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An Incredible Journey in the Inner Richmond: From Old-School, Art Deco Movie Palace to an Indoor “Baseball Academy”Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge TheatreThursday, January 8th, 2015
Here it is, this mothership is fully operational – the open house was last month.
The marquee, oddly, used to sing the praises of Supervisor Mark Farrell, until recently:
Read all about it from this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle. Noteworthy:
“He hit a bit of a rough patch while in college. On a visit home for the holidays in 2007, he got embroiled in the infamous “Baker’s Dozen” incident, in which a group of visiting Yale students got into a fight with some hometown boys at a New Year’s party. Though he was a latecomer to the fisticuffs, Aicardi was named in a civil suit seeking damages, along with his brother Richard. In the end, no charges were filed against him and the matter was settled privately...”
In other words, settled privately for big bucks. I’ll just add that the straight-shooting Matier and Ross team had a different take on the “I’m 20 deep and my boys are coming” incident, where jelly and beer were mixed in a quite unappealing fashion. If somebody wanted to say, well, I’ve made a public apology and I’m struggling to move on, ala Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, well, it’s never too late to do something like that, whether you claim you’re barred from doing so or not. Moving on…
I used to turn the lights on at an old Landmark theatre and the all the fuse panels looked a little like this – I’ll tell you, the monthly electricity bill was through the roof, it was a major expense. I’m sure it was similar at the Bridge. Like, even if somebody gave the building to you for free, would it be worth the time and money to operate it as a theatre? I don’t think it was.
So maybe this academy will make money or maybe it’s more a labor of love. We’ll see.
Calling BS on Jeff Adachi’s Public Defender’s Office: All the Dozens of Drug Court Graduates are “Drug-Free,” Really?Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
“Why should defense lawyers engage the media? http://modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/theres-no-such-thing-bad-press-“
Do you want me to tick off about five reasons it just might possibly be a bad thing to issue a “hilarious” press release after the latest public defender “success,” about why taking a victory lap after every case might not be the best idea?
Well, I can do it, but I’ll save that for another day.
Today’s bidness, via Mission Local – a News Lab for Everyone, is the claim that 53 recent “Graduates” of “Drug Court” are currently “drug -free, safely-housed, and with a legal source of income.“
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Who on Gaia’s Green Earth is believing this?
Can you, Gentle Reader, name me a cohort of 53 people of any stripe who are “drug-free?” How about 53 random Yale professors, for instance?
See? You can’t do it.
I cry foul.
OMG, the Whiffenpoofs are Coming! Yale’s Whiffenpoofs are Coming to Play Marines’ Memorial May 27th!Thursday, April 14th, 2011
(Let’s hope San Franciscans don’t rise up and attack this Yale singing group, you know, the way things went down that time with the Baker’s Dozen)
Bon Courage, Whiffenpoofs!
All the deets, below:
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“Yale’s Whiffenpoofs to perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre Friday, May 27th – 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (April 12, 2011) – The Whiffenpoofs – Yale University’s famed a cappella group – will make a rare Bay Area appearance at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St.) for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at marinesmemorialtheatre.com.
Recently featured on the second season of the hit NBC show, “The Sing-Off,” the Whiffenpoofs are widely recognized as the first college a cappella group and, to this day, are one of the most in-demand a cappella choirs in the world, singing over 200 concerts annually. The Whiffenpoofs have performed in such countries as New Zealand, Kenya, Denmark and India and have been featured on “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!” and “The West Wing.”
“We are very excited to once again perform in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Daniel Turcza, Business Manager for the Whiffenpoofs. “Television shows like ‘Glee’ and ‘The Sing-Off,’ have reinvigorated America’s fascination with a cappella groups, so we look forward to connecting with fans, both old and new!”
Featuring such songs as “Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight), “Space Oddity” (David Bowie) and “All in Love is Fair” (Stevie Wonder), the set-list will include everything from pop songs and show tunes to jazz standards and traditional Yale songs, including “The Whiffenpoof Song” – famously recorded by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and many more.
The Whiffenpoofs will perform at San Francisco’s Marines’ Memorial Theatre for one night only on Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $50 – 100 and are on-sale now at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the Web at marinesmemorialtheatre.com.
For more information on the Whiffenpoofs, visit whiffenpoofs.com.
ABOUT THE WHIFFENPOOFS
More than 100 years ago, on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club’s best singers convened at Mory’s Temple Bar to escape the cold. Louis Linder, the tavern’s barkeep and a music aficionado, welcomed them in, beginning an institution that survives to this day.
Of those original five singers, four were members of the Glee Club’s prestigious Varsity Quartet, a group that sang together regularly at various alumni events. Unwilling to restrict themselves to performances at public functions, the group began to meet on a weekly basis at Mory’s, where they improvised harmonies to the songs they loved so well. These weekly meetings soon became a hallowed tradition amongst the singers.
