Posts Tagged ‘stories’

The New MUNI T-Shirt’s Here! The New MUNI T-Shirt’s Here! – Things Are Going To Start Happening To Me Now

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Redolent of The New Phone Book’s Here, the new MUNI T-shirt‘s here.

See?

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By “new” I mean new to me, as they’ve been out for a while now.

Have I mentioned yet that MUNI sucks? Forgive me.*

Bonus: Also included in the delivery was a limited edition of SIDE WALKS:

“The San Francisco Museum at the Mint in collaboration with the North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District presents “Neighbors,” fifty environmental portraits by Troy Holden as a photographic essay of the Tenderloin, South of Market, and Mid-Market neighborhoods. “Side Walks” is a collection of photographs made in downtown San Francisco by Bay Area photographers Chris Beale, Brian Reynaldo Cayetano Jr., Brandon Doran, Troy Holden, David Root and Oscar Santos.”

All the deets:

Side Walks” and “Neighbors”: Show is open through Aug. 17; reception (free admission) 6-9 p.m. next Thursday. 1-4 p.m. Sundays. $10. San Francisco Museum at the Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F. (415) 537-1105. www.sfhistory.orgTo watch a short video go to: http://bit.ly/1ovCiGD.

See you there!

*IMO, it’s important to point out that “MUNI Sucks” (or something similar, you know, something pithy) right at the beginning whenever the SFMTA or MUNI is the topic at hand. Acknowledging this fact from the get-go tends to make the ensuing conversation more productive. Of course, the SFMTA won’t ever shower you with taxpayer money if you even just once point out that MUNI sucks, but at least you’ll avoid being like these people:

“…lately. seriously, we haven’t received many (if any) “muni sucks/fuck muni” posts or emails…”

Now if you really want to cheer lead for MUNI, make sure you’re getting a $200,000 annual pay package first – that’s the way you do it.

Turn Off the Dark: Our 88-Year-Old Pacific Telephone Building is Back in Business, Baby! 140 New Montgomery is All Lit Up

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thusly:

You see, first it was all like this, abandoned, empty:

Then it was all like this, as seen from 225 Bush, a slightly older and slightly shorter building:

And then you could see through the thing, as seen earlier this year:

And now it’s a beacon at night.

I guess it’s called 140NM now? Ok fine.

So, first this building was commercial office space, then they wanted to change it to condos, and then they changed it back to office space, and now I’ll bet they wished they had stuck with the condo idea. Oh well.

Anyway, get all the deets on the Pacific Bell Building right here.

 

The See-Through Skyscrapers of South of Market – Now Our PacBell Building Looks EVEN MORE Like It Belongs in Detroit

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

First, our PacBell Building in SoMA was all like this.

Then is was all like this.

Now it’s all like this, so you can see through entire floors.

Say hello to the higher floors of a totally gutted building:

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If only San Francisco were the Innovation Capital of the World or something, then we wouldn’t have a bunch of empty buildings sitting around for years and decades.

On It Goes…

This Abandoned Skyscraper Would Fit Right In in Detroit – Say Hello to SoMA’s Totally Empty PacBell Building

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Hello PacBell Building.

You used to be the tallest building in San Francisco but you’ve been empty for a while now, huh?

You have a great location at New Monty and Mission, but nobody loves you, huh?

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Hey, I know – let’s have the Twitter move in!

With enough corporate welfare, there’s no limit to what we can do…

“The building was the tallest in San Francisco until the Russ Building matched its height two years later in 1927.

The building was originally called the “Pacific Telephone Building”. At the time of its construction, the operating telephone company it housed was Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, a member of the Bell System. The building had a bell motif in many places on its façade, most notably surrounding the arch over the main entrance doors on New Montgomery Street. After the breakup of the Bell System (AT&T) and the formation the regional so-called Baby Bell companies, Pacific Telephone changed its name to “Pacific Bell”. The tower has an “L” shaped floor plan and the architecture decoratively incorporates spotlights to light the outside of the building.

