Genghis Khan (the exhibition) Conquers the Bay Area

Peter Friess (The Tech Museum) and Daniel N. Fenton (Team San Jose) announced that “Genghis Khan” will be the next blockbuster exhibition coming to San Jose.

“Genghis Khan’s brutality is well known, but less visible is the man whose natural leadership formed the first united Mongol nation – no small feat,” said Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum. “Inasmuch as we carry the dark images of Genghis Khan the warlord, there is also the man who brought us passports, the pony express, printed money, hamburgers* and even pants.”

Much can be discovered about Genghis Khan (1167-1227) the ‘emperor of all emperors’ who united nomadic tribes of northeast Asia and founded the Mongol Empire and Mongolia with a visit to The Tech Museum.

More than 200 13th century artifacts from Genghis’ reign will be on display including:

Live Cultural Performers: Mongolian singers, contortionists and musicians.

Live weaponry demonstrations are featured in the exhibition.

Paiza – passports.
Large Siege Weaponry – Large crossbow and tools to conquer walled cities and castles.
Ancient Mongolian Artifacts.
Ger – A traditional nomadic dwelling – Note: One-third of the people in modern Mongolia live in a Ger.
Shaman’s Robe – Ritual dress used to channel spirits. Genghis Khan practiced shamanism and believed in supernatural powers.
Jewelry – Treasures from the ancient Mongolian capital of Karakorum.
Mongolian Noble Woman Mummy – Mummy and coffin treasures including silk and leather robes, jewelry, comb and bowl.
Mongol Weapons – Swords, leather and metal armor, mace-heads, bows and arrows, and an early firearm.
Buddhist Relics – books, statue, and artwork. Note: The Mongolian capital of Karakorum was religiously diverse.
Clothing and Adornments – Silk garments and jewelry from Karakorum and Kublai Khan’s palace.
Musical Instruments – Strings made of horse hair.

Team San Jose extends an invitation. When speaking with Dan Fenton he expressed hope that the people of San Francisco would visit The Tech and enjoy Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan The Exhibition” – Opens May 22 (Limited Engagement)

The Tech Museum – 201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113-2008
(408) 294-8324

Special Exhibit Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Tickets:
Children 3 -17 ~ $15
Adults ~ $25
Special prices for seniors and college students.
Admission includes access to all the regular museum galleries.

*It is amusing that hamburgers, the name coming from the German port of Hamburg, originated in the time of Khan. The fierce Mongol horsemen (the Golden Horde) were so busy conquering the world that having to stop to light fires and eat got in their way. Raw lamb or mutton was formed into flat patties and then placed under their saddles. The horsemen could easily grab some ‘hamburger’ at any time.

Modern day Mongolia (see U.S. Department of State) lies in central Asia between Siberia on the north and China on the south and is slightly larger than Alaska.

Ger/Yurt The burning of soft coal by individual homes or “Ger” (yurt in Russian) adds to the polluted air.

Micky Rourke will star in a film about the Mongol ruler. He says: Genghis Khan Biopic ‘Not Your Stereotypical Blood and Swords

Genghis Khan: flickr set.

TeamSanJose on twitter

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SWAP! NOT SHOP! Earth Week Edition

It is time for Homeygrown’s Biannual Clothing Exchange in Oakland. Rather than buying new things you can refresh your wardrobe with free reusable clothes. Show up at Soundwave Studios with $5 and a bag of clean gently used clothing, shoes, and household items that can be exchanged for new-to-you goods. All leftovers will be donated to charity.

Saturday April 24
from 3 to 9 PM
$5 donation + a bag of goods.

All Ages Welcome ~ Free snacks ~ $1 drinks for those who are 21 with ID.

Soundwave Studios
2200 Wood Street
Oakland, CA 94607-1713
(510) 763-2201
Bus: Peralta St. 24th St

twitter ~ swapnotshop

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Hit and Run during Bike Party

So sad- if you have any information, please contact the police:
(from official SJ Bike Party post)
These are two follow-ups to two separate Hit & Run incidents.

* Race St (Green Ride) on March 19, 2010
* Hwy 9 on April 8, 2009

GREEN RIDE Hit & Run

This incident occurred on Race St on Friday, March 19th. The fact that this happened on the ride where we were honoring Joshua Ryan West who was killed by a driver on Feb. 1, 2010 is especially ironic.

The SJ Police need all of the eyewitness accounts. If any eyewitnesses have not gotten in contact with the victim and/or SJ Police, now is the time to do so. Please act NOW before it’s too late!

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Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra will recreate the sounds of the Grateful Dead (one of the most idolized bands of San Francisco music history) live on stage this Friday and Saturday in San Francisco. And if you miss them or need more they will be in Modesto on Sunday.

Rolling Stone called Dark Star Orchestra“…the most talented and accomplished tribute band out there…they’ve definitely mastered their inspiration’s vagabond nature.”

The Regency Ballroom
Fri Apr. 23 & Sat. Apr. 24
1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Doors at 7 Pm Concert at 8 PM – all ages
Buy Tickets

The State Theatre
307 J Street, Modesto on April 25
Doors at 6 Pm Concert at 7 PM
Buy Tickets

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Bay Citizen announces launch date, asks community for $$

The Bay Citizen, the non-profit journalism 2.0 startup backed by Warren Hellman, has announced its news site will go live on May 26 with actual news.

The project is one of several non-profit journalism efforts in the Bay Area, as local author Frances Dinkelspiel wrote in the New York Times’ Bay Area coverage last week.

Formerly known as the Bay Area News Project, the endeavor originally planned to leverage content and staff from public radio/TV behemoth KQED, but the station dropped out of the project early this year. The Bay Citizen then signed an agreement with the New York Times to provide content to the national paper’s Bay Area coverage.

The Bay Citizen is inviting Bay Area residents to donate some dough to support community journalism. “Founding members” will be acknowledged on the project’s website and will be invited to a launch reception.

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Record Store Day in San Francisco


Record Store Day celebrates the over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA and then some.

Check the stores for contests, giveaways, and appearances!

Participating Stores in San Francisco Include:

Amoeba ~ 1855 Haight St. (415) 831-1200 ~ see website for contest & twitter

aQuarius recOrds ~ 1055 Valencia St. (415) 647-2272 ~website

Creative Music ~ 26 Ocean Ave. (415) 334-1011 ~ website & Contest

Force of Habit Records ~ 3565 20th St. (415) 255 PUNK (7865) ~ website

Groove Merchant Records ~687 Haight St. (415) 252-5766 ~ website

Medium Rare Music ~ 2310 Market Street (415) 255-7273 ~ website

Streetlight Records ~2350 Market Street (415) 282-8000 ~ website

Keep your eye out for Yeasayer in the Haight.

twitter ~ recordstoreday

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San Francisco: Gas Leak Mission District


KPIX is reporting a gas leak in the Mission District. Evacuations include businesses, homes, and a preschool at 673 Valencia Street. The leak seems to be the result of a construction mishap.

KPIX:  Story and Video

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Somebody check and see if Daly City is still there

These figures were posted on SF Gate’s weather page this afternoon. I know it rained pretty steadily for the last 36 hours but 40 inches? I think maybe not.

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Nick’s Seashore Restaurant

We had been visiting up around the Strawberry area (101 and Seminary Dr.) yesterday. Coming back over the Golden Gate we kept commenting on how beautiful the city, the bay, and the ocean were. We decided to keep moving down the coast. By the time we found ourselves in Pacifica we were ready for lunch. We chose Nick’s at Rockaway Beach.

Ken had the Mixed Green Dinner Salad with Crab, and I had Fish & Chips. Our order came with a basket of tasty Garlic Bread. We were very pleased with our lunch and the service. Our waitress, Wanda, told us that in a few weeks the grey whales will be passing by, and we too will return.

Nick’s Seashore Restaurant
Open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Only 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco.
Located just off of Coast Highway 1 @ Rockaway Beach, Pacifica.
(605) 359-3900

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Tears of a clown

The man arrested yesterday for allegedly making threatening threatening phone calls to the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi appeared in court today for his arraignment and cried. The SJ Mercury News put it like this:

He was crying in court and appeared disheveled in a T-shirt and khakis. The magistrate ordered the U.S. Attorney’s Office to interview Giusti to see if he is mentally competent enough to be released to a halfway house, or if he should continue to be detained.

