Posts Tagged ‘costumes’

Boy, the SF Marathon is Almost as Wacky as a Bay to Breakers – Oakland Warrior Juggler Dribbler, Firefighter, Die Hard

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Straight out of Oak-Town comes this Warriors Juggler – bounce toss toss, bounce toss toss. Stephen Curry here was in the zone.

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And he doesn’t at all look like a money-hungry, anti-UCSF billionaire, but you never know…

And here’s the fireman, who might have been promoting an alcoholic drink – I couldn’t tell. But he did have the oxygen tank. And Die Hard here was wearing a marathon t-shirt from Europe. He kept on keeping on…

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I was just passing through, but I’m supposing if you wanted to wait around for more wackiness, you’d find it here, at our annual San Francisco Marathon.

Isaac Mukandi Mwangi Wins the 2015 Bay to Breakers Fun Run – Notable Costumes? The Season One Serial Podcast

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

There he is, in the middle, at about the middle of the race:

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I gotta say, man, the rich white aging homeowners of the Western Addition have really managed to suck a lot of life out of this event – take a look at fan turnout at the Fell and Masonic area just after the front runners had cruised by:

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And now part of your entrance fee goes to paying off some of the millionaire homeowners groups so they don’t complain as much? OK fine.

And here are your costume winners – the Season One Serial podcast:

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I guess that’s Adnan’s Nokia calling Nisha, a high school mash note, convicted killer Adnan, and a Baltimore area Best Buy store.

Craigslist to Sponsor Bay to Breakers 2013 – All the Deets – Conservative Denver Billionaire + Craig Newmark = ???

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


1. Hey, does christian activist Phillip Anschutz still own AEG? I think so. And AEG still owns the Bay to Breakers civic street party and fun run? And Obama donor Craig Newmark / Craigslist just made a sponsoring deal with B2B? How does that square? I mean, I’m seeing “April 1st, 2013” here. Am I missing something? You pay money to advertise a job on craigslist and it goes to Mr. Burns IRL in Colorado so he can use it to attack the concept of evolution? Mmmm…

2. Here’s something – one time Craig Newmark had to admonish “craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster” for celebrating the vandalization of my Toyota after it got messed up on Ashbury. That was a like a decade ago, just saying. Ill tell you, that Jim Buckmaster isn’t your typical wealthy millionaire CEO-type. Anyway, it cost me $200 and State Farm like $2600, oh well.

3. Back before Google semi-censored naughty images, this shot here was the number image result in Google Images when people searched for the phrase Bay to Breakers. The problem was that a local money-making sports website claimed it as its own. That was going too far, IMO. Had to put my foot down on that one.

Good times on Fell Street:

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This partnership marries two “San Francisco originals,” craigslist, which was founded in 1995 as an email distribution list of San Francisco events, with Bay to Breakers.

“We’re tickled pink to sponsor Bay to Breakers,” said craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. “A fellow San Francisco institution, this storied footrace celebrates the unique character of our colorful city, drawing fans and participants from around the world.”

New course and post-race event location
The race will follow its recent historical route until you’re almost at the Finish Line. There’s a new twist (and turn) in Golden Gate Park, runners will turn left onto Bernice Rodgers Way, then right onto MLK Jr. Drive, then right onto Lincoln Way, then a quick right onto the Great Highway and the Finish Line.

All post-race activities will take place at the Finish Area on the Great Highway – sponsor giveaways, a Dos Equis Beer Garden, food trucks, and more. Information

Volkswagen Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods
One of the city’s largest health, fitness, and lifestyle expos will be held Friday, May 17th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM & Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The FREE and open to the public Expo will be held at the San Francisco Design Center located at 635 8th Street.

Check out the “Fuel Zone” provided by Crunchies, which features snacks to prepare for the race. See the all-new Beetle Convertible and Jetta Hybrid at the Volkswagen display and enjoy interactive games from our various partners. In addition, registered participants can pick up race packets and official race shirts. Learn More

T-Shirt Design Contest Artwork Revealed
The 2013 Bay to Breakers Official Participant T-Shirt Artwork has been chosen. Congratulations to San Francisco resident Arthur Lediouris who submitted the winning design.  View winning design

Big thanks to all the artists who created outstanding designs for consideration!

Register today for Bay to Breakers at Discount registrations for groups of 10 or more are available. Email or call 877-234-8425 to book your group!”


