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OMG, It’s Your Larger, $555,000,000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – Free Ground-Level Galleries Coming!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Well, here it is, from Snøhetta Arkitektur Landskap AS with love, it’s your new SFMOMA.

That white structure shows what the expansion will look like come 2016:

Click to expand – Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Aerial Southeast Façade; all images courtesy Snøhetta

And check the video:

Get all the deets from your SFMOMA OPEN SPACE Blog:

“This morning, SFMOMA unveiled new design details of the expanded building project. The expansion, as you likely know by now,  is being designed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this morning Craig Dykers, one of the principals of the firm, talkedSFMOMA staff through a presentation of the new designs. There will be new education spaces, lots of light, and ground-level galleries and orientation spaces that will be free to the public.  Craig will be presenting and discussing details of the new design for the first time in public tomorrow evening, in YBCA’s Novellus theater. You’ll also be able to watch his presentation LIVEonline, HERE.

Have you got questions for the architects? Don’t miss Rooftop TV: The Future SFMOMA, a special interactive webcast conversation with Craig and some fantastic guests, Friday morning, 11:00 a.m.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for summer 2013, with completion of new digs projected for early 2016.  Here’s the PRESS RELEASE. There’s more detailed info on our expansion page.”

All right, a few more images of all the new work below and ever more deets after the jump

Bon courage, SFMOMA!

Isn’t it kewl?

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Are Apple Store Managers Nationwide Getting Trained for “Union Awareness” Right Now This AM? Yes, Per CNET

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

What’s this – Apple’s is doing “Union Awareness” training at Apple Stores all over the country this Tuesday morning, November 8, 2011?

Yes. Josh Lowensohn has the story.

Well, that’s news to me. Thanks, CNET!

And who’s the prime mover of this movement? It’s San Francisco resident Cory Moll, that’s who. (I don’t know why he doesn’t get more attention around town…)

Now if I were in charge of fighting unionization at Apple, I’d start handing out free bunny-ear iPhone cases to all workers. You know, as a way to win them over.

Like this:

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All right, we’ll just have to wait and see how this Apple vs union fight turns out.

In the meantime, feel free to send the unionizers a message, why not?

Has the Famous “Impeach George W. Bush” Prius Turned Into the “Impeach Barack Obama” Prius? Mmmm

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Remember when W was president and all you could do about was turn your Toyota into a rolling “IMPEACH” billboard? Good times, right?

But then Barack Obama took over, so a hasty makeover was required, so, you know, it didn’t look like you wanted to impeach Barack.

As seen post B.O. Inauguration, somehow heading southeast down Stockton:

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But now, man, it’s like Barack Obama is just like George Bush, man. Right?

As seen recently:

Perhaps the IMPEACH Prius is, after a year or two, now back in vogue?

San Francisco Public Library Wins Award and Cash for 2009 Fine Amnesty Program

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Remember last year when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and others participated in the San Francisco Public Library’s fine amnesty program? Well, it was such a success that the SFPL just got an award.

And, bonus, the Presidio Branch Library got back a 1947 print of George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. It was 45 years overdue.

Remember, give a hoot, read a book!

All the deets:

San Francisco Public Library Receives National John Cotton Dana Award at American Library Association Annual Conference
 
Recognition for 2009’s Fine Amnesty Program, “Return the Books”
 
The San Francisco Public Library was one of six libraries nationwide to be honored with a John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award Sunday at the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in library public relations.

SFPL was recognized for its 2009 Overdue Fine Amnesty Program campaign, “Return the Books,” which led to the recovery of 29,000-plus items, valued at approximately $730,000, over the two week amnesty period in May 2009.

The low-cost, multifaceted overdue fine amnesty campaign used the tagline, “What’s Your Excuse?” and obtained free participation by local and national personalities including Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Josh Kornbluth, Beth Lisick, W. Kamau Bell, and Marga Gomez, each offering clever excuses in a series of television public service announcements about their excuses for not returning library materials. The campaign netted a 23.6 percent return on overdue materials.

The fine amnesty program was intended to help library patrons cope with the economic downturn by removing one obstacle – overdue fines –allowing them to resume using library resources. The total number of recovered items was 29,228, including 3,151 books that were more than 60 days overdue and were therefore “assumed lost” or unlikely to be returned. The value of those long overdue items was nearly $79,000. Among the older items returned was a copy ofGeorge Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman (reprinted 1947) with a due date stamp of Jan. 29, 1964, making it more than 45 years overdue from the  Presidio Branch Library. San Francisco library patrons also saved themselves $55,165 in overdue materials fines and more than 3,000 patrons were able to obtain a clean slate on their record.

The John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award, which has been awarded since 1946, is sponsored by the H.W. Wilson Company, the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It is considered to be the most prestigious of all library awards in the field of public relations. The award comes with a $5,000 prize which is being returned to the City to help offset the general fund costs from foregoing the overdue fines over the two-week amnesty period. 

King Tut Summer Set for the de Young Musuem. Hotel Packages Announced

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

All the masses coming to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the de Young Museum starting  June 27, 2009 just might want to get in on a package deal with participating San Francisco hotels. Details below.

Wouldn’t you like to try “Tutini” signature cocktails at the XYZ Bar or a “mummified” Bliss Spa Hot Salt Scrub at the W? Of course you would. See you there!

Artist conception of Tutankhamun sleeping off jet lag in a Union Square hotel suite:

21 BAY AREA HOTELS OFFER DISTINCTIVE PACKAGES
FOR SAN FRANCISCO VISITORS TO KING TUT EXHIBITION

In conjunction with summer’s highly anticipated exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the de Young Museum has partnered with 21 Bay Area hoteliers to create King Tut-inspired packages. The exhibition has attracted nearly five million visitors on its U.S. tour, and the de Young will be the only venue north of Los Angeles and west of Dallas. When Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs opens in San Francisco on June 27, 2009, it will mark the first time that the treasures of King Tut will be seen in Northern California since the record-breaking exhibition at the de Young in 1979.

With packages including special spa services, dining experiences, exhibition docent tours and other amenities, there are offerings tailored to every guest. Every hotel package also includes exclusive access to unrestricted VIP exhibition tickets, which are not available to the general public. VIP tickets are untimed and undated, enabling visitors to view the exhibition at their discretion, even when it is sold out. As VIP ticketholders, guests will also receive a Pharaohs Gold Card, entitling them to unique discounts and special offers from participating retail partners, restaurants, businesses and attractions all over Northern California.

Selected packages include:

Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf – The Golden Chariot Tut package includes overnight deluxe accommodations, complimentary breakfast, complimentary parking and VIP tickets to the exhibition for $184.

W San Francisco– An artful getaway for two, the W’s premium King Tut experience includes hip overnight accommodations, two “Tutini” signature cocktails at the XYZ bar, a “mummified” Bliss Spa Hot Salt Scrub or Shrink Wrap treatment, complimentary parking, and an upgrade to the next room type from $450.

The St. Regis – The King Tut Platinum package includes overnight accommodations, a $100 dining credit that can be used at restaurants Ame and Vitrine or for in-room dining, two VIP exhibition tickets, overnight parking and a complimentary upgrade to the next room type from $499 per night.

Hotel Palomar – Hotel Palomar’s Pharaohs Indulgence package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe suite, a luxurious “Mummy Wrap” Spa Treatment at the Burke Williams Spa, two VIP exhibition tickets, an exhibition catalogue and a champagne-and-strawberries welcome for $670.

Please see list of hotels below. For complete package details, please visit: www.tutsanfrancisco.org/content/hotel-partners

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs presents over 130 important objects from Egypt’s Golden Age, including 50 from the tomb of King Tut. The exhibition places Tutankhamun in a larger context through an additional 80 objects from the tombs of his ancestors, which provide insight into the daily life and royal burial practices of the 18th Dynasty. Four additional objects from Tut’s tomb add luster and intrigue to the de Young’s presentation. The exhibition runs through March 28, 2010.

The exhibition is organized by National Geographic, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Northern Trust is the proud cultural partner of the exhibition, and American Airlines is the official airline. The San Francisco presentation is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mrs. Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., and Rajnikant and Helen Desai.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are now on sale. For additional information about tickets and pricing, please visit www.deyoungmuseum.org. For groups of ten or more, visitors may contact the group sales office at tutgroups@famsf.org or call 415.750.3620.

VISITING THE DE YOUNG
The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.

Address:         Golden Gate Park
                       50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
                       San Francisco, CA 94118

Information:    www.deyoungmuseum.org
                        415.750.3600

KING TUT HOTEL PARTNERS:

Le Meridien

Palace Hotel

St. Regis

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

W San Francisco

Westin St. Francis

Westin San Francisco Market Street

Cova Hotel

The Fairmont San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf / Holiday Inn Express

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Intercontinental San Francisco

Mark Hopkins

Joie de Vivre Hotels

JW Marriott San Francisco

San Francisco Marriott

Omni San Francisco Hotel

Hotel Palomar

Radisson Fisherman’s Wharf

Ritz Carlton

Survival Research Labs Changes Bush Street to Obama Street

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Elements of the Survival Research Laboratories, a “performance art group” active in San Francisco, just got their prank on last night by changing a substantial portion of the street signs on Bush Street to “OBAMA,” in honor of the inauguration of our 44th President.  

Will the SFPD “prosecute?” (Really, is that what the cops do – “prosecute”? Oh well.) But if that happens, jury nullification would prevent any convictions, in all likelihood.

From END BUSH, at the end of Bush Street near Presidio (as seen last year):

To this, as seen in the cold light of day:

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The decendents of J. P. Bush, assistant to street surveyer Jasper O’Farrell back in the 1800′s and the actual namesake of Bush Street, will NOT be pleased.

[UPDATE: Apparently, someone speaking on behalf of the SFPD feels these alterations are not “life-threatening.”]

Official San Francisco Street Sign Says, “END BUSH”

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

This official street sign at the end of San Francisco’s Bush Street at Presidio Avenue was manufactured just a few weeks after George W. Bush was sworn into office in January, 2001.

You can go to the intersection near 2999 Bush to see yourself these days. But will it get taken down next year when it’s no longer necessary?

Here’s the sign, made with a little help from 3M:

END BUSH 2/01 SSC C&C of S.F. 3M” 

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Look fast, as 01.20.09 will be here soon.

How Well Will You Do Taking the Bush-McCain Challenge?

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

News of the Day: Republican John McCain is getting a little tired of being compared with President George W. Bush all the time:

“You will hear from my opponent’s campaign in every speech, every interview, every press release that I’m running for President Bush’s third term. You will hear every policy of the president described as the Bush-McCain policy. Why does Senator Obama believe it’s so important to repeat that idea over and over again?”

People at last week’s Union Street Festival (aka “Eco-Urban Festival”, aka BoozeFest ’08) had a chance to examine the differences between Bush and McCain firsthand. Check it:

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Thanks to the Internets, you can take the Bush-McCain Challenge yourself right now. It’s tough! For example, the first query is:

Who promised that U.S. troops would be greeted as “liberators” in Iraq?

People at the neighboring Republican Party ironing board recruiting center (seen in background with the blue balloon) might think this push poll a tad unfair. What do you think?