Posts Tagged ‘programs’

Once Again, it’s “DR WOOF” – Paying Hundreds and Hundreds of Dollars to Fund Your SFMTA

Monday, November 17th, 2014

This MD should get a medal or something from the SFMTA:

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MLK Day FREE at MoAD in SoMA – San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora – January 20, 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

All the deets:

“MLK Day Celebrations at Museum of the African Diaspora Jan. 20

Free Admission for All to Day of Art, Exhibits, Performances & Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrate the dream that unites us as one at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) on Monday, January 20. This is the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a national day of observance. To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s life and bring people together, MoAD is offering free admission to the museum and all of its exhibits, performances and programs for the entire day.

“This year, I am remembering the struggle to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal day of remembrance. I especially remember signing the mighty petition for Congress to pass the law,” said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. MLK Day was first observed in 1986.

Normally, MoAD is closed on Monday and Tuesday. But this special Monday, the museum has put together a program that includes film, photography, poetry and musical performances that celebrate the lasting greatness of King. His life and achievements will be honored through art projects and the collaborative efforts of the community. MoAD MLK Day activities will run from 11am to 5pm on January 20, thanks to a generous donation by Lennar Urban.

MLK Day celebrations start on the sidewalk with Jamie Treacy’s chalk art from 1-3pm. On the second floor is a film screening and discussion on Brooklyn’s Castle from 11:30am to 1:30pm. It then moves to spoken word and poetry performances from 2-3pm by Young, Gifted and Talented from Oakland. Freedom stories will be shared by the Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement through poetry, photos and music from 3:30-4:30pm.

On the third floor, an art project will take place from 11am to 4pm with a scavenger hunt at 11am to 5pm. Films about King, his life, struggle and successes, will be shown in the Wells Fargo Heritage Center from 11am to 4pm.

About MoAD

Since 2005, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. As a nonprofit organization, the museum’s operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.”

“Tis the Season for Science” at Our California Academy of Sciences – Snow! Reindeer! Spice Forest! Performances!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences.

Check it:

“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:

A pair of live reindeer

Indoor snow flurries twice an hour

A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow

An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients

Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances

Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)

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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:

This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:

Les mise-en-scene:

One of four Evaporative Snow machines:

Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:

The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:

And a partridge in a pear tree:

See you there!

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms! Don’t Miss Our San Francisco Ballet’s Programs 3 and 4, Running Through March 9th

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Programs 3 and 4 are running right now at our San Francisco Ballet. See them before they leave by March 9, 2011, why not?

First up is Program 3, with dances by Possokhov, Tomasson, Forsythe.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Allan Ulrich just loved the show. Check it. And see what San Francisco Sentinel Editor and Publisher Seán Martinfield thinks right here.

Program 3:

Classical Symphony

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

Choreographer Yuri Possokhov

Yuri Possokhov’s joyous work, inspired by ballet history and his own classical training in the Russian tradition, returns for an encore season.

Nanna’s Lied

Composers Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender

Choreographer Helgi Tomasson

Underscored by the emotional songs of Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender sung live, Nanna’s Lied portrays the dramatic tale of a young woman’s loss of innocence and shattered dreams of love.

By Erik Tomasson

Artifact Suite

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht

Choreographer William Forsythe

A powerhouse of contemporary movement, this two-part work for 27 dancers is visually arresting and stunning in its complex ballet technique.

Here are your dates:

Tue, Mar 1, 2011, 8:00 PM

Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sun, Mar 6, 2011, 2:00 PM

Wed, Mar 9, 2011, 7:30 PM

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Next up is Program 4, with dances by Tomasson and Balanchine.

All right, the alcohol is the lobby and downstairs – a very old school kind of set-up with an incredible bar down there. The tobacco is on stage, as lovely Maria Kochetkova (100,000 Twitter followers can’t be wrong) will tell you:

I never smoked in my life, but I’m getting to smoke for the first time on stage tonight.”

And lastly, on stage are your firearms, of sorts. See?

Theme and Variations

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer George Balanchine

One of George Balanchine’s most regal and elegant ballets in the Russian tradition, Theme and Variations remains a timeless masterpiece in the twentieth century’s neoclassical ballet repertoire.

Winter Dreams

NEW SF Ballet Premiere

Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan

New to SF Ballet this season, Winter Dreams is a densely layered emotional work inspired by Anton Chekhov’s literary masterpiece Three Sisters.

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NEW World Premiere

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

And here are your dates:

Wed, Mar 2, 2011, 7:30 PM

Thu, Mar 3, 2011, 8:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 2:00 PM

Sat, Mar 5, 2011, 8:00 PM

Tue, Mar 8, 2011, 8:00 PM

All right, see you there!

