I didn’t see the chariots this year:
Posts Tagged ‘Festival’
The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global WarmingThursday, January 29th, 2015
What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?
Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:
But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.
And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.
What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.
What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.
What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.
I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.
(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)
FREE DENTAL EXAMS for Children from UCSF at Potrero Hill Festival – SATURDAY, October 18, 2014, 11:00AM – 3:45PMFriday, October 17th, 2014
UCSF Pediatric dentistry residents in training and dental students will offer free oral screenings and apply fluoride varnish for children with parental/guardian consent. The purpose is to provide dental education for children and their parents and/or guardians while provide a positive early experience for children with the use of fun games in a friendly setting for oral screening.
JOIN Supervisor Malia Cohen and UCSF at the Pediatric Dental Clinic for a free exam. All children welcome under 18 years of age.
Date: SATURDAY, October 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 am—3:45 pm
Location: 20th St. at Arkansas St”
Uh Oh: Many Many Outside Lands 2014 Tickets from Scalpers are Turning Out to be Fake – Here’s What They Look LikeFriday, August 8th, 2014
Like all these tickets are fake, per the SFPD:
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So if you try to use your fake ticket at the box office it won’t work, sorry.
Here’s a close-up from from Cornell Banard:
How can you tell a fake from a real ticket? I don’t think you can.
Many many fakes are out there:
@KimKardashian I got sold a fake ticket to outside lands fest to see Kanye!! Can you help me????
Waiting around by boxoffice watching all manner of teary-eyed white 20-somethings stomp away screaming on phones abt fake tix
Don’t buy tickets from scalpers. Judging by the amount of tears at the entry gate, they are almost all fake. Duh.
So, choose wisely.
(You can always try to go over or under The Wire, but that kind of thing probably won’t work.)
Sneaking Into Outside Lands: It Can Be Done, But It’s Hard – Remembering the Old Days, When It Was EasyFriday, August 8th, 2014
[UPDATE: You can always try your luck with the scalpers but there’s a huge wave of pretty good looking fakes out there this year, sorry. Oh, and here’s a sampling of the citations the SFPD has issued to people getting caught trying to sneak in on this first day of the 2014 event:
Back in the day, back in the aughts, all you had to do to sneak into Outside Lands was deal with just one eight-foot cyclone fence.
You had the option of going under the wire or over the wire.
Here’s under. See how that worked? Easy peasy.
Well there’s the problem: No bottom tension wire on the chain link fence plus the line posts were placed too far apart:
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And here’s an example of over. This is called the bum rush:
You could get away with this kind of thing a few years ago.
But nowadays, things have changed. You won’t be able find these weaknesses in 2014.
Oh, your friend Badger’s working on the inside this year and he’s going to let you and your buds in?
Well, that might work.
But the days of a single chain link fence between you and your tunes are over at the Outside Lands
Just saying, once again.
Arresting San Francisco O-Bon Festival on Octavia – It’s Day of the Dead, Japanese-Style – A 500 Year TraditionMonday, July 28th, 2014
It’s the 76th Ginza Bazaar on Octavia, which is sort of in Japantown.
The view of passersby on Bush:
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See you next year!
“Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (盆?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.”
All the deets on this “emergency” cleanup that will occur today, July 21st, 2014
“There is a lot of trash littering the streets of Japantown following the massive crowds of 100.000+ visitors this past weekend for the J-Pop Summit and Ramen Yokocho Festival. If you are available, please join other concerned members of the Japantown community TONIGHT as we pitch in to clean up the trash on the streets. We’ll be meeting at Japantown Peace Plaza starting at 6pm and will provide disposable gloves and trash bags. Any help or additional cleaning supplies or equipment you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.
Event organizers are unable to completely clean up the mess, although they are providing steam cleaning for the sidewalks where ramen vendors were situated.
Let’s take care of our community together and clean up Japantown! Thank you so much to everyone coming to help tonight.”
This news comes via Akit:
Look at these poor lost souls on Geary staring towards the west in a futile attempt to spot the next inbound #38 Geary.
You can tell when things get bad at a MUNI stop when people just plop themselves down out on the street on the stop itself.
Is Geary a “livable street?” I have no idea. And actually, it doesn’t matter if this is how the SFMTA does its primary function. Should SFMTA directors be boasting about their junkets to “other cities across the globe?” I don’t think so. Hey, it’s headshot day! Hold it, hold it, hold it, say “cheese!” Snap.
Would SF be better off without the relatively inconsequential “Sunday Streets” program if it could get a functional MUNI in exchange?
I think so.
Would SF be better off without Cheryl Brinkman on the SFMTA board?
I think so.
Here’s another example, from 2012:
SFMTA director Cheryl Brinkman said that she supported the proposal because she has been considering the reverse situation. “How would we defend making parking free on Sundays if we’ve been paying all these years?” she asked rhetorically.
OK fine, but then in 2014 she voted to make parking free on Sundays. Oh well.
And is this true? I don’t know:
Mayor Ed Lee apparently has no concern over conflicts of interests where Ms. Brinkman is concerned. Her husband’s company benefits directly from the North Beach tunnel project, and she has economic ties to the SFTMA and the SF Bicycle Coalition and the other “non-profits” that profit from the city’s many contracts from managing housing to street calming and car sharing.
In any event, the Directors of the SFMTA don’t seem to be concerned at all about making MUNI work better using the money we already give them. The SFMTA doesn’t need more money, the SFMTA needs to manage the money we give it more better. IMO.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: It’s ORIGAMI-PALOOZA 2014 in Japantown – SF’s Only Paper Party – June 22, 2014Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
All the deets, below.
(When I was a lad, we had origami cars – mostly Celicas and Supras, and Cadillacs/ Lincolns too/ Mercuries/ and Subarus/ Oh, what a time! It was rapture.)
All the deets:
Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party!
Japan Center Malls, June 22, 2014, 1-5pm
Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can join us to create amazing things with paper. The inaugural Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall over the holidays and two hot contests that anyone can win with amazing prizes.
Lots of Activities:
- Come see origami experts create amazing things with paper! Join in one of a dozen instruction tables, for folders of all levels
- Contribute and fold cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall with Rainbow World Fund
Paper Air Plane Challenge in Japantown Peace Plaza
The Paper Airplane Challenge is a contest to see who makes the best paper airplanes in the Bay Area for some amazing prizes! We will award prizes to individuals in three categories: Under 8 Years Old, Between 8-13 Years old and 14 – 100. Each category will be judged on both distance and style. To enter into the Paper Airplane Challenge – apply at the Union Bank Community Room in the East Japan Center Malls between 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The Paper Airplane Challenge will be judged by local Origami Experts and Community leaders.
Origami Challenge in the Union Bank Community Room
Enter your best Origami creation to win amazing prizes. We will award prizes to individuals in three categories: Under 8 Years Old, Between 8-13 Years old and 14 – 100. Each category will be judged on both distance and style. To enter into the Origami Challenge – apply at the Union Bank Community Room in the East Japan Center Malls between 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The Origami Challenge will be judged by local Origami Experts and Community leaders.
Win $1000 in amazing prizes including gift certificates, lessons, books, paper and more!
For more information on the challenges firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted in Partnership with Paper Tree, Mountain Valley Paper Company and San Francisco Recreation and Parks.