Posts Tagged ‘love’

What Do You Think? Does This Double Dragon Mural Add Something to the Famous Chinatown Banksy?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Now, I have my own opinion on this, but I’ll keep it to myself (’cause you Gentle Readers are so gentle I can’t even use the useful term West Bay without throwing some of you into a tizzy.)

Anyway, the Peace Heart Doctor Banksy is now protected by Plexiglas these days, just like the Mona Lisa, or something.

Anyway, we can all agree that photographer and man-about-town Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want to Be.

Twick at work:

Steve Rhodes

(Hey, you know how much of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop was true? How about zero (0) percent – start off with that assumption and work up from there, if you want…)

Local Misunderstood Graffiti Artist KKKatie is Still in Jail, Right? So Who’s Marking Up Our McKinley Statue Now?

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Appears as if ORFN has gotten a few licks in on our iconic William McKinley statue in the east end of Golden Gate Park.

See?

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Here’s some history ‘n stuff:

“Well it’s been a back-and-forth between San Francisco’s Arts Commission / Recreation and Park Department and our local graffiti artists/taggers down in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

This east-end statue has had all kinds of anti-graffiti coatings applied, but to no avail. Here’s the history, complete with before and after photos.

The newest additions appear to say, “KKKattie” or somethingund All this means nothing.”

Now, would you pay something like $10K four figures for these scribblings? Well, guess what, tax and fee payer, you just did. 

As it looks today. This fetching couple tried to make the best of things:

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On It Goes…”

On It Goes…

GoogleCache Reveals SFPark Program No Longer Promising That “Drivers Will Love SFPark”

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when the SFPark website promised that “Drivers will love SFPark?” Well, I do, and so does the Google Cache, at least it does for now.

Anyway, below you can see the old SFPark homepage, the one that was up until just recently. (The word “love” is highlighted because that’s the search term I used to find it in the cache.) Click to expand:

Even without the highlighting, that phrase stood out as a boner. Why, for instance, would drivers “love” an extra 5000 parking meters on spaces that are currently free? How on Earth do drivers, in general, “benefit” from that?

But, as stated, that love language is gone now, so that’s a good thing. What’s left is a patronizing, cartoonish website with a patronizing, cartoonish video that talks about how a third of traffic (or something) in San Francisco is made up of people looking for parking.  That, of course, is fucking absurd. I’m sure that stat, employed using the passive voice, if you’d note, might be operational in Chinatown during New Year’s or in North Beach on any given Friday night, but otherwise, it’s fucking absurd.

And do people really all turn into agitated George Costanzas when they park, all raging at the machine? That’s what it’s like, IRL? Really? I’ll bet if you asked what people were thinking about when they’re parking you’d get all kinds of different answers.

But what about these despondent folks waiting for a #5 Fulton for an excessively long time? Could MUNI make a “whimsical video” about what’s on their minds?

(How about a dozen “MUNI sucks” thought bubbles? That would fit the bill.)

The primary beneficiaries of SFPark are those who make money directly off of the program- that includes people making the parking meters, people making commish off of selling the parking meters, people who design the cartoonish website, graphic designers, PR types, people like that. It was the same thing with MUNI’s Culturebus- these types of people make their money whether or not a program succeeds, whether or not a program lives on.

Basically, SFPark will allow the City to collect more money from parking meters. That’s good for some and it’s not good for others. It would be refreshing if the people at SFPark would acknowledge that. Why do they spend so much effort selling a program that’s already a done deal?

SFPark will allow the City to charge up to $18 per hour. That’s something that would be physically impossible with the typical, old-school, non-debit card meters that we’re used to dealing with. Can you imagine putting 72 quarters into a meter to park for one hour? (How often would it have to get emptied?)

Not that it’s not worth it for people to pay $18 per hour to park sometimes. I’m sure that there are lots who would love to pay whatever it takes to park on Columbus right in frontof their restaurant in North Beach on a Saturday night. The problem is that SFPark is going to charge $0 per hour to park in North Beach after 6:00 PM, AFAIK. So does that make sense?

But if  Uncle Sucker wants to pay us eight figures to set up this system, that’s its choice.  

Obviously, there will be winners and losers whenever a government institutes a new program like this, so it’d be nice not to have such a pollyannish, snow-job website.

Anyway, losing the “love” language is a slight improvement, so hurray for that.

OMG, Teatro ZinZanni Offers Circus Arts Summer Camp for Kids Aged 9-16!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Our highly*-rated Teatro ZinZanni will offer Camp ZinZanni San Francisco in July 2010. Check it:

“Camp ZinZanni San Francisco is a summer workshop presented by Teatro ZinZanni for children 9 to 16. Students learn the basics of circus arts and scene development through workshops with some of the world’s greatest cirque artists and stage technicians.”

