Posts Tagged ‘valentines’

Cheap Date: Take Your Honey to the San Francisco Ballet for as Little as $15 Bucks a Ticket on Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This is it: 2012 is the year to impress your Valentine’s Day date by attending a showing of the vaunted, world-class San Francisco Ballet for less than what it cost you to see Transformers III: Dark of the Moon at the AMC.

Check it:

“Our gift to you: we’re offering 2-for-1 ballet tickets for Valentine’s Day! Be quick as these WILL sell out!”

So there you go. Type in the secret code and then all the available seats you can see will be marked down – for example Balcony
Center tickets will cost you just $30 a pair.

ZOMG!

Maria Kochetkova and Gennadi Nedvigin in Wheeldon’s Number Nine© Erik Tomasson

You’re going to be seeing Program 2, which is contemporary ballet so there’s no need to study up on the plot first – just get you ticks and go.

“Join San Francisco Ballet for the return of Wayne McGregor’s stunning Chroma, an award-winning contemporary work proclaimed “ravishing on all fronts” by theSunday Times (UK), set to music compositions by Joby Talbot and arrangements by Jack White III. The evening also features Beaux, a world premiere work by acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and an encore presentation of Christopher Wheeldon’s breathtaking Number Nine, featuring a large ensemble of 24 dancers and set to an exhilarating score by Michael Torke.

Read the program notes.

The 2011 world premiere of Number Nine was made possible by Lead Sponsors Shelby and Frederick Gans, David and Kelsey Lamond, and Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sullivan, and by Major Sponsors Rosemary B. Baker, and Jennifer Caldwell and John H. N. Fisher, and by Sponsors Courtney Benoist and Jason M. Fish. The 2012 world premiere of Beaux is made possible by Lead Sponsors Mrs. Suzy Kellems Dominik and The Bernard Osher Foundation.”

See you there! 

PROGRAM 2: OPENING NIGHT – Tuesday, February 14 – 8:00PM

Chroma
Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Composer: Joby Talbot, Jack White III
Conductor: Martin West

Maria Kochetkova, Jaime Garcia Castilla
Frances Chung, Pascal Molat
Yuan Yuan Tan, Taras Domitro
Dana Genshaft, Anthony Spaulding
Isaac Hernandez, Garen Scribner

INTERMISSION

World Premiere
Beaux
Choreographer: Mark Morris
Composer: Bohuslav Martinů
Conductor: Martin West
Harpsichord: Bradley Moore

Jeremy Rucker*, Pascal Molat*, Benjamin Stewart*
Vito Mazzeo*, Ruben Martin Cintas*, Gennadi Nedvigin*
Sean Bennett*, Jaime Garcia Castilla*, Diego Cruz*

INTERMISSION

Number Nine©
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Composer: Michael Torke
Conductor: Charles Barker

Dores Andre, Daniel Deivison-Oliveira
Vanessa Zahorian, Garen Scribner
Sarah Van Patten, Ruben Martin Cintas,
Sofiane Sylve*, Vito Mazzeo*

*Denotes premiere in role

In the event of injury or illness, casting is subject to change

The Great 2011 Justin Herman Plaza Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight a Huge Success Despite a Little Rain

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

See?

Now you’d think that this kind of thing wouldn’t last all that long, but no, it just goes on and on. Whack whack whack.

Steve Rhodes has all the deets.

Via Steve Rhodes

See you next year!

Cut-Rate Pre-Valentine’s Ballet: Special Half-Price Performance of Giselle Had People Lined-Up Around the Block Last Night

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I don’t exactly know why, but our San Francisco Ballet opened its doors last night for a last-of-the-season performance of Giselle.

First, it was all like this, with the will-call line going down Van Ness and then curving around to Grove:

And then it was like this – here’s the view from first class, courtesy of McNitt.

(Oh, so that’s what it looks like from up there. I’ve never been.)

And then it ended with a standing ovation for Maria Kochetkova (@balletrusse – she has 110,000 Twitter followers at this point) and everybody else involved.

Truly a memorable evening it was.

