Archive for September, 2008

San Francisco’s New CultureBus – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

No, not that Culturebus, “your African American heritage resource”. This CultureBus, the big yellow 74x route in San Francisco, the one that shuttles you around various museums and stuff.

At $7 a throw, you probably won’t see too many local strap-hangers on board, but oh well. This is a pretty simple system to navigate, so that’s good. All aboard!

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Yerba Buena Cultural Institutions

California Historical Society
Cartoon Art Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum
GLBT Historical Society
Museum of the African Diaspora
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
SF Camerwork
The Society of California Pioneers
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


111 Minna Gallery
Aurobora Press
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions
Braunstein/Quay Gallery
Catharine Clark Gallery
Chandler Fine Art
Crown Point Press
RayKo Photo Center
Sculpturesite Gallery
The Artists Alley
Varnish Fine Art
Visual Aid
Other Yerba Buena Arts and Events

Civic Center

Asian Art Museum
City Hall

Golden Gate Park Museum Concourse

de Young Museum
California Academy of Sciences
Japanese Tea Garden
Conservatory of Flowers

Opening Weekend of the California Academy of Sciences a Huge Success

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Well, it was huge. Most of all those people eventually made it into our fabulous new California Academy of Sciences museum-type thing over the weekend.

This is what it looked like.

The mise-en-scene, as seen from the de Young Museum. Click to expand:

Saturday’s opening was a crowning achievement for Executive Director Dr. Greg Farrington.

Released monarch butterflies briefly filled the skies above Golden Gate Park:

And then they went to the roof of the CAS to warm up and make more butterflies:

Mayor Gavin Newsom was there to promote the CAS. He didn’t get “roundly booed”, unlike the time he showed up to promote the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio a few months back:

Speaking of politicians, there were lots there, including Eric Mar, Melanie Nutter and Aaron Peskin:

San Francisco Chief of Protocol Charlotte Schultz under the rainforest:

And of course, you could let your kid play with snakes while waiting to get in:

That’s all for now. Congratulations, CAS!

How Much is Your Moleskine Notebook Worth?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Decisions, decisions. After opening your new MOLESKINE, “the legendary notebook of Hemingway, Picasso, and Chatwin,” sort of, you are prompted to put a dollar amount on the value of your precious words:

“As a reward: $ _________________” 

My Moleskine notebook just magically appeared in the mail one day, so I don’t know its cost. Maybe $10 or so, that’s a good starting number. But what about when you’ve filled it all up? At that point it could be worth millions. So a safe bet is to update the reward value on a daily basis.

My precious! Click to expand:

After all, you could be the next Hemingway.

Former Mr. Danielle Steel Floats His Big Boat to San Francisco

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

The former Mr. Danielle Steel, Tom Perkins, had his large sailboat come visit San Francisco yesterday. The Maltese Falcon is certainly the largest sailing yacht in the Bay Area these days, so that’s something to crow about.

via Inky’s photostream

Let’s hope T.P. doesn’t run afoul of the Board of Equalization, which loves to tax boats and airplanes that alight in California.

“90-Day Test.” If the property is purchased (delivered) and functionally used (does not include storage) outside of California for more than 90 days, it is presumed to have been purchased for use outside California. However, if the property enters California during the first 90 days of ownership, it can still be considered not purchased for use in California if it can be verified that the property was used or stored outside California more than one-half of the time during the six month period following its entry into this state.

(Make sure you save the receipts for all the diesel this thing burns Tom!)

Look for this giant moored near Tiburon.

Happy Sailing.   

Tens of Thousands Show Up for California Academy of Sciences Opening

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Oh my. Today’s gala opening of our fabulous new California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park attracted an enormous number of people.

On and on the line stretched. From Concourse Drive to JFK to Middle Drive East to South Drive to Ninth Avenue to Lincoln Way – that’s almost 1.5 miles (the long way) to the start of one of the Penguin Trails at Ninth Avenue and Irving in the Inner Sunset.

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Happily, they’re not making you wait in line all day. It’s all alphabetized based upon how early you showed up. Some got there at 5:30 AM. What’s your Entry Group name?

Dinosaur? Gorilla? Iguana? Yawn. What’s wrong with Darwin, Gaia, or Intelligent Design?

But what does the New York Times have to say about all of this?

The academy building is the last in a series of ambitious projects to be conceived in and around the park’s Music Concourse since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Herzog & de Meuron’s mesmerizing de Young Museum, enclosed in perforated copper, opened three years ago. Scaffolding is to come down at the concourse’s neo-Classical band shell this week after a loving restoration.

You see? It’s all coming together.

This special day will go on until 9:00 PM tonight. See you there!

Eric Mar is En Route to Become District One Supervisor

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

This was the scene a few days back in San Francisco’s Richmond District, where Eric Mar invited his supporters, some as young as eight years old, to a Bicycle Ride Through the Richmond District.

Eric’s got endorsements from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, Senators Leland Yee and Carole Migden, plus more than a few others.

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Mr. Mar,  your campaign seems to have the momentum of a runaway freight train.  Why are you so popular?

Why Our New California Academy of Sciences is a Good Value

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Here’s the thing. Our fabulous new California Academy of Sciences is finally ready – the Opening Weekend Celebration starts tomorrow, Saturday, the 27th of September, 2008. Admission is going to be free for the whole day from 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM, after an 8:30 AM Opening Ceremony that will feature:

Executive Director Greg Farrington, Board Chair Bill Patterson, Architect Renzo Piano, Mayor Gavin Newsom,  a Native American blessing, a butterfly release, and more.

