Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

Marketing 101: Don’t Call Your LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS until AFTER They are Built

Friday, September 29th, 2017

‘Cause not everybody agrees that what our Richmond District needs is (any?) (more?) LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS.

The Alexandria? Man, I saw E.T. here, man!* 

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And I’m not exactly sure what LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS are, actually. (And even non-LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS can go for over a million dollars these days.)

In closing, SORT OF OUTER RICHMOND LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FEVER – CATCH IT!

*Uh, the 20th Anniversary Edition with police guns replaced with flashlights, as I’m just a quasi old-timer, consarnit.

Yes, You Caught Me at the 4 STAR, But I was There to See COLUMBUS – Not VENGENIC LOVE, No Way Man

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

TBH, I don’t know what any of these flicks are aboot, eh?

Turns out VENGENC LOVE is a Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nick Cage if you want the benefits of LALA-LAND NEPOTISM without the baggage) vehicle called VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY. It has a worldwide gross of $4,526 so far, so you know it’s gotta be good.

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(He used to have a place on Franklin what was uglified by the addition of garage space for car parking. I bumped into his nanny at Bix one time – I guess she’d take his kids there for french fries, as if it were McDonalds.)

Anywho, the last time our 4 Star Theatre had an actual four stars was back in 2013, oh well.

In conclusion, you can’t say this place don’t have character. Enjoy it while it lasts…

OMG: “Trumpcast Live in San Francisco” – SLATE’s DJT-Obsessed Podcast Records Show at Nourse Theatre Nov 14th – $15 and Up

Friday, September 8th, 2017

[“The Golden City?” What the…? You can say Frisco, I’m srsly. Here’s the latest scholarship, as of 2017:

SFGate predicted awhile ago that the young and hip would revive it. Joe Eskenazi wrote for SF Weekly that it’s mostly old white people who don’t like it. And Buzzfeed launched a “Call It Frisco” campaign last year.]

All the deets

“Trumpcast Live in San Francisco

Purchase Tickets

7:30 PM

Nourse Theater San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   7:30 PM
Nourse Theater – San Francisco

Slate‘s Trumpcast will be making its way to the Golden City for its first-ever live show in San Francisco! Join chairman of The Slate Group Jacob Weisberg, Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie, and author Virginia Heffernan for a Trump administration news roundup with frank and fun commentary on the most pressing topics of the week. Peabody- and Emmy-winning host of Reveal, Al Letson will be there to discuss his work. And enjoy a special live appearance from Trumpcast’s Trump impersonator extraordinaire, John Di Domenico.

For a very limited number of fans, we will also host a pre-show cocktail hour with the hosts from 6–7 p.m. Those who purchase the ticket package will receive one complimentary drink with the hosts beforehand. The venue will be within a short walk of the live show, and an email with the location will go out to attendees two weeks prior.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the live show.”

OMG, HAMILTON Returns to San Francisco in Early 2019 – Get Your Tickets Soon!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

‘Cause they’ll be hard to get, as they are these days for the 2017 tour, of course.

(What my buds did was to join SHN for one season for the sole purpose of getting some Ham ticks. That paid off very nicely for them and they were all quite proud of themselves.)

Take it away SHN:

“HAMILTON RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO IN EARLY 2019

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced today that HAMILTON will return to San Francisco in early 2019. Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later time.The first national tour of HAMILTON opened in San Francisco on March 10, 2017 and moves to Los Angeles following the final performance in San Francisco, Saturday, August 5th. Performances begin at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, August 11th.

“I was blown away when the ticket-holders who had gathered outside the SHN Orpheum Theatre prior to the first preview cheered and cheered when the doors opened and they could finally take their seats. Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre is gorgeous, powerful and kinetic,” says Jeffrey Seller. “We look forward to returning and staying for a long time in early 2019.”

A second national tour will begin in Seattle in February 2018. The musical first opened on Broadway in 2015; a Chicago company opened in September 2016; and the London company premieres November 2017.

Once complete details are confirmed, SHN members will be first in line for tickets. For details on becoming an SHN Member, click here.

Al Gore Returns to Frisco July 24th – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at the Castro – 37th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

“FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TO ATTEND SCREENING OF “AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER” AT THE 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 – The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is pleased to announce that former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will be in attendance for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s (SFJFF) screening of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, the highly anticipated sequel to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

The screening will take place Monday, July 24 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 pm as the final film as part of the festivals’ fourth annual Take Action Day, a full day dedicated to community action. The film will also serve as the Local Spotlight film in celebration of Bay Area based filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

All the deets:

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Paradise Theatre Reopens, in the Presidio

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Before and After, STYX-style:

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And Before…

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…and After, eventually, Presidio-style:

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Read all about it via Adam Brinklow at CurbedSF.

Hey, did local movie theater-owning interests invest tens of thousands of dollars trying to make sure that this isolated building located deep within the Presidio would never reopen and therefore never compete with said local movie theater-owning interests? Yep, about a decade ago.

Oh well.

Anyway, here’s your FAQ and here are all the deets:

PRESS RELEASE The Presidio Theatre’s Next Act – Margaret E. Haas Fund to Rehabilitate the Presidio’s Historic Presidio Theatre as a Multipurpose Performance Space

San Francisco, CA (June 06, 2017) – The Margaret E. Haas Fund in partnership with the Presidio Trust today announced plans to rehabilitate the Presidio Theatre, located in the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post. Vacant since 1995, the building will be rehabilitated into a high quality and affordable multipurpose space for live theatre, film, dance, music, lectures, educational programming and special events. The two-year rehabilitation will commence this summer, and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to create a modern and accessible performing space for artists in San Francisco and the Bay Area,” said Margaret “Peggy” Haas, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Margaret E. Haas Fund. “There is a dearth of high quality theatres for live performances – and many of the available spaces are not accessible to smaller performing arts organizations. The Presidio Theatre will offer a place for these groups to showcase their work to a wide range of audiences.”

Located near the historic Presidio Officers’ Club and the expansive green Main Parade Ground, the Presidio Theatre is among the last buildings on the Main Post to be rehabilitated. Originally built in 1939 as a movie theatre for the officers and enlisted men at the post, during World War Two, in 1942, both Jack Benny and Bob Hope brought full casts to perform and record their hugely popular radio shows in the theatre. The theatre was renovated by the Army in 1962, and the last movie was shown in 1994.

The rehabilitation will breathe new life into the historic building while adding great benefit for the Bay Area arts community. When completed, the state-of-the-art theatre will reflect its original 1939 Spanish Colonial Revival design, with approximately 650 seats, a functionally expanded stage, new accessible seating, and code-compliant restrooms. A new pavilion will be created in the open area to the west of the existing theatre that opens onto a new courtyard. The project architect is Hornberger + Worstell and the historic preservation consultant is Knapp Architects, both of San Francisco.

“We are pleased to move forward with this new partnership to bring back a beloved space,” said Francene Gonek, Chief of Business Operations for the Presidio Trust. “This mutually beneficial relationship serves the mandate of the Presidio Trust to be financially self-sufficient while, at the same time, creating new opportunities for public use and enjoyment.”

The Presidio Theatre will be operated and managed by a new non-profit organization set up expressly to support the theatre. It will be host to a mix of theatre, film, dance and music performances as well as lectures, educational programming and special events. Theatre operations will be funded through a mixture of facility rental fees, ticket sales and fundraising.

About the Presidio Trust

The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more please visit www.presidio.gov.

THEORY: If a Corporation Illegally Markets on the Sidewalks of Frisco, It Will be Coerced Into Buying SFMTA MUNI Bus Ads

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So here’s the theory. Say your marketing people go hog-wild with the chalk ads on the Streets of San Francisco, like this:

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So then somebody calls 311 or somebody else posts a photo on the Twitter and then an investigator at the City Attorney’s Office takes a look at things and then the people at Parlophone / Warner Bros. get a jingle and then somehow things get smoothed over by the Brothers Warner or somebody else making at buy at the SFMTA MUNI for some hastily-created and more or less useless ads such as:

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Cf. the Blue Wolf at a Dream Force about 1.5 years ago:

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And then these hastily-created and more or less useless ads started to appear:

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Just a theory, man.

And here’s the thing about chalk. You can’t scrub it off your car tires to avoid a citation and you can’t scuff into Frisco’s sidewalks, I’m srsly. What’s that, UBER, Microsoft, Verizon, et al, it’s “only temporary?” Well, yeah, sure, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s agin the rules, temporary or not.

Learn about all the horrible things people do with chalk about town right here – just keep on scrolling, next page etc

Ever More Illegal Sidewalk Chalk Advertising: “Gorillaz Humanz 04.28.2017”

Monday, April 24th, 2017

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Located on the same block of Ashbury as this

Yet Another Illegal Sidewalk Advertisement on the Streets of San Francisco: “BAG RAIDERS SF 6.9” – Don’t Tell Dennis

Monday, April 10th, 2017

As seen on Ashbury, promoting this event:

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera does NOT appreciate this kind of thing.

NIMBYS are Made, Not Born: The Taking of Alexandria 1 2 3

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I never saw the original ALEXANDRIA way out there in the Richmond, but I did see the (gun-free) 20th Anniversary release of ET in the subdivided three-screen Alex 123 in back aught-two just afore it shut down forever in aught-four.

It’s been an empty hulk, a brokedown palace ever since:

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Now here’s the reverse angle with new housing going in to replace the parking lot:

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One stated goal of this project and others similar is to lower the value of housing, or at least lower the pressure on housing values, in the Richmond District. If you’re sitting across the street in your owner-occupied house THIS PROJECT DOES NOT BENEFIT YOU.

And the kicker is YES, IT WILL BE HARDER TO PARK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

All you can say for sure is that there will be pros and cons with this project, and others similar. There will be winners and losers. It’s easy to ID the losers is what I’m saying…