Posts Tagged ‘Carlos’

SamSingerWatch: Did “Three Men” Really “Attack” Tatiana the Tiger at the San Francisco Zoo?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from “Master of Disaster” PR Man Sam Singer:

“S.F. Zoo gets Martha the tiger to replace Tiger Shot after attacked by 3 Men Christmas 3 years ago”

Uh, en realidad, we don’t actually know that “3 Men” “attacked” that tiger, do we? Hey, what about the minor who died? He was less than 18, right? Oh, and you’re saying he attacked the tiger along with brothers Dhaliwal, you know that for a fact that all three of them did that, huh? You and the zoo have videotape you’ve been sitting on all these years, maybe…

Is this kind of thing what pays your mortgage, Sam?

[Electronic Cockpit Voice]: “Libel, libel… pull up, pull up.”

A post-Tatiana big cat enclosure at the, frankly, poorly-run, San Francisco Zoo:

And the shrine that got set up at the entrance of the zoo, back in the day:

Carlos Santana Gets Hitched in Hawaii – Marries Drummer Cindy Blackman in Maui

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Marin County denizen Carlos Santana asked his drummer to marry him four songs into a show at Tinley Park, IL last year, so it wasn’t unexpected when the news came out about how he got hitched last month in Hawaii.

Now kids, we’re not talking about the Santana you know, not at all:

No, this one, her namesake, dude from the Mission:

And here’s the new bride, Cindy Blackman:

Here she is again, shown getting hitched in the 808 State:

All the deets:

Carlos Santana Engaged to Cindy Blackman Following Onstage Proposal at Chicago Stop of Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010

LOS ANGELES, July 12  — Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed toacclaimed drummer Cindy Blackmanonstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.  Carlos popped the question four songs into the show–the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010–following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.”  After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana.  “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful.  I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener.  Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.  Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005).  As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven–featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale–was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis.  Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records–after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition–featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks–in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com

Haight Shoe Repair – Birkenstock, Welcome!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Or maybe you’d prefer the old sign?

The Yelpers seem to like this store, but they’re hardly unified on the matter.

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Carlos Santana Proposes to Drummer Cindy Blackman on Stage During Performance

Monday, July 12th, 2010

[UPDATE: Turns out that they got hitched in Maui at the end of 2010.]

Marin County denizen Carlos Santana asked his drummer to marry him four songs into the show at Tinley Park, IL a few days back. Deets below.

(Haven’t seen Santana since that epic day a decade ago when he played the Bill Graham at the Windows 2000 launch after being introduced by Bill Gates and actor Patrick Stewart and/or I saw him in his BMW Z8 supercar up at Stintson…)

All the deets:

Carlos Santana Engaged to Cindy Blackman Following Onstage Proposal at Chicago Stop of Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010

LOS ANGELES, July 12  — Musician and philanthropist Carlos Santana proposed toacclaimed drummer Cindy Blackmanonstage during his Friday, July 9 concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL.  Carlos popped the question four songs into the show–the Chicago area stop on Santana’s Universal Tone Tour 2010–following Cindy’s virtuoso drum solo on the Santana hit “Corazon Espinado.”  After she accepted, the just-engaged couple kissed, and the audience broke out into cheers.

“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other,” said Carlos Santana.  “Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful.  I look forward to expressing that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share.”

Santana’s engagement to Blackman comes almost two months into the first leg of the Universal Tone Tour 2010, with North American dates featuring Steve Winwood as opener.  Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz, and played with a wide range of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Laswell.

The Universal Tone Tour’s second leg begins late September with a month-long European itinerary that follows a string of late August/early September performances of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The Joint is the only place west of the Mississippi where Santana will play live in the U.S. through 2010 (supernaturalsantana.com).

The Universal Tone Tour 2010 presents hits from Santana’s four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a forthcoming album.  Set for release September 21 on Arista Records, Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time is the first new studio album by the Santana Band since its trilogy of consecutive, award-winning blockbuster releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005).  As with those earlier classic Arista titles, Guitar Heaven–featuring guest vocalists including Pat Monahan, Joe Cocker, Rob Thomas, and Gavin Rossdale–was co-produced by Carlos Santana and legendary music executive Clive Davis.  Their partnership dates back to 1968, when Davis first signed Santana to Columbia Records–after seeing them at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, at Bill Graham’s request.

