Posts Tagged ‘free’

Some Places have Bread Lines, Frisco has Brioche Lines

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

It was Brother against Brother, if only for an afternoon:

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THE FUTURE IS NOW: Free, Ad-Supported, Electric Charging at Serramonte – THE MALL HAS IT ALL

Monday, September 11th, 2017

I guess the ad is what’s new here – I’ve never seen this:

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Serramonte Center is your prototypical mall. It’s undergoing an urbanist-inspired makeover that makes it an even less attractive place to go to. I’ll tell you, I’m not going to go there and then complain about going there on a regular basis, it’s just that my special lady friend had something delivered to the fucking mall (like why would you want to go there?) instead of to herself, by mistake, and of course it wasn’t her mistake. But what can you do? So you drive on down there and there are zero parking spaces and all this, as I said, urbanist-type crap (huge sidewalks, aesthetic plantings what take up a lot of room) that they are constructing. There’s no place to park as they are making new multilevel structures and there’s no real place to drop people off close to the stores. It’s a hybrid of old and new, and it’s not looking good. And of course even after they finish it’s still not going to be good.

JMO.

Official SFGov “Cooling Centers” Announced – Public Pools Free Today, Saturday, Sept 2, 2017 – And Which Libraries Have A/C?

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Here’s the link from sfdem.org (which of course is the worst URL in the history of the world, ’cause, 1) it’s a .gov website IRL and 2) the dem part makes it seem like it’s from the big “D” Democratic / Democrat party. So, resolved, SFGov should change its internet nomenclature ASAP NBD and our Department of Emergency Management should change its name to generate a less confusing acronym.)

And here’s your heat forecast – 97 degrees today they say. Not as hot as yesterday. Feel free to type in your own zip code, but I’m not sure how much “micro climates” matter today when we’re getting all this heat and smoke from the Great Central Valley with our winds going the wrong direction.

Now, relatively new Sava Pool looks like an Olympic facility IMO…

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…and relatively new Ham Rec looks like a water park:

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Arrive early, I’d say.

(And Rossi Pool didn’t make this list, IDKY.)

And look, they’re going to kick people out of King Pool at 3:15 PM to give latecomers a chance to squeeze in at 3:30 PM, looks like.

And hey, do Carnegie libraries generally have air conditioning? I think not. But look below, our DEM knows the score.

Also, “Geary Avenue.”

Also, “Lombard Avenue.”

Just saying

All right, here’s your 311 for 09/02:

“City and County of San Francisco Cooling Centers for Saturday September 2, 2017

The following City and County of San Francisco facilities will act as cooling centers due to the high temperatures expected tomorrow. For information about cooling centers and city services and information call 3-1-1.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Swimming Pools
All pools will be open and free to the public Saturday, September 2:
·         King Pool – 5701 3rd Street 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
·         Sava Pool- 19th Ave & Wawona Street 8:30AM–4PM
·         North Beach Pool – 651 Lombard Ave 8:15AM–5:30PM
·         Coffman Pool – 1701 Visitation Ave 9:30AM–5PM
·         Hamilton Pool – Geary Avenue & Steiner Street 9:00AM–4:45PM
·         Garfield Pool- 26th Street & Harrison Street 9–10AM, 3:30–5PM

San Francisco Public Libraries
The following libraries have air conditioning:
·         San Francisco Main Library – 100 Larkin Street 10AM-6PM
·         Mission Bay – 960 Fourth Street 10AM-6PM
·         North Beach – 850 Columbus Avenue 10AM-6PM
·         Potrero Hill  – 1616 20th Street 10AM-6PM
·         Chinatown – 1135 Powell Street 10AM-6PM
·         Glen Park – 2825 Diamond Street 10AM-6PM

Additional City and County of San Francisco Cooling Centers
The following cooling centers will be open in partnership with non-profit partners:
·         The Salvation Army, 1156 Valencia Street 10AM-6PM
·         The Salvation Army, 360 Fourth Street 10AM-6PM
·         The Salvation Army, 1450 Powell Street 10AM–6PM
·         Jewish Community Center of San Francisco -3200 10AM-6PM
·         Yerba Buena Ice Rink, 750 Folsom Street (12:00 pm to 11:00 pm Only for Seniors)

The public is urged to take make measures to stay healthy and safe during extreme temperatures:

·         Drink plenty of water
·         Wear light clothing
·         Stay inside in a cool place, if possible
·         Wear a hat if you must go outside
·         Avoid strenuous activity
·         Prepare for the heat by pulling shades down during the day and keeping windows open at night
·         Use damp cloths on your neck, head and chest to cool down
·         Please do not leave animals and any vulnerable individuals in a hot home or car without supervision.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know is having a medical emergency or showing signs of a heat stroke. Symptoms include:
·         Extremely high body temperature 103°+
·         Difficulty breathing
·         Red, hot, dry skin (with no sweating)
·         Rapid, strong pulse
·         Throbbing headache
·         Dizziness
·         Nausea
·         Mental Confusion
·         Delirium
·         Hallucinations
·         Chills
·         Unconsciousness”

Oro En Paz, Fierro En Guerra: Napa has Wine Cellars, But Frisco has Powder Magazines – They Look, Smell the Same

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

See?

