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The Best Photos from the 2010 Carnaval Parade in San Francisco’s Mission District

Monday, May 31st, 2010

¡OMD it’s Carnaval in San Francisco! Let’s check out some photos, below.

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Be sure to check for these galleries from May 30, 2010:

David Yu, –Mark–, Armand Emamdjomeh, and Generik11 via SFist

This shot is just awesome:

via –Mark–






..Alison Wonderland..


And if you can’t see the show, you can always stand on the nearest ice cream cart, why not?

See you next year!

Reviews are IN for “Birth of Impressionism” at the de Young Museum – A Must See

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I don’t know, once you get a Great European Museum to agree to send over its stuff while they do a little Spring Cleaning, well that’s pretty much all the heavy lifting you need right there – everything else takes care of itself. So of course you get your scholars working and you need to get cogitating about what goes where and why, but it’s all downhill after that. For whatever reason, we San Franciscans get more than our fair share of these kinds of museum loans.

As here, and now, at our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Their awesome new exhibit, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, is a smash success already.

Check out the pre-game report and The Review from Kenneth Baker, for starters:

“In view of the present exhibition, expectations for the second installment* could not be higher.”

O.K. then. It’s breathtaking, in’nt?

Be sure to listen to Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris and John Buchanan, Director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco talk with Michael Krasny on 50 minutes worth of KQED Forum. And take a look at KGO-TV Channel 7′s special video report right here.

Check out Bill Wilson’s photos of the recent press preview last week.

Here are a few shots from the press preview. Hat Lady Jan Wahl was on the scene, as was Gavin Newsom, who generally does an excellent job at these kinds of events.

All the hard work is done, so all you need to do is get down there and check it out. Plan your visit now.

Peut-être je vous verrai la!

*It’s coming in September 2010: “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the Musée d’Orsay.”

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle's Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

Click to expand. It’s quite legible at 1200 pixels.

Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump


It’s Not Too Late to Catch Massive Attack Down at the Warfield Tonight, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Tonight will be your last chance to see the Massive Attack down at the Warfield Theatre on Market Street. Are you giddy yet?

Last night’s effort was epic don’t you know. They tore down the house, but not so much so that they can’t do it again tonight.

Anyway, if you’re not doing anything else…

Last Weekend’s Sunday Streets in the Bayview was Suprisingly Sedate

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Not exactly sure why the Sunday Streets on May 23rd, 2010 seemed so sedate compared with every other Sunday Streets* in San Francisco history. 

Starting from the north near AT&T Park, the entire affair looked like a ghost town, with more traffic enforcers and volunteers than participants. Then, when you got down to 3rd Street and Oakdale, you could see things picking up a bit, with live music and whatnot.


Let’s see how June 20th SS down in the Mission turns out. Probably be a bit more lively, one might assume.

*Except for the Ocean Beach one that got rained out, that is.

This Giant C5 Galaxy is the Plane that Just Delivered Obama’s Limo to SFO

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I was headed on down to SiliValley on bidness yesterday and what did I see but this huge C5 Galaxyheading north out of San Francisco International. At first I thought it was an old C141 Starlifter, but no, upon further review, it appears to be a C5 of some sort. Now, I’ve seen military aircraft at Honolulu International HNL (in Hawaii of course, where you can’t drive to the Costco without getting intermixed with active duty military humvees), but never at SFO.

Anyway, you can’t have an Air Force One without a cargo plane or two to come with, right?

Here’s the outside of the flying presidential garage, just after takeoff. It’s a living:

The T-tail is your clue that this isn’t a regular old Boeing or Airbus jumbo. Click to expand

And this is what it looks like from the inside.

Look for photos of Obama’s visit on – they’ll be sure to have some shots and reports posted in a timely fashion.

Just $50 Makes You a Founder of the Bay Citizen – Includes Tickets to Party on May 26th

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Here’s the lastest about the much-talked-about media joint The Bay Citizen.

Matt Baume gives fresh details of everthing a potential freelancer could want to know at this point;

CEO Lisa Frazier today extends a final invitation to get on board before launch. See below; und

Kevin Montgomery gives us a sneak peek* on what the site might look like.

