(Appears as if the threats to this annual event have subsided.)
Post Street yesterday:
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Lots of hula and music:
Plus, there was taiko-a-gogo
See you next year!
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is back for 2010. See?
That’s 1600 Webster there on the left, it’s that condo building that’s still under double secret probation due to some problems the past couple years. We’ll have to wait and see if they get a security guard to nap in front of the Webster entrance for a couple shifts the way it happened last year. (It’s like Del Boca Vista Phase III got plopped down on the corner.)
(And actually, the Starbucks they wanted to put in the empty retail space downstairs would have been a mega bonus for J-Town, but the local NIMBYs shot that idea down. You know, big ugly nonreinforced concrete was ala mode back in the 1950’s and 1960’s and that’s when those ridiculous mall buildings started getting built. That’s why Japantown looks like am uninviting windblown ghost town from Post Street even when there are lots of people bustling about in the malls. Replacing the low-rise buildings on the right of the photo, including the hidden underground parking garage, will be an expensive, long, drawn-out process. Anywho…)
Peace Plaza Ho`olaule`a
The Peace Plaza open its arms out to welcome the Island Spirit through music and dance. Halaus from the Bay as well as special guests from Hawaii and Southern California will gather this weekend at the Peace Plaza stage.
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14|
|12:30pm||Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea|
|1:30pm||Manuia Polynesian Revue|
|2:30pm||Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka|
|3:30pm||Ben Kaili with Ke `Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 15|
|12:30pm||Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea|
|1:30pm||Mele Ohana Ukulele Group|
|2:30pm||Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka|
|3:30pm||Tago Lei Pasifika|
|4:45pm||My Peoples (formerlly Kapakahi)|
All the deets after the jump
Unlike the thousands of people at the Valrag down at Piers 30-32, the crowd at the Bunker Hill was manageable:
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Let’s start at the back, as the tours did. Countless Tomahawk missiles are down there, probs:
A five-inch gun, Harpoon missile launchers, and Old Glory – Gaia bless America:
Those petroleum mishaps clean up in a jiff with the Oil Spill Containment Kit:
The fix-it shop for twirlypoppers:
This giant bell sits amidships:
They turn it upside-down for baptisms, if you can read the etchings:
Now we’re at the bridge, where you can see the Financh and the Bay Bridge:
The helm. Left and right are clearly marked – how convenient!
The view from the bridge overlooking the waterfront:
Now we’re at the bow, where you can pose with an AR-15:
This isn’t your grandfather’s cruiser. The way you can tell that is by the small bore size of this five-inch gun. Of course, this is a missile boat, primarily, not a gun boat:
And way up at the fron, the First Navy Jack: Don’t Tread On Me. It’s in vogue now, in this post-9/11 era.
All the deets, in English and Russian:
And There You Have It.
Those kids crowding Moffitt Cafe at UCSF Medical Center / Children’s Hospital will now have Run of the House, more or less, ’cause the restrictions against child visitors just got eliminated. So, as of yesterday, the place is, once again, totally wide open, more or less, to visitors aged 15 and less.
Not sure what other local hospitals are thinking these days, but UCSF says that Influenza activity has decreased considerably lately. Read all about it, below.
Godzilla menaces this huge architect’s model of UCSF under a glass box, so he’s always safe from H1N1. But runaway tow trucks, well, that’s a different story:
Moffitt Cafe is now released from its ragamuffin daycare role so it can return to being a haven for law students, a place of escape where legal scholars are free to hit on medical and pharmacological students and/or professionals in a target-rich environment. (At least that’s how the cafeteria was used back in the 90’s.)
Forthwith, the News of the Day:
UCSF Lifts Hospital Visitor Policy Restricting Children
March 09, 2010
UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital are lifting their visitor age restriction, which prohibited visitors younger than 16 years old. The visitor policy is being lifted effective March 9, 2010.
Dr. Joshua Adler, chief medical officer at UCSF, said he believes the policy, implemented in November, and other strategies, such as vaccination of UCSF personnel, helped reduce the risk of hospital-acquired influenza.
Influenza activity has decreased considerably so that risk is now quite low, Adler said. In the hospital units where age restrictions are not usually in place, children now may visit. Unit-specific age restrictions, such as those in the intensive care units, may remain in effect, according to unit-based policy.
A requirement, however, remains in effect until March 31 that health care workers, who have not been vaccinated against both H1N1 and seasonal influenza, must wear a surgical mask while in patient care areas.
Adler thanked employees for their diligent infection control measures during the flu season. Record numbers of UCSF employees, faculty, residents, and students received flu vaccines this year, he said.
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.
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, Yee Join Forces to Combat Domestic Violence
Musician and Senator call on Governor to immediately sign bill to restore shelter funding
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
Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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)
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.
This is a test. Only a test.
Normally, you’d only hear these sirens on Tuesdays at noon. There’s no need for alarm.
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
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:
And here’s the result Saturday morning, via the ubiquitous Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be:
Excelsior! Good Luck NEW PEOPLE BUILDING!
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:
Let’s pass by the sponsor’s tent to see the rainbow of Crocs shoes…
…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:
You don’t know where the spike is going to go. Will the ball go to the left or the right…
…or just slam right through your arms? (NB: KGC stands for Kentucky Grilled Chicken)
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:
These fellows are a little tall. See? Todd Rogers injured finger didn’t seem to slow him down too much:
And here’s the “Beast of Beijing” flying along above the sand:
Guess who won?
Joe Gallo presenting the giant check. Barefoot Wines is owned by Gallo? Did not know that.
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!
And then poof, they’re gone almost before you know it. But they came back to pose for a group shot:
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.
And here are some future performances:
Saturday, September 19
Nā Mamo No’eau Presents:
Wehiwa – Choice
Location: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, San Ramon, CA
Info: San Ramon Performing Arts
Sunday, September 27
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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