Posts Tagged ‘country’

Here’s What It Looks Like to Coast Down the New Devil’s Slide Trail, Just South of Pacifica

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Joshua Cassidy of KQED has all the deets on the soon-to-open Devil’s Slide path.

And here’s what it looks like to coast down, via CoastSider:

OMG, Your Chance to Audition for the “X Factor” Show on Fox-TV is Coming Up April 18-20, 2012 – See You at the Cow Palace!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

All your deets are right here.

Good luck!

“What are we looking for?

We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!

The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of January 1, 2012) and above, with no age cap.

Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!

Where are we going?

This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!

Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena March 14th (registration March 12 &13)
Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center March 22nd (registration March 20 & 21)
San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace April 20th (registration April 18 & 19)
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum May 1st (registration April 29 & 30)
Providence, Rode Island – Dunkin Donuts Center May 10th (registration May 9)

How does it work?

Registration

You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.

You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).

Eligibility:

You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.

Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.

Check out the eligibility requirements on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and make sure you are eligible to participate!

Audition

On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress!

There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thexfactorusa.com/.

If successful, you will need to be available the next day

DISCLOSURE: The fact that you have received this message should not be interpreted as a guarantee of eligibility or success in our competition. Response (or lack of response) to this message, and forwarding (or not forwarding) this message will have NO influence on your standing, if you choose to attend auditions. This is merely an attempt to inform the performing community at large of our open auditions.”

OMG, OMG, It’s the Debut of “SFGate Radio” from Earbits! – A “Free Online Radio Service Designed to Spotlight Local Musicians”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It’s here, SFGate Radio is finally here, man:

“With Spotify coming to America, Pandora Media debuting on Wall Street, Rdio possibly hooking up with Facebook and Slacker Radio making a splash, the spotlight on online music has never been more intense. Today, SFGate.com jumps into the competition with SFGate Radio, a free online radio service designed to spotlight local musicians and performances. SFGate is the online home of The Chronicle and both are owned by Hearst Communications Inc.”

All the deets:

“Earbits, one of the more recent entrants to the online radio game which raised $605,000 in seed funding last month, has announced a partnership with SFgate.com, home of the San Francisco Chronicle. The service — dubbed SFGate Radio — will allow listeners to find regional shows and focus exclusively on Bay Area artists and those touring through the region.”

Here’s an early review from Bagdad By The Bay.

Hurray?

Give it a try!

So let’s say that you like what Marie Hines sounds and/or looks like – well then you can see that she will perform at a joint on Arguello tonight:

That’s kind of how it works.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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If You Think You’re Brave, Why Don’t You Open a Wine Shop Called “The Serial Grapist” in Sonoma County?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Some guy up in Healdsburg just did that, he changed the name of his shop to “The Serial Grapist.

Srsly.

See?

Needless to say, the name change didn’t go well.

Anyway, if you think you’re brave…

Bucolic Southern Marin, Crowded Northeast San Francisco, and Forgotten Oakland All Pose for a Photo

Monday, December 20th, 2010

See?

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Sonoma County Heirloom Tomato Festival to Feature “Breathalyzer Service” for Boozers

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

On the heels of last month’s fatal traffic accident up in Sonoma County, comes news of Kendall Jackson offering “Breathalyzer Service” at their upcoming Heirloom Tomato Festival.

So let’s see here, this is the woman from San Francisco

…who is now up on DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges. And this is how some people react up north.

I’m not really up to speed on the latest monthly DUI Report in Napa, but doesn’t Wine Country have a DUI problem?

I’ll have to look into this more sometime. Certainly seems like neighboring Napa County has issues if it had/has 2,400 outstanding DUI arrest warrants in recent memory.

Anyway, here’s the “related news” for the reports on the fatal collision:

Comes now Kendall Jackson offering breathalyzer service from KHN Solutions at the “granddaddy of tomato festivals” on September 11, 2010.

Does this this look like fun?

“It’s fun for people.”

“I think people are going to appreciate our focus on safety and at the same time have some fun with this.”

Here’e the release, make of it what you will:

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival Adds Free Breathalyzer Service for Guests

Food extravaganza goes extra mile to encourage safety

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ — There will be a new facet to the 14th Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival when the event opens on September 11th at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center here. For the first time, festival goers will be provided free access to breath-alcohol tests if they wish.

San Francisco-based KHN Solutions, makers of the BACtrack® breathalyzer, will have a booth at the event and will provide free tests to anyone who wants one.

“We’ve done many events from sporting venues to the Consumer Electronics Show,” said company CEO Keith Nothacker. “It’s fun for people. They’re interested in seeing what their blood alcohol levels really are. It’s part curiosity, part wisdom.”

“We’ve never had a problem with over-consumption at our event,” said Mark Mathewson, general manager of hospitality for Jackson Family Wines, the company that owns Kendall-Jackson. “Yet having this available is a great way for us to create awareness and promote responsibility.”

