Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates in Frisco: Sept 2 to Oct 1st in the Presidio and McLaren Park

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Well this is something. I expect something like this at from our Presidio Trust but it’s surprising to me to see RPD able to abide a free show in McLaren Park.

Anyway, it’s your choice come September 2017.

All the deets here.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

35th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in the Park Announces “Hamlet” Dates
July 1 – October 1 in Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City and San Francisco

“Break my heart, for I must hold my tongue.”

San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Shakespeare Festival proudly announces the dates for Hamlet in select venues
across the Bay Area for its annual Free Shakespeare in the Park production. Free Shakespeare in the Park has now been a beloved family tradition in the Bay Area for 35 years, and the company is celebrating that anniversary by producing Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy in the park for the first time.

Directed by SF Shakes Resident Artist Stephen Muterspaugh, Hamlet will feature Davern Wright* in the title role. The
rest of the cast includes Rolf Saxon* as Claudius, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong as Gertrude, Sharon Huff* as Polonius,
Julian Lopez-Morillas* as The Ghost/Player King/1st Gravedigger, Kieran Beccia as Ophelia, Sydney Schwindt as
Laertes, Nathaniel Andalis as Horatio, Melissa Quine* as Rosencrantz/Marcellus/Osric, and Radhika Rao as
Guildenstern/Barnardo/2nd Gravedigger.

The modern-dress production will highlight contemporary political parallels within Hamlet. The play, about the
questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly
about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times. Muterspaugh will direct this
production after co-directing The Taming of the Shrew with Artistic Director Rebecca Ennals in 2014 and directing four seasons of the company’s Shakespeare On Tour. Also returning to the Festival’s mainstage production is Scenic
Designer Jay Lasnik, who designed The Winter’s Tale in 2016.

Bring your family and friends, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy professional theater at no charge in a beautiful park
setting!

*denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

2017 Performance schedule for Hamlet:

Pleasanton’s Amador Valley Community Park, Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue

– Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Cupertino’s Memorial Park Amphitheater, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Avenue

– Saturday, July 22 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 pm – Opening
– Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, July 30 at 7:30 pm
– Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm
– Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm

Redwood City, grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway

– Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 pm – Preview
– Sunday, August 13 at 4:00 pm – Opening
– Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 pm
– Saturday, August 26 at 7:30 pm
– Sunday, August 27 at 4:00 pm

San Francisco’s Presidio, Main Post Parade Ground Lawn

– Saturday, September 2 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 3 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm
– Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 pm

San Francisco’s McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive

– Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm – Preview
– Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm – Opening
– Friday, September 29 at 10:00 am
– Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 pm
– Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm – CLOSING

Admission is free. For more information, call the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival at (415) 558-0888 or visit
www.sfshakes.org

About San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

The mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to
everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education. We accomplish this through the
presentation of Free Shakespeare in the Park and a wide array of education programs: Shakespeare On Tour,
Tailor-Made Residencies, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare, and Shakespeare for All.

Shakespeare On Tour performs an abridged Shakespeare play at schools, libraries, and community centers all over the
state. Tailor-Made Residencies connect teaching artists with classroom teachers for in-class theatre enrichment,
specifically tailored to their learning objectives and their students. Bay Area Shakespeare Camps for ages 4-6, 7-13,
and 12-18 are two-week theatre camps held throughout the Bay Area. Midnight Shakespeare, the Festival’s after-school program for underserved and low-income youth, serves participants in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Antioch.

Shakespeare For All in three Central Valley communities–Salida, Madera, and Chowchilla–gives residents a chance to
stage community productions of Shakespeare’s plays with the assistance and guidance of theater professionals.

SURF’S UP: If You’re a True Coachella 2017 Baller, You’ll Fly There, Twice, on a Turboprop Airliner for $3000

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Do you know the way to COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL?
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You know, this is the point where I’d usually offer up some kind of critique, but I can’t really think of any.
Now IIRC, this post here raised my ire, since a turboprop isn’t a jet, but I can’t hold the Surfers liable for that,
And then’s there this BS:

Don’t Fly on Props – JetSmarter‎ Ad try.jetsmarter.com/‎ Fly year round on jets for less than Surf Air.”

You know, I think I have a beef against almost all aviation-related start up except this one.

 Anyway, have at it:
SURF AIR SPECIAL EVENT
Special Service to the Coachella Valley
The April 14th and 21st weekends are fast approaching. Are you planning on sitting in traffic? Didn’t think so. Surf Air gets you there in record time and in style. We’re offering special one-time round trip flights from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Santa Barbara. Sign up for schedule and pricing.
Any questions? We’re always here to help.”

Keep Frisco Weird: 18th Annual “How Weird Street Faire” Comes May 7th, 2017 – The Time to Get Your Tickets is NOW

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Well actually, the time was earlier on, when they were slightly cheaper, and they’re not tickets per se, they’re Magic Buttons, but anyway:

SUMMER OF WEIRD
The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 7, 2017, Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Button at the faire.
For more information visit http://HowWeird.org/

All the deets:

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The Plum Trees are Blossoming in Japantown Now – Cherry Blossoms Will Come Along Later

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

All the deets on our 50th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival here.

There are plum AND cherry trees all over J-Town, so it looks like cherry blossom season for like four months a year. Thusly:

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Keep up with Japantown goings-on through the Hotel Kabuki Twitter

Those “Cherry Trees” You See Blossoming About Frisco Now are Plum Trees, NTTAWWT

Monday, February 13th, 2017

So blossoms in late January or February aren’t as much of a sign of global warming as some think.

Anyway, plum trees are famous for early blooming, is what I’m saying.

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MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY: It’s Time Once Again for the HOW WEIRD Street Faire – Sunday, Noon, SoMA – May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there – it’s cosmic!

“The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire
“The Cosmic Stew”
Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Sticker at the faire.
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire.”

It’s going to be The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held, or something.

Coming this May Day May Day May Day.

Deets below.

Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:

“The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held

The San Francisco Bay Area festival season begins with the 17th annual HowWeird Street Faire on Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm. For one day only, in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco, there will be a sensational spectacle of creativity. The How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring 10 stages of different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type.  People in colorful costumes from around the world will come together to celebrate diversity, multiculturism, and peace. This year’s theme is “The Cosmic Stew”, a fusion of individual perspectives and all of the different ways of living.

How Weird 2016 will be a weird World’s Fair of traditional and post-modern communities, mixed together to form a cosmic stew of new potential, and reach a deeper level of understanding. It will be a chance to experience the world in one place. The faire will bring tens of thousands of unique cultures together to coexist in peace, proving that it is possible. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance, showing the world that relative differences can be a good thing, and that being weird is wonderful. It’s a weird, weird world that’s becoming more connected every day. It is urgent that we learn to live together peacefully.

The How Weird Street Faire is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, or 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W. The faire is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, what has become the center of the technology industry for the city, and perhaps the world. How Weird attracts many of the area’s innovative technologists and internet pioneers, who are making a profound effect on the world with their digital tools. The area is home to a large concentration of art galleries and museums. How Weird attracts many types of artists and lovers of art and culture. The faire, the area, and the participants represent the convergence of art and technology, the fusion of creativity and possibilities. HowWeird is a place where evolutionary ideas can form, paving the way for fresh perspectives and new ways of viewing the world.

This year, the three entrances to the faire are at Howard and 1st Streets, at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. It is strongly recommended to take public transportation to the faire. The How WeirdStreet Faire is located a short walk from Market Street and the Montgomery BART station, as well as Caltrains Station, Transbay Terminal, and many MUNI lines.

Once again, there will be aerialists from Sky High Odditorium performing over the center intersection. Check the How Weird website for times.

Art Alley will showcase the visual arts, with live and exhibited artwork, interactive pieces, and local craft vendors. See the extreme creativity that San Francisco is famous for, and participate in the creation of exquisite art. Art Alley will expand again this year, filling all of Tehama Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street. Stroll the legendary open air gallery, and be inspired. Art Alley features fantastic visionary artists from around the Bay Area, surrounded by the sounds of eclectic downtempo music.

Music and dance will be featured throughout the faire. How Weird showcases some of the best electronic music played on some of the world’s most advanced sound technology. Cutting-edge artists from across the Bay Area will provide an ideal soundtrack for your dancing pleasure. Each stage represents different styles and communities. Together they form one of the most diverse and talented music festivals ever held.

For 2016, there will be 10 stages of dance music produced by Symbiosis, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Underground Nomads, Hookahdome, Pulse SF, Party Babas, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Think You Can DJ, Huntinanny, and more. There will also be live bands along the new First Street Wrap Around, bridging the divide between Howard Street and Art Alley.

The How Weird Street Faire will participate in National Dance Week again, for the fourth year. Join with people from across the country in a special dance for 2016, and watch dance performers of many different styles on the Dance Stage near the center intersection. Celebrate the wonders of dancing, and all the many forms dance takes.

The How Weird Street Faire is filled with vendors from around the world selling unique and designer goods. From clothing to art to jewelry and accessories, you can find interesting things and new styles for the beginning of the 2016 festival season. How Weird features an unusually diverse shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Seven food trucks will offer a wide variety of meals, and five bars will provide delicious drinks. See the How Weird website to find out who will be there, and what specials they will be offering.

$20 is the cost of the Magic Sticker, which comes with even more magic. You can get the Magic Sticker at the faire entrances, or you can get them online before the faire.
Enjoy all that the faire has to offer. The How Weird Street Faire is a donation-based event, and $20 is the requested donation which also gets participants a Magic Sticker. The sticker comes with lots of discounts and fun activities and many free things at all of the faire vendors and bars. How Weird recommends getting the presale Magic Stickers to save money and save time upon arrival. Your contributions keep the faire going.

How Weird welcomes all ages, and all types of people. The faire is handicapped accessible. Glass bottles and weapons are not allowed in the faire. Please come to the faire with an open mind, dancing shoes, and a colorful costume.

The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization. For more information on the non-profit and peace visit http://www.peacetour.org

Presale Magic Stickers are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/howweird-2016-tickets-22471620221

The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Now That It’s March, You Can Assume That the Blooming Cherry Trees You See Are Not Actually Plum – Oh, Here’s One

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The fake cherry trees of January are now a deep purple, ’cause they’re plum trees.

That means that the cherry trees you see these days are real cherry.

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Accept no substitutes…

Cherry Trees Bloomed in April When You Were Young, But Now You See Blooms All Over Frisco In January – Global Warming? NOPE!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Here’s your view, here’s what you can reliably see all over Frisco these days, typically starting in late January each and every year:

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The problem with comparing these trees to the cherry trees of your youth is that you’re comparing apples to oranges, or IRL, ornamental plums (Prunus cerasifera, you know known and grown for it’s very early flowering) to cherries.

Thank you, drive through.

Useless Make-Work: Four Parking Control Officers Standing About Mission and South Van Ness During the Folsom Street Fair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The problem here isn’t that this intersection needed a brace of PCO’s – the problem here is that this is a giant three-way intersection near the Folsom Street Fair.

There are four here, all told, all in the southern part of the intersection. What are they doing?

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How are they helping?

Is this SFGov’s way to fix the problem of the Warriors wanting to put their arena right next to already-existing UCSF Mission Bay – they’re just going to bill the Warriors to have four PCOs standing around a bunch of intersections?

How will that help?

IDK.