Posts Tagged ‘soma’

The Start of the Return of the Under-the-101-Freeway Tent City?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016



Salesforce Tower is Coming Along Nicely in SoMA – Giant “Eye of Sauron the Great” to be Installed Next Week

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As it looks from my ‘hood at Zero Dark Thirty:


Artist’s conception of finished tower after installation:


The Terrible Zigûr will keep an “eye” on Mount Sutro, depicted at right, and maybe buy Twitter, who knows.

When asked for comment, Gorthaur the Cruel cryptically bellowed, “Bedrock, baby!”

That’s a good one, Sauron. Keep ’em coming.

Welcome to town, Dark Lord.

This Pocket Trumpet Player in the Financial District is a San Francisco Institution

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

If he’s the one I’m thinking about:

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Twitterloin Update: BIG BOY MARKET is Still With Us, Through Advertising

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

First, the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth was all like this:


But then it got hounded by SFGov, so it went away

And then, oddly, it became 826 Valencia:

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But around the corner, you see that BIG BOY MARKET is still making money off of the intersection of Golden Gate and Leavenworth, through advertising:

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Hey, do I question whether the “real problems” of the Twitterloin originate(d?) from a “handful of lawless corner stores” the way CWNevius says?

I do.

Everything Is Awesome: LEGO Store Grand Opening August 26-28 at SF Centre, 835 Market Street

Thursday, August 11th, 2016


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From longtime Frisco resident and Man About Town Fred Sharples comes the news:

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the LEGO Store at
Westfield San Francisco Centre!

August 26 – 28
11am – 6pm
835 Market St, San Francisco

Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct a HUGE model of Jay from LEGO Ninjago–made entirely out of LEGO bricks! You’ll receive a certificate of achievement for helping us build!

PLUS, be one of the first 400 customers each day to make a qualifying purchase at the LEGO Store and you will receive one of these exclusive gifts:

Friday, August 26: FREE LEGO Backpack with a purchase of $50 or more
Saturday, August 27: FREE Limited-Edition LEGO Store Set with a purchase of $99 or more
Sunday, August 28: FREE Exclusive LEGO Minifigure Set with a purchase of $50 or more

Offers valid while supplies last only at the LEGO Store at San Francisco Centre. Limit one per customer. See a Brick Specialist for details.”

See you there!

Frisco’s Millennium Tower Exceeds Its Limits – Srsly – And Here’s the Sidewalk Out Front

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Uh oh:

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And, speaking of exceeding limits, here’s the cracked sidewalk out front:

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(Level 42 is called Level 43 – why is that? And Level 44 is called Level 46 – again, why is that?)

Ah, memories:

“More Than A Place To Live, This Is A Way To Live.

Rare and precious, shimmering on the skyline like crystal, Millennium Tower is one of Worth Magazine’s “Top 10 Residential Buildings in the World.” Inspired by the very essence of San Francisco, in form and in function, this is an address like no other.

FOR EVERY LIFESTYLE, A LIVING SPACE. Millennium Tower residences are the canvases where owners create their own unique San Francisco lifestyle. Streetwise and close to the city’s energy. Comfortably situated in a welcoming, open aerie. Or high above it all, with a view of the iconic Bay Bridge and the world beyond. Here, urban luxury living is elevated to an art form.

City Residences
In the 11-story mid-rise adjacent to the main tower, City Residences offer an urban loft aesthetic connected to the energy of the street.

The Residences
Ensconced on the 3rd through 25th floors, The Residences feature clean lines, designer finishes and exceptional city views.

The Grand Residences
From the vantage point of floors 26 through 60, The Grand Residences are the pinnacle of luxury, unparalleled in San Francisco.

“Evening Flat Rate Parking” at a Skid Row Holiday Inn South of Market on 8th Street is Now $45

Friday, August 5th, 2016

South of Market skid row:

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Vox Populi:

unsafe neighborhood

on the corner of Crack Den Ave, and Homeless Urine Drive

my car in a lot that states ‘DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN CAR’ all over the place (which gives you an indication of how safe this part of town is)

Ugly New Statue Appears South of Market – Like the Goddess of Democracy But Without Arms – “Venus de Rent Control”

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Man, this thing is surprisingly ugly. Here’s prolly the best way to show it, with the perpetually-clogged 8th Street (considered “excess road space” by our corrupt SFMTA, somehow).

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A little closer and now it looks out of focus, non? The buildings in front and behind look to be in focus, but not the thing itself.

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And here it is. (I swear this is in focus.)

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Anyway, just like the real Goddess of Democracy, this thing was made in China, for better or worse.

