Posts Tagged ‘50th’

Small Gift Tour – Sanrio Pop-Up Stores Coming to Town this Weekend – Wrap Your Smart Car with Hello Kitty

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Sanrio’s Pop Up Tour is coming to San Francisco October 23-24, 2010, so soon you’ll be able to get iPhone covers (3rd and 4th generation only) for $40 ‘n stuff.

And, whether you attend the tour or not, you can now wrap your SmartCar with Your Favorite Kitteh. See? 

Beep beep:

More deets on the dressing up your microcar after the jump. And here are you Pop-Up Store deets:

October 23, 2010
San Francisco
Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
11am to 7pm

October 24, 2010
Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
11:30am to 7:30pm

Oct 28: Portland, OR

Oct 30-31: Seattle, WA

Nov 4: Sacramento, CA

Nov 6: San Diego, CA

Nov 7: Orange County, CA

Nov 13-14: Las Vegas, NV

Nov 16: Tempe, AZ

Nov 19: Austin, TX

Nov 21: New Orleans, LA

Nov 26-28: Atlanta, GA

Dec 2-5: Miami, FL

Dec 10-11: New York City, NY

See you there!


Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square Garage is 50 Years Old – Party on Saturday

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Don’t tell the people at the Streetsblog or anything, but the Yelp-rated Portsmouth Square Garage is celebrating 50 years of operation. The managers of this car hole going to have a little get-together for the public this Saturday:

“On July 10th Saturday, at Portsmouth Square, come join in our 50th Anniversary celebration, beginning at noon till 3:00 pm. There will be live DJ Radio Broadcast, music performance by Jest Jammin’ and a Historical photo exhibition of Chinatown.”

See? Instead of Transit First, it will be Cars First, if just for a day.

And then they’ll have a banquet featuring Board of Supervisors President David Chiu a couple days later. It’s going to be mega.

The garage has been the scene of many public gatherings over the years. Here’s a Tiananmen Square anniversary:

via Whole Wheat Toast

Personally, I’ve never set foot inside off this famous garage because I’m a member of Park Club. The first rule of Park Club is Never Drive Into Chinatown. Can you guess the second rule? It’s Never Drive Into Chinatown. (The Financh is just a couple blocks away, right? Plenty of free on-street parking there…)

Oh, and bonus, they have free validation for two hours if you buy something, or something like that.

Anyway, enjoy your garage.

All the deets:

Portsmouth Square Garage will be holding a press conference on Wednesday 7/7/2010 to be
held at the Garage Cashiers’ Booth at 11:00 am regarding the upcoming 50th Anniversary
Community Celebration and Dinner.

“Many will remember in 1960, Willie McCovey played 1st base and Wille Mays was center fielder
for the San Francisco Giants and this is the same year the Giants moved to a brand new
Candlestick Park, but how many of us remember the opening day of Portsmouth Square?” says
Sam Kwong, President of the Garage Board of Directors.

“Portsmouth Square and the Garage have come a long way since then. On July 10th Saturday,
at Portsmouth Square, come join in our 50th Anniversary celebration, beginning at noon till 3:00
pm. There will be live DJ Radio Broadcast, music performance by Jest Jammin’ and a Historical
photo exhibition of Chinatown.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.


Famous Frank “12 Galaxies” Chu Late to His Own 50th Birthday Party

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

What better place for famous Frank Chu to mark a half-century of existence in our Milky Way galaxy than to hold court at the full-century-old Pied Piper Bar & Maxfield’s at the Palace Hotel on Market Street. The problem was that Frank missed the 5:30 PM starting time by a good margin owing to his attendance at a labor rally just across the street.

Tick-tock, Frank, tik-tok.

See? There’s his famous sign, right next to Che Guevara in the pouring sun:

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But he was eventually cajoled into quitting work early and joining his party, already in progress. Here he is holding court ‘neath the famous Pied Piper mural / painting.

And then it was off to neighboring Maxfield’s. Here he is posing for a semi Last Supper-style photo:

(Frank always seems to be around a pretty girl.)

Happy birthday Frank Chu!

Hours of Operation Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.     Maxfield’s was named after the famous artist Maxfield Parrish who painted the iconic Pied Piper of Hamlin mural located in the adjacent Pied Piper Bar. The warm and inviting atmosphere of Maxfield’s and the Pied Piper Bar feature a beautiful mosaic tile floor and rich wood paneling. Whether sitting at the handsome mahogany bar or a relaxing  table, you will feel at home when dining in Maxfield’s and the Pied Piper. For almost a century, the Pied Piper bar has been the favored spot among locals as well as visitors from around the world. The Pied Piper provides the perfect backdrop for the world famous Maxfield Parrish mural “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”. Enjoy delicious appetizers, American cuisine and cocktails in this welcoming atmosphere.

The United Nations at 60 – A Time for Renewal?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

San Francisco is where the founding United Nations Charter was signed, so we get more than our fair share of attention from the UN and there are various plaques around town to remind us.

The 60th Anniversary of the United Nations has come and gone, but this sign at the Civic Center / UN Plaza BART station underneath Market Street still calls for renewal.

People called for renewal during the 50th Anniversary as well.

Who will call for renewal when the 70th Anniversary comes along?