So fine, get up early, follow the Penguin Trail from the N-Judah or the 5-Fulton bus and check out the spectacle tomorrow morning.

The already-famous living roof, a science experiment in itself. What flora and fauna will appear over the months and years?  The similarity to Teletubbyland could attract Tinky Winky and his friends. An artist’s conception, click to expand:

But you’re not going to be able to see the CAS the way it’s meant to be seen. What you’re going to see is a whole bunch of other people, just like yourself. And that’s fine, there’ll be a lot of stuff to see outside of the CAS. (Plus there’s the nearby de young Museum to check out, but it will be busy too.)

Plan on coming back another day if you want a chance to see and explore the CAS itself in a more relaxed environment. Is admission (they’re going to start charging people starting this Sunday) worth the $25? Heck yeah. Take my word on that.

What’s that? You got a family and all these tickets add up to big bucks? Well then get a membership for a year. Try it out. Even the $99 Individual Membership seems like a good deal since you can always bring a friend along for free.  

If that’s too much money anyway, then there’s always the Free Days. The third Wednesday of the month will generally be reserved for free Wachovia Wednesdays. And there will be Free Days customised just for your zip code.

The people at the California Academy of Sciences have bent over backwards to provide you with opportunities to check things out for free. That’s all they can do.

See you there!




Circus Center
Chris Molla
Cotton Candy Express
Nigerian Masquerade Drummers
Red Panda Acrobats
San Francisco Ballet
SF Jazz Youth Orchestra
The Sippy Cups
Closing Act


B Attitudes
Circus Center
Golden Gate Park Band
Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
Loco Bloco
Nigerian Masquerade Drummers
Parangal Dance Group
Red Panda Acrobats
San Francisco Opera



Amateur Astronomers
California Bat Conservancy
Crissy Field Center
Eco Art Demonstration: Andres Amador
Face Painting
Farallones Sanctuary Shark Van
Marine Mammal Center
Mobile Climb USA
PG&E Everyday Greening
Phoenix Motorcars
Purple Crayon Art Studio
Rana Creek Nursery
San Francisco Environment
WildCare’s Nature Van



Arizmendi Bakery
Ben & Jerry’s
Let’s be Frank
La Bonne Cuisine
Metro Crepes
Peasant Pies
Rose Pistola
Sweet Dish
Wood Fire Woodie

Performance Schedule

Start Time End Time Saturday, September 27th
9:30 am 9:50 am Junkestra
9:55 am 10:45 am SF Jazz
11:00 am 11:30 am Red Panda Acrobats
11:50 am 12:40 pm The Sippy Cups
12:45 pm 1:00 pm Junkestra
1:05 pm 1:35 pm Circus Center
1:55 pm 2:25 pm Chris Molla
2:30 pm 2:45 pm Junkestra
2:55 3:30 SF Ballet
3:50 pm 4:30 pm Cotton Candy Express
4:35 pm 4:50 pm Junkestra
4:55 pm 5:40 pm Nigerian Masquerade Drummers (4 drummers)
6:00 pm 6:30 pm Capacitor
6:30 pm 6:45 pm Junkestra
7:00 pm TBA Special Performance
Start Time End Time Sunday, September 28th
9:35 am 9:50 am Junkestra
10:00 am 10:45 am Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
11:00 am 11:30 am Parangal Dance Group
11:40 am 12:00 pm Junkestra
12:00 pm 12:45 pm Nigerian Masquerade Drummers (4 drummers)
1:00 pm 1:30 pm Red Panda Acrobats
1:50 pm 2:20 pm SF Opera
2:20 pm 2:35 pm Junkestra
2:40 pm 3:10 pm Circus Center
3:30 pm 4:00 pm B’attitudes
4:10 pm 4:25 pm Junkestra
4:30 pm 5:00 pm Loco Bloco


San Francisco’s Civic Center Soon to Become a “Sustainable Resource District”

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

What’s a Sustainable Resource District? We’ll found out soon enough in the Civic Center on October 20. The goals of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan are:

80% potable water use reduction
45% wastewater discharge reduction
35% peak power demand met by renewables
33% annual energy reduction
Reduction of the community carbon footprint by 2,225 tons annually; the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1,286 San Francisco households

It will all look a little like this. Click to expand:

KMD Architects

This was all promised to us back in January 2008 and now it’s on:

“Although implementing the overall vision will take several years, the 3-year Commitment to Action is anticipated to launch on October 20th, 2008 with a formal partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)” [Sadly, there’s no mention of Nobel Prize-winning Al Gore, who is practically a San Franciscan these days what with his place just down the street, and a TV station in SOMA, and a daughter attending UCSF medical school in the Sunset district. Oh well.]

Anyway, It’s starting in late 2009:

Potential initial projects include the installation of solar rooftop photovoltaics, water conservation fixtures, living roofs, and a public Wi-Fi connection, among others.

So, we’re going to get wind and solar together, living roofs and water reclamation.

It’s on!

The Happiest Beer in the World Lives at the 21st Amendement Brewery

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The 21st Amendment Brewery on San Francisco’s 2nd Street near the Giants’ ballpark must have the happiest beer in the world, judging by this disco ball scene.

Of course, this is old news to Laughing Squid‘s Scott Beale, who, like MasterCard, is Everywhere You Want To Be.  

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It’s Oracle’s World, We’re Just Living In It

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Oracle Open World is on at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Who is your favorite keynote speaker?

HP, Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President, Technology Solutions Group;

HP, Mark Hurd, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President; or

Oracle, Larry Ellison, CEO

It’s Larry, right? He and the HP crew will start yakking at around 2:30 PM this afternoon.

The Tent City of Howard Street. Click to expand.