Silicon Valley Watcher (WeekendWatcher)

2014
May
24,
2014
| 01:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
I popped into the Exploratorium's recent fund raising gala and was told the event had raised $1.5 million, $300K more than it expected. Which is fabulous news because there were some job cuts last year.I'm a big fan of the Exploratorium but the trans...
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2013
October
12,
2013
| 01:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
Oscar Wilde in in America, 1882, 28 years old. Gary Kamiya tells stories on SFGate.com, from the history of San Francisco and its newspaper archives. It's a rich history for such a small city,  and it's a strong literary history, too, which is apt wi...
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May
05,
2013
| 12:47 PM America/Los_Angeles
Some days it seems as if the universe is conspiring to provide me with exactly what I need, in the right amounts,  and at the right time. Johnny Marr, the former guitarist of The Smiths, playing just down the street from me at The Fillmore -- was con...
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May
04,
2013
| 05:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was walking along Haight Street and spotted a poster competition for the upcoming Haight Street Fair, June 9, which has always been one of the best San Francisco Street Fairs. For a long time it was organized by the wonderful Pablo Heising, a good ...
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April
28,
2013
| 05:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
San Francisco's How Weird street fair is always fun and difficult to categorize.  Here's how it describes itself: http://howweird.org/The How Weird Street Faire is a world-class music festival, featuring a wide range of electronic dance music. There ...
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April
27,
2013
| 04:46 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm a big fan of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and I love everything about it. It's been on a roll with great exhibitions and its free "Friday Nights at the de Young" has always been a great way to kick-off the weekend, 6pm to 8.30pm.But th...
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April
17,
2013
| 02:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
A special exhibit for the opening.The new $300m revamp of the Exploratorium opens today and I'm glad to report that it looks and feels lot like the old Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts but much larger, more exhibits, and more of everything. H...
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April
12,
2013
| 04:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
I love The Exploratorium and have been bringing my kids to it for nearly two decades. I'm sad that it moved out of its beautiful Palace of Fine Arts location, but I'm excited to visit the new $300m site at Pier 15, which has far more space (three tim...
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March
09,
2013
| 01:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
Julie Burchill is a unique journalist, she has a finely tuned sensibility in being able to push society's face just far enough into the gutter to draw blood and snot, but not hard enough to cause grievous bodily harm. And she doesn't hide her pleasur...
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2012
April
14,
2012
| 06:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Photos by Tom Foremski.)Friday evening I was at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate park to see The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.The museum is on a roll with its exhibits of leading fashion designers. The Vivi...
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2011
August
20,
2011
| 10:09 AM America/Los_Angeles
Last weekend I was at the Outside Lands 2011 music festival in Golden Gate Park. It was a great event with three days of music from four stages. And San Francisco's relentless grey summer fog lifted for two days -- it was a very happy crowd. Discove...
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June
05,
2011
| 09:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've been to several TEDxSF events but the most recent one felt like a breakthrough event because of the mix of people and talks, plus the new venue.The event was sold out with about 650 tickets for the Yerba Buena location, a larger theater than the...
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April
29,
2011
| 03:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
My friend David Rozelle is organizing this event at Workspace in San Francisco Saturday evening. It was great fun last year, I expect the same this year.Please join me:...
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2010
May
30,
2010
| 09:11 AM America/Los_Angeles
Today is the last day of LaLa.com my favorite music service and where I would spend much of my Friday and weekends.I discovered lots of great music there and put together some great playlists. I was buying music for the first time in ages. Lala.com o...
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April
09,
2010
| 08:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm looking forward to this event Saturday evening. It's organized by some friends, and I know some of the performers such as Allison Lovejoy. It's in a great space too. Just $12 on the door or RSVP until 4pm to reserve $10 tickets.April in Paris, Ap...
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2008
September
12,
2008
| 08:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
I kept away from the TC50 and DEMO conferences this past week and snuck into some of the Hornucopia Festival shows. There is a Gypsy-Django-Tango sound in San Francisco these days. It's a trend you can find elsewhere too but there seems to a very San...