SAN FRANCISCO – (April 3, 2013) Bay to Breakers, one of the world’s largest and longest running footraces, today announced San Francisco based craigslist as presenting sponsor. The Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist partnership brings together two Bay Area classics – San Francisco born and bred craigslist, now the world’s leading classified ad service, and Bay to Breakers, the legendary 102-year-old San Francisco running race. More than 30,000 athletes from around the globe will descend upon the streets of San Francisco for the 102nd Bay to Breakers 12K running race, set to take place on Sunday, May 19.

“We’re tickled pink to sponsor Bay to Breakers,” said craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. “A fellow San Francisco institution, this storied footrace celebrates the unique character of our colorful city, drawing fans and participants from around the world.”

In addition to becoming the presenting sponsor of the iconic footrace owned and operated by world leading sports and entertainment presenters AEG, craigslist will receive prominent on-course signage, inclusion in all marketing and advertising collateral, presence on the official Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist website and social media platforms and race entries.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Bay to Breakers to partner with one of the world’s most visited websites and another San Francisco original, craigslist,” said Bay to Breakers Race Director Angela Fang. “We are thrilled to add them as presenting sponsor. As the event moves into its second century, we can’t imagine a better addition to the Bay to Breakers community.”

Additional new sponsors confirmed for 2013 include: Crunchies Food Company, the official natural freeze dried snack; Dos Equis, the official beer and malt liquor; SnuggBuds, the official headset; and LinkedIn, the official professional network. Returning sponsors include: Volkswagen, the official automobile and title sponsor of the Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods; Big 5 Sporting Goods, the official sporting goods retailer and presenting sponsor of the Volkswagen Greater Body Expo; C20 Pure Coconut Water, the official coconut water; and the Hyatt Regency Hotel San Francisco, the official race hotel.

Since 1912, this legendary race has taken thousands of participants including elite athletes, centipede teams of 13, celebrities, costumed racers, marathon runners, weekend warriors and more from the edge of the bay, to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, via several San Francisco neighborhoods. In addition to the run, participants are encouraged to take part in the Costume Contest, Volkswagen Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods and enjoy the finish line festivities with food, fun and more.

About Bay to Breakers

The 102nd Bay to Breakers 12K running race, presented by craigslist, is set to take on Sunday, May 19. To register for this year’s footrace go to, for more information please visit Discount registrations for groups of 10 or more are available, please email, or call 877-234-8425. For more details, please visit, or call 877-234-8425.

About craigslist

Running in San Francisco since 1995, craigslist has jogged ahead to be the most used classifieds worldwide, helping racers everywhere find jobs, housing, goods, services, friends, romance, events, sneakers, community information, and just about everything else For media inquiries please email

About AEG:

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that “officially” opened in 2010.In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings (NHL), Two-time defending MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist foot race. AEG Live, the company’s live-entertainment division, is the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other strategic partnerships and AEG Merchandising, a multi-faceted merchandising company are also core business units of AEG. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of the industry’s first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced axs Ticketing, the first phase of its new entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand which will also features a mobile service as well as a video content service now in development. For additional information, visit

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Halloween in the Castro 2011 a Huge Success – City Defies City Family, Shows Up in Costume Despite the Official Ban

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if the City Family actually fought back against the revelers with water trucks. So much for the “zero tolerance” edict from Police Chief Greg Suhr. Anyway, look for Halloween in the Castro 2012 to be twice as big. You’ll see…]

To review, here’s the official word from San Francisco’s Gay Goebbels, “City Family” Minister of Propaganda David Perry, about Halloween in the Castro 2011:


“…Staying Home for Halloween is the ‘in’ thing to do…”

And here’s the same message from a local media outfit, you know, the one owned by gay-hating, evolution-unbelieving Republican Philip Anschutz:

“Halloween bash in San Francisco’s Castro won’t rise from dead this year”

But nevertheless, cool people got dressed up and headed to the Castro last night (pants not necessarily required), just like back in the day.

Like these people waiting for the 24 Divisadero bus yesterday evening:

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Actually, the Castro was hopping. Via Owenchristoff:

Fun Halloween! Castro was a zoo. Glad to be back in the quiet Richmond dist.”

Bay Citizen writer Scott James brought it all home for us last night:

Official party? Nope. Who cares. Crowds converging now on San Francisco’s Castro for Halloween”

And there’s this, from NilesHD:

“Although there’s no official San Francisco Halloween anymore in the Castro, that’s where most people go to celebrate Halloween !!”

Now the way to explain this is by noting that the City Family doesn’t really benefit from people going to the Castro district on Halloween, so it suppresses turnout by lying to people.


(If Halloween were an event that the City Family cared about, then things would be much different. It’d be more like the sitch with the America’s Cup 2013, you know, Rich People Like Boats, so it’s full speed ahead with AC13. Oh well.)

