As seen on Post Street by Dave Golden:
As seen on Post Street by Dave Golden:
And, from the looks of things, having white tires was old hat back in the day.
Detroit bicycle shop, 1912 – tunes and Harley Davidsons (and Indians!) on the left and fixies, fixies, fixies on the right:
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Seems this au currant ride owned by an area art student would fit right in with the style of a century ago:
What will bikes look like in 2110?
Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.
Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:
“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting. Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more. Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists. This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble. Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th “
Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th
The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm
WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration. Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish. Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.
Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting
LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak
TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)
On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm
WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010
WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.
11/25 – No NightLife due to Thanksgiving
12/2 – “Surf’s Up NightLife” – The Science, Art and Culture of Surfing
And here’s what it was like last night.
It’s like walking into the future, or something:
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And, as always, Scientists on Duty, presented for your inspection:
Now, it was food night last night, so you needed to get there early to get the necessary show pass to see what you want to see. Here’s just a part of it:
NightLife, KQED and a variety of expert organizations have a treat for all of you foodies this week: food demonstrations that with stimulate both your taste buds and your mind. A select few attendees of each talk will get to sample the outcome. Topics include:
The Science of Taste – Presented by Bill Briwa, Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America and 18 Reasons, including Flavor Bar and Miracle Fruit demonstrations
Beer and other Sundry topics – Presented by Roadtrip Nation
Including clips from their popular series.
But there’s always something else going on at NightLife.
See you there (after Thanksgiving)!
Two thumbs up from the King of Canines:
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“Senator Yee Receives “A+” from Paw PAC for 100% Record on Animal Issues
Yee is one of four Senators to receive top score from California’s Political Action Committee for Animals
SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) received an “A+” grade for his 100 percent voting record on animal issues from Paw PAC – California’s political action committee for animals. Yee was one of only four Senators to receive an “A+” score.
The Paw PAC scored legislators on 8 bills ranging from fur labeling to animal cruelty.
“How we treat our animals is really a testament to how compassionate we are as a society,” said Yee. “These bills not only provide additional protections for animals, but also help humane consumers who are looking to do the right thing with their pocketbook.”
Paw PAC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit political action committee dedicated to the passage of humane laws and election of humane legislators.”
This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?
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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:
And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:
There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:
Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!
Results! Get all the deets after the jump.
Half Marathon #1:
Half Marathon #2:
Progressive [Far Left] 5k
Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!
Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.
I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?
And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying…
*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee, “Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?
“The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.
“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”
Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.
Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.
These days, you can’t just sit back and let the cops to all the work protecting your bidness from the criminal element. So why not spend a day installing cheap cameras all over the place so you can record 16 video streams 24-7? You’ll be the Hero of Haight Street, or wherever, and then you can start making your own videos about “The Gauntlet” or whatever.
Wide angle, telephoto, infrared LED lighting, hook it up to the Internet for free, watch it live from you smart phone, hook up more hard drives for extra storage – this thing has it all.
Or maybe, you could point some of your extra cams at a nearby intersection, such as problematic Fell crossing Masonic or horrible Octavia Boulevard crossing everything – Market, Haight, Page, Oak, Fell, the works. You’d be the hero of the hood by being able to demonstrate just how somebody got injured.
Or just do it to impress your neighbors in the Richmond or Sunset districts. You wouldn’t even need to hook up the cams - just mount them all over the place and then everybody will go, “Oh, that must be the new brothel and/or growhouse in the neighborhood.” Don’t think they’ll mess with you after that. Respect!
Not literally or anything, but it appeared to be packed this past weekend. And I asked them, I says, “Is this a free day or something?” And they’re all like, no, it’s just a regular old three-day weekend, just business as usual.
Now, I’ve heard all the complaints. Let’s deal with them, below.
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“The CalAcademy is too small.”
All right, I’ll tell you I was never in there at the old building – I understand it had cool stuff that you miss. But some people, especially the NIMBY neighbors in the nearby Inner Sunset area, think the new building is too big, too popular. The Academy couldn’t continue with the old building due to earthquake concerns – what was considered a safe enough building before in the last century is no longer considered safe enough now. Sorry. (Damn you, San Andreas Fault, damn you.)
“The CalAcademy is too crowded.”