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Fort Point, Baby:

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And best of all, free parking. That’s not too shabby.

All the deets.

Mercedes Driver Commits a Parallel Parking Foul, Whether or Not This is Legal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Man allows you a foot and a half spacing from your tires to the curb, but you can do better than that, right? Check out this Mercedes SUV:

How wide is this newspaper? IDK, but man is this a lousy parking job.

IMO, 17 inches is far from acceptable, even though it’s legal.

Lots of room for improvement here on Fell Street:

If you can’t handle this simple task, maybe you shouldn’t be driving.

Just saying.

5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL Runs September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema – Free Showing of Miyazaki Doc

Friday, August 4th, 2017

All the deets:

“5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO

September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2017 – The 5th Annual JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO will be held at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in September 1-10, 2017. Premiere screenings of the latest Japanese live-action and animation films, special appearances and Q&A sessions with filmmakers are planned. Also, the film festival will present the JFFSF Honorary Award 2017 to Actor and Director Kaori Momoi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Ghost In the Shell). The award ceremony will take place at the J-POP SUMMIT 2017 main stage at the Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture on the second weekend, Saturday, September 9th at 2pm.

Tickets are $15. Festival Passport is $150 (This passport allows full priority access to all films at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, but does not include admission to J-POP SUMMIT 2017, taking place in Fort Mason Center on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday 10th, 2017 for two days. J-POP SUMMIT tickets available here) Quantity is limited.

For additional ticket information, please visit the www.jffsf.org or email info@jffsf.org. Please pick up your tickets at Will Call at the entrance of NEW PEOPLE during the festival week. Bring your confirmation e-ticket with barcode and a valid photo I.D.

The complete program for the festival can be found below.

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Donor Gives, But with Strings Attached: “FREE, MUST TAKE BOTH”

Friday, July 14th, 2017

I guess the giver didn’t want to break up this family:

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Bossy, bossy!

Snoopy’s Doghouse Mini Library, Fulton Street – But, “You Know What Else is a Free Library? A Regular Library”

Monday, June 5th, 2017

I myself have no beef with Tiny Lie Berries, but some do.

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Anyway, this is a standout in our normally foggy Richmond District…

SFGov Invites YOU to a FREE DINNER at the Park Branch Library Tonight – New Panhandle Playground – Bring the Kids!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Here’s the news from a few years back and here’s what’s going to happen tonight at our SFPL’s Park Branch Library at 1833 Page near Clayton at 5:30 PM:

“Panhandle Playground Project – Planning Workshop – May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A workshop to discuss future improvements to the Panhandle Playground as part of the Let’s Play SF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Food provided! Children and youth welcome as we will have planning activities geared towards them!

For more information about the Panhandle Playground Project, please visit tinyurl.com/PanhandlePlayground or contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at Melinda.Stockmann@sfgov.org or at 415-581-2548.”

But oh, there are a few issues.

1 So who’s paying the millions of dollars SFGov is proposing to spend? Well, they don’t get into that. I assume it’s local tax- and fee-payers. So that’s one of the costs of this project, right?

2. I mention that because destroying the current setup, the popular Kid’s Kingdom playground what’s the current Panhandle Playground, and then putting in a replacement will take, what, months, years? I mean, delays are baked into the cake, right?

Oh, here it is. “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But area residents didn’t cotton to this kind of marketing, so chop chop:

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3. One way to take care of this lengthy shut down issue would be to build the new playground someplace else nearby. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHOICES THAT YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE INPUT ON TONIGHT. Frankly, I don’t think Rec and Park would really be into moving the site JMO. The current location has a bunch of exotic trees around it, which many find appealing, but given the half-assed way RPD conducts its bidness, there’s a heightened risk of a big old branch coming down and killing somebody someday. Anyway, our RPD seems to think nothing of shutting down playgrounds for basically no reason for like a year, so I don’t think it cares oh well.

Getting rid of the rats should be high on the agenda regardless:

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RPD’s hands are tied about getting rid of rats. They can cull the herd, but getting rid of them altogether, well that’s a gonna be hard. They have some helpers though, to swoop down and carry away the poor little rattus rattus:

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4. But here’s the thing: Once you wrap your head around building the new playground while keeping the current one open, then who’s to say that people would prefer the new one? In fact, the current Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground is remarkably popular, drawing in kids from all over the city. Why? Well mostly it has to do with all the tons of sand. People love the sand. And these days it’s a rare thing in Frisco. You know who hates sand, or at least hates taking care of sand? That’s right, your RPD. Speaking of which, RPD isn’t all that popular and yet the current playground is. So why not get a new RPD and leave the current playground alone?