Santana’s most recent release was the 2010 reissue of Supernatural as a 2-CD Legacy Edition–featuring 11 previously unissued bonus tracks–in celebration of the classic nine-time GRAMMY-winning album’s 10th anniversary.

For more information: www.santana.com

The Line of Idling Cars in Front of the Masonic Trader Joe’s is Now Out of Control

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Well, it’s come to this – L.A. style gridlock on the upper part Masonic Street in San Francisco. Why? It’s all to do with the Masonic Trader Joe’s near Geary Boulvard. Drivers seem to feel there’s no trouble at all with queuing up in their idling Toyotas, Hondas, and Subarus. So, this is what it looks like when the wait begins 600 freaking feet away from the precious parking spaces and neighboring Euclid Street starts to get blocked up. 

A few of these drivers don’t realize that they’re in the official wait-to-get-into-TJ‘s line because they can’t see over the crest of the hill. Too bad. But could there be changes coming to Masonic?

Cheer up, your space is only 200 yards away. What’s your coping strategy – do you leave your car in Drive and just press down your brake pedal for 15 minutes or do you put it into Park then Drive then Park then Drive…? Each method has its charms, of course. Click to expand:

What’s the solution? Will we get another TJ’s at the old Mervyn’s space down the hill? Not likely. Should you just try to find a parking meter sort of nearby? Sure, why not. Or just line up and wait patiently like everybody else.

These are the troubles you face when your favorite store in the whole world is just too darn popular. Amuse yourself by singing along in your car:

  • It’s milk, it’s bread
  • It’s the stuff on your list
  • It’s the strange little snacks
  • you end up buying instead.
  • It’s booze, it’s nuts
  • it’s pills, it’s peas
  • it’s the peanut butter made of sunflower seeds
  • It’s a box of soup
  • It’s a bell from a boat
  • It’s yogurt made from the milk of a goat
  • A bottle of juice with a crazy name
  • ten kinds of soy milk that all taste the same
  • a two dollar wine that tastes like four
  • all your favorite stuff they don’t have anymore
  • It’s the cashews flavored with chili and lime
  • It’s the bunch of bananas you buy one at a time
  • It’s the stuff that’s organic and the stuff that’s not
  • It’s the cars that won’t fit in the parking lot
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    San Franciscans Flock to the Shrine of Tatiana the Killer Tiger

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Not too many made it to the recent unveiling of the Tatiana sculpture on Christmas Day, but now people are making pilgrimages to the site of the community garden at 274 Greenwich on the famous Greenwich Steps. Per sculptor Jon Engdhal:

    “It was one year ago today that Tatiana died so senselessly, a scale statue is in place to remember her.”

    This is a peaceful place, free of the vitriol that surrounds the Carlos Sousa Jr., Paul Dhaliwal, and Kulbir Dhaliwal case from a year ago

    You’ll find this Siberian tiger cub right next to the parking meter

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    Looking down from Tati’s perch. This is about 75 feet down the hill from the old Julius’ Castle restaurant on Montgomery:

    The view from the path:

    This thing seems larger than life – it’s probably quite heavy.

    Enjoy it while it lasts. She might not be there a long time.

    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Says “No” to Tiger Attack Brothers.

    Friday, May 9th, 2008

    News comes today that the City and County of San Francisco is denying the claim made Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal regarding the Christmas Day tiger attack last year upon Carlos Souza, Jr.

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    Why? You’ll just have to read the 84-page lease agreement between San Francisco and the San Francisco Zoo to find out.

    Dennis Herrera is a crackerjack attorney, so he and his team aren’t going to make things easy for those trying to make money off of this tragedy. It’s not like San Francisco has a lot of extra sourdough to send down to the counties of Santa Clara and Los Angeles. 

    Let’s all hope that the new and improved big cat grottos will be less vulnerable to any kind of harassment, even the “boys will be boys” fatal type of harassment.

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