Posts Tagged ‘celebrity’

This Sign Remnant is All That’s Left of “Speedo 690″ and Speedo’s Garage – Sic Transit Gloria Van Ness, RIP “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Of course you’re too young to remember San Francisco back in the 1980′s, Gentle Reader, but I’m not. It was a time when we really only had one celebrity chef: Jeremiah Tower.

He was kind of a jerk, as you might be able to tell from this vintage bit here.*

Like I say, it was the 1980′s so why not start up a “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine” joint at a former garage on Auto Row and name the place after the garage and use the same historic sign out front, right? The heck with what those people at Warnaco / Speedo USA might think. Like I said, kind of a jerk.

Anywho, the Speedo’s Garage sign is gone but the edges are still there, waiting to get filled in, with something: 

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And what’s at this location today? Jodi Liano’s San Francisco Cooking School.

Anyway, that’s what crosses my mind when I ‘m crossing Van Ness. A fellow can remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember.**

In closing:

“I had the opportunity to work and eat at Chez Panisse throughout Jeremiah’s tenure and dined at his San Francisco restaurant Stars many times (not to mention his other afterthoughts, “Starfish,” “Stars Cafe” in any of its incarnations, “JT’s”, “Speedo 690″, etc) and the striking thing to me isn’t Jeremiah’s egomania or even his pathologic need for recognition–it’s how much bad food he produced.”

*Denise Hale “popularized the concept of the A List?” WTF to that. And don’t miss this nugget

Denise Hale, the jet-setting philanthropist, denied that she once instructed Tower to secretly serve Haut-Brion to her and her friend, conductor Zubin Mehta, while the rest of her guests drank a far-cheaper Jordan Cabernet.

**You take me. One day back in ’96, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all. But I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I hadn’t thought of that girl.

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

Don’t Forget, the KRAFT Fight Hunger Bowl is Almost Here – Tickets Still Available for December 31st Game

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

There’s was some news conference yesterday that nobody told me about so oh well.

But find out all about it after the jump.

Now, which squad do you think will win on Saturday? The Bruins…

…or the Illini?

 

It’s like $25 for a cheap seat – you can afford that, right?

See you there!

(more…)

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS CHOSEN! THE STEVE SILVER FOUNDATION AND BEACH BLANKET BABYLON SELECT NINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR THREE $10,000 CASH SCHOLARSHIPS

FINALISTS TO PERFORM LIVE AT CLUB FUGAZI ON MONDAY, JUNE 6th

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

ACTING
JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

DANCING
MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

SINGING
JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3′s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7′s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

C’mon, Leave Brittany, I Mean Nicole Kidman, Alone! Just Be Cool – Don’t Mob Her at the Hugh Jackman Show

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Look at this scrum after the end of Hugh Jackman’s preview performance at our Curran Theatre. Somewhere in there was lovely Nicole Kidman, who’s in town to film something or other.

I mean, these fans were pushing her the wrong way down the sidewalk, trying to get her sign calendars (that they just happened to have brought with them!) and whatnot:

Check the video – it was a madhouse on Geary.

Now, instead of acting like that, just stay cool.

Like this – when NK was jogging about the Specific Whites / Cow Hollow / Marina neighborhood earlier this week, you see how she was ignored by the local gal? That’s how you do it.

Of course at least one stalkerazi just up the hill wasn’t exactly ignoring Nicole, but he’s practically My Bodyguard compared with the voracious, out-of-control fans of Union Square.

All right, I’ve had a good cry, time to wash off all my mascara…

OMG, Taylor Swift is in Saskatchewan Right Now! SF-Based JustSpotted.com Stalks Celebs All Over the World in Real Time

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in the day fans needed to work hard to track the peregrinations of their favorite celebrities. But that’s all changed now thanks to San Francisco-based JustSpotted.com, which:

“…aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.”

O.K. fans, get to your stalking.

“JustSpotted.com Adds Celebrity Blog and Other Features

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2010  – AJ Asver, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of JustSpotted, announces the latest features to be deployed at JustSpotted.com, a newly launched website and the definitive source for breaking celebrity news. The site, which aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.

“JustSpotted pushes the boundaries of what can be done with real-time social data,” says Asver.  “We have taken the celebrity spotting phenomena, which already occurs on Facebook and Twitter, and have made it more accessible.”

JustSpotted is a San Francisco-based technology company that aggregates publicly available information from websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. The company’s proprietary technology filters the aggregated information and collects credible comments on celebrity sightings, delivering a real-time newsfeed of the activities and locations of over 10,000 celebrities. JustSpotted allows fans and celebrities to connect and to share information with each other.

JustSpotted’s new features will provide a unique and interactive experience for fans and for celebrities.

The JustSpotted Blog, one of six new features to be deployed at the site, will include feature articles and real-time news on celebrity sightings.  The first blog will feature JustSpotted’s most prominent celebrity, Justin Bieber, and utilize tweets to chronicle his whereabouts over the last month.

JustSpotted’s Search by Location feature will allow visitors at the site to view celebrity sightings in a specific area by typing the location in the search bar.

The Fan Button feature will allow visitors to instantly become a “fan” of a celebrity and will offer a real-time feed of the latest sightings of the celebrity.

The Globe Spotters map will show celebrity sightings in real-time, information which JustSpotted will aggregate from other websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. With the reported sightings, JustSpotted’s fluid world map will show the locations of celebrities in real-time.

About JustSpotted

JustSpotted.com offers real-time updates of celebrities for their fans. It is the one-stop destination for fans to view over 700 celebrity sightings everyday. JustSpottedis celebrity friendly. The company, which offers page-branding and mobile updates, partners with celebrities. By developing direct relationships between JustSpotted and celebrities, the site will publish exclusive information that is provided directly by the celebrities.

Famous San Francisco Writer Herb Caen Finally Opens a Twitter Account

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Not exactly sure how he managed it, but Herbert Eugene Caen is bringing his brand of three-dot journalism to the Internets via the Twitter.

Not bad for a guy born in 1916, huh?

He’s already developed a following. Good for him…

Which Celebrity Endorser Makes the Best Case for Ending Canada’s Seal Slaughter?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Let’s see here, the bay area hasn’t heard from PETA since that thing where they pwned the South San Francisco Ronald McDonald in front of all those kids in September and the red blood bikini chicken bath thing on Van Ness last summer. Now, it seems the focus of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animules has traveled up to the Great White North for the start of the 2009-2010 baby seal hunting season.

Some of our celebrities don’t approve of killing the furry cuties.  Who makes the best case against the slaughter? As always, click to expand:

Grace Park?

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Owain Yeoman?

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Christian Serratos?

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Brody Jenner?

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Jayde Nicole?

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or Steve-O?

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Choose or lose…

San Francisco Welcomes Cruise Ship Celebrity Infinity, From Down Mexico Way

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Well here she is, straight outta Fort Lauderdale, Florida via the Panama Canal, “steeped with prestige and elegance,” it’s 965 foot long Celebrity Infinity. Now you’d think that it’d have been nice for her to have stopped at Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as originally planned, but worries over the Swine Flu (2500 Americans alone, and counting) put the kibosh on that. Oh well.

Welcome passengers! Please empty your pockets and leave, as so many have done before you. (I keed. I keed because I love.) But seriously, stay as long as you’d like – go AWOL if you want. Just stay away from those darn exploding canisters. And stay away from the Internet that costs 50 cents per minute. Ouch.

A big boat that’s almost too much for our little city to handle:

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