Posts Tagged ‘broadway’

OMG, It’s “War Horse” at Our Curran Theatre – A Spectacle – Positive to Enthusiastic Reviews – Ends Sept. 9th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re looking for in a play, but how’s this?

2011 Tony Awards:
  • Best Play
  • Best Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
  • Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith, winner)
  • Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, winner)
  • Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt, winner)

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

So yeah, War Horse at our SHN Curran Theatre is a puppet show based on a children’s book, but it looks amazing.

Speaking of which, here’s SFPD horse “Hammer” meeting SHN horse puppet “Joey” the other day in Golden Gate Park – check the video:

Click to expand – more deets on this equine experiment from Kavin Fagan here

And, the reviews:

Miracles abound in the electrifying “War Horse per Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle

A theatrical coup” per long-time San Francisco critic Janos Gereben

It’s “spellbinding” per Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News

War Horse earns its stripesper Ken Marks of KQED

War Horse is the one touring show that shouldn’t be missed“ per Cy Ashley Webb of the Stark Insider

Four stars out of five per Albert Goodwyn, SF Performing Arts Examiner

It’s a great show. You (and your kin aged 12 and up) ought to go see it.

And oh, BTW, if you don’t already have tickets for The Book of Mormon, you know, the Best Musical of the Century (already!) per the New York Times, well, it’s time to start freaking out. You can’t buy tickets now because the only way to do that is to get a subscription for the 2012-2013 season (you know, Lion King, Wicked, etc.) but here’s the catch: SOLD OUT, baby! Already. So you’re going to need to move move move when individual tickets go on sale, whenever that will be. BoM, which is, fundamentally, a “love letter to religion written by an atheist,” however foul-mouthed it may be, will only be here for five short weeks. Every last show will sell out, just saying.

Yet Another 18-Wheeler Gets Stuck Atop Pacific Heights – It’s Hard Out Here for a Driver – Broadway and Divisadero

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Attention truck, bus, and limousine drivers of the world:

It’s hard to drive in San Francisco.

If you’d only realize that when you’re planning your trip into town, life would be so much easier for you.

Via melfoody, from a few days back

Remember, it’s hard to drive here…

He’s Ba-aaack: Infamous Pacific Heights Foreclosee John Lee Hudson – BONUS: Cheesy ACQUIRE Replicar

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Or maybe John Lee Hudson isn’t back but his car sure is, having been spotted in the Financh on Friday.

(Parked illegally, of course, with the four-way flashers flashing.)

As seen on Halleck Alley in the heart of the 94111 – note ogler taking a snap while gushing about this 100% fake 1928 Mercedes Benz SSK replicar:

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Now, if I had gotten taken down by Jim Cox over at the Socketsite in this fashion, well, I’d have left town vowing to never come back.

But some people are shameless.

Even more shameless than Hollywood Foreclosure King Nicolas Cage, who used to own 1945 Franklin* before JLH et ux. 

Anywho, this ride is not a “Refurbished 1936 Mercedes Excalibur,” just saying.

*I think he was the one who added the garages to the front – at least that’s what the nanny told me back in the day.

The Cast of the American Idiot Musical is Performing at Google HQ Today – Watch It Live on the YouTube at 3:00PM

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

All the deets:

“SHN (Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Theatres) and GOOGLE have announced a special live presentation with the cast of AMERICAN IDIOT as part of the Talks at Google series at their Mountain View headquarters. This very special event will take place this Thursday, June 14th   at 3pm PST.

The event can be viewed around the world via livestream using the following link: http://www.youtube.com/user/AtGoogleTalks?v=j6gw1fU20w0

The presentation will feature a live performance of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” as well as “21 Guns” by the entire cast.  Viewers of the livestream can also participate in a Q & A by submitting questions directly to the American Idiot cast using the following link: https://www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=1fcd9e

“The Talks at Google program is extremely excited to host cast and creative from the musical “American Idiot”, said Cliff Redeker, founder of the program. “This is the first time we’ve invited a Broadway show to the Googleplex and we’re proud to share the experience with the world through YouTube.  We look forward to hosting many more Broadway productions together with SHN as the season unfolds.”

Talks at Google started in 2005 as an on-campus series to reach out to authors for exposure to the Google staff. The outreach has now surpassed Google employees and moved on to all who tune in via cyberspace.  Everyone from then-candidate Barack Obama to superstar Lady Gaga has made their way to be on Talks at Google and it has since grown to include not just authors, but musicians, and now Broadway shows/performers as well!

AMERICAN IDIOT premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year.  In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade.”

