Posts Tagged ‘paris’

Hey, is San Francisco Really a “Sister City” of Paris, France? No – Was It Before? No, Not At All – Here’s Why

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Here’s why:

Seule Paris est digne de Rome; seule Rome est digne de Paris. 

Solo Parigi è degna di Roma; solo Roma è degna di Parigi.

Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris.

That means that Paris has been “twinned” with Rome in an exclusive sister-city relationship. It’s an “elaborate cultural partnership,” as they say.

So does that mean that Mayor Ed Lie will be lying once again today?

Yep, pretty much.

But you’ve got to realize that things are more or less on autopilot at City Hall these days, so it’s not really his volition.

(And if Willie Brown could get away with something, then Ed Lee should be able to as well, else it’s racist or something.)

Now, here’s what we really have with the City of Light. We have one of these things:

Les pactes d’amitié et de coopération signés par la Ville de Paris

Which in American is “pacts of friendship and cooperation signed by the City of Paris.”

Which, IRL, is rien de bien grave (no biggee). See Below.

IMO, we should be like Dubai, which ID’s itself as a Partner City with Paris.

All right, TTFN. But remember, We’ll Always Never Have Paris.

IRL, Paris, France is friends with just about everybody. The list of partner cities:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar 
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004 
2011: Yerevan 
2011: Rio de Janeiro 
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris 
2010: Doha 
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa 
2009: Istanbul 
2009: Quebec 
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro 
2009: Quebec 
2009: Jericho 
2009: Istanbul  
2007: Phnom Penh 
2006: Montreal  
2006: Cairo  
2006: Beirut  
2005: Copenhagen  
2004: Tunis  
2004: Sao Paulo 
2004: Rabat  
2004: Casablanca 
2003 St. Petersburg 
2003: Quebec 
2003: Algiers 
2002: Geneva 
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement) 
2001: London 
2000: Madrid 
2000: Athens 
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington 
1999: Warsaw 
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization) 
1999: Mexico 
1999: Buenos Aires 
1999: Amman 
1998: Sydney 
1998: Sofia 
1998: Lisbon 
1998: Yerevan 
1997: Tbilisi 
1997, Santiago  
1997: St. Petersburg 
1997: Riyadh  
1997: Prague 
1997: Beijing 
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec 
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta 
1993: Beirut 
1992: Moscow 
1991: Seoul 
1987: Sanaa  
1987: Berlin 
1987: Amman 
1985: Cairo 
1982: Tokyo 
1958: Kyoto 
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

And in other news, George P. Shultz was a Nixon and Reagan appointee, not a Carter appointee. (You’d be amazed how many people think (or say) he’s a Carter appointee.)

Anywho, ever more deets, including a visit to Le Twitter HQ in the corrupt Twitterloin:

“From September 25 to 28, the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is visiting San Francisco to strengthen ties and cooperation between the two cities.

The mayor of Paris has a full agenda for his stay in California. After a welcome reception at the Consulate of France in San Francisco, he visited two companies Parisoma and Twitter. 27 in the morning, he will go to Parisoma a common workspace, exchange and support for entrepreneurs. Created by the French Stéphane Distinguin, Parisoma accompanied nearly 300 start-up since its inception in 2007.

Bertrand Delanoë must also discover the new headquarters of Twitter in the SoMa district, the famous social network of micro-blogging, along with its CEO Jack Dorsey. With New York, Paris is the city with the most subscribers to his Twitter account, and this year the City of Light became the first in the world to exhibit his tweets in the public space, the place Châtelet.

Paris delegation has always aimed to encourage more trade with San Francisco, mainly on economic and technological. Several meetings with the mayor of this city, Edwin Lee, are well planned and Bertrand Delanoë is expected to sign a memorandum with him, in line with those of 2006 and 2009 to facilitate cooperation. This will be an opportunity to discuss joint projects twinned towns and to consider connections between the research teams.”

 

Your Asian Art Museum: Free “Phantoms” This Sunday! Korean Culture Day Sept 23! Origami Graffiti!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

OMG, your world-class Asian Art Museum is busy busy busy these days.

First up is the origami paper-crane pop-up graffiti bombing of the McAllister wall.

Get all the deets from the Uptown Almanac, the San Francisco Chronicle and KGO-ABC.

Here’s how it’s holding up, last night…

…and the day before:

It’s persevering, huh?

Next up is the closing of the Big Show, check it:

Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past

CLOSING THIS SUNDAY

Just as this exhibition has touched upon the fleeting nature of life, it too must come to an end. An expansive exploration of spirituality, cosmic order, and the afterlife, it’s a provocative presentation of both contemporary art and older objects from our collection. The result is a one-of-a-kind journey transcending time and place. Phantoms will go out with a bang: everyone can see it for FREE this Sunday, as part of our Target First Free Sunday.”

I’d recommend showing up early or late on Sept 2, 2012.  Feel free to practice your Gangnam Style while waiting in line. Speaking of which, don’t forget about:

Korean Culture Day 2012

Sunday, September 23
11 am–4 pm
Museum-wide 

Free admission”

All the deets on that after the jump.

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Fantastic “Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris” Exhibit Leaves Our de Young October 10th

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is just a reminder, ’cause when this show is gone, it’ll be gone for good.

Why go to Paris if Paris can come to you, right?

Pablo Picasso, Tete de Taureau (Bull’s Head), Bicycle saddle and handlebars. 1942, Musée National Picasso, Paris, © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

All the deets:

“FINAL WEEKS FOR PICASSO: MASTERPIECES FROM THE MUSÉE NATIONAL PICASSO, PARIS

EXHIBITION CLOSES MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris enters its final weeks at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and closes on October 10. The exhibition travels next to Sydney, Australia for its run at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

This exhibition of 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is drawn from the permanent collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, and comes to the de Young as part of an international tour. The artwork is touring because the Musée is currently closed and undergoing a multi-year renovation expected to last through 2012. Ranging from informal sketchbooks to finished iconic masterpieces, this unique collection of “Picasso’s Picassos” provides significant proof of the artist’s assertion that “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world.”

The exhibition, co-organized by the Musée National Picasso and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is part of a world tour that began in 2008 with stops at museums in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Richmond (VA), San Francisco and Sydney.

Hours and Ticket Prices
The exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris has the following hours:

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm (last ticket 4 pm)
Friday-9:30 am–8:45 pm
Monday–closed

Tickets are available at www.deyoungmuseum.org or at the museum box office.

Adult
$25

Senior 65+
$22

Student w/ ID
$21

Youth 6-17
$15

Child 5 & under
free

Members
free

Organization
This exhibition is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Bank of the West is Presenting Sponsor. Christies and Hanson Bridgett LLP are Sponsors. Major Patrons are Penny and James George Coulter, and the Estate of Mary Price Moffatt. Lead Patrons are The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation and Douglas A. Tilden, and the Lead Sponsors are Isabelle and Charles Picasso.

About the de Young Museum
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, is the nation’s fourth most visited art museum. It showcases American art from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Address:
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday, 9:30 am–8:45 pm
Closed Monday”

 


Meet Your San Francisco Bike Sharing Program – 500 Bicycles and 50 Stations Coming Next Year to FiDi, SoMA, Civic Center

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I guess they have the money now and they’re working on figuring out who’s going to run the thing.

Appears as if the SFMTA has given up on a giant Parisian Velib-style program with 5000 bikes strewn all over town – they’re starting small. Regardless, some of this free advice still applies.

The deets:

“…the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain.”

El Mapa:

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So the stations might end up looking a little half-assed, owing to CEQA:

“Heath Maddox, senior planner for the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), says the defining characteristics of the service they’ve outlined in an RFP draft is that the bike system be solar-powered with no need for external AC power and no requirement for excavation that would turn the installation process into a construction project.”

Remember, sharing is caring.

All the deets:

“The map of the pilot service area presents northeast San Francisco. The highlighted area in the map is the bicycle sharing pilot service area bound by South Van Ness Avenue and the Ferry Terminal along Market Street. To the north, the service area boundary includes the Federal Building at Turk Street, Union Square at Post Street, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, and The Embarcadero at Sansome Street. To the south, the highlighted service area includes the Embarcadero to Mission Bay, Townsend Street and Concourse Exhibition Center.”

Bike Sharing

Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).

What is bike sharing?

Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.  Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.

Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?

The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.

Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?

As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.

When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?

The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!

Further Information

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA at sustainable.streets@sfmta.com.

