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I’m Calling It: Our Tech Bubble Will Burst in 2016, When Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a UNICORN” Arrives at PoLoH

Friday, September 25th, 2015

1515: The Age of Great Masters

2015: The Age of Unicorns:


The Tempting of Fate begins Jan 9, 2016:

Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” – January 9, 2016 – April 10, 2016

This focused exhibition features one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will be lent by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682.

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn (ca. 1505–1506) features an unidentified blond-haired sitter and epitomizes the beauty of Raphael’s female portraits during his Florentine period. The exhibition will explore the possible identity of this subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap. Scholars believe that the painting was commissioned to celebrate a wedding, and the unicorn, a conventional symbol of chastity, may offer clues to her familial lineage.

The exhibition further highlights the stylistic relationships between this masterpiece and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Leonardo’s canonical work, painted in Florence in the early years of the 16th century, had a great impact on the younger Raphael, who also practiced in the city during this period. Raphael’s sophisticated adaptation of Leonardo’s innovations in portrait compositions resulted in Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, a painting that hints at the Mona Lisa with its half-length format, its sitter with hands folded in her lap, and its setting before a distant landscape. Visitors will be able to explore Raphael’s painting in detail and get a glimpse into its intriguing history.

About the Artist

Painter, draftsman and architect Raphael (1483–1520) was one of the most famous artists working in Italy during the period from 1500 to 1520, often identified as the High Renaissance. His paintings are noteworthy for their great beauty and harmony, epitomizing the Renaissance virtues of balance and ideal form. His later production exhibits an interest in expressing movement and emotion through narratives. He is best known for religious subjects, portraits, and historical scenes.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Cincinnati Art Museum in collaboration with the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture. The Legion of Honor presentation is made possible by a lead sponsorship from the Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Field.

International Incident in Chinatown: Elephant Flag Appears to be Much Larger than Neighboring US and PRC Flags

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

I don’t know my US Flag Code, but I’m thinking you shouldn’t have your jumbo elephant flag flying at the same height as neighboring national flags.

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So, to fix things, you gotta shrink the jumbo flag or embiggen* the PRC flag, then you gotta fly the oliphant flag at a lower altitude, and while you’re at it, make sure your PRC flag looks natty instead of ratty, you know, the way it looks now…

* A perfectly cromulent word, right?

What Mayor Ed Lee Is Doing Tomorrow: The “HSBC Made for Trade” Tour – Hey, Is Trade Good or Should We “Buy Local?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The “HSBC Made for Trade Tour” is blowing through town tomorrow – sked below.


- So “trade” is good? I thought we were supposed to “buy local?” I don’t have a beef against international trade myself, but I’m a little surprised to see SFGov participating in this trade love-fest.

- Isn’t the Bay Area Council Economic Institute now discredited owing to the recent America’s Cup fiasco? I think so. And yet here there are popping up as if nothing at all is wrong. Here you go, this BACEI report was a laugh riot: The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay. Check it, potential “economic benefits” of “$9.9 billion,” whatever that meant. And a “fleet of super yachts” was supposed to motor through the Panama Canal and then shower riches upon us in some sort of Build It And They Will Come aquatic cargo cult. Hey! Perhaps the BACEI could gin up a report for how great the 2024 Olympics would be for us – wouldn’t that be a nice encore?

- And isn’t our Chinese Consulate the Locus of Espionage for Northern California? I think so. Or name me a better one, gentle reader? Anyway, here they come, as if nothing’s a matter.

Here you go, here’s the pitch:

HSBC Made for Trade is a national conversation with leaders in business, government, industry and academia about the role of global trade in today’s economy. This national tour looks at the contribution of the international flow of goods, services and capital to the U.S. economy, and the opportunities for American businesses brought about by global trade.”

And here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

Program Agenda

Financing The Future
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.
Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC

11:05 a.m.
Innovative Policy Approaches To Support Globalization
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

11:15 a.m.
Trade In The Bay Area: Investment And Global Financial Flows
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
Moderated by Andrew S. Ross
Business Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Sean Randolph
President & CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Additional commentary from:
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Debra J. Lodge
Head of RMB FX Business Development, North America, HSBC Global Markets
Xia Xiang
Economic and Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, San Francisco

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee
Mayor, City of San Francisco

12:20 p.m.
Lunch Served
Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank

12:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: How Bay Area Businesses Are Fueling The 
Future Of America
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Moderated by Jim Wunderman
President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Benedict J. Bowler
Treasurer, Matson, Inc.
Lisa Peschcke-Koedt
Vice President, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Johan Nystedt
Vice President and Global Treasurer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Shapero
Vice President, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn

1:25 p.m.
California And The Business Of Trade
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Kish Rajan
Director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

1:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

OMG, It’s Zillow-Palooza 2012 – Half Day Real Estate Forum at Palace Hotel Oct. 12th – FHA Commish! USC! Free!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I don’t know, this whole deal sounds like a lot of cheerleading for the real estate industry, which is still heavily subsidized by the Feds.

Oh, and the state of California as well.

But “post-bottom landscape” and “good time to buy?” Well, after hearing those phrases bandied about, how can you resist?

So if you want to be the next Donald Trump, have at it. After all, you can’t win your share of middle-class welfare if you don’t play.

Just don’t get too optimistic, again…

“Zillow, USC Lusk Center to Host Housing Forum in San Francisco; FHA Commissioner Carol Galante to Give Keynote – “California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” – To Explore Whether It Is a Good Time to Buy, Issues Around Prop 13

SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2012  — After a housing recession that eclipsed the Great Depression, many markets are again experiencing home value appreciation sparked by high demand but a low supply of homes. What are the sources of this situation, and how long will it last? What will come next? What should real estate professionals and consumers know about this “new” housing market?

To help answer some of these questions, Zillow®, the leading real estate information marketplace, and the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate will host the half-day “Forum on California’s Housing Market: Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape” Oct. 12 at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.

“When it comes to today’s housing market, it’s a confusing time for professionals and consumers alike,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “The sheer size of California’s real estate market, along with the fact that cities in the state were among the first to enter the housing recession, combine to make California a kind of bellwether for what to expect as other major housing markets begin to stabilize and recover. We’re thrilled to host an esteemed group of national and California-based experts to discuss the state of the market and issues of particular relevance to California.”

“With rising rents and historically low mortgage rates, owning a home appears to be very appealing,” said Richard Green, Lusk Chair in Real Estate at USC. “But underwater borrowers are reluctant – or unable – to sell, tying up supply in a high-demand environment. We look forward to discussing the implications of these factors on the housing market.”

This will be the second housing forum hosted by Zillow this year. The first, “America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation,” was held in New York in April.

Full details of the San Francisco event are below, and guests can register for this free forum at More information and updates about speakers can be found at

       Forum on California’s Housing Market:
        Navigating the Post-Bottom Landscape
              October 12, 8 a.m.-noon
                   Palace Hotel
               2 New Montgomery St.
                   San Francisco

                 Keynote Speech by
                   Carol Galante
       Acting Federal Housing Administration
     Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for

    Top Housing Experts in Public and Private
       Sectors Will Debate and Discuss in Two
     Is It a Good Time to Buy in California?:
          The Housing Market’s New Normal
    Moderated by Richard Green, Director of the
          USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
        Prop 13 in a Healing Housing Market
     Moderated by Colleen Edwards, Owner, EMC
Other speakers include:
    —  Spencer Rascoff, CEO, Zillow
    —  John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting
    —  Bert Selva, President, Shea Homes
    —  Eric Gutshall, President and COO, Haven Realty Capital
    —  Dowell Myers, Professor, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group,
        USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
With a special overview of the nation’s housing market by Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.

About Zillow, Inc.

Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) is the leading real estate information marketplace, providing vital information about homes, real estate listings and mortgages through its website and mobile applications, enabling homeowners, buyers, sellers and renters to connect with real estate and mortgage professionals best suited to meet their needs. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Dr. Humphries and his team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 150 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow, Inc. operates®, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Mobile, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions(TM) and RentJuice®. The company is headquartered in Seattle., Zillow, Zestimate, Postlets and RentJuice are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Diverse Solutions is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.



CONTACT: Katie Curnutte, Zillow, +1-206-757-2701 or

Web Site:

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

SFJazz Spring Season 2011 Continues: Jake Shimabukuro Plays the Palace of Fine Arts – 7 Million YouTubers Can’t Be Wrong

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Our SFJazz Spring Season 2011 continues. Check it.

Selling out shows at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend was, as per usual, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Here’s his famous viral video from back in the aughts – he gets into it starting at 2:45 or so.

If you missed the sold-out shows, well, you can always see him next time…

This is exactly what the scene was like* at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend:

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Bon courage, people of SFJazz Spring Season 2011!

