Posts Tagged ‘singing’

“Hmmm…Nasi Gudeg!” It’s Indonesia Day at Union Square Today from 10AM to 5:00 PM – Plenty of Food to Try!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Hmmm…Nasi Gudeg! 

I don’t know what that means, but it’s what you’ll be saying after you visit the Indonesia Day 2011 celebration in Union Square today, July 23, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Check it.

Actually, I didn’t understand any of this, so sheltered I am, so ignorant I am about the fourth most-populated country in the world:

Oh, here we go, subtitles!

See you there!

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:



SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3’s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7’s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

C’mon, Leave Brittany, I Mean Nicole Kidman, Alone! Just Be Cool – Don’t Mob Her at the Hugh Jackman Show

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Look at this scrum after the end of Hugh Jackman’s preview performance at our Curran Theatre. Somewhere in there was lovely Nicole Kidman, who’s in town to film something or other.

I mean, these fans were pushing her the wrong way down the sidewalk, trying to get her sign calendars (that they just happened to have brought with them!) and whatnot:

Check the video – it was a madhouse on Geary.

Now, instead of acting like that, just stay cool.

Like this – when NK was jogging about the Specific Whites / Cow Hollow / Marina neighborhood earlier this week, you see how she was ignored by the local gal? That’s how you do it.

Of course at least one stalkerazi just up the hill wasn’t exactly ignoring Nicole, but he’s practically My Bodyguard compared with the voracious, out-of-control fans of Union Square.

All right, I’ve had a good cry, time to wash off all my mascara…

“OMG, Hugh Jackman at the Curran Theater, So So So So Sooooooooo Amazing!” Also, Live Online Q&A With Hugh on May 4th

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

It begins. HJ at the CT begins.

Haven’t caught the show myself, but here’s an early review:

“OMG just got back from seeing Hugh Jackman at the Curran Theater, so so so so sooooooooo amazing!”

O.K. then.

And guess who else was there last night at the preview – none other than Nicole Kidman, Barry Diller, and Jeffrey Katzenberg!

It was a big deal in Union Square. See?

Via MSN/Splash News

But all the clamoring fans were a bit too much for NK, as you can see from this video:

I can’t see. You’re scaring me!

People, you gots to chill.

Anyway, Hugh’s waiting for you at 445 Geary:

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And there’s some kind of FB thing going on this afternoon:


All right, see you there!

Hugh at the 2007 Tonys

Hugh sings “Satisfaction (I can’t get no)”

Hugh in Oklahoma at the Royal National Theatre 1998

Hugh sings “Not the Boy Next Door”

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

Grease Sing-A-Long Coming to the Metreon for Just Six Short Days Starting July 8, 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Grease will be the word down at the Metreon Theatres when a custom-made print arrives in town July 8th.

Get your tickets now.


In Select Cities Beginning July 8, 2010

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning on July 8th, GREASE: SING-A-LONG will be playing in the following cities and theatres:

 —  New York (AMC Loews Village)
 —  Los Angeles (AMC Century City)
 —  Atlanta (Regal Atlantic Station)
 —  Austin (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar)
 —  Boston (AMC Loews Boston Common)
 —  Chicago (AMC River East)
 —  Dallas (AMC Northpark)
 —  Miami / Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise Cinemas Gateway)
 —  San Diego (AMC Fashion Valley)
 —  San Francisco (AMC Loews Metreon)
 —  Seattle (AMC Pacific Place)

Is GREASE: SING-A-LONG not playing where you live?  Then Demand It! come to your town at and help spread the word by tweeting #Grease on Twitter.

From Director Randal Kleiser

“I’m thrilled that so many GREASE fans are excited to see the film as a sing-a-long for the first time ever.  Having fans requesting it to play in their town is an amazing reflection of the loyal audience who have kept this movie timeless.” said director, Randal Kleiser.  “The power is in the hands of GREASE enthusiasts all over the U.S. and I’d love to see where the biggest fans live, so ‘Demand It’ play in your town!”


Rydell High’s most famous graduating class is going back to school.  A newly restored print brings the highest-grossing musical of all time, GREASE (1978), to the big screen as a sing-a-long.  Join Danny and Sandy with your own crew of T-Birds and Pink Ladies for a carnival ride back to those amazing summer nights!

