Still catching up on vacation reports. This entry is about Thursday, January 20th.
This was my seventh trip to San Francisco, but the first time we actually managed to visit the Cartoon Art Museum on Mission Street, even though it was on our list every single year. The name is a bit misleading, it's more about political comic strips than about animation, but they show some real treasures, like an original Calvin & Hobbes painting. We
were lucky, their special exposition was about Warner Brothers cartoons and they had some really interesting roughs, cells and backgrounds from various WB artists on display. Comparing Maurice Noble's original watercolor backgrounds with what rushed digital "restoration" of the video transfers now running on TV made of it drives tears in my eyes. Let's hope that the paintings will survive at least another 60 years so coming generations of animation enthusiasts will be able to compare.
On the way to the museum we discovered the Yerba Buena Gardens with the Martin Luther King Jr memorial: an impressive water fountain in the form of a waterfall. "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream." And like a mighty stream the waterfall sounds, indeed. The gardens are a relaxing, calm island in the middle of a busy and loud city.
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling through China Town, but didn't find much to buy.
For dinner we went to the Walzwerk, an East German themed restaurant which I can highly recommend (as if this were necessary with the documentary about it almost continuously running on German TV). The food is excellent, they have Köstritzer beer on tap, and run by a really lovely German lady.