Posts Tagged ‘fairgrounds’

Discounted Tomato Fight! “San Francisco Tomato Battle” Comes to Alameda County Fairgrounds October 1st

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

kgbdeals has a deal for you.

This is different, huh?

“need to know

  • One ticket to the San Francisco Tomato Battle on Oct. 1
  • High-spirited crowds, live music, and about a billion tomatoes
  • An experience unlike any other – slimy, yet satisfying!
  • Includes a free beer (for those over 21)

what & why

Every once in a while, we’re able to offer a deal that’s unlike anything else, anywhere. In that spirit, it gives us great pleasure to present today’s kgbdeal. Feel the satisfying “splat” of good aim with today’s kgbdeal: $25 for 1 ticket to The San Francisco Tomato Battle on Oct. 1. The feeling of tomato bits on your neck will rhyme with the sensational flinging a slushy tomato into the air while you laugh so hard it makes you snort. This is going to be the food fight of a lifetime so come down and make some new friend in the ketchup rain.”

Is This the Martian Embassy or the Marin County Civic Center?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

It’s the Marin County Civic Center as designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check it:

Portions of the science fiction films THX 1138 (1969) and Gattaca (1997) were shot on location in the Marin Center. In addition, the buildings (especially those in the fairgrounds) served as a direct inspiration to those of the planet Naboo in the Star Wars films.

This building is perhaps best known these days as the location of one of the offices of Senator Carole Migden. Here’s what it looks like from above.

 

As seen from the the 101 freeway from the north. Click to expand.

“The long horizontal buildings gracefully link the crowns of three separate hills. The circular theme is evident throughout the complex. Materials throughout the Civic Center are simple. Floors are custom-colored composition tile. Walkways and stairs are terrazzo, and partitions are sheet rock. The barrel-arched roof is of pre-cast concrete. The roof is a blue that blends with the sky. Walls are sand beige. Basic construction is pre-cast, pre-stressed floor systems with combined steel and concrete vertical supports. Exterior balconies run down the outsides of both buildings. The decorative arches create a sense of rhythm, and are made of cement stucco on metal laths.

“Gold spheres outline the entire interior and exterior rooflines. They create the effect of rhythmic unity and exemplify the Oriental influence Wright displayed in his work. They have been likened to raindrops and called, by some, a string of pearls.