That’s the wind-up, and here’s The Pitch:


The Bay Citizen’s launch is just two days away, and we can’t wait!  Some exciting things have happened over the last few weeks:

We now have fourteen journalists in our newsroom, including twelve full-time journalists and two paid summer interns from the UC Berkeley Journalism School;

Our reporters are busy producing stories on topics including the environment and land use, health and science, education, arts and culture, and more;

We’ve started hosting partner meetings to explore collaborations with local independent media organizations, bloggers, and writers;

We recently moved into our new office at 126 Post Street in San Francisco

Become part of Bay Area history

You still have time.  Until midnight on Wednesday, you can become a Founder of The Bay Citizen by donating $50 or more.  As a Founder, your name will be permanently listed on our website and you’ll also receive two tickets to our launch party this Wednesday evening at the Great American Music Hall, where you’ll get the chance to meet hundreds of other founding members.

Become a Founder now!

And, don’t forget to check out on Wednesday morning when it goes live.

With thanks,
Lisa Frazier, CEO

P.S. Our long-term sustainability depends on support from community members like you. Thank you for supporting The Bay Citizen.

See you there!

*I had a similar experience over the weekend when I decided to visit my giant Toyota sitting in the shop getting fixed. Even though the place was closed I was able to walk right in and take it for a quick test drive – now they told me last week my car would be ready this coming Wednesday but I wanted a sneak peek. Fuck man, the brakes sounded like shit! All screeching metalicky and whatnot. I called them up today and it turns out that they’re saying the new pads are coming in Tuesday. I don’t know, man, maybe they’ll get it done proper, but that’s a lot of work they still have to do…

This is Your Last Chance to Register for the June 8th Election – Deadline is 8:00 PM Tonight

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Word comes from John Arntz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Elections:

Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.”

So, maybe you’re not registered or maybe you’re registered not to your liking

Either way, act today.

Look how much fun the political process voting can be:

Anyway, choose or lose:

“SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2010 – Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.

Ways to register to vote for before today’s deadline:

1. Download, complete and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, some City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Complete and mail the form today.

3. Come to the Department of Electionson the ground floor of City Hall. After 6 p.m., voters must enter City Hall through the front entrance on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked with today’s date, May 24, for applicants to become eligible to vote in the June election.

More information on voter registration is available by visiting the Department’s website at or calling (415) 554-4411.

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375

60 Show for Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s Anti-Whaling Protest at City Hall

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

About 60 people (including two dressed up as cetaceans, plus two dogs – of course, dogs love whales) showed for San Francisco’s part of today’s statewide protest against whaling.

Oddly, our MSM reported on how things went down in Fun Diego – can you believe how different these dispatches are? And this IndyBay bit leaves out the part about “Western culinary imperialism.” Oh well.

Here’s Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi caught in mid-stemwinder:

When Whale They Ever Learn and Nice People Heart Whales:

(Of course, Japan, Norway, and Iceland are the major whaling nations but cetaceans are hunted in the United States and Canada as well. Japan killed a little more than 500 Minke whales the past year and America got about 40 Bowheads, so call that 4000 tons for America and about 3000-something tons for Japan. Both of these species are not endangered, Or So They Say.)

Anyway, the deets:

Save the Whales Day, May 23, 2010
Demonstration Locations and Contacts

Save the Whales Day
May 23, 2010
Demonstration Locations and Contacts PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE OFTEN FOR UPDATES
County Location Contact Time
Del Norte Front St. Park Visitors Center 11:30 am
Humboldt Eureka, foot of F St. on the plaza 10:00 am
Los Angeles Palisades Park (by pier)
Santa Monica 11:00 am
Marin Rodeo Beach at
Ft. Cronkhite Nancy Okada 2:00 pm
Mendocino Ft. Bragg Town Hall
363 Main Street 1:00 pm
Monterey Monterey Bay Park Pelican Network
POB 144
Big Sur, CA 93920
contact: Jack Ellwanger 10:00 am
Orange County Main Beach Park
Laguna Beach 10:00 am
San Diego Spanish Landing Park (San Diego Bay, across from the airport, west of Harbor Island Dr.) 11:00 am
Santa Barbara Beach by the Breakwater 10:00 am
Santa Cruz Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Dr. Patricia Matejcek 11:30 am
San Francisco City Hall Jeremy Pollock: Noon
San Luis Obispo Rock parking lot
Morro Bay 10:00 am
San Mateo Pacifica, next to the Pier on the promenade Nadia Holober, 650-740-3125 10:00 am
San Mateo
(2nd location) Poplar Beach,
Half Moon Bay Susan Herhold Noon
Sonoma Whale totem sculpture at Doran Beach (just south of Bodega Bay) Gregory Fearon: 10:00 am
Ventura Harbor Village Lawn Alan Sanders: