Posts Tagged ‘january’

Classic Frisco: “May The Fetus You Save Be Gay!”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Some out-of-town kids* running a gauntlet of local pro-choicers** in Justin Herman Plaza at a Walk For Life West Coast, back in The Aughts:

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Some yelling was involved…

*Arms interlocked, you know, for safety. 

**Larger SF orgs decided, early on, to simply ignore this annual event, so that they didn’t bring it more attention. But individuals and smaller groups showed up every year, with home-made signs. These days, WFLWC starts in Civic Center and marches towards the Ferry Building, the “wrong direction” – I haven’t seen this event since it moved, so I don’t know what it looks like these days.  

Street Memorial, McAllister, Western Addition, January, 2015

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global Warming

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?

Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:

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But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.

And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.

What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.

What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.

What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.

I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.

(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)

A Riot of Color in Golden Gate Park: Our Dahlia Dell is Still Going Strong, in November

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The Dahlia Dell in Golden Gate Park had a lot more color back in September, but there are still some flowers there in mid-November. See?

The colors, man – groove on the colors:

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And what’s right around the corner? The flowering plum tree blossoms of January

I suppose December is our worst month for flowers – I’ll look for some around town in a few weeks…

Cherry Blossoms Blooming in January is NOT Due to Global Warming – Why? The Answer Will Amaze You – One Weird Trick

Monday, January 27th, 2014

(I’ll just say that if you ever earnestly Tweet a link to Chuckworthy, I’ll Unfollow you in a New York minute. That’s how I roll.)

What’s that, when you were a tyke, cherry trees bloomed in April and now they’re blooming in late January because of that darn global warming?

Well yeah, but what you’re looking at aint cherry trees, they’re plum trees, muchacho/a.

See? Plum:

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What’s that, you just saw them in J-Town, so they must be cherry trees? NOPE! What you saw was Prunus cerasifera, a kind of plum. Yes, they planted plums on Post Street on purpose, to stagger the blooms from winter to spring, one supposes. Go back to Japantown in April and you’ll see blossoms from the real deal, Prunus serrulata aka Japanese Cherry, Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry, East Asian Cherry, or soon enough, East Sea Cherry for all I know.

What’s that, Prunus cerasifera’s common name is cherry plum so close enough? NOPE! Cherry is cherry and plum is plum.

What’s that, global warming is real and trees are blossoming earlier and earlier? MAYBE SO! But just don’t call plum trees cherry trees, that’s what I’m saying. That’s the “one weird trick.”


All right, here you go, here’s a genuine cherry tree during late January in the 415:

Cherries will be blooming soon enough.

Until then, enjoy eating plum blossoms, as this Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill did near the Financial one winter long ago:

This Billboard Above the Masonic Starbucks Kicks Off Roe v. Wade Month in SF – Abortion Marches Coming

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I can’t recall the last time I saw a pro-life billboard in San Francisco. Maybe never?

Here it is, on Masonic near Fulton – it’s all “My Doc Says, ‘I Could Smile Before I Was Born – 12 Weeks from Conception'”

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Things will finish up with Walk For Life West Coast and the home-grown counter-protest, both of which will occur on January 25, 2014.

Sometimes the counter-protest is a bigger deal, other times locals purposefully ignore WFLWC. I don’t know how it’s going to be in 2014…

Looks as If Great Horned Owl Season is In Full Swing in Golden Gate Park

Monday, February 6th, 2012


Californian Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pacificus) parent and chick nesting in GGP, as recently seen by photographer David Cruz:

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Here’s the Reason Why the Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in the Late Winter of 2012 are NOT a Sign of Global Warming

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

So, yes, January is a very early time to see cherry trees start to blossom but what you’re actually seeing are plum trees.

Now both kinds of trees are pretty much the same thing, so no biggee, but plums come out earlier than cherries – global warming doesn’t have anything to do with that.

Oh, here’s what they look like, rather a bit more pink than cherry, in my experience.

Near Clay and Davis, Financial District:

And here’s a nice shot from Flickr:

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“Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” Finishes Up in Oakland Tonight – A Few Tickets are Still Available

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Last night’s show at the huge Oracle Arena was 90%-plus full, so I imagine it will be the same thing tonight. The seats aren’t cheap, but this is the official show from Michael Jackson’s family, so there you go.

Fundamentally, this is a Michael Jackson show for Michael Jackson fans (as opposed to it being a Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil for a more general audience, if that makes sense.) For more on this topic, Chloe Roth does a good job of explaining things here in the Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here’s another opinion: “It’s amazing. Long, yet spectacular.”

Photo: OSA Images – ©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

Anyway, you’re never going to see the THIS IS IT Tour, so this is it, tonight is your last chance to see the substitute, your last chance to soak up the experience.

ZOMG, “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” Graces Oakland Today and Tomorrow – A Cirque du Soleil Production

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Well, this is something, huh?

Holy Toledo.

Photos: OSA Images – Costumes: Zaldy Goco – ©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

This looks sort of awesome, huh?

Tickets are still available…

All the deets:


SAN JOSE: From January 13 – 15 at HP Pavilion
OAKLAND: From January 17 – 18 at the Oracle Arena

San Francisco, CA – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are proud to present Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ in San Jose, on January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 at HP Pavilion, and in Oakland on January 17 and 18, 2012 at Oracle Arena. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial, the show is written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today, and featured more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Tickets are on sale now for San Jose and Oakland performances of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at  or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

Writer and Director Jamie King has been called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” by Variety. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, and most recently directed world tours for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. King has worked with an array of superstars including Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with a new Big Top production!
TOTEM from Cirque du Soleil opens in San Francisco on October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park; and in San Jose as of March 2, 2012 at the Taylor Street Bridge. For more information please visit”