Posts Tagged ‘critic’

The Large Sutro Tower-Related Back Tattoo That the San Francisco Chronicle DOES NOT Want You to See.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

For some reason.

For some reason, The Chronic wants to use a thumbnail of this image below to promote a recent bit about Sutro, but The Chronic doesn’t want people to see the actual photo.

A bit of tease, non?

Anyway, here it is, a larger version plus a link to the source. It’s Famous Bay Area web technologist Elly Jonez from back when she was keeping busy making this tat – it took two years.

Oh, and look for the raven*:

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*For some reason, IRL, ravens and crows love the Sutro Tower – sometimes they congregate way up at the top high above San Francisco.

OMG, Onegin at the San Francisco Ballet is Fantastic! A Must-See! But There are Just Four Performances Left

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

If you’ve never seen ballet before,* this is it. This week is your last chance to see the debut performances of Onegin from our world-class San Francisco Ballet in our world-class War Memorial Opera House.

The plot is super simple – it’s easy to follow along. So, as Sean Martinfield points out, you shouldn’t expect a bunch of twists and turns and “resolving climaxes.”

No matter, this production is VERY IMPRESSIVE.

Get your tickets here for tonight or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday. And then it will be gone, before you know it. And then you’ll have the rest of this full-spectrum season to consider.

Vitor Luiz & Maria Kochetkova in Onegin – Photo © Erik Tomasson

Oh, the reviews are in:

Mary Ellen Hunt in the San Francisco Chronicle;

Ann Murphy in the San Jose Mercury News;

Saturday Matinee;

ART Hound; and

Odette’s Ordeal (Wow, there’s a lot of stuff here. Is Teri McCollum going to see four shows in this run? Wow.) 

All right, see you there! 

TUESDAY, 1/31

Onegin: Vitor Luiz; Tatiana: Maria Kochetkova; Lensky: Gennadi Nedvigin; Olga: Clara Blanco. Conductor: Martin West. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY, 2/1

Onegin: Davit Karapetyan; Tatiana: Vanessa Zahorian; Lenksy: Taras Domitro; Olga: Dana Genshaft; Gremin: Quinn Wharton. Conductor: David LaMarche. Performance begins at 7:30 pm.

THURSDAY, 2/2

Onegin: Pierre-Francois Vilanoba; Tatiana: Sarah Van Patten; Lensky: Isaac Hernandez; Olga: Courtney Elizabeth; Gremin: Tiit Helimets. Conductor: David LaMarche. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.

FRIDAY, 2/3

Onegin: Ruben Martin Cintas; Tatiana: Yuan Yuan Tan; Lensky: Jaime Garcia Castilla; Olga: Dores Andre; Gremin: Damian Smith. Conductor: Martin West. Performance begins at 8:00 pm. 

* And if it turns out you don’t like what you see, then you don’t like ballet. And that’s fine, at least you tried. And how much money will you be out, like double the cost of going to see Ernest Goes to Camp II 3D at the Metreon? Something like that.

Audi Avenue: Powell Street Promenade is a Big Fat Joke – A Series of Eight Parklets to Market Audi’s Cars

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

[During all of this Powell Street Promenade stuff, please remember:

“…the benches draw their inspiration from the aluminum chassis of the all-new A7, the Audi ASF® frame.”

There will be a test later.]

[Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King just weighed in. Uh, John, the original plan was supposed to relieve “pedestrian congestion,” as this recent design concept from Audi shows, but the current design won’t do that. And “parklet” is a pejorative in this case. And those “abstract oars” you see are “inspired by” a 2012 Audi. Thusly:

The hockey stick behind the rear wheel – see it? That’s where your oars came from.]

Get up to speed on the new Audi Avenue / Powell Street Promenade Project right here.

Let me tell you, the Powell Street Promenade in Union Square will look nothing like this:

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Instead, it will look like this, with aluminum grating and paddles and twisted things. See?

Are these tables? I think they’re tables:

We were promised no advertising, but you make the call:

“…like much of the promenade, the benches draw their inspiration from the aluminum chassis of the all-new A7, the Audi ASF® frame. While the twisting and sculpting of the metal is intended to reflect the dynamic styling of the luxury sedan…”

Is this why Audi owners make such bad drivers, generally, the boldness? (I’d call it hubris, frankly.) Anyway, let’s let Audi make the case:

“We believe that a boldly designed car, like the new Audi A7, deserves a boldly designed world. So today we’re breaking ground on an urban design initiative to re-imagine Powell Street in San Francisco.”

