Posts Tagged ‘glee’

An Incredible Journey in the Inner Richmond: From Old-School, Art Deco Movie Palace to an Indoor “Baseball Academy”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

All the deets.

Rather striking, non, on a dreaded sunny day?

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Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge Theatre

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Here it is, this mothership is fully operational – the open house was last month.

The marquee, oddly, used to sing the praises of Supervisor Mark Farrell, until recently:

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Read all about it from this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle. Noteworthy:

“He hit a bit of a rough patch while in college. On a visit home for the holidays in 2007, he got embroiled in the infamous “Baker’s Dozen” incident, in which a group of visiting Yale students got into a fight with some hometown boys at a New Year’s party. Though he was a latecomer to the fisticuffs, Aicardi was named in a civil suit seeking damages, along with his brother Richard. In the end, no charges were filed against him and the matter was settled privately...”

In other words, settled privately for big bucks. I’ll just add that the straight-shooting Matier and Ross team had a different take on the “I’m 20 deep and my boys are coming” incident, where jelly and beer were mixed in a quite unappealing fashion. If somebody wanted to say, well, I’ve made a public apology and I’m struggling to move on, ala Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, well, it’s never too late to do something like that, whether you claim you’re barred from doing so or not. Moving on…

I used to turn the lights on at an old Landmark theatre and the all the fuse panels looked a little like this – I’ll tell you, the monthly electricity bill was through the roof, it was a major expense. I’m sure it was similar at the Bridge. Like, even if somebody gave the building to you for free, would it be worth the time and money to operate it as a theatre? I don’t think it was.

So maybe this academy will make money or maybe it’s more a labor of love. We’ll see.

OMG, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Magic Johnson & Orlando Bloom are Coming to Oakland on March 26th! It’s “We Day California”

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Well, this is different.

All the deets:

“Natalie Portman and Magic Johnson bring largest youth empowerment event to California featuring Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen and Orlando Bloom

– First-ever We Day California will bring together 16,000 students and teachers on March 26 –

– Media accreditation is now open at www.weday.com/press –

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, international charity and educational partner Free The Children announced that its stadium-sized youth empowerment event, We Day, is coming to California for the first time on March 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena with the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever. Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen and Orlando Bloom were among the first revealed as part of the star-studded lineup of speakers and performers who will take the stage at We Day California alongside 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state.

The announcement was made at Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco in front of over 700 students who were joined by players from the Oakland Raiders and a surprise appearance by Glee star, Jacob Artist.

Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this school year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.

Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman, and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community. National businesses are also lending support to We Day including Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever, and professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the Oakland Athletics.

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From Our Orpheum Theatre in 2010 to Glee in 2011 – Meet Grant Gustin, aka Sebastian, Glee’s New Gay Villain

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Does Grant Gustin, the new villain on upcoming episodes of Fox TV’s Glee, have a Wikipedia entry yet? I don’t think so.

Anyway, he will soon. Read all about it at TVLine.

Sebastian just might come betwixt Kurt and Blaine starting in Episode 5 of Season 3

Do you remember him playing Baby John last year on Market Street at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre?

He was one of the standouts.

Bon courage, Grant Gustin!

OMG, Glee’s Famous Principal Figgins, Iqbal Theba, to Grace Lowell High School This Friday!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Hollywood glamor comes to our little burg:

“On nearly the final day of the school year, America’s favorite principal – Iqbal Theba who plays “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee – will join students and educational leaders in San Jose & San Francisco as he launches new technology to provide affordable college and career planning and a national challenge to help students reach their dreams.”

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Welcome to the 415, Iqbal Theba!

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2011 — On nearly the final day of the school year, America’s favorite principal – Iqbal Theba who plays “Principal Figgins” on the hit TV show, Glee – will join students and educational leaders in San Jose & San Francisco as he launches new technology to provide affordable college and career planning and a national challenge to help students reach their dreams.

“Kids at Glee’s McKinley High have dreams, but I want to help all teens across America, in the real-world,” said Theba, who also serves as Honorary Principal of SuperFutures.com.