Now what’s this, is it the campaign of, speak of the Devil, quasi-City Family member David Chiu on the streets of the Castro last night?


And they weren’t alone, of course:

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Happy Halloween 2011, San Francisco.

See you next year!

OMG, Halloween in the Castro is Making a Comeback for 2011 – New Mayor, New Policy? – SFPD Busy With OccupySF

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Have you heard the Word on the Street? It’s that Halloween in the Castro is making a comeback in 2011. So get dressed up and go, if you want.

Now, they won’t shut down the streets and put up fences and charge admission the way they did just a few years back. Oh no. Castro in the Halloween is returning but as a smaller event. You know, the way it was before all the “bros and hos” from Santa Clara County started showing up.

I haven’t heard word one about Halloween being cancelled this year – perhaps a new Mayor has new priorities?

And do you think the cops might be busy raiding (or “training” for raiding) Occupy SF down in the Embarcadero?


Anyway, Halloween in the Castro 2011 will be a sedate affair, with delightfully-costumed people milling about.


It will be oldschool, with plenty of elbow room, the way it was before the era when cops would shut down streets. Like these scenes from the smallish Halloween in the Castro 2010.

See you there!

Will the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Diamonds return to the Castro this year?

The stage at 16th, Market, and Noe. A kid from one of San Francisco’s housing projects got mad and shot nine people a little later on this particular evening. Nobody died though:

The Raiders and Niners fan what show up are generally better behaved than the actual fans at the stadiums:

An ocean of people at 17th, Market and Castro, a few years back:

I don’t know if Halloween in the Castro will ever get this big again, but who knows…

Her First Visit Since 1969: OMG, OMG, Diana Ross Plays Our Golden Gate Theatre Friday, September 16, 2011!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

OMG, meltingly tender Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is coming back to town!

That’s right, the most successful female music artist in history is coming to the Mid-Market on September 16th, 2011.

Here’s all you need to know:

“Tickets for Diana Ross at the Golden Gate Theatre go on sale Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10 AM, and can be purchased online at, or by phone at 888-746-1799. Tickets are $250/$125/$75 and $55.”

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All the deets:

Diana Ross to Make Her First San Francisco Appearance Since 1969

Eagerly Anticipated Return of One of America’s Most Enduring Music Legends

SAN FRANCISCO, July 21, 2011 – The City by the Bay is eagerly anticipating the triumphant return of one of the American music industry’s most enduring and beloved artists. Diana Rossis set to appear Friday, September 16, 2011 at 8 PM at the Golden Gate Theatre in downtown San Francisco. This will be the recording superstar’s first performance in San Francisco since 1969, when she performed with the Supremes at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room.

Diana Ross, her music and her voice are legendary. The concert, a full theatrical experience, will include breathtaking costumes and stage design, along with a live string and horn section. Ross has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 number one hits. Her music became the sound of young America in the ’60s soon after she signed with Motown Records in 1961 with The Supremes. She embarked on her extraordinary solo career in 1970, and has not stopped since.

Diana Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry. She is an Academy Award nominated actress for her unforgettable role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards and a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors.

SHN’s Golden Gate Theatre is one of the West Coast’s premier venues for live entertainment. Conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, the historic 1922 art deco theatre is a dramatic yet intimate setting. Located at 1 Taylor Street at Market Street & 6th, the Golden Gate Theatre is close to BART and MUNI. Presenting sponsors Hotel Fusion and Infusion Lounge are offering pre-concert special chef’s menu dining and deluxe accommodation packages.

Tickets for Diana Ross at the Golden Gate Theatre go on sale Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10 AM, and can be purchased online at, or by phone at 888-746-1799. Tickets are $250/$125/$75 and $55.

Rick Bartalini Presents:



OMG, Cinco de Mayo 2011 a Huge Success – Enjoy the Color From Premier San Francisco Photographer David Yu

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

As you should know by now, photographer David Yu loves his colors, so naturally he was on the scene at this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities.


All shots from David Yu:

And now it’s time to rest after a long day:

All right, see you next year!

OMG, It’s WonderCon 2011, Running Through April 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Center!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Once again, it’s WONDERCON!

This could be you:

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Halloween Critical Mass Yields One Arrest – Check Out the Slideshow From Steve Rhodes

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Here it is.

No deets on this arrest.

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Excellent Photos of San Jose’s Famine 2010 from David Yu

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

As promised, here are some excellent photos of Fanime 2010 from San Francisco’s famous David Yu.

Used with persimmon

And here are all his shots from 2009 and 2010.