Tango in a Historic San Francisco Landmark Hotel!
The Red Victorian is the big red Victorian smack in the middle of upper Haight. Really, you can’t miss it… that is unless you get sidetracked by all the tie dye, street kids, and hipster stores…. just kidding. Go directly there, don’t get sidetracked.
Here is a little history about this cool spot in the middle of the Haight:
It was built in 1904 as the Jefferson Hotel. During the Hey-Day Hippie days of 1967, it was called the Jeffrey-Haight. In 1977, Dr. Sami Sunchild, an environmental artist and social activist, dedicated herself to preserving the historic landmark as a Living Museum, where people of the neighborhood and from all over the world could find hospitality and friendship. She also painted the Victorian facade red plus 9 other trim colors, and named it the “Red Victorian”. The intent of the business was to embody the ideals of the area, including the peace movement, the environmental movement, the cooperative community movement, and the social justice movement.
Presently it’s a bed and breakfast with 18 upstairs guest rooms. Downstairs, on the main level, is the “Peaceful World Center”, with an art gallery and gift shop. There is also a cafe with delicious coffee and healthy eats.
Tango dancing is downstairs when you first enter, straight ahead and toward the back.
This Thursday, the beautiful and talented Mariana Ancarola will be the DJ.
When: Every Thursday! 5:30 to 9pm
Location: The Red Victorian – 1665 Haight Street @ Cole Street Map
Parking: Can be found on the street. I recommend trying the side streets off of Haight, where it’s free and more likely to be open while residents are away at work.
Hosted by: Ivan Shvarts – founder of the Senior Tango Academy in the Bay Area. Ivan is a wonderful person, teacher, dancer and artist.