Posts Tagged ‘Academy Award’

Open House on September 12th for Proposed Million-Square-Foot CPMC Hospital at Van Ness and O’Farrell

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Hey, wouldn’t you just looooooove having a million-square-foot hospital rising up from 1101 Van Ness? I don’t know. There’s lots to consider, of course. Get up to speed with Curbed SF and the Socketsite if you’d like.

Now, to help to get you aboard with the concept, the California Pacific Medical Center and Barbary Coast Consulting are offering an Open House at the site on Sunday, September 12th from 12:30 to 3:00 PM.


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The building that’s there now (at least I think it’s still there) used to be the Cathedral Hill Hotel(which was famous for having a contract with Centerfolds strip club to house the more famous migrant strippers who passed through town) and before then it was called the Jack Tar Hotel (which was famous for being famous, for some reason.)

Whatever you do, stay away from Room 773:  

That’s a still from the Academy Award-winning Francis Ford Coppola film The Conversation starring Gene Hackman and Cindy Williams.

Anyway, see you there on Sunday!

“Meet and talk with the medical and planning teams for the proposed hospital at Van Ness & Geary. Learn about patient services, architecture, streetscape, traffic, transportation, construction management, and CPMC’s citywide system of care, community partnerships, and more.”

California Campus
3700 California Street
Map to California Campus
Davies Campus
Castro & Duboce Streets
Map to Davies Campus
Pacific Campus
2333 Buchanan Street
Map to Pacific Campus
St Luke’s Campus
3555 Cesar Chavez Street
Map to St. Luke’s Campus
   (415) 600-6000
Sutter Pacific Med. Fdn.

You Ought to Go See “Get Low,” Starring Bob Duvall and Bill Murray. Opens Today

Friday, August 6th, 2010

IMO, Get Low is an excellent film with excellent performances from Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. I don’t think it will win the Academy Award for Best Picture next year, but it’s better than it’s not so that’s why it has a 100% rating from 18 top critics at Rotten Tomatoes.


(Thought it was a little twee to name the wood-obsessed main character “Bush.” Then I found out that the inspiration for this “true tall tale” was a man named Bush who became famous for wanting to attend his own funeral back in the day. OK then.)

I’m up for seeing it again. I’m sure I will at some point.

It opens today at the Embarcadero and a few other places in the bay area.

  • Robert Duvall as Felix Bush
  • Sissy Spacek as Mattie Darrow 
  • Bill Murray as Frank Quinn
  • Lucas Black as Buddy Robinson
  • Gerald McRaney as Horton
  • Bill Cobbs as Charlie Jackson
  • Andrea Powell as Bonnie
  • Rebecca Grant as Joan
  • Scott Cooper as Carl
  • Chandler Riggs as Tom
  • Jerry Brown Throws Down: Midas Auto Shop Franchisee Spanked Hard for Bait and Switch

    Monday, January 25th, 2010

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide car repair shop owners who rip you off for unnecessary work. News comes this morning about a judge in Alameda County who signed off on a: 

    $1.8 million settlement that prevents Maurice Irving Glad (aka Mike Glad), owner of 22 Midas auto shops throughout California, from owning or operating an auto repair shop in the state, after the franchisee “deceptively lured” customers with cheap brake specials and then charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.”

    Now what do you suppose Mike did with some of that ill-gotten booty? Well, he traveled the world, natch, but he also produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary (narrated by Edward James Olmos!) called Recycled Life. (So all those people in the East Bay and the South Bay who thought they were just fixing their cars actually were financing the Hollywood dream factory by paying an average of $268 more than they should have….)

    Anyway, get the deets below to see how our California Bureau of Automotive Repair does sting operations. And get the other side of the story from Mike’s mouthpiece via Henry K. Lee right here.

    El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

    Read all about it, after the jump