*Didn’t want to violate the no-cameras policy myself, but, as you can see, I’m not reverse to using somebody else’s shot. In this way, I’m something like a person who would never shoplift but, nevertheless, buys unopened boxes of cut-rate toothpaste from the pink bag mafia at the thieves market near 7th and Market Street. Oh well.

Olympic Gold Winner Jennifer Azzi Graces Annual GIRLVENTURES Fundraiser – “Leadership in a Safe, Risk-Taking Environment”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

San Francisco-based GirlVentures is all about “Empowering adolescent girls to Develop and Express their Strengths.” Now, they have all kinds of programs that would have your tween/teen outdoors in teams on Mt. Tam and other places, but the point is not to teach girls outdoor survival skills. Rather, the point is to teach leadership skills in a safe, risk-taking environment.

So, check out this morning’s “Empower! Breakfast Fundraiser” down at the Palace Hotel (that Grand Old San Francisco Hotel that always seems a cut above the other GOSFH’s).

We’re done with the the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“Join us at our 2010 Empower Breakfast Fundraiser as we honor our community and hear about the life-changing experiences of girls who have participated in our outdoor education programs. Hear also from our keynote speaker, Jennifer Azzi, an Olympic gold medalist and Women’s basketball Hall of Famer, while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast and networking with your friends.”

OMG, it’s USF Basketball Head Coach Jennifer Azzi giving the keynote. (Note orange and black rock-climbing helmet – how apropos.)

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And here are a few of the Venturing Girls themselves: Shania Reynolds, Kaijika Kendall, Emma Winer, and Yesenia Herrera listening for the next raffle winner to chirp up after each of them spoke to the crowd about what their experiences at GirlVentures programs meant to them:

There were hundreds on hand this AM on the first floor of the Palace:

So, maybe this is the charity you’ve been looking for. Check out their website.

All the deets:

Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Azzi Delivers Keynote at Annual GirlVentures’ Empower! Breakfast GirlVentures’ graduates share personal stories of growth and leadership through outdoor experiential education

San Francisco, October 25, 2010 – Jennifer Azzi, Women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco and one of the world’s top athletes, will be the keynote speaker at GirlVentures’ Empower! Breakfast, 8-9 AM, Thursday, October 28 at the Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Azzi is described as one of the best basketball players of all time—male or female. Before winning the Olympic gold medal in women’s basketball in 1996, she won an NCAA Basketball Championship at Stanford University, and was honored with both the Naismith and Wade Trophies. Azzi is also a sought-after motivational speaker on topics ranging from handling failure to dreaming big, as well as a master at building leadership skills, a key goal of all GirlVentures’ programs.

Another inspiring highlight of the breakfast will be several GirlVentures’ graduates sharing their own poignant stories of friendship, determination and courage.

About GirlVentures:

GirlVentures is dedicated to empowering pre-adolescent girls from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds to develop and express their strengths. Girls explore themselves and their world through a Leadership Progression Model of challenging outdoor experiences such as camping, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. GirlVentures offers after-school and summer programs for girls entering middle school and high school, and encourages risk-taking in a safe and supportive environment. GirlVentures is committed to helping girls sustain the self-confidence that they risk losing during their teenage years. Innovative programs, which have served 3,000 Bay Area girls in the past 14 years, are designed to help each participant discover and sustain her true self. Girls develop and express their strengths by coming together with other girls and women mentors to work and play, try new things, solve challenges and resolve conflicts. The GirlVentures’ Leadership Progression Model is aimed at building on the leadership skills girls learn in each program as they enter a new grade.

Sarah Liu Crowned Queen of the Miss Asian America Pageant at Palace of Fine Arts

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Photographer David Yu took his gear up to the Palace of Fine Arts yesterday to capture the 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant. Can you see all the color in his set?

And here’s a first-hand report from Rose Chung‘s extravaganza:

Everyone was super gorgeous. There were plenty of attractive young women, and a surprising amount of attractive young men. Everywhere I looked it was like eyecandy overload. I was very happy. Very very happy.”

O.K. then. Here’s part of David Yu’s gallery:

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Sarah Liu was crowned Queen for 2010. Here’s her court…

and here she is, Miss Asian America 2010.


Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! It’s Rose Chung’s 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Word comes from photographer David Yu that the 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant is coming August 7th. It’s up at the monstrously large Palace of Fine Arts, so there are still tickets on sale.

