Posts Tagged ‘santa’

Know Your Northern California Spy Plane Nose Art: Beale AFB U2 “Dragon Lady” = Santa’s Sleigh

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

See?

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The Incredible Hair of the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleading Squad – Homecoming Rally 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

As seen in 1/8000 of a second at Justin Herman Plaza, September 12th, 2012:

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Voluminous.

And see what Vernon Davis thinks about the upcoming game with the Detroit Lions Sunday night at the ‘Stick right here at TV 49.

Speaking of which, check out the New Santa Clara Stadium, which is probably going to be about 20 times better than Candlestick Park.

All right, tink happy toughts until 5:20 PM Sunday…

San Francisco’s Civic Center Snow Park 2011 a Huge Success – Local Youth Sure Enjoyed the Slopes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

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AAAAAAAAAAGH!

Early morning setup:

Civic Center looked just like the North Pole, complete with Santa and at least one elf:

See you next year!

From Obama to Nobama: Official San Francisco Says No to Obama-Themed Christmas Train This Year

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for Mclaren Lodge Lawn was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness.

And then, the Pikachu train came on the scene.

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And it was Good.

But not good enough, for then, He arrived. See?

As seen a few years back:

This made national news. (Hey whatever happened to Zoe Stagg, anyway?)

Then it was all like this:

(Artist’s conception, but the window was painted over for a while.)

And then it was all like this*

And now, just before the Great Lighting Ceremony of 2011, there’s no train at all:

Poor Obama!

(I’ll check and see if the Obama train pops up before Christmas. It’s a mystery to me. Of course, this is in Golden Gate Park on public land, as is the Prayer Book Cross and other things. Sometimes, We, those of us way out West, lose track of that nettlesome Bill of Rights.)

*Fear the beard and all. You know, I don’t think certain people, people like MC Hammer, understand that they threw their weight behind the Republican choice** for Mayor, understand that they (blindly?) supported the first choice of just 7% of San Francisco. We’ll see if they do this again. 

**Ed Lee was the only viable candidate on the San Francisco Republican’s Endorsements webpage. 

Gumps in Union Square is Already All Ready for Christmas 2011 – Everything’s Eurocentric, Except for Buddha-Claus

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

As seen from Post Street.

Don’t miss the giant Buddha* – he’s in the mix as well:

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Merry Christmas!

* Now, you think, and I’m srsly you guys, you think maybe at some point Gumps could make a replica of the Buddha and then send the original back to Northern China whence it came? Just asking, Gump-bro. I know you have custody of it currently, from Agents of Fortune, though Accident of History, but is that the way it will always be? 

“A Qing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, is located in the store. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch’ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.”

China, China, calling out to history
Is that the way it will always be?

OMG, 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Santa Yoda in Union Square! 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Santa Yoda in Union Square!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

From The Stark Insider (“All things West Coast”) comes news of a 12-foot tall, 10-foot wide Santa Yoda made out of LEGO bricks. It will go up in Union Square starting Friday, November 18th,* 2011.

Get the deets at LEGOSantaYoda.Com. (No, I’m not joking, I’m srsly.)

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All the deets:

“LEGO Master Builders Construct 12-foot Tall by 10-foot Wide Santa Yoda out of LEGO bricks

WHAT: Inspired by the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, this three-day community build where families help LEGO Master Builders to create a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO Star Wars™ Santa Yoda made entirely of LEGO bricks to kick-off a countdown to the holidays found at www.LEGOSantaYoda.com. Building event supports the local Bay Area Boys & Girls Club, and consumer engagement via the web site donates LEGO toys to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

WHEN: Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th 10am-6pm daily (or until completed)

WHERE: Union Square (next to the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square), San Francisco”

(This would seem to be a more honest way of promoting LEGO than lying about a viral video ala the LEGO Indiana Jones game people.)

See you there!

*You know, it seems like Santa Yoda goes up earlier each year…

How Wude! Barack Obama Painted Over in Golden Gate Park – The “Yes We Can Express” Replaced by Giants Fever

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Barack Obama fever has given way to Giants fever, it would seem.

Check it out tonight at 5:00 PM when the Christmas Tree lighting gets going.

From this, a couple years back:

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To this, last week*

To this, currently:

Poor Obama!

*Artist’s conception, but the window was all painted over last weekend

Santarchy: Hundreds of Santas Take Over San Francisco City Hall – It’s Santacon 2010 All Day Long ‘Til 2:00 AM!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Five-star Yelp rated San Francisco Santarchy has taken over the city today, just as it did in 2009 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 and 2005 and 2004 and 2003 and 2002 and 2001 and 2000 and so on.

See?

Find Frank Chu in there:

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And around the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center:

Again, via Steve Rhodes

Enjoy the slideshow.

Now, Kay Vasilyeva has this tip:

“Santarchy in my hood = 30-something and up dudes. Santarchy in the Marina = girls with no pants on. You’re welcome for the tip.”

O.K. then.

Let’s hope nobody gets arrested this year.

All the deets plus links to Santarchy worldwide:

Santa kicks off at 12:30pm Saturday 12/4 at SF Civic Center. See below for full schedule and options from the East, North, and South.

Suggested starting points from the East, North and South:

  • East Bay…10am Heinolds First and Last Chance (Jack London Sq, Oakland) 11:30am Ferry ($6.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • North Bay…10am No Name Bar (757 Bridgeway, Sausalito) 11:20amFerry ($8.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • South Bay…9am Cinebar (69 E San Fernando, San Jose) 10amCaltrain #427, arrive 11:36am 4th/King, Muni K/T to Civic Ctr

1-3pm*

Triple Crown – 1760 Market St (Octavia)  *noon til 8pm (see FB invite for lineup)

POLK GULCH
Ha-Ra Club – 875 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Ace’s – 998 Sutter (Hyde/Leavenworth)
Blur – 1121 Polk (Post/Hemlock)
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)

3-5pm

Market
Pilsner Inn - 225 Church (15th-Market)
Lucky 132140 Market (15th-Church)
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)

LOWER HAIGHT
Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)

Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

CHINATOWN/NORTH BEACH
Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Buddha Lounge – 901 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Vesuvio – 255 Columbus (Broadway/Jack Kerouac)
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union)
O’Reilly’s – 622 Green (Powell/Columbus)
Rogue Ales – 673 Union (Powell/Stockton)
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
Lusty Lady – 1033 Kearny (Bway/Pacific)

Triple Crown continues

5-7pm

CASTRO
Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 401 Castro (17/18th)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)

UPPER HAIGHT
Club Deluxe – 1511 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Gold Cane – 1569 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Aub Zam Zam – 1633 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Murio’s Trophy Room – 1811 Haight (Shrader/Stanyan)

FISHERMAN’S WHARF/PIER 39
Hooters – 353 Jefferson (Jones/Leavenworth)
Buena Vista Café – 2765 Hyde (Beach)

Triple Crown continues

AFTERPARTIES

    • Space Gallery – 1141 Polk (Sutter/Post) 8pm-midnight – Sugarplum Elves’ Holiday Elftacular & Calendar Release Party!
    • Triple Crown continues til 8pm
    • DNA Lounge (New Wave City) – 375 11th (Folsom/ Harrison ) 9pm-3am (costumed Santa gets in free until 10pm, $7 after 10pm)
    • Retox Lounge (Duckpond’s MIGRATION) – 628 20th Str (3rd St) No cover…goes till 2am.

And here’s a list of participating locales:

November 26

Boulder, CO

December 3

Oxford, MS

December 4

Chicago, IL

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

December 11

Austin, TX

Beijing, China

Calgary, AB

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Halifax, NS

Houston, TX

Lawrence, KS

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Nashville, TN

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Norfolk, VA

Orlando, FL

Ottawa, OT

Paris, France

Pittsburgh, PA

Rochester, NY

Seoul, South Korea

Stockholm, Sweden

Vienna, Austria

Washington DC

December 12

Singapore

December 17

Fort Collins, CO

Manama, Bahrain

December 18

Adelaide, Australia

Boston, MA

Dallas, TX

Dayton, OH

Denver, CO

Eugene, OR

Fort Collins, CO

Kalamazoo, MI

Kansas City, MO

Niagara Falls, ON

Okinawa, Japan

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

St. Paul, MN

St. Petersburg, FL

Savannah, GA

Tokyo, Japan

Yakima, WA

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Criminal Music Companies to Pay for Music Fests Statewide in 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide goddamn record companies that fix prices. (Feel free to read that as record companies, straight up.) Anyway, when you bought all those Rico Suave CDs back in the day, you paid too much. 

Can I tell you how this all relates to the big scheme of things? No, I get my record co. antitrust lawsuits mixed up. But this whole deal probably had something to do with bad behavior by execs from Universal Music Group, Sony Music EntertainmentWarner Music Group, and/or EMI Group.

But that doesn’t matter now. What matters that these melon-farmers are going to own up for past misdeeds by paying for statewide music festivals.

El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Check it:

Alameda Los Angeles San Bernardino Solano
Butte Marin San Diego Sonoma
Calaveras Mendocino San Francisco Stanislaus
Contra Costa Mono San Joaquin Tehama
Del Norte Monterey San Luis Obispo Ventura
El Dorado Napa Santa Barbara Yolo
Fresno Nevada Santa Clara Yuba
Humboldt Orange Santa Cruz  
Inyo Plumas Shasta
Kern Riverside Sierra
Lassen Sacramento Siskiyou

 

January April July October
February May August November
March June September December

Enjoy.

Brown and Arts Council Host Statewide Music Festivals Funded by a Price-Fixing Settlement
SACRAMENTO -Yodeling, operas, musicals, Japanese drumming and symphonies are among the summer events around the state sponsored by more than a half million dollars from a Department of Justice settlement with music companies in a case of fixing advertised prices.

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Arts Council today announced dozens of musical presentations during this summer’s festival season and throughout 2010. Visit the California Arts Council’s website for a full listing of concerts and events benefiting from the grants:
http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/doj/.

“The Attorney General’s office is proud to be part of providing these cultural events that bring people together to experience all types of music. It’s affordable because of our ability to provide discounted tickets,” Brown said, “and these performances are a testament to the incredible richness and diversity of the state’s music.”

The grants support performances and events in 43 of the state’s 58 counties, reaching an estimated audience of 200,000.

All the deets, after the jump

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Santarchy! SFPD Forced to Bust Boozing Santas in Union Square – It’s SantaCon 2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Via Steve Rhodes comes a few images of Santarchy. Yes, San Francisco SantaCon 2009 managed to march through Union Square today.

SC09 is bigger and better than 2007 or 2008. Is the Red Tide coming your way?

The temporarily-widened sidewalks of Powell Street are no safe haven for boozing Saint Nicolaseses. Look out Santa, it’s the cops!

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A detention and citation for this fellow:

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Busting for drinking in public – a 12-ounce Tecate was the weapon:

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It really is like a red tide – at 17th and Castro and Market in front of the Twin Peaks bar:

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And the regulars at the Triple Crown had a surprise today:

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How many more Santas will get cited?

When will it end?