Posts Tagged ‘February’

OMG, Yosemite is 150 Years Old – See “YOSEMITE, A GATHERING OF SPIRIT” Film at the Cal Academy Feb 15-16

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

All the deets below.

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16, for the Spirit of Yosemite Festival and catch a special screening of Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit. Screenings at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm in the Forum Theater. The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and four-story rainforest, all under one living roof. New and ongoing exhibits and programs offer visitors of all ages fun, engaging opportunities to explore the natural world. All exhibits are included with Academy admission. For tickets visit calacademy.org

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to honor the 150th anniversary of the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. This act, the first time a government set aside land for public use and enjoyment, gave birth to the national park idea. Yosemite Conservancy partnered with renowned filmmakers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan to bring this amazing time in America’s conservation history to life.

Cherry Blossoms Blooming in January is NOT Due to Global Warming – Why? The Answer Will Amaze You – One Weird Trick

Monday, January 27th, 2014

(I’ll just say that if you ever earnestly Tweet a link to Chuckworthy, I’ll Unfollow you in a New York minute. That’s how I roll.)

What’s that, when you were a tyke, cherry trees bloomed in April and now they’re blooming in late January because of that darn global warming?

Well yeah, but what you’re looking at aint cherry trees, they’re plum trees, muchacho/a.

See? Plum:

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What’s that, you just saw them in J-Town, so they must be cherry trees? NOPE! What you saw was Prunus cerasifera, a kind of plum. Yes, they planted plums on Post Street on purpose, to stagger the blooms from winter to spring, one supposes. Go back to Japantown in April and you’ll see blossoms from the real deal, Prunus serrulata aka Japanese Cherry, Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry, East Asian Cherry, or soon enough, East Sea Cherry for all I know.

What’s that, Prunus cerasifera’s common name is cherry plum so close enough? NOPE! Cherry is cherry and plum is plum.

What’s that, global warming is real and trees are blossoming earlier and earlier? MAYBE SO! But just don’t call plum trees cherry trees, that’s what I’m saying. That’s the “one weird trick.”

Gotcha!

All right, here you go, here’s a genuine cherry tree during late January in the 415:

Cherries will be blooming soon enough.

Until then, enjoy eating plum blossoms, as this Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill did near the Financial one winter long ago:

OMG, Meet Director Roman Coppola This Weekend! – Opening: “A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll”

Friday, February 15th, 2013

All the deets from your Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at Post and Fillmore in Japantown:

“Starts Friday: A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN lll is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship and revenge starring Charlie Sheen as a successful LA graphic designer whose money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. His true love dumps him, and it all falls apart. With Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette. Join us in welcoming Director Roman Coppola for Q+A’s after the 7.15pm shows Friday and Saturday nights.”

Looks Andersonian, non?

Brace Yourselves: “GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY” is Coming Friday – Protest at Russian Consulate

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It’s come to this.

The specific whites of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow aren’t going to like tomorrow’s international protest one bit.

Not one bit!

“GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY - FRIDAY AUGUST 17th – FreePussyRiot.org

The ‘Free Pussy Riot’ protest is a worldwide response to Russian authorities detaining three young women for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral in Moscow in February. Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich are the three women and members of Pussy Riot, a feminist collective punk band known for impromptu performances with a political agenda to promote basic rights, gender equality and the lack of justice involving the powers that be.

The global pussy riot campaign is going to be held in major cities around the world this Friday to urge Putin and Russian authorities for a fair hearing for the girls’ sentencing. With support from celebrities such as Madonna and Pete Townshend, and of Amnesty International the pussy riot has become a movement to show support for these three women and more importantly to show Russian authorities their decision will not go unnoticed.

