Neon Events: a Tale of Two Mayors
San Francisco Mayor promotes neon restoration! Hope to see you at the Avenue Theatre's neon celebration at 7pm, Wednesday, 9/13 at 2675 San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee will be there to help flip the switch to reveal the Avenue's towering restored neon sign. There will be live organ music, ice cream, and plenty of popcorn! We will be there to help congratulate the neighbors and city workers who made this restoration a reality. Kudos to Jim Rizzo and the Neon Works team for another excellent neon restoration project of an historic cinema treasure.
Oakland Mayor promotes neon restoration! We had a surprise visit from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, posing below with Jim and Kate Rizzo. Jim and Kate graciously hosted a neon event at Neon Works HQ, organized by Bart Bernhardt for Atlas Obscura. We did our neon preservation talk, Jim gave a shop tour, and Libby Cahill did a tube-bending demo. It was so much fun we would love to do it again for our mailing list subscribers, stay posted. The time is ripe for an Oakland neon renaissance, and Mayor Schaaf told us she wants to find a way to illuminate vintage neon in her city... We are working with Oakland neon advocates and the mayor's community engagement office to create a series of neon bike tours in Oakland for 2018. Please let us know if you have a favorite vintage neon sign in Oakland! Check out this awesome resource: a map of Oakland vintage signs from the prolific Our Oakland blog by Gene Anderson.
SF Shines Again: Check out these articles about the restoration work championed by SF Shines, a city-funded matching grant program that supports neon restoration for the Avenue Theatre, many Tenderloin hotel signs, and the upcoming Li Po Lounge neon restoration project.
City, Property Owners Restore Tenderloin's Neon Signs
by Carrie Sisto for Hoodline.com
Neon Renaissance: Li Po Lounge Is Latest to Restore Classic Sign with City Help
by Caleb Pershang for SFEater.com
We hope you smile to see Li Po, Golden Star Radio, Buddha Lounge, and the Wok Shop featured in this full-page article on Chinatown neon in the Chinese World Journal.
Road Trip: We have always wanted to meet with Corky Scholl of Denver's Save the Signs organization. We finally got that chance on our recent trip to Denver. Corky is a saver of neon signs and an award-winning videographer, take a look at his video tribute to Denver's historic neon signs. Colfax Avenue is the longest street in Denver, and an amazing corridor of preserved vintage neon signs, and the Lakeside Amusement Park has a vintage neon sign for almost every ride. We were awake, but it felt like a neon dream as we walked through Lakeside Park on a warm summer's night.
Books you will like: Heather David's new book, Motel California, will be celebrated in style at Smuggler's Cove on Sunday, September 24 at 5pm. We will be there to buy our signed copies of Heather's meticulously researched tribute to California's lost motel architecture. Local art director, Rob Keil, is the creator of Little Boxes, a book about the Daly City Westlake neighborhood and mid-century architecture. Little Boxes is out of print and used copies now sell for $200 on Amazon. Stay tuned for a Kickstarter campaign to re-issue Rob's classic book at an affordable price.
Stay connected to your community and stay illuminated—now more than ever,
--Randall and Al
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