Posts Tagged ‘palace of fine arts’

OMG, It’s the “Nutcracker Guide to Our City” from the San Francisco Ballet – Click and Learn

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Well, somebody spent a lot of time putting this together.

All the deets, below.

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“EXPLORE ICONIC CITY LOCATIONS WITH “NUTCRACKER GUIDE TO OUR CITY”

SAN FRANCISCO —Today, San Francisco Ballet—the first professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform Nutcracker—announced the launch of its Nutcracker Guide to Our City, an interactive magazine inspired by SF Ballet’s Nutcracker production. It can be accessed online by visiting:www.sfballet.org/cityguide.

Like the SF Ballet production, the guide is set in early twentieth-century San Francisco and  presents a rich journey through five historic locations around the city, including: Alamo Square, the Conservatory of Flowers, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the War Memorial Opera House.

The content-rich magazine also features blog entries by local historians and architecture experts, video interviews with SF Ballet dancers, and vintage photography of San Francisco from the early 1900’s.

“Since San Francisco was the first city in America to offer a full-length Nutcracker, it’s only fitting that Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson set San Francisco Ballet’s current production in early twentieth-century San Francisco,” said SF Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy. “To celebrate the long-standing ties between the city and this annual holiday tradition, we’ve created a fun, interactive guide that explores five city locations that are integral to our production,” added McCoy.

Upon launching the guide, SF Ballet will offer special discounts and deals for some of the locations featured in the magazine, as well as the chance to win free tickets to SF Ballet’sNutcracker.

These holiday deals will only be available online to SF Ballet social media fans. To learn more, “like” SF Ballet on Facebook: facebook.com/sfballet, and follow SF Ballet on Twitter:twitter.com/SFBallet.

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“The Hula Show 2011″ at Palace of Fine Arts, Oct. 15-23: Patrick Makuakāne, Dance Troupe Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu Return

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

They’re ba-aaack.

All the deets, below:

WHO: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

WHAT: Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne and his award-winning dance troupe, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, are set to return to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre October 15 – 23 with six performances of The Hula Show 2011. Tickets are on sale now at 415-392-4400, or online at cityboxoffice.com. With stops in India, Samoa, Turkey, Spain, and Wai’anae, The Hula Show 2011 takes attendees on a global tour of dance and song. The trip is rounded out with Hanohano Kapalakiko, a suite of chants that celebrate the indelible bond and long historical ties between Hawai’i and San Francisco. These original chants were written especially for Nā Lei Hulu by Puakea Nogelmeier, the celebrated author, composer and linguist.

WHEN:

  • October 15 at 8 p.m. – opening night Champagne reception following show 
  • October 16 at 4 p.m.
  • October 21 at 8 p.m.
  • October 22 at 5 p.m. – gala benefit Lu’au & silent auction, show begins at 8 p.m.
  • October 23 at noon – one-hour matinee designed especially for children & families
  • October 23 at 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre - San Francisco (Bay & Lyon Streets)

TICKETS: Ticket prices are $35 – $45 (reserved seating) for regular performances.  All tickets for the family matinee are $10 (general admission).  Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount (does not apply to reception or gala). Tickets to the opening night Champagne reception (Saturday, October 15) are $90. Tickets for the gala benefit Lu’au and silent auction (Saturday, October 22) are $150 and a reserved table of ten is $1,500.  Tickets are on sale now at 415-392-4400 and online atcityboxoffice.com.

MORE: As special guests, the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus join Nā Lei Hulu for a beautiful a cappella accompaniment as they perform an Islamic chant and two Indian Ragas during the October 22 and 23 performances.  All shows feature an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary forms of hula.  

