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Craigslist to Sponsor Bay to Breakers 2013 – All the Deets – Conservative Denver Billionaire + Craig Newmark = ???

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Observations:

1. Hey, does christian activist Phillip Anschutz still own AEG? I think so. And AEG still owns the Bay to Breakers civic street party and fun run? And Obama donor Craig Newmark / Craigslist just made a sponsoring deal with B2B? How does that square? I mean, I’m seeing “April 1st, 2013″ here. Am I missing something? You pay money to advertise a job on craigslist and it goes to Mr. Burns IRL in Colorado so he can use it to attack the concept of evolution? Mmmm…

2. Here’s something – one time Craig Newmark had to admonish “craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster” for celebrating the vandalization of my Toyota after it got messed up on Ashbury. That was a like a decade ago, just saying. Ill tell you, that Jim Buckmaster isn’t your typical wealthy millionaire CEO-type. Anyway, it cost me $200 and State Farm like $2600, oh well.

3. Back before Google semi-censored naughty images, this shot here was the number image result in Google Images when people searched for the phrase Bay to Breakers. The problem was that a local money-making sports website claimed it as its own. That was going too far, IMO. Had to put my foot down on that one.

Good times on Fell Street:

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ALL THE DEETS:

“CRAIGSLIST CONFIRMED AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS

This partnership marries two “San Francisco originals,” craigslist, which was founded in 1995 as an email distribution list of San Francisco events, with Bay to Breakers.

“We’re tickled pink to sponsor Bay to Breakers,” said craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. “A fellow San Francisco institution, this storied footrace celebrates the unique character of our colorful city, drawing fans and participants from around the world.”

New course and post-race event location
The race will follow its recent historical route until you’re almost at the Finish Line. There’s a new twist (and turn) in Golden Gate Park, runners will turn left onto Bernice Rodgers Way, then right onto MLK Jr. Drive, then right onto Lincoln Way, then a quick right onto the Great Highway and the Finish Line.

All post-race activities will take place at the Finish Area on the Great Highway – sponsor giveaways, a Dos Equis Beer Garden, food trucks, and more. Information

Volkswagen Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods
One of the city’s largest health, fitness, and lifestyle expos will be held Friday, May 17th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM & Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The FREE and open to the public Expo will be held at the San Francisco Design Center located at 635 8th Street.

Check out the “Fuel Zone” provided by Crunchies, which features snacks to prepare for the race. See the all-new Beetle Convertible and Jetta Hybrid at the Volkswagen display and enjoy interactive games from our various partners. In addition, registered participants can pick up race packets and official race shirts. Learn More

T-Shirt Design Contest Artwork Revealed
The 2013 Bay to Breakers Official Participant T-Shirt Artwork has been chosen. Congratulations to San Francisco resident Arthur Lediouris who submitted the winning design.  View winning design

Big thanks to all the artists who created outstanding designs for consideration!

Register today for Bay to Breakers at www.baytobreakers.com. Discount registrations for groups of 10 or more are available. Email groups@baytobreakers.com or call 877-234-8425 to book your group!”

“CRAIGSLIST CONFIRMED AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR 2013 BAY TO BREAKERS

SAN FRANCISCO – (April 3, 2013) Bay to Breakers, one of the world’s largest and longest running footraces, today announced San Francisco based craigslist as presenting sponsor. The Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist partnership brings together two Bay Area classics – San Francisco born and bred craigslist, now the world’s leading classified ad service, and Bay to Breakers, the legendary 102-year-old San Francisco running race. More than 30,000 athletes from around the globe will descend upon the streets of San Francisco for the 102nd Bay to Breakers 12K running race, set to take place on Sunday, May 19.

“We’re tickled pink to sponsor Bay to Breakers,” said craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster. “A fellow San Francisco institution, this storied footrace celebrates the unique character of our colorful city, drawing fans and participants from around the world.”

In addition to becoming the presenting sponsor of the iconic footrace owned and operated by world leading sports and entertainment presenters AEG, craigslist will receive prominent on-course signage, inclusion in all marketing and advertising collateral, presence on the official Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist website and social media platforms and race entries.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Bay to Breakers to partner with one of the world’s most visited websites and another San Francisco original, craigslist,” said Bay to Breakers Race Director Angela Fang. “We are thrilled to add them as presenting sponsor. As the event moves into its second century, we can’t imagine a better addition to the Bay to Breakers community.”

