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“Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I’ve said my piece here.

These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.

And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!


Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury

SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:

“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.

Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.

In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.

To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.

In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.

City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:

Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.

Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.

Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.

Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.

Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic

Don’t Miss RoastSF’s “Comedy Roast of Donald Trump” on March 26th – At SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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San Francisco based RoastSF returns on the heels of it’s first SF Sketchfest appearance bringing their own brand of heart stopping, fall-to-the-floor laughing, no-jokes barred comedy roasts! Featuring monthly shows around the Bay Area and one offs across the country. Join them as they bring 8 of the best INSULT comics together to mock each other and that night’s controversial guest of honor. As always: drinking is encouraged, sensitivity…. is not.

Our last guest was so controversial we sold out in record time and had to turn people away, so we’ve decided to bring him back for one more night! All we can say is whether you love him, or hate him, he’s got everyone feelin’ some type of way.  That’s right, it’s: 

Comedy Roast of Donald Trump

Come see if he falls victim to the comics left wing or if he can take the abuse and stay calm enough to defend himself. Sounds mean? It will be.  But don’t worry, this show will be as much about mocking Trump as it is about those who love, and those who, for some reason… hate him.  The actual Presidential Candidate/Billionaire/GrandeDouche Donald Trump will not be attendance.  He has no association to this show.  We have a top notch improv actor who has literally spent his entire life being a dick.  He’s also got a killer Donald impersonation.  So grab your best protest sandals and a crate of rotten tomatoes and get ready for some awkward selfies with The Donald.

#TrumpRoast #MakeAmericaHateAgain

Doors 8:00pm / Show 8:30pm

SoMa StrEat Food Park – 428 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 – View Map

Rec and Park’s 86th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is ON, Rain or Shine – Here’s How Things Look Now

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

It’s a bit soggy out there today, but oh well – the show must go on, but perhaps without any (artificial / trucked in) snow this year, one supposes:

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86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm

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Join us for our 86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring sledding, snow play area, rides and games, Cookie Factory, live entertainment, caroling and a visit from Santa!


Generously supported by Kaiser Permanente,, with support from Devil’s Teeth Bakery and Bi-Rite Market.

McLaren Lodge is located at 501 Stanyan Street in Golden Gate Park.

An Annual Tradition: “Union Square Ice Rink Opening Wednesday with Assemblemember David Chiu and SNOOP from The Peanuts Movie

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The famous rink returns tomorrow:

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West
celebrates opening with special ceremony this Wednesday

WHAT: The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West celebrates its opening this holiday season with a special “ice-breaking” ceremony featuring Assemblymember David Chiu, SNOOPY from The Peanuts Movie and a special performance by San Francisco Tremors Synchronized Skating Teams with Special Guest Georgia Achilles.

WHO: Assemblymember David Chiu; SNOOPY from The Peanuts Movie; San Francisco Tremors Synchronized Skating Teams with Special Guest Georgia Achilles; Wendy Gutshall, Safeway’s Communications Manager, Northern California Division; Dan Osipow, Executive VP & Corporate Sponsorship Manager at Bank of the West; Karin Flood, Executive Director of the Union Square Business Improvement District; open to the public;

WHEN: (UPDATED) Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Union Square, San Francisco.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink:

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $11 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit or call 415-781-2688.


OMG, It’s the Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Great Show at the Cow Palace – Eight Performances Through Labor Day

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Yesterday was media night at the circus (all the deets here). So I got tickets and you now get to see these photos and my impressions – that’s how it works.

I know some people/families who are planning on going on this long three-day weekend and I know others who aren’t interested at all. Me, I’d never been to a circus, except the deconstructed “human-only circus” known as Cirque du Soleil. So here we go.

Man, the 101 South had multiple accidents near Hospital Curve during yesterday’s Evening Drive? Sure seemed that way. The alternate route to the Cow Palace (camera right) was a hilly adventure in itself.

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An actual Showman:

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Man, this is one big road show – lots and lots of performers:

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I didn’t spot one tattoo. Amazing

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What’s this, Critical Mass? Lots and lots of BMX bikes

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If you like camels, this is the event for you – lots and…

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…and lots…

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…and lots of time with double-humped camels

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Bam, your high-wire act. This is impressive:

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Seats on the right side (I don’t know what to call it – the south side?) of our Cow Palace are particularly close to the action. They’re jumping around up there. For me, this was the highlight.

I’ve only seen this kind of thing in cartoons. Boom:

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What am I looking at here, is this real life? Some surreal scenes:

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Oh, a live orchestra in the pit? Didn’t expect that.

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And, ballerinas galore:

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And on and on.

Last night was the first show – they had $15 tickets available. The next eight shows start at $20. I paid $15 for parking, which I’d recommend paying for. If you see a free spot on Geneva right out front, you might want to go for that, but unless you show up way early, you’re not going to see that. They also have a more expensive lot close in but I wouldn’t recommend that.

Have fun!


Thursday, August 27th, 2015

I didn’t see the chariots this year:

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Kodomo no Hi: Children’s Day Festival Comes to Japantown May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Friday, May 1st, 2015

All the deets on KO-DO-MO-NO-HEE 2015:

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KEEPING THE PANHANDLE WEIRD: 2015 “Now Festival” Runs April 19th-25th – A Massive Schedule – “Slackline City?”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Get all the deets from Fun Cheap SF.

Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.

Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)

Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)

Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.

And now, on with the show:

Sunday April 19

10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St

11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum

11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St

11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St

Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – McKinley Statue

Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive

Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament – Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area

2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic

2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle

3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar

Monday April 20th

9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell

1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton

6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue

7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church

7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith

8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St

Tuesday, April 21st

11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St

Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF

6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central

7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater

7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith

7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St

7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St

10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St

Wednesday, April 22nd

11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton

Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St

6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St

6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library

7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith

Thursday, April 23rd

11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza

3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle

7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St

Friday, April 24th

11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk

2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St

2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library

3 pm: DMV Concierge –  entrance to the San Francisco DMV

3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith

7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St

7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St

7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location

Saturday, April 25th

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts

1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA

2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park

7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,

What a BLANKET AND JACKET GIVEAWAY Looks Like in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It looks like this, with about 20 people queuing up about 20 minutes before the event begins:

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Would SFGov / Rec and Park consider these fliers “illegal?”

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Yep, they would.

Anyway, that’s what it looked like.

Well, Check Out This New Video from the New York Times: “On Shaky Ground” – 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Check it:

Thursday 10/17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California. and Retro Report teamed up to create this documentary-style video of the 1989 earthquake that shook San Francisco and sent out a wake-up call that continues to echo across the country.

Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage.

Certainly, it’s well-produced: