Posts Tagged ‘siebel’

Gavin Newsom’s Oil Industry Connections – Pantomiming the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – Yelling at Matier and Ross

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Apparently Gavin Newsom is back in town today to talk about “green” taxicabs, which is sort of funny since his whole life has revolved* around the oil industry. [Cough, PlumpJack, cough.] But anyway.

Let’s take a look at back when Gavin was Mayor, on a day in 2010 just after Mssrs. Matier and Ross broke the news connecting Gavin with an investment in Transocean back when it owned the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig.

Les mise-en-scene, Howard Street. What you’re seeing here is Gavin’s former ride (a gas-powered SUV with monstrous 6.0-litre engine) next to some mayoral types and some San Francisco Chronicle people in an off-the-record excloo interview:

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And here’s Gavin raging at Matier and Ross* over this story. Let’s listen in, shall we?

“…YOU GOT ME DOWN THERE IN THE GULF…” “…WITH ALL THIS OIL COMING UP…”

Now he’s saying all this while waving his arms up and down in unison, pantomiming the out-of-control oil gushing up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

Isn’t that funny?

From left: Gavin, Gavin’s engorged carotid artery, Andrew Ross, and SFGov security staring down the barrel of my camera lens through a pair of Foster Grants:

This was for tout le monde to hear right in front of Moscone Center West.

Now isn’t that funny?

*And continues to revolve.

**Phil Matier wasn’t on the scene, but you know, it’s been the team of Matier & Ross for as long as I can remember.

Wow: Vogue Magazine on What Former First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom was Doing Four Years Ago, Back in 2007

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Here’s the latest from Vogue (which of course has nothing, nothing at all to do with anything even possibly connected with “overt sexualization,” oh no).

Leave us remember 2007:

“Four years ago, when Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a onetime businesswoman and actress, decided she wanted to have a baby with her husband, Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco,* she looked at the world into which she would be bringing a daughter and saw a bleak picture. Around her, a tabloid culture in which women were prized for cattiness and overt sexualization was thriving, and in the political realm, things didn’t look much better.”

All right, but ’round about the same time, I seem to recall somebody going on about how “the woman is the culprit” and that same somebody calling writer and fellow “girl” Heather Maddan a liar.

Photo: Girls Club Entertainment

OK fine.

Thanks for your insights, Vogue!

* And current Lt. Governor, don’t forget.

First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is Going to Sundance – Her “Miss Representation” Film Just Picked for Utah Festival

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

From SFWIRE (home to “Super Important SF Stuff”) comes the news that San Francisco First lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be competing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

This little tidbit escaped notice from the person who wrote up this bit in yesterday’s Chronicle. Oh well.

Anyway, here’s a retread post about Jen’s documentary from last month. Enjoy:

Well, thanks to Steve Rhodes, we’ve learned that  Miss Representation, un film de Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is coming!

Check it.

Order the DVD or go to a screening if you want.

Enjoy:

“About the Film

Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment to give us an inside look at the media’s message. Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality—not in their capacity as leaders. Through the riveting perspectives of youth and the critical analysis of top scholars, Miss Representation will change the way you see media.

Featured in the Film

  1. •Caroline Heldman, PhD, Associate Professor Occidental College
  2. •Condoleezza Rice, PhD, Former United States Secretary of State
  3. •Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
  4. •Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers Union
  5. •Geena Davis, Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  6. •Gloria Steinem, Feminist Organizer & Writer
  7. •Jackson Katz, PhD, Author & Lecturer
  8. •Jane Fonda, Actor & Activist
  9. •Jean Kilbourne, EdD, Media Critic, Author & Lecturer
  10. •Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media and New
  11. •Katie Couric, Broadcast Journalist
  12. •Lisa Ling, Broadcast Journalist
  13. •M. Gigi Durham, Professor of Media Studies
  14. •Margaret Cho, Comedienne, Actor & Activist
  15. •Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film
  16. •Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, United States Congress
  17. •Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media
  18. •Rachel Maddow, Broadcast Journalist & Host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show
  19. •Rosario Dawson, Actor & Activist
  20. •…among many other incredible women and men of all ages!

Runtime

85 minutes

Order DVD

Coming soon.

Social Change Campaign

The distribution of the film will coincide with a social change campaign to re-envision women as leaders in society. Film proceeds will be donated to women’s leadership programs led by our partner organizations, which include Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Women’s Network, The Women’s Media Center, and The White House Project. The nation-wide, multi-generational effort will create an educational curriculum for middle and high school students and directed action to demand media responsibility. Donate to the campaign to help us achieve social change for women and girls.

Wow, First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom Has Been Making Movies? – “Miss Representation” has a Million Stars

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Well, thanks to Steve Rhodes, I’ve learned that  Miss Representation, un film de Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is coming!

Check it.

Anyway, this is all news to me. Order the DVD or go to a screening if you want.

Enjoy:

“About the Film

Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news, and entertainment to give us an inside look at the media’s message. Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality—not in their capacity as leaders. Through the riveting perspectives of youth and the critical analysis of top scholars, Miss Representation will change the way you see media.

Featured in the Film

  1. •Caroline Heldman, PhD, Associate Professor Occidental College
  2. •Condoleezza Rice, PhD, Former United States Secretary of State
  3. •Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator
  4. •Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers Union
  5. •Geena Davis, Actor & Founder of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
  6. •Gloria Steinem, Feminist Organizer & Writer
  7. •Jackson Katz, PhD, Author & Lecturer
  8. •Jane Fonda, Actor & Activist
  9. •Jean Kilbourne, EdD, Media Critic, Author & Lecturer
  10. •Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director of Women in Media and New
  11. •Katie Couric, Broadcast Journalist
  12. •Lisa Ling, Broadcast Journalist
  13. •M. Gigi Durham, Professor of Media Studies
  14. •Margaret Cho, Comedienne, Actor & Activist
  15. •Martha Lauzen, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film
  16. •Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, United States Congress
  17. •Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media
  18. •Rachel Maddow, Broadcast Journalist & Host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show
  19. •Rosario Dawson, Actor & Activist
  20. •…among many other incredible women and men of all ages!

Runtime

85 minutes

Order DVD

Coming soon.

Social Change Campaign

The distribution of the film will coincide with a social change campaign to re-envision women as leaders in society. Film proceeds will be donated to women’s leadership programs led by our partner organizations, which include Girls for A Change, Girls Inc., The International Museum of Women, Step Up Women’s Network, The Women’s Media Center, and The White House Project. The nation-wide, multi-generational effort will create an educational curriculum for middle and high school students and directed action to demand media responsibility. Donate to the campaign to help us achieve social change for women and girls.

Mayor Gavin and Jennifer Newsom Vote This Morning – Montana Tags Along – Provisional Ballots on Upper Terrace

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Mayor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel-Newsom cast their ballots this AM in a garage up in the  Upper Terrace neighborhood.

Montana tagged along to learn about the voting process:

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This voter waited a bit for a chance to meet San Francisco royalty:

Plenty of Giants fans are still showing their colors today:

Appears as if the Newsoms are signed up to be vote-by-mailers, so they had to vote provisionally today, AFAIK. (I should be up-to-speed on this issue but I’m not. But logically, you can’t vote at the precinct and also by mail, so they let you vote and then check to see if your ballot arrives in the post.)

A Kennedy-esque scene at precinct 3808:

And all the while, dude here is just down the street watching the media circus travel back and forth.

(For some reason contractors are all over Upper Terrace these days, building and rebuilding houses everywhere.)

The Newsoms then took off for an 11-hour non-stop day.

They’ll most likely be rewarded with good news after 8:00 PM tonight…

Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Sometimes, due to harsh lighting conditions, the people you photograph can turn out all orange or pink or whatnot.

Thusly:

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One way to avoid this situation is to use a powerful flash in the daytime to fill-in the shadows. (That’s what that Gene guy does at highly-rated and ironically-named Orange Photography. Saw him on Barry Bonds Day a few years back using a flash along with a strong filter (like sunglasses) on his lens – if you’re paying a pro for photos, why not have them done the right way, right?) Anyway, with an ideal set-up, that’s what you’d do. Oh well.

Now, here’s a shot taken of the same people at about the same time, excepting that this shot doesn’t have the harsh backlighting:

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See? More better, less Oompa Loompa.

Now, what if you could throw these two shots into ‘Shop and have the orange-y photo try to copy the colors of the nicer photo. That command is called “Match Color.” Here’s the result with the slider at 100%, full-on Match Color:  

Now, I’m not saying that this is perfect or anything. If it were important, you could do other things as well. But, as a dumbed-down command, Match Color can get the job done with one click.

Or you can convert the whole shebang to black and white. (That might serve to also get you an “arty” look, for better or worse.)  

And There You Have It.

Yearlong Shanghai Celebration Starts Today – San Francisco Goes All Out For Our Sister City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Why did Shanghai, the largest city in China, become one of our 16 Sister Cities in 1979? Well, we should all thank former Mayor and current U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein:

It was sort of a race between Los Angeles and San Francisco to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai and of course San Francisco won – and it was the first such Sister City relationship between an American city and a Chinese city.”

(Once again L.A. loses, of course(?) - thanks DiFi.) Now it turns out that our Big Sis is hosting a big party this year – it’s World Expo 2010. So, that’s a good excuse for a bunch of  the Bay Area’s cultural organizations to represent, via the Shanghai Celebration featuring Honorary Chair and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Jay Xu, Director of the Asian Art Museum, confronting a media scrum after today’s announcement:

Check out the calendar of upcoming events all related to the Paris of the East - it’s packed, baby. Swan Lake featuring San Francsico Ballet Principal Dancer and Shanghai native Yuan Yuan Tan will kick things off from January 23-31 and then on February 12th comes the debut of the cornerstone of the Shanghai Celebration, a big exhibit at our Asian Art Museum simply called Shanghai. It’s going to be mega.

Just ask Jay Xu:

“The 2010 World Expo that opens in May is Shanghai’s coming-out party, the official debut as the city reclaims its position as a global powerhouse. The Asian Art Museum’s Shanghai exhibition was timed to coincide with this prominent international event. Only through understanding its tumultuous history, can one truly understand the progressive and stylish Shanghai of today.”

 O.K. then.

Our jet-setting mayor was on hand to cheerlead for San Francisco, a part of his job which I think everybody would agree he does well. He was dressed for rain today, with blue jeans, and a pair of brown shoes that he claimed were “ruined” by the wet:   

More deets from the AAA:

“The Shanghai Celebration is an unprecedented, year-long festival presented by more than thirty San Francisco Bay Area organizations commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai.

Spearheaded by the Asian Art Museum, the Celebration runs throughout 2010, coinciding with the World Expo presented in Shanghai from May to October. The more than 50 Shanghai-related programs feature exhibitions, concerts, performances, films, lectures, book readings, artist demonstrations and other special events and cover topics such as Shanghai’s architecture, jazz, historic Jewish communities, Art Deco design, filmmaking industry, contemporary art, cuisine, high-rise urban planning and fashion.

The cornerstone of the Celebration is the Asian Art Museum’s presentation of Shanghai, a major exhibition examining the visual culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, scheduled for February 12-September 5, 2010.

For the Shanghai Celebration program calendar of events, and a list of participating organizations, please visit www.shanghaicelebration.com.”

Check the lengthy, lengthy sked, after the jump. 

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Alanis Morissette Entertains All at Power to the Peaceful – Isn’t it Ironic?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

No, it’s not ironic at all, but that’s O.K. Everybody loved her anyway.

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via Steve Rhodes - he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

And hey, here’s Michael Franti, the man who started Power to the Peaceful, back in the day:

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Oops, that was Rasputin. Similar stare though. Here’s Mike Franti. Sort of reminds me of that other charismatic, yoga-loving, 9/11 Truther About Town

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…Mark Morford:

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Would Rasputin be a Truther if he were around today? Hells yes.

And wasn’t Rasputin into yoga as well? Sure, he could have been.

Isn’t it ironic? Don’cha think?

(And what’s this, the controlled demolition crowd isn’t welcome in the Truth Movement anymore? I’m confused, srsly. Is is possible to have a Pearl Harbor without FDR-Let-Pearl-Harbor-Happen theories springing up? Apparently not. IIIDYT?)

Alanis Morissette and San Francisco First Lady to Star at “Power to the Peaceful” Events

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Let’s see what our little town has up this weekend – hey, how about the popular Power to the Peaceful Concert and Festival on Saturday in Golden Gate Park and then the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration on Sunday at the Herbst Theatre

Singer Alanis Morrissette is the draw on Saturday and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the draw for Sunday. The whole joint is being put on Michael Franti, as per usual. But what’s that? Isn’t Franti a 9/11 Truther, since, among other things, he “signed” the same petition as Van Jones back in 2004? Well actually, you just don’t know, not enough information. See below.

Power to the Peaceful (fka911 Power to the Peaceful“) in Golden Gate Park, as it happened last year. It featured Ziggy Marley, but without the Melody Makers. Click to expand:

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So why did Franti call this event “911 Power to the Peaceful” until 2008? Well, you see, it’s not “9/11″ -  it’s “911″, as in “911 is a Joke

Here’s an explantion from 2002:

“The first two 911 Festivals (1999 and 2000) were held on September 11 to draw attention to the emergency state of the court case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Last year’s events involving the World Trade Center and the world abroad brought new significance to the subsequent festivals. Michael Franti states that the 4th annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival ‘will create a compassionate space of healing for ALL those people killed or displaced by terrorism and by the war on terrorism.’”

Some of the Truthers are a little hazy on this score, it seems. Oh well. 

And oh, by the way Truthers, do you know that you’ve been banned from writing about your conspiracy theory on the Huffington Post? Let’s hear from Arianna:

“I despise 9/11 “truther” conspiracies. Indeed, one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories.”

Oh snap! Hit me! That’s right, Truthers, they’ve gotten to Arianna! Who will They get next? No se. Moving on…

Let’s just say Thank You to Alanis for coming to town and having the courage to ask “¿Qué tal zanahorias transparentes colgando?”

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All the deets on San Francisco’s biggest event this weekend:

“This coming Saturday, Bay Area native and Billboard-chart topping musician, Michael Franti, will host his annual Power to the Peaceful concert and festival in Golden Gate Park which is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees with performances by Alanis Morissette and others.  On Saturday, at 1:30 pm at the park, Franti will hold a press conference to kick off the weekend of Power to the Peaceful festivities.  Joined by a variety of musicians and renowned speakers, Franti will speak on topics ranging from cultural diversity and non-violence to environmental sustainability and socio-political causes.
 
The following day, Sunday September 13, Franti will join forces with the global humanitarian organization, CARE, to host the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration which will bring together experts on issues including climate change, hunger/food aid, and girls’ education with community members to discuss solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing women and girls around the world.
 
Opening with a welcome message by First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and closing with an intimate performance by Michael Franti and friends in the historic Herbst theatre, the Global Action Forum & Celebration is an afternoon and evening event that will include engaging sessions on critical global issues, as well as yoga, music, dance, a reception and more.  
 
Michael Franti and CARE Present
the 11th Annual Power to the Peaceful Concert and Global Action Forum & Celebration:
Empowering People to Create Solutions to Poverty
 
WHAT:  For the past 10 years Michael Franti, singer/activist and ambassador for the global
humanitarian organization CARE, has hosted the free Power to the Peaceful Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  On Saturday, September 12, this one day event will bring more than 70,000 attendees together for a day of music and inspiration to serve people and the planet.  This year, the Power to the Peaceful Concert will be followed on Sunday, September 13 by an afternoon forum that will harness the public’s energy and enthusiasm to tackle global poverty issues, particularly those affecting women. The Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration will feature experts from the global poverty-fighting organization CARE, as well as civic and community leaders who will discuss topics including Global Climate Change, Girls’ Empowerment, and Hunger and Food Security.  Each session will examine challenges and solutions facing women in the developing world, and participants will leave with tangible strategies to affect change at home and abroad. Simultaneously, yoga practitioners can attend the Power to the Peaceful-sponsored yoga session and Brazilian capoeira/dance workshop. The event will culminate with symposium attendees and yogis joining for an evening reception featuring an acoustic concert with Michael Franti and friends and performances by Aguas da Bahia & Tambores Julio Remelexo drum and dance ensemble. 
 
TICKETS:         
The Power to the Peaceful Concert on Saturday, September 12 in Golden Gate Park is donation-based. Tickets to the Global Action Forum & Celebration, which starts at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 13 are on sale now at
www.care.org/forum
 
WHO:              
-          Michael Franti, musician/activist and CARE Ambassador
-          Acclaimed photographer Phil Borges (
www.womenempoweredproject.com), representatives from Back to Earth, Ode Magazine, Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Potentia Foundation, Room to Read, Spark, UC Berkeley, and Vitamin Angels, as well additional participants to be announced.
-          A message from First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
-          Experts from CARE including: Marcos Neto (Climate Change); Sarah Bouchie (Basic & Girls’ Education Unit), and David Kauck (Hunger/Food Aid)
 
WHERE:          
The Global Action Forum & Celebration will take place in the Herbst Theatre and Green Room, in the War Memorial Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister Street in San Francisco.
  
ABOUT:           
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
www.care.org.

Join thousands of people at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park and be part of the international community coming together to build, inspire and pledge service toward those in need and help the planet. The 2009 event takes place at 11am on September 12th and will feature a full lineup of bands, speakers and information booths. In addition to morning yoga, main stage performers include Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie and a slew of renowned DJs.

2009 Event Details:The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 12, 2009 with confirmed main stage performances by music luminaries: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette , Sly & Robbie, Cherine Anderson , Vieux Farka Toure’ , Sellassie and Truth Universal; a variety of renowned DJ’s include: Miguel Miggs, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, DJ Heyman and DJ Adnan, In addition to the main stage of musical artists the PTTP Festival will kick off the festival with 1000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice sponsored by Yoga Tree SF with teacher Seane Corn. From Tibit, keynote speaker, Namkha Rinpoche, will address global, personal peace and his service of teaching Buddhism in the western world “by making unhappy people happy. The main practice of Buddhism is compassion and patience.”

Saturday’s festival is a family-friendly event with a kid’s zone with conscious carnival games, flag making, face painting, marionettes, stilt walkers, and a chill tent for napping and feeding. The Kids Zone Stage will feature performances by: PopLyfe, Jaden, Peace Outs, Gabby La La, Bird School PTTP Band and the Bay Area Girls.

Cost: FREE”

San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Photos

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Check out the action from San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade put on by the United Irish Societies, San Francisco. Also, see Hardy Wilson’s photos here.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom - Camelot, here we come. Click to expand:

 Hellbent for election, this time for Governor.

Now lets’ pay the bills with animals, beauty queens, and kids - y’all seem to like these subjects.

A huge canine from the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club. They appeared to be very friendly and dignified, horse-like in a way.

Miss Golden Gate Ashley Miller and Miss San Francisco Reny Lupo, together again:

The parade stopped momentarily so these young dancers could build up the courage to cross this scary BART grate in the middle of the street:

Half Irish, half Rock Star – just like Bono?

Now, on with the parade:

The Girls Scouts wisely used their opportunity to hawk cookies directly to the crowd:

Who else was there? Senators Leland Yee and Ellen Corbett:

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma with Bevan Dufty and the always well-behaved Sidney

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Supervisor John Avalos made the scene in an awesome purple 1960 Imperial Crown convertible (aka Chrysler Imperial).

San Francisco Firefighters Union Local 798′s John Hanley:

Others on hand were Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd. Those were the politicians, now onto politics.

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center wants Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Sinn Fein in the house:

As well the International Republican Socialist Network:

Okay then.

And finally, the largest California Bear Flag in all Christendom:

See you next year!