PARKING: Due to construction at the Palace of Fine Arts, parking will be limited. Attendees are encouraged to carpool, and arrive early to park. Street closure: Doyle Drive from northbound 19th Avenue/Hwy 1.Parking options: ST. FRANCIS YACHT CLUB – free parking. 700 Marina Boulevard at Yacht Road. 12-minute walk across Marina Boulevard to Lyon Street and POFA Theatre. CLAIRE LILIENTHAL SCHOOL – $10 per car. Enter schoolyard on Beach Street between Scott and Divisadero. 15-minute walk on Beach Street to POFA pond, then around pond to POFA Theatre doors. MARINA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Sunday shows only) – $10 per car. Enter schoolyard on Bay Street between Fillmore and Webster. Complimentary shuttle to and from POFA Theatre, starting 90 minutes prior to show time. For additional parking information, please visit naleihulu.org.

About Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Founded in 1985, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (“the many feathered wreaths at the summit, held in high esteem”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to teaching and preserving the Hawaiian culture through hula.  It has a performance group of nearly 40 dancers and offers classes to students in the beginning and intermediate levels.  The organization holds educational workshops throughout the year in Hawaiian language, history, and arts and crafts.  The company has performed in locations throughout California, and in New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Honolulu.  For further information on Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, call 415-647-3040 or visit naleihulu.org.

Colorful Subject Study: The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Another night shot from famous David Yu:

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San Francisco-Themed Painted-Tiles Ensure We’ll All Continue to Love Trader Joe’s – The Newish Mural on Masonic

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Boy, somebody spent some time making sure that the painted tiles on the side of our Masonic Trader Joe’s got done right – there are a lot of details to notice while you’re idling in line on the slow lane of Masonic southbound.

(But come to think of it, the great line of idling cars isn’t as great as it used to be, for some reason. Wonder why…)

And oh, looks like grocery projects in the future will require shoppers to pay for parking – anyway, that’s the trend, my friend.

The vibrant mural of Trader Joe’s San Francisco, aka Trader Joe’s Store #100. It’s new, or newish at least:

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Happy shopping.

District 2 Candidates’ Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – Beth Spotwood Nails It

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

All you need to know about Monday’s big candidates forum for District Two is right here in Beth Spotswood’s detailed report. She’s spot on.

Your candidates:

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If that written report is not enough, you can see and hear for yourself. Meet candidates Kat Anderson, Barbara BerwickMark FarrellVilma Guinto Peoro, Janet Reilly, and Abraham Simmons:

Kat Anderson

Barbara Berwick

Mark Farrell

Vilma Guinto Peoro

Janet Reilly

Abraham Simmons

(Based on YouTube views, people are more interested in Mark Farrell and Janet Reilly at this point. UPDATE: Whoops, there’s been a change – see the Comments. Click on the links if you want to keep score…)

And here are a few of The Issues:

The Presidio 

Public Safety

 
Parking Meters / SFMTA
 
Budgetary problems
 
Yacht Harbors
 
O.K. then.

Betwixt Alcatraz and Inspiration Point lies the Palace of Fine Arts:

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Le mise-en-scene, with 300-something in the audience, all told:

Here’s the current Supervisor, Michela Alioto Pier…

…and the moderator:

Median age in the audience was 60-something. Is that old? I don’t know.

 A full-fledged debate should be coming soon…

District 2 Update: Mark Farrell Kicks Off Campaign, Candidates Forum Tonight at 6:30 PM

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I’ll tell you, I was surprised to see the turnout at Mark Farrell‘s campaign kickoff at Moscone Park up there in the Marina District on Saturday. They’re claiming 120 souls gathered under the pouring sun and I can believe it. Lots of people from the smaller unions were on the scene.

Here’s Mark’s dad, John Farrell, talking about the good old days when you could interview a potential babysitter without hearing about her eight body piercings. He also reminisced about his son playing ball back in the Marina in the 90′s and about his son helping out (along with Joe DiMaggio*) after the Great Fire of 1989:

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Le mise-en-scene:

The enthusiasm was infectious:

I got called away from this event early on but here are a few shots from the Facebook.

Equal time for a girl signholder:

And a thousand-gigawatt smile:

And, oh, the candidate hisself:

That’s Item One.

Item Two is the big candidate’s forum tonight up at the Palace of Fine Arts. The latest news is that Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier herself will be there to make an address. See?