I’ll tell you, the last thing Audi drivers need is anything to do with boldness.

Oh, and Foursquare too: Audi Powell Street Promenade

This is the primary surface. Number one will pass right through, number two not so much:

Now, the original idea was to have a widened sidewalk but that would have caused issues with area hotels (like them suing the City and County for starters). So we’re going to get cutouts on both sides of both blocks. Thusly:

Here’s parklet eight of eight, near the Cable Car turnaround:

Now let’s thank Gaia that the aluminum hasn’t been arranged in interlocking rings to further advertise Audi and its million-dollar Audi Avenue. But there will be Audi’s name onsite and that’s too much, IMO. Oh well.

And I can’t think of any other carmaker that’s as closely associated with aluminum as Audi, so there’s that.

Was this marketing deal put out to bid, like maybe some other car companies might want to market their vehicles using the streets of San Francisco as well, right? Anyway, I don’t know.

Feel free to share your thoughts with SFGov – oh, whoops, comments be closed, just like the way they have it at BeyondChron, which is also financed with your taxpayer dollars.

All right, which particular Audi did the Powell Street Promenade draw its inspiration from? All together now, the A7! Get one today – starting price is merely $60K.

Hurray!

Lively SocketSite has some deets along with reaction from the commonweal.

SF Streetsblog

Progress on Powell 

[Earworm of the day: We’re going rock down to-oo/ Audi Avenue.]

[UPDATE: And a commenter from FineInternets.com frets over the metal theft issue. I wonder how much this aluminum would be worth melted down. See comments.]

Influential Critic John King Calls Out Preservationist Cabal Over North Beach Branch Library Fiasco – Good For Him

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King is going after mindless preservationism today.

Check it out.

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53rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival – Full Lineup Announced Today

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This year’s San Francisco International Film Festival will show 177 films from April 22 to May 6, 2010 - it promises variety and substance. Today’s news:

1. “Opening Night begins at 7:00 pm at the historic Castro Theatre, where the curtain rises on Micmacs (France), the latest whimsical creation from the endlessly inventive director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amélie and City of Lost Children). A man who lost his father to a landmine and has a bullet lodged in his own skull seeks revenge against weapons manufacturers, enlisting an eccentric gang of junk dealers into his wacky scheme. After the screening, the Opening Night party kicks off at 9:30 pm in the historic Regency Center, where partygoers can explore two levels of Edwardian splendor while enjoying refreshing cocktails, international culinary delights and to live music.

Sean Uyehara, Rachel Rosen, Rod Armstrong, and Audreey Chang at today’s presser:

2. “The Festival’s Centerpiece screening, a not-to-be-missed date night showcasing the latest work from a celebrated new director, this year features the romantic film happythankyoumoreplease (USA) followed by a chic party at one of San Francisco’s hottest nightspots. Josh Radnor’s debut, an audience favorite at Sundance 2010, shirks the sex, drugs and rock and roll allure of Manhattan’s hipster stomping grounds for an old-fashioned dose of youthful optimism and social responsibility. happythankyoumoreplease will screen at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 1 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, followed by the Centerpiece party at 9:00 pm at Manor West, located at 750 Harrison Street between Third and Fourth streets. Cool cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres will add up to one hot scene.

3. “The Festival’s Closing Night offers a rousing finale at 7 pm on Thursday, May 6, beginning with a screening of Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work (USA), Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s unvarnished portrait of the pioneer comedian. The film follows the one and only Rivers over the course of a year, revealing the complexities of an inveterate entertainer who continues to persevere despite what others may think of her. Rivers and codirector Stern are expected to attend. After the screening at 9:30 pm, the Closing Night party commences at 1015 Folsom, one of San Francisco’s most vibrant clubs, where partygoers will dance the night away to hipster beats and enjoy decadent bites and well-crafted cocktails.

That’s the big news. Ever more deets, after the jump

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Roger Ebert, Jason Reitman, and Terry Zwigoff to Appear at SFIFF – Castro Theatre, May 1st

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Mark your calendars now, ’cause Pulitzer Prize­-winning film critic Roger Ebert is coming to town during the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). 

Roger will be honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends on May 1st  at the Castro Theatre.

Get your tickets soon – this one will sell out despite the massiveness of the single-screen Castro.

Deets below, see you there!

