Posts Tagged ‘fair’

OMG, Senator Leland Yee Hosts Noriega Street Food Fair August 6th, 2011!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Whatever you do, avoid the intersection of 22nd Avenue and Noriega, you know, because of the historic gunplay at that location

…when you’re on your way to 31st Ave. for the Second Annual Noriega Street Food Fair on Saturday.

And look who’ll be there waiting for you – it’ll be Marisa Churchill, former Top Chef, Food Network Challenge competitor:

All the deets:

Noriega Street to Host 2nd Annual Food Fair on Saturday - Hundreds of residents expected at community event

Who:

Senator Leland Yee
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
Marisa Churchill, former Top Chef, Food Network Challenge competitor and author of Sweet & Skinny
Heather D’Eliso Gordon, Registered Nutritionist at Kaiser Permanente
Marci Harnischfeger, Head Dietician at Shopwell.com
James Cabigon, Personal Chef
Chefs of Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Self-Help for the Elderly Lion Dance Team
Live salsa dance performance and vocals by local talent Tracy Samiento

When:

Saturday, August 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where:

Noriega Street, between 31st Avenue and 33rd Avenue, San Francisco, California

What:

The Office of State Senator Leland Yee is proud to announce the second annual Noriega Street Food Fair, which strives to empower the community by demonstrating how to prepare simple, healthy meals and by providing resources to encourage a health-savvy lifestyle. It is also designed to rally the community and promote the diversity of merchants and restaurants along the Noriega Street corridor.

Everyone is invited to sample an array of tasty eats from the Sunset and far beyond, including Chinese cuisine, tacos, Jamba Juice fruit smoothies, tofu treats and even meat-free German currywurst. This free event will also offer five healthy cooking demonstrations, nutritious recipe ideas, healthy food samples from vendors including Pirate’s Booty and Honest Tea, free giveaways, health education and free consultations from Chinese and Western health-care professionals, pony rides, live entertainment, children’s activities and more.

Hey Kids, Don’t Forget to Raise Hell at the Union Street Festival This Weekend – But This Year It’s BYOB

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Just so you know.

Click here to get an idea on what to expect on Union Street in the Cow Hollow / Marina this weekend, June 4-5, 2011.

But keep in mind that you will be venturing onto the northern slopes of NIMBY Mountain, the Fortress of Reaction, you’ll be dealing with the Specific Whites of Pacific Heights Adjacent, so forget about walking around with an open container all obvious the way you can at other City-sanctioned bacchanalia.

You gotta be sly fox, like this gal. The SFPD is totally cool with this:


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Great. Now you’re all set to party with the attractive denizens of the Marina, where even the fat slobs are appealing in a Jack Black / Judd Apatow kind of way.

I can’t believe this video documenting life on Fillmore Street was pulled from YouTube. (This screengrab still looks like a movie still to me.)

Oh well.

(Oh, and by the way Union Street Festival, you might be Urban, but you’re not Eco, not in the least, especially because everything’s Eco in 2011. Just so you know.)

And oh kids, stay out of the West End of Union, as that’s reserved for the little ones. Party People should stay on the other side of Fillmore.

Have fun…

No More Beer Gardens at Union Street Festival – House Party Invites Will Become More Important This Year

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Now here’s what’s funny when the so-called neighbors who own houses near traditional San Francisco street parties, like the Bay to Breakers Fun Run and the Union Street Festival, complain about traditional San Francisco street parties like the Bay to Breakers Fun Run and the Union Street Festival. Inevitably, some of the actual neighbors, the people what live on the street itself, throw open their doors for anything-goes, beer-fueled house parties.

Anyway, today Andrea Koskey has the news about how there will be no more beer gardens at the Union Street Festival 2011, prompting this response from Serg of the Uptown Almanac:

“Yeah because rock and fucking roll brings the “wilder element.” Yeah I bet it must be nuts when your heehaw ass festival gets raided by tall can weilding dave matthews fans. Ain’t know dancing in this town bitches! We want to sell shitty ass freeway artwork and braclets made out of old rocks and trash to senior citizens and sweater knots. Fucking dumb asses chewing on shitty grilled meat on a stick can’t hang out in beer gardens or do whatever dumb fucking bullshit it is that they do on their lame ass stoops on Union st. Union street can suck my balls, that shit has been herbfest from the gate, amatuer hour trainwreck can stay gone.”

O.K. then.

