Posts Tagged ‘consulate’

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:

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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.)

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

See you there!

The 2200 Block of Octavia Near Danielle Steel’s Mansion is Sort of Like the Crookedest Street in the World, Sort Of

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Well, here it is, the 2200 block of Octavia Street betwixt Washington and Jackson in San Francisco’s tony Specific Whites District right near writer Danielle Steel’s large white mansion and just up the hill from our 3.5-star Yelp-rated German Consulate.*

See? It’s got a brick surface and it’s curvy, sort of:

There it is on the left. (How many of the cars you can see are owned by Ms. Steel? She used to have 26(!) residential parking permits, you know…)

Fake Lombard Street is a big FAIL, IMO.

Oh well.

Why is it here? Who built it? I know not.

*”Gee honey, do you think we should go to the consulate after getting those deportation notices?” “I don’t know, Cupcake. Let’s check Yelp first…” 

ZOMG, It’s BritWeek 2011 in San Francisco! A Fortnight of British-California Events Runs Through May 12th

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Well it’s here, it’s BritWeek in the 415:

BritWeek 2011 will run from April 26th to May 11th in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and until May 12th in San Francisco. As usual, it will highlight the many British links with California, including art and design, literature, music, film and television, technology, business, sport, food and fashion. The program ranges from star-studded red carpet events, to concerts and exhibits, to conferences and symposiums.”

OK then.

Now it just so happens that the British are having a royal wedding during this Fifth Annual BritWeek. So why don’t you be a sport and head over to 1 Sansome #850 in the Financh and sign the royal wedding book? You can use the elocution what you learned by watching The King’s Speech:

“HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton will be married on 29 April 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London. The British Consulate General in San Francisco will be celebrating by engaging the Bay Area community in all of the excitement. The following activities are planned: ~A royal guest book will be available at the Consulate for the public to sign from April 26-28th (9am-4pm)…”

This is exactly what it’ll look like when you’re penning your best wishes:

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All right, all the deets:

Throughout BritWeek
BritWalk SF:
Fashion • Retail • Hospitality • Restaurants • Offers

Fri Apr 29
Royal Ceremonial Ball Celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Wedding. (This Event Is Sold Out)

Fri Apr 29
Celebrate the Royal Wedding with British Invasion Music at Cameron’s Pub in Half Moon Bay

Sat Apr 30
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Performs Elgar

Tues May 3
BritWeek SF is proud to support the Red Cross with an invitation-only VIP reception in the Penthouse of the Fairmont Hotel honoring sponsors and supporters of the Bay Area chapter.

Through May 5
54th San Francisco International Film Festival, featuring British films and coproductions

May 5 – Jun 5
An original Magna Carta on Display at the Legion of Honor. Exhibition organized by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, made possible by Qualcomm, Irwin & Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Thurs May 12
Business Innovation Awards

See you there!

A Day in the Life of McAllister: #2, Spot the Pre-WWII Japanese Embassy up in Pacific Heights

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Or consulate, that’s what we’d call it these days, but back in the day, people tended to call these buildings embassies.

Anyway, it’s in there, somewhere in Specific Whites.

Word is that on December 7th, 1941 people in the nabe saw chimney smoke coming up, you know, from the burning of diplomatic papers…

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Anyway, some lady owns it now, AFAIK.

Bon Courage, Japan.

Tiananmen Square Massacre 21st Anniversary – A Black Celebration at our Chinese Consulate

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It’s hard to say exactly how many people marked the 21st Annivesary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre* in front of the Chinese Consulate on Laguna down in the Western Addition on Friday, June 6th. It seemed like they had a caravan of 30-40 cars plus a giant moving van but I didn’t see a big crowd or anything.

