Posts Tagged ‘15’

California Academy of Sciences Offers Free Admission to Military, Police, Fire, Teachers Feb 1 to Mar 15

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Does that headline make enough sense? It means that if you are a member of the military (yes, including even the touchy touchy Coast Guard), or a firefighter, or a peace officer, or a teacher, then you can get into San Francisco’s awesome California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for free over the next month-and-a half:

“From February 1 through March 15, 2010, the Academy will offer free admission to military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and teachers, in honor of their service to our communities and country. To participate, individuals must show proof of occupation and a valid ID at the ticket window. This discount applies to one individual admission only and cannot be combined with other offers.”

Just think, your camera could soon be recording the most-photographed fish in the world:

This temporary program will save you $24.99.

See you there, hero.

Recording Artist Moby Joins Senator Leland Yee Tomorrow to Support Womens’ Shelter Funding

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Tomorrow Thursday at 4:00 PM on the steps of San Francisco City Hall will be your chance to see recording artist Moby promoting the funding of domestic violence shelters in California. Read all the deets of this event with Senator Leland Yee below.

Moby_play

Moby, Yee Join Forces to Combat Domestic Violence
Musician and Senator call on Governor to immediately sign bill to restore shelter funding
 
Who:        
Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D.
Moby, recording artist
Tara Shabazz, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Emily Murase, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
Beverly Upton, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium
Several domestic violence prevention providers
 
When:      
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
 
Where:
City Hall steps
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, California
 
Rain location: Lobby of Hiram Johnson State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue
(may enter on McAllister Street)
 
What:        
Award-winning recording artist Moby will join Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to discuss recent efforts to restore funding to California’s domestic violence shelters.  Today, the California Senate approved Yee’s legislation to restore funding that had earlier been eliminated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles). 
 
On Thursday evening, Moby will perform at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre.  Moby plans to donate all the proceeds of his California concerts to the state’s domestic violence shelters.  Moby, along with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, recently established a permanent fund to benefit California shelters.
 
Senator Yee will present Moby a Senate Resolution for his efforts in establishing the SOS (Support Our Shelters) Fund.  Several domestic violence prevention groups will also call on the Governor to immediately sign Yee’s bill to restore $16 million dollars to fund 94 domestic violence shelters and programs throughout the state.

San Francisco to Test Sirens at 10:15 AM on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

This is a test. Only a test.

Normally, you’d only hear these sirens on Tuesdays at noon. There’s no need for alarm.

Deets below.

IMG_9720-copy

CITYWIDE SIRENS TO SOUND AS PART OF EARTHQUAKE DRILL
What: The City’s Outdoor Public Warning System Sirens will be activated as part of the statewide Drop, Cover and Hold earthquake drill on October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am.  The sirens will be sounded, followed by a voice message indicating that it is a test.  This is the first time the City is utilizing the system citywide at a time other than the regular Tuesday noon weekly test.

San Francisco residents and visitors should not be alarmed by the fact that the sirens are sounding at a time other than the regular Tuesday test.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

Where: 92 locations citywide

Why:  The City is participating in the Great California ShakeOut, the statewide earthquake drill.  To date, more than 280,000 people in San Francisco have registered to participate in the drill, and more than 6.4 million have registered statewide.  For more information, please go to
www.shakeout.org/sanfrancisco.

J-Pop Festival a Huge Success in Japantown – the Debut of the “New People” Building

Monday, August 17th, 2009

You knew that something big was going in Japantown when you saw this big sign go up last week – lots of people worked late into the night to make sure Saturday’s opening of the glassy “NEW PEOPLE” centre went off without a hitch.

Putting the finishing touches on the second-floor carousel at 9:00 PM. Click to expand:

IMG_8682 copy

And here’s the result Saturday morning, via the ubiquitous Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be:

3822410776_b39c64f1a6_o copy

And, bonus, J-Town hosted a J-POP Summit to celebrate the building’s opening. Hello Kitty, Harajuku Girls, etc. in the house:

3825301606_a04622819d_o copy

Post Street, as witnessed by Elanine A.

Read all about Saturday’s festivities here, via Robert Selna and here, where you can see tofu connoisseur and Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi helping to kick things off.

Excelsior! Good Luck NEW PEOPLE BUILDING!

A Thrilling End to AVP Pro Beach VolleyBall 2009 in San Francisco

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Get up to speed on professional volleyball’s recent four-day visit to San Francisco right here. And read on to see what it was like yesterday during the Finals.  

Pro beach volleyball with gold medal Olympians under the golden Sun - what better use could you have for the old Piers of San Francisco? Click to expand:

IMG_8959 copy

Let’s pass by the sponsor’s tent to see the rainbow of Crocs shoes…

IMG_8963 copy

…and here’s the mise en scene at Centre Court in the mini-stadium. This is a pretty good transformation of Piers 30-32. You don’t get the total SoCal experience as you might in counties Los Angeles, Orange (yes, The O.C.) 0r Fun Diego, but it isn’t bad at all:

IMG_9161 copy

First the Women’s Final. (Results here and better photos here.) Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs took on Jen Kessy and April Ross. See how high above the net they can get?

IMG_9278 copy

You don’t know where the spike is going to go. Will the ball go to the left or the right…

IMG_9282 copy

…or just slam right through your arms? (NB: KGC stands for Kentucky Grilled Chicken)

IMG_9020 copy

And on to the Men’s Final, with John Hyden and Sean Scott taking on recent gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Here’s Phil the Thrillhissself:

IMG_9326 copy

These fellows are a little tall. See? Todd Rogers injured finger didn’t seem to slow him down too much:

IMG_9459 copy

And here’s the “Beast of Beijing” flying along above the sand:

IMG_9440 copy

Guess who won?

IMG_9529 copy

Joe Gallo presenting the giant check. Barefoot Wines is owned by Gallo? Did not know that.

IMG_9536 copy

So there you have it – an accessible, world-class sporting event that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg, right here in our little town. That’s the AVP San Francisco Open.

See you next year!

Hit and Run Hula from Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu a Huge Hit in San Francisco

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

See? The dancers of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu made a big stir in San Francisco yesterday with Hit & Run Hula. Read all about their peregrinations via Leanne’s report at SFist.com.

In front of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

IMG_8897 copy

And then poof, they’re gone almost before you know it. But they came back to pose for a group shot:

IMG_8945 copy

All and all, quite a successful execution of Hit and Run Hula.

Hit & Run Hula
Saturday, August 15
Will you be there when dozens of hula dancers ambush a San Francisco hot spot and break into dance?
Visit the Hit & Run Hula Event Page for more information!

This ONSITE performance is generously supported by: Grants for the Arts, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

  • 10:00am – Ferry Building (south end)
  • 10:45am – Pier 39
  • 11:30am – Union Square Plaza. Follow us around for more performances in the area.
    Podcast: Download the Hawaiian chant translation and play it while you watch the performance. Get mp3
  • 2:15pm – Dolores Park
  • 2:45pm – Castro (Market & 17th Street)
  • 3:30pm – Academy of Sciences
  • 4:30pm – Ocean Beach. Join us for a picnic!
  • And here are some future performances:

    Saturday, September 19
    Nā Mamo No’eau Presents:
    Wehiwa  – Choice
    Time: 8pm
    Price: $35
    Location: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, San Ramon, CA
    Info: San Ramon Performing Arts

    Sunday, September 27
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    (Rescheduled Performance)
    Time: 1-2:30pm
    Price: Free!
    Location: Yerba Buena Gardens,
    San Francisco, CA
    Info: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

    Saturday, October 17 – 8pm
    Sunday, October 18 – 2pm
    Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne & Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu present:
    Hawaiian Music Legend – Jerry Santos

    Price: $35/$40 Reserved
    Tickets on sale Wed, 7/22
    Location: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
    Info: CityBoxOffice.com / Tickets.com

    MUNI’s Pathetic San Francisco CultureBus Gets Mocked on Its Final Run

    Saturday, August 15th, 2009

    A kind of black celebration was held in Golden Gate Park this afternoon to mark the end of the MUNI’s San Francisco CultureBus.

    See the death throes of CB via Steve Rhodes, Whole Wheat Toast, Plug1, Octoferret, MattyMatt, SftaJan, AgentAkit, and Jamison

    Who showed up? Transit fans and local online royalty. Click to expand:

    IMG_8906 copy

    This 74-X couldn’t leave without baffling its last pair of tourists. They didn’t get on. Surprised?

    IMG_8912 copy

    All that was left was the filled-in pole hole that used to mark the CB bus stop:

    IMG_8951 copy

    Yes, the 74X is terminal. It’s dead, Jim

    IMG_8952 copy

    Here’s one last glimpse through the famous see-through bus: 

    IMG_8918-2 copy

    Perhaps these brand new buses and their friendly drivers will soon be put to better use, just in time for the possible BART strike.

    We Can Only Hope.

    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball in Full Swing in San Francisco. Finals Tomorrow

    Saturday, August 15th, 2009

    Read all about the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball competition in San Francisco right here. And, bonus, watch it live right now, right here(assuming you can handle a little Microsoft SilverLight software, that is.)

    And you can also see some action on Comcast cable TV (somehow, not sure which channel) starting at 2:00 PM Sunday.

    New mom Kerri Walsh wins a point in a close match yesterday. Click to expand:

    IMG_8802 copy

    See? The first game went into overtime:

    IMG_8818 copy

    No 90-pound weaklings here. Beefcake, Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

    IMG_8847 copy

    Lucky fans can find a giant key in the sand to win, win, win! I think this was for a luxury stay at a Hyatt:

    IMG_8835 copy

    And the Marines are recruiting, using their giant red Hummer.

    IMG_8842 copy

    See you there!

    Who’s Responsible for the Failure of MUNI’s CultureBus?

