It’s a child’s drawing of a car what’s come to life:
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“BritWeek 2011 will run from April 26th to May 11th in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and until May 12th in San Francisco. As usual, it will highlight the many British links with California, including art and design, literature, music, film and television, technology, business, sport, food and fashion. The program ranges from star-studded red carpet events, to concerts and exhibits, to conferences and symposiums.”
Now it just so happens that the British are having a royal wedding during this Fifth Annual BritWeek. So why don’t you be a sport and head over to 1 Sansome #850 in the Financh and sign the royal wedding book? You can use the elocution what you learned by watching The King’s Speech:
“HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton will be married on 29 April 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London. The British Consulate General in San Francisco will be celebrating by engaging the Bay Area community in all of the excitement. The following activities are planned: ~A royal guest book will be available at the Consulate for the public to sign from April 26-28th (9am-4pm)…”
This is exactly what it’ll look like when you’re penning your best wishes:
All right, all the deets:
Fashion • Retail • Hospitality • Restaurants • Offers
Fri Apr 29
Royal Ceremonial Ball Celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Wedding. (This Event Is Sold Out)
Fri Apr 29
Celebrate the Royal Wedding with British Invasion Music at Cameron’s Pub in Half Moon Bay
Tues May 3
BritWeek SF is proud to support the Red Cross with an invitation-only VIP reception in the Penthouse of the Fairmont Hotel honoring sponsors and supporters of the Bay Area chapter.
Through May 5
54th San Francisco International Film Festival, featuring British films and coproductions
May 5 – Jun 5
An original Magna Carta on Display at the Legion of Honor. Exhibition organized by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, made possible by Qualcomm, Irwin & Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Thurs May 12
Business Innovation Awards
OMG, it’s ba-aack!
“The 21st annual running of the California Mille begins with a free preview atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 24, with some 70 historic race cars on display from 11 am to 6 pm.”
Now, please don’t conflate the Mille and that Gumball 3000 event with those, those people, those ghastly people.
Don’t expect a smoky burnout right in front of Sarge atop Nob Hill – that kind of thing is not on the agenda this Sunday
Don’t click to expand, don’t encourage them
Here’s the kind of thing that they’ll have for you.
Anyway, see you there at the car show, SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
“The 21st annual California Mille salutes Italy’s most-famous race with free Nob Hill car show and 1000-mile tour 70 Historic Race Cars on Display April 24 on Mason Street The 21st annual running of the California Mille begins with a free preview atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 24, with some 70 historic race cars on display from 11 am to 6 pm. The following morning, the cars will depart at 8:30 AM for a four-day, 1000-mile back road adventure that will take them along little-known roads to time-capsule towns, challenging race tracks and a private auto collection. The Mille (MILL-leh) honors Italy’s famed Mille Miglia (thousand mile) race that ran from Brescia to Rome to Brescia from 1927-1957. Only cars that could have qualified for the Italian event may participate in the California tour–not a race but a demanding drive.
The public is invited to see the cars and meet the drivers on April 24 when cars from Britain, Colombia, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and dozens of U.S. states will be displayed in front of the Fairmont Hotel on Mason Street between California and Sacramento Streets. At 2 PM, Mille organizer Martin Swig will greet auto fans with a presentation of dignitaries and a roving-microphone review of many of the cars being exhibited.
On Monday, April 25, the Mille will exit Mason Street through a special arch, turn right onto California Street and make its way to the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Bolinas, Olema, Petaluma entering the Infineon Raceway off Highway 37 for touring laps. The morning drive will conclude with a visit and lunch at a private collection of Mercedes-Benz considered to rival the factory’s own collection in Stuttgart, Germany. That afternoon, the Mille will cover some 50 miles of Highways 116, 121 and 29, end the day at Solage Calistoga.
Tuesday, April 26, will see the Mille heading to Geyserville, Lake Sonoma, Skaggs Springs Road, and Highway 1 wth a lunch stop at Little River Inn, a drive of just over 124 miles. The return trip to Solage Calistoga will take the Mille along Highway 128 toward Cloverdale, along Asti Road and the Silverado Trail.
Day Three (April 27) will highlight a drive along the Silverado Trail to Winters, Esparto, Williams and Maxwell with a lunch stop and touring lap at Thunderill Race Track . Wednesday afternoon will see the California Mille driving Highway 162, 306, Danley Road, Freshwater, Highway 20 to Middledtown, and returning to Solage Calistoga for an overnight.
The final day of the thousand-mile drive will see the historic racers heading for Guerneville, Cazadero, Fort Ross Road, Meyer’s Grade Road, Highway 1, Bodega Bay, Chileno Valley Road to Wilson Hill Road, Hicks Valley Road, Nicasio Valleyl Road and a lunch stop at the colorful Rancho Nicasio. The Mille’s final 62 miles will take drive toward Fairfax, onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, to Bolinas Road to Ridgecrest Boulevard, and Mt. Tamalpais where a commemorative photo will be taken near Pantoll Road. The Mille will then continue down toward Mill Valley (renamed Mille Valley for the day), to Highway 1, l0l north and a final banquet and awards dinner at the Lodge at Sonoma.
Have you heard the news?
“AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACTIVISTS CONVERGE IN SAN FRANCISCO TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORK —- Joan Baez, West Coast Co-Founder of the Organization, To Be Honored for a Lifetime of Human Rights Activism —- Model Christy Turlington, Grammy Winners Steve Earle and Saúl Hernández, Rapper Jahi and Actress Nazanin Boniadi Join Former Prisoners of Conscience to Tackle Today’s Challenges”
CT likes the Amnesty, but she doesn’t like the fur. Fair ‘nough:
All the deets:
San Francisco – Up to one thousand activists from across the country will converge in San Francisco from March 18-20 to mark Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary and tackle a range of pressing human rights concerns at the organization’s Annual General Meeting. The conference, “50 Years: Shining a Light on Human Rights,” will take place at the Fairmont Hotel and is open to the public. Registration fees range from $75 to $125 for the weekend and are $40 for Friday evening, which includes a tribute to human rights icon Joan Baez.
The three-day event includes a roster of noted human rights defenders who have shown enormous bravery and commitment on a wide range of human rights issues, including: Hina Jilani, former U.N. Special Representative for Human Rights, who previously had been arrested and received death threats for her legal work in Pakistan; Michael Posner, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and former AIUSA board member; Lydia Cacho, Mexican author and journalist who was illegally arrested and beaten for her work protecting women and girls; Luis Perez, the first undocumented immigrant in the United States to earn a law degree; and Charlotte Bunch, who was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996 for her global organizing for women’s rights.
Former President Jimmy Carter will commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary via video address. Supermodel/maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, singer/death penalty abolitionist Steve Earle, rapper Jahi, actress and AIUSA spokesperson Nazanin Boniadi, State Radio/Dispatch musician and activist Chad Stokes, Jaguares vocalist and activist Saúl Hernández, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty and others will raise their voices along with internationally known activists to carry the torch into a new era of human rights work.
“Millions of people worldwide live in fear of persecution by repressive governments or armed factions and millions more suffer extreme deprivation,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “But we are not powerless against this injustice. Amnesty International has proved for 50 years that collective action is a powerful force for change. We are thrilled to come back to San Francisco, which has long been a stronghold for Amnesty International activists, and honor those who have made the movement’s success possible.”
Friday evening will open with a tribute to folk legend and human rights activist Joan Baez, who devoted a full year to help establish Amnesty International chapters in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ‘70s, stayed active with the organization as a member of the National Advisory Board and later performed during the renowned “Conspiracy of Hope” tour. The Friday evening event at the Fairmont will feature tribute performances from Grammy winners Steve Earle and Saúl Hernández (of the Mexican rock band Jaguares) and musician/activist Chad Stokes (State Radio/Dispatch).
“Whether marching arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or stuffing envelopes in our first home office in San Francisco, Joan’s commitment to human rights has known no bounds,” said Cox. “It is no exaggeration to say that many attending the annual conference are direct descendants of a human rights family that Joan created. Her devotion is a constant reminder of what can be accomplished when one will put herself on the line to effect change. We are truly honored to be in her presence tonight and are grateful for her lasting legacy.”
A special focus on students and activism will be the core of AIUSA’s youth summit, designed for people aged 14 to 25, at the University of California, Berkeley, on Thursday, March 17. Attendees will hear from John Jackson, Vice President of Social Responsibility at MTV. Throughout the conference, activists of all ages will address a range of human rights concerns including the death penalty; maternal mortality; migrant rights; holding companies accountable for damage to human rights and the environment; journalists at risk; and the war on terror (for the complete program, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/agm).
The annual conference will also be the site for the launch of the Amnesty Global Ethics Series, a series of books on human rights from Amnesty International and W.W. Norton & Company, that includes some of the most distinguished scholars and writers today. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University professor and son of one of Amnesty International’s first prisoners of conscience, is the general editor of the series and the author of the books’ forward; he, as well as Elaine Scarry, author of How to Think in an Emergency, the first book in the series, and Rory Stewart and Philip Pettit, authors of future volumes, will speak.
The weekend includes several other human rights awards. Hamza Latif, an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, will receive the first ever Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for Organizing and Activism. The fellowship was created in memory of Kristof, a founder of Amnesty International local group 48 and father of noted New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. The conference will also showcase AIUSA’s newest high school essay competition winners, Catherine Lovrien of Minnesota and Mahsa Taskindoust of New York, who addressed the question, How Has the Promotion or Defense of Human Rights Changed Our World? Each is the recipient of a $1500 prize and a trip to the annual conference. The annual event is supported by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
“Amnesty’s 50th anniversary is a moment to celebrate the power of grassroots activism and to renew our commitment to build toward a world in which every person enjoys universal human rights,” said Rini Chakraborty, Western regional director for AIUSA. “Together we will continue our work to free the wrongfully imprisoned, end the death penalty and torture, promote economic justice and migrant rights and fulfill the promise of human rights for all.”
Amnesty International — today the largest grassroots human rights organization in the world with nearly 3 million members worldwide — has helped win the freedom of tens of thousands of individuals jailed for expressing beliefs or defending basic rights, shut down torture chambers, halted executions, and established laws and treaties to protect the freedom and dignity of people around the world — and in the United States. Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.
[UPDATE: Turns out that this stentorial senatorial debate wasn't the only fuss about town on May 25, 2010. Richard Parks has the deets of protestors "greeting" President Barack Obama high atop Nob Hill yesterday.]
Contrarian BlogFather Mickey Kaus brought his windmill-tilting campaign for the U.S. Senate to San Francisco today. But the problem was that, as expected, Senator Barbara Boxer didn’t show up to debate him at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness this afternoon.
So Mickey propped a box up on an empty lectern and referred to it as “ma’am.” At which point, a mop-topped college-boy aide used a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook to play the audio track of the now-famous “Could You Say Senator Instead of Ma’am?” bit .
Senator Box (D-CA ) collapsing under cross this afternoon:
In other news, Barack Obama is coming to town this afternoon to host a fundraiser for Senator Boxer. Oh well.
What’s the point of Mickey’s run?
Find out here, if you want.
From Laughing Squid comes the news - the San Francisco Ballet is holding an interactive video contest in conjunction with its upcoming Nutcracker season, starting December 8th, 2009. They’re asking the public to submit short, original Nutcracker-themed videos for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including:
a trip for four to Aspen;
a weekend getaway at The Fairmont Hotel;
tickets to SF Ballet performances and more.
What are you waiting for? Get shaking!
What is this ballerina doing in the mail room? Click here to find out.
For more information and full contest details visit www.sfballet.org/contest.
A six day-five night trip for four to Aspen, Colorado, including flight, deluxe hotel accommodations, rental car, and entertainment. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five, filled with stunning images of the Company. (Approximate value of Grand Prize package = $6,710)
A two-night stay at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, with daily breakfast, dinner for two at The Tonga Room, two Center Box seats to a performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake in January 2010, including a VIP backstage tour. In addition, the second prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five. (Approximate value of Second Prize package = $2,265)
Dinner for two at Seasons Restaurant, located in the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, as well as a $300 gift certificate to Amazon.com. In addition, the third prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five. (Approximate value of Third Prize package = $1,010)
In addition, the two remaining semi-finalists will each receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, as well as the commemorative book San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five.
Here’s the thing about the 14th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival that just finished up - there’s chocolate everywhere. And what’s nice about it is that there’s no fences or checkpoints or anything. What your $20 gets you is not admission but a cafeteria ticket with 15 checkboxes. So go around and sample what you want. You can get your fill, and if you wanted to, you could go full Augustus Gloop.
Famous Chef-testant Casey Thompson lectured on the subject of chocolate waffles or something like that. Look what she has – dark chocolate, the hard stuff:
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Here’s how it works – find something that looks appealing and then line up to get a sample. They’ll check your card off and then you can move on. People could spend hours just milling around and noshing and watching the demonstrations, etc…
Best in Show would have to be these colorful Truffle Bars from Sterling Confections. I didn’t actually taste the things, but they look to be packaged well and that’s half the battle when your shopping for a gift, right girlfriend? Sterling can pick up the slack after the recent Joseph Schmidt Confections (“The Soul is For Hire, and They’ve Sold the Heart”) sell out.
Things got a little frenetic when they started throwing gelato containers off the back of the refrigerator truck. It was Brother Against Brother:
See you next year!
(And let’s hope all the official vendors come back in 2010.)
• Chef Demonstrations in the West Plaza
1pm: Mitchell Hughes, Spun Sugar
2pm: Casey Thompson, Top Chef Finalist
3pm: Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes
4pm: Ghirardelli Chocolate School by Steve Genzoli
1pm: Jason Etzkin, Fairmont San Francisco
2pm: Casey Thompson, Top Chef Finalist
3pm: Rebecca Lugtu, Sweet Dreams Bakery
4pm: Ghirardelli Chocolate School by Steve Genzoli
• Wine & Chocolate Pairing Seminars at Cellar360 at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30
Space is limited; 1st come, 1st served
$5 per person (refunded with bottle purchase)
• Chocolate Tea Party
Saturday at 3pm and 5pm & Sunday at 3pm Crown & Crumpet will host a tea & chocolate pairing on their patio.
Enjoy 3 types of chocolate tea paired with food items such as chocolate chip scones, tea-infused truffles and chocolate-hazelnut tea sandwiches for just $12.
Space is very limited, advanced reservations recommended. Call 415-771-4252 for reservations.
• Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest on the Main Stage at 2pm daily! Earthquake (adults) on Saturday only. Children’s contest both days.
• Amella Caramels
• Ana Mandara
• Arlene’s Gourmet Toffee
• Bella’s Gourmet Fudge
• Boomerang Vodka Chocolate Martinis
• Bo’s Best Pancakes
• Cafe Razzi
• Ciao Bella Gelato
• CJ’s Stix & CJ’s Bitz
• Cookie Tree
• Cost Plus World Market
• Crown & Crumpet Tea Salon
• D’ Sweets
• Desserts On Us
• Embrace Sweets
• Gelateria Naia
• Ghirardelli Chocolate
• Island Breeze Macaroon
• Kara’s Cupcakes
• Kika’s Treats
• Lori’s Diner
• Mary Louise Butters Brownies
• McCormick & Kuleto’s
• Mighty Leaf Tea
• Mrs. Munchies!
• Napa Valley Fudge Company
• Organic Pastures Dairy
• Project Open Hand
• Pacific Puffs
• Pete’s Gourmet Confections
• Rock-n-Roll Gourmet
• Rustic Bakery
• Spun Sugar
• Sterling Confections
• Sugar Bowl Bakery
• Sweetface Bakery
• The Tea Room
• The Toffee Company