Posts Tagged ‘discount’

Oh, Costco is Selling Apple Stuff Again: iPods and iPads with a Modest Discount of $15 Or So

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

One supposes the great Apple Costco Spat of Aught-Ten is over, seeing as you can walk right in to Costco #144 and score an iPod Touch or Nano or, soon enough, an iPad Air or Mini or whatnot.

Apparently Canadian Costcos are getting iPhones now but supplies will be spotty in the U.S. depending on region and carrier.

(The last time I bought an iPod at a Costco it was co-branded with HP, believe it or not.)

Or if you really want to save money, there’s always the Apple Refurbished Store.

Anyway, enjoy.

Oh No, Now Even Our San Francisco Zoo is Working Blue – “The Scoop on Poop” Opens January 25th 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Taking a cue from our naughty, naughty PUC, your San Francisco Zoo has a new exhibition called The Scoop on Poop.

I’m appalled.

But your kids will love it.

And afterwards, check out the brand-new ELINOR FRIEND PLAYGROUND.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

The Scoop on Poop! Opening Day

Special Members-Only Preview: January 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Open to Public: January 25, 10:00 am in the Pachyderm Building

Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, our latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.

Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off – some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

Ever more deets, after the jump


OMG, It’s the Brand-New ELINOR FRIEND PLAYGROUND at Your San Francisco Zoo – It’s Huge – It’s Lovely

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Mike Billings has the deets:

Toddlers climbed all over the smaller River Play Area, which is designed for kids 6 months to 2 years old, while gaggles of older children scaled the nearby Polar Zone’s white structures, built for kids ages 2 through 5, and climbed through the Banyan Tree structure, constructed for kids ages 5 through 12.”

I defy you to visit and photograph this place well – sure is hard to show what it looks like. But Mark Simmons gets the job done here, with drawings.

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So what you do is check the place out on Free Day (free for San Francisco residents, that is – the next one is January 8th, 2014) and then decide if it’s worth it for you and the fam to get an annual Family Membership for $115.

If you all live close enough, it very well could be worth getting a membership just for the new playground.

See you there!

Ever more deets 

“After several years of fundraising, planning, and design, and over one year of construction, the Elinor Friend Playground at the San Francisco Zoo is ready for its grand re-opening. As part of The Americas Campaign capital campaign chaired by Dianne Taube, this $3.2 million project has been made possible in large part by the Friend Family and other generous donors. Additional naming rights within the Playground are still available at this time, totaling approximately $1 million (see the form below to help with this important project). This 36,000-square-foot, state-of-the art project is sure to ignite the imaginations of the 300,000 children of all ages and abilities who visit the Zoo each year.  

The new playground is modeled after three distinct bio-regions, which take their themes from specific ecosystems and appeal to distinct age groups: a River Play Area for toddlers (6 months-2 years), a Polar Zone exploration space for pre-schoolers (2-5 years), and a Banyan Tree climbing structure for pre-teens (5-12 years). Along with striking natural forms, the architecture integrates a wide range of materials and textures in glorious detail that mimic those found in nature and encourage curiosity among young explorers. As an example, a charming frog sculpture in the River Play Area acts as a symbol of the Zoo’s mission to connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. In support of this mission, a portion of the funds raised for the playground will go toward the Zoo’s Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog Conservation Program. Click here for more information about this program.

Crawling through a beaver dam, sliding down an iceberg, or swinging through a tree, all children share opportunities for unique wildlife adventures, take age-appropriate risks, and immerse themselves in naturalistic environments. Each of the play structures is built with fully compliant ADA accessibility features to accommodate children with physical and mental disabilities, with a strong emphasis on exploration and adventure encouraged for all. 

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Disability, the unique design of the Playground is the work of Scientific Art Studio, a multi-faceted design and fabrication facility located in Richmond, California. Led by Founder and Creative Director Ron Holthuysen, the Zoo’s Playground team includes artists and skilled craftspeople with experience in every material and technique imaginable, in particular reclaimed redwood tree trunks, sculptural cement composite on steel frames, woven rope, and even living vegetation. The contracting work on the project was done by Rudolph Commercial Interiors, Inc. (RCI), located in Emeryville, California. 

Near the entrance to the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo and adjacent to the expansive Playfield Lawn, the Playground is located at the historic heart of the San Francisco Zoo. A natural extension of the Zoo’s Wellness Initiative, which focuses on the quality of life for all Zoo animals and visitors, the Playground will encourage movement and creativity for its guests and provide an excellent value to Zoo Members, who receive free admission each day of the year. Join today!

OMG, the “Google Shopping Express” Trial is Finally Here – It’s Like Amazon Prime on Steroids – Apply Today

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s now, it’s wow, it’s Google Shopping Express.

And it’s free to check out for six months, if you qualify.

Check it:

“Get free delivery for six months. We’re opening our pilot to a limited number of testers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Testers receive a free6-month membership for unlimited same-day delivery.”

Don Quixote is a Hit at the San Francisco Ballet – But Get Your Tickets Now – Season Ends May 6th, 2012

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Here it is, your last chance to see a San Francisco Ballet performance this season.

The reviews are in:

Janos Gereben in the SF Examiner: S.F. Ballet ‘Don Quixote’ a season-closer to remember

Allan Ulrich in the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Don Quixote’ review: S.F. Ballet adds eye appeal

San Francisco cultural critic Sean Martinfield in the Huffington Post: ‘Don Quixote’ Is Spanking New at San Francisco Ballet

Vanessa Zahorian by Erik Tomasson

And guess what! Tonight, Thursday May 3rd, you can get in on the after-hours party.

Check it:

“Join us for “Thursdays at the Ballet” this Thu, May 3!

Featuring a spectacular performance and an exclusive post-performance party with friends and SF Ballet dancers

 SF Ballet invites you to experience our final “Thursdays at the Ballet” of the 2012 season, featuring our sparkling, newly designed production of Don Quixote and an exclusive post-performance party. Mingle with friends and SF Ballet dancers and enjoy Latin-style music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, tequila sampling and cocktails by Tres Agaves!

To purchase “Thursdays” package tickets visit or call 415.865.2000 and add the party on to your ticket order for this Thu, May 3.”

All right, see you there!

If You’ve Never Been to the San Francisco Ballet Before, This is It: Don Quixote at a Discount! – Get Your Tickets at Noon Today!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Don Quixote might very well end up being the best program of the season at our world-class San Francisco Ballet.

You’ll like it.

So click here.

I don’t know what the actual deal is, but it should be good.

We’ll all find out today at noon.

Act now.


Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.


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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.


Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!

Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is Totally Awesome – The Top Five Acts in Photos – But It Leaves AT&T Park Dec. 18th

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Well, the reviews are in for five star Yelp-rated Totem down at Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park.

Nobody doesn’t want you to see this show:

Robert Hurwitt:‘Totem’ review: Whimsical vision shapes sweet show

Karen D’Souza: Review: ‘Totem,’ playing in San Francisco, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most magical productions

Leslie Katz: “High drama at Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’

Chad Jones: Thrilling return to form in trippy Totem”

Cindy Warner: Totem in SF shows Cirque’s evolution into higher art form, totally dazzling


Join the CirqueClub, why not?

They used to have 15% and 20% discounts but I don’t know how those links are working now. Costco San Francisco will sell you a pair of Category 1 (good seats, but not the best) for like $157, I think.

Even the cheapest Category 3 seats for $50-something aren’t all that bad, actually. How happy you’ll be depends on the particular act and your particular seat, I s’pose. You won’t be far from the stage at all but you will be off to the side.

Parking is $20 but you can always park for free in the evenings on Channel one block to the west, just south and west of the 4th Street Bridge.

All right, on with the show.

Roller Skates:

OMG, this one‘s off the hook. Is she going to hit her head on the platform? And just how many RPMs is she spinning now? Check out Massimiliano Medini and Denise Garcia-Sorta from a documentary here and don’t miss the start of their IRL romance at 2:30. This is the best act by far, IMO.

Fixed Trapeze Duo:

OMG, it’s Rosalie Ducharme and Louis-David Simoneau on the trapeze. Per Leslie Katz, “A trapeze duo cleverly plays out figurative as well as literal ups and downs of romance in a delightfully attitude-filled act.” Yep, pretty much.


Amazing. Aluminum poles, very bendy.

Russian Bars:

This is your “Aztec Astronaut stuff

Unicycles and Bowls:

So, you can figure out the rules of the game pretty quickly and then you can sit back and grade them on how they do. Very impressive. (What this has to do with evolution I have no idea, but anyway.)

Those are your top five acts in Totem.

All right, see you there!

Parallel bar and trampoline
Hoop dance
Rings trio
Clown act
Chinese unicycle and bowls
Foot juggling


Devil sticks
Fixed trapeze duo
Cone juggling
Clown act
Hoop dance
Roller skate
Russian bar

OMG, Cirque du Soleil is Back! TOTEM Starts Friday at the Big Tent Near AT&T Park

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek from Stark Insider.

And learn about the “Aztec astronaut stuff” here.

Get the latest and see a few photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.   Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit 

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The Circus is Back at AT&T Park! Cirque du Soleil Returns with TOTEM – Starts October 28th – Here’s a 20% Discount

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Here’s how it went in the big parking lot of AT&T Park today.

All together now:

Via Kasey L. Ross – click to expand

And it’s good:

It’ll be huge inside when they get done putting everything together.

And oh, here, have a 20% discount. And they just added more shows, from December 12-18. And be sure to join the Cirque Club why not?

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Francisco this fall, and friends of SF Citizen can receive 20% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Francisco with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Friday, October 28th, 2011. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Fun for the whole family!”

This is going to be mega.

All the deets:


Opens Friday, October 28 for a limited engagement

SAN FRANCISCO (October 20, 2011) – The first visible sign of the arrival of Cirque du Soleil and its live production TOTEM in San Francisco is the raising of the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) and the set-up of the Cirque du Soleil Village.   This event took place today at AT&T Park in San Francisco where a team of 60-plus men and women have hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up.

About the Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:

*    The Grand Chapiteau seats more than 2,600 people.
*    The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.
*    The Grand Chapiteau stands 19 meters high, 51 meters in diameter.
*    The 4 masts stand at 25 meters tall each.
*    550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 4,500 square meters of asphalt.
*    The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate control with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.
*    TOTEM travels via 65 trailers carrying more than 1,200 pounds of equipment for the tour.

Box office

Also as part of Cirque du Soleil village, a box office will be set up at the front of the Grand Chapiteau.  Regular box office hours are from 2 hours prior to show time to 30 minutes after beginning of the show.  The box office is closed on Mondays.

Tickets can also be purchased at all time online via

Performance schedule

As of October 28 for a limited engagement: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 20h; Fridays and Saturdays at 16h and 20h; Sundays at 13h and 17h; and dark on Mondays.

Cirque du Soleil to visit San Jose 2012

TOTEM will be presented as March 2, 2012 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose. Tickets are available online at .


Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011 TOTEM Tour as well as CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.”
See you there!