Posts Tagged ‘CULTURAL’

Welcome Back, Terracotta: China’s Famous Terracotta Warriors Coming Back to Our Asian Art Museum February 22, 2013

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

They’re ba-aaack!

Armored General, Qin dynasty 221-206 BCE, Height 203 cm, weight 250 kg. Excavated from Pit 1, Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1980. Reproduced with kind permission from the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Serial number 002747.

All the deets:

“CHINA’S TERRACOTTA WARRIORS:THE FIRST EMPEROR’S LEGACY - Asian Art Museum kicks off 10th anniversary in Civic Center with epic exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2012—The Asian Art Museum kicks off its 10th anniversary in San Francisco’s Civic Center with an exhibition from one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in modern time. China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy will be on view February 22 – May 27, 2013.

The exhibition features 120 rare objects from the great tomb complex of China’s First Emperor (259-210 BCE), including 10 life-size terracotta figures—the maximum number of figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition.

Captivating the world since its discovery in 1974, the First Emperor’s tomb complex is one of the largest burial sites ever constructed. Estimated at nearly 250,000 square feet—or more than four American football fields—it includes a scale replica of the emperor’s imperial palace, complete with stables, offices, an armory and even a zoo. Ancient historians also described “flowing rivers” of mercury, of which trace amounts have recently been confirmed by scientists.

Perhaps most impressive are the estimated 8,000 terracotta figures excavated to date, including warriors of all ranks (all individually constructed, no two faces are alike), acrobats, musicians and horses. The tomb complex took 700,000 laborers nearly 40 years to build.

In 1994, the museum, then located in Golden Gate Park, was among the first to present the terracotta warriors to a U.S. audience. The 2013 exhibition offers a new generation of visitors the rare chance to view the clay figures up close. Visitors will also discover new secrets from the tomb, with more information than ever before on the First Emperor, his reign, and his quest for immortality.

“Celebrating 10 years in our Civic Center home calls for something extraordinary,” said Jay Xu, executive director, Asian Art Museum. “In China, history is being unearthed. Bringing a chapter of this epic story to San Francisco—with 10 life-size sculptures from one of the most significant discoveries of our time—is a great way to commemorate this occasion.”

EXHIBITION TICKETS: $8-$22
Advance tickets go on sale October 16, 2012
More info: www.asianart.org/terracotta-warriors

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee Honors Taiwan, a Country that Doesn’t Exist

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

At least according to the World Health Organization. See? (“Don’t you have _another_ passport you’d prefer to use as ID?”)

And yet, here’s Taiwan being treated like a regular country, just the other day in Union Square:

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Now, you wouldn’t have seen former Mayor Gavin Newsom at an event like this, I don’t think – he seems to strongly prefer the Other China, the China what doesn’t have elections.

But maybe things are changing these days, so having an annual party for this particular country / renegade province isn’t such a bad thing anymore.

Mmmmm….

OMG! Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers Coming to Sixth and Market – Is the Mid-Market Rebirth Finally Happening?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Do you feel that what the Mid-Market needs is a really good five-cent cigar $14 hamburger sandwich / french-fried potatoes meal deal?

We’ll find out soon enough, when four-star Yelp-rated Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers opens its doors at 1001 Market Street at the intersection with 6th Street.

Bon Courage, PDB!

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES PEARL’S DELUXE BURGERS TO OPEN AT VACANT SIXTH AND MARKET LOCATION
City financing and small business assistance enable award-winning burger restaurant to become a cornerstone in the ongoing revitalization of Central Market

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, an award-winning burger restaurant, will open their fourth venue at 1001 Market Street at the corner of Sixth Street.  Pearl’s is receiving financing from the Central Market Cultural District Loan Fund, an $11.5 million fund to encourage retail and arts businesses to locate on Market Street, and from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s “Six on Sixth” revitalization program.  Pearl’s on Market and Sixth Streets will add 22 – 33 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs.  

“Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers’ decision to sign a long-term lease at this challenging corner is another major step in the turnaround of Central Market,” said Mayor Newsom.  “Through targeted financing programs, redevelopment resources and small business permitting and technical support, San Francisco is helping startups and small businesses grow while bringing new investment and jobs where they’re needed most.”

Pearl’s joins Blick Art Supply and a handful of other high-quality, small businesses such as Show Dogs, Archetype Boutique on Market Street and Passion Café and Miss Saigon on Sixth Street in a growing cluster of what is becoming the Central Market arts and cultural district and Sixth Street neighborhood shopping district.

Pearl’s received extensive assistance from City-funded Urban Solutions, a nonprofit organization providing small business assistance free of charge.  Additionally, the building owners at 1001 Market Street helped facilitate the deal by providing collateral for the financing.  

Sylvia Yi, co-owner of Pearl’s, said their decision to open at this location was largely due to the City’s assistance.  She commented, “We see this as an opportunity to give back to the community by creating jobs, increasing commerce in this challenging area, and perhaps enticing other merchants to invest as well.  Working withthe Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Redevelopment Agency, and Urban Solutions has been instrumental in making this project happen.  As a native San Franciscan, it makes me proud to see our city officials reinvesting in our neighborhoods and working together withlocal merchants to create positive change.  With this kind of effort and partnership, I envision the revitalization of Central Market and Sixth Street is well underway and Pearl’s is honored to be a small part of it.”

Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers was established in 2003 and is run by partners Sylvia and Young Yi.  Pearl’s currently has three locations throughout the Bay Area, including on Post Street in the Theater District.  Pearl’s has received numerous awards including “Best Burger in San Francisco” by SFWeekly and AOL Cityguide.com.  Pearl’s has also been featured in the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and recently appeared on Channel 5’s Eye On The Bay

The 2009 Greek Cultural Parade on San Francisco’s Market Street

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s HELLENIC CULTURAL PARADE must rank as our smallest annual march down Market Street, but today’s effort had spirited participants and lovely weather. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Vanguard of the Greek Cultural Parade. Click to expand:

This junior cowboy (κάουμποϋ) was quite handy with his lasso:

An entirely different junior cowboy:

JROTC haters would have had a lot to hate today what with the many schools represented. (Lowell High appeared to be the most serious.)

“Macedonia is Greece.” O.K., thanks for that tidbit. I think I know what the meaning of this statement is - seems to be a contentious issue:

Anywho, happy 178th Greek Independence Day!