Archive for the ‘holidays’ Category

The Evolution of Color in the Lights of Civic Center’s Christmas Tree and City Hall – This is How SFGov “Works”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

This is how the Christmas Holiday Tree in front of San Francisco City Hall was lit at night back in the aughts:

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

Do you see a problem? All those gaudy lights in the tree offended certain rich white ladies of San Francisco! They felt all that colour was “not appropriate.” So they imposed their values on the RPD, as they are wont to do, and RPD spent five figures to correct the “problem.”

So that left us with this:

O.K. fine.

Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.

So then came this:

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Via Julie Blaustein

And now Mayor Willie Brown wants ever more color.

So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.

Were these changes “improvements?”

No. But that’s what they were called at the time.

Oh well…

What’s This, Kezar Drive, Gateway to the Inner Sunset and Beyond, is Going to be Shut Down for 420 Day on Sunday?

Friday, April 18th, 2014

All right, when I first saw this sign the other day, I didn’t  understand it – I was like “KEZAR CLOSED,” huh?

But now I understand, I think.

I think the Sunsets are going to be cut off from San Francisco due to the big 420 Day gathering this Easter Sunday 2014.

The sign says to “… USE … FULTON.” 

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Which, like, I don’t care, but isn’t this going to mess up traffic?

Just asking.

(And oh, just so you know, the group of people who just love, love, love cars the most are hippies, believe it or not. You’ll see.)

“Year of the Horse” Lunar New Year Forever Stamp Debuts in San Francisco – A Very Conservative Design This Time

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Here it is folks, halfway through January and I’m still writing “Year of the Snake” on all my checks. Haha!

Now while you’re chuckling at my clever joke, check out the reference to the “Chinese Chamber of Congress,which I assume must be a new somewhat corrupt Chinatown nonprofit that helps Chinese American voters with stencils(!) (to lockstep vote for the right candidates) and that helps to steer Central Subway money to the right contractors, etc.

And no mention of Rose Pak, mmmm.

All the deets:

“Lunar New Year Forever Stamp Highlights Year of the Horse

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today the U.S. Postal Service began celebrating the 2014 Lunar New Year by issuing the Celebrating Lunar New Year: Year of the Horse Forever stamp.

Available today in sheets of 12 stamps, customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) or at Post Offices nationwide and on eBay at ebay.com/stamps.

“The start of the Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday of the year for much of the world’s population,” said U.S. Postal Service San Francisco District Manager David Stowe in dedicating the stamp at the Chinese Culture Center inside the Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel. “It’s a time of great celebration and reflection for millions of Americans, including the Chinese-American community right here in San Francisco.”

Joining Stowe in dedicating the stamp were stamp illustrator Kam Mak of Brooklyn, NY; San Francisco City and County Mayor Edwin Lee; Chinese Chamber of Congress Supervisory Board President Eddie Au; and KGO-TV Anchor Alan Wang.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Sidewalk Christmas Tree Installed at Haight and Ashbury – Complete with Battery-Powered(?) Lights

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh no, the Great Christmas Tree of Haight Street tree is gone per amy stephenson of uppercasing! Did SFGov haul it away?]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Upper Haight:

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Red Meatball Over City Hall – San Francisco Honors 79th Birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Thusly:

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OMG, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is Opening! 2012 Season to Feature Lion King Performance, Giants Night

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

As they say, grab your scarf:

WHEN:              Wednesday, November 7, 2012  at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:           Union Square, San Francisco

MORE:              Grab your scarf and mittens and make your way down to the ice rink to view several talented ice skaters from “The San Francisco Tremors Ensemble” from the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center performing to Disney’s THE LION KING’s “Circle of Life” sung by Buyi Zama who portrays “Rafiki.”

Via Darren Kumasawa

Ever more deets, including info on GIANTS PRIDE NIGHT:

“Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines - Announces Giants’ PRIDE Night - Fans Across the Bay Area Are Invited to Come Out in Their Best San Francisco Giants Outfit

SAN FRANCISCO (November 5, 2012) – Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will join the legion of proud Bay Area fans in celebrating the San Francisco Giants’ World Series sweep with Giants’ Pride Night on Thursday, November 8 from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The ice will be lit up in orange and fans are encouraged to come out in their favorite San Francisco Giants’ outfit for a fun night of celebration. The first 100 fans to arrive at the rink wearing Giants apparel will receive a complimentary skate admission for their guest that evening. General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children eight years old and under are $6. Skate rentals are an additional $5. KMEL and KYLD will be at the ice rink between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. that evening handing out custom Giants Champs placards.

Hours:
The ice rink opens November 7 through to January 21, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of December 31, 2012 when it will close at 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices:
General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children eight years old and under are $6. Figure and hockey skate rentals are $5. Advance tickets go on sale Monday, October 15, 2012 at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 7, 2012 tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square. Group rates and private parties are also available.

Sponsors:
Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Macy*s, Marmot Mountain, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Square, American Conservatory Theater, Union Square Business Improvement District, The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, JW Marriott, Chancellor Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel, Grand Hyatt Union Square, John’s Grill, SFMTA, Emporio Rulli Caffé, Disney’s THE LION KING, UNIQLO, San Francisco Examiner, NBC BAY AREA, Telemundo, KSTS-TV 48, STAR 101.3, 98.1 KISS FM, 106.1 KMEL, KOSF 103.7, WiLD 94.9 and KGO 810

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 $10 for general admission and $6 for children eight years old and under. Figure and hockey skate rentals are $5. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

  • Robert Keith, Ice Rink General Manager at Willy Bietak Productions
  • Karin Flood, Executive Director at Union Square Business Improvement District
  • Keith Turner, Director of Public and Government Affairs at Safeway Inc., Northern California Division 
  • Steven Carhart, Veteran representative from Safeway Inc.
  • Randy Wittorp, Public Affairs Area Director at Kaiser Permanente

 

 

Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero has the Biggest Christmas Tree Lights in the World – Dig the Groovy Colors, Man

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Here’s how the outside looks in 2011:

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I’ll have to check the inside pretty soon.

Here’s how it looked back in 2009:

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Via kumasawa 

Merry Christmas!

Via David Yu: Embarcadero Center 5,4,3,2,1, 345 California, 555 California, 505 Montgomery, TransAmerica Pyramid

Friday, November 25th, 2011

These are your skyline landmarks, as seen from Treasure Island:

Via David Yu – click to expand

This is what San Francisco looks like for the year-end holidays of 2011. Now here’s what things looked like in years past:

First, he was all like this:

Then he was all like this:

Then it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.

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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:

A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced Triple Five Cal, good buddy, come-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!

Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.

See?

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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.

Hurray!

Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.marketstreetassociation.org

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!