Saturday, July 23, 2005

Revving Up! Rexing Up and another friday walking in SF.

Can't wait til Ratdog in a couple weeks!


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF - The Rex Foundation, a public charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, is launching the Rex Community Caravan – its virtual vehicle for philanthropy. Individuals can make a difference with donations of $5 or more. Having raised the bar of grassroots grant-giving, the Rex Foundation Community Caravan kicked off the summer of 2005 with presence at various summer music festivals, such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee and the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota. In the fall, the Rex Foundation will host Black Tie-Dye Balls, in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., to bring people together in local communities.


The Rex Foundation's Board of Directors include such luminaries as Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart, President and CEO of Grateful Dead Productions Cameron Sears, Woodstock 1999 producer John Scher, and San Francisco's KFOG Radio Station disc-jockey Rosalie Howarth. As of Spring 2005, recent additions to the board are Stefanie Coyote, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Commission, Steve Bernstein, Publisher of Relix Magazine and Andy Gadiel, Founder of The Board of Directors identifies and approves grants for small organizations often overlooked by mainstream funding sources. Rex grants have often helped organizations at critical junctures in their development.


For over two decades, the Rex Foundation has been deeply rooted in the music community and the progressive efforts that have spawned from an inspired demographic. Since 1984, the Rex Foundation has granted $7.7 million to some 1,000 grassroots programs across the U.S. and around the world in support of the environment, the arts, education, social and economic justice. As social, environmental and educational programs suffer from a lack of adequate funding, the Rex Foundation creatively attracts dedicated supporters and remains at the forefront of grassroots giving. The Rex Community Caravan provides the opportunity for thousands of people to collectively further what the Grateful Dead and their fans started at the first Rex benefit concert in 1984.

Look for the Rex Community Caravan and a Black-Tie-Dye Ball event at a music festival or concert hall near you! Help spread the word of an ongoing Grateful Dead tradition of generosity and concern to help others.

To get onboard the Rex Community Caravan go to

[Published on 7/21/2005]
Spent another Friday in SF walking with the kids.
We found out that if you walk up 19th street from Mission, You can get the world's best Shawrma(made right with a layer of hummas,a layer of tabuli and french fries rolled like a burrito in aram bread instead of stuck in a pita) at Ali Baba's Cave at the corner of 19th & Valencia...To get to Ben & Jerry's on Haight & Ashbury from there you must proceed North, past Guerrera all the way up to Castro street. Turn right on Castro street and follow along til you get to Haight street..Try very hard not to get sucked into the cute shops & cafes along Castro or you'll never make it uphill to the Haight! Turn left and walk up hill to Ashbury. We did stop at the more interesting shops along the way...Kids especially loving the tee shirt shops (one tee shop had a tee hanging in the doorway with a picture of our Bobby Weir on it!) After they got ice cream, we continued on to look around...noticing a few mini shrines one for {{{Chet Helms}}} and another for the woman who used to take pictures of people in front of the Haight-Ashbury street sign.
Sash discovered the amazing Mendel's store and I had to drag Noah out of Booksmith. Then it was time to head back down to the Mission and we were happy that it was all downhill from there..We stopped and bought waters and kicked back for a little rest at Buena Vista Park..then got a little creative on our route back- stopping at the authentic Mission Delores and winding around a slew of streets til we got back to 19th & Mission...Total time of wandering:4&1/2 hours...Hung out as Scott et al closed the shop then out to North Beach for Tommaso's Pizza!