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

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Wow.

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.

Hurray!

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.

Courage.

The Scene from Hayes and Larkin: Deadmau5, the Un-DJ, Sells Out the Bill Graham, October 29th, 2011

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Oh well.

“Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. read more

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This is as close as you can get now…

Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings Law School Commencement May 15 – Plus Honorary Degrees for WWII Internees

Friday, May 6th, 2011

All the deets, below:

“The Honorable Judge Vaughn Walker to Keynote UC Hastings College of the Law Commencement448 Students Eligible to Attend; Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2011  – The University of California Hastings College of the Law Class of 2011 Commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, California 94102.

The Honorable Judge Vaughn R. Walker, Retired

Vaughn R. Walker became a judge in February 1990, having been nominated by President George H. W. Bush and earlier by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate.  He was a judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, for the past 21 years and chief judge for the past six years until his retirement in 2011.

Walker presided over 8,000 cases, more than 250 jury and bench trials and numerous settlement conferences.  He is known for his handling of complex, high-profile cases in the fields of antitrust, copyright and patent law and in cases involving disputes over securities fraud, terrorist surveillance and same-sex marriage. These cases include his August 2010 ruling holding California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional; a 2007 multi-district series of cases challenging telecommunications carriers’ alleged cooperation with the Terrorist Surveillance Program of the Bush Administration; copyright infringement cases between Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation; and Oracle’s merger/hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, approved despite Justice Department opposition.

Honorary Degrees for Interned Japanese-American UC Hastings Students

Included in the commencement ceremony, UC Hastings will confer honorary degrees on Japanese-American students whose studies were interrupted in 1942 due to Executive Order 9066.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes and communities, sent to remote internment camps across the United States, and denied all constitutional rights. Approximately 700 students enrolled at UC Hastings and other University of California campuses were among the Japanese Americans sent to internment camps.

Those who did not return to complete their education will receive the honorary degree of  Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam (to restore justice to the groves of the academy):

–  Toshi Ando
–  Abe Megumi Fuji
–  Pearl Virginia Mayeda
–  Roy Gancho Mita
–  Kenichi Nishimoto
–  James Hiroshi Ogisaka
–  Clark Kuichi Saito (Expected to Attend)

UC Hastings also honors these students who completed their studies:

–  Victor Senjiro Abe (Class of ’42)
–  Harry Goza (Class of ’47)
–  Mamoru Sakuma (Class of ’49)

The Honorable Dennis Hayashi (Class of ’78), Superior Court Judge, County of Alameda, will give brief remarks and accept honorary degrees on behalf of students unable to attend. While serving as Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, Hayashi was a co-counsel in the renowned civil rights case Fred Korematsu v. United States. Korematsu was convicted in 1942 for failing to obey World War II Japanese American internment orders. Hayashi and the legal team successfully argued to overturn Korematsu’s conviction.

More Information

Important Commencement Notes, including tickets, graduation requirements, a “Grad Day To Do” handout, and a link to the Employment Survey is available through the UCHastings website (www.uchastings.edu) in the Student Services section.

About UC Hastings College of the Law: UC Hastings is one of the top-rated and largest law schools in the United States. Its 18,000 living graduates span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today.

Swine Flu Vaccination Conspiracy Theorists Descend Upon Our First Free H1N1 Shot Day

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The long wait ended yesterday when San Francsico government workers and volunteers threw open the doors of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Civic Center yesterday morning in order to dose thousands of people for the H1N1 virus. See?

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photo from SFGate shows that it was pretty crowded early on, but later in the day you could have just walked right in.

But look who showed up to hand out literature and home-made CD-Roms: a crew of conspiracy buffs! (You know, when your JFK assassination and your 9-11 controlled demolition and your chemtrails conspiracy hobby starts to run out of steam, it’s nice to have something new to pamphlet about.)

Almost all of those in line took the flourescent yellow handbills, but a good portion dumped them off ASAP, thusly. Everything that’s not colored bright goldenrod, canary, saffron or paella is official government literature:

Conspiracy theorists love vaccination campaigns – just ask conspiracy-monger (and windmill hater) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about it, if you want.

