Archive for May, 2010

The Best Photos from the 2010 Carnaval Parade in San Francisco’s Mission District

Monday, May 31st, 2010

¡OMD it’s Carnaval in San Francisco! Let’s check out some photos, below.

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Be sure to check for these galleries from May 30, 2010:

David Yu, –Mark–, Armand Emamdjomeh, and Generik11 via SFist

This shot is just awesome:

via –Mark–






..Alison Wonderland..


And if you can’t see the show, you can always stand on the nearest ice cream cart, why not?

See you next year!

Hipster Era Ends on June 3, 2010 at Cafe Royale – It’s the Hipster Apocalypse!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Tenderblog brings news of the Hipster Apocalypse arts show at Cafe Royale (800 Post at Leavenworth) running ’til June 27th.

Drop by and you’ll get to see works from:

Mario Delgado, D Young V, Megan Wolfe, Albert Nguyen, Kevin Buckley, Teppei Ando, and Tamar Solomon

Don’t miss the opening reception on Thursday, June 3rd, from 8:00 PM  to Midnight. 

The manifesto:

“Ironically, although hipsters have existed in one form or another for decades, the hipster movement has become more mainstream, influencing the American status quo by supporting alternative art, music, and fashion. Like an epidemic of entitlement, the hipster condition has spread across America and over the seas to Japan and other countries susceptible to American culture. We see hipsters every day riding their fixed-gear bicycles on their way to studying film at local art schools. They drink the most expensive coffee and the cheapest beer. Imagine a world where alternative culture is pop culture; a world where Vampire Weekend plays the half time show at the Super Bowl instead of Bruce Springsteen; a world where stores selling used records and clothing are as large and as common as Walmart. The purpose of this show is to create awareness of the hipster way and the rise in demand for outrageous moustaches, vacuum sealed jeans, high-school sports tee shirts, and the over-consumption of Pabst Blue Ribbon.” 

That’s harsh. Harsh but fair.

“Café Royale is a neighborhood coffee & tea house and beer & wine bar offering a wide assortment of international beers, wines and distinctive sake and soju cocktails. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Café supports the work of Bay Area artists throughout the month through visual arts exhibitions, music programs, art markets and events to benefit nonprofits.”

See you there!

Reviews are IN for “Birth of Impressionism” at the de Young Museum – A Must See

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I don’t know, once you get a Great European Museum to agree to send over its stuff while they do a little Spring Cleaning, well that’s pretty much all the heavy lifting you need right there – everything else takes care of itself. So of course you get your scholars working and you need to get cogitating about what goes where and why, but it’s all downhill after that. For whatever reason, we San Franciscans get more than our fair share of these kinds of museum loans.

As here, and now, at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Their awesome new exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, is a smash success already.

Check out the pre-game report and The Review from Kenneth Baker, for starters:

“In view of the present exhibition, expectations for the second installment* could not be higher.”

O.K. then. It’s breathtaking, in’nt?

Be sure to listen to Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and John Buchanan, Director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco talk with Michael Krasny on 50 minutes worth of KQED Forum. And take a look at KGO-TV Channel 7’s special video report right here.

Check out Bill Wilson’s photos of the recent press preview last week.

Here are a few shots from the press preview. Hat Lady Jan Wahl was on the scene, as was Gavin Newsom, who generally does an excellent job at these kinds of events.

All the hard work is done, so all you need to do is get down there and check it out. Plan your visit now.

Peut-être je vous verrai la!

*It’s coming in September 2010: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”

Supervisor Eric Mar Gets Booted from Littler Mendelson Law Firm – “Shame on Kloosterman!”

Friday, May 28th, 2010

San Francisco Supervisor for District One Eric Mar just  got the boot from the offices of Littler Mendelson (can guess their nickname*) at 650 California this morning. Why? Something to do with one of the firm’s lawyers attending the International Labor Organization’s 99th Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

See it for yourself here at the IndyBay:

A Visit to America’s most notorious Anti-Labor Law Firm

It looked like this:


Shame on Kloosterman! Shame on Kloosterman!”

All the deets:

Police Remove Domestic Workers and Elected Officials from San Francisco Law Firm
Employer Representative Refuses to meet with Supervisors and Workers

On Thursday, over 35 housekeepers, nannies, caregivers and their allies,
including San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, and representatives from the
offices of Supervisor David Campos and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, were
threatened with arrest if they did not leave the offices of Littler
Mendelson, a notoriously anti-union law firm, in downtown San Francisco.
Domestic workers sought to bring attention to their plight in the run up to
the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference, which will
be held in Geneva from June 2 – 18.  The Supervisors sought to deliver a
copy of a resolution that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
unanimously passed on Tuesday, calling for an end to domestic worker
exploitation and urging John Kloosterman, an attorney at the firm who will
represent U.S. employers of domestic workers at the International Labour
Conference, to support a strong ILO Convention on domestic work.  Mr.
Kloosterman refused to appear, and instead the law firm called the police.
A video of the encounter with Mr. Kloosterman is available here:
Hillary Ronen, aide to Supervisor David Campos, said “This is a disgrace.
Kloosterman is calling the police on elected city officials when all we are
asking is for 5 minutes of his time. This man is supposedly representing US
employers of domestic workers at the ILO, and yet he is refusing to even
face a room full of domestic workers who have come to his office.”
Domestic workers called on Kloosterman to work with workers to pass a
strong convention to end the abuse in their industry.  For the first time
ever the ILO will discuss decent work for domestic workers as part of the
conference. Juana Flores, a former domestic worker who is now Director of a
Bay Area immigrant women’s center Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the Caring
Hands Worker Association, will represent U.S. based workers in Geneva.  “We
have been working tirelessly with sister organizations from around the
world, the AFL-CIO, and the U.S. Department of Labor to pass a strong
convention which will help end the abuses these workers face, and I’m
saddened that Mr. Kloosterman seems uninterested in discussing these issues
with us” she said.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to
end the exploitation and harassment of domestic workers on Tuesday, and the
Board sent letters to Mr. Kloosterman asking him to support the
recommendations of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Supervisor Eric
Mar, who authored the resolution and who requested to deliver the
resolution to Mr. Kloosterman personally, said, “Domestic workers help to
ensure the health and prosperity of families by freeing others to
participate in the workforce.  But domestic workers usually work alone,
behind closed doors and out of the public eye, leaving them isolated and
vulnerable to exploitation. I had really hoped to convey this message
personally to the representative of domestic worker employers at this
historic ILO Conference.”
“Equality is at the heart of our American values but we are long overdue in
treating domestic workers as equals.  They are the mothers and daughters
that provide vital assistance to our families, to our seniors and who take
care of our children, yet they lack the basic protections under the law
that many of us take for granted,” said California Assembly member Tom
Ammiano, who is coauthoring a resolution in the state legislature on their
The delegation of domestic workers leaving for Geneva tomorrow are
undaunted by the hostility of the law firm and the encounter with the
police. They hope to win the basic recognition that domestic work is work
just like any other, and should be protected as such.  They will demand the
same labor protections that other workers already enjoy under international
labor law or are able to gain through collective bargaining, a process that
is not always feasible for domestic workers.  These include basic rights
such as the right to rest breaks, sick time, health and safety protections
and wage and hour regulations.

*”Hitler Mendelson,” natch.

Resolved: Parking Your Car Half a Yard from the Curb Might be Legal, But it Isn’t Right

Friday, May 28th, 2010

As long as you follow all the other parking rules of California and San Francisco, you are fully empowered to park a foot and half away from a curb and still be legal.

But, c’mon dude, is this the best you can do?

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How about a new law? How about six inches max for San Francisco?

I mean, sometimes there’s not enough room on the streets even if you have rubber touching the curb.

Thank you, drive through.

Now, Go Forth and Sin No More.

Ridiculous “Personal Belief Exemption” Spreads Whooping Cough in Marin County

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Here’s the thing about rich Marin County – the people there are generally healthy but the vaccination rate for kids isn’t as high as it used to be.  So the news of 2010 is how high the rate of whooping cough is in Marin. This is directly related to their substandard vaccination rate, with some schools leaving most of the student body unvaccinated.

What’s wrong with you people up there?

“Vaccination is based on the medical fallacy that our bodies are stupid,” said Corte Madera chiropractor[!] Donald Harte. “The truth is that the body has a nearly infinite capacity to protect itself against infection as well as other diseases. When I was a kid, everybody got measles, mumps or chicken pox, and nobody died.”

(O rly? Doctor Chiropractor, heal thyself. IRL, people died. Moving on…)

Comes now the Marin Immunization Coalition with a possible solution. You can see it here with the H1N1 ad campaign they put up on Golden Gate Transit buses:

So, instead of joining some No-Vaccine Movement because you heard about it over lunch in Mill Valley, you can Join the Herd and Build Community Immunity. The Bandwagon Effect that’s killing rich kids (with diseases that should have been wiped out by now) gets twisted around so that getting your kids their shots is a kind of movement all its own.

How about that?

zOMG, zOMG! Attend Seven Museums for FREE during TARGET’s Arts & Wonder, July 16-18, 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event is coming to San Francisco July 16-18, 2010. So that means that the Target stores will pick up any and all admission fees for certain times on certain days. 

Repeat: “Certain Times on Certain Days.” Check below.

And, bonus, there’ll be a ton of kids’ activities going on.

Here are the places: 

The de Young Museum;

Asian Art Museum;

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA);

The Contemporary Jewish Museum;

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD);

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum; and

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Does the MoMA in the SoMA still have Michael and Bubbles on display?

You can find out for free come July.

All the deets:

San Francisco’s leading museums are having a free for all and you¹re
invited! It’s one big weekend of fun as the de Young Museum, Asian Art
Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Contemporary Jewish
Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Zeum: San Francisco¹s
Children’s Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival take turns welcoming all
ages with free general admission, free hands-on art making activities for
kids and special family-friendly free performances thanks to the generous
support of Target. It’s a marathon of creativity and discovery for all ages
so mark your calendar now. You won’t want to miss the family-friendliest
weekend that San Francisco has to offer!
Target Arts & Wonder ­ free admission for all ages with special art
activities and performances for children and families at seven San Francisco
cultural destinations including the de Young, Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA, the
Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, July 16, 2010 ­ de Young Museum free from 5 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010 ­ Asian Art Museum free from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010 ­ SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival free from 11 AM to 4 PM
de Young Museum ­ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park) <>
Asian Art Museum ­ 200 Larkin Street
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) — 151 Third Street (between
Mission and Howard) <>
Contemporary Jewish Museum — 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth) <>
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) — 685 Mission Street (at Third) <>
Zeum: San Francisco¹s Children¹s Museum — 221 Fourth Street (at Howard) <>
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ­ Mission Street (between Third and Fourth) <>
For general information, visit For details about
activities specifically in San Francisco, visit
(Please note: will go live June 4, will go live June 15)
Below, is a sample of the many activities families and individuals can enjoy
at participating venues in San Francisco with dates and times indicated for
Friday, July 16, 2010; 5 to 8:45 PM
de Young Museum
Turn the Target mascot Bullseye into a work of Andy Warhol-inspired
Get a lift as you watch a ballet performance celebrating the Impressionist
painter Degas
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 10 AM to 5 PM
Asian Art Museum
Journey from India to Japan as you stroll through the galleries
Take a storytelling tour and learn about gods, goddesses, emperors,
philosophers and more
Sunday, July 18, 2010; 11 AM to 4 PM
Five locations downtown San Francisco:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Go BIG — see for yourself how larger-than-life artworks transform the
ordinary into the EXTRAordinary
Create your own enormous art — make an everyday object into something 10
times its size
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Celebrate the everyday in the whimsical exhibition Maira Kalman: Various
Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Marvel at the magic of ordinary objects by crafting fabric buttons,
decorating bags and watching Sweet Can Productions make brooms dance and
Museum of the African Diaspora
Tour the exhibition African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals
Try your hand at Haitian tooled metal sculpture
Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum
Sculpt and film your own clay animation
Ride the historic Zeum Carousel
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Come in costume and get ready to join the conga line as we celebrate the
international spirit of Carnaval with non-stop performances in the Gardens
from 12-3 PM by Mas Makers Massive, SambAsia, Fogo Na Roupa,
Sistas-wit-Style, Tambores de Colombian Soul, Latin All Stars, Chelle! and
Friends, and Mixtiso
*Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Birth of
Impressionism. A special timed ticket for $15 adults, $10 children ages 6-17
is required for entry to this exhibition only. Children 5 and under are
*Please note that all Asian Art Museum exhibitions are free except Shanghai.
A ticket for $5 for ages 18 and older is required for entry to this
exhibition only. Youth 17 and under are free.
Target Arts & Wonder is part of the Target commitment to arts and education.
Since 1946, the company has given 5 percent of its income to support
education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today, that adds up
to more than $3 million a week. During the third weekend of July, more than
80 institutions in 30 cities across the country will participate in the
Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event.

Canvassing the Western Addition for the U.S. Census – Not a Bad Gig at $22 an Hour

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Laboring in the 415 for the U.S. Census isn’t half-bad.

The workers make more than a mosquito abatement courier, anyway.

When you see them walking around, just yell out, “Go home, G-Man!” They’ll love it.

As seen on McAllister:

Actually, I’ve let our local census taker into the building twice. You should too, why not?

From 1790:

  1. Name of head of family
  2. Number of free white males 16 and up, including heads of families
  3. Number of free white males under 16
  4. Number of free white females including heads of families
  5. Number of all other free persons, except Indians not taxed
  6. Number of slaves

To 2010, things haven’t changed a whole bunch.

The census has been updated to reflect all the amendments to the U.S. Consitution of course, but things haven’t changed a whole bunch.

So, answer the door when your Census worker drops by, huh?

Resolved: Mayor Gavin Newsom has become Bored with Warm Water Cove Street Art Gallery

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Remember what Warm Water Cove used to look like? It was like a street art gallery.

Here’s the southern wing, from back in the day:

But then things changed when there was a big paint out / clean up back in 2007. Some people said that the graffiti would come back the next day, week, month or year, but it turned out the SFPD watched the place like a hawk and bored security guards were assigned to hang about to protect the place. Read all about that era here.

But what about these days? Well, Warm Water Cove is worse than ever.    

For example, the graffiti is back, but it’d be tough to call it street art. Flipper, indeed:

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And the place is now overgrown with weeds – I almost didn’t recognize it due to all the new tall grass.

And, finally, stuff that people dumped months and years ago is still there.

Low tide at Ensenada de Agua Caliente:


Now if the City and County were charged with removing this old tire and shopping cart, they’d probably generate a five-figure bill for the job using a cost-plus basis. That is, unless they called out the hazmat team and then we’d be talking real money. Oh well.

Look out little American Avocet, you’re dining at Toxic Tire Beach. Oh well.

After all the sound and fury, all the sturm und drang and .pdf pats on the back, we’re left with the same old garbage, crummy new graffiti and a bunch of weeds.

So, after all that, it turns out that Warm Water Cove was better off before it was “improved.”

Maybe we should have left it alone and saved all that money?

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon – turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle‘s Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump