My City: Chinese food, sequins and a view of the Golden Gate 

Faves and raves by Carly Ozard

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AGE: 26
YEARS IN THE CITY: Five
NEIGHBORHOOD: Castro
OCCUPATION: Cabaret singer, with a background in musical theater and light opera; debuting show “Bewitched, Bothered and Bipolar” at the Rrazz Room on April 24; her Web site is www.carlyozard.com
SELF-DESCRIPTION: Creative person, a singer mostly, but also a believer in equal rights; creates shows with a special message with comedy and poignancy that will tell her story.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR TEA

Samovar Tea Lounge
WHERE: 498 Sanchez St., between 18th and Ford streets
WHAT: Great ambiance and selection of teas
INFO: (415) 626-4700 or www.samovarlife.com

It has a great ambiance with an awesome selection of teas. I love their chai and their outdoor seating, and that I can take my laptop there and relax my way through work.

FAVORITE THRIFT STORE

Out of the Closet
WHERE: 100 Church St.
WHAT: A drag queen’s dream
INFO: (415) 771-1503 or www.outofthecloset.org

Sequins, gowns and wigs make up a lot of their merchandise and let’s not forget the abundance of shoes. Also, they have free HIV testing for anyone, and they are really active in their
communities.

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY SHEET MUSIC

The Music Center of San Francisco
WHERE: 207 Powell St., at O’Farrell Street
WHAT: Scores, a machine that transposes songs into whatever key you need
INFO: (415) 781-6023 or www.music-center-of-san-francisco.ypguides.net

There are scores for opera and musicals, trios and duets for different instruments, and a machine that transposes songs into whatever key you need.  There are also a lot of out-of-print rare pieces that date back until 1902. I love the authenticity.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Yank Sing
WHERE: 101 Spear St., between Howard and Mission streets
WHAT: A whole other level of good
INFO: www.yanksing.com

Have you been there? It’s amazing. It’s a great experience and the food is terrific. I always crave Chinese food, but this is a whole other level of good.

FAVORITE BEACH

Baker Beach
WHERE: Gibson Road, near 25th Avenue and California Street
WHAT: Original site of Burning Man
INFO: (415) 831-2750 or www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/baker-beach.htm

I love the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and I think that it being the original beach where Burning Man first took place is awesome. I think Baker Beach is a really historic part of The City.

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER

AMC Van Ness 14
WHERE: 1000 Van Ness Ave., at O’Farrell Street
WHAT: Clean, awesome architecture
INFO: (888) 262-4386 or www.amcentertainment.com

It is huge, with more than 14 screens, and clean! The staff is friendly, and they have a wide selection of films. The best part is that the architecture is awesome. I’m not sure what the design is exactly, but it has this old, historic feeling!

FAVORITE CLUB TO SING AT

Martuni’s
WHERE: 4 Valencia St., at Market Street
WHAT: It’s like family there
INFO: www.dragatmartunis.com or (415) 241-0205

Martuni’s, hands down. It’s my “Cheers” bar. Everybody knows my name.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A DOG WALK
Eureka Valley Dog Park
WHERE: 19th and Collingwood streets
WHAT: Wonderful space, safe neighborhood, dogs can run off leash and play

My little Maltese mix, Freddie Mercury, gets overwhelmed by the many dogs there, but he enjoys a tennis ball and a good trot around the park. It’s a wonderful space in a safe neighborhood. It allows dogs to run off leash and play together.

FAVORITE CHURCH TO SING AT
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
WHERE: 100 Diamond St., between 18th and 19th streets
WHAT:
Beautiful building, congregation loves musical theater  
INFO: (415) 863-6259 or www.mhr.org  

Most Holy Redeemer is where I cantor on and off. The building is beautiful, and the congregation is kind. They also love musical theater so once in awhile I’ll get to use a musical anthem such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel to sing during the service.

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