So they must be doing something right, right? What you’re saying, in a way, is that the CalAcademy is too cheap.
“The CalAcademy is too crowded with kids.”
Yep, especially when those school buses roll up. Oh well. The Academy has a mission of public education, does it not? That’s for the benefit of California’s kids. Does that directly benefit you today right now? Maybe not. Sorry.
“The CalAcademy is too expensive.”
Well, this ties in with the first complaint. How can it too expensive if it’s packed all the time? You know how much the Monterey Bay Aquarium is these days? $30. If you live in San Francisco, you’re entitled to something like 20 days of free admission per year plus a free NightLife entry on your birfday (assuming the stars align and they’re having a NightLife around the time of your birthday.)
“Them free days, they’re even more crowded.”
Well, yeah. Get there early, why don’t you? (Or get there late in the day, when there’s less of a line (tho your chances of getting into the Planetarium and/or rainforest dome will be lower). The Bernard Osher Foundation Third Wednesday of the Month Free program is open to all, so of course it gets crowded those days. But the zip-code based free days are less crowded, so San Franciscans, including you born-and-raised-San Franciscans, you old goats, get six of those not-so-crowded days a year.
“The food’s too expensive.”
Check out the nearby Inner Sunset area for food if you want. It’s walkable. Get yourselves a perfectly cromulent fat burrito at Gordo’s at 1239 9th Avenue near Lincoln. Get it to-go and have an outdoor picnic.
“The rainforest was closed when I was there.”
Yep, sometimes. Life’s like that. They don’t keep this kind of info a big secret, however.
“There’s no place to park.”
Maybe - that’s by design, in a way. Actually, you’re lucky to have that underground parking garage whether you use it or not, so count your blessings. Whatever you do, don’t drive into Golden Gate Park, big mistake on busier days. Think Fulton, think Lincoln, think about spending ten minutes walking through the park to get the CalAcademy. That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. And on Sundays, all parking is free in the surrounding Inner Sunset and Inner Richmond areas – it’s totally wide open. Might not be as easy to park as you’re used to, but you can deal. And there’s plenty of bike parking since they added in a bunch of new spaces.
Here’s the thing – you gotta work the system, baby. Plan ahead, try to figure out when the place has fewer patrons, check the schedule, make a beeline to the Planetarium to get your free show passes as soon as you get in, monitor the rainforest line to see when it’s shorter.
So, if you’re unhappy customer, you gotta think:
1. Maybe your expectations were too high because you didn’t plan ahead (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault), or;
2. Maybe the CalAcademy isn’t for you (which isn’t the CalAcademy’s fault)
And all you NIMBY neighbors, please realize that the CalAcademy was here even before you.
Let’s thank Gaia we’re not saddled with some big hulking wreck that nobody wants to go to.
See you there!
The people behind the popular NightLife program at our California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park know that you kids (21 and over) just love your coffee. So tomorrow’s NightLife will be heavily caffeinated:
THE GREAT SAN FRANCISCO COFFEE TASTING
“Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love” – Turkish Proverb
This week’s piping-hot party features a coffee (and tea) tasting with an opportunity to learn more about the science of coffee and how it can be harvested and produced sustainably. Some of the Bay Area”s finest local producers, including Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Equator Coffee, Barefoot Coffee, Om Shan Tea, Samovar and Four Barrel Coffee are participating.
NightLife @ The California Academy of Science w/ Coffee tasting and music by Future Universal
time: Thursday, January 21st, 6pm – 10pm
location: California Academy of Sciences
admission: Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members)
You’ll get so hepped up that you’ll just want to dance, dance, dance the night away in the atrium
All the deets. See you there!
FUTURE UNIVERSAL DJs
This week is Future Universal’s much anticipated return to NightLife. They are a collective of seasoned electronica DJs, artists, and promoters based in San Francisco. Focusing on exposing local talent to the world, it acts not only as an event production company, but also a talent agency. Working with local venues and groups, FU’s produced events include Super Ego, Bump, Robotronika and more.
Future Universal DJs on the Main Floor:
Future Universal DJs in the Aquarium:
Age 21 and over, with valid ID. Tickets are available online or at the door. General $12, Members $10.
1/28: Music by Aaron Pope and Expedition Medicine with Dr. Matt Lewin
2/4: Music from OM Records’ J-Boogie and Fred Everything and the Insect Discovery Lab
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What’s new for 2010?
-Special V.I.P. tickets for $59 each.
-Free entry on the Thursday night closest to your birthday! (This special deal starts up February 4, 2010)
All the deets are below.
You can mingle with people on the dance floor…
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…or with the animals in the rainforest dome:
Or go downstairs with your drink and attract a predator or two:
See you there!
WEEKLY “NIGHTLIFE” EVENTS AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES RE-LAUNCH FOR 2010 ON JANUARY 14
Every Thursday, visitors ages 21+ can experience the museum at night
Exciting new programming, VIP Tours, and resident DJs are part of 2010 lineup
NightLife, the California Academy of Sciences’ popular evening event series, returns in 2010 with an exciting new programming lineup, resident DJs, VIP Tours, and a new birthday promotion. Every Thursday night, the Academy transforms into a lively venue filled with provocative science, music, mingling, and cocktails, as visitors ages 21 and up get a chance to explore the museum from 6-10pm. Tonight, NightLife’s 2010 lineup begins with performances by The Un-scripted Theater Company, and music by accomplished DJ and producer Michael Anthony.
Programming details for each week are available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife. Highlights in the upcoming three months include:
January 21: The Great San Francisco Coffee Tasting, with music by Future Universal DJ Collective. Sample the wares of local sustainable coffee roasters including Blue Bottle, Ritual Roasters, Equator Coffee, Barefoot Coffee, and Four Barrel Coffee, and try your hand at “Coffee Jeopardy.”
February 11: Romance and Reproduction, with music by Resident DJ Jeff Stallings. In honor of Valentine’s Day, roam the Academy and learn about some of the animal kingdom’s most amorous creatures and unique sexual behaviors. The species with the world’s largest sexual organ? The snake you might find at the center of a “breeding ball”? Gender-bending clownfish? Find them all at the Academy.
March 25: The Science of Love, and music by Zach Moore & Deckard. Join Scientific American’s Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina for a fun and engaging multimedia discussion on the psychological, physiological, chemical and social effects of love, including the latest science on emotional intimacy.
In honor of NightLife’s upcoming first anniversary, the Academy is announcing a new NightLife birthday promotion. Effective February 4, visitors can get into NightLife for free within 7 days of their birthday by showing a valid photo ID at the door. The offer is good for a single admission ticket only.
NightLife VIP Tours now offer visitors the opportunity for a more exclusive Thursday evening experience. Tickets ($59 per person) include admission to NightLife, a one-hour behind-the-scenes tour featuring the Academy’s renowned gem and mineral collection and interaction with Academy researchers in the lab, express entry into the building, an open bar in a reserved cocktail area prior to the tour, VIP access to the rainforest, and a reserved pass for the 8:30 planetarium show.
NightLife continues to feature a range of San Francisco’s most popular DJ acts, and is now home to three resident DJs, who will each perform once per quarter:
Aaron Axelsen— Live 105 music director, and founder of SF indie club Popscene
Aaron Pope—The Academy’s own environmentalist by day, eclectic and energetic DJ by night
Jeff Stallings— An SF club fixture, whose sets feature Balearic, African, Bedouin and Latin beats
Each Thursday evening, NightLife features entertainment and bars stocked with food and drinks available for purchase. Visitors can explore the Academy’s exhibits– from the fish, snakes and other creatures in the aquarium, to the dioramas of African Hall—and attend Planetarium shows and stargazing sessions on the living roof (when weather permits).
In addition, each week includes engaging science programming and activities that introduce visitors to cutting-edge science in an informal, social environment. Programming highlights during NightLife’s inaugural year included sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs, film screenings, performance art, robot demonstrations, chocolate tastings, and talks by filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, adventurer David de Rothschild, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and other notable figures.
Since launching on February 12, 2009, NightLife has been named “Best Steamy Date Night” by 7×7 Magazine, “Best Place to Party Like it’s 1929” by San Francisco Magazine, and “Best Penguin Party” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
What: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (for adults ages 21+) Featuring music, cutting-edge science, and food and cocktails available for purchase
When: Every Thursday, 6-10 pm
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cost: $12 per person ($10 for Academy members)
Tickets available at the door or online at www.calacademy.org/event_tickets/