Supervisor Alioto-Pier to Give Opening Address at Tonight’s District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum
 
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier will address District 2 residents as the opening speaker at tonight’s District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
 
SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2010) — The
Marina Community Association (MCA) has joined other neighborhood and merchant groups in sponsoring a Supervisor Candidate Forum to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidates vying to represent District 2 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Alioto-Pier, who is ineligible to run for re-election as District 2 Supervisor will deliver the opening address.
 
The forum will provide each candidate with an opportunity to answer questions about issues that impact District 2 neighborhoods and the city of San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. All residents of District 2 are encouraged to attend.
 
The event will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, 2010, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
 
Sponsors include: The Cow Hollow Association (
www.cowhollowassociation.org)
 
The Marina Community Association (
www.sfmca.org)
 
Marina Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants
 
Marina Merchants Association (
www.themarinasf.com)
 
The Union Street Merchants Association (
www.unionstreetsf.com)

What’s on Michela’s mind? Well, we’ll find out soon enough.

And Item Three is the news of Janet Reilly getting endorsed by yet another big union. I don’t know how much the endorsement from the United Educators of San Francisco will help in District 2 but here it is:

And, oh, add to that, the Carpenters Union, Local 22 is also backing Janet. That’s the latest.

*IIRC, Joltin Joe DiMaggio was kind of a big jerk on Chestnut Street back in the 1990′s, trying to jump the line at a barbershop and getting all huffy when the barber said no dice, that kind of thing. JMO.

Finally! A Forum for the District 2 Supervisor Race – Neighborhood Groups to Host on September 13th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I’d bet that the average resident of San Francisco Supervisor District 2 hasn’t even begun to decide on which way to go come November 2, 2010.

So that’s why this “forum” just announced is so welcome:

“A District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.”

That’s all I know. You’d imagine that these four candidates, at the very least, would be there:

Kat Anderson
Mark Farrell
Janet Reilly
Abraham Simmons

Who will win the right to represent this District 2 Great Blue Heron come 2011?

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All the deets:

Marina Community Association Co-sponsors District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum. A coalition of neighborhood groups is sponsoring a District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
 
The Marina Community Association (MCA) has joined other neighborhood and merchant groups in sponsoring a Supervisor Candidate Forum to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the candidates vying to represent District 2 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The general election is scheduled for November 2, 2010.
 
The forum will provide each candidate with an opportunity to answer questions about issues that impact District 2 neighborhoods and the city of San Francisco. The event is free and open to the public. All residents of District 2 are encouraged to attend.
 
The event will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, September 13, 2010, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
 
Sponsors include:

The Cow Hollow Association (www.cowhollowassociation.org)
 
The Marina Community Association (
www.sfmca.org)
 
Marina Cow Hollow Neighbors and Merchants
 
Marina Merchants Association (
www.themarinasf.com)
 
The Union Street Merchants Association (
www.unionstreetsf.com)

For more information, visit online at www.sfmca.org.  

Stanford Frosh Crystal Lee Crowned Miss Chinatown USA for 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This was the scene last night at the Palace of Fine Arts, where Stanfurd freshman and bay area local Crystal Lee was crowned Miss Chinatown USA 2010. It’s international news.

All the pageantry was caught by David Yu of davidyuweb. He always has great photos of whatever’s going on the bay area. 

The crowning the School of the Arts alum:

Here are all the contestants: Christine Lim 李汶娸, Kristina Owyoung 歐陽坤怡, Samantha Chin 陳冠曄, Leilani Soon 孫愛蘭, Anna Chiem 詹佩盈, Christina Zhang 張子倩, Crystal Lee 李萬晴, Gloria Mui 梅主恩, Angela Wang 王兆蓬, Chang Liu 劉暢, Li Li 李欣燃, and Tong Qiao 喬彤:

How many peacocks had to die for this outfit? None, I s’pose:

Congratulations:

Crystal Lee

San Francisco, CA
Miss Chinatown U.S.A.