TICKETS

Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT range in price from $31 – $100 and are now on sale at shnsf.com or by calling 888-746-1799.
For more information visit: http://www.shnsf.com/online/americanidiot

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: JUNE 12-JULY 8

Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2PM

Added performance: Friday June, 22 at 2 PM

No performance: Sunday, June 24

SHN Orpheum Theatre: 1192 Market St. (at 8th)

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The Somewhat-Racist Italian Flag Light-Pole Stickers of North Beach and What One Chinese Dude Did About Them Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One thing that me and our local real estate cabal agree upon is the sanctity of Broadway as a neighborhood dividing line on the east si-iiiide of San Francisco.

So I’ll admit that any area above B’Way isn’t a part of Chinatown. Fine.

But, you know, Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach proper, above B’Way, back in the day and certain people didn’t like it, not one bit.

So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades ago as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. Take a look below.

Now I’ll tell you, one person who didn’t cotton to these flags was furniture store owner Ed Yee. You see, he preferred American flags. Read all about his campaign against colori italiani in this bit by Ilene Lelchuk from all the way back in aught-two. Ed’s windmill-tilting even made the Fox News back then.

But, after some blowback from people like Louis Calabro of the “European American Issues Forum“ the City Family came down on Ed so his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles ended.

Count them, go ahead. These things are all over the place:

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Oh well.

Back in the 1800′s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. You know, to send a message about who belongs where.

These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.

O.K. fine.

But I don’t approve.

We ought to take all these stickers down.

In closing:

“It’s a visual and therefore a visceral betrayal. Stop it!”

John Malkovich, Transformers III: Dark of the Moon

“OPEN DOOR, OPEN BOOKS, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART” – City Lights Booksellers, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On Columbus near Broadway:

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Opening of San Francisco’s Classiest New Steakhouse, the Penthouse Club, Covered by Our Classiest News Station, KRON-TV

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I think that’s Vicki Liviakis* doing a stand-up** in front of the VIP line last night at the Grand Opening of our brand-new San Francisco PENTHOUSE CLUB & Steakhouse.

Looked like kind of a sausage-fest, actually:

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But, oh, the reviews are in, already. Let’s hear from from the “Yelp Elite” cognoscente:

“My boyfriend got the 28-day dry aged bone-in ribeye with chimichurri sauce and I got the grass fed filet mignon with shallot confit and sauce Diane. We were both getting full at this point, but not full enough to not devour both of these beef dishes. The chimichurri sauce was the best we have ever had and really enhanced the juicy ribeye. My filet mignon was tasty and rich and the shallot confit added a nice sweet touch to the dish. We had the Jordan Cab with the meat dishes.

“This was one of the best food experiences I have had in a long time! Every single dish was eaten in its entirety and the bits were scraped off the plate with our forks. I would have licked the plate had I been at home. Executive Chef Mike Ellis has created an amazing and versatile menu that is guaranteed to please anyone’s palate.”

O.K. then.

Bon Courage, San Francisco PENTHOUSE CLUB & Steakhouse!

*At first, I thought she might have been the talent, you know, coming out of the limo. (That’s a compliment, I suppose…)

**I can’t recall ever seeing a real live person holding a KRON 4*** video camera, cause, you know, usually a tripod does the job. That’s the “VJ” concept. 

***If I were in charge of KRON, I’d apply to the FCC to change the name to KORN**** and then I’d beg NBC for an affiliate contract, you know, so it’d be like the old days. That would improve ratings 150% overnight, I’d wager.

****And actually, it would have a Cyrillic R, you know, like this: KoЯn-TV

Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

San Francisco’s Penthouse Club and Steakhouse on Broadway: It’s Happening, Man – It’s Finally Happening – Soft Open Soon

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As you can see, our newest high-end steakhouse is a hub of activity – this one’s going to go.

Deets below.

Expect to see Jenna Rose and Sabrina Maree on March 15, 2012, if you pay $25 for a ticket.

Ooh, classy, and about the cleanest exterior of any building on Broadway in North Beach or C-Town:

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(Uh, will there really be bachelorette parties here, for real? Only time will tell…)

All the deets:

The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, the much-anticipated new luxury gentlemen’s club in San Franciscowill host its Grand Opening celebration March 15-17, 2012 with gorgeous guest stars from the pages of Penthouse Magazine. Located at 412 Broadway in the historic North Beach district, the 15,000 square foot space has received multimillion dollar renovation to create a San Francisco adult entertainment venue of unparalleled style and elegance in the city.

