Name: George Zisiadis
Title: Side Projecteer Extraordinaire
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
What are you up to these days? Either working on a side project, or convincing others to start their own. Just finished turning pedestrians' heartbeats into music. I'm helping give monthly $1,000 grants at The Awesome Foundation, organizing monthly premieres of the Imperfect Film Festival, and building a community of side projecteers at Side Project Society. Oh and there's always some kind of crazy underground art installation happening in the background.
SF is... a playground for adults.
Where would you have your last meal on earth? Super Chicken Burrito at Guadalajara's on Shotwell & 24th. My first ever SF burrito. I still remember that first bite...
Where do you get your local gossip? Isn't that what The Bold Italic is for?
Who's your favorite quintessential local character? The roller disco leader at Golden Gate Park every Sunday. Man he's got moves! What other city has someone like him?
Why do you love your neighborhood? Parks are to the Lower Haight what bars are to the Mission. Panhandle, Alamo, Duboce – it's all walkable. Drinking with the cool kids is fun, but hanging barefoot on grass whenever you want is even funner.
Where's your secret spot? The Garden of Shakespeare's Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Takes a little bit of intent to get there. Beautiful flora and inspiring literature all in one.
What's your favorite under-the-radar SF restaurant? Is StreatFood super popular yet? If not, it should be. Open air dining = win.
Where do you go to relax and get away from it all? Ocean Beach for sure. No problem can seem too significant in comparison to the Pacific Ocean.
What's your favorite SF institution? Midnight Mystery Ride is really great and has just the right amount of undergroundness. Biking + Nighttime Adventure = good times.
What do you get obsessive about here in SF? Riding my bike everywhere. Transportational Autonomy is a vastly underrated source of happiness. Plus, how could you not love bombing down these hills?
What local merchant have you been meaning to check out? I've wanted to subscribe to The Thing Quarterly for a while. It's a periodical of artistic objects. They've got something really interesting going on and don't stick to convention. I like that.
What would you change about SF? Surely it can afford to be just a tad bit warmer, no? And less foggy. What if we installed some kind of giant 500 foot tall wind barrier at Ocean Beach? Or at the very least a massive array of lasers to zap away all the fog before it rolls in.