And let’s hear from Louis Farrakhan:

“On 10/21/2009, Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the swine flu vaccine was developed to depopulate. During a gathering to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Farrakhan as saying:

The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”

O.K. then.

But the conspiracy people really need to use larger type next time. Srsly:

Thank Gaia this operation wasn’t called Virus Connect or Vaccine Connect or whatever. Yish.

Now I didn’t get a shot personally (as I don’t fit into any of the categories listed) but I hung out long enough to conclude that this was the best-run one-day government operation I’ve ever seen within the 47 square miles of San Francisco County.

Bigger than Obama? San Francisco Goes Ga Ga over Lady Gaga at the Bill Graham

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Did you miss Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium? Well click here and you’ll be transported there in a jiffy through the magic of digital video.

How would you rate her stage energy in this “first-ever pop electro opera” compared to that of, let’s say…. a drugged Britney Spears? (Perhaps Lady Gaga missed her morning coffee the past few days, just saying….)

Anyway, she was the biggest thing to hit Civic Center since Barack Obama’s visit to the BGCA back in Ought-Seven. Is she Bigger Than Obama these days?  

Can LGG sing Poker Face upside down? Yes, Yes She Can.

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Of course the True Fans waited in line all day, powered by California Pizza Kitchen and whatnot. Did the nearby CPK on Van Ness send over some free pies to those at the head of the line? Que bueno!

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But don’t go gaga if you see a big bus (camera left) with “Lady Gaga” written on the side. Her real bus (should she need it) will be a unmarked million-dollar job, like the one on the right: 

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All this mania is quite a switch compared to her appearance at The Mezanine in the SoMA just nine months ago, the last time she came to town.

Bon courage to all those on this Monster Ball tour.

The Bay Area has Arrived – A New Blog from the New York Times is Here

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Well it’s here. The Bay Area blog from the New York Times is finally here, along with a new Bay Area Edition for the newspaper. And, like some other famous New Yorkites (such as Harvey Milk, Bill Graham and Senator Carole Migden), the NYT has offended the locals of San Francisco upon arrival. Oh well.

Let’s welcome this new blog with open arms. Give us More I say. Hang those who talk of less

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Meet your New Writers here. They include:

Felicity Barringer

Jesse McKinley

Gerry Shih

Michelle Quinn

Malia Wollan

All right. Expect good things.

Bon courage, TBA!

OMGG! Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour is Coming to San Francisco on December 13th!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

OMGG! Lady Gaga’s arrival in San Francisco will be our early Christmas present.

President Obama came to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium a couple years back - will LG be Bigger than Barack?

Only Time Will Tell.

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NEW TOUR BEGINS NOVEMBER 27 IN MONTREAL

International pop superstar Lady Gaga today announced plans for her next North American tour, entitled “The Monster Ball.”  The tour will begin on November 27 in Montreal, and will wind up on January 21, 2010 in Gaga’s hometown, New York City.  Kid Cudi will be the supporting act for the entire tour.

Says Lady Gaga, “The Haus of Gaga had been designing ‘The Monster Ball’ for premiere in 2010 at the O2 Arena in London, but due to diligent work and preparation, ‘The Monster Ball’ will begin on November 27 in Montreal. ‘The Monster Ball’ is a multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first-ever ‘pop electro opera.’”

Lady Gaga will release a re-package of her breakthrough album, The Fame, called The Fame Monster, earlier that week, on November 23.  The re-package will include eight brand new songs, including the club-banging first single “Bad Romance.”  Continues Lady Gaga, “A message to all my little monsters: The Fame Monster will come out four days before the first live show.  You have exactly 96 hours to learn all of the lyrics so you can sing along.  Dress accordingly.”

 The dates for “The Monster Ball” are:

 November 27 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – The Bell Center
 November 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Center
 November 29 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Scotiabank Place
 December 1 & 2 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
 December 3 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
 December 9 & 10 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
 December 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic
 December 18 – Las Vegas, NV – TBD
 December 19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
 December 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
 December 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
 December 31 – Miami, FL – Knight Center
 January 3 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
 January 7 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox
 January 8 & 9 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
 January 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
 January 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
 January 20 & 21 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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