In addition to the captivating Penthouse Key Girls, the Grand Opening night on Thursday, March 15 will feature special guest appearances by Penthouse Magazine’s 2012 Pet of the Year, the incomparable Miss Jenna Rose, and the sensational Miss Sabrina Maree, Penthouse Pet for December 2010.

The moment guests step into the sleek black granite foyer of The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, they’ll be dazzled by the opulent interior created by internationally acclaimed nightclub designer David Chesal. As they’re ushered past a glowing 20’ video wall into the main showroom downstairs, the sweeping vista includes two stages, two levels of seating, an expansive bar and the largest Champagne Display in Northern California. They’ll also have a glimpse of the entertainment going on above through a unique keyhole ceiling and cantilevered glass stage.

The rich, comfortable interior is enhanced by the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced LED lighting available. Upstairs is yet another stage, an intimate 40-seat dining room with curtained booths, a private area for groups and bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as deluxe Champagne rooms and exclusive VIP areas.

Independently owned and operated, The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse will be open 7 days a week. Serving lunch and dinner, guests will be able to enjoy premium spirits and rare reserve wines, and select from the tempting classic American steakhouse menu. The 4-star fine dining will be available throughout the entire venue.

“In terms of style, service, and sophistication, we’ve created The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse to be San Francisco’s most exciting and luxurious destination for the very finest in live adult entertainment,” said General Manager Glenn Prime.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the Grand Opening events are available by visitinghttp://www.penthousesf.com.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative of Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco, please contact Kevin Sanchez at Hollenbeck Associates at (415) 227-1150 ext 110.

About Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco
The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, opening in 2012, will take upscale adult nightlife in San Francisco to a new level with 15,000 square feet of pure luxury. Featuring the top exotic dancers from around the country, the Club will combine the best in San Francisco adult entertainment with some of the finest dining in the City—including mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and pastas made from the highest quality ingredients.

It’s Official: Our High-End Penthouse Club & Steakhouse on Broadway Will Have Its Grand Opening on March 15 – But a Soft Opening Before Then

Monday, February 27th, 2012

See?

Expect to see Jenna Rose and Sabrina Maree on March 15, 2012, if you pay $25 for a ticket.

Ooh, classy, and about the cleanest exterior of any building on Broadway in North Beach or C-Town:

Click to expand

(Uh, will there really be bachelorette parties here, for real? Only time will tell…)

All the deets:

The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, the much-anticipated new luxury gentlemen’s club in San Franciscowill host its Grand Opening celebration March 15-17, 2012 with gorgeous guest stars from the pages of Penthouse Magazine. Located at 412 Broadway in the historic North Beach district, the 15,000 square foot space has received multimillion dollar renovation to create a San Francisco adult entertainment venue of unparalleled style and elegance in the city.

In addition to the captivating Penthouse Key Girls, the Grand Opening night on Thursday, March 15 will feature special guest appearances by Penthouse Magazine’s 2012 Pet of the Year, the incomparable Miss Jenna Rose, and the sensational Miss Sabrina Maree, Penthouse Pet for December 2010.

The moment guests step into the sleek black granite foyer of The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, they’ll be dazzled by the opulent interior created by internationally acclaimed nightclub designer David Chesal. As they’re ushered past a glowing 20’ video wall into the main showroom downstairs, the sweeping vista includes two stages, two levels of seating, an expansive bar and the largest Champagne Display in Northern California. They’ll also have a glimpse of the entertainment going on above through a unique keyhole ceiling and cantilevered glass stage.

The rich, comfortable interior is enhanced by the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced LED lighting available. Upstairs is yet another stage, an intimate 40-seat dining room with curtained booths, a private area for groups and bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as deluxe Champagne rooms and exclusive VIP areas.

Independently owned and operated, The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse will be open 7 days a week. Serving lunch and dinner, guests will be able to enjoy premium spirits and rare reserve wines, and select from the tempting classic American steakhouse menu. The 4-star fine dining will be available throughout the entire venue.

“In terms of style, service, and sophistication, we’ve created The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse to be San Francisco’s most exciting and luxurious destination for the very finest in live adult entertainment,” said General Manager Glenn Prime.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the Grand Opening events are available by visitinghttp://www.penthousesf.com.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative of Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco, please contact Kevin Sanchez at Hollenbeck Associates at (415) 227-1150 ext 110.

About Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco
The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, opening in 2012, will take upscale adult nightlife in San Francisco to a new level with 15,000 square feet of pure luxury. Featuring the top exotic dancers from around the country, the Club will combine the best in San Francisco adult entertainment with some of the finest dining in the City—including mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and pastas made from the highest quality ingredients.