“Surreal Art for Surreal Times”: Palo Alto art gallery turns to Salvador Dali & others for COVID-era exhibits

Pamela Walsh Gallery finds a new footing by featuring live and virtual art experiences for every taste “Le Sommeil” by the Spanish celebrated surrealist Salvador Dali is one of the pieces currently on display in the new virtual exhibit by Pamela Walsh Gallery in Palo Alto. (Image courtesy of Pamela Walsh Gallery) Since the beginning of the pandemic-related shut downs, viewing visual art has been mostly limited to online offerings by major museums. ...

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Meet the international artist behind Palo Alto’s mysterious new garage-door murals

Map out your tour of the streetside seascapes and portals to paradise The shelter-in-place life might mean containment for many things, but imagination isn’t one of them. Creativity doesn’t need a gallery space. Neighbors strolling the tree-lined Triple El neighborhood of Palo Alto have recently discovered al fresco art cropping up on house exteriors and across garage doors. Behind these pleasantly unexpected sights is international artist Martha Sakellariou and a fascinating dialogue on “home.” After ...

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Cooking in the Nut House: Palo Alto native and self-taught chef reopens dive bar’s kitchen

Meet Darius Johnson of Bay La Soul. The new socially distanced outdoor patio in the parking lot of Antonio’s Nut House in Palo Alto. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) Darius Johnson grew up in Palo Alto’s Ventura neighborhood, practically down the street from Antonio’s Nut House on California Avenue. The longtime dive bar reopened on Monday after a months-long pandemic-forced closure, with Johnson leading the kitchen. Taqueria Azteca, which for three decades had served ...

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Un-forgetting the segregationist history of Palo Alto (and Daly City, and San Francisco, and…)

Richard Rothstein’s book The Color of Law documents how American communities—including much of the Bay Area—were purposefully segregated along racial lines. In 1954, one Peninsula real estate agent seized upon the sale of a single home on the east side of Palo Alto. (Book cover image via Liveright/W.W. Norton Publishing) Floyd Lowe, President of the California Real Estate Association at the time, quickly began amplifying racial tensions by warning residents that the one black family ...

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San Agus opens in Palo Alto with Mexico City street food — for takeout only

San Agus opens in Palo Alto with Mexico City street food — for takeout only Owner behind RWC’s La Viga & LV Mar opens newest venture amid an uncertain landscape Tacos al Pastor at the newly-opened San Agus. (Image courtesy of Steven Renteria/La Viga) Manuel Martinez of LV Mar and La Viga opened his latest project, San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails, in downtown Palo Alto last week, though it’s not quite what he envisioned for ...

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Singapore’s oldest cafe was one day from opening in Palo Alto. Then coronavirus hit.

Killiney Kopitiam’s opening in downtown Palo Alto was stalled due to the coronavirus shutdown. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Singapore’s oldest cafe was about to open in Palo Alto. Then, the coronavirus hit. ‘We were pretty much ready to go.’ Killiney Kopitiam falls into Covid-19 limbo on the Peninsula. When six Bay Area counties first ordered all residents to shelter at home for three weeks in mid-March, Killiney Kopitiam—a Singaporean cafe in downtown Palo ...

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Wading into the reality of climate change—one portrait at a time

Wading into the reality of climate change— one portrait at a time Photographer Gideon Mendel discusses his “Drowning World” series ahead of his upcoming talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum Ahmed. Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh; Pakistan. September 2010. (Courtesy of Gideon Mendel) These days it can be difficult to determine which is more alarming—the increasingly frequent news each year of catastrophic weather-related events, or the denialist viewpoint that nothing unusual is happening in that regard. It is ...

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“An island of sobriety”: getting to the bottom of Palo Alto’s non-alcoholic history

On Leland Stanford’s orders, PA was dry for a really, really long time. Oh man…if Leland knew: Stanford students drinking up (presumably on a remote section of campus) in 1938. (Courtesy of the Stanford Photo Archive) A few months back I was chatting with my father-in-law, who grew up in Palo Alto back in the 1950s. It’s funny talking with him about the area back then, because he doesn’t so much tell me stories ...

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What? The Shuck: The Six Fifty’s guide to getting your oyster fix on the SF Peninsula

From seafood shacks to high-end hangouts, our list for eating bivalves by the Bay By Charles Russo A double dozen at Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. (Photo courtesy of Julie Shenkman) Human beings have been eating oysters since forever. In modern times, these fleshy morsels of the sea have gone from a poor man’s staple to a pricey culinary delicacy, farmed to odd deliciousness and shipped live all over the world for consumption. Here ...

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Our guide to six of Silicon Valley’s most stellar vineyards

Here is what’s fermenting at the local wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains by Laura Ness Mindego Ridge: 10 acres of sun-warmed Pinot vines off Alpine Road. They are fairly anonymous and the majority are not open to the public. Their acreage is often small and they don’t benefit from the name recognition of places like Napa and Sonoma. Even still, a notable array of Peninsula vineyards have quietly made a reputation for themselves in ...

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