Now this is from a few weeks back, so I don’t know if any such offers are still in effect.
Oh, $500 and a taco!
Choose or lose…
All the deets below.
“Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org
Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.
Check it, “Reviews that mention ‘SKETCHY’ in San Francisco”
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(Now of course there are plenty of other places in town that could similarly be considered “sketchy” by the Yelpers, except the Yelpers would never have a reason to go there.)
Now let’s take a look at these blips on San Francisco’s CT scan:
North Beach – Stay off of Broadway and out of its strip clubs and you should do fine. The epicenter is Kearney and Broadway.
The Tenderloin – This is the big one. AKA the Uptown Tenderloin, per some Berkeley residents. AKA the Twitterloin. AKA the 6th Street Corridor. AKA Downtown. AKA Civic Center. AKA New Market / NeMA. AKA Central Market. AKA Mid-Market. AKA the ‘Loin. The epicenter is Turk and Taylor.
The Fillmore – AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits in the Safeway mall.
NoPA – AKA North of Panhandle Area. AKA Northeast of the Panhandle Area. AKA the Divisadero Corridor. AKA DivCo. AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits at Hayes, I suppose, but the drug dealers who hang out at McAllister and Divis might disagree.
Lower Haight – AKA Lower Fillmore. The epicenter is Haight and Webster.
16th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.
24th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.
30th and Mission – The epicenter is where they want to build a new BART Station.
The Lower Third – NB: The cross-streets are alphabetized, more or less. The epicenter is Oakdale and Third
END OF LINE.
Crime Reports as Block Height in San Francisco:
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You can see the flat spots on the left there – Golden Gate Park and The Presidio.
Of course the high-rise blocks are features of Randy Shaw‘s corrupt Twitterloin, aka the Mid-Market area, aka NeMa (“New Market”), aka The Tenderloin, aka The Yammerloin, aka The “Uptown” Tenderloin, aka Skid Row, aka Sixth Street, aka Lower Nob Hill, aka “Downtown.”
Via Tara Moriarty, of KTVU-TV:
@KCBSNews reporter Holly Quan: early signs garbage truck/cyclist both on 16th St. Truck made R turn onto S Van Ness; bike went straight.
This is it. This is your San Francisco Theatre Performance of the Year.
It’s Black Watch from Scotland.
It’s down in the Armory, in the Mission. If you show up late, they won’t let you in. 110 minutes, no intermission. And, oh yeah, all the tickets cost $100.
But everyone seems to love it.
Get your tickets now if you want to go.
Look, it’s getting attention already:
A shot from yesterday’s press preview at The Drill Court:
By Brenden Mendoza – thanks!
All right, see you there!
Here’s where it’s at:
The Armory Community Center
333 14th Street (between Mission and Valencia)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Use the Bay Area’s 511 TakeTransit Trip Planner to get public transit information.
For more information about public transportation and parking lot options please visit the Black Watch show page.
National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch
May 9–June 16, 2013
A Revolutionary Theatrical Event
by Gregory Burke
Directed by John Tiffany
Performing in the Armory Community Center, located in San Francisco’s Mission District at 333 14th Street (between Mission and Valencia).
THERE WILL BE NO LATE SEATING!
Please plan appropriate travel time when making arrangements.
1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission
The internationally acclaimed hit—named “#1 Theatrical Event of the Year!”
by the New York Times
After transfixing audiences across the globe and receiving unanimous critical acclaim worldwide, National Theatre of Scotland’s revolutionary production of Black Watch makes its highly anticipated Bay Area premiere. Inspired by interviews with soldiers who served in Iraq with Scotland’s nearly 300-year-old Black Watch regiment, this hauntingly powerful depiction of war is so inventive and groundbreaking in scope that it demands a completely unique performance venue—and will take over the long-dormant Drill Court at San Francisco’s historic Mission Armory. Splicing together exquisitely deployed stagecraft, from choreographed marches and Scottish ballads to searing video news footage, Black Watch captures the layered state of being at war, from moment to gripping moment. A transformative theatrical event you don’t want to miss, Black Watch delivers a visceral, unforgettable experience.
Performances of Black Watch will take place in the Armory Community Center, located in San Francisco’s Mission District., located at 333 14th Street (between Mission and Valencia). Click here for directions.
“Thrilling . . . a necessary reminder of the transporting power that is unique to theater.” —The New York Times
“A genuine spectacle that revels in its own theatricality and comes replete with music, marching, explosive effects and its own piper.” —Chicago Tribune
“Magnificent” —New York Observer
“Enthralling” —Washington Post
“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ! The world must see this play. Immediately.” —The Herald (Scotland)
“★ ★ ★ ★ ★! Fierce, passionate, and unguarded” —The Guardian
“A landmark event” —The Independent (London)
“A glorious piece of theater—raw, truthful, uncomfortable, moving, graceful and dynamic” —Scotland on Sunday
“Stirring and absorbing” —The West Australian
“A pulsating epic” —Daily Mail
This incident in the East Bay a few years back…
…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:
But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.