All right, get your house partay tickets or invites now. (It’ll be a piece of cake if you are popular/cute enough.)

The perils of post-adolescent Union Street Fest shotgunning. The front of this house faces Union:

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That entire residence was filled to the brim with partiers in 2008. Ah, memories.

All right, see you there, or not.

Now enjoy a trip down Union Street Festival Memory Lane:

This thing is biiiig – it will take you a long time to wander about Union:

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You know who proved popular was Tom Rigney, “electric violinist, Cajun fiddler, composer, graphic artist, and leader of the American roots music band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau.”

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Best in Show – Candy Wrapper Handbags, something like this, as seen on Oprah

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Micro cupcakes continue their dominance over the cuisine of the late aughts

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Your streetfest four basic food groups are poultry (including turkey legs, they’re not just for renaissance festivals anymore), corn on the cob, couscous (not pictured) and garlic fries (not pictured).

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2.5 star-rated Left at Albuquerque [sadly closed now, I think] offered crowd-pleasing  beer towers to sidewalk diners:

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Now they’re renting out A2B electric scooters to tourists. Do people really ride these things on the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks at 20 per back and forth to Sausalito? People do. Anyway, Blazing Saddles bike rentals was offering test drives.

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Suds on the Roof, but much less than in years past. I think a man partying outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a red cup of suds.

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“Eco-Urban” Union Street featured a hell of a lot of gas powered Honda generators, but this year, not so much. Originally, I thought this distribution amplifier was a box full of car batteries, but now I’m at a loss at figuring out how this band got its power. If they had a generator, they hid it well.

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What’s this?

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It’s an overhead extention cord leading from a Union Street business to one of the food vendors in the middle of the street. Is that an extension cord being used as internal wiring? Cough electrical code cough.

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Oh, there it is! One of at least two Hondas in operation today.

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But at least all the amplified music won’t disturb this slumbering. ear-protected pooch.

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It’s big, in’nt?

And here’s the lateral view from our most-polarizing street fest yesterday, the day with “fewer hooligans” drinking beer according to at least one Sunday attendee:

I’ll tell you, myself, I didn’t see too many “drunken douchebags.” Myself. Anyway, it’s nice to see Union busy for a change.

Lots of swag from our corporate overlords at this street faire:

All right, here are a few of the Repubs. Yes on B and Fix MUNI Now were a few of their issues:

And here are some more. These people were promoting Dana Walsh (no, not the character on 24 and not this cutie, oh no – the Republican Dana Walsh).

As usual, the West End was strictly for kids:

And dogs, of course:

Fandango let people take two free spins on their unfairly-weighted (aka loaded, gaffed, cogged, weighted, crooked, or gag) swag roulette wheel – that was a mistake. Scored a bumper sticker the first try and then a precious $50 credit code the second. Bonus.

And of course, another Mini MUNI Meltdown, right on sked:

OMG, Skin Cancer Screening in Chinatown – See a UCSF Doctor for Free – Saturday, May 7th – Ends at 4PM

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

[This event turned out to be a huge success, with a bigger turnout than a recent effort in the Mission District. This one's all over but I'll post about the next one when it happens.*]

Our UCSF Department of Dermatology is bringing it today in C-Town. Check out all the deets below.

Drs. Ortiz and Wei and UCSF professionals and volunteers are waiting to see you right now – no appointment necessary:

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In Chinese first:

(本報訊)

五月是全國皮膚癌關注月,加州大學三藩市分校皮膚病學系於明日(星期六)上午8時30分至下午4時在華埠舉辦一項免費皮膚癌檢查活動。皮膚癌是一種最常見的癌症,每年有超過百萬人被診斷患上這病。任何人仕,無論膚色或健康狀況,都可能罹患上皮膚癌。

*皮膚癌和黑色素瘤約佔所有診斷出癌病的50%

*皮膚癌是一種比較可以預防的癌病

*超過90%的皮膚癌是由於過度暴露在陽光下所造成

*五分之一的美國人患上皮膚癌

*每小時有1人死於皮膚癌

*亞裔比白人有較大機會被診斷出患有晚期黑色素瘤。

及早檢測對診斷潛伏的黑色素瘤非常重要。這次檢測毋須預約,整個過程約30分鐘。華埠公共衛生局地址: Mason 街1490號 (夾 Broadway 街)。

欲知詳情,請致電加州大學三藩市分校,電話:415-467-3206。

And now back to English:

UCSF to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings in Chinatown

WHAT: The UCSF Department of Dermatology, in partnership with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Chinatown Public Health Clinic, will offer free skin cancer screenings in Chinatown to mark National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

UCSF faculty and residents will perform the screenings. Translation services will be provided.