IDK, man. Who signed off on this? Wouldn’t it have been better to have taxed the Father of Rent Control $5,000,000 and then have put the money in our General Fund?

Our Local Abercrombie & Fitch at the Nordstrom Mall is MUCH Less Aryan Now – Not at All, Actually.

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Take a look – this isn’t the Ambercrobie I know.

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Everything’s changing these days…


Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Here it is:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NOW OPEN – Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Edwin Lee Joined SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra, Board Chairman Charles Schwab and Board President Bob Fisher to Inaugurate Expanded Museum – More than 5,000 Visitors Welcomed to Museum For Free Today

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The new SFMOMA from Howard Street; photo by Devlin Shand, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

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Charles Schwab, Robert Fisher, Neal Benezra and Nancy Pelosi, Edwin Lee and Craig Dykers; photo by Drew Altizer, courtesy Drew Altizer Photography

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2016)—With a blizzard of red confetti, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened its doors to the public today, May 14. Opening Day festivities were attended by local dignitaries, members of the Bay Area arts community and the general public. After the program, the first visitors were welcomed to the new museum by SFMOMA staff and leadership.

The program included remarks by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Edwin Lee, SFMOMA Board Chairman Charles Schwab, SFMOMA Board President Bob Fisher and SFMOMA’s Helen and Charles Schwab Director Neal Benezra. The museum distributed more than 5,000 free timed tickets for Opening Day to the public. Surrounding cultural institutions including the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Children’s Creativity Museum and many more throughout the Yerba Buena Cultural District also offered free admission and programming to celebrate the return of SFMOMA to the neighborhood.

“After years of planning and construction, it feels terrific to welcome visitors back to the museum,” said Neal Benezra. “With our goal of providing more art to more people, now and for generations to come, we are excited to share the new museum experience we have created that features the distinguished Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, new works gifted or promised to us by 230 generous donors and the Pritzker Center for Photography which deepens our commitment to the medium.”

SFMOMA, which opened today with 19 inaugural exhibitions, underwent a three-year transformation to add a 10-story expansion designed by international architecture firm Snøhetta that nearly triples its gallery space, allowing the museum to show more of its exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art. With free admission for guests ages 18 and younger and 45,000 square feet of free public space, SFMOMA is more open to the community than ever before.

“Today, with the opening of this gorgeous museum expansion, San Francisco affirms our city’s place as a global leader of art and culture,” said Congresswoman Pelosi. “The new SFMOMA is a manifestation of our city’s deep respect for creativity, and it embodies the spirit and the generosity of the entire Bay Area Community. For that, we are very proud, and very thankful indeed.”

“San Francisco is a city of big ideas, and SFMOMA is a really big idea—and now, a big reality,” said Mayor Lee. “Not only is the new SFMOMA a place to showcase innovative art, culture and education initiatives, but it is a piece of art itself in the Yerba Buena Art District. The museum is a major draw for visitors, residents, families and youth from around the world, and its contribution to the Bay Area economy will now grow significantly with its new expansion.”


SFMOMA’s Opening Day began with street performers on Howard Street including entertainment by the Circus Center, SFJAZZ High School All Stars, the San Francisco Youth Ballet Ribbon Dancers and We Talk Chalk.

After remarks, at the museum’s new entrance on Howard Street, the speakers and architect Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, ceremonially opened the museum by pressing a large red button with the new SFMOMA logo on it, releasing a blizzard of red confetti from the roof of the new museum and adjacent buildings. The Golden State Warriors Aftershock Drumline played while SFMOMA staff members in red shirts paraded with large red balloons. Ribbon dancers from the San Francisco Youth Ballet led the first visitors into the building.|

Free admission on Opening Day was made possible in part by PG&E, a partner in making the new SFMOMA a model for energy efficiency for art museums through participation in the Step Up and Power Down and Savings by Design programs, The Yerba Buena Community Benefits District and the museum’s Premier Sponsors Bank of America and Cadillac.


SFMOMA is open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Free public spaces open at 9 a.m. daily. The museum hosts extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m., giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy exhibitions and programs in the evening.

Annual membership begins at $100, and members enjoy unlimited free admission (with advance reservation). Adult admission to SFMOMA is $25 and admission for seniors 65 years and older is $22. Admission for visitors ages 19 through 24 is $19. SFMOMA provides free admission to all visitors 18 and younger, furthering its goal of building the next generation of art lovers.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA features significantly enhanced gallery, education and public spaces. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, access to 45,000 square feet of free art-filled public space and free admission for visitors age 18 and younger, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to San Francisco than ever before.

Visit or call 415.357.4000 for more information.