It’s just released. See?
“This movie is: Exciting”
(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)
And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…
…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.
That’s Tinseltown for you…
Well here’s the site proposed for OccupySF 2011 down at 15th and Mission.
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap for OccupySF:
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Here’s the 411 from Luke Thomas from a few days back (in an article that also features Kat Anderson’s report from OccupyOAK):
“In San Francisco, Department of Public Works interim Director Mohammed Nuru revealed today City officials have offered OccupySF protesters an alternative location to setup camp. Though Nuru would not reveal the exact location, we understand the location to be a lot on the west side of Mission Street between 15th and 16th streets. A former school, the site has running water and bathrooms as well as classroom-type structures that could be used for organizational purposes. No word yet on whether OccupySF will take up the City’s offer but, we’re told, the offer has been accepted in good faith.”
However, word on the street is that it’s a trap.
Only Time Will Tell.
[UPDATE: Ooh, word on the street is that there’ll be a special award for the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners. Let’s hope this rumour proves out!]
At City Hall:
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And best of all, these awards are sponsored by the good people at PG&E, who mostly never kill anybody, mostly.
Leave us not forget the NIMBY Empowerment Act of 2006:
“The NEN offers a new paradigm of collaboration which redefines the role of government from “manager” to “partner.” By re-aligning expectations and investing in capacity building resources, the goal is to return residents to their rightful role of stewards of the community.”
(Uh, NIMBY says what now? Moving on.)
All right, read this sentence fragment three times and then try to define what the word “empowerment” means. I defy you:
“Empowerment Institute is the world’s premiere consulting and training organization specializing in the methodology of empowerment. Its state-of-the-art empowerment…”
(“State-of-the-art?” Shouldn’t that be “world-class” instead? I get my tired, corporate-speak cliches mixed up.)
But let’s see, who’s winning a pretigious NIMBY this year? Well, how about the Divisadero Corridor (aka DivCo), for one, as Comeback Neighborhood of the Year, or something. (Has the DivCo really changed all that much the past year? No, not all. Oh well.)
Now, how about last year?
“The San Francisco Department of Public Works’s Deputy Director, Mohammed Nuru, was awarded the Most Empowering City Employee Award for his dedication to San Francisco’s neighborhoods and years of work in preserving and maintaining San Francisco’s urban space. “Mr. Nuru is the go-to person in the City of SF for infrastructure projects. If you need a fence, sign or election* fix, Mr. Nuru can help you get it done,” said SF resident Gillian Gillette.”
So there’s no corruption here, then, huh? Pick a graf, any graf:
“Nuru also volunteered for Brown’s re-election campaign in 1999, he testified. In that election, The Chronicle reported, three former SLUG employees say Nuru told them their jobs depended on Brown’s re-election and required them to walk precincts, attend rallies and work phones for Brown’s campaign while they were supposed to be cleaning streets.”
“In 2000, Brown hired Nuru to the No. 2 job at Department of Public Works, the 1,500-employee agency responsible for maintaining streets, sewers, public buildings and trees. Nuru was nominally the top aide to director Ed Lee. But employees believed the real power was Nuru, who boasted of his ties to the mayor and sometimes met with Brown without Lee.”
“Nuru quoted Brown as calling DPW’s management “a bunch of racists that were discriminating and holding people back.” Nuru vowed to “get rid of those white managers,” Cone said.”
“In an interview, Humphreys contended that in his early days at DPW, Nuru also ordered city workers to clean up a privately owned, debris-strewn vacant lot near Nuru’s home north of Candlestick Park. Humphreys put the cost of the cleanup at $40,000, and said it violated policies on the use of public resources at DPW.”
“Last fall, DPW asked the mayor’s Office of Community Development for $70, 000 to clean up a debris-strewn, city-owned lot four doors from Nuru’s home. City records show Nuru as the original DPW contact on the request.”
“As Cone later testified, SLUG wanted the city to pay consulting fees of $250 per hour to a retired DPW official who once oversaw the SLUG contract. Cone rejected the $5,863 invoice. Cone said he balked at a $25,000 bill for SLUG uniforms, including bib overalls and baseball caps. Cory Calandra, Nuru’s replacement at SLUG, wrote in a letter that uniforms were needed because SLUG crews “must live up to the reputation of San Francisco as a world class city.”
“I have pancreatic cancer,” he said. “I’ve had a good run, but I’m finished. I have no hatred for Mr. Nuru, but I do want to see DPW get back on track, and I’d like to see the taxpayers get what they’re paying for.”
I’m sure you’ll enjoy your big night, NEN:
GTH, NEN. TTFN.
* One-Word Parody Alert – you know, something “created to mock, comment on, or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target**.”
** “The investigation found that while at DPW, Nuru directed employees of the nonprofit he had previously led – the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners – to campaign for candidates in the 2003 mayors and district attorneys races. City-funded nonprofits are prohibited from using those funds to campaign.”