Posts Tagged ‘heritage’

Your Camera Can Make You $1000 This Weekend: “Japanese American Cultural Heritage Photo Contest” – Open to All

Friday, November 8th, 2013

This deal isn’t for me but it might be for you.

Note that contest deadline has been extended to Monday, November 11th, 2013. Things are totally wide open. I’m thinking that you could swoop in and score hundreds with just one shot and one blurb.

All the deets right here and here:

“Photo Contest: Though the Eye of the Beholder

Japanese American Cultural Heritage Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Submit your photos by November 11, 2013

TAKE A PHOTO, TELL ITS STORY

CAPTURE YOUR CULTURE, SHARE YOUR HERITAGE

The Contest (in brief):

This contest is simple; all you need is an interest in Japanese American culture and heritage. JCCCNC wants to reach a wide audience, gather the various stories, and represent your voice. The Japanese American community is becoming increasingly diverse with nisei, shin-issei, hapa, American-born Japanese (ABJ), multicultural, and yonsei. Everyone has their own unique story to tell which contribute to our diverse community, now is your chance to tell it!  They look forward to seeing your take on what Japanese American heritage means to you.

Participants:

1. Do NOT need to be Japanese American

2. Do NOT need to be a professional photographer

3. Do NOT need to be a professional writer

Cash Prizes for the best photos and stories (to be determined by a panel of judges)

1st Place Winner- $1,000

2nd Place Winner – $750

3rd Place Winner- $500

Photo of the month – $100 (still in running for grand prizes)

What you need to do:

1.       Snap a photo

2.       Write a small blurb about what’s in the photo or what it represents

3.       Send the Photo and blurb in to photocontest@jcccnc.org or Mail a hardcopy to:

JCCCNC

1840 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA, 94115

For more information visit: http://www.jcccnc.org/events/jul-sep.htm#photo

 

Celebrating the Return of Dog-Dish Hub Caps: New VW Beetle with “Heritage” Alloy Wheels

Friday, October 12th, 2012

You see in my day, people’d be putting wheel covers to make simple steal wheels look like aluminum or magnesium alloys.

But these days VW is offering wheel covers on top of alloy wheels to make them look like old-school hub caps on steel wheels.

See? Here are your 17″ heritage alloy wheels on a 1013 VW Beetle:

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(In Soviet Russia, wheel cover you!)

I Don’t Know, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Plan to Rein-In NIMBYish Historic Districts Sounds All Right to Me

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Here’s what showed up in the email, below.

Is this like preaching to the converted or something? I mean, why on Earth would we want more historic districts in San Francisco? Aren’t they, and their boosters, part of the problem?

Anyway, here’s the spiel, choose or lose:

“SPEAK UP NOW FOR PRESERVATION IN SAN FRANCISCO!

On Thursday, December 8, the Planning Commission will consider comprehensive revisions to Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code recommended by the Historic Preservation Commission, in addition to a series of controversial amendments introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener.

Attend the Planning Commission hearing:

When: Thursday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. (Agenda Item #9)
Where: City Hall, Commission Chambers, Room 400
Why: To voice concern over Supervisor Wiener’s proposed amendments that would roll back protections for historic resources in San Francisco.

Email the Planning Commission: If you are unable to attend the hearing, please email the Commissioners (with a copy to Desiree Smith at dsmith@sfheritage.org):

Christina Olague c_olague@yahoo.com
Ron Miguel rm@well.com
Michael J. Antonini Wordweaver21@aol.com
Gwyneth Borden plangsf@gmail.com
Kathrin Moore mooreurban@aol.com
Hisashi Sugaya hs.commish@yahoo.com
Rodney Fong rodney@waxmuseum.com

KEY POINTS

OPPOSE Supervisor Wiener’s amendments that would impose unique procedural hurdles on the designation of historic districts:

 Although only 11 local historic districts have been created in 45 years, Supervisor Wiener would require 66% owner support before community groups can nominate a historic district.

 The intent of Proposition J was to update Articles 10 and 11 to reflect best practices nationwide; the 66% owner consent threshold is a relic of the original ordinance adopted in 1967 and is out of step with widely-recognized preservation practice today.

 Other procedural hoops proposed by Supervisor Wiener, including a mandatory written vote or survey of all property owners, would make the process more costly and time-consuming.

 No other zoning changes in San Francisco are subject to similar owner consent requirements; historic districts should be treated the same as other neighborhood planning initiatives. OPPOSE Supervisor Wiener’s amendment to make compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards optional:

 The proposed language would effectively eliminate any minimum standards for the treatment of historic buildings in San Francisco. OPPOSE Supervisor Wiener’s amendment to exempt large classes of projects from historic review altogether, including downtown housing development projects:

 The proposed language is a misguided attempt to exempt an entire class of projects from historic review, clearing the path for demolition, insensitive alterations and new construction regardless of the significance of the structure or the surrounding historic district.