The BACtrack® booth will be staffed by KHN employees who will also distribute information on responsible drinking.

“I think people are going to appreciate our focus on safety and at the same time have some fun with this,” Mathewson said.

Ever more dets, after the jump.

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Jerry Brown Takes Down: “Operation Knockout” Arrests 94 Norteños and Sureños in Salinas

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide gang wars in Steinbeck Country. So today he’s telling us about the people in his Gang Suppression Enforcement Program, along with a whole bunch of other California and federal peace officers, arresting 94 suspected Montery-area Norteños and Sureños.

And to keep things going, Jerry just announced a local, Salinas-area gang task force.

Anyway, there was a big press conference today – look at who all was there.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello (Northern District of CA), Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo, Salinas Chief of Police Louis Fetherolf, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and a host of others down in Salinas :

Check it:

“Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today discussed “Operation Knockout,” in which agents from Brown’s Gang Suppression Enforcement Program (GSEP) of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement arrested gang members after an eight-month, wide-ranging investigation and sweep targeting the most powerful gang leaders in the Salinas area.”

via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Brown Announces Major Gang Takedown in Salinas

SALINAS – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that more than 200 agents from his Gang Suppression Enforcement Program and other law enforcement agencies today arrested 37 members of two vicious gangs responsible for a rampage of violence — including more than three dozen murders and 200 shootings — that terrorized the citizens of Salinas and nearby areas.

Today’s mass arrests culminated an eight-month operation, code-named “Operation Knockout,” aimed at apprehending members of the Norteños and Sureños gangs that turned Salinas into a hub of murder, robbery and drug dealing.

The operation targeted the most dangerous gang leaders in the Salinas area. In addition to the arrests made today, agents seized 40 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana, nine ounces of methamphetamine, $34,000 in cash, and 12 guns. An additional 57 arrests were made before today’s sweep.

“Operation Knockout was designed to restore safety to the streets of Salinas,” said Brown. “Citizens in John Steinbeck’s hometown deserve better than having to endure a violent crime rate that’s three times the national average. We owed it to the people of Salinas to arrest these out-of-control gang members and ensure a heightened sense of personal security throughout the city.”

Ever more deets after the jump

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Grapes of Wrath Redux – Hard Times in Napa Valley Wine Country

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Napa’s in the Bay Area, right? It’s super close to San Francisco. So let’s take a look and see how the Great Recession of 2007-???? (aka the “late-2000s recession“) is affecting our Neighbor to the North.

Let’s start with the view from the St. Helena Highway, aka Route 29, aka Main Street. (It’s the main drag for the whole entire valley, you know.) Here’s the old Radio Flyer on the train tracks motif:

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What happens if you can’t afford the rent and a car? What happens if you, as many in Napa and Sonoma counties have done before you, get a DUI or two and you lose your license to drive? How do you get to work or the store without a car? Let’s take a look:

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Napa can’t afford sidewalks? Apparently. Of course, if you’re on a bicycle (not recommended) you would pedal along on the shoulder/breakdown lane, but if you’re on your feet, well, remember all the drunk drivers? I mean, DWI is a Way of Life up there. 

I mean, bacon-rich Cincinnati has its local Hog Report so shouldn’t lush-rich Napa have a local DUI Report? Oh wait, it does

By the way, be sure to “Avoid the 9″ policing agencies that will bust you:

“Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the Napa Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, St. Helena Police Department, Calistoga Police Department, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Napa Valley College, American Canyon Police Department and Napa County Probation.”

OMG, can you believe that bucolic Napa has (or had) 2400(!!!!) outstanding DUI arrest warrants? Mercy!

Anywho, walking in Napa is no picnic. Perhaps it makes the most sense to just amble on the old train tracks (which, of course, are the newish home of the despised (and belovedNapa Valley Wine Train.)

But what about the wineries, how are they doing? Well, the Disneyesque Robert Mondavi Winery had no waiting for their famous 75-minute Signature Tour and Tasting on a recent balmy October Sunday. (Of course, back in the day, the place was packed to the gills, reservations required.)

And how about Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate, where they have mandatory valet service and a red carpet and where they don’t let you in without a $25 cover?

Well here it is, during Sunday primetime, it was totally wide open. A handful of cars in the lot, no valets, no $25 charge, it’s just y’all come down.

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Now let’s head up to St. Helena proper, where the millionaires live and you can buy Rolexeses and high end choco all you want? Let’s check out David’s Jewelers, Since 1976:

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Dave has sweet window displays (man, that Rolex fish, that’s art ready to hang, baby)…

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…but no goods to sell. Uh oh.

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There are Halloween decorations but that’s it. It’s closed down, apparently. Oh well.

And let’s not even think about heading Further North to the St. Helena Premium Outlets place. Cue tumbleweeds.

So, what’s worse:

Busy, crowded Napa Valley; or

Ghost town* Napa Valley?

That’s a tough choice for some people. Oh well.

