Posts Tagged ‘fest’

OMG, It’s Time for the 2012 Union Street Festival, Where It’s OK to be an Out Republican

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I’ll tell you, San Francisco doesn’t have too many Republicans but they manage to come out in force during Steve Restivo’s annual Union Street Eco Urban (or is it Urban Eco?) Street Festival.

I can just about assure that the Mitt Romney people will on the scene and out in force, with the ironing boards and whatnot – like this guy:

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All right now here’s your Union Street Festival Decision Tree:

“1. Is it sunny outside?

2. Can you stand crowds of overgrown sorority girls and fraternity boys?

3. Can you stand crowded beer gardens filled with the aforementioned?

If you answered yes to the above, proceed to the Union Street Festival. “

Dude, harsh!

But here’s the retort, from a party-lover, here’s the other side of this perfect dramaturgical dyad:

“SORRY FOR:

(1) PARTYING AND HAVING FUN AT A FESTIVAL

(2) NOT BEING A GRANDMA, and

(3) LIVING LIFE A LITTLE.”

So there you go.

The alcohol drinking used to be totally wide open, and then things got toned down a bit, and now I think even the walled-off beer “gardens” are gone. But you can always join one of the annual beer-fueled house parties, why not?

All right, let’s travel back to years past – here are some shots from yesteryear:

“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. 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 wielding dave matthews fans. Ain’t no 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:

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:

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!

SFJazz Spring Season 2011 Continues: Jake Shimabukuro Plays the Palace of Fine Arts – 7 Million YouTubers Can’t Be Wrong

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Our SFJazz Spring Season 2011 continues. Check it.

Selling out shows at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend was, as per usual, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Here’s his famous viral video from back in the aughts – he gets into it starting at 2:45 or so.

If you missed the sold-out shows, well, you can always see him next time…

This is exactly what the scene was like* at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend:

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Bon courage, people of SFJazz Spring Season 2011!

*Didn’t want to violate the no-cameras policy myself, but, as you can see, I’m not reverse to using somebody else’s shot. In this way, I’m something like a person who would never shoplift but, nevertheless, buys unopened boxes of cut-rate toothpaste from the pink bag mafia at the thieves market near 7th and Market Street. Oh well.

Tricycle Music Fest West! – Starts at 12:15 PM – Today Only! – Indoors at Main Public Library in Civic Center

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Today, Sunday, October 24th, 2010, is a looking a little soggy so the 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West is heading indoors and starting an hour later, at 12:15 PM this afternoon.

All the deets, below.

COME INSIDE FROM THE RAIN AND ROCK OUT AT THE LIBRARY

Free concerts for Kids!

Come inside from the rain and rock out at the library with the 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest Main Stage Event!

Check out the Bay Area’s coolest kindie rock bands at a music festival inside the Main Library on October 24th, starting at 12:15 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of lit-kindie rock featuring performances by The Sippy Cups, Frances England, The Time Outs, The Devil-Ettes and Pip Squeak A-Go-Go.

The 2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West is FREE and open to the public.

Presented by the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with Sunday Streets (Civic Center/Tenderloin), there’ll be giveaways, good times and more.  Come shake, rattle and roll at the Library—all in the name of literacy!  For more information, please visit SFPL.org/Tricycle

2nd Annual Tricycle Music Fest West Main Stage

October 24th, 12:15 p.m.. – 3:30 p.m.

Main Library (100 Larkin St.)

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level

San Francisco Zine Fest 2010 a Huge Success – Knitted Squid Best in Show – Continues Tomorrow

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Can you guess who was at San Francisco Zine-Fest 2010 in Golden Gate Park today? Well, everybody was there – people like Independent Writing and Editing Professional Susie Cagle and a host of others. Check out the deets after the jump.

They’ll be back at it tomorrow, Sunday, September 5, 2010.

See you there!

Recycling the banner from Zine-Fest 2009:

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The County Fair Building, aka the Hall of Flowers, was all filled up:

 

Here’s your Best in Show, a laughing, or whimsical at the very least, squid from Beasts of Eden: “Art and accessories, toys and zines, handmade things that our little minds scheme!”

They also knit scary Venus Flytraps:

All the deets here and after the jump.

San Francisco Zine Fest

Saturday, September 4 from 11:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday, September 5 from 11:00am – 6:00pm

SF County Fair Building

(formerly the Hall of Flowers)

9th Ave. at Lincoln Way. (in Golden Gate Park)

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Outside Lands 2010 Recap: 80,000 Attendees This Year, if You Count the Fence Hoppers

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Outside Lands 2010 was the smallest in the short history of OL - the count is pegged at 70-something thousand or 80,000 if you include the fence jumpers and tunnelers.

And five more makes it 80,000:

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Here are all the deets from the organizers:

“A special thanks to our gracious partner who has made Outside Lands a reality for the past 3 years: San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. We’d also like to thank the following for their support: Office of the Mayor, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Entertainment Commission, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (Muni and Department of Parking & Traffic), all the artists, staff, volunteers, community members and the whole City and County of San Francisco. 

Most importantly we would like to thank you, the fan, for the continued support of Outside Lands since the festival’s inception in 2008 and for cementing it as one of the world’s premier music festivals.

Check out the highlights below:

2010 Blogs & Videos
2010 Photo Gallery

2010 Press

Cheers,
 
Your Friends at Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents & Starr Hill Presents”

Did Outside Lands 2010 Bring In Less than Half the Money of OL 2008? Hard to Tell…

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I don’t know, if you look at how many people paid to get in two years ago and compare that with the 70-something thousand claimed for 2010 and then factor in the recent price drop for one-day tickets, you might conclude that Outside Lands took in a little less than half the revenue this year compared with 2008.

Just saying.

But it’s nice to know that San Francisco was guaranteed a million dollars or so for renting out the land.

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Maybe 2011′s effort will reverse the trend …

Outside Lands 2010 Appears to be a Bust this Year – It’s Nothing Like 2008

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Consarn it, I remember all the way back to aught-eight, back when Outside Lands was rocking, baby. This year, I don’t know if it’s worth the effort of  figuring out how to sneak in to see the “lackluster lineup” for 2010. Is it possible that this event is now too well-managed, too organized? Or, maybe not having a headliner hurt?

Jimthecritic is critical, anyway:

“I didnt release how much smaller outside lands was gonna be. fewer stages. one whole less area.”

And when they start saying stuff like this after only two years:

“It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever…”

Well, it’ll make you pine for the Beck, for the Radiohead, technical issues or no. Oh well.

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At least both of the Outside Lands windmills windmill – that’s more than what we can say about the real ones in Golden Gate Park…