Posts Tagged ‘clay’

Oh No, a Segway Personal Transporter Stolen from the Financial District! Famous Alex Clemens Loses His Famous Ride

Friday, January 31st, 2014

So this is famous Alex Clemens on the job, wonking away about Ranked Choice Voting and politics:

And this is famous Alex Clemens getting to his job, on an old-school Segway Personal Transporter Classic:

You can see dude all over town on this thing. He’s been segwaying for a long time now

But no longer.

His trusty Segway was boosted last night in the Financial District. Here’s the Tweet to the SFPD about it:

Alex Clemens ‏@alexclemens12h “This is probably unusual. My Segway was stolen from the corner of Montgomery and Clay between 5:30 and 6p. So that happened.”
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I’ll tell you, 165 years ago, felons were stealing horses off of Monty and now they’re stealing Segways. That’s progress for you…

The Message from Rose Pak’s Chinatown to the World? “GTFO Japs” – San Francisco Protest Over Senkaku Islands

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Let’s see here, California 1942:

Charming.

And let’s see here, California 2012, specifically Clay Street, Saturday, September 15th, 2012:

By Karl Mondon(?)

You see that? You see “GTFO JAPS” (Get The Fuck Out, Japs)?

Even more charming.

(How many of these are the easily-cowed Ed Lee stencil voters of 2011? Mmmm…)

Oh, here’s the headline:

“Chinese in San Francisco and Beijing protest Japan’s takeover of the Diaoyu Islands”

But one problem with that is that name of the islands is Senkaku. Check it and see. And another problem is that Japan “took over” these isles in the 1800′s.

And with all this talk of ancient history, let’s talk about today. Look at who’s claiming all of the South China Sea, even parts that are extreeeeemely close to the Philippines:

That’s right, it’s China. (Look at that red line – it’s like a giant tongue, I drink your milkshake.)

Now let’s check in with Rose Pak, the Reverend Bacon of San Francisco. Here she is from a few years back:

“Look at all the problems in the world, (they) are all created by Western countries with their phony-baloney moral standards.” 

OK fine.

Embarcadero Center 2, Half Moon, Embarcadero Center 3, December 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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David Chiu for Mayor Campaign HQ on Van Ness Broken Into Last Night

Monday, November 7th, 2011

[UPDATE: More deets here from Erin Sherbert.]

Mmmm…

“Statement from Chiu Campaign Manager on Campaign HQ Break-In

SAN FRANCISCO (November 7, 2011) Nicole Derse, campaign manager for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement regarding a break-in last night at the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at 1800 Van Ness Avenue (at Clay):

“Late Sunday night, the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at Van Ness and Clay was vandalized and burglarized.  Thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen, and the intruders rooted through confidential campaign materials – removing them from drawers and leaving them scattered on the floor.”

“If this was a politically motivated attempt to distract the Chiu for Mayor campaign on the eve of Election Day, it has failed miserably.  David and our team of volunteers are as determined as ever to get our message out to San Franciscans in these last hours before voters go to the polls.  This matter has been referred to the SFPD for a full investigation, and we are confident that they will get to the bottom of it.  In the meantime, we will get back to work.”

On the case:

Is “The Room” Truly “The Best Worst Movie Ever?” Consider Instead “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Laura Hooper Back is in San Francisco Magazine these days saying how “The Room” is the “Best Worst Movie Ever.”

But what about shot-in-Half-Moon-Bay “Birdemic: Shock and Terror?”

It’s pretty bad/good itself. Check it.

Let’s meet the director – the caption for this photo is “DIRECTOR JAMES NGUYEN MEETS DAVID LYNCH TO DISCUSS DIGITAL CINEMA

Srsly.

Here’s a short essay on the subject.

Enjoy.

Oh Noes! It’s Six Six Six at the Foot of Columbus Avenue

Friday, June 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: "That’s a piece called 'Sixes' by San Francisco artist Chris Farris, for the Space Between Gallery at 1 Columbus.
The Colombo Building is sporting a number of other mural drawings and paintings from Farris while undergoing historic renovations." See Comments.]

Be afraid.

