Posts Tagged ‘26’

San Francisco’s Best Imported Vehicle of 2009 is an Aging Lexus SC

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Now, if you look in the book, it’ll tell you that the biggest wheels that can possibly fit on your aging first-generation Lexus SC300 (or SC400) measure 20 inches in diameter.

But you, you don’t let that hold you back. So how big are these dubs? Twenty-something inches, anyway. They’re the primary reason this 4-seat (sort of) coupe, straight outta of the Higashifuji Technical Center, is San Francisco’s Best Imported Vehicle of 2009.

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As seen on Market Street. Click to expand.

San Francisco Theater Festival a Huge Success at Yerba Buena Gardens

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This is what the Sixth Annual San Francisco Theater Festival looked like today down in the SoMA‘s Yerba Buena Gardens:

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Here’s the sched and here are a bunch of photos. That should whet your appetite for next year.

Yes, it’s all free. See you next year!

“The San Francisco theater scene can become stronger and more vigorous, appealing to community members who do not currently benefit from the contribution theater arts make to one’s life through activities like the Theater Festival. Director Peter Sellars has noted that bringing people together for a shared theatrical experience does more than create good art; it creates and nurtures a sense of community and an interest in the common good.

The Festival creates access and expands the theater audience. Working together to put on the Festival, the theater community conducts a large-scale event that gains the attention of the broader community. The Festival induces cross-pollination of audiences as attendees interested in one performing group stay to see others. As the Festival grows, we will see theater audiences expanding, leading to more performances, more productions, and more theater jobs, as well as a richer cultural experience for all community members.

While there are festivals for film, dance, jazz, blue grass, beer, and wine, there is no comparable festival for theater. The San Francisco Theater Festival is unique. This is the only showcase for Bay Area live theater, presenting the full spectrum of theater groups. This is the only festival that takes place on one day or a single weekend, providing the audience with an opportunity to sample conveniently the many theaters available here. This is the only FREE festival, thereby providing open access to all.”

All the Players, after the jump.

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SFPD Crackdown on Up Your Alley Fair 2009 is Due to ZombieTime Photo Essay

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Per writer Matthew S. Bajko, the SFPD is pointing to photos from famous Berkeley-based zombietime website as evidence that things got a little out of hand at last year’s Up Your Alley Fair in the SoMA area. From today’s copy of the Bay Area Reporter:

“The fair promoters are the ones who have to take charge; this is their event. If they don’t run it properly, they will not be having it again,” said SFPD Lieutenant Nicole M. Greely, who oversees street closure issues for the police department’s Southern Station. “If this event doesn’t go well, we can’t continue to approve their permit unless it is safe for everyone involved.”

So it looks like this event will be on double secret public probation for 2009 at least.

A photo from ZT (ID’ed incorrectly as ZombieReport.com in the B.A.R.) used to show that Miller Beer  / MillerCoors/ SABMiller advertising last year was subdued compared to prior years:

Here’s a link to the somewhat-NSFW, somewhat censored version of Zombie’s report on UYAF ’08. How this all will shake out in 2009 Remains To Be Seen.

The Up Your Alley Fair will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 11AM to 6PM. The fair is located in San Francisco’s South of Market district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets. We expanded to the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St. in 2008 to give the crowds some breathing room.

Sunday Streets 2009 Kicks Off at San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Today’s Ciclovía-inspired Sunday Streets, from South Beach all the way up the waterfront on up to Aquatic Park, went off without a hitch. Lot’s of people were biking, skating and walking around in the northbound lanes of the normally car-choked Embarcadero.

But let’s start from the beginning, with the suits. Here’s District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu at last week’s press conference, which is ably described here by Erin Allday. You’ve got to assume Mr. Chiu has gotten an earful from the businesspeople in his district.

But it was all smiles with mayoral stand-in Wade Crowfoot and all the representatives of participating agencies and oranizations, including the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, as represented by Executive Director Leah Shahum on the right. Today’s S.S. seemed not as big a spectacle as last year’s kickoff, but that’s only to be expected due to the time of year and the shorter course.  

Now, on with the show today. A lot of people, but not too overwhelming. As promised, corporate signage was minimal, AFAICS.

Here’s what you want to see, a 500-pound bicycle built for seven complete with a sound system playing Stevie WonderSFBC Director Dan Nguyen-Tan (second from right) can be seen stoking this $13,000 Cobi Conference Bike around AT&T Park.

Some of the trolleys were full (like this one near the Ferry Building) and some were almost empty:

And what’s up in the sky but a World War II-era B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast. Sold off by Uncle Sam for $750  back in 1946. Take a flight yourself for just $400:

R2D2 and Zackdaddy dribbled a soccer ball up the Embarc while on inline skates:

The MSM appeared fascinated with facepainting:

A “Lube Ferry” from the Sports Basement doling out some free adjustments at the foot of Market Street

Mark your calendars for the rest of Sunday Streets 2009:

  • Sunday, May 10: Waterfront Route in the Southeast Sector, highlighting the San Francisco Bay Trail, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in May. From AT&T Park to the Bayview Opera House, along the Bay.
  • Sunday, June 7: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, July 19: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street,
    Valencia Street and 19th Street
  • Sunday, August 9: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • Sunday, Sept 6: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo, along Ocean Beach.
  • More deets after the jump.

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Motorcade Rolls on 22-Inch Dub Wheels – Is That Safe?

    Friday, April 25th, 2008

    That’s right, Conan the Destroyer has a posse and they’re all rolling on dubs. Check out these 22-inch monsters being used in an official gubernatorial motorcade:

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    And check out those balancing weights – do you see how much it takes to keep these massive rims rolling true? These wheels are about twice as large as what Vanilla Ice’s Five point-oh Ford Mustang had way back in the 1990′s.

    There’s no good reason to have wheels this large on your vehicle. Some think them dangerous. Others don’t like the way they ride. Of course, sometimes you might be like Senator Don Perata and end up with a set of duece dueces because they come with the car, but not usually.

    If you want to show off your wheels, why not keep them a little smaller and then load up on some bling bling? Diamond and ruby studded wheels from Asanti only cost $2,000,000 per set – will this be the next trend in fashionable wheels?

    Arnold Schwarzenegger might be your role model, but don’t try to copy him with his huge wheels.

    Asta la vista, baby.

    Can Your Chevy Impala SS Handle 26 Inch Wheels? Well, This One Can

    Monday, April 21st, 2008

    Of course, a few adjustments were necessary…
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