Archive for October, 2008

John Madden’s Original Raiders’ Nation MaddenCruiser

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Spotted in Haight Ashbury, sporting Oakland Raiders’ silver and black. He sure doesn’t like flying.

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He’s doing a lot better for himself now, however.

Just drive, baby

Asian American Modern Art: Shifting Currents – At the de Young

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The new exhibit Asian | American | Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970 is here at the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Some of this stuff will freak you out. You like art? Well then this is art. What’s that? You don’t like art all that much and you get dragged to museums all the time anyway? Well, you’ll like a lot of it, despite yourself.

And, since the de Young is firing on all 16 cylinders right now anyway, you should check out Shifting Currents as soon as you can.  

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Dong Kingman, Urban Fantasy, 1954

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) Setting Sun: Sacramento Valley, ca. 1925. Hanging scroll: mineral pigments (distemper) and gold on silk, 107 1/2 x 69 in. Courtesy of Gyo Obata

See you there! Read all about it:

Comes now the de Young, which presents the work of artists of Asian ancestry who lived and worked in the United States. This exhibition represents the first comprehensive survey of these artists, and seeks to advance awareness of this under-represented group in American art history. Their art reflects the currents of identity and style that shift between aesthetics of diverse international geographies. This exhibition is rich in variety and demonstrates the wealth of Asian American art using masterpieces spanning seventy years. Nearly 100 works by 60 artists, many of whom had their work exhibited at the de Young or Legion of Honor in earlier decades, are included.

Asian | American | Modern Art
is organized by FAMSF in association with Stanford University and is accompanied by a catalogue.  The exhibition co-curators are Daniell Cornell, former curator of American art at FAMSF and current deputy director of the Palm Springs Museum of Art, and Mark Johnson, a professor of art at San Francisco State University.

Other Venues
Asian | American | Modern Artwill travel to The Noguchi Museum and be on view
February 18 to August 23, 2009.

Asian | American | Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Asian American Art Project at Stanford University in collaboration with San Francisco State University, and is supported by the Ednah Root Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Traveling Exhibitions, the National Endowment for the Arts, Delta Dental of California, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Presented by Wachovia.

Brace Yourself for the New Yves Saint Laurent Show at the de Young

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Cue music.

No really, it doesn’t work unless you cue some music by opening a new window and then coming back here

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The whole exhibit is all set up and ready to go this weekend. Take a sneak peek here, courtesy of Damion Mathews of SFLuxe.

This thing is going to be huge.

San Francisco’s Ham-Handed Attempt to Suppress Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Now the point of the government-sponsored Home for Halloween ad campaign is to suppress turnout for San Francisco’s world-famous Halloween in the Castro. At that, it might be successful, we’ll see. But the webpages for the ad campaign sure are an amateurish, ham-handed production. To wit, try to reconcile this:

There will be NO Halloween celebration in the Castro in 2008.”

With this: 

There very much WILL be Halloween in the Castro. As for “cancelling a celebration:” the fact is quite the opposite.”

Well that’s clear as mud.

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Where will Fake Frank Chu go this year?

Where will Batgirl and Robin go this year?

Let’s scan through a few more blanket statements from the H4H webpages:

“As in every other community in the City, there will be zero tolerance for behavior which doesn’t respect the celebrated diversity of our communities.”

What? Not sure if this is a government-sponsored policy goal or whatever. It certainly doesn’t reflect reality and, if we imagine local government taking steps to make the above statement become true, those steps would be unconstitutional. Moving on: 

“And again like last year, there will be zero tolerance for individuals and businesses that do not obey alcohol consumption and distribution regulations.”

In reality, San Francisco has a lot of tolerance for a lot of things. The above statement is not operational, it is incorrect. Let’s try another:  

“The Castro is not appropriate for a party with 100,000 people.”

So then, what about Pink Saturday? Is IT appropriate for the Castro? Perhaps the gov’mint could start up a Home for Pink Saturday campaign?

Akit’s Complaint Department really gets into the David Perry issue here. (It’s certainly possible Akit misunderstood Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s statements over the past year, but that’s a different matter.)

Enjoy your Halloween, San Francisco.

Fantastic New Afghanistan Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Well it’s on over at the Asian Art Museum. The fantastic new show is Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.

Now it’s got its fair share of bling, more than enough to hold you until King Tut hits town in 2009, but all these golden treasures come with a story. Read all about it over at the National Geographic and look at some high resolution photos here. And see what San Francisco Art Examiner Marisa Nakasone thinks about it here.

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Pair of pendants depicting the “Dragon Master” (Tillya Tepe, Tomb II). 100 BCE–100 CE (or 100 BC-100 AD, if you swing that way). Gold, turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearl, National Museum of Afghanistan, ©Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet

There’s a whole series of related programs and events, including An Evening of Poetry and Music tomorrow and a showing of The Kite Runner movie in November.

And don’t forget about Target First Free Sundays at the Asian. It could be a good way for you to spend a rainy day weekend?

See you there!

It looks beter in person. Check it out.

The whole thing runs through January 25,  2009. 

$12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for youth 13–17, and free for children under 12. Thursday evenings after 5 pm admission is just $5 for all visitors except those under 12 and members, always free.

The museum is in the Civic Center area: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

It’s open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours until 9:00 pm every Thursday.

Another Balloon Delivery for Obama on San Francisco’s Market Street

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Obama ’08 Headquarters at 939 Market Street near Fifth receives yet another delivery of oversized balloons from well-wishers.

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They barely fit through the front door

Trying to Sell Used Ferraris for $100K over List Price

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This red 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 has an asking price from British Motor Car Distributors (or Bentley of San Francisco?) of $395,000 – feel free to check it out the next time you’re on Van Ness near the remnants of Auto Row.

Can this be a money-making operation?

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Oh, don’t look now, but the price of ZFFFC60AX70153544 might have dropped a bit, all the way down to $375k.

Act now.

An Unexpected River in the Presidio on the Arguello Bike Line

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

This is what it looked like the other night on dark, dark Arguello Avenue coming up out of the Main Post near Infantry Terrace. An unexpected river flowing down the bike lane, leaving you with the option of just pushing your rig uphill on the sidewalk (which some people do anyway, owing to the steepness).

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A busted water main or another unearthed spring?

You make the call.

Per the SFPD: “My Next Police Car is Going to Have a Hemi”

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This genuine San Francisco Police Department Ford Crown Victoria prowler sports a bumper sticker that states:


This is a reference to the hemispherical combustion chambers of the 5.7 litre engine of the Dodge Charger Police Interceptor. So, did the S.F.P.D. place an order for Daimler-Chrysler squad cars?

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Via Arlen’s photostream

Signs point to “yes.” So soon, the SFPD might start looking like the CHP.

Poor Ford!

The Airship Ventures Zeppelin is Open for Business in the Bay Area

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This was the scene this morning at Moffet Field in Mountain View. This huge thing is our new Zeppelin NT from Airship Ventures.

Wouldn’t you like to be Aloft in a Zeppelin? Read the trip report here.

Via the Telstar Logistics Photostream

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