Additional new sponsors confirmed for 2013 include: Crunchies Food Company, the official natural freeze dried snack; Dos Equis, the official beer and malt liquor; SnuggBuds, the official headset; and LinkedIn, the official professional network. Returning sponsors include: Volkswagen, the official automobile and title sponsor of the Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods; Big 5 Sporting Goods, the official sporting goods retailer and presenting sponsor of the Volkswagen Greater Body Expo; C20 Pure Coconut Water, the official coconut water; and the Hyatt Regency Hotel San Francisco, the official race hotel.

Since 1912, this legendary race has taken thousands of participants including elite athletes, centipede teams of 13, celebrities, costumed racers, marathon runners, weekend warriors and more from the edge of the bay, to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, via several San Francisco neighborhoods. In addition to the run, participants are encouraged to take part in the Costume Contest, Volkswagen Greater Body Expo presented by Big 5 Sporting Goods and enjoy the finish line festivities with food, fun and more.

About Bay to Breakers

The 102nd Bay to Breakers 12K running race, presented by craigslist, is set to take on Sunday, May 19. To register for this year’s footrace go tohttp://bit.ly/1252QGy, for more information please visit www.baytobreakers.com. Discount registrations for groups of 10 or more are available, please email groups@baytobreakers.com, or call 877-234-8425. For more details, please visit www.baytobreakers.com, or call 877-234-8425.

About craigslist

Running in San Francisco since 1995, craigslist has jogged ahead to be the most used classifieds worldwide, helping racers everywhere find jobs, housing, goods, services, friends, romance, events, sneakers, community information, and just about everything else atwww.craigslist.org. For media inquiries please email press@craigslist.org.

About AEG:

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 of the world’s preeminent facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England) which are all part of the portfolio of AEG Facilities. Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination along with entertainment, restaurant and office space that “officially” opened in 2010.In addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), assets of AEG Sports include franchises and properties such as the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings (NHL), Two-time defending MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS), two hockey franchises in Europe, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race and Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist foot race. AEG Live, the company’s live-entertainment division, is the world’s second largest concert promotion and touring companies and is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions with fifteen regional offices. AEG Global Partnerships, a division responsible for worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships naming rights and other strategic partnerships and AEG Merchandising, a multi-faceted merchandising company are also core business units of AEG. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of the industry’s first sustainability report while in 2011, AEG introduced axs Ticketing, the first phase of its new entertainment platform serving as the company’s primary consumer brand which will also features a mobile service as well as a video content service now in development. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.

For More Information Contact:

DeeDee Taft/Shelbi Okumura
Spin Communications

By Justin Beck: Naked Guy and Roller Skating Ballerina at OccupySF – On the Edge of NSFW

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Wow, another winner from Justin Beck:

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Upon further review, it turns out that the roller skater is not wearing a tutu. Quel dommage!

But anyway, another ballet season is coming in less than a month at our San Francisco Ballet, starting with the bay area version of The Nutcracker and then the entire 2012 season proper in January. Hurray!

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Loses Famous LovEvolution Event (aka The Love Parade) to Oakland for 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

This year’s lovEvolution Dance Music Festival will be in Oakland instead of San Francisco?

Apparently.

See?

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(Are there street parties still around in the 415 these days?)

Compared to all the other counties out there in America, San Francisco is the highest cost and highest hassle location to do any kind of event. Why is that?

Instead of this:

Via Famous David Yu

We’re going to have this – sad hipsters all dressed up with no place to go excepting the Oakland Coliseum:

Via Ben Chaney

Good-Bye Love Parade. Come back someday if you can.

Ah, memories. (I wonder if all the hyperlinks still work…) Anyway, enjoy 2009:

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream

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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via SFBart

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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via SFBart

DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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via Benjsf

The Center of Attention:

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via Bendjsf

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

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via Kanaka

And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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via Kanaka

Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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via kutchingboy

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

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via Brian Caldwell

Market Street was just packed, baby:

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via Kumasawa

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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via Brain Caldwell

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!!

Absence of Booze/Nudity/Costumes Mars 2010 San Francisco Marathon – Photos of Early Leaders

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?

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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:

And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:

Looks intense:

There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:

Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!

Results! Get all the deets after the jump.

Full Marathon:

1 Keith B 30811 02:23:28 2 Michael W 11 02:25:21 3 Zack E 20988 02:36:16 4 Florian S 90 02:37:08 5 Amir Doron K 20179 02:37:09

Half Marathon #1:

1 Michael D 22534 01:15:10 2 Brett D 22866 01:17:07 3 Matthieu B 23432 01:18:58 4 Justin M 23100 01:19:15 5 Steve L 23091 01:19:44

Half Marathon #2:

1 James G 46014 01:39:08 2 Katherine L 45634 01:40:05 3 Gina H 45307 01:40:14 4 Tim E 45963 01:40:27 5 Ha C 45628 01:42:13

5K:

1 Diane W 90478 00:32:50 2 Erica Y 90214 00:34:08 3 Josie N 92341 00:34:11

Progressive [Far Left] 5k

1 Fred L 92743 00:42:39 2 Amy L 92741 00:42:55 3 Kenna B 92780 00:51:47

Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!

Moving on…

Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.

Frankly.

I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?

And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying… 

*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee“Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?

The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.

“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”

Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.

Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.

(more…)

“Prioritized Enforcement” – The SFPD Just Issued Its Guidelines for Bay to Breakers 2010

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Here’s the thing. The SFPD can’t arrest everybody for every little thing at this Sunday’s ING Bay to Breakers Footrace 2010. You know that, they that, we all know that.

But the SFPD will pay particular attention to certain behavior during the event, so it pays to bone up on the rules before you break them. Deets below.

Actually, the cops are generally pretty mellow during B2B. Check it.

As seen in 2009. Fell Street:

Golden Gate Park Pandhandle putt putt:

And, a moment with Sarge:

All right, The Rulez for ’10:

“The San Francisco Police Department has prioritized enforcement responses during the Bay to Breaker race, to be held on Sunday, May 16. There will be sufficient officers deployed throughout the event. There will also be special enforcement police teams to respond to activities of a criminal nature or breaches of race policy.”

So don’t go nuts or anything. If you assault somebody, you’ll get arrested – that’s what they’re saying.

“There will be zero tolerance for public drunkenness…”

Heh. This edict is not operational. Get drunk all you want. If you don’t bother anyone, you won’t get arrested.

“… and public urination. Police transport wagons will be on hand to transport and detain those intoxicated in public and who are unable to care for themselves.”

OTOH, you just might get arrested for public urination. Not likely but it’s possible.

“This year the following policies are in effect: The San Francisco Police Department has coordinated with race organizers to remove kegs and bottles of alcohol from the race course.”

Yes, this is no idle threat. Does it mean that cans of beer are O.K.? Yes, in all probablility your aluminum slugs of MGD and PBR will be AOK.

“Wheeled objects and floats must be registered and start from the starting line behind all runners and walkers. No wheeled object or float will be permitted to join the race along the route.”

I’m not up to speed here – there was talk of allowing floats to enter the race in Civic Center but if you are operating a licensed float, I’m sure you know the latest. OTOH, if you have a non-registered float, you’re going to run into trouble I’ll bet.

“The police department urges all participants to exercise common sense to help ensure a safe and pleasant experience for participants, spectators and residents alike.”

Yes, this is acurate. Let’s hope it all goes well. It usually does.

(And, oh yes, nudity is not on this list from the SFPD. That means, as per usual, there’ll most likely be no enforcement. It’ll totally wide open.)

See you there!

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:

3979644102_031524e5b6_b copy

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:

3978198834_73245e0686_b copy

via SFBart

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

3979132855_8ec2809a24_b copy

Kanaka again

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

3978791719_1ceb09aa73_b copy

Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

3978171538_a88c8d0e3b_b copy

via SFBart

DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

3979415434_e0b588087e_b copy

via Benjsf

The Center of Attention:

3979413662_49e88f02fa_b copy

via Bendjsf

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

3979810812_0bacee02ea_b copy

via Kanaka

And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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via Kanaka

Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

3979127488_545dfa239b_o copy

via kutchingboy

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

3978073497_6964d9b547_b copy

via Brian Caldwell

Market Street was just packed, baby:

251979690_0ce7834172_b copy

via Kumasawa

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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via Brain Caldwell

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!