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September
04,
2008
| 11:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
It is difficult to escape our day-to-day lives but it is important that we do. I love spending time in environments where people just know me as Tom rather than in my professional roles.The geek-life is fun but it's not enough. Understanding the cult...
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August
31,
2008
| 02:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Allison Lovejoy brings us the Lovejoy Lowdown on Sol Crawford organizer of the upcoming SF Hornucopia music festival.Sol Crawford is one of the most interesting of San Francisco's music promoters. He is a co-partner at Amnesia, which has earned a rep...
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August
03,
2008
| 08:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
This summer's free Stern Grove Festival is exceptional. Sunday the headliner was Bajofundo, a Tango inspired collective of top Argentine and Uruguayan musicians. It's a Latin supergroup that's getting a strong following in San Francisco. The Stern Gr...
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April
17,
2008
| 01:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
Tonight: Friday April 18th. "The Seven Deadly Pleasures - A cabaret opera by Allison Lovejoy and Geoff Ball - A story of human character...or, the search for it." 8.30pm seating, show at 9pm at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francis...
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April
11,
2008
| 02:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
San Francisco is having a mini-heat wave, summer is here and I hope you manage to log off and tune in a bit and go outside of the geek world :-)Coming up on Friday April 18th the debut of: "The Seven Deadly Pleasures - A cabaret opera by Allison Lov...
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April
01,
2008
| 01:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
"First Fridays with Foremski" at the de Young Museum returns this Friday April 4. It was fun last year, small groups, good conversation and a great environment: the De Young Museum in Golden Gate park, which is open until 8.45pm Friday evenings.(BTW,...
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March
29,
2008
| 05:46 PM America/Los_Angeles
Tim Ferris is launching his popular book The 4-Hour Work Weekin London this week at an event at The Chandos in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday April 2nd from 6pm to 9pm. Check here for any last minute event change and a 30 per cent discount.I first met...
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February
24,
2008
| 12:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
I try to keep my Friday evening and weekends geek-free :-) The Friedlander opening at SFMOMA was excellent. I was told I wasn't allowed to take photos at the photo exhibit but it was too late, my iPhone had already snapped a few. Saturday, February ...
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February
21,
2008
| 12:39 AM America/Los_Angeles
I popped along with Allison Lovejoy to interview Peter Fitzsimmons, the head of the Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center. He told us about plans to revive what used to be a vibrant jazz scene in San Francisco. In fact, the term "jazz" was first used here, h...
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February
07,
2008
| 03:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Beth Custer Ensemble will perform new songs written with Octavio Solis from three musical productions: the popular Ballad of Pancho & Lucy, Lethe, and the upcoming June in a Box. They’ll also be playing songs from their CD Respect as a Religion (...
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January
25,
2008
| 11:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
The Fifth Annual Edwardian Ball starts its 3 nights of festivities this evening at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Saturday is sold out but some tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday. You don't need a top hat, but many do....
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January
18,
2008
| 01:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
Will it get past your spam filters? From HATEGrenade team: Has anybody ever pissed you off so bad that you wanted to add them to a SPAM list? If so, a new startup site, Hategrenade.com can help! By using the form on their website, you can anonymousl...
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January
17,
2008
| 12:08 AM America/Los_Angeles
News Release from Leela Palaces, one of India's premium hotel and resort spa brands: Thursdays Begin Long Weekends for Techies Who Head to Leela's Spas in Bangalore and Kovalam to Unwind and De-stressBangalore -- January 2008 -- What do American hi-t...
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January
12,
2008
| 08:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
- Ken Kaplan notices far more video bloggers this year at CES: My CES Social Media Posse Leap in Interest Movin' AheadKen interviews Tay Zonday of "Chocolate Rain" fame...Here is Chocolate Rain...- Jason Dunn's CES experience: The Personal Blog of J...
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