 This is what it’ll look like:

AcroBalance + Clowning Ages 9-16

  • Dates: July 05 – July 10, 2010
  • Time: daily, 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM
  • Location: Teatro ZinZanni’s San Francisco Spiegeltent Pier 29 on The Embarcadero (at Battery).
  • Cost: $375
  • Acrobalance + Clowning gives students ages 9-16 the chance to learn the basics of floor acrobatics and balance with clowning. Under the guidance of professional performers, the students will star with tumbling and then will explore rola bola, equilibristics, unicycle, rolling globe, aerial arts and more.

    Objects in Motion + Clowning Ages 9-16

  • Dates: July 12 – July 17, 2010
  • Time: Daily, 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM
  • Location: Teatro ZinZanni’s San Francisco Spiegeltent Pier 29 on The Embarcadero (at Battery).
  • Cost: $375
  • Objects in Motion + Clowning gives students ages 9-16 the chance to learn the basics of juggling, object manipulation and clowning. Under the guidance of professional performers, students will begin each morning with juggling sessions and then explore the manipulation of objects such as yoyo’s, rings, ribbons, spinning plates, diabolo, cigar boxes, spinning clubs and hats.

    All the deets, and more after the jump

    *Man, that’s a high Yelp rating considering the large number of Yelpers (300+) who’ve posted. That’s right up there with all those Brazilian wax places, you know, the ones with owners who consider a four-star review an extreme insult.

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    Golden Gate Park Panhandle McKinley Statue Once Again Marred by Graffiti

    Monday, April 12th, 2010

    Well it’s been a back-and-forth between San Francisco’s Arts Commission / Recreation and Park Department and our local graffiti artists/taggers down in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

    This east-end statue has had all kinds of anti-graffiti coatings applied, but to no avail. Here’s the history, complete with before and after photos.

    The newest additions appear to say, “KKKattey” or something undAll this means nothing.” Would you pay something like $10K four figures for these scribblings? Well, guess what, tax and fee payer, you just did. 

    As it looks today. This fetching couple tried to make the best of things:

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    On It Goes…

    The Bizarre Valentines Day Christmas Trees of Lombard Street

    Friday, February 12th, 2010

    Look at this huge Christmas Tree taking up all the space at a bar on Lombard Street’s Motel Row. 

    It’s been covered over with Valentine’s day-related tchochkes, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, and lagniappes.

    See? (Customers’ and employees’ faces darkened out of respect.)

    Happy Valentines!

    LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade) – the Best Photos from Flickr

    Sunday, October 4th, 2009

    LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will, gallery here) went down in Civic Center yesterday- what a huge turnout it had.

    Here are the best photos uploaded to Flickr.

    Auric Goldfinger really started a trend, back in the day:

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    via Kanaka

    Cf. this shot from the Chronicle’s Frederic Larson - showing why you generally want to keep your white people skin tone magentas lower than the yellows. As always, click to expand.

    Hey buddy, get gold or get gone – chest hair is no excuse:

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    Here we go, a little gold goes a long way:

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    Kanaka again

    All right, that’s it for gold. Now how about orange?

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    Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

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    DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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    The Center of Attention:

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    Furry boots on top of the truck require an extra hand or two to secure footing:

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    And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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    Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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    It’s all fur this year, either up top or on your platform shoes.

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    Market Street was just packed, baby:

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    And if you can’t afford the entrance fee, just neck outside the double chain link – show them all why they call it LovEvolution:

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    And There You Have It - those are the best photos from Flickr.

    See you next year!

    Photos: San Francisco LovEvolution 2009 / LoveFest / Love Parade a Huge Success

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

    LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will) is still going strong down in Civic Center today – what a huge turnout it has – check the best photos from Flickr and some more photos posted on SFist. Now this year everybody’s paying $10 to get in, so that helps to pay for San Francisco’s excessive fees for doing anything, anytime, anywhere. Anyway, it’s fuzzy cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. And MUNI is FUBAR’ed beyond all recognition. Oh well.

    Remember, this type of gathering is Why They Hate Us. Not Fleet Week or nothing, it’s this kind of stuff that They hate. Oh well. Here’s a slide show of photos to ponder. And here’s the post-first, edit-later (Go Go Gorgeous is a person, really? “Kobayash,” is a last name, really?) San Francisco Chronicle’s take, along with 23 photos. And here’s David Yu’s shots.

    The cage dancers of Market go rolling up the street. Go Go Gorgeous!

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    Sandra Gorgeous of GGG, (“a full-service Go Go company“) blowing you a kiss - the whole team is “all about adding that sexy, fun, and friendly energy to good events. Pour some gorgeous into your event!” Available, I’m sure, for weddings, bar mitzvahs….

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    They had a ton of floats going uptown to Civic Center…

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    …populated by people like these representatives from Sweet Tooth Entertainment:

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    2009 on the left, 1969 on the right. Dude was baked:

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    Do people really spray paint their Dell Inspiron laptop computers gold and then take them on parade? People do. Gold! I love goooold!” 

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    And they all ended up in Civic Center, thusly. Just look at all these good-for-nothing pukes clogging up the place – is this why my grandfather fought the Second World War, and spent his weekends on the Jersey shore?

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    Pretty much.

    See you next year!

