Posts Tagged ‘bill graham’

SF10YA – Frisco Ten Years Ago – Back When Barack Obama Came to the Bill Graham – A Very Big Event

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

11/14/2007, Civic Center:


Before Bernie v. Hillary, it was Barack v. Hillary.

I showed up way late, but ended up being right on time. I think this was 10-something PM

Turnout was huge, as this was a free event.

There was a lot of energy in the room, needless to say.

A memorable evening…

COMING SOON: “BiRite Cafe at Civic Center Plaza” – Mmmmm, That Sounds … Expensive? – A Million Dollar Microstore with “Bad Ass” Egg Sandwiches

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You know, for kids!

Check it – this sign makes things official:

The plan comes thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Diller Family Foundation to install a family-friendly food purveyor next to the proposed new playgrounds across the park from City Hall, and is also funded with another $10 million from the Diller Foundation.”

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Man, I could list you similar upscale concepts that worked fine somewhere else only to die in, say, Union Square and, well, even Civic Center itself. In fact, opening up such an establishment would seem like “a good way to lose a million dollars.” Except if you pay the owner a million as a kind of guarantee, well, gee, that could incentivise entrepreneurs to come out of the woodwork, non?

So, just as our USDOT operates an Essential Air Service program to provide inessential flights of mostly empty aircraft, local do-gooders are helping to provide Essential McMuffin Service to Civic Center, but you know, in an upscale way.

But don’t count on Dolores Park-style ice cream availability – it’ll be soft-serve only, Brother.

You know, for kids!

Anyway, this is new on me.

Leaving you with this, from Actual Local Joe Kukura:

“Any discussion of Civic Center inevitably turns to the area’s chronic homelessness, which has only gotten worse during a phase of construction and repairs to the Civic Center BART station. The Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works have been particularly aggressive about clearing the homeless from Civic Center lately, the latest attempt in a decades-long effort to clean up the area best known for the terrifying final scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers that has only gotten scarier and scarier since then.”

Frisco Braces for Apple iPhone 7 Introduction – EXPECT DELAYS All Around Civic Center September 6-7

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Myself, I’ll be spending September 7th putting superglue in the 3.5mm TRS headphone connector of my Samsung Galaxy, in sympathy with my Apple-using Brothers and Sisters:

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And now, one more thing: j/k. Enjoy your new headphones, your Blueteeth. I’m sure they’ll work most of the time. And if not, well, just throw all your stuff and buy some more shiny from Big A – you’re worth it, you deserve it…

Abraham Lincoln Brigade (16) Takes Market – Twice as Good as the Van Buren Boys (8) – Annual Nerd Conference Continues

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

There were warning signs:

But I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared for this gang of blackshirts headed down Market:

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I was going to flash “16” to them to show I was down, but I didn’t know how.

(Guess all it takes to form an army in Frisco is free box lunch and giveaway T-shirts. And flags. Lots o’ flags…)

It’s Apple’s World, We’re Just Living In It: Worldwide Developers Conference Runs June 13-17th in Civic Center

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Six flags over Frisco:

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As seen in Civic Center:

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WWDC is the annual Worldwide Developers Conference held by Apple in San Francisco, California. The 2016 conference will be held June 13–17. Tickets are priced at $1,599 and are being distributed through a lottery system.

Trumor: Apple to Introduce iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Replacements At Bill Graham Auditorium in Civic Center on Sept 9th

Monday, August 24th, 2015

All the deets:

“Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus at an event on September the 9th.”

People are complaining already.

“Who pays for the costs to staff the SFPD officers and for the SFPD vehicles that are used at this venue?  The private company organizing the event, or San Francisco taxpayers?”

Well, I’ll field this one. Apple will throw us a few bucks.

Anyway, I’ve never been wrong on a TRUMOR yet. We’ll see…

Wow, That New Order Band from the 1980’s is Playing the Bill Graham Civic on July 11th, 2014

Friday, May 23rd, 2014


I had the 12-inch of Perfect Kiss – it went a little something like this

Camping Out in Front of the Bill Graham Auditorium the Night Before Project Homeless Connect #43

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

This is right when the symphony let out:

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It depends on which yardstick you use whether Project Homeless Connect has been a success, or an abject failure, or something in betwixt…

OMG, Audition for the “America’s Got Talent” TV Show This Weekend in San Francisco! February 11-12, 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Here’s what you’re going to do this weekend. You’re going to register for the America’s Got Talent tryouts in San Francisco’s Civic Center and then you’re going to win a place on the show and then Howard Stern will eventually end up giving you a check for one million dollars!

Because you’re talented, baby.

Check it:

Oh, you don’t actually think that you gots talent? Well then you can just go and watch the taping of the show on February 24th or 25th FOR FREE.


Bon courage, talented Bay Areans!

“NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s hottest show, is coming to the Bay Area — and you can be in the live studio audience!

Free tickets are now available to see host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel as they tape shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on February 24th and 25th.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Simply follow this link to sign up for one of four tapings. All tickets are free! The minimum age to attend is 14.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be part of a primetime, television event!

America’s Got Talent is a true celebration of the American spirit. It features a unique selection singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all hoping to win America’s hearts — and a $1million prize!

These tickets are to be a part of the live studio audience for America’s Got Talent, not to perform on the show. All performers have been pre-selected.

For information on how to audition for future shows, please follow this link.”

“Audition Advice

Before your audition, you should read this valuable advice:

Audition Day Checklist

Berkeley Flags Flying in San Francisco’s Civic Center? “Another Planet” Stakes Its Claim at the Bill Graham Auditorium

Friday, January 13th, 2012

See these huge flags? They say, “Berkeley, Another Planet, Entertainment.”

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They’re all over the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium:

Shouldn’t they say “San Francisco, Another Planet, Entertainment,” instead?

I cry foul.