Posts Tagged ‘Québec’

Largest Tent in the Western Hemisphere Now Graces SoMA Mission Bay – Cavalia, a Horse Ballet, Opens Nov. 16

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Look down 5th Street these days and you’ll be rewarded with a view of the biggest tent in San Francisco history. See? That means that Cavalia is coming back to the bay area soon. You’ll come for the haute école and stay for the pas de deux!

Check it:

Cavalia is a company based in MontrealQuebecCanada that presents large-scale equestrian productions involving trick ridingvaultinghaute école and pas de deux, unbridled displays, and Cirque du Soleil-like performances.”

Read up on it and learn about creator Normand Latourelle courtesy of Susan Young and Pam Grady.

Now, get your tickets here.

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See you there!

Is It Really Worth $1000 a Day to Pump the Water of Vaillancourt Fountain?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

What makes the water in Vaillancourt Fountain (aka Québec libre !), that boxy water sculpture down in Justin Herman Plaza, go? Natural gas, most likely. All that methane energy gets converted into electricity and that’s what powers the pumps.

Of course it costs money – a quarter million per year back in aught-four, back when ‘lectricity was cheaper. So is it a reasonable guess that the bill is substantially higher these days?

Here it is, at its most beautiful, as captured by the talented David Yu:

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What is this thing, a monument to graffiti?

What does it say to you, “Canada out of Québec,” or something?

Is this thing destined to burn money and take up space in perpetuity, all because some people, some people lost to history, made a bad (or good, You Make The Call) decision four decades ago?