Posts Tagged ‘ceremony’

How Will the Signs for the Willie Brown Span of Our Bay Bridge Get Defaced? The Latest Odds

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Ah, we’re just finding out about today’s big event.

So just as Herb Caen (1916-1997) got a party for Herb Caen Way in 1996, Willie Brown (1934- 20__) is getting a party for the Willie L. Brown Junior span of the Bay Bridge in 2014.

What are the odds, which type of attack will come first?

Spray Paint: 1 to 1 favorite

Willie Brown is almost universally despised. The naming of this bridge was never put to a vote because Willie Brown would never win it. Ergo, the masses will speak with spray paint, most likely.

Ranged Weapon: 3 to 1

A drive-by shooting with a paintball gun certainly is a possibility. Shooting at a sign with a handgun or rifle, well that’s getting cray-cray.

Close Quarters Combat Weapon: 5 to 1

Shotgun blast, also cray cray.

Chemical attack: 10 to 1

I don’t know how this would work. Perhaps using paint thinner or acid.

Other: 12 to 1

Who knows, medieval mace hurled and embedded, baseball bat, bowling ball, truckasuarus? The mind boggles.

So, do I think it’s appropriate to troll the voting (and non-voting) public into action with this misguided sign deal? Yes.

So, do I think that CalTrans or whomever should have a GoPro or two in the areas of these signs? Yes.

And who will be the happiest when the attacks make the news?

One Willie Brown, srsly. He’ll love the attention

Here’s the July 4-11 Schedule for the America’s Cup, Here’s What We’re Getting for Our Tens of Millions of Dollars

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

But first, the news. Here are your top seven stories when you search for news regarding this colossal failure:

  1. How Larry Ellison Is Destroying the America’s Cup - Bloomberg

    Jun 5, 2013 – The result is the sports equivalent of Apple’s Newton or Microsoft’s Bob: a disruptive, innovative, colossal failure. The America’s Cup, which 
  2. America’s Cup finals scaled back from original vision – San Jose 

     Aug 23, 2012 – In an interview this week at Marina Green, Troublé blamed theAmerica’s Cup Event Authority for failing to secure TV contracts early enough,
  3. Did an America’s Cup Sailor Drown Because His  - Slate Magazine

    May 9, 2013 – On the America’s Cup website, there is a description of the AC72, the new  It’s not clear if there was a structural failure that caused the crash 
  4. America’s Cup Team Feared Capsizing – WSJ.com

    May 10, 2013 – The team said doctors failed to revive him while in rescue boats and later  The America’s Cup, established in 1851 as a competition between 
  5. Organized Labor - America’s Cup Admits Failure to Pay Prevailing 

    Organizers for the America’s Cup Yacht races were called to a special hearing by the Board of Supervisors in March to explain a failure by some contractors 

And now, on with the show:

“Please check below for the schedule for the first week of the America’s Cup Summer of Racing. Changes and updates will be made to this schedule as necessary.

July 4 – Opening Day

12:00 America’s Cup Park officially opens to the public for the first time
13:30-16:45 AC72s at mooring off Promenade at Piers 27/29
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session at Presentation Stage with America’s Cup Teams
14:15 America’s Cup Pavilion open for ticketed entry
15:00-16:30 Opening Ceremony at America’s Cup Pavilion
16:45 AC72 depart mooring
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 5 – Race Day (Fleet Race / Parade)
10:00 America’s Cup Park opens
10:00-11:00 AC72s at America’s Cup Park mooring
10:15 Marching band from Plaza to Presentation Stage
10:45-11:15 Dock Out Show (including full sailing teams at Presentation Stage)
11:15-12:00 AC72s depart for Boat Parade from Pier 27 to Marina Green
12:15-13:15 AC72 racing, live on big screens, with commentary
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session with America’s Cup Teams
15:00 -17:30 Live Music – New Diplomat and The 500s
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 6 – ‘Special Event Day’
12:00 America’s Cup Park opens
13:30-14:30 “AC Talk Show” with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson plus teams @ AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 America’s Cup Trophy – San Francisco Fan Photo Opportunity
15:00-15:30 Poster signing
15:30-17:30 Live Music – Nova Albion and Bonnie & the Bang Bang
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 7 – Race Day
10:00 America’s Cup Park Opens
10:00-11:15 AC72s on moorings
10:15 Marching band to Presentation Stage
10:45-11:15 Dock Out Show
12:00-13:00 “AC Show” at America’s Cup Pavilion, with live commentary of Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Luna Rossa race starting at 12:15
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session
15:00-17:00 Live Music– Jazz Mafia
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 8 – ‘Reserve Day’
12:00 America’s Cup Park Opens
12:30 “Kids World” America’s Cup Park tour starts
12:30-13:00 America’s Cup History Film, AC Pavilion
13:30-14:00 What’s Inside – The Science of Sailing, AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 America’s Cup Movie of the Day – 1
15:30-16:00 America’s Cup Special Film, AC Pavilion
16:30-17:30 America’s Cup Movie of the Day – 2
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 9 – Race Day
10:00 AC Park opens to the public
10:30 “Kids World” AC Park Tour starts
12:00 -13:15 “AC Magazine Show” at AC Pavilion with Team representatives
14:00 -14:30 Poster signing session
15:00 -16:00 America’s Cup Discovered
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 10 – ‘Reserve Day’
12:00 AC Park Opens
12:30 “Kids World” AC Park Tour starts
12:30-13:00 AC History Film, AC Pavilion
13:30-14:00 What’s Inside – Science of Sailing, AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 AC Movie of the Day -1
15:30-16:00 AC Special Film, AC Pavilion
16:30-17:30 AC Movie of the Day – 2
19:00 AC Park closes

