(Or Caturday, if you prefer.)
It’s here at our de Young Museum and it’s bigger than ever for 2011.
See you there!
Let’s see here, can you spot the PG&E Tower of our Golden Gate Bridge in the lower left? Good, now check out vertical elements of our old and new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridges.
Not much has changed with the poorly-managed 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake-related fix-up job that’s due to finish up sometime this decade, so there’s no reason to think that America isn’t still laughing at us.
Of course you should try to not to stare at the new ornamental tower when you are cruising by on the temporary S-curve. Safety First, right? Anyway, it’s a little higher now. See?
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And, of course, Mike still sucks big titties.
That’s your Bay Bridge update for 2011.
Here’s the lastest about the much-talked-about media joint The Bay Citizen.
Matt Baume gives fresh details of everthing a potential freelancer could want to know at this point;
CEO Lisa Frazier today extends a final invitation to get on board before launch. See below; und
Kevin Montgomery gives us a sneak peek* on what the site might look like.
That’s the wind-up, and here’s The Pitch:
The Bay Citizen’s launch is just two days away, and we can’t wait! Some exciting things have happened over the last few weeks:
We now have fourteen journalists in our newsroom, including twelve full-time journalists and two paid summer interns from the UC Berkeley Journalism School;
Our reporters are busy producing stories on topics including the environment and land use, health and science, education, arts and culture, and more;
We’ve started hosting partner meetings to explore collaborations with local independent media organizations, bloggers, and writers;
We recently moved into our new office at 126 Post Street in San Francisco
Become part of Bay Area history
You still have time. Until midnight on Wednesday, you can become a Founder of The Bay Citizen by donating $50 or more. As a Founder, your name will be permanently listed on our website and you’ll also receive two tickets to our launch party this Wednesday evening at the Great American Music Hall, where you’ll get the chance to meet hundreds of other founding members.
Become a Founder now!
And, don’t forget to check out www.baycitizen.org on Wednesday morning when it goes live.
Lisa Frazier, CEO
P.S. Our long-term sustainability depends on support from community members like you. Thank you for supporting The Bay Citizen.
See you there!
*I had a similar experience over the weekend when I decided to visit my giant Toyota sitting in the shop getting fixed. Even though the place was closed I was able to walk right in and take it for a quick test drive – now they told me last week my car would be ready this coming Wednesday but I wanted a sneak peek. Fuck man, the brakes sounded like shit! All screeching metalicky and whatnot. I called them up today and it turns out that they’re saying the new pads are coming in Tuesday. I don’t know, man, maybe they’ll get it done proper, but that’s a lot of work they still have to do…
60 Minutes just aired its big been-two-decades-after-Loma-Prieta-so-why-isn’t-the-Bay-Bridge-fixed-yet bit. It was mostly good, but let’s start with the bad:
“But they may not know their most important lifeline to the outside world is also one the weakest: the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco to Oakland.”
The Bay Bridge isn’t a “lifeline to the outside world,” of course.
Then there’s this:
“In 2004, Caltrans finished replacing half a million rivets with bolts and added 17 million tons of extra steel.”
Really, 34 billion pounds of steel? Isn’t that a lot? Wouldn’t that weigh more than every person in the western U.S.? Yes. How about 17 million pounds instead? (That’s a screaming error of more than three orders of magnitude. Journalists, when throwing about large numbers, try not to exceed three orders of magnitude. Of course, you should feel free to continue substituting million for billion and vice versa, I mean, they’re both big – they’re practically the same thing, right? Moving on…)
Now, speaking of bad, what about the workers who seem to have all the time in the world to spend tagging our cracked bridge instead of finding more cracks?
via CalTrans, actually
But hey, what about the good?
Well, there’s this:
“But the decision to build an architectural icon didn’t end problems – it started new ones. The most bizarre was with the U.S. Navy. In 1998, it refused to let Caltrans onto Yerba Buena Island to finish its engineering work. The Navy’s issue was whether the Bridge would overshadow the one-time home of Admiral Chester Nimitz, a hero of World War II.”
Did not know that. I knew there were some kinds of probs but I didn’t know that this was one of them. Bad form, U.S. Navy. Do you think old Ches cares about building shadows? I don’t.
And then there’s this:
“But for those who would say, ‘How dare you take that risk with the lives of people who live in this community,’ you say what?” Pitts asked.
Of course the interviewer didn’t get an answer, but thanks for asking.
Our tough old Bay Bridge has handled stuff like container ship and military jet crashes over the years. Let’s hope it can survive state, federal, and local government mismanagement for just a little longer.
Hold on, Bay Bridge. Hold on.
And check it, if you act now you can score some free tickets over at the Richmond District Blog.
Whoa ho! Not sure what this giant purple flower thing is, but they were working on it today to get ready in time for a soiree:
Anyway, on with the show. See how it works? This one was still under construction:
Bouquets to Art 2010
The 26th annual Bouquets to Art exhibition returns to the de Young Museum in April, featuring 150 floral displays interpreting the Museum’s permanent collection.
Organized and produced by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, and with generous support by community donors and museum staff, Bouquets to Art raises funds for special exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programs.
Bouquets to Art and “French Impressions”
Bouquets to Art 2010 celebrates the upcoming landmark
Impressionism exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay that will
be on view at the de Young Museum shortly after the close
of Bouquets to Art.
Looking ahead to these two signal exhibitions, which are
supported in part by funds from the San Francisco Auxiliary
of the Fine Arts Museums, this year the glorious annual flower
festival adopts “French Impressions” as its theme. The opening
gala evening, Floral Fashions, the décor of the luncheons and
teas, and Hat Day will feature this theme as a tribute to the
exhibitions and to Impressionism, one of the most original
and recognizable of all artistic styles.
“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay,”
will be on view at the de Young from May 22 to September 6,
2010, followed by “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond:
Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay,” which
will be presented from September 25, 2010 to January 18, 2011.
FREE BUCCELLATI LECTURE
In addition to a host of ticketed lectures at this year’s BTA, the de Young is also presenting a free lecture by Buccellati CEO Alberto Milani titled “Buccellati: Art in Gold and Silver” on Tuesday, April 20 at 4pm in the Koret Auditorium. Milani will discuss Buccellati’s history, craftsmanship, signature style, and their one-of-a-kind museum quality objects.
How to Purchase Tickets
Purchase tickets online or by phone at (415) 750-3504, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning February 16.
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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.
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.
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.
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 Wonder. SFBC 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:
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:
More deets after the jump.