Posts Tagged ‘homer’

Three Hour Tour: See Homer’s Odyssey Performed on 120-Year-Old Schooner – It’s “The Odyssey on Alma”

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Well, this is different:

“This fall, in partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, We Players shares episodes of the classic sea story The Odyssey aboard the park’s 1891 scow schooner Alma. On eleven autumn afternoons, from September 17 to November 18, Alma’s broad, sturdy deck will evoke Odysseus’ sleek black triremes, and help tell the unlucky sailor’s tale of travel, exploration, and homecoming.

Each performance will take place during a three-hour sail on San Francisco Bay, as the cast and crew weave real-time line handling with Homer’s stirring account of weary seafarers striking sail for home. Audience seating is limited to 40 per performance, and tickets are available in advance only. Join our mailing list to be informed when reservations open, and when additional tickets are released.”

Writer Lily Janiak took the tour – here’s her impression.

It goes a little something like this:

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5
Sunday, November 6 (reserved for special guests of SF Maritime Association)
Friday, November 11
Saturday, November 12
Friday, November 18

All right, see you there, matey!

Homer Simpson’s Donuts on Sale at Krispy Kreme – Life Imitates Art

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Which Limited Edition Krispy Kreme doughnut, Strawberry Iced or Blueberry Iced, looks more Homer Simpsonesque?

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Whether it’s shocking pink or passionate purple - either treat would make a happy Homer. 

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Available until August 16, 2009

Check It Out, Man! 44-Cent Simpsons Animation Stamps Released Today

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The pain of increased postal rates starting May 11, 2009 will be eased somewhat with news of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee‘s decision to allow the troubled United States Postal Service to use characters from The Simpsons cartoon show. So you should beat a path to your local P.O. and pick some up.  

Stampspotters are getting excited about this – they’re planning on mailing out letters today from certain areas in order to get a souvenir cancellation printed. How about Simsponsville, South Carolina? Or better yet, Springfield, WI (Which Springfield though? The Badger State has like five(!) towns of Springfield.)  

Here’s what’s going on in Springfield, Virginia (I was afraid to play the video, but it looks intriguing) and here’s a promotion from the 94117, Haight-Ashbury, California. Click to expand:

And here’s what your cancellation will look like from the 05156 in Vermont today:

Woo hoo!

So many Springfields, so little time:

  • Springfield, California
  • Springfield, Colorado
  • Springfield, Florida
  • Springfield, Jacksonville, Florida, a neighborhood of Jacksonville
  • Springfield, Georgia
  • Springfield, Illinois, the state capital of Illinois
  • Springfield, Indiana, an unincorporated place
  • Springfield, Kentucky
  • Springfield, Louisiana
  • Springfield, Maine
  • Springfield, Massachusetts, the first Springfield in the United States, established 1636
  • Springfield, Michigan, a city in Calhoun County
  • Springfield, Minnesota, in Brown County
  • Springfield, Missouri, as of 2007, the largest city in the United States named Springfield
  • Springfield, Nebraska
  • Springfield, New Hampshire
  • Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey, site of the Battle of Springfield (1780)
  • Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey
  • Springfield/Belmont neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey
  • Springfield, New York
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Springfield, Oregon
  • Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • Springfield, South Carolina
  • Springfield, South Dakota
  • Springfield, Tennessee
  • Springfield, Texas
  • Springfield, Vermont
  • Springfield, Virginia
  • Springfield, West Virginia
  • Springfield, Dane County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Marquette County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, St. Croix County, Wisconsin
  • Springfield, Walworth County, Wisconsin
  • 500 People at Presidio Trust Board Meeting – Main Post Plans, Including CAMP Museum

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    Well, there were a few surprises at last night’s Presidio Trust  Board of Directors meeting at the Palace of Fine Arts. Get up to speed on the issues here, and then take a look below to see what it was like. Here’s a take from John Upton over at the Examiner and here’s another from Curbed SF.

    After Presidio Trust Director Craig Middleton gave the crowd an update, everyone got to see more-detailed plans on the controversial CAMP museum proposal via a Powerpoint slideshow. The architect from San Francisco-based WRNS Studio received sustained applause when he finished his presentation. That was a surprise, certainly.

    In fact, the audience seemed just about evenly split, with half supporting the Main Post plans and the other “flamethrowing” half opposing. That was a surprise as well.

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    What’s this? Pro-museum protesters or supporters, or whatever you want to call them? Never before have I seen this:

    For those of you who like to see issues simplified into dramaturgical dyads, a portion of the happy CAMPers are on the left and a portion of the opposing NIMBY and preservationist groups are on the right, the site of the anti-CAMPers’ putative news conference. 

    The mise-en-scene. Were more people here than at the last board meeting on December 9th? Yes. The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (made famous by the appearance last Fall of ukulele-playing Jake Shimabukuro - 3 million astounded YouTube viewers can’t be wrong) was half-full or half-empty, depending on your point of view. So that’s about 500 souls motivated enough to show up:

    This chart actually makes sense to me now. It shows how far we’re progressing to the end of the process and the beginning of the inevitable lawsuit designed to chuck all these plans out the window.

    And here we are, the proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio 2.0. (Learn about CAMP 1.0 here, via the New York Times.) The Gallery Building dominates but don’t forget about the quasi-subteranean Art Handling Building on the left and Building 101 in the upper right hand corner. There’s your ”B”-as-in-boy, billion-dollar CAMP museum:

    Here’s a 3D view:

    The Pavillion level is up top…

    …and the Courtyard Level is down below:

    Sections, just like my grandmother’s MRI!

    The Future is Now:

    All of the Gallery Building is below the altitude of the eaves of the Presdio Theatre, seen in foreground:

    Subteranean by design/ I wonder what I would find if I met you:

    The Gallery is three buildings, three buildings in one. Historic Building 100 and the defunct Presidio Theatre rise above:

    Oh no! It’s the kids from UC Berkeley Law School. They practically hijacked the meeting. And that was the final surprise of the evening, before I had to get home to some Java curry. Now it’s one thing to be a millionaire homeowner NIMBY living in the Marina or Cow Hollow, but there’s literally millions of millionaires out there. On the other hand there are only so many folks able to get into Berkeley Law. The nine or ten speakers from the law school contingent displayed far more intellectual candlepower than typical speakers at these kinds of public meetings. 

    This didn’t make for good theater, because the college kids were basically speed-reading their ideas into the record, but diverse and novel viewpoints were expressed, and that’s a Good Thing, right? It will be interesting to see the transcript when it comes out, certainly.

    Here’s how I left it:

    Oh, and about that crowd size estimate. The Examiner is saying just 250 people? So if four times as many people showed up, almost everybody would have had a seat in the venue (one that can handle 1000 if you include the small number of people who prefer to stand on the sidelines)? No way, Jose. The proper count is about 500.

    To Be Continued…