It could be said that a more sympathetic portrait of the man is emerging. If he’s just some poor crazy fuck, can he really be held responsible for his actions? Legally, that’ll be up to the courts, and I’m glad we live in a country where mentally ill people are not held fully responsible. And yet people who live with him, or have dealt with him in recent years — see the previous entry here — have found him scary and intimidating. At what point do you stop being a harmless if abrasive nut and start being a dangerous creep? It’s not up to the victims of a bully to evaluate his mental state or even confront him if they believe they are in physical danger.

Meanwhile, KGO’s Dan Noyes reported (via Politico.com) that his mother said her son was the victim of bad influences like “Fox News, or all of those that are really radical.”

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Angry white man arrested for threatening Pelosi looks the part

Here’s the guy arrested Wednesday for making multiple threatening calls to the office of House Speaker and San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

After the FBI hauled him away from his Tenderloin (of course!) subsidized housing building (of course!), his neighbors told TV reporters things like, “He was not one of my favorite people. He had a real attitude problem… I personally was afraid of him.”

He was even kicked out of a local church a few years ago for being “menacing while angry” and a general asshole. Apparently a tech geek (of course!), he rigged a system to make continuous harassing calls to church members.

But that photo gets me. It’s like a picture staged by The Onion to show a generic Tea Party protester all hot under the collar about Obama’s birth certificate, the New World Order, and the secret internment camps at Fort Irwin* for a story headlined “Local man can’t stand it when people won’t engage him in heated political discussion.”

*If this seems unnecessarily detailed, it’s because I’ve been reading up on right-wing paranoid drivel lately.


Uniform FAIL

San Francisco Giants utility man Eugenio Velez played the last three innings of today’s game in Houston before anyone told him he was wearing a jersey with the name of the city misspelled.

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“La Mission” Showing Soon in San Francisco

It was a thrill to be front row when Cinequest presented Benjamin Bratt with the Maverick Spirit Award. We, the audience, were also entertained with a screening of “La Mission”. Benjamin and his brother worked together on “La Mission”. The film, set in the San Francisco Mission district, tells a story of intolerance and the love of family.

La Mission will be showing at the Kabuki April 16th

Tickets and Info.

Trailer “La Mission

facebook La MISSION

Also check out the Metreon for show times.

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We don’t need CalTrain for bullet trains, says HSR

California’s High Speed Rail Commission, the agency tasked with getting bullet trains running up and down the state sometime this century, says CalTrain’s “staggering deficit” and possible collapse will not keep it from proceeding with its plans.

Just because the local transit agency, which runs trains from San Francisco to San Jose (and Gilroy, at commute times), is facing drastic cuts to its schedule, even a possible shutdown, doesn’t mean the bullet train project can’t go forward. High speed rail would share the CalTrain right-of-way from Gilroy north (click for a Google map overlay of the bullet train route), and if CalTrain can’t hold it together in the decade or two before the bullet trains arrive, the High Speed Rail Commission might just take over CalTrain. At least that was the idea “floated” by HSR board member Rod Diridon, long-time transit mandarin. After all, they’re both essentially state agencies.

The map shows some details of the HSR plan on the Peninsula, where some sections would be in a trench, some on an elevated way, some at grade level.

Meanwhile, the threat of a lawsuit forced the CalTrain board to put on hold the long-planned electrification of the line. Inexplicably, the lawsuit is from an environmental group, even though electrification would make the line less polluting. Right now it seems CalTrain can’t do anything right.

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Feds approve $$$ to scuttle Mothball Fleet

The Mothball Fleet, a collection of several dozen rusting military ships left over from wars of the past that has been mouldering in an upper reach of San Francisco Bay, will be finally removed soon under a plan just approved by federal government officials.

The collection of ships, tethered together in several rows in Suisun Bay off Benicia, have been there for decades; some of the ships last saw service in World War II. See this 2008 news story from KPIX channel 5, which points out that their lead paint made them a toxic hazard and that it cost $5 million a year just to keep them there.

Click the picture below to go to a Google satellite map of the ships.

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