A motorcade passing City Hall before the protest:

As seen on Laguna near Japantown:

The protesters had a lot of interesting posters displayed. Are people still jailed 21 years later? No se, I’m a little gun-shy about checking out strange websites ever since Google sent a message to warn me that, apparently, Red China (or, specifically, a dude with an IP address from Red China) hacked into my GMail account two days ago. And that struck the Googlers as a bit odd since I also logged in from San Francisco multiple times the same day. Oh well. China has lots and lots of energetic hackers operating for their own purposes 24-7, of course. Anyway, if you want surf around, knock yourself out:

The events of 1989 represented the huge challenge to the Communist Party of China’s position as supreme political authority in the world’s largest country. The Party didn’t know what to make of this kind of thing, at first:

Anyway, here’s the mise-en-scene from Friday: a protester carrying a funerary display up Geary, a plainclothes Fed (Jacqueline Bauer?) assigned to protect the consulate building, and a young dude from Armada Security paid hourly to do the same thing:

So, nobody scaled the building to fake hang themselves they way they did back in aught-eight. This was the scene  just before a Chinese dude on the roof famously cut the suspension line. Simple physics tells us it took slightly more than a second for her to hit the balcony about 15 feet below. Ouch:

No, things were pretty mellow at Friday’s protest, excepting for the guy who shouted out, “Why don’t you all go home, motherfuckers!”

Something very San Francisco about him – what do you think, is it the convertible Mercedes lifestylemobile, the tattoos, the Hollywood-director baseball cap, the rage, the unsolicited advice yelled at strangers? Something in that area…. 

Cyclist gal was all, WTF, racist dude?

The next day, Armada had an older fellow marking time minding the store as baseball-hatted Chinese intelligence officers entered and exited the building.

Just another day in Paradise.

See you next year.

*With 400-800 deaths in and around the square, on or around June 4, 1989, all told – that still appears to be the best guess.

Brace Yourselves – The Falun Gong’s Shen Yun Performing Arts Show is Back in Town

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The Shen Yun Performing Arts traveling show has been known as the Chinese Spectacular, Holiday Wonders, Divine Performing Arts, and other names since 2006, but some folks around town just call it the Falun Gong Show.

Well, they’re ba-aaaack for 2010, performing in San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento from January 2nd through January 10th.

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Check out the Wiki entry - it’s lays out the whole story well.

Anyway, they’re back “to hijack Chinese New Year” - on the streets, on your bus, they’re everywhere.

Norway Comes to SoMA – Come See Norwegian Instant Art Tomorrow Night, 11-12-09

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well, øh my! If you have any interest in Norway and/or art, you ought to mark your calendar for 6:00 PM tomorrow, November 12th, 2009, cause that’s when you can see Norwegian Instant Art at Dow Place, aka the little alley off of Second Street between Folsom and Harrison across the street from Maya. I hear they’ll have some vin there, plus the Honorable Consul General – he’ll be there, plus maybe you can buy some art. Check it:

“Norwegian artists painting in the streets of San Francisco. Four female Norwegian artists are exploring the local art scene in an on-site art project entitled Norwegian Instant Art.  Their goal is to develop and present Norwegian contemporary art in San Francisco, and to fuel future cultural exchange by donating sales proceeds to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.”

Presenting, straight outta Oslo, artists Kristin Romberg, Ingrid A. TronstadPippip Ferner and Kristine Maudal. Do you think they’re having fun in the 415? Anyway, they were painting up a storm yesterday afternoon:

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Everybody loves Norway, right? See you there!

Nov. 2-11: EXPLORE San Francisco and the Bay Area, and TRANSFORM impressions into art. Place:  In and outside 77 Dow Place

Nov. 12: PERFORM by presenting the project and artwork to the public in an exhibition at  Anodyne Designs premises

November 12, 2009,  Anodyne Designs, 77 Dow Place, Suite 100  
6:00 pm    Mingling            
6:30 pm    Welcome/Official opening by the Norwegian Consul, Geir Tønnessen
7:00 pm    Artists’ presentation  and walk through exhibition. Enjoy the art/food/drinks/good friends
10:00 pm  The end

 
Proceeds will be donated to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.

