Posts Tagged ‘ghosts’

Why Don’t You Go On the “San Francisco Ghost Hunt” for Just $20 – It’s Guaranteed!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Whenever you see this kind of scene on the Streets of San Francisco, odds are it’s just local Ghostbuster Jim Fassbinder and his nightly San Francisco Ghost Hunt.

This highly-rated three-hour tour of the Victorians around Lower Specific Whites Pacific Heights is guaranteed, in a way, and for $20 you can’t beat that.

As seen California Street for the past 13 years. Which one of these people is the ghost?

Here’s your guarantee:

“I really can’t guarantee ghosts. But I can guarantee the San Francisco Ghost Hunt will be nearly three hours of unearthly fun! You’ll see wonderful Victorian mansions and learn the city’s haunted history, be touched time and again by the magic of supernatural beliefs, and hear documented authentic ghost stories presented with passion and drama. You will be amazed to learn a few ways to directly encounter a ghost yourself…if you dare. You will get exercise, fresh air, and have an outstanding good time. The San Francisco Ghost Hunt is: humor and history, emotion and education; with supernatural spookiness! You will be entertained, enlightened and enchanted. That’s absolutely GUARANTEED!”

And they’re baaaaaa-ack for 2011! See?

See you there!

Don’t Miss Fantastic Programs 6 and 7 at Our San Francisco Ballet – Both Gone by April 20th – The Reviews are In

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Program 6:

Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Per Sean MartinField,PROGRAM 6 is one of the finest triptych’s ever assembled by the San Francisco Ballet

And here’s Becca Klarin

Program 7:

Rita Felciano: Two Reprises, One Premiere

And Ann Murphy brings it all home for us.

Watch the trailer for our San Francisco Ballet‘s Programs 6 and 7 right here.

(So, Program 6 has 7 for Eight and Program 7 has Number Nine, srsly?)

And after these two end on April 20th, we’ll get the chance to see the return of the dramatic Little Mermaid (Program 8). And speaking of which, two of the Little Mermaid performances in May will be recorded by eight high-def cameras for Great Performances on PBS, so how about that?

And then that will be it for the 2010-2011 season.

All the deets, below

PROGRAM 6

Run Time: 2:05

Read the program notes

7 for Eight

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

7 for Eight

Ghosts©

Composer: C.F. Kip Winger
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Chroma – Critically Acclaimed-NEW!

Composers: Joby Talbot, Jack White
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor

Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts—an ethereal journey of moods and movement melds to Bach’s keyboard concertos that serve as inspiration for Helgi Tomasson’s elegant and neoclassical 7 for Eight. And not to be missed is the SF Ballet premiere of Wayne McGregor’s critical sensation Chroma, set to original compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White of The White Stripes.

Choose a Date:

Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

 

 

PROGRAM 7

Run Time: 2:08

Read the program notes

Underskin

Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Underskin

Number Nine – World Premiere!

Composer: Michael Torke
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Petrouchka – Cultural Treasure!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

petrouchka

Set to a passionate composition by Arnold Schoenberg, Renato Zanella’s Underskin reveals the power and mystique of its female protagonists. Next, Christopher Wheeldon’s world premiere of Number Nine offers a rich and electrifying work for 24 dancers,followed by Fokine’s Petrouchka, the tragic tale of a puppet who possesses a human soul, only to be tortured by the emptiness and ignorance of others.

From the Hellman Family in honor of Patricia C. Hellman, also known as “Patrichka,” a former professional ballet dancer and soloist with the London Festival Ballet.

Choose a Date:

Wed, Apr 13, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 19, 2011, 8:00 PM

San Francisco Ballet’s Penultimate Programs 6 and 7 Run April 7-20: “Two Diverse Programs, Two Exciting Premieres”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Watch the trailer for our San Francisco Ballet‘s Programs 6 and 7 right here.

(So, Program 6 has 7 for Eight and Program 7 has Number Nine, srsly?)

And after these two end on April 20th, we’ll get the chance to see the return of the dramatic Little Mermaid (Program 8). And then that will be it for the 2010-2011 season.

All the deets, below

PROGRAM 6

Run Time: 2:05

Read the program notes

7 for Eight

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

7 for Eight

Ghosts©

Composer: C.F. Kip Winger
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Chroma – Critically Acclaimed-NEW!

Composers: Joby Talbot, Jack White
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor

Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts—an ethereal journey of moods and movement melds to Bach’s keyboard concertos that serve as inspiration for Helgi Tomasson’s elegant and neoclassical 7 for Eight. And not to be missed is the SF Ballet premiere of Wayne McGregor’s critical sensation Chroma, set to original compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White of The White Stripes.

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 7, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 9, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 9, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

 

 

PROGRAM 7

Run Time: 2:08

Read the program notes

Underskin

Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Underskin

Number Nine – World Premiere!

Composer: Michael Torke
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Petrouchka – Cultural Treasure!

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreographer: Michel Fokine

petrouchka

Set to a passionate composition by Arnold Schoenberg, Renato Zanella’s Underskin reveals the power and mystique of its female protagonists. Next, Christopher Wheeldon’s world premiere of Number Nine offers a rich and electrifying work for 24 dancers,followed by Fokine’s Petrouchka, the tragic tale of a puppet who possesses a human soul, only to be tortured by the emptiness and ignorance of others.

From the Hellman Family in honor of Patricia C. Hellman, also known as “Patrichka,” a former professional ballet dancer and soloist with the London Festival Ballet.

