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Janis Joplin Biopic Set to Film On Location in Frisco – “Get It While You Can” – And CA Taxpayers are Subsidizing Production, Yay!

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Why on Gaia’s Green Earth should we pay Hollywood millions to make a Janis Joplin biopic on the streets of San Francisco? Well, that’s what we just did.

Like what, otherwise they’d film in Vancouver, Canada? Well, OK fine. If that’s the way you want to do it, Hollywood. Of course, your feature will look a lot better if you come to Noe Valley (aka “Upper Mission” as some called it, back in the day) and the 94117, but it’ll cost you big bucks, since SF is one of the most expensive places to shoot in the world.

But this tax giveaway makes things easier for you, I s’pose, oh well. (I don’t approve of this arrangement, obvs.)

Moving on.

To this, on this flick’s IMDb entry:

“I am a hard core Joplin fan, so of course I was really excited when I heard they where making a Biopic… that is until I found out they are casting Amy Adams as Janis. WTH? This is a joke right? Why would they disgrace Janis with this broad? I have seen Amy’s movies… She in no way can play this part. Surely they could think of someone else!?!? Dana Fuchs would have been a better choice, or even Gabby West. NOT Amy Adams. What a shame.”

Say hello to your new Janis Joplin:

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Hey, what if it turns out that JANIS: Little Girl Blue or Janis (1974) , both of which didn’t cost us anything, not millions anyway, are much much better films? Mmm…

All right, get all the deets here.

How AT&T Beat Verizon During Super Bowl 50: AT&T Has a Better Musical Line-Up, a Better Venue, and It’s Not Violating our Advertising Laws

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

I can’t believe that the Verizon people paid millions for the right to look like a bunch of jackasses during Super Bowl 50’s Super Week in Frisco.

Verizon doesn’t know/respect SF advertising laws? Apparently. Now it wants money back from our local Host Committee, the same committee that has committed to pay us, the people of San Francisco, back money if things don’t work out with SB50?

So that’s STRIKE ONE. STRIKE TWO is that even though AT&T DIRECTV isn’t an OFFICIAL SPONSOR, it has a BETTER LINE UP than what you can see up at SUPER BOWL CITY. See below. (IDK how available tickets are for any of these events now. I heard a radio ad when I was down at Pier 70 the other day but not since, oh well.

And STRIKE THREE is that AT&T’s party is down at PIER 70, where it belongs. Hey, why couldn’t Verizon have its parties down in that area instead of making office workers go through metal detectors in the Financial multiple times a day? (And man, Pier 70, the whole complex is amazing – there’s a lot of character / history here. Oh a and a few leaks when it rains, but they’re working on it…)

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And of course, AT&T is working on making sure your phone works in the bay area over the next few days, no matter how many people are around you. But of course so is Verizon so it’s anybody’s guess who will win that race. I bet they’ll both do fine…

S0 BOO, Verizon. (Hey why not offer to pay SFGov all the money we’re out for your street party, Verizon? Write a fat check payable to “SF GENERAL FUND,” I’m srsly.

And YAY AT&T, why not?

Read all about it below: 

“Feb. 4-6 Event Overview:

DIRECTV will partner with Pepsi to bring fans an unforgettable weekend of music, technology and art around Super Bowl 50. Attendees will be treated to the ultimate experience at San Francisco’s Pier 70, when they host three nights of live concert performances featuring Dave Matthews Band, Pharrell and more.

The innovative and premium space will be designed specifically for never-before-seen fan engagement and features state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience. 

Artists performing each night include:

+ DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night, February 4: Dave Matthews Band

+ Pepsi Friday Night Live, February 5: Pharrell Williams

+ DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Co-Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, February 6: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Technology Overview:

DIRECTV COW at Pier 70: Sitting right outside the venue for the DIRECTV concert series, we have multiple antennas on the COW as well as two antennas inside the building that run with cables back to the COW. We can provide a tour and more details about network upgrades throughout the Bay Area and especially at Levi’s Stadium.

AT&T expanded its mobile Internet coverage: We invested more than $25 million so fans can post and share experiences on social media faster and easier than ever. This is part of our continuing investment to support growing demand for wireless devices and services… and, especially, to keep our customers connected from the moment they arrive for the big game.

Fantastic Negrito Plays THE INDEPENDENT in NoPA FOR FREE on September 11th: A Make-Up for Outside Lands

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Here’s the link – it was dispensing free tickets as of 2:20 PM today. Registration with Ticketfly required.

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NPR-approved.

