Posts Tagged ‘india’

If the “SFPD” Calls You from (415) 553-0123 Demanding Money, It’s Not the Popo, It’s a Scam – Press Release

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The news of the day, from an official SFGov department which should NOT be using .org as a suffix, and which should prolly find a different acronym, for a reason what’s painfully obvious.


San Francisco Public Safety Officials Warn of Scam Spoofing the Police Phone Numbers

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco public safety officials are informing the public about a consumer scam where aggressive telephone calls are being made by scammers posing as San Francisco police officers. Concerned residents that received these calls today reported the scam to 9-1-1 dispatchers.

These callers claim they have a warrant for the call recipient’s arrest and demand payment in gift cards in order avoid arrest. Technology allows the scammer to “spoof” or alter the Caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from the San Francisco Police Department’s Non-Emergency Number which is 415-553-0123.

Neither the San Francisco Police Department nor any other City and County of San Francisco agency will call you to demand payment and threaten arrest for any matter.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the SFPD or any other law enforcement or government agency demanding payment, immediately HANG UP. Under no circumstances should you engage them in conversation or provide any personal information. Make notes about what the caller said and do one of the following:

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report: You may also call 311 to file a harassing phone call report or go to any SFPD District Station to file a report.

You know, kind of like this.

And did you catch that, they’re saying, “DON’T CALL 911 FOR THIS, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS,” more or less.

Until the next scam, Gentle Readers…


Thursday, August 27th, 2015

I didn’t see the chariots this year:

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Your Asian Art Museum: Terracotta Warriors on Sale Now, Out of Character Calligraphy Continues, India Celebration Nov 18th

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Famous Asian Art Museum supporter Jerry Yang came by to introduce Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy so that was nice.

Anyway, here’s what’s going on these days:

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy 
Through January 13, FREE with museum admission

The SF Chronicle has called Out of Character–the first major American exhibition on calligraphy in more than a decade–a “smashing show” that aims to make Chinese calligraphy “less mysterious.” Many of the masterpieces are on public view for the first time, but that’s not all. Rounding out this beautiful presentation are a few modern paintings by abstract American artists and a short animated film by contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing. Whet your appetite with this fun trailer.

Finally: Tickets for Terracotta Warriors Available Starting Today 
Exhibition Opens February 22

Last month we filled you in on the Terracotta Warriors’ impending visit. Starting today, you can hop online and purchase advance tickets to see the Eighth Wonder of the World. We’re anticipating big crowds, so getting tickets now is your best bet. Click here to get started.

India Celebration 
Sunday, November 18, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
FREE with museum admission

It’s almost time for Diwali, one of India’s most important festivals of the year. More popularly known as the festival of lights, it’s named after the row of lamps that are symbolically lit outside homes. Here’s how we’ll celebrate at the museum: a performance with Ashwin Batish (of “sitar power” fame) and his family, Hindi script art activities, yoga with kids, storytelling tours with families, and more.

Other Events in November 

11/3 – Screening: World of Alarmel Valli
11/3 – Talk: An Indian Way of Seeing
11/4 – Target First Free Sunday Featuring Calligrapher Kong Pak-yu
11/20 and beyond – Holiday Art Activity for Families

Famous San Francisco Food Truck Uses a Dirty Rag Instead of a Gas Cap

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Cute name?


Garish paint scheme / vehicle wrap?


Gas cap?


Throttles forward, it’s lunchtime!

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“The Hula Show 2011” at Palace of Fine Arts, Oct. 15-23: Patrick Makuakāne, Dance Troupe Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu Return

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

They’re ba-aaack.

All the deets, below:

WHO: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

WHAT: Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne and his award-winning dance troupe, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, are set to return to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre October 15 – 23 with six performances of The Hula Show 2011. Tickets are on sale now at 415-392-4400, or online at With stops in India, Samoa, Turkey, Spain, and Wai’anae, The Hula Show 2011 takes attendees on a global tour of dance and song. The trip is rounded out with Hanohano Kapalakiko, a suite of chants that celebrate the indelible bond and long historical ties between Hawai’i and San Francisco. These original chants were written especially for Nā Lei Hulu by Puakea Nogelmeier, the celebrated author, composer and linguist.


  • October 15 at 8 p.m. – opening night Champagne reception following show 
  • October 16 at 4 p.m.
  • October 21 at 8 p.m.
  • October 22 at 5 p.m. – gala benefit Lu’au & silent auction, show begins at 8 p.m.
  • October 23 at noon – one-hour matinee designed especially for children & families
  • October 23 at 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco (Bay & Lyon Streets)

TICKETS: Ticket prices are $35 – $45 (reserved seating) for regular performances.  All tickets for the family matinee are $10 (general admission).  Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount (does not apply to reception or gala). Tickets to the opening night Champagne reception (Saturday, October 15) are $90. Tickets for the gala benefit Lu’au and silent auction (Saturday, October 22) are $150 and a reserved table of ten is $1,500.  Tickets are on sale now at 415-392-4400 and online

MORE: As special guests, the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus join Nā Lei Hulu for a beautiful a cappella accompaniment as they perform an Islamic chant and two Indian Ragas during the October 22 and 23 performances.  All shows feature an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula.  

PARKING: Due to construction at the Palace of Fine Arts, parking will be limited. Attendees are encouraged to carpool, and arrive early to park. Street closure: Doyle Drive from northbound 19th Avenue/Hwy 1.Parking options: ST. FRANCIS YACHT CLUB – free parking. 700 Marina Boulevard at Yacht Road. 12-minute walk across Marina Boulevard to Lyon Street and POFA Theatre. CLAIRE LILIENTHAL SCHOOL – $10 per car. Enter schoolyard on Beach Street between Scott and Divisadero. 15-minute walk on Beach Street to POFA pond, then around pond to POFA Theatre doors. MARINA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Sunday shows only) – $10 per car. Enter schoolyard on Bay Street between Fillmore and Webster. Complimentary shuttle to and from POFA Theatre, starting 90 minutes prior to show time. For additional parking information, please visit

About Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Founded in 1985, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (“the many feathered wreaths at the summit, held in high esteem”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to teaching and preserving the Hawaiian culture through hula.  It has a performance group of nearly 40 dancers and offers classes to students in the beginning and intermediate levels.  The organization holds educational workshops throughout the year in Hawaiian language, history, and arts and crafts.  The company has performed in locations throughout California, and in New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Honolulu.  For further information on Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, call 415-647-3040 or visit

Your Alarmist Food News of the Day: Lead-Contaminated Honey from China Makes Up One-Third of U.S. Supply?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Writer Andrew Schneider has been all over his adulterated honey story for a while.

Via Kyle Mizokami, here it is:

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves – FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.”

Do you buy all that?

So, you see, the mom-and-pop ops in the PRC use lead solder in their unlined honey collection vessels and then the honey gets transshipped to India and then it comes here because it’s banned in the EU, or something like that.

Seems plausible…

Just What the Western Addition Needs: Another Hipster – This One’s From India

Monday, August 1st, 2011

A laundry basket:

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Remember Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, San Francisco’s Own “Secret Millionaire?” Well, Now He’s Crying Over His Busted Ferrari

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Remember Gurbaksh “G” Chahal and all his troubles? Well, if you don’t, watch one-minute of this video from the NBC. Good times.

(Remember when he proudly pointed out his flat-panel TV (“BAM!”) and “great mirror?” And the zebra pelt on the kitchen floor?*)

But now, there’s sadness in his life owing to his slightly older-model Ferrari getting cracked up while in the custody of his Ferrari dealership. Of course, the dealership has offered to fix it up and/or offered to let him buy a newer, unused Ferrari at a higher price, but that’s not good enough for G.

Read all about it via Ryan Tate of Gawker.

Also via Ryan, an excerpt from the FB:

See that “why does this crap always happen to me?” 

Does this make “G” the “definition of a douchelord?”

At the Adam Carolla / Danny Bonaduce bachelor party, Key Club L.A. Photo via Anthony Citrano – Click to expand.

Chin up, G!

*Apparently, the people behind the Secret Millionaire show wanted to show a big delta between the lifestyle of his real-life SoMA pad vs. the Tenderloin hovel that he shacked-up in during the filming of the show. Well, some people got carried away with the made-for-TV furnishings. So that’s where the zebra pelt and chandelier came in. Ironically, you might prefer to live in that hovel on Larkin Street – it’s not that bad, right across the street from Homeland Security. Typical Americans watching had no idea that the rent on that supposedly unlivable apartment in the Tenderloin was more than their flyover country mortgage payments…