 For more information, please visit our GREASE: SING-A-LONG sites:
 Official site (with trailer):
 Demand It! to play in your city:
 Facebook Fan Page:
 Twitter Page: (#Grease)

 In Select Theatres July 8, 2010

Fiddler at the Golden Gate is Fantastic – Harvey Fierstein IS the Fiddler on the Roof

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Actually, Harvey is Tevye the Dairyman, but you know what I mean. Now let’s say that you have $30 – maybe you worked for it, or you just got your unemployment check, or that trust fund came through – it doesn’t matter. I’d have no qualms about directing you to use that dough to go see old-school Fiddler on the Roof  at SHN’s bustling Golden Gate Theatre before the show ships out on February 21st.

Might take you a few moments to adjust to his famous voice, so there you go. No matter, Harvey is hilarious, he raises the roof, he’s the real deal

Our Golden Gate single handedly puts the theatre into the Theatre District. The roomy seats give the big-boned and long-femured of us plenty of kneeroom compared what they have at the nearby Orpheum:

And if you see the show tonight, you’ll also get to see elements of the Westboro Baptist Church in some sort of protest out front as you’re walking in. Bonus.

See you there!

[UPDATE: And now, you can go there two hours before the show to try to get nonresellable $30 rush tickets, which I’m guessing would be for better-than-average seats. Anyway, the deets on that, after the jump.]


Harvey Fierstein is the Fiddler on the Roof, Starting January 27th at Our Golden Gate Theatre

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Oh man, the scalpers on craigslist are already at full speed, but I just now found out that Harvey Fierstein will star in Fiddler on the Roof from January 27th to February 21st at SHN‘s grand, stylish and palatial Golden Gate Theatre.

It’s going to be mega.

What’s that, you have a few concerns about Harvey as Tevye? Well then read on, below.

Here’s interviewer Boris Kachka’s recent Q&A with the feisty Fierstein:

Q. Some people have been asking, “Can Harvey actually sing in a serious role like this?” You were playing Hairspray’s Edna for comedy, after all.

A. If I had played Edna for laughs, I don’t think I would have gotten the Tony. So that’s people’s prejudice, and to me that’s just stupid.

Q. What about when people say you’re too raspy?

A. You know, Boris, you’re asking me questions that are really pissing me off. What a stupid thing to say. It’s like saying Shelley Winters is too fat to play—that’s who I am.

O.K. then.

It’s his dream role, after all.

Will spending your $30 to see Fiddler from the side balcony be a better investment than the $15 it’ll take to go see headache-inducing Avatar in 3D?

Yes, probably.

See you there at the GGT!

World Series Mayhem – Ace’s Bar is a Little Bit of Noo Yawk in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night on Sutter and Hyde in San Francisco’s Tenderloin (aka Tender Nob, aka “Theatre”) District last night just after the New York Yankees won the World Series. With all the boisterousness, passersby could tell that some kind of mayhem was afoot even from a block away.

And then when the crowd started belting out New York, New York,” well, you started to suspect that Yelp-rated Ace’s Bar just might have a New York theme.

Welcome to the Bronx Zoo” juxtaposed with “Quiet Please – Click to expand:

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Neon signs celebrating both the Yankees and the Mets:

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Owners Scott and Barbi beseech you to “Get your ass to Ace’s

“With inexpensive prices and the cleanest bathrooms in the city, Aces brings the unique vibe of NY to the laid back streets of San Francisco.”

So, when you pine for Fair Gotham, Get Your Ass to Ace’s post-haste.

It’ll soon become your little piece of 10001 in the 94109.

“South Pacific” at the Golden Gate Theatre a Huge Success – Ending October 25th

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Remember South Pacific? You know, the play at the Golden Gate Theatre that just opened up last month? Well the tour is blowing town in three short weeks. So get your tickets now to this sensational production, one that earned Editor’s Pick and WILD APPLAUSE (that’s what the San Francisco Chronicle titles the icon of the freshly updated Little Man when he excitedly hops up on his seat to give a standing ovation) in the Review from Chronicle Theatre Critic Robert Hurwitt.

Now usually when I’m at one of the SHN: Broadway in San Francisco theatres, I’m the uncouth east end boy escorting a West End Girl to something very girly like Legally Blonde: The Musical. But Bartlett Sher‘s South Pacific is something-for-everybody old-school, so that was new to me. It’s a fantastic show, can’t see how you wouldn’t like it. 

With rush tickets priced at $25, SP can be cheaper than admission to this weekend’s Oktoberfest By the Bay. 

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And check it, San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar is a fan. Bonus.


And let’s hear it for the 25-piece orchestra playing the original score:

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Apparently, Yelp doesn’t do plays yet, so the happy fun slander SFGate commenters will have to pinch hit. And here’s a review from Jay Barmann at SFist.

All right, see you there!