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WWW.SmokeFreeMovies.UCSF.EDU What? Apparently, UCSF Doesn’t Want CA to Subsidize Films that Depict Smoking

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Did you know that the state of California subsidizes movie production Down Hollywood Way to the tune of $100,000,000 a year? Well, some people want the Sacramento to cut off this source of movie funding for films that depict smoking, that’s the news of the day.

Did The Social Network glamorize smoking as far as you remember? I don’t recall, but it will win a few Oscars on Sunday so it’s as good a target as any, I s’pose. Here’s the closest I could find to a still that has somebody smoking:

(Hey, why does California subsidize film production in the first place? Shouldn’t Jerry Brown or somebody cut off this kind of corporate welfare tout de suite?)

All the deets, here and after the jump:

California Health Experts Fault State’s $100 Million Movie Subsidy, Ask for Reform - L.A. County’s health chief and the chair of California’s expert committee on tobacco control want future film projects with smoking made ineligible for millions in California tax credits

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2011 — Should California taxpayers invest millions of dollars to prevent youth smoking, then hand millions to studios whose films promote youth smoking?

That’s the contradiction spotlighted in separate letters to the California Film Commission released today from Jonathan Fielding, MD, director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Health, and Michael Ong, MD, chair of the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which is mandated by the legislature to guide state tobacco prevention efforts.

Dr. Fielding’s letter, dated January 14, notes that two recent Sony blockbusters, The Social Network and Burlesque, both rated PG-13 and featuring tobacco imagery, qualified for more than $12 million in California tax credits through a $100 million a year program that began its payouts on January 1, 2011. (The two films have grossed $135 million so far.) “Any benefit that tobacco-related subsidies for films might have for California’s interstate competitiveness must be balanced against proven, catastrophic ‘collateral damage’ to young audiences and long-term health costs to the state,” the letter says.

Dr. Ong’s letter, dated February 18, reports that “approximately 44 percent of adolescent smoking initiation can be attributed to exposure to onscreen smoking” and 100,000 high school students in California are currently smokers as a result of this exposure. “It is unconscionable that one state program threatens to undermine our state’s public health achievements and goals, our investment in tobacco prevention, and our savings in health care costs, particularly in a time of declining state revenues,” the letter says.

Both letters urge that future film projects with smoking be made ineligible for taxpayer subsidies in California. Similar reforms are advocated by health groups in New York, New Mexico, Ontario and British Columbia, all major sources of film production subsidies. In 2008, U.S. states granted an estimated $500 million in production subsidies to youth-rated films with smoking, rivaling the $518 million they will spend for tobacco prevention in 2011.

Also today, the Smoke Free Movies campaign based at University of California, San Francisco, published a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter noting that two-thirds of Oscar®-nominated films this year include smoking and forty percent of these are rated PG or PG-13. The ad centers on the new animated film Rango (Viacom: Paramount and Nickelodeon) opening March 4. Headline: “How many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a ‘PG’ movie?” California already makes animated films ineligible for public subsidy. The ad can be seen at www.smokefreemovies.ucsf.edu/ourads/index.html.

SOURCE University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

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OMG, OMG, OMG, It’s Back! Free Beer, Free Show at the Dos Equis Most Interesting Show in the World October 5

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

It’s ba-aaaack! It’s the Dos Equis Beer Most Interesting Show in the World and it’s coming back to town on October 5th at the Ruby Skye at 8:00 PM.

So, stop what you’re doing and get your free tickets right now, before they’re all gone.

See photos from past year’s efforts below. The deets for 2010:

Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 View map, Ages: 21 and Over. Price: $ 0.00

This fall, Dos Equis presents The Most Interesting Show in the World hosted by party aficionado, Andrew W.K. Featuring exotic acts cast from the most notorious parties and celebrations from around the world, this year’s show will deliver the excitement to 17 cities! Join Andrew W.K. with the likes of Hungarian escape artist, The Great Merlini, Persian burlesque legend, Cherie Lily, the incredible Ice Sisters and other indescribable acts of extreme entertainment!
 