5. Or better yet, take the money set aside and use it to take care of the Panhandle Playground better – is that so crazy? Ask people who are there and they are shocked that RPD and associated non-profits run by millionaires consider this place a “failing” playground. What makes it a “failure?” Its popularity? The current playground is a beat up Toyota Land Cruiser with 100,000 miles, which means that if you take care of it, maybe spruce it up a bit, then it will last for decades more, right?

6. But, RPD is already set upon getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, without asking anybody. (Our SFMTA once made the mistake of actually asking if people wanted the crazy, I mean just crazy traffic circles they randomly put on Page, among other places. And the answer was no, we want our stop signs back, by a three to one margin. So this kind of thing is on RPD’s mind when it considers asking people what they want.) And they’re already paying a project manager and they’ve selected the main contractor, so RPD would think it “sad” if they had to give back the millions of dollars set aside.

7. Oh well.

8. And let’s see, is all that sand what’s there bad because of parasites? Well that could be true but it’s not because we don’t have no cats around, at least the way the ‘burbs do.

9. And is there arsenic in the wood at the playground now? Oh, yes there is. But it’s not all that big a deal. Typically, if there’s arsenic in your kid, then it’s going to be from something other than CCA wood. And you’re supposed to wash your hands after leaving, at least that’s what an RPD sign says what’s posted near the eastern entrance.

10. Oh, what’s that, playgrounds have changed so so much in the two decades since (Old) General Motors simply gifted us $100k to put in Kid’s Kingdom? Noooooope! You’re wrong, RPD.

11. But you have a new Theory of Playgrounds that you’re happy to share and discuss? Well, that’s fine, but the people who made Kid’s Kingdom also had theories and I’ll bet if you put them together, cut them up and then presented them to RPD employees, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish betwixt the bad old theories and the great new theories.

12. Oh well.

13. So the current playground is “failing” but the current users don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means, so why doesn’t RPD face up to this?

14. Anyway, you’ve paid for this project, so you deserve some free food at the library. They’ll ask you about your feelings about this and that, like what color should this be kind of thing. One supposes.

15. If the food’s not to your liking, Mickey D’s on Haight has 2 for 1 Happy Meals today, via their app.

16. Adieu Kid’s Kingdom. Many people will miss your ocean of sand, especially the Little Ones. Expect a playground geared more for Big Kids. For Better or Worse. Eventually.

17. OIOW:

“long-suffering playground” [IRL, it’s an extremely popular playground. Its current Yelp rating is 4.5 stars, which is the very definition of almost perfect, right? And hey look, what about the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Yelp rating – it’s much lower, it’s actually just 2.5 stars, right? Is RPD “failing?” Should we simply fire everybody and start over? Hey, why don’t we start using objective measurements, like asking the playground’s existing customers what they think? Is that too radical a notion?]

“finally” [This “framing” assumes 100% of what the millionaire-run Parks Alliance nonprofit says is accurate]

“Victim to time” [Well sure, you could replace this or that at this location, but what’s so wrong with it? What makes it a useless tear-down?]

“frequent wear and tear” [Because it’s popular? We’re going to change it because it’s popular and it gets used?]

“grown-up play” [Turns out it was sixth-graders who busted the slide, per the word on the street]

“the playground pales in comparison to other high-tech kids’ play areas in the city.” [What on Earth could  make a playground “high tech?” Like, “sure this playground is great, but I feel it doesn’t employ the most recent application of science?” Like, who says that? IRL, it’s perfectly fine.]

“failing playgrounds” [But the Panhandle Playground isn’t “failing,” right? Ask all the people who use it and try to find one person who would give it a letter grade of “F“]

“low household income” [Is this area a low household income area? WTF to that. In fact, the 94117 is an extremely high household income place, right? It’s off the charts, actually, nationally speaking. And even locally, it’s anything but a low household income area.]

“low Parks Alliance Report Card grades and rankings.” [Oh, here we go, here’s the problem. What’s the PARC and why does it matter?]

“an early holiday gift to District 5.” [London Breed is thinking “CHRISTMAS” but she says holidays – good for her. But who’s paying for this gift? Oh, we are? So it’s not really a gift, is it, London Claus?]

“high-tech play matting” [I have no fucking idea what this means. Currently, the joint is basically a giant sand box. Is this a bad thing? One supposes that some think so, but one doesn’t know.]

“What would you like to see improved upon in our small neighborhood playground?” [Keeping it the same, except for maintenance, which, if it’s lacking, then whose fault is that? Cough RPD, cough]

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dontcha think, if the Yelp ratings of the Panhandle Playground go down after we spend all those millions of dollars on this simple, functional playground?

We’ll see.

 

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.