Posts Tagged ‘docent’

OMG, Ride the E-Line “Twin Torpedos” for Free This Weekend! Volunteer to be a Temporary Streetcar Docent

Monday, October 1st, 2012

How would you like to volunteer as a docent helping out with the new-school / old-school E-line on October 6-7, 2012?

First, some background about how busy the 415 will be this weekend:

“Looking at what’s scheduled for that weekend, there might not be room in the city for many more people, much less cars. First, there’s the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, a three-day event that drew about 800,000 people last year. That Sunday afternoon, the 49ers play the Buffalo Bills at Candlestick Park, while the Giants are hoping for weekend playoff games at AT&T Park, all guaranteed sellouts. About 60,000 people typically attend the Castro Street Fair, scheduled for that Sunday, while thousands more will jam North Beach for the annual Italian Heritage Parade at 12:30 on the same day. A different crowd will probably be at the Burning Man Decompression street fair, also that Sunday afternoon. To add to the fun, two mega cruise ships are expected to dock at Pier 35 over the weekend, disgorging thousands more tourists. Then, of course, there’s Fleet Week, which brings thousands of sailors and as many as a million visitors to the waterfront for the weekend.”

So you’ll be needed to help out all the visitors moving around on the Twin Torpedos, streetcars 1006 and 1008:

“We need several more docents to work the stops along the E-line on October 6 and 7, helping riders find the right platform and providing information about the service. We have docent books prepared by Paul Lucas, so it’s easy to learn what to do. If you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll get back to you.”

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Tonight’s MATCHA at The Asian: Shaolin Temple Tiger-Style Kung Fu. Tiger-Style, Baby!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

These days, if you don’t have young people and DJs mingling about your museum on Thursday or Friday nights, you isn’t a museum. So, just as the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park has NightLife and the de Young has Friday Nights at the de Young, our Asian Art Museum has nighttime MATCHA. And, bonus, if you go tonight, February 18th, 2010, you can also see Shanghai.

“2010 is the Year of the Tiger! MATCHA kicks off the Lunar New Year and special exhibition Shanghai with dynamic tiger-style kung fu (martial art) demonstrated by Shaolin Temple USA monks. Each mode of Shaolin kung fu is associated with an animal, and in Chinese culture, the tiger is king and symbolizes bravery. Its kung fu style involves footwork, acrobatic kicks, and unique fist positions, relying solely on internal power, simplicity, and explosive force. The evening also includes art activities (make your own good luck poster), Shanghai dumplings available for purchase in the museum cafe, cash bars, music by DJ Friendly Traveler, docent conversations, gallery tours of SHANGHAI, and mingling and merriment with friends!”

See you there.

The “fourth room” of the Shanghai exhibit:

“See SHANGHAI in its opening week. This epic exhibition explores, through the mirror of its art, the tumultuous history that has resulted in one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities.

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4:30-7 An Evening for Educators at MATCHA

5–9 DJ Friendly Traveler, Artmarking: Create a Good Luck Poster, Shanghai Dumplings (available for purchase in museum cafe), Cash Bars

6-6:30, 7-7:30 Docent Conversations: SHANGHAI

6:30 & 7:30 Shaolin Temple USA Monks: Tiger-style Kung Fu

8:00 Docent Conversations: Lunar New Year

Upper Crust Sculpture from Patrick Dougherty in Civic Center Continues – Docent Tour Today

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Luis R. Cancel, director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, would like you to know that Patrick Dougherty’s Upper Crust, which was supposed to end yesterday, has been extended through February. Here’s what it looks like.  

And there’ll be an official, one-hour First Tuesday of the Month Docent Tour to explain What It All Means starting at noon today, Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Just head to Civic Center and find the group of people looking up at the eucalyptuseses.

Like these. Those branches added to the trees? That’s part of Upper Crust.*


via Shapeshift

(Hey, whatever happened to our Civic Center Victory Garden this past summer? We had one last year, right? Isn’t this kind of thing a “growing movement” or whatever? So what gives? Speaking of which, when is the Great Lawn of Civic Center going to come back? We lost it ’cause of Victory Garden ’08, but now we have no garden and no lawn, we’re left with just a plane of plain gravel. Mmmm…)

Anywho, if you can’t make it to the tour, SFMike’s Civic Center Blog has lots and lots of info.

All the deets after the jump.

*I was s’posed to tell you about this exhibit last year, but the official photos that I was going to post (from a City-favored “woman/minority-owned business contractor” or something) were unusable in a unique, headache-inducing OMG-Canon-SLR-with-a-bright-flash-but-the-body-is-not-in-Manual-Mode kind of way, so I forgot about the whole thing. My bad. Could I provide The City with list of hungry-for-work women/minority-owned small businesses that would have done a competent or better-than-competent job? Oh yes, easily. Oh well.


The San Francisco Botanical Garden Would Like You to Drop By

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Sure, why not drop by San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing Arboretum) over in Golden Gate Park? Even in late Autumn, there’s still lots of color around, as this Anna’s Hummingbird shows us.

Check out the Garden’s monthly schedule below.

See you there!

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Free docent-led tours depart from the Garden Bookstore (near the Main Gate) every day and from the Friend Gate (north entrance) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Groups of 10 or more can call ahead to reserve special-focus tours.
When:        Tours from the Garden Bookstore:
                   1:30pm, Monday – Friday
                   10:30am & 1:30pm, Saturday & Sunday
                  Tours from the Friend Gate:
                   2pm, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday   
Cost:          FREE

Join a docent-led Family Walk on the first and third SUNDAY of the month following Children’s Story Time in the Library. Kids and their families can dig into great garden stories, then venture out on a special tour of the Botanical Garden.
When:        Story Time begins at 10:30am
                   Family Walk follows at 11:00am
                   Sundays, November 2 and 16, 2008
Cost:          FREE

This Birding Walk is especially designed for kids, age 7 and older, and their families, and focuses on the birds and flowers throughout the Garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a pencil and binoculars. Species from hummingbirds to hawks have been spotted! All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at the Garden Bookstore near the Main Gate on the first SATURDAY of every month.
Co-sponsored by SF Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Nature Education, and the Golden Gate Audubon Society.
When:        10am–12pm, Saturday, November 1, 2008
Cost:          FREE

Bring your binoculars and head off on a special guided Birding Walk, co-sponsored by SF Botanical Garden Society and the Audubon Society. Species from hummingbirds to hawks have been spotted!  Meet 15 minutes before tour at the Garden Bookstore near the Main Gate on the first SUNDAY of every month.
When:        8–11am, Sunday, November 2, 2008
Cost:          FREE
Information: 415/661-1316 or 

Location:   San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
                  Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco