions. If you want a guy to carry a ‘torch’ for you or get a ‘quick grip’ and be a ‘fan’, hit a hardware store.

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On the streets of San Francisco: in the elevator, walking into the store, on the 38 Geary, after the movie, at Ocean Beach, at the Sports Basement, the dog park, at church/temple, at dim sum, at Cafe Trieste, See’s, the Marina Safeway, the Farmer’s market, at Best Buy, at the library, in the waiting room.polar_0612

Like Burning Man with clothes: Litquake, Mill Valley Film Fest

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the Mill Valley Film Festival, and

Fleet Week: three hot San Francisco area events

you can’t afford to miss.

On your Mark? Get ready: October is upon us and San Francisco explodes with the most

entertaining options and awesome events.

See Jack. See Jane. Have fun at Litquake October 7-15

Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl are the literary royalty who generously bestow upon San Francisco the most fun, novel, urbane, much anticipated literary event of the year. With over 850 authors reading, reciting and entertaining in bars, cathedrals, barbershops, hotels and libraries you’ll be amused, amazed and lucky to be there. Check it out.

Venues include San Francisco’s Make Out Room, Z space, the Beat Museum, Tosca, Book Passages and Booksmith – and a galaxy of other unusual and eclectic sites. In the past, events have been held at the seediest dive bar for Noir Lit, an elegant champagne bar for Chick Lit, and a majestic cathedral, atop Nob Hill, for a lineup of absolutely incredible poets.

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Think of Litquake as Burning Man with clothes
, no dust, no scorching temperatures… just art at the highest form replete with great verbs, nouns and applause.

Plan, plot, and scheme your literary trek.

The Mill Valley Film Festival


Mill Valley is a quick drive over the bridge.

The tiny town hosts the world-class film Festival, October 6-16, 2011.

Last year, James Franco of 127 Hours  the rock and hard place film, was the lauded star; this year Glenn Close  (watch one season of Damages and you’ll immediately remember just how brilliant she is) will be feted.

Volunteer for the film festival and meet new people -legions of ladies volunteer -and floods of people attend the internationally-acclaimed event. It’s a “do not miss.” Plan your time wisely as the Mill Valley Film Festival dates conflict with Litquake.

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Up in the air! Is it an Angel? San Francisco’s 2011 Fleet Week  is on water, land and up in the air. October promises the Blue Angels buzzing the skies of the Bay Area. You either hate them or you love them.

That being said, expect one- million spectators to flock to the Bay Area to see the Blue Angels. Fleet Week dates stretch from October 6 – 11, 2011 with the Blue Angel air show scheduled for Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.

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Page Larkin, San Francisco author,  dating docent

offers a monthly three-hour Inspired Dating Workshop –  “Online Dating: Get Your Mojo Moving” in San Francisco

  • Saturday, October, 15 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Cost: $100
  • Limit: Eight to a class
  • Bring your current online dating profile, photos and a Dream Date List (more information with Enrollment) an open-mind, a sense of humor, and a desire to get in the dating game to play and win.

Enroll at Page.Larkin@gmail.com

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