    Saturday, August 15th, 2009

    Today will see the last run of the San Francisco CultureBus (or “Culture Bus,” some people call it that). Yes, they’re “taking Old Yeller out back to shoot it and put it out of its misery.” But once you have a carcass, you need to find someone to take the blame for the FAIL. So, around whose neck should this screaming yellow albatross go?

    The answer in MUNI chief Nat Ford. But not for the reason you might think.

    “Is it he?” quoth one, “Is this the man?”
    by him who died on cross,
    With his cruel bow he laid full low
    The harmless CultureBus.

    Nat Ford is the Ancient Mariner:

    Ancient_mariner_statue_arp_500pix copy

    Watchet, Somerset, England. Via Adrian Pingstone

    Is the source of the idea of the CultureBus documented anywhere? Not that I’m aware of. Obviously, the whole program was highly redolent of the New York City “Culture Bus” that ran from 1973 to 1982, but who had the idea to revive CB here in San Francisco? Perhaps it doesn’t really matter.

    Whether or not the CultureBus concept was forced upon MUNI, doesn’t MUNI have the right and obligation to tinker with the idea? Did MUNI do anything to alter the CultureBus program once it became obvious (I’d peg it at early October 2008) that the daily ridership was turning out to be extremely low? I mean something other than spewing the stereotypical platitudes you’d expect them to spew?

    Here’s what MUNI did – it cut back service 66% in January and raised prices 43% in July. That’s it. Just how airtight were these unseen agreements made amongst the stakeholders? Nothing could be done? Srsly?

    (So, it’s like the Great Helmsman, the Dear Leader appoints you manage the Yangtse River Watershed and then tells you to kill every damned songbird within a 500 mile radius - how would you respond? Here’s what you’d do, you’re a team player right? You’d execute the plan and then wait for millions to die, powerless to alter Fate. And then you’d say boy, that Great Leap Forward, boy, it just didn’t work out.)

    Wouldn’t it have been interesting to try something different? Lower the price to $1.50 for the sole purpose of actually moving people about the City in light of the circumstances? Or just trying anything except the same old same old, month after month?

    go8f7032-copy

    Oh well.

    So there’s your albatross, Nat. 

    But that’s why you get paid the big bucks.

    And as for you CultureBus, your pain is over, boy. Soon the Twitter birds will descend to lift you to Heaven.

    Sleep! It is a gentle thing:

    cb 

    (In Elysium, there’ll be plenty of diesel and you’ll always be full of happy passengers.)

    Good night, sweet CultureBus.

    See Gold Medal Olympians Play Pro Beach Volleyball – AVP in SF, CA Thru Sunday

    Friday, August 14th, 2009

    Well, construction is all finished at Piers 30-32 so the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open is on today, tomorrow and the next. Read the press release below.

    Competition in the Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup yesterday. The finals  on Sunday will be in the temporary stadium. 

    IMG_8741 copy

    Hunter/House and Kaslow/Wooliver Win Inagural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup and Break into Main Draw of AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine
    Main Draw play begins 8 a.m.  FRIDAY

    SAN FRANCISCO (August 13, 2009) – Two beach volleyball teams have earned their shot at professional beach volleyball stardom Thursday at the inaugural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup. Colleen Hunter and Meghan House (St. Louis), and Colin Kaslow and Tim Wooliver (Austin) have played into the Main Draw of the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine, professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the Bay Area.

    The Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup featured the best players from sixteen volleyball leagues around the nation, each of whom qualified to play in San Francisco in the hopes of getting their chance to make it into the main event, the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine.

    On the women’s side, Hunter and House defeated New York’s Dana Fiume and Ginger Schuster 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 to take home the first-ever women’s Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup title.

    “We’re in shock,” House said. “As soon as the ball hit that net, we just started bawling.”

    Hunter and House, now seeded 24th in the Main Draw, will take on ninth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner at 8 a.m. on Friday.

    On the men’s side, Kaslow and Wooliver defeated St. Louis’ Phil Goedecker and Wayne Scott 13-21, 25-23, 15-10 in the final.

    “It’s an amazing feeling,” Wooliver said. “That’s why we play, to eventually make it to the AVP.”

    Kaslow and Wooliver, also now seeded 24th, will attempt to upset ninth-seeded Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson.

    Friday marks the start of Main Draw action at the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot wine. Athletes set to play include Santa Clara native, Stanford graduate and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh and 2008 gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, as well as Beijing Olympian and Orinda native Nicole Branagh. Stanford graduates Matt Fuerbringer and Ashley Ivy will also take to the sand Friday.

    The AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Bud Light continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. Sunday’s men’s and women’s finals will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, starting at 2 p.m. PDT.

    Tickets are available at www.avp.com, www.sfgiants.com or at the onsite box office.

    Along the piers they have more tents set up than you would find at a typical Quidditch World Cup. They were handing out free Barefoot Wine yesterday:

    IMG_8727 copy

    See you there!