In San Francisco their are two events being held:

At 3:00 PM on Friday supporters will be meeting at the Russian Consulate 2790 Green Street.
https://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/?ref=ts

At 6:30 PM they will be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza.
https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

“As a musician who has spoken out against political figures, I am deeply troubled that the Russian government is punishing its citizens for voicing their opinions through music. Music is an essential tool for voicing opinions about everything from gender to oppression. To outlaw the free expression of these ideas is to embrace tyranny. Letting artists speak is the hallmark of a free society.”
-Peaches (Canadian electro-pop/punk rocker) link to her new song/video “FREE PUSSY RIOT” http://vimeo.com/47483917

Barcelonahttps://www.facebook.com/events/428870363832253/

Belgrade : http://www.facebook.com/events/353321734744751/

Berlinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/341464445932389/

Brightonhttp://www.facebook.com/events/476321332380904/

Brisbanehttp://www.facebook.com/events/393769817342711/

Bruxelles :  http://www.amnestyinternational.be/doc/s-informer/actualites-2/article/russie-manifestation-pour-la

Buenos Aireshttp://www.facebook.com/events/271199299647295/

Chicago : http://www.facebook.com/events/408042082576296/

Chisinau/Moldovahttp://www.facebook.com/events/493393557354880/

Copenhagenhttp://www.facebook.com/events/424471940927930/https://www.facebook.com/events/374520859284447/

Derry, Irelandhttp://www.facebook.com/events/102245836592357/

Dublinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/274613749309206/

Florence (Firenze) : http://www.facebook.com/events/459331887430924/

Genévehttp://www.facebook.com/events/110110862469275/

Göteborghttp://www.facebook.com/events/274179756015202/

Hamburghttp://www.facebook.com/events/427926530583502/

Helsinkihttps://www.facebook.com/events/424531920915641/

Kaliningradhttp://vk.com/event41762298

Köln/Colognehttp://www.facebook.com/events/349557895119950/

Kievhttp://www.facebook.com/events/227350677388464/

Leedshttp://www.facebook.com/events/155657094558291/

Londonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/337559159661689/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/13/royal-court-pussy-riot-readi…

Madridhttp://www.facebook.com/events/350516441690013/

Marseillehttp://www.facebook.com/events/347401892005724/

Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/events/357491980994134/

Mendoza, Argentinahttps://www.facebook.com/events/488788877798731/

Milanhttps://www.facebook.com/events/134453260030214/

Minneapolis : http://www.facebook.com/events/453640387991012/

Montréal http://www.facebook.com/events/388534647880948/

Moscowhttp://www.facebook.com/events/401297053252028/ http://www.facebook.com/events/337847742969653/

München/Munichhttp://www.facebook.com/events/142675212539886/

Murmanskhttp://vk.com/pussyriot51

Nanteshttp://www.facebook.com/events/351885048219480/

New York Cityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/262241200554708/http://www.facebook.com/events/336406896449171/

Nicehttps://www.facebook.com/events/433177160059098/

Odessahttp://vk.com/event41737295 https://www.facebook.com/events/176445712490602/?context=create

Oslohttp://www.facebook.com/events/408330272558296/

Ottawahttps://www.facebook.com/events/273166786116903/

Parishttps://www.facebook.com/events/477310605615546/

Permhttp://vk.com/event41594563

Portland : http://www.facebook.com/events/454346897919936/

Prague : http://www.facebook.com/events/173074842817417/

Reykjavikhttps://www.facebook.com/events/458139040873098/

Rigahttps://www.facebook.com/events/458755374145273

Samarahttp://vk.com/freepussyriotsamara

San Franciscohttp://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

Sidneyhttp://www.facebook.com/events/513418808674744/

Stockholmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/345703202177925

St. Petersburghttp://vk.com/freepussyriot170812spb

Tel Avivhttps://www.facebook.com/events/130257380452299/

Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/306577532773598/

Toulouse http://www.facebook.com/events/431789516864929/

Tournai, Belgium https://www.facebook.com/events/372254449510600/

Tverhttp://vk.com/tverforpr

Västeråshttps://www.facebook.com/events/367931276613819/

Vilinushttp://www.facebook.com/events/450340734998207/

Warszawahttp://www.facebook.com/events/465259630171770/

Washingtonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/418284021540525/?context=create&ref=book…

Wien/Viennahttp://raw.at/raverse/2012/pussy-riot-solitreffen-am-13-08-12

OMG, They Made a Movie About the AC Transit Bus Fight – On Netflix Now – Entitled “Bad Ass” – $$ for Epic Beard Man?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This incident in the East Bay a few years back…

…has been made into a movie called Bad Ass:

Which I guess is old news.