For further backgroud and to read Heritage’s past comment letters, go to sfheritage.org”

The Sidewalk Monoliths of Battery Street: Why Are They Here, What Do They Want?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I’m thinking this could have something to do with our maritime history, but I don’t know.

400 Battery at Sansome:

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Courage.

Hundreds Show for Ukranian Day in Golden Gate Park – 19th Anniversary of Independence

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Ukranian Independence Day drew quite a crowd to the Golden Gate Park Bandshell yesterday.

The Ukrainian Day Concert will take place at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In celebration of the 19th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, Golden Gate Park will fill with local Ukrainian performers displaying traditional costumes and sharing folk dances with the public. Ukrainian songs and music will create a jubilant setting for locals looking to explore one of the many cultures residing in San Francisco. Usually, people bring along a picnic to enjoy during the festivities.”

See?

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The joint was put on by the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council of Northern California

All the deets:

See you next year!

5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration a Huge Success

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

First of all, anybody who thinks 100,000 souls attended the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in the Civic Center last weekend needs to put down the crack pipe and come back to Earth. Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom?  I’m not even sure the Rule of Three could get you to a reasonable estimate. But if you want to chalk that six-figure number up to puffery or mindless boosterism, feel free.

Having said that, it appears that the AHSC has found a good home on Larkin Street betwixt Little Saigon and the Asian Art Museum. Last year’s venue in Japantown was not without controversy, but the clucking NIMBYs of notorious 1600 Webster (seriously, who would want to live with those people – they’re a laughingstock) have uttered nary a peep regarding this go-around in 2009, so they appear to be fine with the AHSC as long as it’s held a mile away from their condos. That’s what makes them NIMBY’s. Fair enough.

Here we go. Everybody seemed to being a good time, under the pouring sun:

There was some kind of parade going on – it was hard to tell. Larkin Street isn’t used to this kind of pageantry.

Hamburgerpanda made the scene. Natch.

And now it’s time for the Import Car Show. Check out this Beast from the East – Brampton, Ontario in Canada to be precise. But look how Brampton Comes Alive! with the scissor doors. Here it is, some kind of Chrysler, the El Diablo SRT-8:

The gritty nitty. Yes, it’s a Hemi:

What happens when the insanely wide rear tires on your Lexus are dialed in with insanely negative camber? What happens is every spring shower results in a vernal pool, ready for the rubber duckies:

Now, speaking of “schlocky souvenirs and mediocre food stands,” you had that in spades last Saturday – but what do you expect? It’s a San Francisco street fair, right? If you don’t want to buy a purse, don’t buy a purse.

Or magnets. Always with the magnets. I asked about snake oil – they were all out but they said they could order some for me.

And who else but The Supreme Master to round out the show?

I missed all the anime stuff, and the Thai kick-boxing and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma‘s talk and a bunch of other things as well probably. Oh well. Events like this are part of what makes San Francisco San Francisco. It’s good that the AHSC could find a home this year.

Columbus Day Parade 2008 Goes on Without Tommy Lasorda

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Well it’s still there on the 2008 Italian Heritage Parade website:

“We’re pleased to announce, the 2008 Parade Grand Marshal will be Tommy Lasorda!”

But alas, it was not to be. The whole thing is ably explained by North Beach Examiner Tony Long here and here. Perhaps Tommy will be invited back next year?

Now, on with the show. It’s called Columbus Day, or Indigenous People’s Day, or Italian Heritage Day, or Día de la Raza, or Discovery Day or even Día de la Resistencia Indígena. Take your pick.  

Popular San Francisco Supervisor and soon-to-be Assembly Member Tom Ammiano. Click to expand:

Ivy League lawyer / U.C. Berkeley-grad Gerardo Sandoval hot on the campaign to become a judge, despite the hostility displayed by the local Establishment, which feels offended by the very idea of an election. Oh well.

Supervisor Ross “the Boss” Mirkarimi:

Miss San Francisco 2008 Reny Lupo:

Of course, Birra Peroni was nella casa:

As was the Boudin Bakery alligator wrestler. That’s real bread, people.

What’s this? Hundreds of Falun Gong! They looked to be the largest entry in the parade by far.

Hey look, it’s the wholly unrelated New Tang Dynasty Televsion (NTDTV):

O.K., here we are, back to the parade:

So that’s it.

Here’s to you, Tommy Lasorda/ Our county turns it lonely eyes to you…

See you next year?