Posts Tagged ‘Consul General’

Mr. Gary Oldman Graces San Francisco for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – British Consulate’s Sneak Peek – “Cool Britannia”

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well here it is:

“The British Consul General, Ms Priya Guha, requests the pleasure of your company at a reception prior to a screening of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” November 16, 6:00-7:15pm”

O.K. then. And that’s not at all a typical kind of thing for San Francisco’s consular community, really, but our British Consulate-General is out there in the Bay Area promoting the heck out of Britain. (Cool Britannia they used to call it.) And actually that’s not a hard job when you have Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding this year (and her recent California visit, dropping by just to say “hi”) and the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics and whathaveyou.

Add to that list the start of a movie series that could rival James Bond and Harry Potter, who knows. It’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (that’s a nice trailer, huh?) featuring Mr. Gary Oldman (H.P.’s godfather!) and, already, it has an obscenely-high 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Check it:

“Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.”

So last night, San Francisco’s first female British Consul General, Ms. Priya Guha, introduced this film at the Century 9 in Westfield’s San Francisco Centre. She pointed out that Britain is quite big in the movie biz, having over 100 film studios and 2500 post-production companies.

And then it was on with the show.

And then, who popped up as the curtain dropped but Gary Oldman and Director Tomas Alfredson. (Or so I’m told.) This very same crew was up in San Rafael two days ago and who knows where they’ll be tonight:

“OH MY GOD, Gary Oldman is coming to the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screening tonight?!!” 

Anway, I don’t have a shot for you, so:

INSERT PHOTO OF MSSRS. OLDMAN AND ALFREDSON WITH CONSUL GENERAL HERE

But I do have shots from last night of people who may or may not have wanted their photos taken, so I’ll leave them caption-free. (I’ll note that CBS Channel 5 was def. in the house with famous Liam Mayclem and Beth Spotswood (she’s earned a page on Wiki now? Wow) on hand.)

Don’t click to expand, don’t encourage him

So, Enter the Circus yourself, why not, starting December 9th, 2011.

See you there!

OMG, Soccer! It’s the FA Cup Trophy at the British Consulate – Manchester City vs. Club America at AT&T Park This Saturday!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

What’s this? AT&T Park is going to host its first international soccer match in a half decade this Saturday, July 16, 2011? Well that’s news to me!

Anyway, this was the scene today at the British Consulate, where Manchester City representative Gary Hopkins showed off the hard-won Football Association Challenge Cup Trophy to Acting British Consul General Mary Gilbert .

See? (If you want to see this historic trophy for yourself, it will be at the Union Square NikeTown sometime on Friday, July 15th.)

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So it will be Manchester City vs. Club America at 5:00 PM at AT&T this Saturday. Get your tickets here.

“International soccer powerhouses; England’s Manchester City and Mexico’s Club America are set to play each other in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 5PM PST at AT&T Park as part of the World Football Challenge. 

With no shortage of funding, Manchester City (CITY) boasts one of the most star-studded rosters of any league after being owned by the ambitious Abu Dhabi Royal family. CITY is set to take Europe by storm this upcoming season after successfully defeating bitter rival, Manchester United, on their way to conquering the English FA Cup and finishing third in the English Premier League, thus providing automatic qualification in to the European Champions League, the most elite soccer competition on the planet. 

Mexico’s elite Club America is one of the most storied and legendary clubs south of the border with followers numbering in the millions, in Mexico City alone. This is truly an outstanding matchup for all soccer aficionados around the Bay.”

See you there!

 

Just $375 Will Get You Into the Japanese Tea Garden Come September 15th: Party for the Parks

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

And I thought $7 was too much… Anyway, the coming Party for the Parks will be:

“A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs.”

Sweet. And who might those friends be? How about them honorary co-chairs:

“Gavin Newsom, Art Agnos, Willie Brown, Frank Jordan, Dianne Feinstein (yes, DiFi!), Gina Moscone, and the Consul General of Japan, the Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.”

You are so totally there, for as little as $375. Or heck, just cough up some coin and become a Sponsor yourself.

See you there!

September 15, 2010
6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

A civic celebration to raise funds and gather friends for San Francisco’s parks and recreation programs. Honorary Co-Chairs are:San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  the event includes a cocktail stroll in the Japanese Tea Garden from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The evening continues with an Asian inspired sumptuous buffet, catered by Dan McCall in a tented redwood grove across Tea Garden Drive. Dancing featuring DJ Spider will conclude the evening.

The Honorable Gavin C. Newsom, The Honorable Art Agnos, The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., The Honorable Frank M. Jordan, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Gina Moscone, and Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine.

Event Co-Chairs are:

Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Ben Friend, Christine Gardner, Rebecca Green Birdsall, Lucy Hume Koukopoulos, and Cynthia B. Silverstein.