I guess that whole deal about getting detained by the SFPD at Outside Lands 2015 got worked out…

Imagine you’d want to show up super early for this one.

Know Your Illegal Sidewalk Stencils: “STALIN.ORG – WE ARE COMING” – Oh, It’s a Band – Red Dawn 94117

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Not to be confused with The Stalin, it’s just Stalin.

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Four octaves? Well, that’s got me beat

Anyway, if you advertise your product/service in this way on the sidewalks of Haight Ashbury, The Man (City Attorney Dennis Herrera) just might come at ya, Josef. Oh, what’s that, it’s chalk and it comes right off? Well, that’s what all those corporate PR types said, to no avail.

Just saying, Comrade.

Uh Oh: Many Many Outside Lands 2014 Tickets from Scalpers are Turning Out to be Fake – Here’s What They Look Like

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Like all these tickets are fake, per the SFPD:

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So if you try to use your fake ticket at the box office it won’t work, sorry.

Here’s a close-up from from Cornell Banard:

How can you tell a fake from a real ticket? I don’t think you can.

Many many fakes are out there:

@KimKardashian I got sold a fake ticket to outside lands fest to see Kanye!! Can you help me????

What White People Don’t Like:

Waiting around by boxoffice watching all manner of teary-eyed white 20-somethings stomp away screaming on phones abt fake tix

What can be done?

Don’t buy tickets from scalpers. Judging by the amount of tears at the entry gate, they are almost all fake. Duh.

So, choose wisely.

(You can always try to go over or under The Wire, but that kind of thing probably won’t work.)

Sneaking Into Outside Lands: It Can Be Done, But It’s Hard – Remembering the Old Days, When It Was Easy

Friday, August 8th, 2014

[UPDATE: You can always try your luck with the scalpers but there’s a huge wave of pretty good looking fakes out there this year, sorry. Oh, and here’s a sampling of the citations the SFPD has issued to people getting caught trying to sneak in on this first day of the 2014 event:

Ouch!]

Back in the day, back in the aughts, all you had to do to sneak into Outside Lands was deal with just one eight-foot cyclone fence.

You had the option of going under the wire or over the wire.

Here’s under. See how that worked? Easy peasy.

Well there’s the problem: No bottom tension wire on the chain link fence plus the line posts were placed too far apart:

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And here’s an example of over. This is called the bum rush:

You could get away with this kind of thing a few years ago.

But nowadays, things have changed. You won’t be able find these weaknesses in 2014.

Oh, your friend Badger’s working on the inside this year and he’s going to let you and your buds in?

Well, that might work.

But the days of a single chain link fence between you and your tunes are over at the Outside Lands

Just saying, once again.

OMG, It’s Soul Slam #9 – Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Purple Rain, June 7th 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

It’s Soul Slam 9

SOUL SLAM SF 9: PRINCE & MICHAEL JACKSON feat. DJ SPINNA (NYC) with Proof (Massive Selector), Hakobo (fresco), King Most (SF), hosted by: Michael Orange (Top Ten Social…

Saturday, June 7 · Doors 9:00 PM at Mezzanine

Wow, That New Order Band from the 1980’s is Playing the Bill Graham Civic on July 11th, 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Wow.

I had the 12-inch of Perfect Kiss – it went a little something like this

Mural on Haight: Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, or My Grandmother Drinking a Mimosa with Jelly Beans In It

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Actually Nana lost a good portion of her stomach during her recent surgery, so mimosas probably aren’t going to be happening for her anytime soon.

Anyway, I thought this was Kurt Cobain, but the Comments section has a hint about Janis Joplin.

Currently, this one is Too Close To Call…

OMG, SFGate is Looking for a “Music Nightlife Freelance Blogger!” – See the Ad – Apply Today

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here it is:

“Music Nightlife Freelance Blogger (San Francisco)

“SFGate.com is looking for a freelance blogger with extensive San Francisco and Bay Area music and nightlife knowledge to write posts for the site’s Culture blog. The blogger will work with the Entertainment web producer to formulate, format and schedule posts two to three times per week. Payment will be on a per post basis.

Key requirements of the freelance blogger:

— Although national music and nightlife news is welcome when applicable, most blog posts should cover trends, shows, musicians, clubs and events in San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area.
–Ideas should be fresh or offer a new take on widely reported music and nightlife coverage.
–Posts should be concise, and written in a lighthearted but authoritative voice.

Interested candidates should email a resume and brief cover letter that describes your music background along with link(s) to an online portfolio or blog posts that showcase your writing abilities to: karenr@sfgate.com”

For those about to blog, we salute you.