Sponsors:

  • NHF Cultural Grants, Norwegian House Foundation
  • Norwegian American Cultural Foundation
  • Norwegian Consulate
  • H&H Partners
  • ABB Norway
  • Moods of Norway
  • Jensen & Scheele bil as
  • Ferner Jacobsen
  • Kunst for Alle
  • GreatVibes Frogner
  • Shoelounge
  • These four contemporary artists, Ingrid A. Tronstad, Kristine Maudal, Pippip Ferner and Kristin Romberg, are all based in the Oslo area. They explain their project as starting on blank sheets of paper with four open minds. They do not really know what the actual outcome will be. The project thus is as much about exploring the process as it is about creating a result. 

    These are all well established artists withinteresting backgrounds – both educational and projectwise, with several solo/project exhibitions and group exhibitis. Their permanent installations in public or corporate spaces range from Kristine Maudal’s piece in the Cave Bar in Barcelona to Kristin Romberg’s works in the Norwegian Embassy in Riga (Latvia).

    This is the third issue of the Instant Art project series.  For ten days the artists will explore San Francisco and the Bay area and instantly transform their impressions into art.  There will be a project exhibition on November 12, hosted by the Norwegian Consulate, and opened by the Norwegian Consul Geir Tønnesen.  The event will take place at Anodyne Designs premises on 77 Dow Place at 6pm-10pm.

    To the general public, this project is unique in that it offers a chance to meet four individually different Norwegian artists in one show.  Also, people are invited to participate in the creative process from start to finish, either through the project blog or by dropping in while they work.
    The project is sponsored locally by
    Norway House Foundation and the Norwegian Consulate in addition to commercial investors H&H partners.

    San Francisco Marks 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Candlelight Vigil

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    This was the scene last night in Chinatown, where people turned out with their candles to mark the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

    All photos by Whole Wheat Toast. See more at the Toasted Blog.

    Portsmouth Square, San Francisco:

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    The Goddess of Democracy:

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    Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary: All Quiet at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

    Thursday, June 4th, 2009

    There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on to mark the 20th anniversary of  the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka June 4 Incident, aka “6-4“) around San Francisco today so far.

    This is the scene at the sometimes-busy Chinese consulate in the Western Addition – barricades are ready to be used if needed.

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    Appears as if there’ll be a candlelight vigil in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square at the Goddess of Democracy statue around 7:30 or 8:00 PM tonight.

    Candlelight vigil 4th June at 8p at Portsmouth Sq, Chinatown, San Francisco re: Tiananmen Square”

    Here she is, the GoD, being ignored last year by Mayor Gavin Newsom in all the excitement leading up to the international Olympic Torch Relay fiasco of 2008. (Don’t look forward to any more of those international relays – they’re cancelled forever by the International Olympic Committee due to actions from the Sacred Flame Protection Squad, etc.)

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    June 4th is being remembered in San Francisco, but it doesn’t seem to be that big a deal at this point. Here’s one account from Tiananmen, in the virtual pages of SFGate:

    Our eyes locked. He was attractive in a stern sort of way, with wide-set eyes and a strong, dimpled chin. He was probably four or five years my junior. We looked into one another’s eyes for a few seconds, our limbs locked in this aggressive parody of a dance. I had an absurd memory of senior prom…” On it goes.

    Anyway, it looks like Chinatown will be the venue for the biggest 6-4 observation in town today.

    Tibetan “Serf’s Emancipation Day” Commemorated in San Francisco

    Saturday, March 28th, 2009

    Get up to speed on the Orwellian Serf’s Emancipation Day here. Today’s protest at the Chinese consulate was relatively small, with about 200 fired-up Tibetans chanting and singing.

    Only one lane of Geary Boulevard was shut down to traffic today, as opposed to all four during the last go around: Click to expand:

    Fifty years of resistance, 1959-2009:

    The horn-honking of solidarity with the protesting crowd from passing traffic was infectious:

    A perspective on public relations:

    From the Chinese point of view there are perfectly legitimate internal communications (or propaganda, if you prefer) reasons to designate this holiday. It’s a high-profile re-statement of the official Chinese “emancipation” narrative on the annexation of Tibet, an important pillar of legitimacy and a cornerstone of the messaging that is used to this day to justify that annexation to both internal and external audiences. Unfortunately, loaded with unintentional irony as it is, “Serf Emancipation Day” is going to enter foreign ears like a butcher knife coated in rock salt.”