But the new news is that you can watch this flick for free now via the NetFlix.

It’s just released. See?

“This movie is: Exciting”

(But, sorry streamer-only NetFlix people, right now you can only have them mail you the DVD or the Blu-Ray – you can’t just stream this to your device.)

And no, I don’t think Vietnam Tom Bruso, or anyone else on the bus that day…

…will get a dime out of Bad Ass.

That’s Tinseltown for you…

ZOMG, the Sumo Fruit are Here Again! – Called Dekopon in Japan, Hallabong in Korea – Sweetest Citrus in the World

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The sweetest citrus in the world, Sumo aka Dekopon デコポン aka Hallabong 한라봉, has just hit town, and for just the second time in history.

Get all the deets from last year’s Los Angeles Times. Check it:

“I’ve tasted more than 1,000 varieties of citrus, and to me the Dekopon is the most delicious.”

And now in 2012, they even have these special mandarin oranges in New York City.

Respect! These things could turn into a bigger seasonal food fad than those fictitious Mackinaw peaches. The Mackinaw peaches, Jerry! The Mackinaw peaches!

Dekapons as seen at the new Whole Foods Haight Ashbury last year – they’re back at WF this year but without the cardboard flats:

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It’s the biggest mandarin you’ll ever see, per the Berkeley Bowl.

Yes they’re big, yes they’re ugly, yes they’re pricey, but they’re super sweet

Its like having a circus in your mouth.

But get ‘em fast, cause they’ll be all gone by next month.

Enjoy.

Here’s the Reason Why the Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in the Late Winter of 2012 are NOT a Sign of Global Warming

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

So, yes, January is a very early time to see cherry trees start to blossom but what you’re actually seeing are plum trees.

Now both kinds of trees are pretty much the same thing, so no biggee, but plums come out earlier than cherries – global warming doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Oh, here’s what they look like, rather a bit more pink than cherry, in my experience.

Near Clay and Davis, Financial District:

And here’s a nice shot from Flickr:

Via Son/Jon

Finally! It’s March, So Now Francisco’s Plum Trees Actually Look Like Plum Trees, Instead of Cherry

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

See?

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My campaign to get area residents to call plum trees “plum trees” is picking up steam. Now, remember back in aught-eight, when some people called mountain lions “cougars?” Good times,* right? Well, those days are history. And, similarly, tout le 415 will be calling cherry trees “cherry trees” by January 2014 at the latest.

You’ll see.

*”Cougar corners St. Mary’s Hoopster in Danville” – that kind of thing.

That New Whole Foods in Haight Ashbury is Actually Working Pretty Good Already

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Well, looks as if Whole Foods is doing fine in the 94117 these days since opening last week. Everybody seems happy and the long-promised free samples are flowing like what you’d see at Costco on a Saturday afternoon. Take a peek, why not?
 
But what’s this, the everyday price for a can of black beans is less than a dollar? Quelle surprise!
 
Now, here’s a scene you’ll just have to get used to: an aging, go-to-hell Volvo blocking a new Toyota Prius on Stanyan while waiting to get into the lot:

But three parking lot attendants (seems a bit overstaffed but whatever) and a uniformed security guard seemed to have things under control when I dropped by. 
 
(Shoplifters will have a tougher time practicing their craft at this super as compared to the predecessor, one might guess)
 
Bon Courage Whole Foods Haight Ashbury!

Haight Ashbury Whole Foods’ Good Food Celebration a Huge Success – Graffiti All Cleaned Up – Opening Feb 16th

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

La Cocina’s Global to Local Food Festival went off today without a hitch at the Stanyan Street parking lot of our soon-to-open Whole Foods Upper Haight.

Check it. No millionaire NIMBYs in this particular shot, but they were out in force today. (They’s everywhere.)

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Sadly, beer imbibers were walled off from the rest of the crowd:

But look! Almost all of the graffiti is gone:

Wet paint, indeed.

All’s that’s left to do is count the days until the Feb. 16th Grand Opening.

Bon Courage, WFHA!