Posts Tagged ‘doyle’

Wolfgang Puck Returns to SF! Dinner Tomorrow Night for Presidio Dance Theatre Grand Opening Gala at the Main Post

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

This event  tomorrow from the Presidio Dance Theatre is sold out, but sign up with them and they’ll let you know about their future soirees I’m sure:

“Presidio Performing Arts Center will hold its first Benefit Gala on Saturday, December the Third at Half Past Six.  The Grand Gala will include a cocktail reception & silent auction, dinner by Wolfgang Puck accompanied by a holiday  show, featuring Presidio Dance Theatre artists, auction, and dance party following.  The black tie optional event will be hosted by television and radio celebrity, Narsai David.  Proceeds will be used to fund theatrical outfitting of the production studio.  PPAC is a non-profit public benefit organization which hosts a community of performing artists with performance seasons, a school, outreach and professional development.  Based in the Presidio of San Francisco at the Main Post, PPAC also offers special event space for the community.”

“PRESIDIO DANCE THEATER OPENS NEW HOME ON MAIN POST - NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LATEST STEP IN RENEWAL OF MAIN POST

Presidio of San Francisco (December 2, 2011) — The Presidio Dance Theater (PDT), relocated from its old home in the shadows of Doyle Drive by construction of the Presidio Parkway, has moved to a spectacular new Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on the Main Post. A grand opening gala and performance will be held Saturday, December 3, at 6:30pm.

“The addition of the Presidio Performing Arts Center supports our goal of bringing activity back to the Main Post,” says Craig Middleton, the Presidio Trust’s executive director. “It provides an important cultural and educational resource for San Francisco and the Bay Area, especially for our children.”

One of the Presidio’s oldest tenants, the 14-year old dance company is the most recent of several tenants to take up residence on the Main Post.

“The PPAC is a cultural hub for artists, arts students and enthusiasts,” says Judy Bretschneider, the PPAC’s founder and executive director. “In our new building, we are at the nexus of culture and community, where ethnic traditions cross-pollinate for an authentic American experience. We are now in a position to become a world leader for performing arts collaboration.”

Housed in the former post library, the PPAC features a multi-use theater for performances, rehearsals, and special events. It also features a children’s rehearsal studio, a green room, gift shop, offices, library and conference room, and costume storage space. Bretschneider sees the new performing arts center as helping to fill a vital local need for community theater space dedicated to the arts and culture, especially as arts programming continues to disappear from the city’s schools.

“I love the building’s natural light and the views of the Bay and the forest,” says Bretschneider. “Creativity in the arts is enhanced by an aesthetically pleasing location. This space is conducive to the opening of the spirit and the heart.”

Originally constructed in 1958, the new building easily accommodates an array of new programs including several adult classes, a “fencing for the stage” course, and classes in musical theater, Polynesian dance, and Mexican folkloric dance.

The dance theater joins a number of cultural organizations on the Main Post, including the SF Film Society, Walt Disney Family Museum, the Presidio Archaeology Lab and Officers’ Club, which will reopen in fall 2012 after a complete rehabilitation.

Saturday’s opening gala includes dinner by Wolfgang Puck, a performance by PDT artists and dancing. For more information visit www.presidiodance.org.

Founded in 1998 (as the Presidio Performing Arts Foundation) the Presidio Performing Arts Center (PPAC) preserves, enhances and presents dance, music and theater traditions in their historical context, increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of peoples and art forms from across the globe. The center’s resident dance company, Presidio Dance Theater (PDT) is an acclaimed multi-generational performance company. Though based in ballet, PDT specializes in dance from many regions of the world and features award-winning arts education programs.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The Trust has rehabilitated more than 300 of the 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.

Meet MUNI’s Most Popular Bus Route, the #76 Marin Headlands – Only on a Sunday

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Finally, the Yelpers agreethe 76 Marin Headlands rulez!

Check it, Per Helen L:

“I hate that this bus ONLY runs on Sundays and certain holidays.
I hate that this bus ONLY runs once an hour.
I hate that this bus stops running in the evening.
However, this is still the bestest MUNI route EVER!!!”

Here it is, in action near the Golden Gate Bridge:

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See you on the 76!

All the deets after the jump

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Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom Bring the Bacon Home to San Francisco

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Perhaps this morning’s annoucement about funding for the hazardous Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge might be a tad premature, but assistance from federal stimulus is “expected” so that’s cause enough for celebration in today’s economy. And, we’ll get started sooner rather than later:  

“Today Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined regional leaders in announcing that construction to replace Doyle Drive, the main southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be expedited by Caltrans and save taxpayers $90 million dollars. Construction on the project is now slated to begin this year, instead of the originally scheduled date of 2010.”

So, take a look at today’s event and read the deets below.

This is Doyle Drive – see the blissfully unaware tourists waving to the crowd? Like the Bay Bridge, this thing isn’t ready for the next big earthquake. Click to expand:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the aging viaduct that’s not long for this world…

…along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Jake McGoldrick brought a prop from his shed to show the Feds how “shovel-ready” this project is:

The whole affair had a party-like atmosphere with numerous local pols, such as Senator Mark Leno, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell

…and Supervisor Bevan Dufty:

The United States Park Police, avec dog and pony, were on hand to pose near the Golden Gate Bridge: 

Will Doyle Drive get fixed before this tyke gets into driver’s training?

We can only hope.

  SPEAKER PELOSI AND MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCE DOYLE DRIVE PROJECT IS SHOVEL
               READY; STIMULUS INVESTMENT TO BE EXPEDITED
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker Nancy Pelosi
joined regional leaders in announcing that construction to replace Doyle
Drive, the main southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be
expedited by Caltrans and save taxpayers $90 million dollars. Construction
on the project is now slated to begin this year, instead of the originally
scheduled date of 2010.
“With California receiving a nearly $2.6 billion share of highway funding
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we have another
significant opportunity to move the new Presidio Parkway closer to becoming
a reality,” Speaker Pelosi said.  “Together, we will build not only a new
bridge, but a new opportunity for job creation and economic recovery here
in San Francisco.”
“The Doyle Drive Replacement project has been a vision for more than 15
years, and because of the strong regional commitment to partner and
prioritize this critical infrastructure project, it is now a reality,” said
Mayor Newsom. “This project is shovel ready and a signature example of how
the federal stimulus can close the funding gap, stimulate the economy,
improve transportation, and create jobs in San Francisco.”
In the past year, the region has worked together to fill the funding gap in
the reconstruction project.  Last January, the anticipated shortfall was
over $400 million.  The reduction is in part, a result of redirected
federal earmarks, $90 million in savings from expediting the project, and
the State share of federal stimulus funds.
Doyle Drive on U.S. 101 traverses the Presidio of San Francisco and serves
as the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.  This badly
deteriorated structure is designated a Post Disaster Recovery Route and is
the only link between the San Francisco peninsula and northern California
counties. The project will replace this aging facility with a new parkway
connecting San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio of San
Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The
project features six travel lanes plus an eastbound auxiliary lane between
the Park Presidio interchange and a new Presidio access at Girard Road.
The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision on the
environmental document for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project in December
2008.   Due to its importance, the City and County of San Francisco, the
San Francisco Transportation Authority (SFCTA), and the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission (MTC) have partnered with the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) and the State of California Department of
Transportation (Caltrans) to advance a project to improve seismic,
structural, and traffic safety along Doyle Drive.  The implementation plan
is the result of about 15 years of planning, studies and negotiations.