July 11 – Race Day
10:00 America’s Cup Park opens
10:30 “Kids World” America’s Cup Park Tour starts
12:00-13:15 “AC Magazine Show” at AC Pavilion with team representatives
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session
15:00-16:00 America’s Cup Discovered
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

Awesome Bronze Japanese Guardian Lions Installed at Our Asian Art Museum – Donated by Marsha Vargas Handley

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I missed the big installation yesterday but KTSF was there.

Check it.

Here’s what the “South Lion” looks like.  Its left paw is “resting on a Buddhist jewel with an openwork design of sculpted peonies, a flower closely associated with lions.” DNKT.

This is a composite shot, but it’s the best one I have now. Guardian lion, 1868-1912. Japan. Bronze. Gift of Marsha Vargas Handley in memory of Raymond G. Handley 

These critters certainly have found an appropriate resting place!

The ceremonial unveiling is coming soon.

All the deets from your Asian Art Museum:

“ASIAN ART MUSEUM INSTALLS TWO JAPANESE BRONZE LIONS ON FRONT STEPS

The Asian Art Museum has installed two monumental Japanese bronze lion sculptures on granite plinths outside the museum’s front entrance on Larkin Street. Recently acquired by the museum through a donation from longtime supporter Marsha Vargas Handley in memory of Raymond G. Handley, the 800 lb. sculptures date to the late nineteenth century and are similar to the majestic guardian lions typically placed opposite each other outside Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

The practice of adorning public buildings with sculptures of lions is a time-honored custom in the US–the New York Public Library and the Art Institute of Chicago are noteworthy examples. The granite plinths outside the Asian Art Museum may well have been intended to support sculptures of lions when the building was originally built in 1916 to serve as the San Francisco Main Public Library. The museum is now following that longstanding tradition–this time with a uniquely Asian spin–giving a sneak peek of the treasures held inside.

The lion on the museum’s south side has its left paw resting on a Buddhist jewel, with an openwork design of sculpted peonies, a flower closely associated with lions. The south lion’s mouth is open, and the north lion’s is closed, symbolizing the sounds and spirit of the Japanese pronunciation of the first and last letters of the Sanskrit alphabet: “A” is pronounced with the mouth open, and “Un” with the mouth closed.

Physical Description: These lions’ enormous size—nearly five feet tall and six feet long— and standing positions are unusual. Paired guardian lions outside shrines today are often shown seated or crouching, and most are made of stone, wood, or, less commonly, ceramic. This pair of large sculptures also stands out in material (bronze). Relatively few bronze guardian lions from before World War II survive, due in part to mandatory metal collections ordered by the Japanese government during the war.

Conservation: The lions have undergone extensive conservation treatment, including repairs to the feet that fasten them to a new, customized base—a strategy of earthquake preparedness. Several layers of protective coating were applied to resist weathering of Ceremonial Unveiling: Details for a forthcoming ceremonial unveiling event will be announced soon.”

Target, Beloved by Regular San Franciscans, Opens New Store October 14th – Gift Card Giveaways Until Then

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I’ll tell you, there are two kinds of San Franciscans:

1. People who know / care about who the current Mayor is; and

2. People who think the Mayor of San Francisco is still Gavin Newsom or Willie Brown or Dianne Feinstein*

A third of the first group welcomes the new City Target store, a third doesn’t care, and a third opposes this corporate chain-store invasion, man.

And the second group? They either don’t care or they welcome this store.

Golfing for Gift Cards and Bullseye doggie dolls:

*Which you know, isn’t too far from the truth, IRL.

(Oh, which of the two groups listed above is larger? The second one.)

I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.

As does Charlize Theron:

Feel free to continue shopping online until October 14th.

(And hey, where’s our Masonic and Geary Target, when’s that one coming?)

See you at the City Target on the Second Sunday of October 2012!

Hey, is San Francisco Really a “Sister City” of Paris, France? No – Was It Before? No, Not At All – Here’s Why

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s why:

Seule Paris est digne de Rome; seule Rome est digne de Paris. 

Solo Parigi è degna di Roma; solo Roma è degna di Parigi.

Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris.

That means that Paris has been “twinned” with Rome in an exclusive sister-city relationship. It’s an “elaborate cultural partnership,” as they say.

So does that mean that Mayor Ed Lie will be lying once again today?

Yep, pretty much.

But you’ve got to realize that things are more or less on autopilot at City Hall these days, so it’s not really his volition.

(And if Willie Brown could get away with something, then Ed Lee should be able to as well, else it’s racist or something.)

Now, here’s what we really have with the City of Light. We have one of these things:

Les pactes d’amitié et de coopération signés par la Ville de Paris

Which in American is “pacts of friendship and cooperation signed by the City of Paris.”

Which, IRL, is rien de bien grave (no biggee). See Below.

IMO, we should be like Dubai, which ID’s itself as a Partner City with Paris.

All right, TTFN. But remember, We’ll Always Never Have Paris.

IRL, Paris, France is friends with just about everybody. The list of partner cities:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar 
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004 
2011: Yerevan 
2011: Rio de Janeiro 
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris 
2010: Doha 
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa 
2009: Istanbul 
2009: Quebec 
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro 
2009: Quebec 
2009: Jericho 
2009: Istanbul  
2007: Phnom Penh 
2006: Montreal  
2006: Cairo  
2006: Beirut  
2005: Copenhagen  
2004: Tunis  
2004: Sao Paulo 
2004: Rabat  
2004: Casablanca 
2003 St. Petersburg 
2003: Quebec 
2003: Algiers 
2002: Geneva 
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement) 
2001: London 
2000: Madrid 
2000: Athens 
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington 
1999: Warsaw 
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization) 
1999: Mexico 
1999: Buenos Aires 
1999: Amman 
1998: Sydney 
1998: Sofia 
1998: Lisbon 
1998: Yerevan 
1997: Tbilisi 
1997, Santiago  
1997: St. Petersburg 
1997: Riyadh  
1997: Prague 
1997: Beijing 
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec 
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta 
1993: Beirut 
1992: Moscow 
1991: Seoul 
1987: Sanaa  
1987: Berlin 
1987: Amman 
1985: Cairo 
1982: Tokyo 
1958: Kyoto 
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

And in other news, George P. Shultz was a Nixon and Reagan appointee, not a Carter appointee. (You’d be amazed how many people think (or say) he’s a Carter appointee.)

Anywho, ever more deets, including a visit to Le Twitter HQ in the corrupt Twitterloin:

“From September 25 to 28, the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is visiting San Francisco to strengthen ties and cooperation between the two cities.

The mayor of Paris has a full agenda for his stay in California. After a welcome reception at the Consulate of France in San Francisco, he visited two companies Parisoma and Twitter. 27 in the morning, he will go to Parisoma a common workspace, exchange and support for entrepreneurs. Created by the French Stéphane Distinguin, Parisoma accompanied nearly 300 start-up since its inception in 2007.

Bertrand Delanoë must also discover the new headquarters of Twitter in the SoMa district, the famous social network of micro-blogging, along with its CEO Jack Dorsey. With New York, Paris is the city with the most subscribers to his Twitter account, and this year the City of Light became the first in the world to exhibit his tweets in the public space, the place Châtelet.

Paris delegation has always aimed to encourage more trade with San Francisco, mainly on economic and technological. Several meetings with the mayor of this city, Edwin Lee, are well planned and Bertrand Delanoë is expected to sign a memorandum with him, in line with those of 2006 and 2009 to facilitate cooperation. This will be an opportunity to discuss joint projects twinned towns and to consider connections between the research teams.”

 

Fake Cable Car, Real Wedding Ceremony

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Or reception, whichever.

As soon rolling down Scott near Steiner:

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Know Your Justin Herman Plaza Skating Rink Ringers: Le Petit Siren Lures You In

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

I’ll tell you, in this field of ice skating newbies, there’s just one person who knows how to do it right, gracefully twisting and turning.

Can you spot her? 

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She makes it look easy.

All the deets.

Holiday Ice Skating at Justin Herman Plaza is Quite Popular – Here’s What Friday Night Date Night Looks Like

Monday, December 12th, 2011

People just can’t get enough of holiday ice skating at Justin Herman Plaza.

This is what Friday Night Date Night looks like:

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See the queue? People can’t seem to get enough…

Holiday Ice Skating a Huge Success at Justin Herman Plaza in 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center, which is located right next to OccupySF this year.

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Be sure to click on over to see if they will be closed for private parties.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

“Delighting families, couples and ice skating enthusiasts for over twenty years, the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the largest outdoor rink, will open to the public for nine magical fun-filled weeks beginning November 9 through January 8, 2012. 

Plan a special holiday experience with your friends and family and skate under the stars in the shadow of the waterfront throughout the holiday season at Embarcadero Center, where you can shop, skate, dine and park for free. There’s no better place during the holiday season than Embarcadero Center!

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines continues to entertain families from around the Bay Area thanks to the support of its generous sponsors…

Phone Number: 415.837.1931
Email Address: echolidayrink@gmail.com

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building

Hours of Operation:

Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday – Thursday
Open 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday

90 minute sessions that start on every even hour

Private party booking* is available

The Rink may be closed due to inclement weather or private party bookings. Call the ice rink manager at 415.837.1931.

* Sessions not open to public if sold to a private party.

Admission

Adults $9.00; Seniors/Children ages 10 and under $5.50
Monday – Friday until 6:00 p.m.

Adults $9.50/Children ages 10 and under $6.00
Friday 6:00 p.m. session until closing on Sunday

Skate Rentals: $3.50″

Here’s what it looked like at the lighting ceremony a couple years back:

 

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(My submission to produce Soul on Ice on Ice at this rink was rejected once again this year. Oh well.)

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The mise-en-scene, with the swells in the background and the norms in the foreground:

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And this is how it should be looking these days from Treasure Island:

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Have a Merry Holiday Shopping Season!

Family Fun at the Presidio! Tree Lighting, Bike-Friendly Saturday, Night Hiking, Dragonfly Creek Stewardship, Art Stuff

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Uh oh, looks as if the "Bike-Friendly Saturday" YMCA Y-Bike event on December 3, 2011 has been cancelled. :( ]

Appears as if our Presidio Trust has got you covered in December 2011.

But let’s check with the Great Yoda of Chestnut Street:

Via niallkennedy – click to expand

Yep, he’s all, “Covered you are.”

Check it:

Holiday Lights Tree Lighting – Friday, December 2

Join the Presidio community for the Holiday Lights Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Presidio tradition. The gathering will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue in the Main Post (across the street from the Presidio YMCA). Bring your singing voice . . . music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Refreshments will follow. After the festivities, stick around for an Evening Forest Walk, beginning at 6:15 pm. This family-friendly, 20-minute lantern walk will allow you to experience the enchanting park in the dark. Bring a flashlight! For more information, visit the website.

Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek – Saturday, December 3

Join us for Presidio Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 1 pm. At this special commemorative stewardship event, Presidio staff will host diverse volunteer activities highlighting restoration and sustainability. Projects include planting, weeding, and spreading mulch at Dragonfly Creek, as well as various stewardship activities at the Presidio nursery, salvage yard, and nearby gardens. Come out and lend a hand! Family-friendly. All ages welcome. If you are a bird enthusiast, arrive at 8 am for a Fort Scott bird walk. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30am. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or email volunteer@presidio.gov.

Bike-Friendly Saturday at the Presidio YMCA – December 3

Join the Presidio Community YMCA for a bike-friendly Saturday! Its YBike Instructors will lead biking activities for all ages. There will be two group rides: one for children 12 and older, and another for families with children of all ages. The Y will also offer Learn to Ride and Basic Skills lessons. This event will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, December 3 at the Presidio YMCA Main Post Gym, located at 63 Funston Avenue. Please visit YBike for more information.

Family Night Hike – Saturday, December 3

Come join us for a night time adventure for all ages in the Presidio! The Family Night Hike will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm. This naturalist-led event will start and end at the newly renovated Rob Hill Campground, just off Washington Boulevard overlooking Baker Beach. On this relaxed walk, we will learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Presidio illuminated by a half moon and starry night sky. The walk will end with a campfire and story at Rob Hill Campground. There will be a 25 person limit on this walk, so make reservations as spaces go fast! RSVP required to Alisha Cahlan at acahlan@presidiotrust.gov. Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a water bottle.

Create With Nature at Rob Hill – Saturday, December 10

Family Create With Nature:
Sculpture in the Park
Saturday, December 10
10 am to Noon (drop in anytime)
Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Families! Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov or (415) 561-4449.

Christmas with Walt Disney Screens in December

This holiday season the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio is featuring the film Christmas with Walt Disney. Look back at the ways Walt celebrated the holidays — at home, at work, at play, on TV and at the Studios. From animated cartoons to rare home movies, this holiday movie was produced by Don Hahn—Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane. The film screens daily at 1 and 4 pm (except Tuesdays and on December 10). Tickets are available online. For details, visit www.waltdisney.org. The museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, on the Main Post, in the Presidio.