But now’s your chance to get on up there and see what it was like back in the day, before Napa became a major tourist destination. COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts isn’t around anymore, but all the other places will be staffed with folks happy to see you, I’m sure.

I almost wanted to buy something, but then I remembered about the Buy Local Movement. I’m not a local, really, so I probably shouldn’t spend my hard-earned up there.

But you, you’re welcome to visit, especially before things pick up again in the Spring of 2010.

See you there!

*Be aware that the Great Recession has seemed to pass by the popular eateries, such as Mustards Grill (man, it’s tough to get in there), Taylor’s Automatic Refresher (busy, busy, but the wait isn’t too long) and Yountville’s bestarred (c’mon, it’s a word) The French Laundry (forget about it).

Attention Bay Area Fiancees and Fiances – Wedding Event Tonight at Fort Mason!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

I’m not sure if it’s too late to get in on this, but check it out and see if there’s room for one or two more tonight at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at the Dream Team Mixer – it’s just especially for people wishing to get married in the bay area.

(Be warned – somebody might try to make the case on how you should spend your cash in order to make your Big Day special, but isn’t that what you want anyway?)

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See you there!

Meet the Dream Team Mixer
 
We would like to invite anyone wishing to get married in the bay area to attend this fun and informative evening. 
 
Music from Spintronix. 
 
Flowers from  Branch Out Floral and Event Design. 

Movie Trailer featuring the Dream Team, from Studio MSV.

Hors d’ouevres from Spring Loaf Catering.

Wines from Franciscan Winery.

Lighting from North American Theatre Technology. 

Fashion Show featuring Bella Mia Bride, Bliss Bridal Shoes, Natural Images Skincare, One World Designs, and Get Your DO Up!

Photo Booth from The Laugh Box.

Special Display from Nancy Liu Chin Designs.

Rentals from Williams Party Rentals.

Cupcakes from Freedom Bakery & Confections.

Photography from Lilia Photo.

Limo from Lone Star Limousine.

Featured Special Guests: Haute Horticulture, Balloons Equal Fun,  Jon Casey Caricatures, and Blue Water Party Rentals.

Come meet the couples vying for the title of “San Francisco’s First Dreamy Couple”. 

You’ll learn more about the vendors responsible for this community-driven project and how you can enter for a chance to win a $100,000.00 Dream Wedding! 

We hope to find a hard-working and deserving couple who values the impact of giving back to the community around them.

Could it be YOU?

Iron Horse Vineyards Commemorates Tutankhamun Show with “Tut Cuvée” Sparkling Wine

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The Bigelow Report forecasted it a while ago, so you had to happen – Tut Cuvée, a “limited edition” sparking wine, is now available at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

It’s Tut, baby! You knew he was going to bring it. Check it out in the cafe when you see the Tut show.

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Or “champagne.” You can call it that, “semi-generically,” if you want. It’s your right as an American. (That reminds me that I need to tell you about the Secret Sherry Society sometime. Moving on…)

Actually, if you want to get a bottle to go as a souvenir gift for your friends at home, you could do a lot worse. I don’t think you can actually get a bottle at the museum, but they’ll sell a glassful to you. And what’s wrong with that?

All the deets:

TUT CUVÉE, SPARKLING WINE FIT FOR A PHARAOH, LAUNCHES ON SEPTEMBER 10
A portion of the proceeds goes to funding school visits to the King Tut exhibition.
 
SAN FRANCISCO – The de Young Museum, in partnership with Iron Horse Vineyards, is pleased to announce the debut of Tut Cuvée, a limited edition, premium sparkling wine created to commemorate the exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, currently on view at the museum.  One dollar of the purchase price of every bottle will go towards sending school children to see the exhibition for free.  Over 350 Bay Area school children will benefit from this initiative.

“We have created wine for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Queens, the Pope and now a Pharaoh.  But my family and I are most proud that sales of Tut Cuvée will send so many Bay Area kids to see the exhibition and experience ancient Egypt face-to-face,” explains Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards.

Iron Horse Vineyards Winemaker David Munksgard crafted Tut Cuvée from a 2006 vintage Blanc de Noirs made from predominantly Pinot Noir grapes with a splash of Chardonnay. The dosage, or finishing element, for the sparkling wine was selected through a special tasting session conducted at the winery in Sebastopol in August.  The panel consisted of David Munksgard, Fine Arts Museums Director John Buchanan and Spencer Christian, host of KGO-TV’s View from the Bay and a celebrated oenophile.  “We crafted Tut Cuvée to embody all the qualities one would ascribe to the boy king – regal, elegant, and very dry!” quips John Buchanan.

To ensure a sparkling wine fit for a pharaoh, only 500 cases will be produced in this limited edition.  Tut Cuvée will be available for sale by the glass in the de Young Museum Café, by the bottle or case at the Iron Horse Vineyards tasting room in Sebastopol, and at fine wine shops throughout the Bay Area.  The wine is also available online at www.ironhorsevineyards.com.  Tut Cuvée will retail for $29.99 per bottle.