 

The New York Times’ Chloe Veltman vs. After-Hours Programs at San Francisco Museums

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The New York Timeseses‘ Chloe Veltman is thinking that maybe “Fun is Trumping Art” at the bay area’s cultural institutions. Check it out, if you’d like.

Leave us begin:

“It’s hard to talk about museums’ after-hours programs without getting confused.”

I don’t know, maybe. I mean, our Asian Art Museum has Matcha and our CalAcademy has Penguins and Pajamas. But, it’s not a bad idea to have the word “night” (or “nite”) in there somewhere, just to get the point across. Is that a bad thing?

“To stand out, the programming should make the art on display come to life in ways that are not necessarily possible when visitors are walking through exhibition halls during normal hours.”

All right, I’ll bite. Museums should try “to stand out” for the benefit of big newspaper art critics, to satisfy them, because, because why? And what, for example, should the CalAcademy do – take the Morrison Plane’arium audience outside for a look at real stars?

That’s one big fish, but is it Art?

Leave us continue:

“Generally, the evening events that provide the instant gratification of a lively social atmosphere are not ultimately the most memorable.”

I don’t know, if you meet your life partner at one of these events, that could be considered memorable…

“The events might bring in more young people, but…”

I’ll have to interupt to say, “Sold!” This is all you need to say to sell the idea of having a night program at a cultural institution. I mean, our museums shouldn’t have night programs because that kind of thing’s has been done already? How does it benefit San Francisco to concern ourselves with what they think in New Yawk? Maybe they do things differently on the floors of Tokyo or down in London town’s a go-go, but that’s O.K., right?

“D.J.’s, henna tattoo artists and artisanal cheese makers add atmosphere, but…”

This is pure gold - let’s get Arizmendi on the horn, stat!

“…unless more is done to distinguish these programs from one another, visitors may soon opt to spend their free evenings not at the museums, but at actual parties.”

Read the whole thing, there’s no support cited for this conclusion. I don’t know, maybe, as another possiblility, visitors will soon opt to spend all their free evenings at the museums? There’s a chance of that too, right?

And the CalAcademy’s perennially crowded nightLife program is not on a sustainable journey? Actually, it looks to be able to go on forever. And it’s too much like a party so people would rather go to a party? Does that make sense? Perhaps the throngs of young people will soon start cocking their Glocks to go to Club Suede instead?

If there ever comes a point when bay area youth get confused due to their attendence at a bunch of similar night-time programs, well, that would be like a dream come true to workers at our museums, particularly the smaller ones having trouble during this Great Recession.

Just saying.

A Silver Tsunami of 600 Seniors Sweeps Over City Hall

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Supervisors Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, David Campos and others all attended this well-attended rally of seniors against budget cuts at San Francisco City Hall today.

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The promise of free food probably helped turnout, but this was an impressive display regardless.

Silver Tsunami
When: May 12, 2009 – Tuesday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30
Where: Civic Center Plaza at corner of Polk and McAllister
What: Save Senior and Disability Programs.  Senior citizens and people with disabilities will “flood” San Francisco’s City Hall steps and the Civic Center as a dramatic “Silver Tsunami”.  Join the Coalition of Agencies serving the Elderly (CASE) along with Senior Action Network (SAN), and Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) for a rally to protest the recent budget cuts from Senior and Disability Programs and well as the Department of Public Health.

Huge Turnout at San Francisco’s Newest Job Center – Is There One in Your Area?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Why, yes. Yes there is, and it’s specifically designed to lift people out of poverty. Wouldn’t you, or your friends, or your relatives like to work for Safeway, Andronico’s Markets, Novartis, AT&T, IKEA, UPS, Federal Express, Kaiser Permanente, Bio-Rad Laboratories, or Comcast? What’s that – you don’t need a Rubicon Programs, Inc. one-stop job center ’cause you have all the stuff it offers at home? Maybe, but you should check it out just the same when you can. (See info below.)

And that’s what people were doing today in the Western A. Hundreds were on hand in the wet weather to witness San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and Mistress of Ceromonies Barbara Rodgers (“I wasn’t fired [from CBS5 last year], I quit!“) kick off the new center.

A revival meeting tent for an economic revival meeting this morning at the Safeway Plaza on Webster. Click to expand:

Locations:

Civic Center: 801 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102: Tel: 415-749-7503
Mission Center: 3120 Mission street, San Francisco, CA 94110: Tel: 415-401-4800
Southeast Center: 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124: Tel:415-970-7762
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oodwill Center: 1500 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103: Tel: 415-575-2101
Chinatown Center: 777 Stockton Street, San francisco, CA 94108: Tel: 415-421-2111
Western Addition: 1449 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA 94115: Tel: 415-655-2620

These centers offer vocational counseling and job placement assistance, apprenticeship training for construction jobs, and access to other services for laid-off workers or unemployed individuals.

FYI