Posts Tagged ‘arts’

Mayor Gavin Newsom Announces First Annual “Central Market Arts Festival” – Sept 24 to Oct 14

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Oh, it’s going to be on in the Central Market area over the next three weeks. Check out the Central Market Arts Festival:

“The three-week performing arts festival is coming to San Francisco’s Central Market district. The event, aptly called 24 Days of Central Market Arts, kicks off on Mint Plaza with a weekend of performances by acclaimed local companies on Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26. The kick-off weekend includes dance, live music and family-friendly arts activities for all to enjoy the uniquely vibrant arts scene that the neighborhood offers. 

The Central Market Arts Festival continues through October 17 with curated performances in dance, music and theatre at a variety of venues. With the theme of “Bringing Art to Our Neighborhood Streets/Bringing People to Where Art is Made“, festival organizers aim to encourage audiences to visit the spaces where art is envisioned and created. Following the kick-off weekend on Mint Plaza, festival programs will be presented in satellite venues ranging from nearby businesses to fully equipped theatres and studios. Programming is dynamic, with events being added daily.”

Our Gavin just loves his Mint Plaza:

It might go something like this, like when the The Liss Fain Dance Company put on a show at the Mint Plaza. Just a guess:

See you there!

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES KICK-OFF OF FIRST ANNUAL CENTRAL MARKET ARTS FESTIVAL
3-Week Festival to Highlight Arts and Culture in the Central Market Area

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the kick-off weekend for the new Central Market Arts Festival which premieres in Mint Plaza this Friday at noon and continues over three weeks in satellite locations that showcase arts and culture establishments in the area.  The arts festival is part of a comprehensive effort to catalyze arts and culture establishments on Market Street between 5th and 9th Streets, cultivating the area as a destination spot for both tourists and local arts patrons.

“We are excited to highlight the incredible resources in our City’s arts community and continue cultivating Central Market as a premier venue for arts and cultural organizations in San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom. “Our intention is for the Central Market Arts Festival to become an annual event and for it to serve as another piece of the City and the community’s work to revitalize the area.”

The arts festival is sponsored by the City and supported in part through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, which awarded the City a $250,000 grant for the revitalization of Central Market through the enhancement of the cultural arts district.  As part of the festival, the recently-inaugurated UN Plaza Art Market, running Thursdays from 12-6pm, will begin hosting street food trucks during the lunch hour.
 
The festival is organized by the Central Market Community Benefit District in partnership with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, KUNST-STOFF Arts, The Garage Theater, and Denia Dance, all of which are located on Market Street or seeking space there. Other participating groups include the Exit Theatre, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, The Luggage Store Gallery, Levy Dance, Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, People in Plazas, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  

With events that span many types of performance and visual arts, this festival will begin its kick off weekend with outdoor performances at Mint Plaza from Friday, September 24th through Sunday, September 26th where a full day of family and youth performances will take place. Project Bandaloop will swing and dangle above Mint Plaza as one of the spectacular performances that will take place on the kick off weekend for the three-week festival.  For more information, go to www.centralmarketarts.org

Throughout the three weeks, UN Plaza Art Market will host a special art show by students of the Art Institute, live music and food trucks during the lunchtime hours from the organizers of Off the Grid.  The Art Market, organized by Independent Arts and Media with sponsorship from the City, will continue through December.

All the deets, after the jump
 
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“Star Wars: The Clone Wars Weekend” with “Lightsaber Activities” at Zeum – Sept. 11-12, 2010

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Have you taken the fam to Zeum, San Francisco’s Hands-on, Multimedia Arts and Technology Museum for Kids, down in the SoMA? Well then, take a listen to Executive Director Audrey or Associate Director of Marketing Joy

Now, check it:

“Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum teams with Lucasfilm Ltd. to present Star Wars: The Clone Wars Weekend from Saturday, September 11, 2010 to Sunday September 12, 2010. The weekend-long event offers kids and families the opportunity to connect the Cartoon Network’s popular animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars with Zeum’s signature multimedia arts and technology experiences.”

“Zeum will feature interactive The Clone Wars-themed activities, costumes, workshops, exhibits and lightsaber activities. Visitors of all ages can train with Jedi Mastersand learn how to wield a glowing lightsaber. In the Animators Studio, children and families can create untold stories of a galaxy far, far away by building clay models or using Hasbro action figures to bring the adventure to life. Inspired fans can also write a script, mix a soundtrack and direct their own Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode using Zeum’s green screen special effects.

Other highlights include photo opportunities with Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters and special guests.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Raygun Gothic Rocket Inspires Supervisor David Chiu to Consider a Burning Man Trip

Friday, August 6th, 2010

That 40-foot-tall Raygun Gothic Rocketship down at Pier 14 is already having an effect on people. For example, it has David Chiu, District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, pining for the Playa.

Per Steve Rhodes, “after seeing this he might go to Burning Man for the fist time.”

Via Steve Rhodes

Bon voyage!

[UPDATE: Mayor Gavin Newsom was on the scene as well. Read an account, after the jump.]

Via Steve Rhodes:

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Pwned! This Giant Mural at Zhong Luo’s Dragon House on Mission Teaches an Important Lesson

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The important lesson taught by this giant mural at 4696 Mission down in Avalos Country is this:

Don’t mess with people associated with Zhong Luo’s Dragon House.

Just guessing.

Sifu Luo taking care of business in the Excelsior. Crack goes the humerus:

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Come for the Dragon House Ring Girls Naomi and Michele, stay for the amatuer cage fight series.

In closing,  Zhong Luo’s Dragon House!

OMG, Forty Foot Tall Raygun Gothic Rocketship to be Unveiled Friday Afternoon at Pier 14!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

From LiveSOMA comes the news that the Black Rock Arts Foundation is counting down to the Opening Reception / “Landing Party” for the 8-ton  Raygun Gothic Rocketship installation at Pier 14 (at the foot of Mission Street) on Friday, August 6th, 2010 starting at 3:00 PM.

This is a fine replacement for the Bourgeois Spider (aka Bougie Spider aka Crouching Spider) from Louise Bourgeois, R.I.P.  

Photo: Tomas McCabe

Isn’t it awesome? OMG, it opens up!* Check out the insides via an awesome video from Wired.com:

But, as you know, getting anything done in the 415 ain’t cheap - San Francisco has a well-earned reputation of being America’s most expensive city in which to conduct business, west of Chicago anyway. So why not see what you can do to help?

Check it:

“The Black Rock Arts Foundation is proud to collaborate with artists Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, and their talented crew (FiveTonCrane.org) on the installation of the iconic, large-scale sculpture, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 on San Francisco’s waterfront from August 2010 until September 2011. The 40-foot-tall art piece, The Raygun Gothic Rocketship, offers a retro-futuristic, highly-stylized vision of space travel circa 1930’s-1940’s science fiction and is the latest in a series of temporary public art exhibitions sponsored by BRAF with the aim of enlivening and activating public spaces.

Is this the very same craft that you saw on The Playa last year? Hells yes, playa! (Leave us note NK Guy’s excellent photos of RGR from last year’s Burning Man.)

A nice poster non?

In closing, Raygun Gothic Rocketship! Raygun Gothic Rocketship! Raygun Gothic Rocketship!

(If we can manage to keep the vandals, the taggers (both corporate and non), away from this thing, we’ll be in good shape.)

“Dear Friend:

You are invited to join us in celebration of the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s latest Civic Arts Program project, the installation of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Pier 14 in San Francisco, California. Come hear more about this ambitious undertaking from the crew that made it happen. Enjoy entertainment, dj’s, light refreshments and surprises from the Rocketship crew! The Rocketship will remain on view, free to the public, until October 7, 2011!”

*Sadly, the ship’s hatch won’t be open to the public for various reasons, like the ADA and the chance of falls from 15 feet up etc…

A great shot from Nick Winterhalter:

zOMG, zOMG! Attend Seven Museums for FREE during TARGET’s Arts & Wonder, July 16-18, 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event is coming to San Francisco July 16-18, 2010. So that means that the Target stores will pick up any and all admission fees for certain times on certain days. 

Repeat: “Certain Times on Certain Days.” Check below.

And, bonus, there’ll be a ton of kids’ activities going on.

Here are the places: 

The de Young Museum;

Asian Art Museum;

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA);

The Contemporary Jewish Museum;

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD);

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum; and

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Does the MoMA in the SoMA still have Michael and Bubbles on display?

You can find out for free come July.

All the deets:

San Francisco’s leading museums are having a free for all and you¹re
invited! It’s one big weekend of fun as the de Young Museum, Asian Art
Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Contemporary Jewish
Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Zeum: San Francisco¹s
Children’s Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival take turns welcoming all
ages with free general admission, free hands-on art making activities for
kids and special family-friendly free performances thanks to the generous
support of Target. It’s a marathon of creativity and discovery for all ages
so mark your calendar now. You won’t want to miss the family-friendliest
weekend that San Francisco has to offer!
WHAT:
Target Arts & Wonder ­ free admission for all ages with special art
activities and performances for children and families at seven San Francisco
cultural destinations including the de Young, Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA, the
Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
DATE AND TIME:
Friday, July 16, 2010 ­ de Young Museum free from 5 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010 ­ Asian Art Museum free from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010 ­ SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival free from 11 AM to 4 PM
WHERE:
de Young Museum ­ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park)
www.famsf.org <http://www.famsf.org>
Asian Art Museum ­ 200 Larkin Street www.asianart.org
<http://www.asianart.org>
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) — 151 Third Street (between
Mission and Howard) www.sfmoma.org <http://www.sfmoma.org>
Contemporary Jewish Museum — 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
www.thecjm.org <http://www.thecjm.org>
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) — 685 Mission Street (at Third)
www.moadsf.org <http://www.moadsf.org>
Zeum: San Francisco¹s Children¹s Museum — 221 Fourth Street (at Howard)
www.zeum.org <http://www.zeum.org>
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ­ Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
www.ybgf.org <http://www.ybgf.org>
COST:
FREE!
INFO:
For general information, visit www.target.com/arts. For details about
activities specifically in San Francisco, visit
www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target.
(Please note: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target will go live June 4,
www.target.com/arts will go live June 15)
DETAILS:
Below, is a sample of the many activities families and individuals can enjoy
at participating venues in San Francisco with dates and times indicated for
each:
Friday, July 16, 2010; 5 to 8:45 PM
de Young Museum
Turn the Target mascot Bullseye into a work of Andy Warhol-inspired
Pup-Art
Get a lift as you watch a ballet performance celebrating the Impressionist
painter Degas
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 10 AM to 5 PM
Asian Art Museum
Journey from India to Japan as you stroll through the galleries
Take a storytelling tour and learn about gods, goddesses, emperors,
philosophers and more
Sunday, July 18, 2010; 11 AM to 4 PM
Five locations downtown San Francisco:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Go BIG — see for yourself how larger-than-life artworks transform the
ordinary into the EXTRAordinary
Create your own enormous art — make an everyday object into something 10
times its size
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Celebrate the everyday in the whimsical exhibition Maira Kalman: Various
Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Marvel at the magic of ordinary objects by crafting fabric buttons,
decorating bags and watching Sweet Can Productions make brooms dance and
more
Museum of the African Diaspora
Tour the exhibition African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals
Try your hand at Haitian tooled metal sculpture
Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum
Sculpt and film your own clay animation
Ride the historic Zeum Carousel
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Come in costume and get ready to join the conga line as we celebrate the
international spirit of Carnaval with non-stop performances in the Gardens
from 12-3 PM by Mas Makers Massive, SambAsia, Fogo Na Roupa,
Sistas-wit-Style, Tambores de Colombian Soul, Latin All Stars, Chelle! and
Friends, and Mixtiso
*Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Birth of
Impressionism. A special timed ticket for $15 adults, $10 children ages 6-17
is required for entry to this exhibition only. Children 5 and under are
free.
*Please note that all Asian Art Museum exhibitions are free except Shanghai.
A ticket for $5 for ages 18 and older is required for entry to this
exhibition only. Youth 17 and under are free.
Background
Target Arts & Wonder is part of the Target commitment to arts and education.
Since 1946, the company has given 5 percent of its income to support
education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today, that adds up
to more than $3 million a week. During the third weekend of July, more than
80 institutions in 30 cities across the country will participate in the
Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event.

Is It “Nearly Impossible” to Ride the Justin Herman Plaza Zipline? No, No It’s Not

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Per NBCBayArea, our Justin Herman Plaza Zipline is “nearly impossible to ride” owing to its popularity.

And yet, almost 1000 souls enjoy its charms every day. Mmmm. It wasn’t impossible for all those people to ride, right?

(In other news of the day, here are NBCBayArea’s random photos of Playboy bunnies and Hooters Restaurant employees. That’s got to be pure gold, trafficwise, in’nt.)

The Impossible Dream?

Hangtime by Justin.Beck

Are we saying to get there way early in the day? I think that’s what we’re saying.

Irregardless, NBC’s accounts of when people got into line and when they were able to ride that day (if ever) are enlightening. And, agreed, it’s probably not a good use of time to drive all the way up from San Hoser just to try to go for a 20-second zip.

Zoom zoom.

What It’s Like to Ride the Fantastic Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line – Merci Beaucoup, Canada!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The totally-free Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line is a smash success this afternoon. Here’s the 1080p video you’ll want to see, or just take the short tour here.

It’s all a part of the British Columbia Experiencecheck the photos.

But this zipline is leaving on April 18th, 2010, so don’t delay.

Get on down there. This could be you:

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But first, you’ll need to wait in line next to the abysmal Vaillancourt Fountain, sign a waiver, and get harnessed up.

Today’s mise-en-scene. From the left: the temporary Peter Pan (opening April 27th!) tent from England, the temporary zipline tower from British Columbia, and the permanent(?) Vaillancourt Fountain from the bowels of Hell: 

You’ll ascend the 80 foot tower and encounter a friendly Canadian guide at the top. If you need a pep talk, you’ll get one:

You’ll soon be steadying your nerves by glancing at your jump buddy…

…and then you’ll be off, into the wild bleu.

Sisters doing it for themselves:

Can you see the nervous giggles? There’s your team bonding right there.

And this is what it feels like. Everything zooms by with a quickness, and there’s a loud buzzing above your noggin. Some people go upside-down even.

And they’ll totally let you bring a camera to make your own YouTube:

You owe it to yourself to try.

Don’t dissappoint lovely Ashleigh. She brought her Olympic Gold all the way down here just so you’d consider Vancouver as the starting point for your next vacation:

via Amy Widdowson

See you there!

Are You Brave Enough to Climb This Tower to Ride the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

[UPDATE: I had the guts. Will you?????]

Will you have the guts to climb this temporary tower (80 feet tall!) down near Embarcadero Station to earn the right to tell your friends you rode the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Just asking.

The fun starts tomorrow, April 8th around lunchtime and it’ll stay all the way ’til April 18th, 2010.

via Josegee

The latest:

The zip line will start from a launch tower 80 feet off the ground and will carry users 680 feet to a 30-foot-tall landing tower. The zip-line will be free to the public and open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 18. Thursday’s launch event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will include performances by the Le-La-La Dancers, an aboriginal dance troupe from Vancouver Island.”

See you there!

Urban Zip-Line Coming to San Francisco! Zoom 680 Feet Over Justin Herman Plaza for Free

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

[OMG, they're here putting up the tower. It's actually happening. Oh Canada! UPDATE: It's here!]

Those people in British Columbia, they like to have fun. So, in order to get you to think about taking your next vacay up in the Great White, they’re going to install a 600 680-foot-long zip-line* in Embarcadero Square and run it for eleven days starting April 8th, 2010. And, assuming you meet their physical requirements (it looks like I’ll qualify, but 280-pound Epic Bearded Man Thomas Bruso probably won’t), you’ll be able to harness up and go for a 225-yard ride FOR FREE.

Imagine zooming over the giant white tent they’re constructing for Peter Pan (opening April 27th!) at neighboring Sue Bierman Park. You can fly, Wendy, you can fly.

Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line! Justin Herman Plaza Zip-Line!

You’ll also be able to look down over this $1000-a-day monstrosity. (Try not to tell our friends from western Canada the actual name of “Vaillancourt Fountain.” Shhhhh….)

Justin Herman, as captured by the talented David Yu

See you there April 8th. (Can you already visualize people using their iPhones to Tweet about how long they have to wait for their free rides? I can. If not for our generous Northern Cousins, this kind of thing should cost about $100 American (or Canadian, don’t think there’s much diff these days)).

Zoom zoom.

*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

When: Thursday, April 8 – Sunday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. What: The British Columbia Experience, featuring: – Free 600 ft. Urban Zipline: Open to the Public. Note: There are no age restrictions, but guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds. The ride will be free of charge.  Where: Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California”

 

BC EXPERIENCE’ IN SAN FRANCISCO TO PROMOTE TOURISM

“VICTORIA – One of the most popular activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is heading to San Francisco as part of an exciting tourism marketing campaign, announced Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. From April 8 to 18, a 183-metre (600-foot) zipline will be set-up in Embarcadero Square in San Francisco as part of the BC Experience showcase. The showcase will feature the Whistler-based Ziptrek Ecotours zipline, free public dance performances by the Le-La-La Dancers – a world-renowned Aboriginal dance group – an interactive video display featuring videos and beautiful images of B.C., a 3-D art installation and an updated version of the “You Gotta Be Here” advertising campaign in subway stations throughout the city.“We’ve just finished hosting the largest and most successful celebrations in the world and the zipline in Robson Square was obviously one of the most popular public activities during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Krueger. “We want to bring that excitement to San Francisco, a city that is one of our key markets for attracting new travellers, to show people the diverse range of travel experiences they can find in B.C. and invite them to visit.”The Canadian Tourism Commission is also hosting their annual US Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 12-14, at which over 150 US-based travel writers and editors will meet with Canadian tourism representatives.To help launch the BC Experience, two gold-medal winning Olympians, Canadian ski cross racer Ashleigh McIvor and US speed skater Shani Davis, will be among the first to try the zipline and participate in a public autograph signing.As a result of the Olympic marketing campaign, the number of Americans in the target demographic considering a leisure trip to B.C. has nearly doubled. This increase represents nearly nine million more potential U.S. visitors. Approximately 14 per cent of US visitors to B.C. come from California.The BC Experience is part of a post-Olympic North American consumer marketing campaign that will use online advertising, social media and search marketing to reach potential visitors. The campaign will reach out to consumers who have already expressed interest in travel to B.C., and present customized offers based on their interests.The campaign will focus on a range of experiences, including golf, food and wine, and outdoor adventure to create a greater depth of interest in experiencing B.C.’s tourism products.”

For more information on B.C. tourism opportunities, please visit www.HelloBC.com.

Leaving the final words with Alex P Keaton - in re: British Columbia, “You Gotta Be Here.”