Posts Tagged ‘grinch’

How the Grinch Stole My TWITTER MOMENTS Tab! – One Day It Appeared, Then It Moved, Then It Disappeared, Now It’s Back

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Here’s how the Twitter looked this AM after opening a new window:

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Then I says to myself, I says, “Oh no, I’m now without TWITTER’s MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE EVER!!!

But then I double-checked a few minutes later and it turned up once again, like a bad penny:

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Anyway, some people miss their missing Moments while others are left to wonder.

I have nothing against Moments, but it’s not for me. I only ever click on it by mistake, especially after it switched places with Notifications

What, No More Christmas Trees in Front of SF City Hall? – Annual Tradition Lost – A Brief History of “Holiday Trees”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

All right, I promised a history of the giant Christmas trees of San Francisco Civic Center in front of City Hall (aka the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere, believe it or not.*)

Here we go, from the mid to late Aughts, complete with a Star of Bethlehem atop. A shot from my office:

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You know, keeping with Christian Tradition, as they say.

Well that didn’t go down good. So, in part due to some of my photos on SFist, back when Blogging Was King, and due to complaints of City Hall / SFGov workers objecting to having Christmas sort of imposed upon where there work – look it up on SFGate, Matier and Ross were on it – bye-bye Bethlehem star and bye-bye other overt displays of Christianity in and around City Hall.

But the tree stayed, and each and every year it came back, starless of course. And it was labeled a “Holiday Tree” in case there was any worry about it being a Christmas tree. Fine

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And then, oh no, the garish lights on the tree! All those colors! Well, some rich white ladies about town thought they looked tacky, so away they went.

So that left us with this:

O.K. fine. Matier & Ross also had this story, about how the new, classier, white lights for white people cost RPD five figures, but that was OK, they said, because the colored Christmas tree lights would be able to be used in Golden Gate Park on Stanyan and perhaps they’re still in use, IDK.

Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.

So then came this:

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Via Julie Blaustein

So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.

And then Mayor Willie Brown wanted ever more color.

Were these changes “improvements?”

No. But that’s what they were called at the time.

Oh well…

Anyway, that takes up to 2014, when we didn’t get any giant tree at all? NEWS TO ME! Did I not notice it wasn’t there? I forget. I tend to notice new things, I don’t tend to notice things what should be there and aren’t.

A Commenter just hepped me to the ABSENCE OF GIANT TREE, and I can see these photos from last year proving her point – no tree.

Here’s her beef:

“Hello. I was online trying to find info on why there was no Christmas tree outside of SF’s city hall in 2014, and I came across your post about the lights’ history during recent years. Regardless of any decor inside of city hall, i just don’t see why the tree was not part of last Xmas. I looked around online for info about the tree going up again this December, but any info on SF lighting ceremonies did not include a city hall plaza tree. I suppose the mayor’s argument for no tree is cost cutting and that people can go inside city hall to see some festive decor or head down to Union Square to join the tourists, but I find it pretty stunning that a major city has nixed its plaza tree. If you have an answer on this subject, I’d greatly appreciate hearing it.

Thank you,

Kay”

It’s a Christmas Mystery!

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*No no, the dome you’re thinking about (US Capitol Building) aint actually higher, OR it (San Jose City Hall or SuperDome) aint classical, OR it (St. Peter’s Basilica or Dome des Invalides) aint in the Western Hemisphere. Sorry. Look it up!

Grinch Christmas Musical a Huge Success at Our Golden Gate Theatre – But Hurry, the Family Fun Ends Dec. 29th!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Here’s the review from the orchestra seats from last night’s San Francisco debut of Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical:

“It ain’t easy being green, but the Grinch sure makes it look fun! He struts, howls and grows endearingly lovable as he learns the Whos know Christmas comes from your heart and not the stores. Now everyone sing to that!”

It’s a live-action cartoon.

It looks just as you might expect:

So if you’re coming into town for shopping (or unshopping, during the days after Christmas), why not add some Grinch tickets to the fun?

All the deets:

“Celebrate the Holidays with the Grinch

Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.

For more information on the show, click here.”

All right, see you there!

OMG, “How the GRINCH Stole Christmas! The Musical” Starts Tonight at the Golden Gate Theatre – Ends Dec. 29th

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

See?

“Celebrate the Holidays with the Grinch

Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.

For more information on the show, click here.”

OMG, Two Family-Friendly Musical Shows Just Announced for SF: “Stomp” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The Grinch or STOMP – take your pick.

I guess I’m calling STOMP a musical:

“STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.”

And this one will help us close out 2011:

“Discover the magic of DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical, a production that has delighted thousands of families on Broadway and across the nation. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved story and featuring the hit songs “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch, bursting with holiday spirit. The Associated Press says, “This Grinch brings the Dr. Seuss classic fancifully to life – you might find your heart growing a few sizes, too,” and The New York Times says The Grinch Musical is “100 times better than any bedside story.”

Two Special Engagements for 2011!

SAN FRANCISCO (August 23, 2011) – SHN is excited to announce two family friendly special engagements to round out 2011: the return of STOMP and the holiday premiere of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. These shows are special engagements and not part of the previously announced SHN 2011-2012 Season.
Both shows go on sale Friday, September 9 at 10 AM.
 

STOMP
Orpheum Theatre – Oct. 14 – 23

STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to San Francisco. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

Tickets for STOMP range in price for $30 – $60 and will go on sale September 9 at shnsf.com or by calling 888 SHN 1799 (888 746 1799).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 14 – October 23
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Tuesday – Saturday at 8 PM
Saturday & Sunday at 2 PM

Sunday at 7:30 PM  

 


Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Golden Gate Theatre – Dec. 21 – 31

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated series.  Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from holiday loving Whos.  Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the music and book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.

Tickets for Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical range in price for $25 – $85 and will go on sale September 9 at shnsf.com or by calling 888 SHN 1799 (888 746 1799).

For performance schedule and more information on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical visit 

 

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