This was the crowd at the 800 Market Game Stop near Stockton and Fourth last night as the midnight hour approached:
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The debut of the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s LES MISÉRABLES was a huge success at our Orpheum Theatre last night.
Man, this show is big.
(So, as I said yesterday, get your tickets at SHN now - they’re not getting any cheaper and this musical leaves us on August 26th, 2012.)
Now here’s Emily L’s review from the Orchestra Section’s Row U:
“Extraordinary musical! Les Miz is a beautiful story of a man’s life struggles, portraying bourgeois issues such as poverty, child abuse, prostitution and other political corruption in 1800 France. I was instantly enthralled from the very first scene of the show. This cast is amazing and captivating in every way. The voices went with each characters’ every movement and the visual sets were stunning. The orchestra seating was a special treat as the sound resonated throughout, spot on with the actors. In 2 hours, Les Miz will bring out smiles, pains, laughs, cries, ‘aww’s, and cheers – it’s a roller coaster ride definitely worth riding at least once!“
So there you have it.
Les Miz reminds me of that other famous, long-running show, Phantom of the Opera, in a way. But guess who says Les Miz is “far superior?” It’s Steven Winn of the San Francisco Chronicle:
And here’s Diane Dwyer of NBC Bay Area:
All right, see you there!
“Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes.
Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.
For more information, visit: www.lesmiz.com.”
This could be you:
Would you like your lunchtime news an hour early and from San Jose?
Well then, you’re in luck.
Marla Tellez on the Central Coast:
“SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced the launch of a new weekday newscast, “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM,” debuting Monday, September 19. Broadcast veteran Jon Kelley, host of Today in the Bay, will anchor the new newscast with NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez. The program will air following NBC’s Today Show.
Jon Kelley has spent more than 15 years in television journalism, covering news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles. He’s won multiple awards for sports reporting, and played football for the University of Nebraska before beginning his broadcast journalism career.
Marla Tellez is a native San Franciscan who has covered news in Northern California for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications, and has won multiple Emmys for producing and reporting.
“This expansion of NBC Bay Area news allows us to serve our Bay Area viewers with more of the high-quality international, national and local coverage they’ve come to expect from us,” said Jonathan Mitchell, NBC Bay Area’s Vice President of News. “We’re excited that viewers will be able to join Jon and Marla in mid-day for an update on the day’s most important stories.” About NBC Owned Television Stations NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”
Now, who’ll do the weather for this show?
[UPDATE: Oh, San Francisco Toyota / San Francisco Scion has a clip from Golden Gate Park.]
All I know about the new 2012 Scion IQ is that it’s a total chick-magnet, and that it’s so small it’s going to be perfect for San Francisco.
But I want to talk about the IQ’s distinctive S-curves, so ladies…
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…please clear out:
That’s an improvement, but I want people to be able to see the C-pillar
Tres chic,* Euros but…
Oh, here we go. See the S-shape between the side and rear windows? Look at that S-Car go! Zoom zoom.
So that’s how you’ll know you’ve spotted the new Scion IQ and not the old Smart Car.
Now, did you see these little cuties when the international motoring media showed up in the 415 for a test-drive not too long ago? I did. It went a little something like this. (You know, Scion could have picked anywhere in the world, but they chose us. Hurray!)
They’re calling it a 3+1 because the seat behind the driver is the smallest? It’s for “a child or a pet?” All right.
Of course the competing Smart Car is a just a two-seater. And the Smart isn’t made by Toyota, which is, of course, far and away, the best car manufacturer in the world.
In closing, hurray Scion IQ!
All the deets, after the jump.
*You know, I’ve been to a lot of car shows but I’ve never seen car show babe IRL – I must have missed that era. You’ll need to go to the Old World to see an old school car show it would seem.
Mary Ladd has the deets on this latest way to grocery shop up in the Great White North. Check it.
An anthropomorphic organic hot dog/carrot welcomes you to the Safeway Gate at the back-door of Fort Mason:
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The mise-en-scene, not too far from our refugee Panhandle Bandshell. It’s big, baby.
Greens Restaurant is back there on the left. Mmmm….greens.
Is this a good price? No se.
Snap Pea-flavor Scream Sorbet -perche no?
This event is a California Farmers’ Markets Association Certified Farmers’ Market, don’t you know:
It’ll run every Sunday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM all the way through October.
See you there!
Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.
O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.
Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:
Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell
Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths
Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’
Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.
Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea
Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”
Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale
Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid
And here’s what’s coming up:
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.
Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Choose a Date:
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.
Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov
The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins
Choose a Date:
Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.
Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:
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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:
I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.
Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:
These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:
Welcome to the New Divisidero.
All the deets, after the jump
Your San Francisco Ballet‘s varied* Program 4 just wrapped (and after all those takes, get Becca Hirschman’s here), so that means Program 5, the U.S. premiere of the Little Mermaid, is coming up soon.
They’re putting it on for just one week - many sections are selling out already. This promises to be a mega show, so get your tickets now if you want a chance to see LM this go around.
Famous Yuan Yuan Tan as den Lille Havfrue:
See you there!
*Very varied. It was a balletic Rorschach Test, read the reviews.
This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.
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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy…
…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…
…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:
The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:
But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!
Here he comes down the slide…
OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:
(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)
Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.
Bon courage, Ham Rec!