I’ll tell you, the catch, if there is a catch, is that you and your friends might need to queue up (on the 400 block of Mason) early to get in / to get good spots. You see, I don’t know if  your printed-out tickets get you in for sure. And then the opening acts probably won’t start at 8:00 PM. It’ll probably more like 9:00 PM. But then again if you show up at 9:00 PM you might not be able to get in, see what I mean? So, take the extra time to commune with your buds with some free beer.
 
The line early on last year in the SoMA:

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The well-run Mezzanine in 2009:

Now, just to give you a taste from shows from the past.

It’s Melody Sweets!:

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Beatboxer Butterscotch accompanying what must be the world’s largest saxamophone – a purple bass:

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The Human Spring!:

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There were whips and crossbows in the house, but edged weapons were the order of the day:

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Mr. and Mrs. G have a Mr. and Mrs. Smith thing going on, apparently.

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Aiming a crossbow using a mirror to pop a balloon. Love hurts:

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Tuna Turner?:

From some show Down South, I think. This is a 17-city tour so not everybody gets to see the same thing, necessarily:

All right, see you there!

The Dos Equis Most Interesting Show in the World Tour 2009 is a Must See

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

As promised, the free, “hella entertainingMost Interesting Show in the World rocked San Francisco’s SoMA district last night at The Mezzanine. Dos Equis picked up the tab and brought a truckload of smooth, refreshing  XX Ambar (Amber?) and XX Lager to hand out for free. Verily, it was “dope.” If this is how our corporate overlords want to spend their money during a recession, whom are we to argue?

See below to discover if this show is coming to your town next. If you’re in Houston, Texas, you can get your ticks now. Otherwise, you’ll have to figure things out on your own. (You had to go through ShowClix to get tickets in S.F.)

[UPDATE: Now you can get tickets for all shows by clicking on TOUR DATES here and then on "RSVP" for your town. Still a few ticks left in Fun Diego, I see...]

Sax-playing host Angelo Moore of Fishbone is the high-energy MC on the MISW ’09 tour:

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The crowd seemed to be in a good mood:

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It’s Melody Sweets!:

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Beatboxer Butterscotch accompanying what must be the world’s largest saxamophone – a purple bass:

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The Human Spring!:

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There were whips and crossbows in the house, but edged weapons were the order of the day:

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Mr. and Mrs. G have a Mr. and Mrs. Smith thing going on, apparently.

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Aiming a crossbow using a mirror to pop a balloon. Love hurts:

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The whole shebang was a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank

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This was the line early on going up Jessie Street betwixt 5th and 6th Streets. But everybody got in so long as they had their printed-out ticket. The Mezz at Triple Four Jessie appears to be a well run nightclub, with an aware but mellow staff that enforces rules without any unneccesary vitriol. Hurray!

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Is it the Most Interesting Show in the World? Check it:

MISW 2009 TOUR SCHEDULE

 Oct. 20        San Francisco        Mezzanine
 Oct. 21        Los Angeles          Avalon
 Oct. 22        San Diego            4th and B
 Oct. 23        Scottsdale           Venue of Scottsdale
 Oct. 26        Denver               Cervantes Masterpiece Bllrm.
 Oct. 29        Houston              Warehouse Live!
 Oct. 30        San Antonio          Scout Bar
 Oct. 31        Dallas               Granada Theater
 Nov. 1         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 2         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 6         Chicago              Park West
 Nov. 10        Atlanta              Variety Playhouse
 Nov. 11        Charlotte            The Visulite Theater
 Nov. 12        Baltimore            Recher Theater
 Nov. 13        New York             Webster Hall
 Nov. 18        Tampa Bay            Skipper’s Smokehouse
 Nov. 19        Ft. Lauderdale       Revolution Live

FREE! – The “Most Interesting Show in the World” Comes to the Mezzanine on Tuesday, October 20th

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[UPDATE: The San Francisco show was a smash success.]

Here are some more details for the Most Interesting Show in the World coming  this Tuesday night. It’s being paid for by our corporate overlords at Dos Equis beer, but you still have to get your free ticket before they’re all gone.  

Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $0.00/ticket Age Limit: 21+
 
Dos Equis and the Most interesting Man in the World are proud to present
THE MOST INTERESTING SHOW IN THE WORLD
Hosted by Angelo Moore of Fishbone!

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See you there!

