Posts Tagged ‘richard’

OMG, an Update from Sparkletack – Silent for Six Years – San Francisco History Podcasts – A Big Audio Archive

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Sparkletack

“San Francisco history lovers:

A notice that’s a bit overdue: I haven’t recorded a podcast for years, now, and the chances that I’ll return to this project are slim.

That said, I’m committed to leaving ALL THESE PODCASTS online – as a resource for San Franciscans, of course, but also for lovers of this fascinating city from all around the world.

Peruse the list (over there on the right) for hours and hours of San Francisco stories, trivia, and history.

And thanks for listening!”

Kevin Spacey a Huge Success as Richard III at Our SHN Curran Theatre in Union Square

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

San Franciscans were very pleased with yesterday’s electrifying Opening Night of Richard III at our SHN Curran, the “intimate Broadway showplace.”

Per pirate-nurse Pat Mulkey:

Kevin Spacey as Richard III was Incredible! Whole production blew me a-w-a-y.”

A standing ovation for cast and crew – the view from above the Grand Chandelier:

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Spacey was sweating through his shirt from the end of the first act – he brought it.

And that thing at the very end, like what happens after his character dies, you know, with the thing? He’s still dominating the dojo.

And oh, Alan Scherstuhl offers his thoughts here - don’t miss that.

Hurray!

OMG, Kevin Spacey is in Town – Still a Few Tickets Left for Richard III at the Curran – The Event of the Year

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Kevin Spacey‘s run as Richard III from October 19th to 29th could very well be The Event of the Yearwe’ll see.

The stage as it looks today:

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Remaining tickets are expensive, or for less-than-ideal seats, or both. (And, of course, you can always take your chances on the craigslist.)

But, you know, it’s Kevin Spacey after all. (Digging up my binoculars now, I’m srsly.)

See you there!

OMG, OMG, Kevin Spacey IS King Richard III! Shakespeare is Coming to Our Curran Theatre October 19-29!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Well, this is going to be huge, that’s all I’m going to say…

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“SHN Announces
The San Francisco Engagement of

Bank of America presents
THE BRIDGE PROJECT
Produced by BAM, The Old Vic, and Neal Street

RICHARD III
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY SAM MENDES

FEATURING ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER
KEVIN SPACEY
IN THE TITLE ROLE

Co-commissioned by and produced in association with Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Centro Niemeyer Spain, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival (IKSV) & Istanbul Municipal Theatres, Kay & McLean Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre and SHN – Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander.

Curran Theatre – October 19 – 29

SAN FRANCISCO (August 8, 2011)…. SHN is delighted to announce the arrival of RICHARD III by William Shakespeare, featuring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes, coming to San Francisco this Fall. The Curran Theatre is the only U.S venue, other than BAM in New York, to host this landmark event. Tickets for RICHARD III go on public sale Friday, August 19.

Known for carefully curated Bay Area-only theater experiences, SHN is expecting the show to be a highlight of the 2011 season.

“This is a really big deal for us, and for San Francisco,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “People will recognize the combination of Spacey and Mendes from American Beauty; now they’re interpreting one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays for a modern audience. It should be an amazing experience.”

RICHARD III places San Francisco on a roster of 11 locations around the world that have been chosen to host the production, including: London, Epidaurus, Hong Kong, Aviles, Spain, Istanbul, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and New York. The Bridge Project’s production of RICHARD III is currently playing to sold out crowds at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

See interviews and sneak peek of RICHARD III in London at http://www.youtube.com/user/OldVicTheatre#p/u 

Ever more deets after the jump

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Your Police Station’s Daily Overnight Crime-Accident Update: Available on the Twitter These Days, Probably

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Does your police station/area Captain/area Commander have its/his/her very own Twitter feed these days? If not, why not?

This is how the Richmond District Police Station does it, for example:

3/24@1115PM Victim on 38 Geary bus fell asleep listening to iPhone. She woke up when her music stopped. 4 perps took the phone & fled*

3/25@658AM Fulton@Park Presidio-car making right turn struck pedestrian in the X-walk. Ped taken to hospital by ambulance.

Now of course, there are others who got going last year and before, like Captain Ann Mannix in the Western Addition.

What about your police station? What’s it Twitter?

Geary Boulevard, the No Left Turn world champ:

What’s that, you don’t have a Twitter feed available for your area?

Well, why not? Ask for one, if you want.

*Or get a Microsoft Zune HD instead for like $100 –  nobody will try to steal it, I can guarantee you that.

Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese Quake

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is up early today, concerned about a possible small tsunami hitting San Francisco due to the recent 8.9 earthquake near Sendai, Japan.

Per Capt. Richard Corriea of Richmond Station:

Officers have closed the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Balboa and Skyline Blvd. Please avoid the area.”

And Mayor Edwin Lee will be at our Emergency Operations Center bright and early this A.M. as well.

Deets below.

Via tofuart

This went out at 6:17 AM today:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2011
Contact:  Department of Emergency Management

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR TSUNAMI WARNING
Precautionary Closure of Beaches and Great Highway

San Francisco, CA – The City and County of San Francisco continues to monitor the Tsunami warning issued this morning and is assessing risks to California Coastal areas. As a precaution, the Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway and the National Park Service has closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.

This is in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the US West Coast, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center.  DEM is currently in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency.

The City has not ordered an evacuation.  Residents are advised to monitor local media for information updates.”

UPDATE: And here’s his statement:

MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S STATEMENT ON THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan:

“On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the families and friends of those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck there today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy. I have contacted the Counsel General of Japan in San Francisco with our expression of sympathy and our willingness to join any international assistance effort.

We will continue to monitor the tsunami warnings that have been issued for the California coastal regions and act accordingly. This is a stark reminder to our City that we must always be prepared for the next disaster to ensure our families are safe.”

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Successfully Defends Temporary Permit Suspension for Suite 181 in the Uptown Tenderloin

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The City Attorney’s Office of San Francisco just spent a couple hours in court this afternoon to make sure that tw0-star-Yelp-rated 181 Eddy doesn’t open up as a club tonight for New Years Eve 2011.

That means that the planed MEGA NEW YEARS EVE 2011 won’t be all that mega:

But, the joint will still be open as a bar, so that’s some consolation.

All the deets, below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior isn’t too happy with the operators of 181 Eddy these days:

“Herrera upholds permit suspensions for violent Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve. Entertainment Commission suspended permits for ‘Suite 181′ for 48-hours because of escalating violence, public safety problems

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 31, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today successfully defended the 48-hour suspension of entertainment and extended hours permits for a controversial Tenderloin nightclub over New Year’s Eve due to serious concerns about the escalating pattern of violence and public safety problems there. Lawyers for “Suite 181″ at 181 Eddy Street appeared at an emergency hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon to seek a Temporary Restraining Order against the City’s public safety suspension, which the Entertainment Commission issued yesterday. After a hearing that lasted almost two hours, Judge Richard A. Kramer issued a written ruling rejecting the club’s argument that the First Amendment prevented the City from protecting safety on New Year’s Eve. Judge Kramer held that the “rights claimed by plaintiffs are not absolute and are subject to reasonable restraints regulation in order to serve a public interest.”

“This case is about defending city officials’ duty to protect public safety when there is clear evidence for doing so,” said Herrera. “Suite 181 has required 190 police service calls in the preceding year alone, and the lawlessness and violence there have been escalating recently. The Entertainment Commission’s emergency permit suspension isn’t simply about protecting safety. It’s also about assuring fairness to the large majority of responsible entertainment venues that invest the resources necessary to keep their customers and neighborhoods safe. I applaud Judge Kramer for recognizing the serious responsibility San Francisco officials have to protect our residents and visitors.”

Herrera’s defense of the Entertainment Commission’s action, which was recommended by the San Francisco Police Department, relied on the significantly heightened risk of violent crime on New Year’s Eve, citing police estimates that San Francisco can expect at least 500,000 out-of-town visitors for the holiday. Additional evidence presented to the court established that the errant establishment had been responsible for 190 calls for service to police in the preceding year alone, including for incidents involving shootings, assaults, sexual battery and unlawful weapons possession. Lawyers for Herrera’s office argued that the Entertainment Commission was fulfilling its duty to protect public safety by suspending the club’s permits, citing Acting Executive Director Jocelyn Kane’s conclusion that “there is a substantial risk of a violent incident or other serious public safety problem occurring at Suite 181 on New Year’s Eve.” The operative period for the suspension upheld today is Dec. 31, 2010 at 3 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2011 at 3 p.m. Lawyers for the club have advised the City that the venue will be open until 2 a.m. as a bar only.

Related documents are available at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/.

San Francisco’s Official Budget Focus Group: A Postcard Invitation Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Well this was different. Seems that participants at today’s San Francisco’s Budget Town Hall in Golden Gate Park were invited by postcard to spend a few hours voicing their opinions about the city budget for 2010-2011. See?

And by voicing their opinions, I really mean they were clicking on Reply Mini remote control voting devices as if they were in a focus group.

An invitee. Perhaps the free California Academy of Sciences tickets given out to participants adjusted his attitude:

The mise-en-scene today, complete with City Department heads.

Here’s the spiel from Mayor Gavin Newsom. (Don’t be surprised to see some shots from the photographers today being used in the Lt. Governor’s race down the road.) Anyway, it seems “some” of the “150 people” who “run San Francisco” by speaking out at “every” public meeting are “paid to be there” – that’s the news of the day. And nobody showed up in a chicken suit.

Are today’s participants San Francisco’s version of Nixon’s Great Silent Majority? You Make The Call.

San Francisco’s Sam Singer vs. the President of the AFL-CIO

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Boy oh boy, when you hire PR flack Sam Singer to represent you, as many others have done, he won’t just hide in some office, oh no. What he’ll do is go out in the field and meet your nemesis head on. As here, during yesterday’s big labor rally / march / sit-in in and around Union Square.

With hundreds of unionists assembling behind him on Market Street, Sam sang to the media, complete with Frank Chu watching on.

Sam Singer complaining to KTVU 2 about how Local 2′s Mike Casey left the negotiating table:

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on the right, with local labor leaders addressing a huge crowd at 750 Market:

Fire fighters union president John Hanley:

Handshakes are out, terrorist fist jabs are in:

About 800 marched (or 1400+ or 1500 if you’re a partisan with rose-colored glasses) up to the nearby Hilton Hotel, where 100+ got arrested.

On It Goes…

UPDATE: Dan Nguyen-Tan has video of the march right here.