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 10, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 13, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 14, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 19, 2011, 8:00 PM

All the Latest From Your San Francisco Ballet: 2011 World Premiers and Nutcracker Airings on KQED-TV

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Get all the latest from our SF Ballet, below.

As seen all over the world:

2011 World Premieres

SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 2011 Repertory Season world premiere will be entitled TRIO. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, the work will premiere on Program 4.

SF Ballet Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov’s 2011 world premiere, RAkU, is set to a commissioned score by SF Ballet Orchestra member Shinji Eshima, and will premiere on Program 2 of the 2011 Repertory Season.

Additionally, Christopher Wheeldon has announced that his world premiere, scheduled for Program 7, will be entitled Number Nine. For more information, visit:http://www.sfballet.org/2011season.

Nutcracker Re-broadcast

This December, KQED will once again broadcast San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker on December 22 at 8pm, December 23 at 2am, December 24 at 12pm, and December 25 at 1pm. For details, visit http://budurl.com/nutKQED.

The program, which originally aired on December 17, 2008, features Helgi Tomasson’s production, filmed on stage in performance at the War Memorial Opera House. The broadcast was co-produced by San Francisco Ballet and KQED Public Television San Francisco, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.

SF Ballet Hits 50,000

SF Ballet’s Facebook page recently hit 50,000 fans. Visit www.facebook.com/sfballet and “like” our page to receive status updates about performances, Company members, and more.

Program Change

Please note that the order of Program 6 of the 2011 Repertory Season has shifted. The order will be: Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts, Tomasson’s 7 for Eight , and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. For more information, visit: http://www.sfballet.org/2011season.

The Crazy Wavy Cloudy Weather of World Series Game 2 – “Looked Like Ghostbusters” – A Painted Sky at 4500 Feet

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This is what our skies looked like during the Second Game of the World Series against Texas last night (and that link has an orange and black pump shot for you foot fetishists / women’s shoe salesmen*).

Here’s the reaction about town:

Allan Hough from Mission Mission tells us that the Environmental Protection Agency Shuts Down Ghost-Busting Operation

Stuart from Caliber SF says That Sky Last Night” “Looked Like Ghostbusters

What do you say?

A lonely airliner at exactly 4000 feet heading towards SFO, just under all the commotion:

From Mervyn’s Heights – Click to expand

Another look:

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

*Those categories overlap more than you might imagine…

The Spookiest Place to be this Halloween is Mel’s Diner on Geary in the Inner Richmond – Surrounded by Burial Grounds

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

San Francisco’s Big Four Cemeteries, Odd Fellows’ (aka Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)), Masonic, Laurel Hill, and Calvary, used to surround our  Mel’s Diner on 3355 Geary. Philip Ferrato has the deets and some photos of what these places used to look like.

All the people buried got dug up and sent to Colma by the 1940′s, but the ghosts remain, I’m sure.

Keep that in mind when your noshing on three-star Yelp-rated fare at the Mel’s…

The bulk of the University of San Francisco used to be Masonic Cemetery. See?

 

St. Ignatius Church, aerial view. Masonic Cemetery remains in background. The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley

Keep a look out.

 

Colma, CA is a Land of Fog and Cemeteries and Shut-Down Car Dealerships

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Here’s Colma (nee Lawndale until 1941), CA, the West’s #1 necropolis. Why does it have its own BART station and musical? No one knows.

But what it does have includes car dealerships (both kinds – the dead and the living dead), fog, and, of course, cemeteries. Truly, it is the Land of Wind and Ghosts.

A look down Serramonte Boulevard.

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Not too long ago, Tom Hanks got his giant black Lexus from a dealership on this street, but all the Lexuseses are gone now. Will they return? No one knows.

See you there, on the next dreaded sunny day.

Go on the San Francisco Ghost Hunt for Just $20 – It’s Guaranteed!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Whenever you see this kind of scene on the Streets of San Francisco, odds are it’s just local Ghostbuster Jim Fassbinder and his nightly San Francisco Ghost Hunt. This highly-rated three-hour tour of the Victorians around Lower Specific Whites Pacific Heights is guaranteed, in a way, and for $20 you can’t beat that.

As seen California Street for the past 11 years. Which one of these people is the ghost?  

Here’s your guarantee:

“I really can’t guarantee ghosts. But I can guarantee the San Francisco Ghost Hunt will be nearly three hours of unearthly fun! You’ll see wonderful Victorian mansions and learn the city’s haunted history, be touched time and again by the magic of supernatural beliefs, and hear documented authentic ghost stories presented with passion and drama. You will be amazed to learn a few ways to directly encounter a ghost yourself…if you dare. You will get exercise, fresh air, and have an outstanding good time. The San Francisco Ghost Hunt is: humor and history, emotion and education; with supernatural spookiness! You will be entertained, enlightened and enchanted. That’s absolutely GUARANTEED!”

See you there!

A Sign of the Times – Empty Parking Spaces on 9th Avenue in the Inner Sunset

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

The once-bustling, prideful Inner Sunset area of San Francisco is now just like the Land of Wind and Ghosts due to our recent economic problems. You won’t find six empty parking spaces a stone’s throw away from num num Park Chow restaurant at 9:00 PM on a weekend night, but during the week, maybe you will.

Thusly. Click to expand:

At least we still have the swirling fog on most nights. Brrrr.

Cue tumble weeds…