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Oh No, Now Even Our San Francisco Zoo is Working Blue – “The Scoop on Poop” Opens January 25th 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Taking a cue from our naughty, naughty PUC, your San Francisco Zoo has a new exhibition called The Scoop on Poop.

I’m appalled.

But your kids will love it.

And afterwards, check out the brand-new ELINOR FRIEND PLAYGROUND.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

The Scoop on Poop! Opening Day

Special Members-Only Preview: January 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Open to Public: January 25, 10:00 am in the Pachyderm Building

Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, our latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.

Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off – some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

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SHN in 2012: “MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour” + “Mamma Mia!” + Monty Python’s “Spamalot”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

All right, this is just a part of what SHN, Broadway in San Francisco, has for you in 2012, 1- 2-3:

MythBusters: Behind the Myths

MAMMA MIA!

SPAMALOT

News to me. Deets below.

Sometimes you’re the Jamie, sometimes you’re the Adam:

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Here it is:

Three Special Engagements for 2012!
SAN FRANCISCO (November 8, 2011) – SHN is thrilled to announce three special engagements for 2012: the all-new, live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, and the return of favorites MAMMA MIA! and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. 

MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour
Golden Gate Theatre – January 8

MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” will debut at the Golden Gate Theatre for one night only, Sunday, January 8 at 7pm. It promises to be a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science. “MythBusters: Behind the Myths brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 11 at 10AM.

Tickets for Mythbusters range in price from $45 – $160.

For more information on Mythbusters visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mythbusters

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Sunday, January 8 at 7pm

 

MAMMA MIA!
Orpheum Theatre – February 21 – March 4

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time atMAMMA MIA!

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! range in price for $30 – $100.

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799, Press 3 or visit http://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on MAMMA MIA! visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mammamia

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 4
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

 

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Orpheum Theatre – April 10 – 22

The funniest show on earth is back to taunt San Francisco for a second time!  Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.  But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of San Francisco.

Tickets for SPAMALOT range in price for $30 – $100

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799 or visithttp://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on SPAMALOT visit http://shnsf.com/shows/spamalot

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
APRIL 10 – 22
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

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The Special, So Very Special, Official License Plates of Your California State Senators and Assembly Members

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Your horrible Department of Motor Vehicles has all the deets on those “A” and “S” license plates you might occasionally notice about town.

Let’s see here:

A is for Assembly, S is for Senate, numbers represent the district concerned, R is for Retired and E is for the Extra car that Retired Senators sometimes acquire.

It’s all from CVC section §5002.8, which got approval from…. the California Senate and Assembly, believe it or not. Special they are.

Here’s a helpful chart:

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Now I’ll tell you, even some CHiPs don’t know how to read these plates, so don’t feel bad.

Here, you can practice on this car. Oops, it’s from Massachusetts. Oh well. It looks special as well, tho.

I think that’s how you can save yourself a lot of money – just use out-of-state plates like so many others do…

Happy motoring!

OMG, See the Reindeer of Golden Gate Park From November 23 to January 2 – “Tis the Season for Science” at Cal Academy

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences is gearing up for the holidays. They’re going to have reindeer and everything.

(Now, the San Francisco Zoo talks about having reindeer, but I suspect the animules they have are merely caribou. Oh well.)

Get ready!

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All the deets!

“TIS THE SEASON FOR SCIENCE”  AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
From November 23 – January 2, the Academy will celebrate the holiday season with a scientific twist.

SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2010) – From November 23 – January 2, the California Academy of Sciences will celebrate the holiday season with live reindeer, indoor snow flurries, and a suite of polar- and holiday-themed programs during “’Tis the Season for Science,” six weeks of wintry festivities and family fun with a scientific twist. Visitors can meet a pair of reindeer in-person, ask a botanist what “mistletoe” actually means, find out what causes the Northern Lights, and more, as they explore the “hows” and “whys” of life in some of Earth’s most frigid climates. Music, decorations, and a hot chocolate cart will complete the festive atmosphere.

Inside the Academy’s Piazza, visitors will find an Arctic wonderland, complete with an igloo presentation dome, holiday craft activities, and a stage for special presentations and shows including interviews with scientists, games of “Polar Jeopardy,” and a variety of music, dance, and theater performances. Young visitors can also greet “Santa Claude,” the Academy’s lovable alligator character, who will get into the holiday spirit with a Santa hat and scarf. Once an hour, an indoor snow flurry will dust the Piazza, against a backdrop of stunning photographs by Arctic National Wildlife Refuge photographer Subhankar Banerjee. Nearby, guests will get a closer look at a variety of rarely displayed Arctic specimens, including a polar bear, snowy owl, and snow geese.

Each day will feature festive performances and a schedule of programs and interactive activities that explore winter themes like migration, adaptations for extreme cold, sustainable gift-giving, and research in some of our planet’s coldest climes. ‘Tis the Season for Science activities are included with general admission tickets, unless otherwise noted. Visit www.calacademy.org/holidays in November for more details.