Hosted by

Patron Benefit Levels

First Families For Parks  $10,000

• Individual family recognition on-site at prime location in Golden Gate Park    
• Reserved first family seating at party                      
• 10 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
Family reception with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager RPD
Personalized bench in Golden Gate Park                    
• Membership in Park Leadership Society    

Funds raised will focus on Golden Gate Park. With over $1 billion in capital needs and an ever-declining maintenance budget, Golden Gate Park needs to plan for long-range financial sustainability and to weather near-term Park emergency needs.

Civic Leader  $5,000
• 6 tickets to party                                
• 4 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert
• Opportunity to host a three hour private party in the Angler’s Lodge, Hamilton  
   Recreation  Center and Pool, Sunnyside Conservatory or Stern Grove Clubhouse

   (Trocadero)        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society      
                
Funds raised will directly impact park maintenance throughout city parks and add ‘boots on the ground’. We will focus funds on volunteer activities and the new Gardener Apprenticeship Program.

Park Hero $2,500
• 4 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Schwab Cup, Luxury 49er Box Seats, or Outside Lands Concert  
• Private lesson in Lawn Bowling, Horseshoes, Archery, or Model Boat Yachting by
   enthusiasts in Golden Gate Park                        
• Membership in Park Leadership Society                     
 
Funds raised will build multi-use trails throughout Golden Gate Park and throughout the City’s 4,317 acres of parkland in order to promote the health of the city and its citizens.

Park Activist  $1,250
• 2 tickets to party                                
• 2 VIP tickets to Outside Lands Concert                    
• 10 passes to the Carrousel in Golden Gate Park                
• Membership in Park Leadership Society   
                   
Funds raised will support our Recreation Centers, their equipment needs, and the desire of community members to keep the newly renovated, and, hopefully all Rec Centers, open during peak hours. Funds will flow to the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Gear Up Fund for these purposes.

Individual Tickets  $375

Bill Clinton Wants You to See Inside Buffalo – Free Showing at the Presidio on Feb. 12th

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Buffalo as in Buffalo Soldier -  there are still a few around town. Bill Clinton loves this movie and he wants you to see it.

“Free Screening of “Inside Buffalo This award winning documentary tells the story of the 92nd infantry division, an African-American combat unit that fought heroically in Italy during World War II. Nicknamed the “Buffalo Soldiers”, these men valiantly fought two wars at once: one against fascism in Italy, the other against racial discrimination at home.
 
Born and raised in Italy to a Ghanaian father and an Italian mother, director Fred Kuwornu details little known aspects of the story, including the profound and lasting friendships forged between the soldiers and the Italian villagers they liberated from Fascist rule. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director.
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 — 6:30pm
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop in the Presidio
Free Admission—To RSVP call (415) 788-7142 ext. 18
For more information visit:
www.presidio.gov/calendar  or www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

Buffalo Soldiers engaging the Germans in Massa, Italy, 1944:

The 92nd Infantry chasing the Wehrmacht in the Po Valley, 1945. (If only they had given more time for the sanctions to work!) 

All the deets, after the jump.

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San Francisco’s 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, 2009

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

As expected, there was a great turnout for the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown today. Sunny skies and the Grand Parade made today the busiest of the four-day festival. Let’s take a look at the staging area this morning.

Its Grand Marshall George Takei! Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (born in San Francisco) is seen here hanging out with Heidi Cheung, Miss San Francisco’s Outstanding Teen 2009 and Crystal Lee, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2008.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President and Mrs. Masaaki Tanaka, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisajki, George Takei, and Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yasumasa Nagamine:

The mise-en-scene in front of City Hall:. Click to expand:

My Melody, Hello Kitty, and Badtz Maru were pleased to be on the scene:

From Hawaii with aloha:

Photographer David Yu was welcomed by all, including this contingent from Los Angeles:

Miss National Asia Dow-An Kou is on the right:

Bevan Dufty chilling with local pageant winners. 

Elizabeth Kress, Miss San Francisco:

And Little Miss San Francisco 2009, Alyssa-Marie Muna:

And now on with the parade:

Senator Leland Yee:

Frosty Senator Mark Leno:

Assemblymember Fiona Ma with Bob Twomey:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano:

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

And his ride for today:

Supervisor Bevan Dufty and company:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with the Japanese Ambassador and Consul General:

Supervisor Eric Mar:

 Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association:

Thought this was an electric Tesla Roadster at first. Actually, it’s the similar (but lighter) gas-powered Lotus Elise. (Horrible Tesla Motors is long on promises, certainly, but just because a toy car is expensive and is powered by electricity, that doesn’t mean it’s a desirable product, that doesn’t mean it represents “the high end.” Just ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ended up giving his Tesla Roadster back. Go ahead and buy one if you want, though. While you’re at it, why not buy an impractical electric Ultra Motor A2B bike and an impractical electric Segway Scooter as well.)

Speaking of cars, here’s part of the NUMMI contingent all the way from Fremont. It’s the only car factory in the West that’s still operating. Union labor, FYI 

Nihonmachi Little Friends:

And your reward for making it all the way to J-Town? Yummy chicken and rice balls from O-Izakaya Lounge at 1625 Post Street.

See you next year!