Candytopia: Museum, Funhouse, Or Simply A Fantasyland?

Whatever it is, it opened last Thursday, and it is something to behold. Described on its website as a “sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss,” the experiential museum debuted in New York and Los Angeles before arriving in San Francisco.

Like the the Museum of Ice Cream, it’s perfect for whimsical exploration, and instagram. Hoodline explains that Candytopia features seven rooms, one of the most notable being its art gallery. There, some of pop culture’s most recognizable faces — Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, and Prince among them — are comprised entirely of jelly beans, gummy bears, red vines, rock candy, sprinkles and jawbreakers.

In other rooms, guests will have the opportunity to be blasted by rainbow confetti that shoots out of a pig’s rear, or take a dip in the much-buzzed-about Marshmallow Pit.

Whatever it is, it might be worth checking out. Tickets are available now through the end of November.

Candytopia
767 Market St. (at 4th Street)

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Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

Looks like we’re in for some sunny and warm weather over the next few days — the perfect conditions for the San Francisco Open AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament taking place now through Sunday, July 8 on Pier 30/32, the Embarcadro. Admission is free. If you’d rather stay indoors, and you’re a holder of a Bank of America or Meryl Lynch credit or debit card, you can take advantage of free admission to the de Young, Legion of Honor, and Contemporary Jewish Museum. It’s the first full weekend of July, and so it’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend. Click here for details.


On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

The Rise of the Older, Single Female Home Buyer

Since 1981, single women over 55 have been the fastest-growing demographic of home buyers when compared with a multitude of other categories, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, citing an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Ralph McLaughlin, founder and chief economist at Veritas Urbis Economics in Alameda, Calif.

Married couples are by far the largest group of home buyers, and single women the next largest group. But last year, single, older women made up 8.2% of all home buyers, roughly double the percentage of 20 years ago, Mr. McLaughlin says. These women also buy homes at nearly twice the rate as their male counterparts.

There have long been many more older single women than men, reflecting the fact that men remarry at a higher rate after a divorce, as well as the fact that men generally die at younger ages. But the dramatic increase in home purchasing by older women speaks to something else.

Many women in this place in life want to own a home of their own, says Jessica Lautz, director of demographics and behavioral insight for the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Lautz also notes that longer average lifespans — and people working until later in life — are giving older buyers across the country the confidence to take on a 15- or 30-year mortgage.

The fact that this trend is taking place is not surprising, but it is certainly worth noting.

New Exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum Opens Today

The Walt Disney Family Museum‘s latest original exhibition, Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane, showcases the Disney animator and Oscar Award-winning artist’s career and work from The Fox and the Hound (1981) to Tangled (2010). Keane is the artist behind many hugely popular characters, including Tarzan, Ariel, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and the Beast. Make Believe is on view from today through Sept. 3, 2018.

Keane curated this exhibition himself, in partnership with the museum’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Featuring sketches, hand-drawn animation, and maquettes from throughout his career, Make Believe offers an intimate look at many of Keane’s iconic characters, from beloved films such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), and Tarzan (1999).

Visitors can also get a rare glimpse into Keane’s recent 2017 collaboration with Kobe Bryant and legendary composer John Williams on Dear Basketball, which just won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the historic Presidio. For ticket information, click here.

Divine Bodies on Display at the Asian Art Museum

Beginning this Friday, the Asian Art Museum will be presenting Divine Bodies, an ambitious exhibition that will be on display through July 29.

This is how the museum describes it:

“Bringing historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Hindu and Buddhist traditions together with contemporary photo-based work, Divine Bodies invites you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence, and the relationship of the body to the cosmos.”

“The exhibition is organized into thematic sections that encourage us to look at objects not only as artworks but also as devotional images and ask, ‘How can we see the human in the divine and the divine in the human?'”

Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful break from the coarse nature of the discourse that besieges us today? It certainly seems worth a look!

Asian Art Museum
www.asianart.org
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

“Casanova: The Seduction of Europe” at the Legion of Honor

In the dynamic world of mid-eighteenth century Europe, people, ideas, and aesthetics crossed national boundaries. For an intelligent, curious, confident, and lucky person like Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798), the possibilities must have seemed endless. Stretching the limits of both social and physical mobility, he traveled from his native Venice to Paris, London, Dresden, and even Russia and the Ottoman Empire.

Notorious for amorous pursuits and his ability to charm and con his way into top-tier circles, Casanova wrote vivid accounts of 18th-century social life in Europe. Containing paintings, sculptures, drawings, costumes, porcelain and silver, this new exhibit highlights the visual riches and attitudes found in the worlds that Casanova inhabited.

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe
February 10 – May 28
Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue

For more information, click here.

Klimt and Rodin at the City’s Legion of Honor

Marking the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death in 1917 and that of Gustav Klimt in 1918, KLIMT & RODIN: An Artistic Encounter examines the diverse connections between these artists and their impact upon the art world. While Rodin is widely regarded as “the father of modern sculpture,” Klimt was a groundbreaking painter and a founding member of the modernist Vienna Secession movement.

Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter Now on display at the Legion of Honor, through January 28, 2018.

To learn more, and see a digital presentation about the exhibition, click here.

Photographer Walker Evans Exhibition at SFMOMA

We really are lucky to live in San Francisco! Right now the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is presenting a phenomenal exhibition – showcasing the work of seminal photographer Walker Evans. The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this will be its only presentation in the U.S.!

Here’s how the museum describes Walker Evans and his work:

“Over five decades, Evans’s powerful images responded to and reflected the spirit, suffering, and fortitude of a nation. His iconic images of the Great Depression and his postwar photo essays depicting shop window displays, urban architecture, and junked automobiles defined a new documentary style that continues to influence generations of artists.”

This exhibition joins together over 300 breathtaking prints, many of which have never before been exhibited, with nearly 100 documents and objects, including many from the photographer’s personal collection. According to the museum, together they reveal an exceptional eye for the details of everyday life and an essential understanding of twentieth-century America.

The exhibition opened on September 30, and runs through February 4, 2018. For more information on the museum and exhibition, please click here.