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| BNE March/April 2017

ESCAPE

5. PICTURES TELL THE STORY

Look at pictures from 1967 at the California

Historical Society from 11 May to 8 September

in an exhibition called Summer of Love: A

Photographic Journey. For more information

see

www.californiahistoricalsociety.org

6. SOUNDS LIKE THE SUMMER

OF LOVE

The Monterey International Pop Festival will be

held on the same dates as it was in the Summer

of Love – 16-18 June – and on the same stage

– the John Phillips Memorial Main Stage at the

Monterey County Fair Grounds. A dozen bands

will appear each day, most of them tribute

bands playing songs of the ’60s.

From 13-24 July 12 pianos will be placed

around the San Francisco Botanical Garden

for anyone to play during the Flower Piano

Summer of Love and on 21 July there will be a

public sing-along featuring some of the greatest

songs of 1967 by the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane,

Aretha Franklin and more. For information

www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/flowerpiano

7. A NIGHTWITH JANIS

JOPLIN

San Francisco is home to more than 300

resident theatre companies but the Tony Award-

winning American Conservatory Theatre,

founded in 1965, is the largest. Its production

of hit Broadway musical

A Night with Janis

Joplin

7 June to 2 July, celebrating the musician

and her influences will be a must-see for anyone

in the city at that time. See

www.act-sf.org

8. REMEMBER JERRY

The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia is honoured

with his own day on 6 August at McLaren Park

– at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, of course

– when live bands will pay tribute Jerry’s talent

with their own covers of his songs.

9. LIVE AT THE FILLMORE

The Fillmore is a ballroom with a long history

of helping to launch the musical careers of

major acts like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson

Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and more, which is

probably why Hunter S. Thompson even

mentioned it as an example of the 1960s

counterculture in

Fear and Loathing in Las

Vegas

. It continues to play host to musicians

across generations today fromWillie Nelson to

Laura Marling. See

www.thefillmore.com

10. BUY TIE-DYE

Jammin On Haight evokes the essence of the

Summer of Love, tie-dye t-shirts, vibrant bell

bottoms and all. It might be only a few years

old but this store is impossible to miss with

its bright, psychedelic vibe. It also showcases

artwork by Jerry Garcia as well as a great

selection of bright tapestries. Find it at 1400

Haight Street, Haight-Ashbury.

11. FOLLOW IN THEIR

FOOTSTEPS

Peter Coyote, an activist during the Summer

of Love, narrates a Detour tour through the

Haight, starting at the Panhandle then on down

Haight, Ashbury, Page, Cole and other nearby

streets that represent the hippie trail of the

Summer of Love. See

www.detour.com

The Flower Power Walking Tour covers 12

blocks of sites that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

and Jerry Garcia and friends made famous

during the Summer of Love. For details see

www.haightashburytour.com

The Free Love Tour goes through Haight-

Ashbury accompanied by music from the

Summer of Love by artists including Janis

Joplin, the Grateful Dead and more. See

www.wildsftours.com

12. BAR STOP

Once referred to as the “Holy Shrine of the Dry

Martini” Persian cocktail bar Aub Zam Zam

represents a special piece of city history. Once

known for everything from the best place in

San Francisco to score a reefer to where Janis

Joplin, The Doors and the members of Jefferson

Airplane hung out, the owner back in the day

(and since passed away), Bruno Mooshei, was

so ornery that it became a game among patrons

to see who could stay in the bar the longest.

Bruno would throw someone out for something

as trivial as putting the wrong song on the

jukebox or not ordering a drink he liked. Today,

it’s certainly friendlier. At 1633 Haight Street,

Haight-Ashbury.

13. EAT CHINESE

From the 1950s SamWo’s was a popular

hangout for members of the Beat Generation

who frequented the restaurant to order from its

‘secret menu’ and not even its notorious server,

Edsel Ford Fung, who earned the title ‘world’s

rudest waiter’ from a local newspaper columnist

could keep them away. At 813 Washington

Street, Chinatown.

14. BOARD THE LOVE BUS

Hop on a hippie bus for a San Francisco Love

Tour and explore local landmarks such as

Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, Mission Dolores,

Golden Gate Park and Chinatown. You can also

arrange a private tour or a night tour to see the

city lights. See

www.sanfranciscolovetours.com

or

www.magicbussf.com

15. PICNIC IN THE PANHANDLE

The Panhandle, a park at the northern end of

Haigh-Ashbury on Oak Street, became the site

of a peaceful protest against the banning of LSD

on 6 October 1966 when thousands gathered

City Lights Bookstore

The Grateful Dead

Jammin On Haight

Photography by Ashley Netzband