Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment’

The LA Times Stupidly Asks, “What Kind of Entertainment Awards Coverage are You Looking For?” Then Gets Pwned

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Here’s the answer first, from Newsweek writer Mickey Kaus:

Er, (b)… Can I pick (b)?”

And here’s the question:

So, “B” it is.

Keep trying, LAT!

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Troubled Club Suede Won’t Be Reopening for a Good Long Time

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera has taken steps to make sure that troubled Club Suede won’t be opening again anytime soon.

Get all the deets, below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior…

…isn’t too pleased with the owners of this nightclub:

All the deets:

Herrera secures court-ordered closure of ‘Club Suede,’ site of fatal shooting. Superior Court’s order assures that violence-plagued nightclub must remain shuttered for the duration of City Attorney’s legal action
 
 SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 28, 2010) — A San Francisco Superior Court judge this morning granted City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s motion for a preliminary injunction to shutter Club Suede, a notorious Fisherman’s Wharf nightclub that was the site of a fatal shooting earlier this year. In issuing the preliminary injunction, Judge Peter J. Busch found that Herrera is likely to prevail on the merits on the causes of action alleged in his complaint filed in April of this year. Hanson Wong and Taliesin Entertainment Group are named as defendants for their operation of the establishment at383 Bay Street. Though Club Suede voluntarily closed its doors some months ago, today’s preliminary injunction will prevent the operators from reopening the violence-plagued establishment for the duration of the lawsuit.
 
“San Francisco treasures its vibrant night life and the vast majority of entertainment venues that operate responsibly,” said Herrera. “Unfortunately, Club Suede’s refusal to abide by the law has created a dangerous environment for club-goers and neighbors alike. Policing irresponsible establishments like Club Suede is about protecting public safety and assuring fair treatment to the law-abiding entertainment businesses that comprise one of our City’s most important cultural and economic sectors.”
 
Club Suede was the site of a fatal shooting in the early hours of Feb. 7, 2010, and its operators have been reported for a pattern of nuisance and unlawful conduct dating as far back as 2007. The venue has been a frequent site of service calls by the San Francisco Police Department for violent incidents, including some involving firearms; neighborhood vandalism; and crowd control problems, according to Herrera’s complaint. The club’s long established pattern of illegal and unfair business practices additionally includes operating beyond permitted business hours; permitting consumption of alcohol after 2:00 a.m.; inadequately credentialed security personnel; and multiple violations of state and local police and safety codes. The City and the defendants are currently engaged in settlement discussions.

The case is: City and County of San Francisco and People of the State of California v. Hanson Wong; Taliesin Entertainment Group, LLC et al., San Francisco Superior Court case no. 498-677, filed Apr. 16, 2010. A copy of the court order and additional documentation is available on the City Attorney’s Web site at http://www.sfcityattorney.org.

Eric Mar was the Star of This Morning’s Golden Gate Park Music Councourse Fountain Ceremony

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A couple hundred souls (including a few “jerkwad NIMBYs”) showed up for this morning’s ceremony at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s your Before Picture from this AM, before Supervisor Eric Mar turned on the fountains.

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There he is, our District 1 Supe working the crowd:

RPD Director Phil Ginsburg was the emcee today:

And always-dapper FAMSF Director John Buchanan and California Academy of Sciences Director Dr. Greg Farrington both addressed the throng…

…while a Barn Owl from the Cal Academy (they have an aviary outside – didn’t know that) ate a nice brunch of dead mice:

So, here’s your After Picture of the Rideout Fountain burbling away: 

After six years, the fountains are back. Enjoy.

Rec and Park Celebrates Music Concourse 110th Anniversary and New Fountains this Friday, Sept. 10th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Leadership elements San Francisco’s backwards-named Rec and Park (where they probably call macaroni and cheese cheese and macaroni) have just announced a small celebration for the 110th anniversary of the Music Concourse as well the refurbished concourse water fountains.

RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg has the deets, below.

And Kamala Kelkar has a bit this AM as well.

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A few months ago, we started a renovation project on the four historic fountains at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park with the ultimate goal of turning on the fountains for the first time in six years.

The job is complete, thanks to $1.1 million from the state’s Prop 40 fund and about $400,000 from our Open Space reserves.

The project comes on the heels of a larger renovation of the entire Music Concourse area that eliminated three acres of paving, created a more pedestrian-friendly space and historically restored the concourse. The Spreckels Temple of Music was re-roofed and its decorative stone features were rejuvenated. New site furnishings, including light fixtures, bike racks, drinking fountains, historic touches, interpretive signs and trash receptacles were also added.

In all, the Music Concourse received more than $12 million from the state, Open Space reserves and $75,000 from Partners in Preservation Grant.

With the renovations of thede Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences also complete, the Music Concourse is now what everyone envisioned: a beautiful, welcoming plaza area that is teeming with activity throughout the week.

On September 10, at 9:30 a.m., we’ll be hosting a celebration event marking the completion of the fountains as well as the entire Concourse area. There’ll be a few brief remarks, entertainment and a small fountain ceremony. I invite all of you to come out and see the splendor of the new Concourse. You’ll like what you see.”

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Criminal Music Companies to Pay for Music Fests Statewide in 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide goddamn record companies that fix prices. (Feel free to read that as record companies, straight up.) Anyway, when you bought all those Rico Suave CDs back in the day, you paid too much. 

Can I tell you how this all relates to the big scheme of things? No, I get my record co. antitrust lawsuits mixed up. But this whole deal probably had something to do with bad behavior by execs from Universal Music Group, Sony Music EntertainmentWarner Music Group, and/or EMI Group.

But that doesn’t matter now. What matters that these melon-farmers are going to own up for past misdeeds by paying for statewide music festivals.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Check it:

Alameda Los Angeles San Bernardino Solano
Butte Marin San Diego Sonoma
Calaveras Mendocino San Francisco Stanislaus
Contra Costa Mono San Joaquin Tehama
Del Norte Monterey San Luis Obispo Ventura
El Dorado Napa Santa Barbara Yolo
Fresno Nevada Santa Clara Yuba
Humboldt Orange Santa Cruz  
Inyo Plumas Shasta
Kern Riverside Sierra
Lassen Sacramento Siskiyou

 

January April July October
February May August November
March June September December

Enjoy.

Brown and Arts Council Host Statewide Music Festivals Funded by a Price-Fixing Settlement
SACRAMENTO -Yodeling, operas, musicals, Japanese drumming and symphonies are among the summer events around the state sponsored by more than a half million dollars from a Department of Justice settlement with music companies in a case of fixing advertised prices.

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Arts Council today announced dozens of musical presentations during this summer’s festival season and throughout 2010. Visit the California Arts Council’s website for a full listing of concerts and events benefiting from the grants:
http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/doj/.

“The Attorney General’s office is proud to be part of providing these cultural events that bring people together to experience all types of music. It’s affordable because of our ability to provide discounted tickets,” Brown said, “and these performances are a testament to the incredible richness and diversity of the state’s music.”

The grants support performances and events in 43 of the state’s 58 counties, reaching an estimated audience of 200,000.

All the deets, after the jump

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Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Say Good-Bye to Suede Nightclub at 383 Bay

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera can’t abide scofflaws, as you should probably already know. By the time he picks you out as one of a “few bad apples” and you’re appearing in Fugitive.com it’s already too late.

Like this morning, at 383 Bay Street, the site of boarded-up Suede Nightclub and the scene of a host of problems. Check it out, looks as if the entire City, including elements of the Entertainment Commission, wants this Club Suede shut down for far longer than just 30 days.

The scene today at Powell and Bay, with Board of Supervisors President and District 2 Supe David Chiu and members of the Entertainment Commission and the SFPD. We had elected and appointed officials all lined up taking turns to herald the value of a “vibrant” nightlife scene in San Francisco. Then they all ripped on Suede:

Who’ll defend you, Suede? Your mouthpiece, sure, but will he/she be enough?

No. We’re way past the beginning of the end now. We’re at the end of the end.

“City Attorney Dennis Herrera will be joined by Police Chief George Gascón, Board President Supervisor David Chiu, Entertainment Commissioners Terrance Allan and Audrey Joseph at a press conference this morning, Thursday, April 15, for an announcement relating to today’s filing of a complaint against the owner and operator of Club Suede.
 
Club Suede is a notorious public nuisance in the Fisherman’s Wharf area where the club’s unruly crowds, fights, shootings, and stabbings have plagued the business community and surrounding neighborhood.  The club’s egregious pattern of disorderly conduct eventually led to the violence that culminated in this past February’s fatal shooting.
 
What:
Press conference on City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s litigation against the owner and operator of Club Suede

Who:
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Police Chief George Gascón
Board President Supervisor David Chiu
Entertainment Commissioner Terrance Allan 
Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph
Other community representatives, industry leaders

When:
This morning. Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
Where:
In front of Club Suede
383 Bay Street at Mason Street
San Francisco, CA”

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade) – the Best Photos from Flickr

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will, gallery here) went down in Civic Center yesterday- what a huge turnout it had.

Here are the best photos uploaded to Flickr.

Auric Goldfinger really started a trend, back in the day:

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Cf. this shot from the Chronicle’s Frederic Larson - showing why you generally want to keep your white people skin tone magentas lower than the yellows. As always, click to expand.

Hey buddy, get gold or get gone – chest hair is no excuse:

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Here we go, a little gold goes a long way:

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Kanaka again

All right, that’s it for gold. Now how about orange?

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Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

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DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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The Center of Attention:

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Furry boots on top of the truck require an extra hand or two to secure footing:

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And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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It’s all fur this year, either up top or on your platform shoes.

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Market Street was just packed, baby:

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And if you can’t afford the entrance fee, just neck outside the double chain link – show them all why they call it LovEvolution:

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And There You Have It - those are the best photos from Flickr.

See you next year!

Photos: San Francisco LovEvolution 2009 / LoveFest / Love Parade a Huge Success

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will) is still going strong down in Civic Center today – what a huge turnout it has – check the best photos from Flickr and some more photos posted on SFist. Now this year everybody’s paying $10 to get in, so that helps to pay for San Francisco’s excessive fees for doing anything, anytime, anywhere. Anyway, it’s fuzzy cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. And MUNI is FUBAR’ed beyond all recognition. Oh well.

Remember, this type of gathering is Why They Hate Us. Not Fleet Week or nothing, it’s this kind of stuff that They hate. Oh well. Here’s a slide show of photos to ponder. And here’s the post-first, edit-later (Go Go Gorgeous is a person, really? “Kobayash,” is a last name, really?) San Francisco Chronicle’s take, along with 23 photos. And here’s David Yu’s shots.

The cage dancers of Market go rolling up the street. Go Go Gorgeous!

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Sandra Gorgeous of GGG, (“a full-service Go Go company“) blowing you a kiss - the whole team is “all about adding that sexy, fun, and friendly energy to good events. Pour some gorgeous into your event!” Available, I’m sure, for weddings, bar mitzvahs….

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They had a ton of floats going uptown to Civic Center…

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…populated by people like these representatives from Sweet Tooth Entertainment:

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2009 on the left, 1969 on the right. Dude was baked:

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Do people really spray paint their Dell Inspiron laptop computers gold and then take them on parade? People do. Gold! I love goooold!” 

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And they all ended up in Civic Center, thusly. Just look at all these good-for-nothing pukes clogging up the place – is this why my grandfather fought the Second World War, and spent his weekends on the Jersey shore?

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Pretty much.

See you next year!

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SF LovEvolution Fast Facts

WHAT: San Francisco LovEvolution : A Dance Music Parade & FestivalLove Week page for more info.San Francisco LovEvolution Event Changes this year : on the need for a $10 entrance fee to the festival site at Civic Center Plaza

WHEN: Love Week starts Wednesday, September 30th with official and affiliated parties each night all week and through the weekend.
The main LovEvolution event is Saturday, October 3rd from 12noon – 8:00pm.

WHO: SF LovEvolution is all ages & all friendly peoples.

WHAT’S MORE:  A parade starts from 2nd & Market St. in downtown San Francisco with ~25 floats heading West down Market St.  The parade is free and all ages.

THEN WHAT: The floats arrive at Civic Center plaza where they park to becomes 25 stages on a transformed festival grounds with food, beverage, a new live electronic and performance stage, and outstanding revelry.  There is a $10 entrance fee to the festival grounds, children under 12 with their parents are Free.  All ages welcome.  No outside alcohol.

WHY: The entrance fee was necessary for the survival of the event due to significantly higher city related fees.  Please read the whole story below!

THERE’S MORE (!): After the festival ends at 8:00pm a number of after parties kick off all over the city, including the Official After Party produced by Skills & Spundae on site at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.  After parties have their own admission and age policies.  See the

LOVE: YES

As anyone who attended last years event knows, SF LovEvolution is now the largest electronic music event in America. Thanks to all those who have faithfully supported us and to the many new Lovers who attended last year. Because of the growth of LovEvolution, however, and to preserve our ability to parade down Market Street and party right in front of San Francisco City Hall, we’ve had to institute a few changes to this years event.

First, because of escalating city fees and the events growth last year, LovEvolution 2009 will require a large increase in all levels of traffic, police, security and medical personnel. This translates into a very large increase in how much money it costs to pull off this special event. As this is a non-profit event with minimal corporate sponsorship, we will be charging a $10 admission to LovEvolution this year in order to pay for the increased staff and other event expenses. We’ve always asked for a $10 donation but since most people do not give, donations are not sufficient to fund and improve the event. In order to be able to continue the event, we received special permission from the city for a $10 admission plan. This is as close to free as we could make it and at $10 for 250 world class DJs, LovEvolution is still the best bargain for an event of this scale in America. **We pay 100% of the costs back to the city, so without this change, we could not have the event. Please note kids under 12 with their parents are FREE. You can also get in free by volunteering. Of course – the parade is FREE to all and the entire event from 12noon- 8:00pm is still ALL AGES.** (After parties will vary by event).

Second, there will be no glass or outside alcohol allowed in the event. This has always been a condition of our permits, but when the event was smaller we never had to enforce. But the site was littered with broken glass last year that presented a safety hazard, so we now have to enforce this policy. This is for all our safety and is no different than at any concert or gated event, so please don’t bring alcohol or glass, it will be confiscated or you’ll be turned away at the gates.

On the bright side, the $10 admission will allow us to continue having this amazing event as well as to add some special production elements in Civic Center plaza. This year we are premiering the LovEvolution Live stage in front of city hall featuring an all out performance by The Mutaytor, and much more tba. The $10 admission will also allow us to reduce prices at our bars since we are now not as dependent upon alcohol sales to pay for the event. We’ll also be eventually eliminating entry fees fees for the floats so producers can make their floats even better. And YES – there will be ins and out allowed. And YES, kids under 12 with their parents are FREE.

Last but not least, the $10 admission will allow us to increase the amount of our non-profit contributions to other worthy organizations. Non-profits that received funds last year and/or we expect to donate to this year include:

Friends of the Main Library
Next Aid
Aids Housing Alliance
The Center for Sex and Culture
Beat University Scholarship Fund
Black Rock Arts Foundation
Bay Area Young Positives
Burners Without Borders
San Francisco Suicide Prevention/HIV AIDS Nightline
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Thanks for your support and looking forwarding to a fabulous LovEvolution 2009!!

Can’t Billionaire Philip Anschutz Afford a Few More Porta-Potties for Bay to Breakers 2009?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hey, Colorado Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz! Did you the just run the Bay to Breakers footrace today, as you have so many times before? You’re like 70 years old and you’re clocking six-point-something-minute miles uphill and downhill? My grandmother would need to rest after just walking through the SoMA part of the course. DoOd, you’re a stud.

But what’s up with the race? I mean, you have/had an ownership interest in it, right? And you’re still the ”A” in AEG, I believe. So isn’t it YOUR race – isn’t that what people mean when they say B2B is “privately owned?“ Well, let’s take a look see:

What’s wrong with this picture? Each Porta-Pottie has like at least a dozen people waiting in line. You can’t afford to have enough?  FAIL! Click to expand:

Aren’t you a “B” as in “boy” billionaire? Let’s check your Wiki:

“Philip Frederick Anschutz (born 28 December 1939 in Russell, Kansas) is an American businessman and supporter of conservative Christian causes. With an estimated current net worth of around $7.8 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA.”

Your race is undercapitalized? Just can’t afford an appropriate amount of temporary bathrooms?

Here’s the reverse angle:

And here’s the result of mismanagement of resources. See? It’s the other side of the toilets. Is this the end of the world? No, it’s not. But your Smitherseses from New Yawk at AEG always place 0% of the blame on themselves, and that’s not right.

(Not sure what’s up with this. Some people should behave better, of course. Oh well.)

Do you think that I’d ever dream of buying up a storied civic event in Colorado like Park County Cow Days or something? I wouldn’t even if I could. But if I did, I’d make sure there were enough Porta-Potties for all, incuding those melon farmers who didn’t bother to register, stealing MY MONEY!!! I’d say fix this issue, make it so, inform my banker of any additional needs. But that’s just how I roll. (I also wouldn’t impose big town San Francisco values on small town Colorado neither, like making nudity mandatory at Cow Days or requiring all the doods to kiss each other, or something.)

How do you roll, Philip? How will you be remembered after you escape this mortal coil? You know back in the day, San Francisco had a general vote to tell Andrew Carnegie to cram it with walnuts when he wanted to donate money for libraries about town. Well, good thing that election turned out the way it did in 1912, because the legacy of AC is a brace of Carnegie Libraries in San Francisco. Like this.

What’s your legacy going to be, Philip Frederick Anschutz? Becks and Posh moving to L.A., Narnia movies, and being the kind of guy who was too cheap to properly finance and manage the Bay to Breakers? 

Is that right?

Gotta make a change

For once in my life

It’s gonna feel real good

Gonna make a difference

Gonna make it right.

P.S. Thank you for not asking us to pay for your windpower projects, the way that Pickens guy is doing. Srsly.

The Castro vs. SFWeekly Writer Matt Smith Regarding Kink.com

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Famous San Francisco writer Matt Smith is the cause of a boycott call in the Castro District due to his Whipped and Gagged piece, the one that dealt with Kink.com, aka Cybernet Entertainment, LLC. Matt’s article seemed perfectly cromulent, but some disagree.

Irregardless, here’s one of the flyers from Castro Street betwixt 17th and 18th.