Posts Tagged ‘insect’

Bug Dancers Take Over Union Square to Promote OVO from Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See? This was the warm-up to show folks how to do the hottest(?) dance since the Macarena. If you were able to imitate these critters well enough, you could have won yourself free tickets yesterday, or something.



The name of the song is “Banquete” and the singing is in Portuguese. The translation is “Feast”

People have been practicing for weeks, as we see, in the Castro:


Here’s more of the action from yesterday.

Congratulations to all the winners!

OVO from Cirque du Soleil is Fantastic – A Must-See

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil down at the Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park. Hurry, the whole shebang is heading down to San Hoser next month. 

OVO is fantastic.

Here are a bunch of photos from Adam Lau, but it’s hard to show what the show is like without video. And even then, you still don’t get the sense of how close you are to the action. 

OVO’s been going been going for a week or so, but people were calling yesterday’s performance Opening Night – the food was free for some reason and there were a lot of San Francisco Swells and/or People You’d Recognize in the crowd, including Olympic Gold Medal-winning Kristi Yamaguchi – she’s now Twittering about how she was in “constant awe” last night.

Myself, I liked the suspended rope bit from Maxim Kozlov and Inna Mayorova best but the whole show was great.

The kiwi ants were memorable…


…and the very flexible spider was off the hook:

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All the fun ends January 24th, 2010

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at AT&T Park Wins a Good Review from The Critic

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well, The Review from Robert Hurwitt is in, and it’s good. O.K. then.

But don’t pay the scalpers to see OVO, just get your ticks at the box office, or discounted at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy(!?)

Here are the crickets, up to something or other. Click to expand:


See you there!

Brace Yourselves – OVO From Cirque du Solei is Opening on Black Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oh no, it’s OVO! The latest production from Cirque du Soleil is buzzing our way down at the Great AT&T Park Parking Lot south of SoMA in the “emerging” Mission Bay part of town.

Looks like the opener at 8:00 PM on November 27th is sold out, but seats are available for shows a few days later. 

An team of athletic insects got the word out around town last Friday:


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It’s going to be mega!

The Jumping Water Bugs of Golden Gate Park

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

You can see these water striders (Gerridae aka water bugs, magic bugs, pond skaters, skaters, skimmers, water scooters, water skaters, water skeeters, water skimmers or water skippers) in the ponds of Golden Gate Park. Like these two, for instance.

You can tell when they’re on the water by the dimples near their legs. Click to expand:

And you can tell when they’re jumping when you don’t see the dimples.

Jump on, little bugs.

Flycatcher vs. Fly Above Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Here’s a flycatcher bird in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park heading along, minding its own business, when it spots a quick meal. Click to expand, if you’d like:

An eighth of a second later, it turns on a dime and heads after the flying bug:

An eighth of a second later, things looks bad for the fly. See it?

An eighth of a second later, success.

An eighth of a second later, it speeds up heading to a tree.

And, an eighth of a second after that, it slows down to make preparations for landing, we’d like to thank you for chosing to fly with us today. 

The whole sequence of discovering, turning, chomping, turning again, speeding up, and then slowing down took less than a second.

What a fast little flycatcher.