ROGER EBERT WILL RECEIVE MEL NOVIKOFF AWARD AT THE 53RD SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Pulitzer Prize­-Winning Film Critic to Be Honored at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends May 1 at Castro Theatre

San Francisco, CA — Roger Ebert will receive the Mel Novikoff Award at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 – May 6). The award, named for the pioneering San Francisco art and repertory film exhibitor Mel Novikoff (1922-87), acknowledges an individual or institution whose work has enhanced the filmgoing public’s knowledge and appreciation of world cinema. The Novikoff Award will be presented at An Evening with Roger Ebert and Friends, Saturday, May 1 at 5:30 pm at the Castro Theatre. Confirmed guests to date include directors Jason Reitman and Terry Zwigoff, with others to be announced soon.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Poor Michael Bauer has a Panic Attack Over a Magazine Article

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Consider poor Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic, and executive food and wine editor. In his words:

“I had a brief panic attack as I stood at a colleague’s desk and leafed through the September issue of Food & Wine magazine.”

MB was so horror-struck, he forgot to link to the source of his consternation. But you can take a look here: “Chefs Charles Phan and Loretta Keller: Recipes for Sustainability,” where magazine scribe Joshua Davis writes:

“The Academy Café, on the main floor, feels like an interactive exhibit showcasing cuisines from the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Mexico.”

Actually, the Academy Cafe (press release here) feels like a construction site.  Here’s what it looks like over there right now, take a gander. Click to expand:

So let’s see here, Food & Wine says everything opens in September:

“The California Academy of Sciences, including the Moss Room and Academy Café, opens September 27. calacademy.org.”

And Bauer says everything opens in October:

 “The museum and the restaurant aren’t scheduled to open until October.”

In reality, the museum opens in September and the dining places are skedded to open in October. Now we’re all set.

[UPDATE: As it turned out, both the Moss Room and the Academy Cafe opened on September 27th, so ten points for Gryffindor.]

Thus ends another dead-tree/Internet flare up.  Expect another one soon.

San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker vs. Teh Internets

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Oh mercy! San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Kenneth Baker’s “empty virtuosity” review of “Chihuly at the de Young” sparked a bit of a controversy. So much so, that Ken is back for another go with “Unfavorable ‘Chihuly’ review sparks emotions.”

1.Ken makes it abundantly clear he feels “Chihuly’s baubles” do not merit a major museum show, but of course that didn’t stop him from checking out the exhibit. Here’s what he says about a reader who feels exactly the same way:

“One sensible reader found a middle path: He agreed with me that Chihuly’s baubles do not merit a major museum show, but found it useful to figure out for himself why, through firsthand experience.”

So, if you agree with Baker 100%, he’ll label you a “sensible” reader. O.K., fine. Does Mr. Baker really not want you to see this show? Not even for free on Target Weekend back when we had the chance? We should take our 15 bones and go see Saw IV instead? Really?

2. Comes now another Reader:

“Yet another, though she deplored my effort to discourage people from seeing the show, described how she came to see the emptiness of Chihuly’s work on her own – after three visits.”

People people people, now who told you to see this show three times? Everybody should see it once – how’s that for unsolicited advice? (Thankfully, Kenny Boy didn’t write, “You see, you philistine, I was right and you were wrong!”)

3. Remember KB’s “effort to discourage people from seeing the show” - forget all that: 

“As a practical matter, nothing I or any other critic can say will slow the juggernaut of Chihuly’s success. In all likelihood, as experience suggests, such a damning review will bring more people, not fewer, to the exhibition.”

Please don’t try to reconcile the quotes from above - it will just give you a headache.

4.But wait! Here, straight out of WTF-land, an attack on teh Internet bloggers. Apropos of nothing in particular, we get this: 

“Does the art public need critics, specialists, to help it sort these struggles out? Yes. It truly is a full-time job. Bloggers cannot – at any rate, do not – get it done.”

Daily delivery of the Chronicle’s dead tree editions (which isn’t going to last forever) is really the only thing keeping Ken from becoming a blogger. Would Ken make a good blogger? Sure, why not? Said Sally Field: “You like me, you really like me!”  Says Ken Baker: “You need me, you really need me!”

Could there be some people with views more nuanced than Ken’s? Like this one? At least one blogger cries foul. Another says Ken is “wrong about bloggers.” Uh oh.

You should check out the Chihuly show to see what all the fuss is about, right? To make that easier on you:

Extended Hours for Chihuly at the de Young. Beginning Saturday, August 2, Chihuly at the de Young will extend its weekend hours to accommodate the large crowds that have come to see the exhibition. An extra hour will be added on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the run of the exhibition, with the last ticket sold for 5:15 pm entry and the galleries open until 6:15.

Well, let’s end this strife. For your consideration:

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See you there!