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A journey west

Just returned from the West Coast and it is still there. I visited Oakland, Calif., where I had a wonderful time with longtime friends.

We had lunch at Le Chevel in Oakland, a large warehouse-style restaurant buzzing with people – the food is great and bountiful. If you ever get out there, check it out. You never know who might show up because it is a hot spot for sports fans of the Oakland Raiders.

Caught a ferry from Oakland to San Francisco, the most beautiful way to get from East Bay to the city, avoiding all the traffic rage and parking problems.

After arriving in the city I walked to Union Square in time for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly remodeled Square. Mayor Willie Brown was on stage, eulogizing the commercial core business association and thanking them for their support.

Enough of that. So I jump on a cable car on Powell Street and head for Fisherman’s Wharf to stroll around. It was a beautiful sunny day but I hear the same old blues. Business is down in San Francisco, the tourists are not coming and the economy is slow this year.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is showing Yoko Ono, her first American retrospective of pioneering artistry, the only West Coast exhibit. I checked it out.

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It was a wide range of media with original new forms of artistic expressions including performance art, film, video and music. It was impressive, and I think Yoko Ono has the unique individuality that reminds me of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Back in the Oakland area I visit John Lewis in his studio, a state-of-the-art casting facility. Lewis designs and produces cast glass sculpture, tables, vessels and site-specific architectural projects. John Lewis will be at the Rachael Collection on Cooper Mall this Friday evening – stop by and say hi.

I will be at the Children’s Festival in Snowmass Village this weekend, strolling around the mall in my clown persona. Please stop by and check out my new hat, a present from my friend Mary Jo Rodriguez. Let me know if you think it suits me.

Hinton Harrison

Aspen