Kristina Owyoung
Lafayette, CA
Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce/First Princess

Christina Zhang
Pleasanton, CA
Miss San Francisco Chinatown

Li Li
Flushing, NY
2nd Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
3rd Princess

Angela Wang
Sugar Land, TX
4th Princess

Anna Chiem
Chicago, IL
Miss TVB Choice Award

And of course our Chinese New Year’s Parade is coming up (rain expected – it’s free to watch of course, or you can pay $30 for reserved seating) on Saturday, February 27th, 2010, right after the Coronation Ball:

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball
Friday, February 26, 2010
San Francisco Hilton & Towers
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
(415) 982-3000
6:00 pm No Host Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Dancing until midnight
Tickets: $120
The newly selected Miss Chinatown USA and her court will be crowned at the annual Harrah’s Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders, promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.

Star-Studded Defying Inequality Concert at Palace of Fine Arts This Monday

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

This is why you’ve been saving your pennies the past few months – it’s DEFYING INEQUALITY: The San Francisco Concert. Learn about the connection to the fantastic Wicked play here (and also find out about a possible discount, if you’re into that.) Get your tickets here. Via GoingSF:

“The special evening, presented by the San Francisco cast of Wicked, will include Patty Duke ( The Miracle Worker, Valley of the Dolls), Bruce Vilanch (writer – Academy Awards, Hairspray National Tour), Judy Gold (Emmy Award winner), Laughing Pizza (Parents Choice Awards, PBS daily), Matt Alber (singer/songwriter – Hide Nothing), Clifford Banagale ( Bruno, Altar Boyz), Boylesque, Connie Champagne ( Christmas with the Crawfords, Valley of the Dolls – stage production), Carmen Cusack ( South Pacific, Wicked), Ava Garter (burlesque star), Selene Luna ( The Cho Show), Meg Mackay & Billy Philadelphia (Winner of seven Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Empress XXX Donna Sachet (TV Host, COMCAST/Columnist, B.A.R.), Scott Matthew (singer/songwriter – Scott Matthew, Shortbus), Ryan Rigazzi ( Beach Blanket Babylon), Vocal Minority – An SFGMC Ensemble, Suzanne Whang ( Househunters, Las Vegas), and many more.”

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More deets. See you there!

“On Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., the San Francisco cast of Wicked, along with members of the San Francisco arts community (and beyond), is coming together for one of the most important events of the year – Defying Inequality: The San Francisco Concert, a one-night only concert benefitting Marriage Equality USA and Garden State Equality – two equal rights organizations.   Featuring stars from stage & screen, the concert will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA).   A VIP reception will be held in the lobby immediately following the event.   For tickets and information, please contact City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 and visit defyinginequality.com (click on San Francisco).

“The concert will be directed by Joe Dulude II with musical direction by Bryan Perri.

Nimbies Save Presidio’s Great Northern Parking Lot – Will Burger King Now Come Back?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Boy, it was touch and go for a few years there, but news comes today that our beloved NIMBYs have managed to preserve the Great Northern Parking Lot of San Francisco.

See it? 700 spaces, free of charge. It’s historic, you know. When the U.S. Army wasn’t out there killing a million or so Filipinos it managed to create the GNPLoSF. Therefore, these parking spaces are sacrosanct:

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Now that that pesky modern art has been gotten rid of, a question remains over what to do with the upper end of the Main Post. You know the Burger King corporation had an outlet that served as an Army Mess on the Presidio for so many years, it would be only fitting to give it the right of first refusal to get a chance to replace the famous itty bitty bowling alley that’s up there now.  

An artist’s conception, avec just one installation of evil modern art thrown in to see if the NIMBYs can tolerate it.  

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You see, that old, historic Presidio BK was a place “where a simple guy serving his country could get an inexpensive meal with a stunning view.” Wouldn’t it be nice to honor those memories with the biggest Burger King in the world? Put it right where the museum was supposed to go.

Either that, or a Jollibee. Your choice.