As their fame on campus grew, the quintet began their search for a name. Denton ‘Goat’ Fowler, tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the Whiffenpoof, suggested the name to his companions, who found the name an apt reflection of the atmosphere of levity that accompanied the group’s gatherings. The word quickly caught on with the group’s admirers, and the name stuck.
In the years since, each generation of Whiffenpoofs have taken up the mantle of their forebears. For more than one century of songsters, the name, the song, and the weekly date at Mory’s have remained inviolate traditions that continue to bind them together.
Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs. Sadly, the Whiffenpoof lifespan is short. Membership lasts one year, and re-auditioning is not permitted.
UCSF Medical School Continues to Kick Ass, Take Names – Ranks Highly in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2012Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
All the deets, below.
The view from Parnassus, where building support columns are covered with tiny black-and-white shots of alum:
Bon courage, people of UCSF!
UCSF Ranks Among Best Medical, Nursing Schools in Survey
UCSF is ranked among the nation’s top four schools for medicine and nursing, according to a new survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.
Results are published in the magazine’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which appeared online on March 15, 2011 at www.usnews.com and will be available on newsstands on April 5.
The survey ranks schools according to the quality of training in both research and primary care. UCSF has the only school of medicine in the nation that ranks in the top five in both categories — fourth in the United States for primary care and fifth nationally for research.
The report ranks the UCSF School of Nursing fourth overall and first nationwide in the nursing specialties of family nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health clinical nursing, and adult/medical surgical nursing. The university also received top ratings in many medical specialties and scientific sub-disciplines.
The rankings also include previous assessments of other types of schools, which U.S. News surveys, but not on an annual basis. In its most recent ranking, in 2008, UCSF School of Pharmacy was ranked number one. In its most recent ranking, in 2010, the UCSF graduate programs in the biological sciences tied for seventh place, with the specialties of immunology/infectious disease ranked second and neuroscience ranked third. The surveys do not rank dental schools.
“These rankings showcase the high quality of UCSF’s educational and research enterprise across the board,” said UCSF chancellor, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann. “But moving beyond the numbers, they reflect the excellence and hard work of all the UCSF faculty and staff and the breadth of experience available to every student who comes here to study.”
According to the magazine, the overall medical school rankings are based on two types of data: surveys sent last fall to medical school deans and administrators, and statistical indicators provided by 126 medical schools fully accredited in 2010 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, as well as by the 20 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.
These data measured such factors as acceptance rates, faculty resources, and the number of graduates entering primary care. Research activity also was measured by funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Specialty rankings for medical schools were based on surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty. Rankings for nursing were based on surveys sent to deans, administrators, and faculty at programs in those fields.
Uptown Almanac‘s Kevin Montgomery is all steamed this AM about an Eli who had the popo shut down* our recent Four Loko party in Dolores Park.
Anyway, it seems that elements of SafeCleanGreen Mission Dolores might be at the meeting as well. Play nice. people:
“Dolores Park Works is organizing a community meeting to discuss safety, law enforcement and 19th & Dolores has been set. The big day is September 1st, from 6:00-8:00, at Mission High School cafeteria, which is located across from the tennis courts in Dolores Park (entrance to cafeteria off of Dolores & 18th).
We will be covering:
- 19th & Dolores pedestrian safety & proposed changes
- Park patron safety and law enforcement
We will be hearing from:
- Captain Corrales, from the Mission Street Police Station
- Eric Anderson, RPD Neighborhood Service Area Manager (replacing Bob Palacio)
- Manito Velasco, Engineer, SFMTA
- Ilaria Salvadori, SF Planning Department (Streetscape project)
- Adrian Field, RPD Park Section Supervisor for the Mission Complex
- Marcus Santiago, RPD Park Ranger
This is your chance to hear how and why the signs were installed, how laws will be enforced, and plans for 19th & Dolores traffic calming. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Please help us spread the word.”
*Wow. Circulation-cutting, tight-as-possible jeans are in again? Did not know that.
ABC7 KGO TV”s I-Team, featuring chief investigative reporter Dan Noyes, brings news of a settlement in San Francisco’s Baker’s Dozen / News Year’s Bash / Gleegate incident from a couple years back. The question at the time was “what’s up with Ken Garcia“?
That was a reference to this column from January 2007: Ken Garcia: Politics bubble beneath Yale Baker’s Dozen case, which provided justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen. The trouble with this is today’s news of the statements from San Francisco locals Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer, who both go:
“There is no justification for what happened to the Baker’s Dozen.“
Yale’s Baker’s Dozen, during happier times:
So that’s the danger when you set up a straw man argument, one involving “singing saints” and “Catholic school thugs” – you might not be able to knock it down.