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    SF LovEvolution Fast Facts

    WHAT: San Francisco LovEvolution : A Dance Music Parade & FestivalLove Week page for more info.San Francisco LovEvolution Event Changes this year : on the need for a $10 entrance fee to the festival site at Civic Center Plaza

    WHEN: Love Week starts Wednesday, September 30th with official and affiliated parties each night all week and through the weekend.
    The main LovEvolution event is Saturday, October 3rd from 12noon – 8:00pm.

    WHO: SF LovEvolution is all ages & all friendly peoples.

    WHAT’S MORE:  A parade starts from 2nd & Market St. in downtown San Francisco with ~25 floats heading West down Market St.  The parade is free and all ages.

    THEN WHAT: The floats arrive at Civic Center plaza where they park to becomes 25 stages on a transformed festival grounds with food, beverage, a new live electronic and performance stage, and outstanding revelry.  There is a $10 entrance fee to the festival grounds, children under 12 with their parents are Free.  All ages welcome.  No outside alcohol.

    WHY: The entrance fee was necessary for the survival of the event due to significantly higher city related fees.  Please read the whole story below!

    THERE’S MORE (!): After the festival ends at 8:00pm a number of after parties kick off all over the city, including the Official After Party produced by Skills & Spundae on site at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.  After parties have their own admission and age policies.  See the

    LOVE: YES

    As anyone who attended last years event knows, SF LovEvolution is now the largest electronic music event in America. Thanks to all those who have faithfully supported us and to the many new Lovers who attended last year. Because of the growth of LovEvolution, however, and to preserve our ability to parade down Market Street and party right in front of San Francisco City Hall, we’ve had to institute a few changes to this years event.

    First, because of escalating city fees and the events growth last year, LovEvolution 2009 will require a large increase in all levels of traffic, police, security and medical personnel. This translates into a very large increase in how much money it costs to pull off this special event. As this is a non-profit event with minimal corporate sponsorship, we will be charging a $10 admission to LovEvolution this year in order to pay for the increased staff and other event expenses. We’ve always asked for a $10 donation but since most people do not give, donations are not sufficient to fund and improve the event. In order to be able to continue the event, we received special permission from the city for a $10 admission plan. This is as close to free as we could make it and at $10 for 250 world class DJs, LovEvolution is still the best bargain for an event of this scale in America. **We pay 100% of the costs back to the city, so without this change, we could not have the event. Please note kids under 12 with their parents are FREE. You can also get in free by volunteering. Of course – the parade is FREE to all and the entire event from 12noon- 8:00pm is still ALL AGES.** (After parties will vary by event).

    Second, there will be no glass or outside alcohol allowed in the event. This has always been a condition of our permits, but when the event was smaller we never had to enforce. But the site was littered with broken glass last year that presented a safety hazard, so we now have to enforce this policy. This is for all our safety and is no different than at any concert or gated event, so please don’t bring alcohol or glass, it will be confiscated or you’ll be turned away at the gates.

    On the bright side, the $10 admission will allow us to continue having this amazing event as well as to add some special production elements in Civic Center plaza. This year we are premiering the LovEvolution Live stage in front of city hall featuring an all out performance by The Mutaytor, and much more tba. The $10 admission will also allow us to reduce prices at our bars since we are now not as dependent upon alcohol sales to pay for the event. We’ll also be eventually eliminating entry fees fees for the floats so producers can make their floats even better. And YES – there will be ins and out allowed. And YES, kids under 12 with their parents are FREE.

    Last but not least, the $10 admission will allow us to increase the amount of our non-profit contributions to other worthy organizations. Non-profits that received funds last year and/or we expect to donate to this year include:

    Friends of the Main Library
    Next Aid
    Aids Housing Alliance
    The Center for Sex and Culture
    Beat University Scholarship Fund
    Black Rock Arts Foundation
    Bay Area Young Positives
    Burners Without Borders
    San Francisco Suicide Prevention/HIV AIDS Nightline
    Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
    Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

    Thanks for your support and looking forwarding to a fabulous LovEvolution 2009!!

    A Graffiti Clean-Up for the McKinley Statue in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

    Sunday, February 15th, 2009

    Before

    …and after:

    Not the best clean-up job in the world, but it will have to suffice until the little monsters act up again.

    Anyway, it’s certainly good enough to pass muster with the Broken Windows Theory crowd.

    Hurray.

    A Veuve Clicquot City Traveler Wine Bottle Case Actually Used as a Purse

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    Here’s a deal that’s been around for a while – the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin house of sparkling wine (we’re not supposed to call it Champagne anymore) will throw in an insulated case and a couple of Champagne(TM) flutes for $10 when you buy a $30-something, full sized, 750ml bottle of Yellow Label. Just toss out the “cooling neoprene insulation” (cooling, really?) and you’re good to go.

    Heretofore, you wouldn’t see these things being used as clutches around town, but now you can. See? From a recent San Francisco soiree (that also cost $10):

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    Available in 375ml and 750ml sizes, Ostentatious Yellow or Passionate Pink only.  

    And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up the matching love seat for $10,000 as well.

    Classy!