Archive for April, 2008

SF Giants Heritage Nights

Filipino Heritage Night

The San Francisco Giants have started to host Heritage Nights, bringing a taste of ethnic culture to a few special nights of baseball. Heritage Nights include pre-game and in-game cultural entertainment, and a commemorative t-shirt.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/09 Mexican Heritage Night
  • 5/12 Chinese Heritage Night
  • 5/13 Korean Heritage Night
  • 5/14 Filipino Heritage Night (pictured)
  • 5/16 Japanese Heritage Night

Later this summer, the Giants will host Irish, Italian, African-American, Jewish and Latino Heritage nights!

For more info, check the Giants’ special event calendar.

1000 Journals

1000 Journals Promo Img

Tomorrow at 3:15 PM, the film 1000 Journals will screen at the Kabuki. It’s a light but inspiring documentary about an experiment in collaborative art; it first attracted my attention because the creator of the project (the prime mover, if you will) is a San Francisco native who’s still around, so far as I know. You can read about the project here or get a sense of it from the film’s website. If you have any affinity at all for projects like this, or even if you’re just interested in collaborative art in general, I highly recommend you make time for the show and check it out. My review starts below and continues after the jump.

1000 Journals
Take a hardbound journal — one of those sturdy 6×9″ sketchbooks from an art supply store — and write a little user’s manual on the inside covers: Take this journal and add something to it. When you’re done, give it away to somebody else. When it’s full, please send it home.

Then give the book away, and wish it a wonderful journey.

Back in the year 2000, “some guy” in San Francisco had this idea, and he carried it out. And then he repeated it 999 times over the course of a couple years, sometimes leaving the books in public places, at other times mailing them to people who had heard of the project and wanted to participate. What ultimately happened to the journals he sent out? Whose hands had they passed through? What contributions had they made to the pages?


Party Like it’s Friday! 111 Minna Gallery!

111 Minna

111 Minna

Who says your after-work happy hour excursion needs to be at the closest pub from your office building, or at the cantina at your local Chevys Fresh Mex. (These are all valid choices, mind you.) But, every now and then when the big hand is at number 12 and the little hand is at number 5 (translation: 5 o’clock), I crave something a little bit different.

111 Minna Gallery offers just that: something a little bit different.


2008 Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend!

The Maker Faire is back again this weekend! Taking place at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in it’s 3rd year on May 3rd and 4th (saturday and sunday). Some highlights of who/what will be there:

A Lego Jeep!

A 56 Ford F100 Biodiesel!

Acme Muffineering and More!

31 Flavors for $0.31

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, participating Baskin-Robbins stores will offer up 31-cent small scoops to honor America’s firefighters. While B-R isn’t exactly Mitchell’s or Double Rainbow, they are donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, so why not enjoy a cheap scoop and donate some cold cash to a good cause?

For those of you who prefer free food that’s free of altruism, Krispy Kreme is offering a free dozen when you buy a dozen. Just print out this coupon and take it to a Krispy Kreme store before May 13.

h/t to

Shark Kills SF Resident

According to a SF resident was killed in Mexico late yesterday by a GrayTiger Shark Attack. Somewhere in the vicinity of Acapulco/Ixtapa region. The attack itself was another bite and release it seems and the man bled to death from the wounds. Sincere condolences to the family.

h/t to Surfpulse.

UPDATE: The name of the victim was released this morning, Adrian Ruiz. A well liked bartender with stints at Holy Cow, The Blue Light and Nova. More details as they come. Sad day for his family and surfers in SF.


SF Bike Coalition – Survey

Sorry to be so late in getting this out, but the SF Bike Coalition is conducting a survey to inform their 2nd annual report card on Bicycling in SF. If you have a moment go take the survey, I just did and it only took five minutes.

We will be publishing a second Report Card on Bicycling in San Francisco and we’re eager to learn about your experiences and opinions on bicycling in San Francisco.

We appreciate your time in answering these questions and thank you for your participation. All of your responses are confidential. Please check our website on Bike to Work Day (May 15) to see the results.

Unfortunately, they are wrapping it up very soon, e.g. possibly hours from now, so if you have an opinion, go express it NOW: SURVEY

Check this out!

diggNation, Wednesday@Mighty


diggNation,a weekly tech/web culture show based on, will be coming to Mighty! Live podcast, featuring two exciting and sexy guest stars, to be followed by DJ KidHack dropping fat beats all night long!

7PM, 21+, @Mighty, FREE.

A More Affordable, Rockin’ Good Time

The first “San Francisco Outside lands Festival” is named for the barren wasteland of the late 1800’s previously covering the Western side of the city. Three days of music are to fill Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields, Speedway Meadow, and Lindley Meadow from August 22 to 24, 2008.

The festival promises some choice acts, such as: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Radiohead, Primus, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals and many, many more. However, when tickets were first released almost a month ago, the only choice was to buy 1 ticket for the whole event, for a whopping $225.50!

Well, fear not less-than-wealthy concert-goers!

The festival announced yesterday that starting May 1st, at 10am, single day tickets will be available at their website for a less painful $85 each.

SF Outsidelands poster

My Cup of Joe

Peets @Embarcadero Station

As I exited the Embarcadero BART/Muni station, contemplating my public transportation frustrations, I noticed the spectacle pictured above.

At first glance, I thought nothing of it. I remembered the construction walls were up for the better part of the year. Once I realized the change in scenery, I hopped down the escalator (I was going up) to snap a a picture.

I don’t know what compelled me. Maybe it was the thought of looking forward to a nice Cup of Joe after expelling myself from one of my most frustrating morning rituals: dealing with the N-Judah on a daily basis. (I mean, come on! How many people can you fit in one train during rush hour?)

It seemed like the light at the end of a very long tunnel. And then I thought of how much better life would be if Muni would invest just as much into running their trains on time, or having an adequate amount of trains during rush hour. Of course, being from the South (as in Southern California), I really can’t complain about public transportation. Muni is by far the best in comparison.

Still, I really do despise the N-Judah with every fiber of my being. But, the bright side is that after waiting up to 20 minutes* for a 30 minute* ride in a sardine-packed streetcar, I’ll get to wait in what I expect to be a very long line of aggrevated train riding coffee drinkers. Oh joy! [/Sarcasm]

The real bright side is that this might mean the lines will probably lessen a bit aboveground!

Check out the San Francisco Business Times article if you’re not hip to the BART/Peets news.

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