Posts Tagged ‘croc’

The Expectant Albino Alligators of Our California Academy of Sciences – Claude Knows Where His Next Meal Is

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Alligators have cat-like eyes? Did not know that. No sir, did not know that.

Claude waiting for ever more fish parts from above – as seen at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park:

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All the deets

 

Peter Pan is Fantastic – A Must See-Show Inside the Big White Tent Near the Ferry Building

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Long-awaited Peter Pan has been showing for couple of weeks already, but last night became the official premiere owing to the fact that May 9th was the 150th birthday of writer J. M. Barrie. Everybody there, including District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, KGO-7 View from the Bay’s Janelle Wang and famous photographer Bill Wilson, seemed to be having a great time anyway.

The circular CGI works, the puppets work, the flying works – it all works. You can’t beat this for $30* of live entertainment. It’s a show for kids of course, but most adults should have no problem getting into it as well. (Didn’t see no cranky, protesting I-never-leave-home NIMBY types nor cranky I-never-should-leave-home Yelper types yesterday myself, so that’s good.)

Everybody loves the whimsical Croc. Tick tock:

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There’s not a really bad seat in the house - it’s what you call intimate with even the nosebleeds placed pretty close to the stage. Here’s the view from Block B. Block A is to the right and Blocks D and E are on the other side of the stage. Note the giant oculus above the giant CGI screens.

And there’s candy, candy, candy available at the Fairyland Candy Shop:

And, of course:

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Throw in a sexy, in-shape knife-wielding princess and a couple of sexy, in-shape Cirque du Soleil-style mermaids and there you go.

Oh, and speaking of NIMBIES, it turns out they were crying over nothing.

HUGEBRANE Ugly white plastic tent thing where a beautiful open space park had been. I’ll be glad when this monstrosity is gone. Fortunately, it’s not generating the noise I thought it would.”

(Note the handle.) So all that hue and cry over the Rec and Park Department making a few bucks was over nothing, it turns out. Moving on….

See you there!

(Try ordering a Peter Panini (smoked ham, brie, granny smith apples, wild arugula and local honey) just for the lulz. You don’t even need a ticket to wander about the village.)

*And up.

All the deets, including casting, after the jump.

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Claude the Albino Alligator in Fine Form Two Months After Amputation

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

This is the scene at the back entrance to the California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park during the early hours of a recent nightLife night - it’s famous Claude the Albino Alligator chilling in his crib, the Swamp. Unseen is Bonnie the banal, non-albino gator who cut him with a quickness earlier this year.

But Claude’s back in action these days, better than ever. Take a visit to check it out – you can actually see the dino damage suffered by this crafty crocodilian from the railing high above. Let’s have a look-see:

The mise-en-scene. See how big he is? Click to expand:

Now it’s time for the close-ups. Here’s Claude from last year – you can see five digits, right?

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And here’s Claude these days. It’s underwater, but you can see just a nub where his starboard pinkie foretoe used to be. (The rumor that Bonnie is in fact innocent and that San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein got in his old wetsuit and attacked Claude’s right foot yelling lagarto vendetta!” all the while is simply that – just a rumor with no proof whatsoever.)

It always appears as if he’s looking up at the visitors to the Cal Academy – is he wishing for someone to fall in?

Can you see the fish in the photo above – it got snapped up a few seconds later. Chomp chomp.

Good for you, Claude. Get those fish, get ‘em all.