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TWO-HOUR TOUR: “A Private Cruise on the Boat Tram, Just for You, June 4th 2017” – $40 for Two Hours

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…

The latest from our Market Street Railway:

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A bit pricy for me, but this fundraiser might be right for you.

Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates in Frisco: Sept 2 to Oct 1st in the Presidio and McLaren Park

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Well this is something. I expect something like this at from our Presidio Trust but it’s surprising to me to see RPD able to abide a free show in McLaren Park.

Anyway, it’s your choice come September 2017.

All the deets here.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

35th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates
July 1 – October 1 in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco

“Break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.”

San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Shakespeare Festival proudly announces the dates for Hamlet in select venues
across the Bay Area for its annual Free Shakespeare in the Park production. Free Shakespeare in the Park has now been a beloved family tradition in the Bay Area for 35 years, and the company is celebrating that anniversary by producing Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy in the park for the first time.

Directed by SF Shakes Resident Artist Stephen Muterspaugh, Hamlet will feature Davern Wright* in the title role. The
rest of the cast includes Rolf Saxon* as Claudius, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong as Gertrude, Sharon Huff* as Polonius,
Julian Lopez-Morillas* as The Ghost/Player King/1st Gravedigger, Kieran Beccia as Ophelia, Sydney Schwindt as
Laertes, Nathaniel Andalis as Horatio, Melissa Quine* as Rosencrantz/Marcellus/Osric, and Radhika Rao as
Guildenstern/Barnardo/2nd Gravedigger.

The modern-dress production will highlight contemporary political parallels within Hamlet. The play, about the
questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly
about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Muterspaugh will direct this
production after co-directing The Taming of the Shrew with Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals in 2014 and directing four seasons of the company’s Shakespeare On Tour. Also returning to the Festival’s mainstage production is Scenic
Designer Jay Lasnik, who designed The Winter’s Tale in 2016.

Bring your family and friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park
setting!

*denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

2017 Performance schedule for Hamlet:

Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park, Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue

– Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue

– Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
– Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway

– Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 pm – Opening
– Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 pm
– Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 pm

San Francisco’s Presidio, Main Post Parade Ground Lawn

– Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 3 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm

San Francisco’s McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive

– Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Friday, September 29 at 10:00 am
– Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm – CLOSING

Admission is free. For more information, call the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at (415) 558-0888 or visit
www.sfshakes.org

About San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

The mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to
everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education. We accomplish this through the
presentation of Free Shakespeare in the Park and a wide array of education programs: Shakespeare On Tour,
Tailor-Made Residencies, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare, and Shakespeare for All.

Shakespeare On Tour performs an abridged Shakespeare play at schools, libraries, and community centers all over the
state. Tailor-Made Residencies connect teaching artists with classroom teachers for in-class theatre enrichment,
specifically tailored to their learning objectives and their students. Bay Area Shakespeare Camps for ages 4-6, 7-13,
and 12-18 are two-week theatre camps held throughout the Bay Area. Midnight Shakespeare, the Festival’s after-school program for underserved and low-income youth, serves participants in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Antioch.

Shakespeare For All in three Central Valley communities–Salida, Madera, and Chowchilla–gives residents a chance to
stage community productions of Shakespeare’s plays with the assistance and guidance of theater professionals.

San Francisco Public Library’s New Tribute to Obama Eases Frisco’s Pain: “Barack Obama: A Legacy of Hope”

Monday, April 24th, 2017

All the deets:

“Tribute to Barack Obama lights up the library 

Barack Obama: A Legacy of Hope

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San Francisco, CA — The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents a tribute to an American president who brought unbridled pride to the African American community and to millions of people around the world.  Items on display showcase Obama’s life from early childhood to his years in the White House.  

The exhibit is curated by Francee Covington, former president of the San Francisco Fire Commission and current commission member. Exhibit materials are from her personal collection, and is a celebration of Obama’s election and his eight years of service as the 44th President of the United States of America. “I hope everyone will enjoy this exhibit and celebrate the fact that for eight years we had a compassionate gentleman and scholar as our president,” says Ms. Covington.

Barack Obama, a self-described “skinny kid with a funny name,” used the skills he honed as a community organizer and Harvard Law School graduate, along with strategies from his successful runs for Illinois State Senator and United States Senator, to become the first African American candidate from a major party to run for president.  His candidacy became a movement of hope and a time for change.

On November 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama, America’s first African American President, was elected the 44th President of the United States and his election marked an unprecedented step forward in American history, shattering racial barriers and forever altering the political landscape.

Barack Obama: A Legacy of Hope – On view through June 1, Main Library, African American Center, 3rd Floor

Annual 420 Day 2017 – 1) Huge Vapor Cloud; 2) Minors’ Meadow; 3) The Bum Rush; 4) Unnecessary Street Closures 5) SFGov Featherbedding

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

1) Hippie Hill before 4:20 PM:

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Hippie Hill at 4:20 PM:

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2) People were getting carded at the gate, so what to do? How about hang out betwixt Kezar and Stanyan, how’s that? A high school scene:

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3) Alternatively, there’s always the bum rush. Hundreds made it through this one rupture over a period of about three minutes. Security guard in the yellow on the left there knew just what to do – he shut things down with a quickness. You can see some of the lucky ones past the gate to the left of the unecessary ambulance. Why would you bum rush? You’re a minor, you want to bring in your glass bong, and/or you didn’t want to wait so long in line – those are my top three guesses:

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4) Traffic was going pretty good until SFGov started shutting down streets:

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I don’t know why they do this – seems an overreaction:

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So Hayes Street temporarily becomes New Fell Street

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Count the #21 Hayeseses totally stuck in traffic:

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5) So when SFGov complains about how much money it has to spend on Annual 420 Day, leaving aside how much effort it puts into promoting tourism, like how it sent its white collar worker$ to “volunteer,” you know, on the clock, for the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience or whatever the Hell it was called last year, take a look at this unecessary featherbedding – it’s a street sweeper sweeping nothing. How much does this cost, a $1000? IDK

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Anyway, all this foo forall seems a make-work program for SFGov to placate the millionaire homeowners in the area, you know, on Annual 420 Day.

JMO.

Keep Frisco Weird: 18th Annual “How Weird Street Faire” Comes May 7th, 2017 – The Time to Get Your Tickets is NOW

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Well actually, the time was earlier on, when they were slightly cheaper, and they’re not tickets per se, they’re Magic Buttons, but anyway:

SUMMER OF WEIRD
The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 7, 2017, Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Button at the faire.
For more information visit http://HowWeird.org/

All the deets:

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The Plum Trees are Blossoming in Japantown Now – Cherry Blossoms Will Come Along Later

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

All the deets on our 50th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival here.

There are plum AND cherry trees all over J-Town, so it looks like cherry blossom season for like four months a year. Thusly:

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Keep up with Japantown goings-on through the Hotel Kabuki Twitter

World-Famous Japanese Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo to Speak at USF March 6th – Tickets Available Now

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering is coming to Frisco on March 6th, 2017.

(I have my invite around here somewhere, perhaps near my many many piles of water-damaged LIFE magazine.)

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(Here’s a point / counterpoint from Slate on this newish Joy Spark Club.)

All the deets:

Mon, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

University of San Francisco Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies with support from Tatcha is delighted to present “Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering.” 

Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Presentation Theater when we welcome Ms. Kondo to campus for a lecture and brief organizational demonstration, followed by Q&A with the audience. A limited number of tickets are available to a private VIP reception preceding the talk.

Marie Kondo is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a bestseller in Japan, Germany, and the U.K.) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method, widely regarded as a new approach to decluttering based on Japanese values, which includes the spirit of Zen.

“Knowing Your Muslim Neighbor” – January 29th, 2017

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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Another Year, Another Strip Club CHECK PRESENTATION for Our Local 798 SFFD Members

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Here’s the “tradition” and here’s the 2016 version:

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EMOJICON! EMOJICON! EMOJICON! – A Celebration of All Things Emoji – Coming to Frisco Nov 4-6, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

I ❤ Emoji-Con ’16!

All the deets.

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$20, and up.

You should go, Gentle Reader, and then ten years from now tell everybody how E-Con “used to be cool, like ten years ago, man.”

Emojicon is a multiple day celebration of all-things emoji that will take place November 4-6, 2016 in beautiful San Francisco.

There will be lots of things to do! See emoji art. Watch emoji films. Discuss emoji policy. Learn how brands use emoji to communicate. Get your picture taken in an emoji photo booth. Eat emoji-themed food. Suggest new emoji to members of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee.

Mix. Mingle. Enjoy. 

What’s Happening

Emojicon is meant to be accessible to everyone will have a wide range of activities, including

Emoji Learn: a panel-and-workshop track

Emoji Play: an emoji exhibitor space/art gallery

Emoji Hack: an emoji hackathon

Emoji Film: an emoji film festival 

Emoji Party: an emoji opening night party (featuring only food that also are emoji).

Speakers include a curator from MoMA, the founder of Emojipedia, members of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, the author of the hijab emoji proposal and many notable designers.

Emojicon has a wide variety of tickets, starting as low as $20, to welcome all levels of emoji love!

Westfield San Francisco Centre, Level 4, #450A,, 845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103