In 2007, the PacBell Building was purchased by investor Wilson Meany Sullivan and Stockbridge Capital Partners for US$118 million.[5] Since then, the building has remained vacant, and photographs taken inside have shown water damage to the terracotta work of the 26th story auditorium, though much of the interior appears to be structurally intact. Developers submitted a request for a building permit and public comment in December 2008.

Skyscraperman Dan Goodwin Takes on Our Millennium Tower – Refuses Orders to Stop Climb

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This is the scene today in the SoMA, where Skyscraperman and cancer survivor Dan Goodwin is adding our Millennium Tower at 301 Mission to his list of climbed buildings.

SFist has a nice shot posted.

Looks like he needed something to do after his Extreme Delivery deal with Dominoes Pizzato climb the Campanile Tower at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las got cancelled.

Can you see the fellow on the right trying to talk to Dan from the partially open window? Dan paid no attention to him so the window guy shut his window after about 15 seconds. Click to expand:

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The Welcome Wagon awaits:

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Is this man really 55 years old?

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Apparently.

What do you think it’ll cost the SFPD to manage this falderal when all is said and done?

And what will Kamala Harris charge him with? How about: 

Disorderly conduct;

Public nuisance;

Criminal trespass; and

Criminal damage to property?

You know, for starters. Could this become an issue for Steve Cooley to use in the race for California Attorney General if Kamala goes too easy on Spider Dan?

We’ll see.

Famous Stan Lee will close this one out with the deets on his Dan’s life story:

What a story!

Here’s this young guy, Dan Goodwin, seemingly normal in every respect, who ends up emulating his comicbook hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, in real life!

After witnessing the tragic fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on November 21st, 1980, Dan became a man with a mission. A mission made all the more urgent after the horrible event in New York on September 11th, 2001.

We’ve all seen the newspaper and TV accounts of Dan’s incredible feats, his scaling the outside walls of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the World Trade Center in New York. But SpiderDan (as the media dubbed him) is far more than a publicity-seeking opportunist. There has been an unflagging, altruistic purpose to his widely-heralded, attention-getting climbs. This amazing young man has elected to put his new-found fame to a most worthy cause, a cause that should be at the very top of our nation’s priorities today.

Aware of the fact that America’s skyscrapers are, and always will be, vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, Dan Goodwin has devoted his time and his fame to sponsoring the world’s first Skyscraper Defense Act. Its goal is admirable, its purpose clear, its need painfully apparent. The Skyscraper Defense Act would fund the creation and training of super elite rescue teams throughout the United States capable of rescuing victims from burning skyscrapers through the use of specially designed hovering helicopters, cables and highly trained professionals able to scale the exteriors of such buildings.

I’m proud to think that a superhero like Spider-Man, with whom I’m so closely connected, might have influenced Dan Goodwin in any way and might bear some share of the credit for the concept of the much needed and much admired Skyscraper Defense Act.

So, here’s to SpiderDan. It’s a kick to be able to welcome a real life superhero into the proud pantheon of American icons!

Excelsior!

Stan Lee

Facebook Celebrates Half-Billion-Person Milestone with User-Contributed “FaceBook Stories”

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Now, personally, I’m through with the Facebook, srsly, but it seems that you all just can’t enough. Anyway, to celebrate the milestone of having 500,000,000 accounts, or sign-ups, or whatever, FB is launching Facebook Stories. Check it:

“Logging in, sharing content, and connecting with friends has become an integral part of more than half a billion people’s lives on Facebook. To celebrate this milestone Facebook is introducing Facebook Stories, a unique visualization that will enable users to tell the incredible stories of the moving and interesting ways they’ve used Facebook. Facebook Stories will help people share these inspirational stories with others. To share stories and view other people’s stories, visit Facebook Stories at: http://stories.facebook.com.”

That’s pretty simple, right? Here’s your interface: 

Click on San Francisco and this is what you can see:

(Can’t wait for Ali Fedotowsky‘s FB story to pop up one of these days.)

So, here you go:

“Today, the 500 millionth person signed up for Facebook.
 
Logging in, sharing content, and connecting with friends has become an integral part of more than half a billion people’s lives on Facebook. To celebrate this milestone Facebook is introducing Facebook Stories, a unique visualization that will enable users to tell the incredible stories of the moving and interesting ways they’ve used Facebook. Facebook Stories will help people share these inspirational stories with others. To share stories and view other people’s stories, visit Facebook Stories at:
http://stories.facebook.com.   
 
Organized by geography and theme, Facebook Stories illustrates how people are finding what’s been lost (from old loves and pets to class rings), supporting others (whether through a wall post or a kidney donation to strangers), and even changing the world through social movements. Starting today, anyone on Facebook can enter their story to be included in the global visualization or simply browse what has already been published.   
 
Facebook Stories application: http://stories.facebook.com
Blog posts: 500 Million Stories: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=409753352130
Facebook Stories: What’s Your Story?: http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=409743057130
Video: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150238694155484
Thank you message from Facebook employees: http://www.facebook.com/thanks
Latest Facebook statistics: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

Make $20: Get Your Personal Mission District Anecdote Illustrated as a Comic

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It’s on the craigslist, so it must be legit:

“Skoda Man Press Seeking Stories for Comic Book Guide to the Mission. San Francisco, February 24, 2010 — Skoda Man Press, an independent publishing company, is developing a comic book travel guide to San Francisco’s Mission District, and is currently seeking anecdotes about the Mission.

“We are looking at a wide range of stories that capture the spirit of the Mission,” said Skoda Man editor Lauren Davis. “We want to see everything from that epic night out to slice-of-life vignettes about the neighborhood.  We’re looking for tales of great food, lazy days in the park, and strange encounters with eccentric people. We want people who live in and visit the Mission to be able to open the book and recognize their friends and neighbors.”

Sweet. It’ll be like that time Kramer sold his anecdotes to J Peterman for $750 (except that less money is involved).

Remember dooring that cyclist with your Mercedes S67 after parking in front of Farina? (Good times.) Throw in your account of ducking from automatic gunfire and that’s a graphic novelette right there:

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“The editors will choose 20 anecdotes, and then contract with Bay Area sequential artists to create comic versions of the stories. The final book will provide a unique view of the Mission, seen through the eyes of various residents, visitors, and artists.

“Authors of the selected entries will receive $20 and a story credit, plus the opportunity to see their story brought to comic life. Writers should submit their detailed anecdotes to skodamanpress@gmail.com by March 20th.

“Skoda Man Press is a San Francisco-based, independent publisher. The comic book guide to the Mission will be its first published title.”

See you in the funny pages.

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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Pulp Scripture Play at the Fringe Festival a Huge Success

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Well, they’ll say what they will about the Fringe Festival (the preview was a “total disaster” - really?) but I’ll you, there was nothing wrong with Pulp Scripture, playing this week and next at the Phoenix Theatre at 414 Mason right next to the Ruby Skye.

It played to a full house that seemed quite entertained with R-rated Bible Stories. Short and punchy, but it gets a little blue, so those of you aged 15 and less can’t go.

A chat Eve and Adam have with The Big Guy opens the show:

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The full cast:

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Get your showtimes here. I think they reserve half of the seats for the night of the show, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t get tickets online.

See you there!

 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/75219

In the San Francisco Fringe Festival Sept. 10-19.

Directed by Kimberly Richards
Co-produced by Kat Anderson
Featuring: Rand Courtney, Christy Crowley, Sally Dana*, John Mercer, Kimberly Richards*

*member Actors Equity

at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 8:30pm
Friday, Sept. 11, 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10pm
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7pm
Friday, Sept. 18, 8:30pm
Saturday, Sept. 19, 7pm

 

 

Pulp Scripture
Phoenix Theatre
THURSDAY 10 8:30 PM
FRIDAY 11 7:00 PM
SATURDAY 12 10:00 PM
THURSDAY 17 7:00 PM
FRIDAY 18 8:30 PM
SATURDAY 19 7:00 PM by William Bivins
Original Sin Productions
San Francisco
WORLD PREMIERE
55 Minutes
Tickets: $10 ($12 online)
COMEDY, NOT FOR PEOPLE UNDER 16, MATURE CONTENT
 
 
Sisters get Dad Drunk, have Sex with him!… Human Sacrifice at Father-son Camping Trip!… Widow Becomes Hooker, Tricks Father-in-law into Getting her Pregnant!… Strongman Sold to Rival Gang by Girlfriend, Eyes Gouged Out!… Crowd of Horny Sodomites Demand Sex with House Guests! Ripped from the tabloids? Try the Good Book. Pulp Scripture: Bible stories they didn’t teach you in Sunday school. “Brow-raising, funny!… Challenges the broader culture’s sense of feminine sensuality.” -Sean McConnell, DioCal.org
Website: http://www.pulpscripture.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=93115618397

CAST AND CREW:

Rand Courtney has spent most of his career in television and film, appearing in Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. A filmmaker at heart, but an actor always and forever.

Christy Crowley is a transplant to the Bay Area. A former dancer and dance teacher, she relocated to Northern California to further her acting studies and work with Bay Area theater companies. This is her first time performing in the Fringe Festival.

Sally Dana’s* stage credits include: Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal’s Juan Darien, Campo Santo’s The Language of Angels, Something in the Air at the B Street, A Common Vision at The Magic and Iphigenia and Other Daughters with Mettle Theatre. She is a company member of PlayGround.

Nancy Madden* is delighted to be making her first Fringe appearance. Her work has been seen at many Bay Area theatres including San Jose Stage, TheatreWorks, Willows, Encore, Unconditional Theatre and CCT. She is a graduate of UC Davis and Penn State and a proud member of Equity since 1979.

John Mercer is making his Fringe debut at last. He is a Shotgun Players company member. And yes, God does speak with an English accent. Though some say the devil does too!

Kimberly Richards (Director) Is excited to work with this amazingly talented cast and playwright. When not directing she is touring as “Sister” in the one woman comedy hit Late Nite Catechism.

William Bivins (Playwright) is thrilled to be working with everyone on this show. He also wants to shamelessly plug his other fall premiere: “The Afterlife of the Mind,” a comedy about brain transplantation produced by Virago Theatre Co., opens in October. (www.viragotheatre.org)

Karee Stubbs (Stage Manager) began her Bay Area theater career 20 years ago at the The Phoenix Theatre. Since then she has enjoyed working with Genisius Theatre, Fred Raker, North Beach Repertory Theatre, Chamber Theatre and Joe Goode Dance Company, among others.

*Member, Actors Equity. This is an Equity Approved Project.

www.pulpscripture.com

The 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival is Coming – September 9-20

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The San Francisco Fringe Festival will soon return for 2009. So what is Fringe Theatre….?

“It’s new and experimental theatre that you won’t see on the mainstream stages. It’s Dangerous Theatre, where anything can happen…. All tickets are $10 or less and 100% of the box office sales go to the performing companies. It’s over 200 performances in downtown SF from September 9th to the 20th, 2009.”

O.K. then. For example, you’ll soon have the chance to see the Bible stories of Pulp Scripture from Original Sin Productions on September 10-12 and 17-19 at the Phoenix Theatre in Union Square.

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Here’s what a reading of PS looked like last year at a Cow Hollow church:

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Even then, people were rolling in the pews with laughter. And that’s just one joint out of 42 the Fringers will have for you this go around.

Check out this year’s Fringe Fest offerings and get your tickets now.

See you there!

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