Posts Tagged ‘fleet week’

“South Pacific” at the Golden Gate Theatre a Huge Success – Ending October 25th

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Remember South Pacific? You know, the play at the Golden Gate Theatre that just opened up last month? Well the tour is blowing town in three short weeks. So get your tickets now to this sensational production, one that earned Editor’s Pick and WILD APPLAUSE (that’s what the San Francisco Chronicle titles the icon of the freshly updated Little Man when he excitedly hops up on his seat to give a standing ovation) in the Review from Chronicle Theatre Critic Robert Hurwitt.

Now usually when I’m at one of the SHN: Broadway in San Francisco theatres, I’m the uncouth east end boy escorting a West End Girl to something very girly like Legally Blonde: The Musical. But Bartlett Sher‘s South Pacific is something-for-everybody old-school, so that was new to me. It’s a fantastic show, can’t see how you wouldn’t like it. 

With rush tickets priced at $25, SP can be cheaper than admission to this weekend’s Oktoberfest By the Bay. 

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And check it, San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar is a fan. Bonus.


And let’s hear it for the 25-piece orchestra playing the original score:

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Apparently, Yelp doesn’t do plays yet, so the happy fun slander SFGate commenters will have to pinch hit. And here’s a review from Jay Barmann at SFist.

All right, see you there!

Comedian Will Durst and South Pacific Castmembers on Fleet Week’s Fundraising Cruise 2009

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This was the scene last night at the Fleet Week 2009 Fundraising Cruise and Celebration on Pier 3’s California Hornblower right after comedian and Sunset District resident Will Durst introduced castmembers from the Golden Gate Theatre’s Tony Award-winning smash hit South Pacific.

After this, partygoers went for a cruise on San Francisco Bay, leaving the Death of Fun crowd back on dry land. All to raise money for the upcoming Fleet Week 2009 coming to town next month. Click to expand:

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Just look at all these mens singing There is Nothing Like a Dame (Hello Nurse! at 3:10).

Other personalities on hand included George Michalski, David Nail, Madame Molotova, Paul Hayward, David Nail, and Ron Bunn.

Will this fundraising cruise and party become an annual event?

Stay tuned…

Support Fleet Week 2009 at the Fundraising Cruise and Celebration this Thurdsay

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Read what the Examiner has to say about tomorrow’s cruise here. It’s at 5:30PM, Thursday, September 24th, 2009. See if you still can get tickets here.

The whole idea is to support the upcoming FleetWeek 2009.

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See you there!

Local Business Leaders Raising Funds for San Francisco Tradition

San Francisco, CA (September 8, 2009) – The San Francisco business community is showing their support of Fleet Week, the popular weekend air show and vessel parade in honor of America’s troops, which brings fun, excitement and much-needed economic impact to the city each October. 

A gala fundraising cruise to support Fleet Week will be held Thursday, September 24 on the California Hornblower at Pier 3 in San Francisco. A dockside cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; followed by a cruise through the Bay from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The event will continue at the dock until 9:00 PM.

“Fleet Week is one of the community events that makes San Francisco such a wonderful city.,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “We need to come together and support this tradition.”

Edward M. Leonard, Chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Committee echoed the Mayor’s comments,  “Since 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an annual opportunity for Northern Californians to honor the men and women serving in our armed forces.  We are extremely grateful to the San Francisco business community for supporting this fundraiser for Fleet Week this year as the economy has hurt our ability to finance the event through corporate sponsorships.  We hope to get a good turnout for the cruise from people who love Fleet Week and want to enjoy a great evening on San Francisco Bay while providing financial support for this wonderful tradition.”

Comedian Will Durst will be the celebrity Master of Ceremonies.  Live entertainment will include a performance from the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC, music by rising country artist David Nail and jazz by San Francisco composer George Michalski.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails, gourmet hors d’ouevres from some of San Francisco’s best restaurants.

A silent and live auction, as well as a raffle, will be held during the event.  Dozens of packages will be auctioned off, including:

– A VIP Access Package to Fleet Week events.                                                                                                   

   – A New York vacation on Virgin America with tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

Tickets to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a Dolly Parton CD.
Getaways to Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs/India Wells, Santa Barbara, Reno, Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma.
Donation forms can be found on the Support Fleet Week website

The 2009 Fleet Week Fundraiser is being planned by a consortium including: the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco, the Fleet Week Committee, the San Francisco Hotel Council, the Port of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and Hornblower Cruises & Events.



Fleet Week 2008 a Huge Success in San Francisco

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Here are photos from San Francisco’s Fleet Week air show on Sunday, October 12, 2008. Here’s what it looked like the day before and years past.

Despite being called The Patriots, this flight team uses Russkie-designed jets. Hmmm. Anyway, the backseater doesn’t look too happy. Click to expand:

From Ogden with love. This Viper West U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon based out of Hill Air Force Base in Utah shows us all what full afterbuner looks like.

Look at them shock waves as the F-18 Hornet approaches the speed of sound. Apparently, “the public generally responds negatively to sonic booms“, but I think we could handle it. The sound would be like this.

Just when you get one into focus, the other one squirms away…

The 12-year-old Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens – still working after all these years:

Somewhere down there is the Maltese Falcon.

All right, see you next year!

Blue Angels Return to San Francisco – Fleet Week 2008

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

The best place to see the Blue Angels during Fleet Week must be atop the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here’s what it looked like on Saturday, October 11, 2008.

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Glowing edge…

…or not, your choice:

And an oldie from 2005, high above California’s I-80 Interstate:

Fleet Week 2008 – Saturday’s Parade of Ships Cancelled

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Due to “unfavorable water conditions” [srsly] the Parade of Ships skedded for tomorrow morning isn’t going to happen, per the U.S. Navy:  

“The Parade of Fleet Week Ships that was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2008, has been cancelled.  Due to unfavorable water conditions, the U.S. Navy regretfully advises that the ships will instead arrive on the morning of Sunday, October 12, 2008.

“The flight schedule for Fleet Week 2008 will remain the same, including the Blue Angels flying Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Ship tours may be delayed slightly.”

Bummer. More details from Carl Nolte.

via Photostream of Telstar Logistics / Todd Lapin

San Francisco’s Fleet Week 2008, Starring the Navy’s Blue Angels

Friday, October 10th, 2008

October has arrived, so it’s time for another Fleet Week in San Francisco. What’s Fleet Week?

Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews can enter the city and visit its tourist attractions. At certain hours, the public can take a guided tour of the ships. Often, Fleet Week is accompanied by military demonstrations and airshows such as provided by the Blue Angels.

O.K. then. See some photos of Fleet Weeks past and also this weekend’s schedule below.

Alcatraz. Click to expand:

An F-86 with an F-15:

The Snow Birds will also come back in 2008:

Fisherman’s Wharf:



Parade of Fleet Week Ships


Blue Angels

Air Show


“Festival at the Fort”
Fort Mason

Rockin’ at Ghirardelli Square

PIER 39 Music Festival




Ship Tours

Air Show

 Blue Angels

 Italian Heritage Day Parade aka Indigenous Peoples’ Day, aka Columbus Day

 “Festival at the Fort”
 Fort Mason

  Rockin’ at Ghirardelli Square

  PIER 39 Music Festival

See you there!


This year’s sponsors:


The Air Show Network

Consulate General of Canada


Team Oracle

Lucas Oil

Virgin America


The San Francisco Examiner

CW Bay Area

Pier 39

Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Fort Mason Center

Doubletree Hotel
San Francisco Airport

Black Diamond Brewing

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Signature Flight Support

Argonaut Hotel



Port of San Francisco

San Francisco Marina

National Park Service

San Francisco
International Airport

Seven Hills Group