Featuring a collection of incredible, mind-bending acts from around the globe including:

Burlesque Singer, Melody Sweets
The Dangerous Mr. and Mrs. G
World Famous Contortionist, Melanie Chi
The Human Slinky
The World’s Most Dangerous Comic, Mark Faje
The Human Beat-Box, Butterscotch

The Dos Equis “Most Interesting Show in the World” Comes to the Mezzanine Oct. 20th 2009

Monday, October 12th, 2009

[UPDATE: Uh oh, the show in San Francisco is now sold out - even though (or especially because) it's free, it's sold out. Sorry. Stay thirsty, my friends!]

[REUPDATE: The San Francsico show was a hit.]

Hey, you know what you ought to be doing next week on the evening of Tuesday, October 20? You ought to be going to the Mezzanine at Triple Four Jessie in the SoMA to see The Most Interesting Show in the World.

Why’s that? Because it’s an “Upscale, Offbeat Variety Show” inspired by the iconic and controversial ”Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign for Dos Equis beer.

People, the price is right on this one – the only question is how much work it’s going to be for you to get in. The whole shebang will be run by this buzz-saw-wielding fellow, Jim Rose:

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And you’ll get to see the versatile Melody Sweets - probably not as Tina Turner…

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…nor as a luau dancer…

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…but you know Melody will most likely be more in a burlesque mode, if this article from Austinist last year is any indication.

How do you get tickets? I don’t know, but figuring that out will be something to work on this week, in’nt?

All the deets so far: 

Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Show in the World Returns With 16-City Nationwide Tour

Upscale, Offbeat Variety Show is Inspired by the Iconic ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ Campaign

Dos Equis today announced the return of “The Most Interesting Show in the World” tour (MISW), a one-of-a-kind, touring upscale, offbeat variety show inspired by the award-winning “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign.  This year’s MISW will once again feature a menagerie of multinational performers, including acrobats, beatboxers, burlesque performers, contortionists, crossbow marksmen and daredevils that will excite and delight audiences in 16 cities from coast to coast.

“We had great consumer response to the launch of the Most Interesting Show in the World last year and are focused on building upon that success to create an even more dynamic and unique brand experience,” said Paul Smailes, brand director for Dos Equis.  “We’re bringing together engaging new entertainers and previous fan favorites to thrill consumers and continue to reinforce Dos Equis as the champion of interesting.”

Angelo Moore, poet, spoken word performer, saxophonist and founding member of the influential punk rock band “Fishbone,” will serve as the show’s host and MC.

Beginning with San Francisco on Oct. 20, the MISW will travel from the West Coast to the East Coast and make 16 tour stops, including shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, enthralling audiences at upscale nightlife venues across the country with a unique blend of humor, seductiveness and visual entertainment.

New York-based Mirrorball is the experiential marketing agency in charge of the development and implementation of the multi-award winning MISW tour.

The show is written and produced by Randy Weiner and Weiner Entertainment Group.  Weiner is the creator of the “The Donkey Show,” a variety program that has toured New York, London, Madrid and Seoul, as well as the Las Vegas show “Beacher’s Madhouse.”

The MISW tour will be supported by online media and local in-market promotions.

 All MISW attendees must be 21 or over.

 For more information, please visit www.dosequis.com/mostinterestingshow.

 MISW 2009 TOUR SCHEDULE*

 Oct. 20        San Francisco        Mezzanine
 Oct. 21        Los Angeles          Avalon
 Oct. 22        San Diego            4th and B
 Oct. 23        Scottsdale           Venue of Scottsdale
 Oct. 26        Denver               Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
 Oct. 29        Houston              Warehouse Live!
 Oct. 30        San Antonio          Scout Bar
 Oct. 31        Dallas               Granada Theater
 Nov. 1         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 2         Austin               La Zona Rosa
 Nov. 6         Chicago              Park West
 Nov. 10        Atlanta              Variety Playhouse
 Nov. 11        Charlotte            The Visulite Theater
 Nov. 12        Baltimore            Recher Theater
 Nov. 13        New York             Webster Hall
 Nov. 18        Tampa Bay            Skipper’s Smokehouse
 Nov. 19        Ft. Lauderdale       Revolution Live

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See you there!