Special Program Highlights
November 23 – January 2

Reindeer Rendezvous – Daily
Visit the east garden to meet the two reindeer (also known as caribou in North America) that have come to visit the Academy for the holidays. Learn about the special adaptations that help these antlered herbivores survive in cold environments and travel great distances, and discover how they acquired such a special place in holiday traditions.

Polar Jeopardy – Daily
Think you know a thing or two about polar bears, emperor penguins, and the Northern Lights? Want to challenge your knowledge of Earth’s frozen caps? Or want to watch your friends and family put on their thinking caps? Come take part in this fun, interactive game show, and expand your polar expertise.

Festive Performers – Daily
The Academy has invited a variety of musicians, singers, dancers, theatrical groups, and other performers to help visitors celebrate this festive time of year. Enrich your family’s Academy visit with art and music from some of the Bay Area’s greatest talents.

Polar Perspectives – Shows daily
Step into the igloo presentation dome for a glimpse of the stark, vast beauty of the North Pole. Rotating 5-minute shows will tell the stories of the Northern Lights, polar ice caps, and the winter sky with stunning HD footage and twinkling stars.

“Chill Out” with an Academy Scientist – Weekly
Meet Academy scientists who study plants, animals, and climate change in some of the planet’s coldest environments. In their travels, these explorers have studied high-elevation ice beetles, Arctic migrations, frozen clams and warming ice caps. Join them for a fascinating look at their work to explore the world, discover new life, and help explain Earth’s amazing story.

Climate Science & Solutions – Weekly
Explore the science behind climate change through this high-energy and accessible presentation by the experts at Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). The topic of climate change can be daunting, but ACE’s fun and innovative approach helps us create positive and proactive responses to this global problem. Come curious and ready to be inspired!

Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover (Kids ages 6+ and their adult chaperones)
Tuesday, December 28
Why count sheep when you could count geckos, butterflies, sharks, and penguins? Now kids can camp out for a night at the California Academy of Sciences—and see the museum in a whole new light. Sleepovers include after-hours access to Academy exhibits, a special penguin talk, live animal demonstration, planetarium show, story time with cookies and milk, parking, breakfast, and more. Tickets $119 per person ($99 for Academy members), available at www.calacademy.org/sleepovers.

The “‘Tis the Season for Science” theme will also continue across regularly scheduled Academy programs, including Science Story Adventures, Family Nature Crafts, Specimen Spotlight, and Animal Tales.

The Academy will be closed on November 25 and December 25, and will observe extended hours (until 6pm) from November 26-28, December 26-30, and January 1-2.

Conservatory of Flowers Garden Railway Fires Up Again Friday, November 19th – Celebrating 140 Years of Golden Gate Park

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Once again, it’s on, the annual Garden Railway exhibit at our Conservatory of Flowers is on.

Check it out from November 19th, 2010 through March 13th, 2011.

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And here’s a fresh shot from Nina Sazevich:

All the deets, after the jump

See you there!

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010: 420 Friendly But No Bicycle Parking and No “Major Gift” Announcement

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the "major gift" worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.] 

The 2010 edition of our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival proceeds in Golden Gate Park. The whole shebang ends on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 so there’s still time for you to go…

It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:

“Special” brownies are $4:

But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal: 

Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:

So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:

Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage.  But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.  

There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:

Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:

(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)

Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…

The Golden Gate Express Garden Show Returns to Our Conservatory of Flowers

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s back. The Golden Gate Express garden railway show is back at the at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Deets below.

Can you see what was made from what?

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These are shots from Nina Sazevich

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And these are from Saxon Holt:

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The Golden Gate Express
The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular garden railway exhibit steams back into
town for the holidays
SAN FRANCISCO — All aboard The Golden Gate Express for a San Francisco
holiday experience like no other! Golden Gate Park¹s Conservatory of Flowers
brings back its enormously popular garden railway exhibition this winter
with many new features and surprises created by local garden railroad
aficionados and artists from SF Recycling & Disposal, Inc.¹s Artist in
Residence program. It¹s a celebration of the city of San Francisco as a
model train, cable car, streetcar and more wend their way through a lush
landscape of dwarf plants and zip past mini versions of the city¹s landmark
buildings created entirely from recycled materials. New this year also are
some only-in-San Francisco special effects including the sounds of the city
and the twice-daily arrival of the fog. The Golden Gate Express will be on
view November 19, 2009 through April 18, 2010 and opens with a preview gala
November 18, 2009.

All the deets, after the jump.

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MUNI #952 is San Francisco’s Very Own Streetcar Named Desire

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Here’s San Francisco MUNI Car #952 heading into Fishermans Wharf, getting ready for Sunday Streets.

It looks just like the streetcars they have on Desire in the Big Easy:

Car No. 952 came from New Orleans to San Francisco in 1998 by arrangement between Mayors Willie Brown and Marc Morial. The occasion was the world premier of Andre Previn’s opera of Williams’ novel.

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And best of all, it only costs $1.50, $2.00, $1.50 to ride.