Give me a W! That stands for Welcome to the Pageant:

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You want pageantry and color?

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As stated, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday.


“Founded by Rose Chung, the Miss Asian America Pageant has been the premier event in Asian American community for the past two decades and the longest running Asian American pageant in the United States. From our humble beginnings in 1985 with the Asian American Arts Festival, our event has expanded to an internationally recognized event with regional competitions nationwide.

The Face of Asian America
Today, the Miss Asian America Pageant continues its active participation in nationwide events. From our partnership with the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, to our participation in America’s largest Chinese New Year celebration held in San Francisco annually, the pageant continues its positive representation of the Asian American community.

The Heart of Asian America
Celebrating, Beauty, Elegance, and Culture, the Miss Asian America Pageant is proud to have contributed thousands to community causes and continues to be one of the largest scholarship providers for Asian American women nationwide.  Proceeds from the event have been donated to Asian Perinatal Advocates, a nationally recognized child abuse/domestic violence prevention program and most recently, all event merchandise sales have benefited the Stanford University Asian Liver Center in an effort to fight Hepatitis B in the Asian American community.

The Future of Asian America
The pageant has seen through almost 500 contestants in its program and is proud of its titleholders. Mona Lee Locke (Miss Asian America 1986) went on to a successful journalism career and became First Lady of the State of Washington. Gwendoline Yeo (Miss Asian America 1995) has starred in JAG, NYPD Blue, OC, and 24. Amrapali Ambegaokar(Miss Asian California 1999) is an accomplished Cirque du Soleil dancer. We pride ourselves in shaping the leaders of Asian America.

More deets after the jump


Sarah Palin’s Fee for Upcoming CSU Stanislaus Revealed: $75,000, Plus Benefits

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Senator Leland Yee today draws attention to this bit from the Modesto Bee, which paid a visit to this anti-Palin site based in Europe.

The press release lays it out, the links have more detail.

(NB: “ca.” means “circa” – That’s how they roll in Euro-land.)

S.P. is broke no longer:

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All the deets:

“Palin Fee to CSU Reported at Over $75,000 – More Than Double What She Charged Local GOP

As university violates state law, information continues to trickle out 

SACRAMENTO – The Modesto Bee is reporting that a Sarah Palin watchdog website has uncovered Palin’s fee to speak at California State University Stanislaus.  The Palingates blog reports that Palin will be paid up to $93,000 for her upcoming visit.  The amount would be more than double what Palin charged a local Republican Party in Lane County, Oregon, when she appeared at an event for $35,000, according to documents accessed on the Oregon Secretary of State website.

“If these figures are accurate, clearly CSU got a bad deal and Sarah Palin gouged California students,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco).  “Celebrities should not be trying to line their own pockets at the expense of students, especially at a time when our public higher education system is in such dire straits.” 

According to sources, the university transferred two payments of $37,500 each to the Washington Speakers Bureau – the entity in which the university contracted for the Palin event.  In addition to the $75,000 speaking fee, the university is paying $18,000 for Palin to receive a hotel suite, first class airfare or a private Lear jet, and “bendable straws,” among other expenses.

“If Ms. Palin truly cared about our students, she should have waved her speaker’s fee or at least not overcharged,” said Yee.  “Every dollar that goes to Palin is another dollar not going to the students at Stanislaus, who have already seen their scholarships lost this year.  This is just the latest in a long series of bad decisions by CSU foundations and auxiliaries which demonstrate why we need greater transparency and accountability.”

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“Last week, CSU Stanislaus released hundreds of documents that further show that university officials violated the California Public Records Act by not disclosing documents requested March 31 from Californians Aware and Senator Yee.

Among the documents uncovered is an email correspondence between CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and Bernie Swain, chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau, that reveal documents were withheld simply to avoid “another round of newspaper stories.” 

The documents disclosed also show hundreds of correspondence between university officials and a partisan public relations firm on how to handle the public scrutiny.

The scandal has spurred Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch a formal investigation and Californians Aware to file a lawsuit in Superior Court.

On April 9, CSU student Ashli Briggs was informed that suspicious activity (specifically, document purging) was taking place within the administration building.  After seeing several administrators’ cars in the parking lot on the university’s scheduled furlough day, Alicia Lewis and other students found several public documents in a campus dumpster. 

Many of the public documents were shredded, presumably by university personnel.  Among the intact documents were financial statements, university spreadsheets, and staff assignments, as well as pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract.