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All right, let’s say you’ve heard about the big Shen Yun 2013 show at our Orpheum Theatre and you want to find out a little about it, m’kay?
So you type into Google and this what you get:
What you won’t get is something like this:
Or Yelp reviews neither, like these:
And you certainly won’t find the official Chinese Communist Party (“Socialism, with Chinese Characteristics!”) website on Shen Yun all that easily, oh no:
Cult Studies [Uh, FYI, CCP, your agitprop website looks a little crude, like it's from your little buddy North Korea, just saying.]
So I guess the lesson to be learned is that if a small group of people want to game Google so that you’ll buy tickets to this show without knowing, in a general way, what it’s about first, then they can.
Things I now know:
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE;
THE BOLD ITALIC IS GANNETT COMPANY, INCORPORATED; and
SHEN YUN 2013 IS FALUN GONG
That’s something to consider when you’re getting the hard sell at San Francisco Costco #144, as seen last week on 10th Street:
San Francisco has Neighborhood Courts? News to me.
Anyway, if you go down to Chinatown, I don’t know, maybe around Grant Ave. and Washington, and you start punching the Falun types, well, you just end up in Community Court and then be forced to write insincere apology notes, and to attend Anger Management courses, and to keep away from Grant Ave. and Washington.
So says the house organ for area Falun Gong, the Epoch Times Newspaper.
“Yongyao Wu (right) assaults Falun Gong practitioner Derek Wang in San Francisco’s Chinatown on June 10. Wu was found guilty by a Neighborhood Court on Aug. 13. (Courtesy of anonymous bystander)”
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So, I sort of knew about this sitch, but I didn’t know how things turned out.
This “Falun Gong Show” bit here from SFist Rita and Civic Center Mike* from back in ought-seven probably tells you all what you need to know about the Shen Yun Performing Arts Spectacular at the War Memorial Opera House in Civic Center starting tonight. The whole shebang runs all the way to December 30th, 2010. Here’s what it looks like:
So here are the update for 2010.
The minimum ticket price is $100 per. Ouch. And the one-star vs. five-star YelpWar rages on.
Most of the five-star reviews at Yelp.com come from members of Falun Gong / Falun Dafa and some of the one-star reviews come directly from the unelected Red Chinese government** – so there’s your universe of people who care strongly enough about this show to take the trouble to register their opinion on the Yelp but then Yelp nevermore.
Here’s a taste of the action:
Mind you, this tit for tat above made it through Yelp’s patented Fraud Filter no problem. Now, here’s Yelp’s purgatory for a whopping 53 comments on the Shen Yun. See? It’s chock-a block-full of the vitryole.
So that’s how it sits in the 415. The Falun Gong are banned from the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown by Rose Pak but they’ll always have the veteran’s parade and the FGS, so that’s some consolation.
Anyway, choose or lose.
* A Chinese character tattoo!? Hasn’t that become a kind of cliche the past ten years? Do young people still do that?
Well it’s still there on the 2008 Italian Heritage Parade website:
“We’re pleased to announce, the 2008 Parade Grand Marshal will be Tommy Lasorda!”
Now, on with the show. It’s called Columbus Day, or Indigenous People’s Day, or Italian Heritage Day, or Día de la Raza, or Discovery Day or even Día de la Resistencia Indígena. Take your pick.
Popular San Francisco Supervisor and soon-to-be Assembly Member Tom Ammiano. Click to expand:
Ivy League lawyer / U.C. Berkeley-grad Gerardo Sandoval hot on the campaign to become a judge, despite the hostility displayed by the local Establishment, which feels offended by the very idea of an election. Oh well.
Supervisor Ross “the Boss” Mirkarimi:
Miss San Francisco 2008 Reny Lupo:
Of course, Birra Peroni was nella casa:
As was the Boudin Bakery alligator wrestler. That’s real bread, people.
What’s this? Hundreds of Falun Gong! They looked to be the largest entry in the parade by far.
Hey look, it’s the wholly unrelated New Tang Dynasty Televsion (NTDTV):
O.K., here we are, back to the parade:
So that’s it.
Here’s to you, Tommy Lasorda/ Our county turns it lonely eyes to you…
See you next year?