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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in San Francisco

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My friend Ben lives in North Beach and told me the other day that Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived on Francisco Street near the wharf for a few years, in the 1930′s.

I loved learning this slice of history.

Our conversation triggered some waking deja vu. I spent the summer of 1996 on Francisco Street with Erin Potts, Andrew Bryson and Adam Yauch of Milarepa when we and many others worked on the first Tibetan Freedom Concert at Golden Gate Park that June.

Francisco Street is part of a pocket of San Francisco that mixes together cable cars and the water, North Beach vibes, and the old days of the city as a fishing port. Salt in the air; seagulls; espressos and Marlboros on the streets and roofs. Milarepa was in the upstairs of a two story building owned by architects. I remember so many lunch runs to Taqueria San Jose for amazing, still memorable burritos all summer long.

I loved finding out this week, seventeen years on, that Frida and Diego were there first.

2 Comments
  1. I never knew that and so happy to learn of it from your post! I visited both of their homes in Coyoacan, Mexico, but wasn’t aware of their short time in SF.

    October 27, 2013
    • Glad you liked this Leslie! I am a longtime fan of both their work so was also really happy to learn about this.

      October 27, 2013

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