It was a little foggy and windy in 2016:
Maybe next year…
The fake cherry trees of January are now a deep purple, ’cause they’re plum trees.
That means that the cherry trees you see these days are real cherry.
Accept no substitutes…
Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.
Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)
Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)
Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.
And now, on with the show:
Sunday April 19
10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St
11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum
11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St
11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St
Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – McKinley Statue
Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive
Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament – Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area
2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic
2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar
Monday April 20th
9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell
1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton
6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue
7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church
7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith
8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St
Tuesday, April 21st
11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St
Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF
6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central
7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater
7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith
7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St
7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St
10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
Wednesday, April 22nd
11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton
Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St
6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library
7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith
Thursday, April 23rd
11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza
3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle
7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St
Friday, April 24th
11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk
2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St
2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library
3 pm: DMV Concierge – entrance to the San Francisco DMV
3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith
7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St
7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St
7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location
Saturday, April 25th
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts
1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA
2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park
7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,
Of all the insults Bill McKinley has endured over the years, this has got to be the worst.
Don’t say side-boob, don’t say side-boob…
Now if you filled the hula hoop up with something, there’s a chance that could you impart enough momentum to toss it up there.
But if this is just a regular, unaltered hoop, then a drone is prolly what these, these urban thugs used.
And our somewhat corrupt RPD is now droneless, oh no!
I call for a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper to loiter above the eastern portion of the GGP Panhandle, you know, an armed patrol, to show the tech bros that WE MEAN BUSINESS!
And who are the prime suspects? It’s these two, recently spotted loitering near the monument:
And if not them, then it was this crew.
Here you go, this is what it looks like when the RPD spends thousands of your hard-earned to steam clean the McKinley Statue. (Hey, whatever happened to KKK Katie?)
Get up to speed on this neverending game of cat and mouse here – just keep reading down.
IDK, are these people contractors paid by the RPD / SFGov? Prolly. Looks like a pretty easy gig, just get some machine and some green vests and then you’re raking in some sweet sweet govt cash:
And actually, I don’t know how much offensive Nazi graffiti was cleaned up this go-around. I hadn’t noticed any.
Perhaps these people were just cleaning the steps this go-around and this wasn’t a five-figure budget-crusher for the Arts Commish / Rec and Park Dept? I know not.
I can see why elements of SFGov, politically-connected, white & wizened millionaires who live in million dollar houses far outside the city limits, want to just throw up their arms by throwing up a metal fence around these steps at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park. Oh, and local real estate interests, the realtors who live and “prospect” in the 94117 – they want an ugly fence as well, around this iconic meeting place.
I can see why, it’s their cry for help. But I don’t approve of no fence.
(And, mind you, the very same people who want the Great McKinley Fence are those who 86’ed the harmless Panhandle Bandshell a few years back…)
Here’s how things stand now:
And here’s a little history, complete with an artist’s conception of what the anti-graffiti fence would look like – keep reading down, through the webpages of time.
You know, fundamentally, this is the big landmark at the gateway to Golden Gate Park. I don’t like the fence idea but I also don’t like people coming by to see giant KKK letters on the base of this statue for days, weeks and months. And the Rec and Parks and Arts Commission people say it’s a real expensive PITA to keep the graffiti off.
So I don’t know…
If you want to learn yourself about the William McKinley statue and the Golden Gate Park East End Girls and Boys who hang out at the eastern end of GGP, click here.
What do you see in this photo? Are you a realtor* who sees the graffiti or are you a dirty hippie who sees other hippies hanging out after riding their bikes?
(I see both, actually. And I don’t have any objections to the current situation, not being a NIMBY or a real estate broker myself.)
Anyway, local real estate interests and the silverbacks at RPD still want their damn “period-specific” fence to keep out the dirty dirty hippies and their spay paint cans.
I don’t know how you can look at this illustration and not chuckle, but they were serious about this.
Hey, RPD and the arts people, can you think of another solution?
*Lower case “r,” always.