Posts Tagged ‘fest’

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…

Sneaking Into Outside Lands 2010 – People are Going Under the Wire Already

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

[UPDATE: Kids, this is an old post by now. Ya gots to check the update for 2011.]

[UPDATE: Some people are now reporting that sneaking in is “pretty much impossible,” or that it’s possible but that it carries risks like being jailed and having to come up with bail(!) and/or being attacked by German shepherd(!) dogs. See the comments. For example, did any of these people get jailed? And are there really three perimeter fences? I don’t know, I saw scores of people sneaking in with no apparent problems. Wuballin, for one, says he’s, “sneaking into outside lands for free, 2nd day in a row, that how we do it in the bay.“]

I’ll tell you, that eight-foot cyclone fence surrounding the 2010 Outside Lands music festival looks impressive at first, but already there’s evidence of fans going over the wire, under the wire and through the wire.

Here’s  the scene at 11:00AM-something, while the bands were warming up.

The Department of Recreation and Parks loses another five bucks:

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Is sneaking in a victimless crime, like punching someone in the dark? Oh well.

Anyway, one of the bands was warming up with Here Comes the Sun. That’s apropopriate but a tad on the optimistic side…

Tickets are Still Available for this Weekend’s Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Haven’t heard a peep from the NIMBYs so far this year…

Get your tickets here for Outside Lands 2010.

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See you there!

Sri Rathayatra Festival, the One with the Huge Chariots, Goes Down in Golden Gate Park

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The 44th Annual Festival of the Chariots went down over the weekend down over in Golden Gate Park.  

As you might expect, the Richmond District Blog has all the deets with colorful photos

The Krishnas came out in force…

…from all over:

And everyone was invited to the “FREE FEAST,” of sorts:

This was the race course:

And here are all the deets:

See you next year!

Union Street Festival More Republican than Ever – A Huge Turnout for 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Here’s what Steven Restivo’s popular Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival looks like in a typical year. 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:

See you next year, maybe.

Check out who all was there, after the jump


San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz Festival 2009 a Huge Success

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

There was a swarming mass of humanity on Fillmore betwixt Eddy and Jackson enjoying the Yelp-rated Fillmore Jazz Festival today.

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Crab garlic fries. Yes, crab garlic fries:

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Swinging on the Geary Bridge. Beginners welcome:

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Today’s swing sched:

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Pony rides, as one might expect to see so near to bucolic Post Street.

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Tired doggies resting on Fillmore Street:

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Ordinary people doing the extraordinary – the San Francisco Police Department. Starting salary at over $72,000. They’re hiring!

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The biggest bank of Honda generators I’ve ever seen. Well, at least they don’t call it an “Eco-Urban” festival, the way they do with the Union Street Fair.

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The Fillmore Jazz Fest continues tomorrow.

See you there!


Every summer on July 4th weekend in San Francisco, Fillmore Street is home to the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast: The Fillmore Jazz Festival.


The festival annually attracts more than 90,000 people from all over the City, the Bay Area, and beyond.  Visitors gather to celebrate and enjoy a musical tradition of live jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel as well as local culture and fine cuisine in the heart of the city by the bay.


This year the Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary by once again blending art and soul from sunup to sundown, from Jackson to Eddy, presenting the music of old favorites as well as new ‘up and comers’ on multiple stages. You can also browse 8 blocks of fine arts and crafts, enjoy gourmet food and beverages, and participate in cooking demos by the Fillmore’s finest chefs.


More deets after the jump. 


The San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival Runs into a Few Permit Hassles

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Here’s how things progressed on Saturday for the permit-free Bicycle Music Festival. (It appears that San Francisco’s Park Rangers have learned how to glean info from the Internet.) Follow the action via the Twitter

9:19 AM: “We’ve just arrived at Marx Meadow to be greeted by a Park Ranger…first hurdle?”

9:53 AM: “Does anyone know Jared Blumenthal [Blumenfeld, actually – it means “field of flowers” if that helps you to remember] or Mayor Newsome [Newsom]? Please call us.”

10:06 AM: “We have to move from Marx Meadow to Ocean Beach. Call/txt your friends to let them know.”

10:51 AM: “Okay, we’ve set up at Lindley Meadow, just a couple meadows down from Marx. Come join!”

But this event was too big to just fly under the radar. So part of this crew showed up at the opening of the Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Artsin Duboce park to try address the permit issue. Here’s what the ongoing conversation looked like:

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Looks like an impasse:

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Oh well. They pedaled away on contraptions like these – this is the flight deck.IMG_7877 copy

Catch the rest of the action over at Mission Mission.

Better luck next year!

Conflict at Successful Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival 2009, Whitest of Street Fairs

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Uh oh, seems as if there’s a little unrest at the paradise that is this weekend’s Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival 2009. No, it wasn’t the Republican party recruiting again, it was trouble with promoter Steven Restivo trying to tamp down on the boozy house parties that have occurred on Union Street during festival weekends past.

What you would have is hundreds of kids at Union Street residences drinking beer. Heaven forfend! Let’s hear from Party Person Brooke on the Yelp:

“Each year (for the last 5!) some friends of mine who live on Union St have a big party during the festival which allows all of us to get together, drink, dance, and be merry and peruse in and out of the street festival. It’s a well managed production, with control of who comes and goes, safe, in control, etc…. This year Steven Restivo has put an end to it, and the festival hasn’t even started yet! Steven took it into his own hands by calling the police, the fire marshals, and LANDLORDS of the apartments and buildings on Union St ahead of time, to ensure there were no parties this weekend, OTHER THAN THE ONE HE WAS THROWING. It seems he’s a big cry baby and thinks the house parties which are a custom with Union St Fest detract sales from the Beer Gardens he hosts.”

Doesn’t that just twist your mellow? Stevo “slandered the organizers of the party and contacted the building owners“? Oh well.  That means no more house parties, like this one from last year.

The perils of post-adolescent Union Street Fest shotgunning.  The front of this house faces Union.


That entire residence was filled to the brim with partiers in 2008. Ah, memories.

Oh well, on to this year. Of course, you’ve got to expect more than a modicum of peroxide, silicone, designer funglasses and lapdogs. Of course, it’s Cow Hollow.

Having said that, the seems a perfectly fine fest. Let’s take a gander at 2009. By the way, it continues tomorrow.

This thing is biiiig – it will take you a long time to wander about Union even if you don’t hit the biergärtens:


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.”


Best in Show – Candy Wrapper Handbags, something like this, as seen on Oprah


Micro cupcakes continue their dominance over the cuisine of the late aughts


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).


2.5 star-rated Left at Albuquerque offered crowd-pleasing  beer towers to sidewalk diners:


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.


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.


Last year’s “Eco-Urban” fest 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.


What’s this?


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.


Oh, there it is! One of at least two Hondas in operation today.


But at least all the amplified music won’t disturb this slumbering. ear-protected pooch.


See you there tomorrow and next year!

See all the participants, after the jump.


2008 Green Festival in San Francisco a Huge Success

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

This past weekend’s Green Festival was well-attended, as per usual.

Check out what it looked like here over on the Pixel Vision. (Pixel Vision is new. It’s you.)

These volunteers had to scrutinize refuse with care – things can get complicated when you have three bins to choose from:

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See you next year!

San Francisco’s GreenFestival 2008 – It’s On from Today to Sunday

Friday, November 14th, 2008

It hardly seems like a year has passed since the last San Francisco GreenFestival (or Green Festival, or GreenFest, or Green Fest, call it what you will). But it’s on once again starting today and going through Sunday, November 16th, 2008.

So get on down to the SOMA and get your green on. Make sure to get your fair share of green swag.

This event is underpriced, particularly for you bike riders. What’s your excuse? It’s on!

This year’s big draw will be Carlton Douglas Ridenhour (aka Chuck D). Supervisors Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi were big draws last year:

This is only one part of one part of the Green Fest. The thing is huge:

See you there!

San Francisco Green Festival Highlights

Nationally renowned speakers such as Riane Eisler, eminent social scientist, attorney, and social activist; Winona LaDuke, internationally respected Native American and environmental activist; Greg Palast, New York Times-bestselling author and journalist; John Perkins, founder and board member of Dream Change and the Pachamama Alliance; Daniel Pinchbeck, writer and founder of literary journal Open City; and many more.

  • Better World Bookstore
  • Fair Trade Pavilion
  • Green Careers and Education Area
  • Green Teen Center & Organic Valley Green Kids Zone
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • The Fair Trade Café
  • Organic Beer & Wine Garden 
  • Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion
  • Green Film Festival
  • Community Action Center
  • Green Home Pavilion featuring hands-on workshops
  • Bike Valet
  • Live Music
  • Yoga and Movement Room
  • Event Details:
    San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street (at Brannan St.) and the Giftcenter Pavilion Theater, 888 Brannan Street,  November 14, 15, & 16, 2008.

    Word to the Mother (Earth) Opening Event
    Friday, November 14, 2008
    Giftcenter Atrium

    Friday 12PM to 7PM
    Saturday 10AM – 7PM
    Sunday 11AM – 6PM
    $25 per person – all-access for all three days.
    $15 per person – all access for one day

    Discounted Admissions for: students with ID, seniors over 62, bike riders with a ticket from the Green Festival Bike Valet, bus riders with transfer ticket/bus pass, union members
    $15 per person – all access for three days
    $10 per person – all access for one day

    FREE: Children 18 and under, Co-op America or Global Exchange members

    Green Festival Partners:
    Better World Books, Clif Bar, Greener Printer, Honest Tea, Microplace, bgreen, Organic Valley Kids Zone, Pangea Organics, Rainbow Grocery, Saybrook Graduate School, TS Designs, KPIX, CBS/CW, GOOD Magazine

    For more information on San Francisco or any other Green Festival event visit:


    About Co-op America:
    Co-op America ( is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. Its Green Business Network is the largest national network of businesses screened for their social and environmental responsibility.

    About Global Exchange:
    Global Exchange ( is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.