Be very afraid:

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Science vs. Scientology: Northern California CoS HQ Gets Totally Pwned by California Academy of Sciences Banner

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

See the banner for the California Academy of Sciences on the left there? It’s right by the main entrance to the Church of Scientology’s NorCal headquarters, the scene of many protests by “Anonymous.”

See?

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What are the odds that the placement of that ad is just a coincidence?

(Oh well.)

The next time you’re in the area (right across the street from the TransAmerica Pyramid, BTW) stop by for a quick personality test, why not?

Here’s a sneak peak from Yelper Angela S on the Yelp.

Enjoy:

“As soon as we walked in we were asked to sign in – name (fake), address (San Francisco, CA), phone number (mix of my cell and land line – yes, those do still exist).  The man told us we could walk through at our own pace and then he’d give us a two minute spiel at the end.  We walked through reading some of the plaques that were ALL about L. Ron Hubbard, the founder.  L. Ron Hubbard’s books were sprinkled  everywhere.  When we got to the back there was a small area with maybe 60 chairs – it creeped me out.  I’m not sure why but it reminded me of a funeral home. I felt very out of place and felt that at any moment they could lock us in. After speeding by a few more plaques and pictures of you guessed it – L. Ron Hubbard we came across this ancient looking device.  The man from the front came over and said it was a “stress tester” and I immediately volunteered (at this point my date is wondering how fast he can drop me off). I held these silver canisters in my hands and watched this needle.

Scientologist: How’s work is going?
A: Fine.
Scientologist: What is your boss’ name?
A: Erica
[Needle was pretty steady.]
Scientologist: What’s your Mom’s name?
A: Pat
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: What’s your Dad’s name?
A: Bob.
[Needle jumps.]
Scientologist: Ah…there is some tension with your Dad!
A: No, in fact, I am closer to him than my Mom. (I do understand why that’s a safe bet – most of my friends have issues with their Dad.)
[Scientologist ignores this comment and moves on.]
Scientologist: Are you married or dating?
A: This guy right here.  (I should write a book on what not to do when you just start dating someone.)
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: Well what would you say is causing you the most stress in your life right now? (Reminded me of when Kramer pretended to be the movie phone guy, “Well why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you want to see?”)
A: Um…well things are pretty good.  I guess my friend, Ashley, who is really depressed.
[Needle jerks and hits the max]
Scientologist: Ohhhh, don’t tell me she is taking medication. [Shakes head disapprovingly.]
A: Um is that bad? [Flash back to Tom Cruise screaming at Matt Lauer about how terrible anti-depressants are.] (I glance at my date who has a look of sheer terror on his face.)
Scientologist: Anti-depressants only mask the problem.  It doesn’t solve anything.  Come over here.
[We reluctantly walk over to the L. Ron Hubbard library where he pulls out two books.]
Scientologist: I recommend that you give this book to Ashley and this one you should read.
A: Ok well thanks for your time and allowing us to look around.  I’ll think about those books.
Scientologist: Sure come back anytime.
[Date shook hands with Scientologist and asked his name again.  Date used his real name.  D'OH!]“

Here’s What You Do: Go See “Animal Kingdom” at the Red Vic on Haight Tonight

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Boy, you people really stayed away from this movie when it was released earlier this year. Oh well.

Anyway, the Red Vic is showing it today, so there you go.

This one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.

Well then, here’s the consensus: “With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.”

O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.

Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:

Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.

The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.

Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.

Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.

The San Francisco Film Society Wants to “Save the Clay Theatre,” For Itself

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Well, it turns out that the San Francisco Film Society has a plan to Save the Clay Theatre. And why not?

Back in the day, they tried to take over the moribund Presidio Main Post Theatre (the one in the Presidio and not that other Presidio Theatre), but that didn’t work out. Or rather, it hasn’t yet worked out.

Anyway, read a letter from SFFS Executive Director Graham Leggat about what you can do to help, if you want.

All the deets, below.

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These kids from the Bawdy Caste will return for one last Rocky Horror at the Clay the night of August 29th, no matter what.

Via Ashley

Here it is:

DEAR CLAY THEATER SUPPORTER:

The San Francisco Film Society is one of the top twenty organizations of its kind in the world, one of the top ten in the United States, and oldest, biggest and most widely respected film exhibition organization in Northern California. Since 1957, the Film Society has been enriching the lives of Bay Area residents by presenting the best film and media from around the world, notably via the acclaimed San Francisco International Film Festival. The longest-running festival in the Americas, the International celebrated its golden anniversary in April 2007. During its first half-century, the Film Society has hosted more than 2,000 filmmakers and presented more than 6,500 films from 124 countries to audiences numbering more than two million people. It is beloved by its audiences and the international film industry alike. Its contributions to the cultural life of the Bay Area are immeasurable.

Now, as the Film Society begins its 54th year of operation, it is looking ahead to an even brighter future. In recent years the organization has launched many new activities, resulting in significant increases in membership, attendance, sponsorship and earned income. Its numbers are up across the board, in fact, and it is well on its way to establishing itself as a major cultural institution with a vibrant year-round presence. Central to this mission is the acquisition of a theater that the Film Society can call its home, one in which it can present many types of year-round programming in the areas of film exhibition, education, and filmmaker services.

Since December 2009, the Film Society has been in negotiations with the landlord of the Clay Theater, in an attempt to lease or purchase the building. So far these talks are at  an impasse over terms, but ultimately the Film Society hopes to bring the negotiations to a successful and swift conclusion, resulting in a longterm lease or ownership of the Clay. Once the Film Society has the theater, it intends to significantly upgrade the physical plant, which needs a good number of improvements, and reopen it as a revitalized cultural and community hub for the thriving Upper Fillmore business district.

With a half-century of film-exhibition experience under its belt, there is no doubt that the Film Society can make a success of running the Clay. The organization will program the same eclectic and popular mix of international, independent, and documentary films that have so engaged its diverse audiences. It will also program “Landmark”-type films, meaning first-run arthouse hits, as they become available, and will present a number of mini-festivals devoted to individual filmmakers and national cinemas. In all cases the Film Society will add value to these screenings, with panels, talks, and filmmakers in attendance.

So, we urge you, as someone who attends the Clay Theater, appreciates its role in your cultural life, and wants it to continue showing great films in our neighborhood, to ask the landlord to resume negotiations with the Film Society, to come to terms with the realities of today’s recessionary marketplace and real-estate values, and make it possible for the Film Society to operate and bring renewed energy to our beloved Clay Theater. 

When you send a letter to the Clay Theater landlord, please also email a copy of your letter to the San Francisco Film Society at: rsills@sffs.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Thank you for your efforts to make it possible to “Save the Clay”!  – Graham Leggat, Executive Director of the SFFS

Sample letter below.  Please send it to the Clay Theater’s landlord:

 

Balgobind Jaiswal c/o Blu, 2259 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California, 94115

DEAR MR. JAISWAL:

AS A CLAY THEATER  CUSTOMER, I WAS ALARMED TO HEAR THAT OUR BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER IS TO CLOSE ON AUGUST 29.  I VALUE THE CLAY THEATER AS A UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE COMMUNITY INSTITUTION AND WANT TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO PRESENT WONDERFUL FILMS IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD SETTING, AS IT HAS DONE FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS.  PLEASE RESUME NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE SFFS TO OPERATE AND BRING RENEWED ENERGY TO THE CLAY THEATER.  CLAY THEATER PATRONS AND ALL OF SAN FRANCISCO’S FILM COMMUNITY WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD MAKE THIS POSSIBLE.  THANK YOU!

SIGNED______________________________________________________

PRINT NAME__________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS______________________________________________

TELEPHONE NUMBER_________________________________________

You Got to Go See Animal Kingdom, that New Crime Family Film from Australia – Opens Friday

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Boy, this one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.

So stop reading and make plans:

Opening in August 20:

Metreon and Clay [Perhaps your last chance to see a movie here as it’s closing down at the end of August] in San Francisco
Shattuck in Berkeley

Opening in August 27:

Sequoia in Mill Valley
Cinearts in Palo Alto
Century 5 in Pleasant Hill
Santana Row in San Jose

Oh, that’s not enough to get you to buy your tickets today?

Well then , here’s the consensus: “With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.”

O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.

Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:

Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.

The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.

Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.

Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.

You will too.