Hey, why not head over to the SFB right now and score three performances for $78 ‘n stuff?

And don’t forget about enchanting story ballet Coppélia coming March 19th, 2011.

See you there!

OMG OMG OMG! Half-Price Showing of Giselle at the San Francisco Ballet Sunday Night!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Dudes, it’s time to step up. Our San Francisco Ballet has got you covered for Valentines, one day early, this Sunday night.

Yes, the prices you see are already marked down 50%, just for you, Romeo. Yes, seats are still available but only about half as many as yesterday – tickets are selling like the hot cakes.

Check it out.

By Erik Tomasson

See you there!

The Best Photos and Videos from the Great 2010 Valentines Day Pillow Fight

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Can you make sense of this scene at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero Ferry Building? (Perhaps a black-and-white, slo-mo Raging Bull-style video or this official 1080p will help.)

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via christopher*

It was the Yelp-rated Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of February 14th, 2010! This joint went down yesterday despite a threatened crackdown from San Francisco’s Park Rangers and an ominous warning from San Francisco Director of Public Health Mitchell Katz - he fretted about the risk of corneal abrasions, penetrating injuries, and even orbital fractures.” Captain Bringdown, M.D. documented 17 injuries from last year that were serious enough to require medical attention at emergency rooms. Hope 2010 was safer.

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Let’s take a look from the beginning. Just hop on the BART…

ekai

…don a disuise to protect your identity…

christopher*

…or your corneas…

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…allow our gorgeous (red hair, blue feathers) media types (SF Stationwhat’s that?) time enough to give the command to roll cameras…

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…and leave us commence:

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A chicken fight with goose feathers – is that allowed?

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Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

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Some took a defensive posture…

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…while others went mano a mano, no holds barred:

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Verily, it was the Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of 2010:

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See you next year!

[Update: Mission Local has some good shots as well.]

The Bizarre Valentines Day Christmas Trees of Lombard Street

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Look at this huge Christmas Tree taking up all the space at a bar on Lombard Street’s Motel Row. 

It’s been covered over with Valentine’s day-related tchochkes, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, and lagniappes.

See? (Customers’ and employees’ faces darkened out of respect.)

Happy Valentines!

Look Out Ladies! Pickup Artist Workshop is Coming to San Francisco This Saturday

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I’ll tell you all that I know. It seems that “the world’s number one daytime dating expert” Jeremy Soul* is coming to San Francisco to teach a one-day pickup artist workshop for $1500(!) per person on February 6, 2010. 

That’s all well and good, but here’s the thing – after their morning session, they’re going to go out into the streets to put theory into practice. That means that workshop attendees are going to hit on you if you’re anywhere around Union Square** this Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.

Brace yourselves, girlfriends.

And for you men out there, I’ll say that there are still two spaces left (purportedly, anyway) in the San Francisco workshop. You ought to cowboy up and fork over your money, right? Check the video*** to see the techniques in action. And click here to see what recent graduates have said about their schooling:

“I spent quite a lot of time with Starlight* in field and we had some crazy experiences. This guy is SOLID and i’m learning a lot from him. Running up and down Union Sq, dodging cars, chasing girls. I probably opened 30-40 sets in a 4 hour time frame.”

Good times. Here’s Jeremy’s travel sked.

(If you’re busy on Saturday or you don’t have the dough, consider Asian Dating Coach Bonsai, “a 5’6″ Asian guy sharing his dating expertise”. Will you accept his Valentine’s Day Challenge? Ask him about the importance of “Social Proof.”)

For whatever reason, there’s no LGBT workshop in the works.

But now, consider Jeremy Soul’s pithy advice:

1. Appearance. Be mindful of what you wear and what it says about you.
2. Start the conversation with a compliment. For instance: “I saw you passing by and I like your style.”
3. Be interested. Find out who she is and what she does. Lead the conversation.
4. Body language. Act confidently and don’t be afraid to touch the person you’re talking to.
5. Get contact information to be able to meet later. Evenings are better suited for intimacy.

All right, here’s the elevator pitch for Saturday’s workshop. And, oh yes, “tram” is English English for “MUNI.”

“Find a HOT Date next time you’re on the Tram! Find out how.

Modern men lead such fast paced urban lifestyles they don’t have time to go out after work and meet women. Through a combination of classroom and in-field training, men can learn the latest skills and techniques to meet, attract and date beautiful women in any setting during the day – all in about 8 hours!

“Meeting women in daytime environments, aka Day Game, is scary to most men. But Jeremy Soul and his elite team of Day Game coaches have spent years learning this skill and can teach it to you.”

Soul takes students on intense 8 hour training programs. During these day-game workshops, men are taught how to find, meet and attract beautiful women in various locations during the daytime. At a cost of $1500, the workshops comprise of 4 hours of in-class theory and 4 hours of live-infield training where the students hit the street and put the theory into practice, receiving instant feedback from Love System instructors. There is no other workshop like this in the world!

A former recruitment consultant and a self-confessed introvert, Jeremy began his journey of self-improvement over a decade ago. Having achieved freedom in his dating and social life, it has now become his crusade to help others to do the same.

Soul is widely recognized as the foremost daytime dating expert in the world, he is credited with the creation of the Love Systems day game workshop and is currently in the process of launching a book entitled Daytime Dating.”

If you ever wondered why some stranger on MUNI physically touched you, well, now you know.

[UPDATE: Eugenia at award-winning MUNI Diaries has a few thoughts. And comments have been reopened for all you haters out there. Remember, haters, when you’re playing “the stripper game,” the strippers just might be playing the you game. That’s not unprecedented, you know.]

*I’ll eat my hat if that’s his given name. [UPDATE: Turns out it’s ” Jeremy Bonney.”] Let’s just assume it’s his nom de l’amour. Jeremy’s partners in crime include “Starlight, Carbeau, Big Business, Biskit, Dubbsy, Bonsai, Vercetti, Keychain, 5.0, Mr. M,” and for all I know, Star Scream and JetFire, why not?

**Just a guess, but where else would they go?

***I couldn’t bear to continue the vid after about 3:20 myself. Your success percentage with this plan will be something in the single digits. Is that enough for you? NB: Jeremy’s holiday party advice seems perfectly cromulent, anyway.

Impressions, Sunset – The Combatants of the Great Valentine’s Pillow Fight, 2009

Monday, February 16th, 2009

You’ve already seen the Conscientious Objectors in the Great Pillow Fight War of Valentine’s Day, 2009. Now you can see what it looked like up close on the field of battle.

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via john curley - 35mm at f/1.4 That’s the kind of photo you can take with equipment that originally cost something like $5000 American.

There hasn’t been that much stuff flying around San Francisco’s Ferry Building since Barry Bonds Day, 2007

Anyway, here are the deets on our most recent twilight pillow battle.

See you next year!

Conscientious Objectors in the Great Pillow Fight War of Valentine’s Day, 2009

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

This young couple and their pillow would appear to be well-equipped to engage other combatants in tonight’s Great Valentine’s Pillow Fight of 2009 in Justin Herman Plaza near San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

However, they were way out in the Mission District shortly before the 6:00 PM scheduled time of the battle with little chance of making post-time. They were last seen heading away from the field of romantic combat. It appears they’d rather make love than war.

Good for them.

Delivering Rainy Day Valentine’s Flowers on a Motorcycle in San Francisco

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Believe it or not, it’s preferable to use a motorcycle, rather than a car or van, to deliver flowers on Valentine’s Day in San Francisco. This is due to the dearth of parking available throughout the City of course. Dealing with the rain is much easier to handle than parking a car around town, that’s for sure.

(Speaking of which, what’s always amazing about fake viral videos like the Giant Lego Ball of Potrero Hill and fake philanthropy shows such as the Tenderloin episode of Secret Millionaire is the idea that you can a find a parking space without hunting for it. Fake, fake, fake!

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Or maybe this guy is just a Daddy Mack with many romances. Always be sure to check your Romeo for extra flowers intended for others.

Happy V Day!