The jobless rate among youth stands at over 20% and the average student is now taking about 6 years to complete college due to poor planning (CollegeBoard). Some 70% of parents say their #1 concern is their child’s successful transition to the ‘real world’ (SuperFutures).

Theba will join nationally known financial education expert/innovator Jennifer Openshaw (Oprah, author, Women’s Financial Network founder); Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Chegg.com, the #1 online textbook rental company; and school officials in unveiling the nation’s first online guidance counseling community designed with Harvard experts to help young people build skills to succeed at a fraction of the cost of independent college advisors.

Theba, who thought, “Oh, no, I’m stuck with construction,” will also share his own struggle of finding his passion and launch a new national challenge encouraging real teens to begin to create their dreams over the summer break by leveraging their creative talents.

San Jose
Kipp San Jose Collegiate
1790 Educational Park Drive, San Jose

San Francisco
Lowell High –In the Carol Channing Auditorium
(approx. 1,000 students)
1101 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco
Between Eucalyptus & Middlefield

OMG, the Whiffenpoofs are Coming! Yale’s Whiffenpoofs are Coming to Play Marines’ Memorial May 27th!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

(Let’s hope San Franciscans don’t rise up and attack this Yale singing group, you know, the way things went down that time with the Baker’s Dozen)

This one will sell out our historic Marines’ Memorial Theatre, fer sure. Get your tickets now.

Bon Courage, Whiffenpoofs!

All the deets, below:

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“Yale’s Whiffenpoofs to perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre Friday, May 27th 7 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (April 12, 2011) – The Whiffenpoofs – Yale University’s famed a cappella group – will make a rare Bay Area appearance at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St.) for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at marinesmemorialtheatre.com.

Recently featured  on the second season of the hit NBC show, “The Sing-Off,” the Whiffenpoofs are widely recognized as the first college a cappella group and, to this day, are one of the most in-demand a cappella choirs in the world, singing over 200 concerts annually. The Whiffenpoofs have performed in such countries as New Zealand, Kenya, Denmark and India and have been featured on “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!” and “The West Wing.”

“We are very excited to once again perform in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Daniel Turcza, Business Manager for the Whiffenpoofs.  “Television shows like ‘Glee’ and ‘The Sing-Off,’ have reinvigorated America’s fascination with a cappella groups, so we look forward to connecting with fans, both old and new!”

Featuring such songs as “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight), “Space Oddity” (David Bowie) and “All in Love is Fair” (Stevie Wonder), the set-list will include everything from pop songs and show tunes to jazz standards and traditional Yale songs, including “The Whiffenpoof Song” – famously recorded by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and many more.

The Whiffenpoofs will perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at marinesmemorialtheatre.com.

For more information on the Whiffenpoofs, visit whiffenpoofs.com.

ABOUT THE WHIFFENPOOFS

More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club’s best singers convened at Mory’s Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day.

Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club’s prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers.

As their fame on campus grew, the quintet began their search for a name. Denton ‘Goat’ Fowler, tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof, suggested the name to his companions, who found the name an apt reflection of the atmosphere of levity that accompanied the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck.

In the years since, each generation of Whiffenpoofs have taken up the mantle of their forebears. For more than one century of songsters, the name, the song, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind them together.

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs.  Sadly, the Whiffenpoof lifespan is short.  Membership lasts one year, and re-auditioning is not permitted.

Yale Baker’s Dozen Case Claims Another Victim

Friday, January 30th, 2009

ABC7 KGO TV”s I-Team, featuring chief investigative reporter Dan Noyes, brings news of a settlement in San Francisco’s Baker’s Dozen / News Year’s Bash / Gleegate incident from a couple years back. The question at the time was “what’s up with Ken Garcia“?

That was a reference to this column from January 2007: Ken Garcia: Politics bubble beneath Yale Baker’s Dozen case, which provided justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen. The trouble with this is today’s news of the statements from San Francisco locals Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer, who both go:

“There is no justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen.

Yale’s Baker’s Dozen, during happier times:

So that’s the danger when you set up a straw man argument, one involving “singing saints” and “Catholic school thugs” – you might not be able to knock it down.

Lesson learned.