IMG_7783 copy

Click to expand

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….

IMG_7752 copy

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

IMG_7890 copy

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

IMG_7899 copy

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

CRW_6526 copy

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

IMG_7924 copy

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?

IMG_7951 copy

Pretty much.

See you next year!

poster copy

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!!

Boycott Called on 2009 Anschutz ING Bay to Breakers, Showdown Skedded for Thursday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Tonight, the kids are bummed because ”ING ignores citizens’ requests to collaborate on Bay to Breakers!” Uh oh. The latest communique from some of the people against changing the 98-year-old tradition:

“Talks with race officials stalled. We are boycotting all race registration until further notice. We are calling for runners and non-runners to unite in this effort.”

Well, aint that America? It would seem the next chapter in this tale will take place Thursday morning at 9:00 AM, when permits will be discussed:

Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
1 South Van Ness Ave, Room #7080
San Francisco, CA

The horror, the horror of the 2008 Bay to Breakers Civic Parade. Are these Ivy-League, U.C., and Stanford grads really “bandits” and “thieves?”

via Dave Shumaker

Of course the organizers of B2B are proud that they get ink from the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, which gives sports fans a bucket list of 101 things to do before they die:

84. Bay to Breakers (May, San Francisco). There are many public runs across the world, but none matches this nearly century-old 12K through one of the world’s most beautiful cities for sheer spectacle. As many as 80,000 runners compete in all manner of costume — and sometimes, no clothes at all. This is San Francisco, after all.”

But check out why ESPN likes the pre-crackdown B2B here. You see? All the stuff that will be zero tolerated this year is why B2B made ESPN’s list – the ESPN writer specifically mentions mellow cops, alcohol, nuidity, and floats – all the things that make the traditional B2B something different from the thousands of annual 12k fun runs all over flyover country. Isn’t it ironic, don’t cha think?

On another front, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced his B2B resolution today at City Hall – read all about it.

Oh well, back to boycott news. It’s even on the Facebook:

***BOYCOTT ALL RACE REGISTRATION***
________________________________________

Until race organizers listen to the voices of thousands of San Francisco citizens and remove the Zero Tolerance restrictions announced two weeks ago. Talks with race organizers have STALLED and there is no sign of their interest in building solutions to make this race better instead of hijacking and suburbanizing the event.

Join our ZERO = ZERO movement…

Zero Tolerance = Zero Registrations

See our website for more information or read below.

http://www.savebay2breakers.org/

Automatic for the people:

And of course the Yelpers are yelping away:

The Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers have welcomed an open dialogue with ING Race Organizers about how to maintain the traditions of Bay to Breakers in a more responsible and organized way after they declared a “Zero Tolerance” policy on alcohol, nudity and floats for the traditional event.http://www.ingbaytobre… stating, “It is important to note that ING Bay to Breakers is a 12K Race, not a civic parade.”info@savebay2breakers.org to help!http://www.savebay2bre…/http://maps.google.com…

ING Race Organizers have repeatedly been a no-show to meetings and conference calls showing that they have no intention of compromising or letting San Franciscans have a voice in THEIR race.

They even released this letter:

We need your help!

1. Temporarily BOYCOTT ALL REGISTRATION until ING Race Organizers and the city reconsider their position. We ask for solidarity amongst runners who traditionally register to withhold their registration until Race Organizers removes restrictions.

2. Volunteer! Please email:

3. Check out:

4. Attend the ISCOTT meeting where city planners and sponsors make the final decisions in city permits for the race:

9am
Thursday February 26, 2009
1 South Van Ness Ave
Room #7080
San Francisco, CA

In short, it’s a social media firestorm. On it goes. Stay tuned.

Oh yes, a point counterpoint with An Open Letter to the ING Bay to Breakers Community after the jump

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