Early detection is key to diagnosing potential cases of melanoma. No appointment is necessary and screenings will take approximately 30 minutes.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 7, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Chinatown Public Health Center
1490 Mason Street @ Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

WHY: Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with over one million people diagnosed each year. Anyone can develop skin cancer, regardless of their skin color or general health.

  • Skin cancer and melanoma account for about 50 percent of all types of cancers diagnosed;
  • Skin cancer is one of the more preventable types of cancer;
  • More than 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by excessive exposure to the sun;
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime;
  • Each hour, one person dies from skin cancer;
  • Asian American melanoma patients have a greater tendency than Caucasians to have advanced disease at diagnosis.

See you there!

*Assuming I survive the Great San Francisco Blog War of 2011.

How Weird Street Faire 2011 a Huge Success – A Maypole for May Day – Buff Darth Vader Best in Show

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire went off without a hitch today down in the SoMA.

(There’s little wonder about why the former Howard Street Festival is so popular, of course.)

This year’s theme was “Mythical Realms” a celebration of a pefect society where differences are appreciated as things of beauty.

Check it:

Now, doesn’t this maypole remind you of your schoolgirl days at Bryn Mawr?

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Hunky Darth Vader turned a few heads:

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It was just as you would have imagined it:

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And, good news! It seems white people no longer get Chinese character tattoos anymore – they’re into pink poodles and whatnot. See?

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How weird!

All right, that’s it for this year:

“I’m drunk and Osama Bin Laden is dead #howweird

Lastly, leave us give thanks to all the NIMBY’s of the SoMA, for not complaining so much this go-around. Huzzah!

“If theres a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now

Its just a spring clean for the May Queen”

See you next year!

Save the Date! 12th Annual San Francisco How Weird Street Faire is on Sunday May 1st, 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire is coming to SoMA at noon, May 1st, 2011. So dust off your cowboy hat and go, why not?

This could be you come May Day 2011:

(In Soviet Russia, we had to make big travel to get to Burning Man, but in San Francisco, Burning Man travels to you. What a country!)

MYTHICAL REALMS
The 12th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 1, 2011
Noon to 8pm
Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
http://www.HowWeird.org

All the deets after the jump!

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Today, 12/11/10 Only: The Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Crafts Fair at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

See you there!

“KIMOCHI’S SILVER BELLS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE Saturday, December 11, 2010 (one day only!) 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Conveniently located at the corner of Gough St. & Geary Blvd., walking distance from Japantown.

Free Admission ∗ Free Parking (space available basis) ∗ Free Kimochi shuttle service to/from Japantown (pick-up/drop-off at Peace Plaza on Post St.)

Mark your calendar and have fun as you get plenty of holidays shopping done at this free one-day event featuring handcrafted items made by more than 80 talented Asian and Pacific Islander artisans.

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2010 Silver Bell Vendor List

A THOUSAND WORDS PHOTOGRAPHY
ALAINA SHIU DESIGNS
ASIAN GIFT DESIGNS
ASIAN PAIR
CHIC MODERNE
CLASSIC HAWAIIAN DESIGNS
CREATIVE ACCENTS
CURLEW CRAFTS
CYNTHIA SASAKI DESIGNS
DONNA TOJO
FOUR YAMS
HARTSTRING JEWELRY
HOMIEWEAR4DOGS
ISLAND CLOUD
J. SUGIHARA
KATHY YOSHIHARA DESIGN
KAYOKO DESIGNS
KIMOCHI ARTS & CRAFTS
KIMOCHI CERAMICS
LABIT’S ARTS & CRAFTS
LESLIE DESIGNS
LITTLE BUDDHA BABY
LUV PAWS
LYNN, LAURA & JUDY (ASOBI ARTS)
MI NICHE
MIKO DOLLS/WAW
MINGEI COMPANY
MODERN M
NISHIMURA DESIGNS
OKADA ORIGINALS
PAISLEY AND STRIPES
PERSIMMON DESIGNS
PIGS FLY
RANDALL ENTERPRISES
RM CREATIONS
SEW ASIAN
SHIMADA STLYES
SUGAR CLAY CAFÉ
SUMOFISH
THE HEAD PANDA
TLC QUILTING
TOBI CREATIONS
TOMODACHI8
WAKA OZAWA
WWW CRAFTS
YUME GLASS ART
ST. FRANCIS HALL
CHICKIE BABIES CRAFTS
COLLETTE & JULIE KONDO
DARDIE ISHIDA
DICK YAT NG CHINESE PAINTINGS
ELLEN NAKAI & FRIENDS
FABRICATIONS
FAT RABBIT FARM
GRACEFUL CRYSTALS
HANKO DESIGNS
ISLAND DESIGNS
KAWAII CREATIONS
MADE IN HAWAII
MARIKO III
PATRICIA JEONG
QUILT STYLES OF HAWAII
SENTE
SIENA GLOBAL DESIGNS
THE ASIATTIC/TWO LULUS
HALL A HALL B
FANCY FOUR PAWS
H.S.K. CREATIONS
HUGASUMO
IMEI CHEN
JCCCNC
KAROLYN FUJIMOTO DESIGNS
MIGGY’S ISLAND KETTLE KORN
NATURAL IMITATIONS
ORANGE CATERPILLAR
POLYNESIAN GIFT HUT
HALAU O KA UA LILILEHUA
J-TOWN ARTS
JEANNINE CALCAGNO NIEHAUS
NANCY FUNK CERAMICS
NIKONINA
OMIYAGE/HAPPY SHIRTS
POMEGRANATE DESIGNS
T. MORE CREATIONS
THE LOCAL SPOT/DALIANO DESIGNS

Kuwait Bans DSLR-Camera Photo-Taking in Public – Shoot a Stranger, Go To Jail? – But Accredited Journalists Excepted

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Just try to use your biggish digital single-lens-reflex camera on the streets of Kuwait these days. It ain’t easy, brother.

Now, I don’t think that you could ban DSLR use in San Francisco. There’d be a rebellion or something.

Cause if something happens, it didn’t happen unless it was recorded somehow – that’s how we look at it.

Our Folsom Street Fair 2009 was a great day for walkies with the slave, past the guy with the Nikon, past the guy with the Canon, past the Leather Etc…(!) store…:

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via mikey baratta PHOTOGRAPHIC

Just be on the look-out for this guy. I think he’s up to something:

Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon 2010 at Fort Mason a Huge Success

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Last weekend’s Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason was smaller than the one we had in earlier this year, but, nevertheless, a huge success anyway.

You had to wait your turn but there were free samples galore for all attendees.

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A new one: Momotombo, Momotombo, Momotombo!

See you next year!

Brace Yourselves: “New Neighborhood” of “Yerba Buena” to be Unveiled this Saturday – It’s SoMA From 2nd to 5th

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Don’t you think we need more micro-neighborhoods about town? Sure, why not?

So get ready to party this Saturday, October 16th, 2010, when you can officially start calling the area bounded by Market, Harrison, 2nd and 5th “Yerba Buena.”

People haven’t called it that for 163 years, so it’s about time.

And if you live on Yerba Buena Island and you’re worried about place name confusion, we’ll you can just go pound salt.

Learn It, Love It, Live It:

There’ll be some party too – the Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair

And, if you’re in the media, you can get all the deets personally.

Campaign to Benefit Local Businesses and Brand Yerba Buena as New Neighborhood to be Unveiled.

Major Contributions to Neighborhood Nonprofits also to be Announced
 
Date:                     Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:                    11:15 a.m.
Place:                    SOMA Room, Metreon, Enter at Garden Entrance, Mission Street, Between 3rd and 4th Streets
 
What:                   The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District will unveil a comprehensive campaign to establish and promote Yerba Buena as San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and announce its first Community Benefit Fund grantees at a media briefing at Metreon held in conjunction with the first Yerba Buena Neighborhood Fair. The campaign is designed to benefit neighborhood businesses and establish a sense of place for this burgeoning district that has seen rapid growth in its eclectic residential and business base. These efforts supplement YBCBD’s recently enacted services that foster a safer and more secure community, create a cleaner and greener neighborhood, and reinforce the viability of its economic base.
 
Who: 

Heather Almond, Chairman, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
Barbara Kaufman, Director, San Francisco Office of the Governor
Representatives from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Nonprofits receiving grants
YBCBD board members and community leaders

See you in the YB!