Posts Tagged ‘Columbus’

“OPEN DOOR, OPEN BOOKS, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART” – City Lights Booksellers, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On Columbus near Broadway:

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Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

OMG, It’s William Shatner! “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” Comes March 11th to Our SHN Orpheum Theatre

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Bill Shatner wants you to buy a ticket for March 11th.

Don’t disappoint him.

El mundo de Shatner:

All the deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO (January 24, 2012) – SHN is proud to present television and movie superstar William Shatner for one night only in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It on Sunday, March 11 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 AM.

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on television and film. Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It is headed to San Francisco and 14 other U.S. cities after appearing at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. These include: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Charlotte, and Detroit.

“I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and playing for audiences across the country, says William Shatner. “It’s taken me 80 years to get this show right! “

TICKETS:
Tickets for Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It range in price from $40 – $300 and go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 A.M. Premium packages are available. For more information go to www.shnsf.com or call 888-746-1799. One night only: Sunday,

March 11 at 7 PM.

SHN Orpheum Theatre: 1192 Market Street at 8th

William Shatner is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist and horseman. In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series Star Trek, which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series T.J. Hooker before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” which was set to songs from the record; the event is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. Seeking Major Tom, featuring a number of heavy metal covers and songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, was released last year. Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller, and Shatner Rules was released in 2011. His comic book series,William Shatner Presents is based on his novels Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a new title: Chimera. He has also been successful in another area – horse breeding. A dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events. He united his passions for horses and philanthropy with the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, benefitting L.A.-based children’s charities. He appeared on Broadway in A Shot in the Dark, The World of Suzie Wong, and Tamburlaine the Great. And no, there is nothing this man does not do.”


				

Better Know Your North Beach Neon Signs: Roaring 20’s and the Hungry I Club – THE BEST GIRLS IN TOWN

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It’s just like Vegas, sort of:

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Or “Boring 20’s,” some people, like the workers there, call it that.

Oh, and Big Al’s, you need to step up, sign-wise…

Has It Been Just Two Years Since the Famous #20 Columbus MUNI Bus Brawl? 10,000,000+ Have Seen This Video

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Leave us remember October 2009.

So, so off-message:

Via Jonathan Perel‘s iPhone

Maybe people don’t fight on MUNI as much anymore, since such behavior is sure to be recorded on cell phones these days?

Church of Scientology San Francisco Bidnessman Can’t Even Leave His Building Without Running Into Anonymous

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Well, here it is a pithy two-minute video showing area Church of Scientology President Jeff Quiros leaving his historic building at the foot of Columbus.

(The reference to “SF Weekly” has to do with Lauren Smiley’s recent five-part “Scientology Apostate” series.)

I didn’t realize that Anonymous was still on the case like this.

Here’s what it looked like back in aught-eight when Church leaders walked over to the Chinatown Hilton to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birth anniversary: 

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But it’s not too late to get in on the fun – if you want to try to make money from religion, why don’t you apply?

On It Goes…

Whoa: SF Weekly’s Lauren Smiley Goes Large Against Church of Scientology – Anonymous “EthicsTrouble”

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hiyooooo.

Lauren Smiley Scientology Apostate series looks to be winner already and this is just the first day.

Good job, Lauren!

Now, how will she top this? Tune in tomorrow.

No wonder the San Francisco chapter of the Church of Scientology is hiring. As seen last week on Columbus:

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Late Night Proposal: “The Church of Scientology San Francisco is Now Hiring – Inquire Within” – It’s a Trap!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

As seen at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the TransAmerica Pyramid:

 

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In the words of Admiral Ackbar, my favorite  Mon Calamari,It’s a …”

Choose wisely.

These are two spellings of the same word, which means to seek information about something or to conduct a formal investigation (usually when followed by “into”). The corresponding noun is enquiry or inquiry. Either spelling can be used, but many people prefer enquire and enquiry for the general sense of “ask”, and inquire and inquiry for a formal investigation…:

Oh No! Caffe Roma Co-Opts a Parklet on Columbus Avenue: Formerly Public Space is Now For Paying Customers Only

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE – “SanFrustration” explicates, regarding some information in the Comments section about there being, in fact, a sign on the parklet concerned saying how it is for the public: “I wish I would have seen that sign when the old white haired guy came out and rudely told me I had to leave. When I questioned him on it, he was adamant that it was their chairs and tables, and made a big deal of waiting for me to pack up my food. Bear in mind, there was only one other person at the 6 or 7 tables there. All the others were empty. This guy came with attitude from the get go that was both uncalled for and misplaced, and had another older guy standing next to him that was supposed to serve as his backup or something? For what its worth, I overheard them talking about cramming more tables and chairs into the space in preparation for an upcoming parade.

O.K. then. Be sure to check SanFrustration’s story in the Comments section. He blames an “older Italian man” for the trouble. Somebody in management, not a waiter. Who could that be?]

[UPDATE II – Now, it’s not my job to file a complaint with “Tony Roma,” the “owner” of the parklet in question, or anybody else. (Mmmm… it’s fun to make up names for ourselves, in’nt? Instead of “Tony Roma” (heh), what about Vitale Venezia, Santino Serrano, or Matteo Milano? You know, something catchy.]

What gives Caffe Roma the right to kick The Public out of the public parklet* at 526 Columbus Avenue?

Absolutely nothing.

I’ll say it again: Absolutely nothing.

And yet, employees of this joint are kicking Il Pubblico out.

Can you imagine?

Let’s read about what happens when a non-customer (let’s use il nome “SanFrustration”) has the temerity to use a public parklet as a public parklet:

“I am writing to express concerns with the way Cafe Roma is handling the public parklet in front of their establishment on Columbus Avenue. As I sat down to enjoy a lunch purchased elsewhere, I was told by Cafe Roma management that I needed to purchase something from them or I’d have to leave. When I explained that I was under the impression this was public space, they said it wasn’t and indicated I was using their table and chair, and thus couldn’t sit there.

When I looked for the public bench in the parklet, I observed that their tables were crowded into this space, making it impossible for anybody to actually use the benches. It was my impression that these parklets were not intended for private enterprise, and I’m very alarmed that they are claiming this area as part of their establishment and not allowing any public usage.”

Testify!

Does it have to say “PUBLIC PARKLET – ALL SEATING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” in order for these areas to be public? Non so.

This photo shows a different parklet, but I think the rules are the same all over the City. See the words in there, camera left? 

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I cry foul. Accuso! Accuso!

Hey Caffe Roma, should you accommodate the public at the public park in front of your business?

Perche no?

I know you’ve paid fees and whatnot, but you didn’t buy the land in fee simple absolute, right?

*Or walklet, as some call them

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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