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April 1st, noon, Saint Stupid’s Day Parade

Saint Stupid's Day Parade

Open to public and be as silly as you like! The parade starts promptly at noon at the foot of Market Street (Embarcadero Plaza) and follows a well-established route through the financial district. Bring your feet, old socks, pennies, dead lottery tickets, noisemakers, 3-D glasses, drums…April 1st, noon, silly costumes are encouraged!!! Be there, or be elsewhere!

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Cole Valley Fair 2010

Attention artists, vendors, musicians and owners of unique cars:

Cole Valley Fair will be back again for its eighth year on Sunday, September 26, 2010. The fair features local art and fine crafts, lip-smacking food, live music, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs, a full block of vintage automobiles owned by neighborhood residents, events for children, and more!

Application for artist can be downloaded here. Priority will be given to Cole Valley residents and returning vendors. Food vendors’ application is here. Musicians from all genres and styles can apply for one-hour performance slots here. Unique car owners are encouraged to apply for “Cars on Cole” car show this year. It need not be a “show queen”, or vintage, or rare. The range of vehicles in past years has been from a gaggle of Citroen 2CV’s, British, German, French, Japanese and Italian sports and touring cars, heavy 30-60’s American Iron, Model A to modern Hot Rod, bicycles to motorcycles.

For more information, please visit www.cviasf.org. Oh, the deadline is July 1st!!

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Pink Floyd Apartment in San Francisco

Pink Floyd Apt. in SF

Pink Floyd Apt. in SF

$5 prism near bathroom window will give you free daily thrills.
Weather permitting :-)

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Angry tree

angry tree

Trees get “pissed off” a lot in SF… Duboce @ Church.

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What? No more director at the Photography Center??

SF photo center

Although my dad was once the only photographer in town before I was born, it wasn’t until I got to the Harvey Milk photography center many many years later that I learned to develop film and print black and white photos. The Photo center is located inside of Harvey Milk Center on 50 Scott St in Duboce park, and reopened in 2009 after a major renovation. I remember in the weeks and months I spent there, Peter, Clarence and other staffers were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They created a sanctuary for film lovers. Photographers, experienced or new, loved to work, to learn, and hang out in that laid back darkroom community. Since Peter suddenly passed away a few years ago, Clarence Towers, the director of the photo center had to run the facility with even less staff and funding.

Unfortunately I just found out yesterday that due to the city’s budget crisis, a decision was made to eliminate the position of the Photography Center director. Everybody knows that the photo center would never be the same without Clarence, because there will be no one available to offer the proactive service, leadership and “hands on” attention that everybody have appreciated over the past 22 years. We wouldn’t be able to continue to enjoy the exhibitions, seminars, classes, the largest publicly funded darkroom in the country and, of course the new digital lab. It would be a tremendous loss if we cannot keep this most valuable resource that has served San Franciscans for over 53 years.

So, please, please, write to the superintendent of Citywide services, Ana Alvarez, (ana.alvarez@sfgov.org) and the general manager, Phil Ginsburg (phil.ginsburg@sfgov.org) to appeal their decision to exclude the Photography Centers’ director position from the 2010-2011 budget. We do not want to lose that nice photographer community!

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