How Jumbo is Too Jumbo? Airbus A380, SFO’s New Loadstar Aircraft, Bumps into Stuff Once Again

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I have no objection in particular about Airbus A380 superjumbo jets flying into and out of SFO, but over the past few years the arrival of this a/c got oversold, way oversold, by SFO, the old mayor’s office and the new mayor’s office.

They went on and on about how farsighted SFO was to become “A380-ready,” but after these kinds of taxiway incidents worldwide, I gotta ask:

Where’s your Messiah now, SFO?

Oh, here it is, at the Paris Air Show, bumping into buildings ‘n stuff. Sacre Bleu – Une Autre Allision!

Click to expand – via Niek van der Zande

(Don’t call it a wing fence (or winglet or sharklet) the way some journalists do, oh no, call it a wingtip fence. Thusly: “The Superjumbo jet just lost another wingtip fence.)

The deets from Paris:

“While the crew had been informed that the taxiway was clear for the A380, said Airbus, and the aircraft was on the centreline, it hit a building belonging to Aeroports de Paris.”

Oh well.

Hey SFO, why don’t you actually do something by getting your runways farther apart so you’ll be future-ready instead of just A380-ready?

Just asking, SFO Bro.

You Ought to Go See Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” Film

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I know, you don’t like Woody Allen movies. But this one is his best since I don’t when.

What can I say, the Tomatometer is off the hook.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Announce Plans for 2011 – Lots Coming from the de Young and Legion Museums

Friday, January 7th, 2011

See you after the jump for all the deets.

“San Francisco, January 2011––John E. Buchanan, Jr., the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, announces a diverse roster of upcoming exhibitions in 2011 at the de Young and Legion of Honor.  Dates are subject to change. For access to the most current schedule of exhibitions, please consult the FAMSF website www.famsf.org.”

And here’s a sneak peek:

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937, Oil on canvas, Musée National Picasso, Paris, Photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi/Réunion des Musée Nationaux/Art Resource, New York, © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

All the deets:

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“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond” Show Kicks Off at the de Young Museum – Hear All About it on KQED-FM Right Now

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park just kicked off its new show. It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

Here’s what the kick-off looked like.

John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), says this is your “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Listen to him talk all about the new show on KQED-FM’s Forum program – it’s on right now.

Post-Impressionists From the Musee d’Orsay
We discuss the second of two exhibits hosted by San Francisco’s de Young Museum, featuring Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
This exhibit highlights Post-Impressionist works from Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond. We talk with the directors of both the Musee d’Orsay and the de Young Museum.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Guy Cogeval, president of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • John Buchanan, director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, including the de Young Museum”

But if you miss the radio show, they’ll post an mp3 soon enough.

It’s Didi! Diane B. Wilsey, Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), reminded everybody about the goings on at the “little sister” Legion of Honor Museum just to the north of the de Young:

And here’s Romain Serman, our brand new French Consul General. He’s been on the job in San Francisco for seven weeks. He says that we’re “truly the sister of Paris.”

And here’s Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee D’Orsay. He says this exhibit is more beautiful than the first one he loaned us this year.

See you there!

Post Impressionists Countdown – Two Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Win Free VIP Tickets!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
  
 
Get your tickets right here.
 
Or, better yet, get your V.I.P. tickets over at the Richmond District Blog, where you can answer a question to win your fair share of the six available.
 
OMG, it’s Paul Gauguin’sPortrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ.” See it getting unboxed and hung last week at SFGate.
 
 
Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ.  1890-1891.  Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).  Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 1/8 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
  
It’s three paintings, three paintings in one! (And Paul looks just how I imagined waiter Jean-Luc in that General Foods International Coffees commercial* from back in the day. Bonus.) 

See you there Saturday morning. Get all the deets, after the jump.

*Unlike you, I know the 1980′s from personal experience…

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Post Impressionists Countdown – Three Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Starry Night Over the Rhone

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here it is, baby. It’s Starry Night Over the Rhone and it’s already hanging in the lower level of our de Young Museum right now, direct from Paris, France.

This isn’t exactly the painting that Don McLean was singing about four decades back, but it’s close enough.

See how close you can get your nose to the details of the three-dimensional brush-strokes (if you get Tasered, you were too close), starting September 25th, 2010:

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What do you think, how’d VVG do?

Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry
starry night
flaming flo’rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent’s eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they’ll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
Vincent
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.

Starry
starry night
portraits hung in empty halls

frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes
that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the stranger that you’ve met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity

how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they’re not
list’ning still
perhaps they never will.