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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION to consider climate change, marriage equality at Annual Meeting in San Francisco

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From the American Bar Association

CHICAGO, July 3, 2007— California’s climate change and land use activities, a review of recent national and international legislature for same-sex couples, and a local event drafting wills for eligible San Francisco first responders are among programs of local interest featured at the 2007 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 9-14, in San Francisco .

With more than 1,500 top quality legal programs and events, and presentations by the foremost law experts and speakers, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen J. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy, the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals.

Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever. But register soon, as hotel space is filling quickly! Accredited reporters are welcome to cover the meeting for free. Credential guidelines are at abanews.org/credentials.

On Aug. 11 Justice Breyer will be honored at a noon luncheon by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative for his extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the rule of law in the developing world. He will also be keynote speaker at the event held at the Moscone West Convention Center .

Justice Kennedy will receive the ABA Medal, its highest honor, during the Annual Meeting Opening Assembly on Aug. 11.

The 546-member ABA House of Delegates will meet on Aug. 13 and 14 at the Moscone West Convention Center to consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions.

Among program highlights of local interest:

“Altared’ States: Effective Strategies for Business Counsel in the Changing Legal Landscape of Same-Sex Couples”

This program will review new national and international laws for same-sex couples. Practical advice to business attorneys on spotting critical issues and providing counsel in an era of legal and tax uncertainty as well as tips for avoiding malpractice liability when advising clients and the implementation of the new laws on a company-wide basis, will be addressed.

Aug. 10, Fairmont San Francisco, Pavilion, Lobby level

“Climate Change and Land Use — California Strategies”

California is leading the way in forging public policies that respond to climate change. Panelists will examine the relationship between land use planning and climate change, with a focus on how California and its localities are taking action in this area.

Aug. 10, Hilton San Francisco, Yosemite Room B, Ballroom level

“Wills for Heroes Event in San Francisco”

The ABA Young Lawyers Division is partnering with the Wills for Heroes Foundation this year to promote its 2007-2008 public service project, Wills for Heroes. Providing support, services, financial assistance and supplies to eligible emergency first responders and their families in the United States , the Wills for Heroes program will be kicking off at the ABA Annual Meeting with an offsite event assisting local first responders.

Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., San Francisco Fire Department’s Division of Training

“A Holistic Approach to Serving Undocumented Unaccompanied Youth”

More than 8,000 unaccompanied youth flee their home countries for the United States each year to escape life-threatening conditions, and most are forced to navigate our legal system alone. Panelists will discuss the various unique needs of unaccompanied immigrant youth and the challenges practitioners face in assisting them.

Aug. 10, Grand Hyatt, Butron, Theatre level

“17th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Luncheon”

This award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Among this year’s recipients are Marsha S. Berzon and Angela M. Bradstreet of San Francisco , as well as Roxana C. Bacon of Phoenix , Marva Jones Brooks of Atlanta; and Irma S. Raker of Annapolis , Md.

Aug. 12, Moscone West Convention Center , 3rd floor ballroom

“How to Represent Petey: Animals in Entertainment” Panelists including Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and founder of The Roar Foundation, will address various legal issues relating to animals in the entertainment industry as well as current trends in litigation.

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3018, 3rd floor

“Hot Topics in the Commercial & Indian Gaming Industry”

California is a hot bed for gaming law and policy, and affects what is happening in the gaming industry nationally. Local commercial and Indian gaming experts will discuss hot topics in the Golden State .

Aug. 10, Fairmont San Francisco, French Room, Lobby level

Among other programs:

“Historical Trial: Terror in San Francisco : The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Trial”

Aug. 9, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2006, 2nd floor

“Business Litigation Committee/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Public Service Project: ABA Members Volunteering at Local Food Bank”

Aug. 9, San Francisco Food Bank

“Life Sciences & the Law – Hit Fast Forward: Think You Won’t Have a Humanoid Robot When You’re 100? Think Again!”

Aug. 10, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2024, 2nd floor.

“Domestic Partner Benefits, Rights and Responsibilities: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know”

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3018, 3rd floor.

“Land Use Law in California & Beyond with Luncheon Honoring Daniel J. Curtin, Jr, a Walnut Creek , California Resident and Expert Land Use Lawyer”

Aug. 11, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma , Calif.

“Sex, Drugs, and the Law: The ABA ‘s Response to HIV/AIDS”

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3024, 3rd floor

“Where’s the Smart Money in Greenhouse Gases? GHG Lessons for Today”

Aug. 12, Fairmont San Francisco, French Room, Lobby level

“Respect for Same-Sex Couples and their Relationships: Navigating the Hurdles Posed by Lack of Federal and State Recognition”

Aug. 12, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2002, 2nd floor

“Watch Those Speed Bumps! — Quirky California Laws Often Surprise Lawyers Involved in California-Based Transactions”

Aug. 13, Fairmont San Francisco, Crystal, Lobby level

“Here’s Our Wine List: Issues in Winery Finance; Structuring and Recovering Credit Extensions”

Aug. 13, Fairmont San Francisco, Pavilion, Lobby level

During the Annual Meeting, a press room for working journalists will be set up at the Moscone West Convention Center and will be open for on-site media registration at 8 a.m. on Aug. 9. Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 14.

With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

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USA CENTENNIAL ghosts of 200 years past

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President Ford delivers his speech as Governor Milton Shapp (left of podium) Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (to the right of the podium), Susan Ford, and Senator Richard Schweicker.
Photos by Bill Wilson

By Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The ghosts arrived early. The misty dawn had obscured the modern distractions. You could feel the ghosts of two hundred years past. The soldiers who had gathered – the Continental Army – the band of men who camped on these fields in the cold of winter, were watching. Yes, the President would be there, flying in by helicopter, to sign a bill making the area a national park, but in the early morning mist it was the turn of the ghosts.

You could see them on the snow covered redoubts surveying the distant hills for the sign of an expected advance. You could hear them huddled around the campfires cursing the fate that out them in this spot, ill clothed, under fed and facing a superior force. In the stone house that had been Washington’s Headquarters you could hear the echoes of impatience, the concerns of a general in charge of an ill equipped Army dealing with the bureaucracy, the Continental Congress, that seemed incapable of decision.

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President Gerald R. Ford

It was appropriate that the area was a forge but metal wasn’t the only thing that was being forged. The most important thing was a spirit, and attitude that molded men from thirteen colonies into a cohesive unit. That unit persevered and prevailed over a better trained and equipped force. During that cold bitter winter that attitude of positive strength was forged into a force for freedom and liberty.

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President Ford waves to the crowd as he enters his helicopter.

It was to honor that spirit that people from all over the country had gathered that July 4th, two hundred years after the Declaration if Independence had been issued. The bright sun soon lifted the morning mists and the ceremonies marking the United States Bicentennial took place. President Ford delivered a major address, visited a Covered Wagon from Michigan and signed a bill making Valley Forge a National Park. It was only one of many stops for the President on a busy July 4th. His helicopter whisked him in and out on schedule. However the ghosts had come early.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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RANDY SHAW beyond silly

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Simple as wood… And twice as silly… The BeyondChron.org article penned Monday by editor Randy Shaw… Concluding two of The Gav’s senior staffers are at war

The concept of full disclosure has, this writer thinks, an impertinent quality… But here’s mine…

Shaw made his bones as a Sentinel columnist before launching BeyondChron… This corner would not have learned of Shaw’s site launch had it not been for, oddly enough, Richard Marquez urging Shaw to let this editor know… Marquez, the red book waving, Chris Daly early roommate… I don’t rightly cotton to this man Shaw…

Now, further backdrop… BeyondChron is heralded as filling the accuracy void where the San Francisco Chronicle leaves it… Correcting the Chron, countering it, delivering coverage the Chron is said to intentionally neglect…

Simple As Wood… Shaw lifted quotes verbatim from a Chron story — taking it for granted the quotes are accurate — and concluded the two parties involved are at war… Without asking either party, this corner is told by one party…

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Silly… Shaw epitomizes a silly and insular political belief about the purported power of the press…

The only power of the published word is to lead reader thought during the time a story is read…

That’s it… Particularly in this town — with intelligent and exacting readers — the power of the word ends with the last period…

But jeez, political class inbreders think getting thought into published word actually rises to A Great Matter

Donkey puckey…

Get yourself a glass of water, Shaw… And keep reading the Chronicle…

DEDICATED TO RANDY SHAW AND THE TERTIARY CLASSES

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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TOURISTS BRING highest revenue ever to San Francisco – $7.76 billion

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Given the city’s history and culture, it isn’t hard to imagine what attracted 15.8 million visitors to San Francisco in 2006, but the $7.76 billion earned from tourists in 2006, an all-time high, may be surprising.

As the number of tourists in San Francisco swells each year, the city’s economic profit from tourism continues to increase as well, the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau reported last week.

While the San Francisco visitor industry is doing well now, it had taken a turn for the worse in early 2001 when business travel fiercely declined, and dropped even more following the Sept. 11 attacks.

San Francisco relies on its tourist industry for both taxes and jobs, according to the SFCVB.

“Tourism is the top generator of outside dollars into (San Francisco),” SFCVB President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro said in a statement.

The SFCVB was founded in November 1909 and is a private, non-profit organization that endorses San Francisco as a leisure, convention and business travel destination.

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WILLS AND HARRY organize upbeat July 1 concert remembrance of Princess Diana

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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY among top 20 colleges and universities attracking minority students

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A new survey reports that San Francisco State University (SFSU) ranks among the top 20 U.S. colleges and universities when it comes to attracting minority students.

The university 16th among all colleges and universities in awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students, according to results published in the May 31 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Learning, the university reported.

Results from the survey were taken from U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled from graduation data for the 2005-2006 academic year, officials reported.

SFSU also ranked 10th as a destination for Asian American undergraduates, with the university awards more baccalaureate degrees than any other U.S. university other than the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

SFSU reportedly awarded 2,334 degrees to minority students during the 2005-2006 school year, representing 47 percent of the graduating class.

Annually, SFSU enrolls around 29,000 students and graduates around 7,000, the university reported.

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ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW begins for San Francisco Candlestick Redevelopment

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An environmental impact study has begun on a proposal that would bring a new professional football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers along with homes and businesses to Candlestick Point and the site of former Hunters Point Shipyard, it was announced this week.

Consultant group EIP Associates/PBSJ, which was chosen to conduct the report by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, already began formal work on the study last week, according to a spokesman for Lennar Corp., the Miami-based company managing the redevelopment efforts.

The report deadline is mid-2009, the spokesman said.

Along with a new football stadium, the redevelopment would include office space, a mix of market-rate and low-income housing, and two new waterfront communities at Candlestick Point and the site of the former shipyard.

“We have created a plan that provides much deserved housing and economic opportunities for people living in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood while providing he 49ers their best option to remain in the city where the team has created so many memories,” said Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban’s Bay Area Division.

“With the start of the EIR, San Francisco has signaled to the community and the 49ers that the redevelopment in these neighborhoods is a priority.”

The conceptual plan would include a shoreline park and trail system combining the best features of Crissy Field and Golden Gate Park, Lennar said. The neighborhoods would feature pedestrian walkways providing direct access to recreational and natural areas.

The development proposal boasts better public transit for football fans and residents, including connections to Caltrain, light rail and bus rapid transit routes, according to Lennar. The plan would also improve traffic flow and parking for game day, the company said.

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STREET VIOLENCE: One Shot at Golden Gate and Taylor Sunday mornning – One stabbed in Washington Square three hours earlier

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The San Francisco Fire Department responded to a shooting on Golden Gate Avenue and Taylor Street this morning, according to a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher.

The dispatcher said one victim was found at around 2:30 a.m. There
is no information on the victim’s condition.

One man received life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed in the back in San Francisco’s Washington Square Park on Columbus Avenue Saturday at around 11:30 p.m., according to a San Francisco Police officer.

The officer said the man, who was in his 20s, walked several blocks to Powell and Lombard streets where he collapsed after telling bystanders that he had been stabbed.

The injured man was taken to the hospital, and no suspects have yet been identified, the officer said.

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NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LUPONE – Summer in The City at Symphony Hall

NEIL SEDAKA – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

By Seán Martinfield

The San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Symphony’s 2007 Summer In The City series enters its final week with concerts on July 27th and 28th. The annual summer music celebration showcases the best of classical favorites, Broadway, and popular music, all in the relaxed elegance of Davies Symphony Hall. Festive decor, dramatic concert lighting, an array of dining options, and nightly lobby entertainment all add to the summer fun. The week features Neil Sedaka in concert on July 27th and Patti LuPone performing her new one-woman show The Lady with the Torch on July 28th.

THE LADY WITH THE TORCH

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NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LuPONE – Love Will Keep Us Together

It is hard to imagine the history of rock and roll without the many contributions of Neil Sedaka. He is the author of more than a thousand songs, including the classics “Calendar Girl,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” For over four decades, Sedaka’s timeless standards have helped change the face of popular music. With countless hit singles, and platinum and gold records, he is recognized as one of rock and pop music’s legendary pioneers. In celebration of his 50th anniversary in the music business, Sedaka recently released a new CD titled THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION which features his greatest hits as well as demo recordings and rarities that have never before been available.

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NEIL SEDAKA

Mr. Sedaka’s song-list will include selections from the CD:
Bad Blood
Been There Done That
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Calendar Girl
Going Nowhere
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
It Hurts To Be In Love
Junkie For Your Love
Laughter In The Rain
Love Will Keep Us Together
Next Door To An Angel
Oh! Carol
Rainy Day Bells
Should’ve Never Let You Go
Solitaire
Stairway To Heaven
The Hungry Years
The Immigrant
What A Surprise
You

The 2007 Summer In The City series comes to a close when Patti LuPone returns to Davies Symphony Hall to perform “THE LADY WITH THE TORCH” on Saturday, July 28th at 8:00 pm. From Broadway to the big screen, Tony Award winner Patti LuPone has captivated fans with her sensational voice and presence. THE LADY WITH THE TORCH is her one-woman show of moody and romantic ballads: all standards, but rendered in her own inimitable torch-song style, and orchestrated by longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick. Ms. LuPone last appeared at Davies Symphony Hall performing “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” during Summer In The City 2003.

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PATTI LuPONE – C’EST Magnifique

Ms. LuPone’s song-list will include selections on her current CD – THE LADY WITH THE TORCH:
A Cottage For Sale (Willard Robinson/Larry Conley)
Body And Soul (John W. Green/Edward Heyman/Robert Sour/Frank Eyton)
Do It Again (George Gershwin/B.G. DeSylva)
Don’t Like Goodbyes (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
Early Autumn (Ralph Burns, Woody Herman, Johnny Mercer)
I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)
I Wanna Be Around (Johnny Mercer/Sadie Zimmerstedt)
Ill Wind (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler)
I’m Through With Love (Gus Kahn/Matt Malneck/Tom Adair)
My Buddy (Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn)
So In Love (Cole Porter)
Something Cool (Billy Barnes)
The Man I Love (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin)
The Other Woman (Jessie Mae Robinson)

To order tickets on-line:
NEIL SEDAKA – Friday, July 27th @ 8:00 pm
PATTI LuPONE – Saturday, July 28th @ 8:00 pm

Seán recommends the following:
MP3 Download – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
CD – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
MP3 download – PATTI LuPONE, “The Lady With The Torch”
CD – PATTI LuPone, “The Lady With The Torch”

JOIN THE SYMPHONY’S VOLUNTEERS

The San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council (the VC) is an organization of over 1,500 committed, extraordinary volunteers, whose purpose is to support the SFS in areas of fundraising, audience development, and community outreach. Large numbers of volunteers provide services at concerts, visit classrooms as docents, join Symphony Leagues, staff Repeat Performance and the Symphony Store, and work on a rotating basis in the VC office. The volunteer year, along with the Symphony’s fiscal year, begins in September. Some volunteer commitments are year round; others are shorter in duration.

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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CALIFORNIA GREEN CZAR Robert Sawyer fired by Schwarzenegger – Governor says Sawyer moved too slowly – Sawyer retorts independence the issue

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By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pledges a quick replacement for California green czar Robert Sawyer whom the governor fired this week.

Sawyer and Schwarzenegger give differing accounts of the dismissal.

Sawyer, who served at the governor’s pleasure as chair of the California Air Resources Board, took issue earlier this week with Schwarzenegger criticism that the Board was moving too slowly by backing a San Joaquin application for an 11-year extension to meet the Federal Clean Air Act.

Schwarzenegger characterized Board action as letting the federal government off the hook by seeking delay.

For his part, Sawyer responded independence of Board action was the cause of Sawyer’s appointment being rescinded by the governor.

According to accounts, Sawyer sought clarification from Susan Kennedy who serves as chief advisor to the governor.

Kennedy first asked Sawyer to retire, reported Sawyer who declined retirement.

Kennedy then handed Sawyer a letter from the governor rescinding Sawyer’s appointment, according to Sawyer.

Replacing Sawyer is “priority Number One,” Schwarzenegger said through a spokesman.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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STREET VIOLENCE: Two more shootings – Three more dead

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Officers are searching for suspects today after a violence filled morning left three men dead in two separate homicides.

The first incident was reported to police at 12:18 a.m., a San Francisco police dispatcher said. A man was found shot near the intersection of 16th and 7th streets in the Mission district. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second homicide of the morning took place at Fitch Street and Innes Avenue in the Bayview neighborhood, a dispatcher said. Police received reports of a homicide around 4:20 a.m. and reported to the scene where they found two men dead on the side of the road. The cause of death for both men is still unknown.

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MUNI ROUTE CHANGES in effect

THE WORLD FAMED SAN FRANCISCO F-LINE STREETCARS

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has announced several traffic and service changes affecting travel in the city, some this weekend and others indefinitely.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival will force closure on Fillmore Street from Eddy Street to Jackson Street, beginning at 1 a.m. Saturday and continuing through midnight on Sunday. All intersections except at Washington, Clay and O’Farrell streets will remain open.

Other service changes for Saturday: N-Judah service will travel to Caltrain; J-Church will switch back at Embarcadero Station; K-Ingleside and T-Third will be interlined (K will become the T line inbound at Embarcadero to Balboa Park); Castro shuttles will be restored; and 10-Townsend bus service will be restored for weekend service.

Changes as of Monday: The new 20-Columbus bus service will be introduced and will travel from Van Ness Avenue and North Point to Beale Street and Howard Street, limited hours and weekdays only.

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‘Sicko’ Doesn’t Just Point Severed Fingers

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By PJ Johnston
Sentinel Film Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

It looks like Michael Moore’s health care polemic “Sicko” is opening to a symphony of praise this weekend, as critics around the country are declaring it his best film yet. Hopefully the prognosis is good for a strong box office, too, because this tough, smart and ultimately hopeful documentary is a movie Americans need to see.

MICHAEL MOORE’S SICKO PREMIERS

Much of the critical acclaim has centered on the fact that “Sicko” may be the liberal muckraker Moore’s best mix yet of comic entertainment and cogent political commentary. (I would argue that 2002’s “Bowling for Columbine” more deftly, and more bravely, added tragedy to Moore’s bag of tricks.) It’s true that “Sicko” moves briskly along, earning guttural laughs and gut-wrenching twists, as it adds layer upon rhetorical layer to the filmmaker’s powerful invective against the for-profit managed health care industry.

BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE

Like all good satirists, Moore has a strong nose for irony, as when he shows us how detainees at Guantanamo receive better health care than 9/11 rescue workers. And like all good comedians, he’s more than willing to dive in for the cheap laughs, as when he brings a group of ailing 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba to seek the high-quality Gitmo medical care.

He’s also developed into something of a master of archival footage – both contemporary and vintage – a mainstay of the modern documentary that Moore skillfully uses to his rousing, and usually hilarious, advantage.

But in “Sicko” Moore manages something even more remarkable than edgy satire: he takes an overwhelmingly complex and seemingly drab subject – how the American fetish for capitalism has left us with the most dysfunctional health care system in the developed world – and makes it approachable. He exposes its basic failings and challenges us to question the wisdom of the system. That’s not to say he covers all the bases – but neither does he betray the fundamental importance of the subject, or allow us to turn our cheek to the humanity at stake.

The secret to Moore’s success is that his films have been a success. That is, they are successfully cinematic in the idiom for which Moore was born: comedy. His movies are funny. He wouldn’t be the champion of the American far left, or the bane of the numbskull right, if they weren’t. People aren’t lining up to see serious documentaries about the devastation of American factory towns, or schoolyard shootings, or even the Bush administration’s deceitful rush to war.

Or at least they aren’t lining up to see serious Michael Moore documentaries. There was always the sneaking suspicion that the edifice of the weighty Moore’s weighty material might collapse if not propped up by all the hot air and bellylaughs.

But “Sicko” is a film that effectively dissects our health care system, shows how we got here and why we couldn’t possibly want to stay here, and even offers glimpses of a better way (namely, in other industrialized nations that take the refreshingly civilized view that adequate health care is a basic civic necessity).

Moore ingeniously takes the everyday frustrations with insurance companies (or doctors, or employers, or government) that we have all experienced at one time or another and establishes a through-line between them and the sob stories he brings to the big screen in “Sicko”; and then he puts it all squarely in the context of a massively screwed-up managed health care system.

Even Moore’s admirers, and I count myself among them, have often complained that his films are long on exposing the failings of the system, and the viciousness of The Man, but short on offering any solutions. “Sicko” is a different sort of Michael Moore film, however.

When he begins exploring the strengths of the Canadian universal health care system, and the British universal health care system, and the French universal health care system – the best in the world – he’s not just making himself a jowly, jovial foil for the flag-waving Patridiots of Fox News and the Republican National Committee. He’s actually opening our eyes to a better way, a reasonable way, to approach sickness and health.

Moore cleverly undermines virtually every scare tactic thrown at the American people whenever the prospect of universal health care is raised, or our system is compared with those of other developed nations. (Choose your own doctor? Check. Wait times short? Check. Quality of care high? Check. Doctors paid well? Check. Not taxed through the wazoo? Check.) But this time he does it not merely to joust with his right-wing foes; “Sicko” actually speaks to us, goes right at our own concerns, our own skepticism, our own experiences.

“Who are we?” Moore asks in “Sicko,” and it is not a rhetorical question. Surely, if we’re the people we claim to the world to be, or even the people know in our hearts we want to be, we can do better than this.

There are plenty of villains in “Sicko,” but they’re not really the focus of Moore’s movie. It’s the heroes that count … if only we could bring them out of each other.

See Related: HEALTH CARE

See Related KISS & MAKE UP – Michael Moore Shows Healthy Respect in San Francisco

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PJ Johnston is president of the San Francisco Arts Commission and a former executive director of the San Francisco Film Commission. He served as Mayor Willie Brown’s press secretary and now runs his own communications consulting firm in San Francisco. A former journalist, he has written about movies for several publications, including the San Jose Mercury News and – long ago, in a galaxy far, far away – for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Email PJ at pj@pjcommunications.com.

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JUNE 30 PHOTOS OF THE DAY Barry Zito and Friends – VIDEO OF THE DAY – Jersey Boys open game with National Anthem – You can always help someone

Photos of The Day
BARRY ZITO AND FRIENDS
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San Francisco Mayor’s Office staffer Jason Chan, left, with Barry Zito.
Sentinel Photographer
Photos by Bill Wilson
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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Willie Mayes, right, with Barry Zito.

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JERSEY BOYS OPEN GAME WITH NATIONAL ANTHEM

REALTIME SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER
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JUNE 30 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are self-reliant and indifferent to the opinions of others, thereby sometimes annoying your friends and associates. You are very interested in and sensitive to art and artistic surroundings. You acquire knowledge easily and can impart it to others; this is a rare gift that would make you an excellent teacher.

JUNE 30 IS A BEST DAY
Today is another fine day to pour concrete.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 30
Save your sanity and visit your local carpet store for some padding. Whether your scatter rug is on bare floor or atop another carpet, a thin pad underneath will be safer and saner, plus it will increase the life of your rug.

TIP FOR JUNE 30
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

WORD FOR JUNE 30
Barograph. Definition: A recording barometer.

JUNE 30 HISTORY
George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” topped the charts, 1973. One inch of snow fell during a thunderstorm in Woodstock, Vermont, 1988.

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Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 72. West wind between 8 and 18 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 53. West northwest wind between 10 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind between 10 and 16 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind between 8 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 58.

Independence Day: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19, 27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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GIANTS DONATE 800 trees to San Francisco neighborhoods

AT&T PARK SOLAR POWER INSTALLATION ALSO COMPLETED TODAY BY PG&E

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Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco neighborhoods started becoming greener today as volunteers fanned out to plant 800 trees donated by the San Francisco Giants.

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Mayor Newsom accepted the first tree Friday at Powell and Market.

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“You can imagine the blimps coming in over the Golden Gate,” said Newsom.

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“Over the rolling hills of San Francisco, by Coit tower, down over Lombard Street, to Alcatraz and over the ballpark.”

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Giants Executive Vice President Larry Baer at left.

The donated trees will help Newsom’s City greening plan of 5,000 trees planted in the city every year between 2006 and 2011.

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Meanwhile, the Giants and Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced the completion of the solar energy system installation at AT&T Park.

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The panels at AT&T Park, the first ballpark in Major League Baseball (MLB) with a solar system, now provide up to 122 kilowatts of renewable energy for PG&E’s customers in San Francisco and throughout its service area.

“The solar installation at AT&T Park is a milestone for all major U.S. sporting venues,” said Peter Magowan, Giants president and managing general partner.

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Peter McGowan, left, with PG&E CEO Tom King.

“Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of using energy wisely and efficiently and about the need to develop and utilize renewable energy sources.”

The AT&T Park solar installation consists of 590 Sharp solar panels in three areas of AT&T Park– on the Port Walk along McCovey Cove, on the newly erected canopy over the Willie Mays pedestrian ramp, and on the roof of the Giants Building.

Once connected to the grid prior to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week festivities, the clean energy from these solar panels will flow directly to PG&E’s customers throughout northern and central California.

In addition to bringing PG&E’s customers more clean energy, the visibility and the location of the ballpark also serve as a way to raise awareness of the value of renewable power – especially in the fight against climate change.

PG&E is also looking in our home city of San Francisco and throughout our service area for other locations that will showcase the benefits of solar power.

“Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting our environment requires bold leadership and vision,” said Newsom.

“We applaud the Giants and PG&E for their commitment to solar energy and for their long-term focus on helping to make San Francisco the greenest city in the nation.”

“The completion of the AT&T Park solar installation reflects our shared vision with the Giants to make San Francisco the greenest city in the nation,” said Tom King, CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

“PG&E is committed to exploring innovative solutions, like solar, wave and tidal power, to increase the amount of renewable energy that we bring the City and County of San Francisco and all of the communities we serve.”

Since its inception, the Giants have made energy conservation a priority in AT&T Park’s design and daily operations.

The park was designed to be an energy efficient facility — utilizing fluorescent lighting, motion sensor lighting and energy management systems. The Giants and PG&E are also working together to identify additional ways to create energy-saving opportunities.

For example, the new Diamond Vision scoreboard will use 78% less energy than the ballpark’s original scoreboard. Additionally, PG&E and the Giants have launched a five-year public awareness campaign to educate and encourage Giants fans to use energy responsibly.

The completion of the solar installation at AT&T Park is the latest example of PG&E’s role in bringing solar power to San Francisco. PG&E has committed to spending more than $7.5 million on solar installations throughout the city, including its own service center.

In addition, PG&E is making charitable contributions of another $2.5 million to help non-profit organizations and schools in San Francisco install solar power. In January, the company helped the San Francisco LGBT Center install a 96 panel solar system and the company recently installed a solar panel at San Francisco’s A.P. Giannini Middle School.

PG&E has interconnected more than 15,000 customer-owned solar-generating systems to the power grid – representing more than 110 megawatts and more than any other utility in the nation. In San Francisco, PG&E has helped interconnect almost 600 of these solar systems. For more information on PG&E’s environmental efforts, please visit www.pge.com/environment.

Visit www.letsgreenthiscity.com and www.pge.com.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – Retrospective of photographer’s work at the de Young Museum, July 7th – September 23rd

Exhibit at Herbst Exhibition Galleries includes major works from 1976 to the present.

By Seán Martinfield

San Francisco, June 29th, 2007 — The extraordinary 30-year career of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948, Japan) is celebrated in this collection of 120 luminous photographs, made from 1976 to the present. This presentation constitutes the first major survey of Sugimoto’s oeuvre and includes such iconic works as Chrysler Building, 1997, and Ligurian Sea, Frumura, 1993.

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CHRYSLER BUILDING, 1997 and LIGURIAN SEA, FRUMURA, 1993 – Hiroshi Sugimoto. Courtesy of the artist.

One of Japan’s most important contemporary artists, Sugimoto is known for his ongoing, multiple series of hauntingly beautiful black-and-white photographs, which explore the themes of time, memory, dreams, and natural histories. Working with a large-format camera, his glowing images range from the starkly minimal to the richly detailed, and are often suffused with expanses of light and space.

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO is co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. The exhibition includes examples of the series that Sugimoto began in the mid-1970s, “Dioramas and Movie Theaters”, which are views of natural history displays and the screens and architecture of cinemas, as well as images from “Seascapes and Portraits”, started in the 1980s and 1990s, respectively. The seven photographs in “Portraits” include images that were taken at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London of wax models of Henry VIII and his six wives. Sugimoto painstakingly “remade” them to look like the original paintings from which they were modeled by isolating them from their surroundings in the wax gallery and employing lighting techniques similar to those that the painters might have used. Another photograph, The Music Lesson (1999) further elaborates on the connection between painting and photography. It depicts a wax re-creation of Johannes Vermeer’s painting The Virginal with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson), 1662–1664, which was thought to have been created with the aid of a camera obscura.

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HENRY VIII and ANNE BOLEYN, 1999 – Hiroshi Sugimoto. Courtesy of the artist.

Nine works from Sugimoto’s more recent Architecture series are also featured. These blurred, almost dream-like images conjure the moment when an architect’s inspiration begins to coalesce into a vision. In a special tribute to the architects of the new de Young Museum, Sugimoto has included for the San Francisco showing Signal Box–Herzog & de Meuron (1998), a photograph of the copper-clad building in Basel, Switzerland that was a model for the de Young.

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THE MUSIC LESSONS – Vermeer (left) and Sugimoto (right)

The show also presents Sea of Buddha, 1995 which is comprised of 48 photographs of 1001 Buddhist sculptures, taken in the 12th-century Sanjusangen-do temple in Kyoto. These images were made under conditions that recreated the splendor of the original Heian period installation, but the serial repetition of the sculptures reminded Sugimoto of certain qualities of 20th-century art, and his photographs link them to aesthetic techniques of 1970s minimalism. Like Sea of Buddha, the series Conceptual Forms, which was begun in 2004, encapsulates the artist’s interest in tangible models as points of entry into spiritual theoretical concepts. The eight photographs in the Conceptual Forms series, Mechanical Forms, 2004 and the three-dimensional piece La Boile en Valise (The Wooden Box), 2004, also pay homage to the influence of Marcel Duchamp on Sugimoto. “Art resides even in things with no artistic intentions,” he has said of these works.

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HIROSHI SUGIMOTO. Courtesy of the artist.

Hiroshi Sugimoto has designed each of the four museum installations in the tour of his retrospective. His experiences working with the architectural challenges of curved walls at the signature Bunshaft-designed Hirshhorn Museum inspired his decision to create a curved wall for the installation of ten Seacapes photographs at the de Young Museum. They will be shown in a dramatic space lit by special frame projectors that create window-like vistas onto a seemingly endless sea.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue titled HIROSHI SUGIMOTO. Published by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, in association with Hatje Cantz Publishers. Black-and- white and color illustrations, 338 pages; hardcover $96; paperbound, $35.
To purchase, click here: Museum Stores.

For more information on the de Young and HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: EXHIBITIONS

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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BUDGET COMMITTEE approves 99.25% of City Budget proposed by mayor

The Budget and Finance Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last night gave the go-ahead to 99.25% of the City budget proposed by Mayor Newsom.

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“The budget committee approved 99.25% of the budget that I proposed on June 1,” said Newsom.

“Board President Aaron Peskin and his committee deserve credit for supporting our shared priorities: paving our streets, strengthening public safety, improving Muni service, and combating homelessness.”

Newsom unveiled his “Back To Basics” budget on June 1. The full Board of Supervisors will consider the committee’s recommendations on July 17.

Streets

The committee gave the go-ahead to Newsom’s new investment of $5.4 million more for street repaving over last year, for a total of $36.4 million. This investment, for the first time, meets the city’s repaving needs.

Public Safety

The committee approved Newsom’s public safety priorities by adding 250 new police officers, augmenting the 354 new officers that have been added since 2004. The committee also approved 12 new park patrol officers in Golden Gate Park.

Homelessness

The committee agreed to Newsom’s request to double the number of Homeless Outreach Team members, and to invest $500,000 to create a Community Justice Center, one of Newsom’s signature initiatives. The center will address low-level offenses like panhandling, littering, and graffiti, and provide rehabilitative services.

Muni

The committee has approved Newsom’s Muni budget, which will fill 135 Muni operator positions and add 18 street managers. The Muni fleet will be improved with 86 new hybrid buses, and a $2.5 million upgrade will be made to the light rail vehicle fleet. The budget also invests $10 million in customer service improvements.

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JESSE JACKSON reflects at San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on King Assassination and American children lost every year to gun violence

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the moment of the King Assassination, visits San Francisco King Memorial Thursday.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The Reverend Jesse Jackson yesterday linked present day loss of American children to gun violence with memories of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.

Jackson made the remarks following his visit to the San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens.

“I was there when those words were spoken,” Jackson reflected to the Sentinel.

“Everytime I see them writ large it reminds me of just how painful it was to be with him when he was shot.

“To see him lying on the balcony bleeding with a bullet piercing his neck, ripping off his necktied, and blowing out his heart.

“How the man of non-violence was shot down by violence.

“And as it says in the words inscribed on the wall, in the end that evil will not triumph — that good will prevail if good men and women stand up.

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“He said out options were non-violence or non-existence.

“Today we have the tragedy of more children under 12 being killed a year than we’ve lost those in Iraq in four years.

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“We must go another way.”

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The San Francisco Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated behind a majestic waterfall fifty 50 feet high and twenty 20 feet wide which cascades over Sierra granite.

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Photo courtesy Yerba Buena Gardens

The memorial includes back-lit photos from the civil rights movement and twelve shimmering glass panels set in granite and inscribed with Dr. King’s inspiring words.

The poems are translated into the languages of San Francisco’s 13 international sister cities, as well as African and Arabic dialects.

The memorial is anchored at one end with a carved image of Dr. King and at the other with an image of San Francisco’s community leaders during the 20th anniversary of the March in Golden Gate Park. The Memorial embraces Dr. King’s vision of peace and international unity, and is the second largest Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in the United States next to the King Center in Atlanta, GA.

Jackson was in San Francisco to attend the Thursday annual dinner of the Legal Community Against Violence founded after the July 1, 1993 San Francisco 101 California Street massacre.

JESSE JACKSON ON MARTIN LUTHER KING

AUGUST 28 1963 MARTIN LUTHER KING – I HAVE A DREAM

See Related: Street Violence

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.

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JUNE 29 VIDEO OF THE DAY Always – Don’t stare at old people

Video of The Day
ALWAYS

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JUNE 29 BIRTHDAY LORE
You have an alert mind and think deeply. You are forceful and determined and have good, sound judgment. You are uncommunicative but have a quick and violent temper and love with the same impulsiveness and intensity. To be completely happy, you need someone on whom you can lavish your affections.

JUNE 29 IS A BEST DAY
Today is a good day to go camping.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 29
Feed caraway seeds to pigeons to help them find their way home.

TIP FOR JUNE 28
Few people know how to be old. Don’t stare.

WORD FOR JUNE 29
Skyscraper. Definition: A skysail of a triangular form. A name for the one of the fancy sails alleged to have been sometimes set above the skysail. Hence, anything usually large, high, or excessive.

JUNE 29 HISTORY
Died: Lana Turner (actress), 1995. Hurricane Alice dumped 27 inches of rain on the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, 1954.

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy early, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind between 13 and 21 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 55. West southwest wind 18 to 21 mph decreasing to between 5 and 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West northwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 8 and 11 mph. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Today: Partly cloudy, with a high near 69. West wind between 9 and 15 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. West wind between 9 and 18 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West northwest wind between 11 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 67. West wind between 11 and 21 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Independence Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19, 27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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Homeowners and businesses can neutralize carbon emissions through new PG&E program

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Homeowners and businesses can now neutralize their carbon emissions through new forrestry planting in equivalent offset amount to combat global warming, Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Tom King details to symposium of independent experts.
PHOTOS BY DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Ever wonder how much your little spot on the globe — your home or your building — is pumping carbon emissions into the nightmare of global warming?

Easy calculation of your emissions “footprint” became possible Thursday through a program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The calculation also determines the exact amount forrestry needed to neutralize your home or business carbon emissions, and to pay for planting new forrestry in equavilent offset.

Monthly cost to the average California homeowner is estimated at $5 or less for those signing up.

In the United States, the world’s largest contriubtor to global warming carbon emissions, studies indicate 70% of American carbon emissions from power usage of buildings and homes.

Termed ClimateSmart, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) spearheads the program, explained yeterday in a forum by PG&E Chief Executive Officer Tom King.

“The launch of Climate Smart represents a major milestone in educating and engaging our customers in the fight against climate change,” King told a symposium of independent experts convened on the Presidio at the Golden Gate Club.

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“When coupled with our clean energy portfolio and leading energy efficiency programs, ClimateSmart empower our customers with another tool to manage their carbon footprint,” King continued.

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HOW IT WORKS

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“We can prevent the most devastating consequences of global warming, but only if we act swiftly and decisively to reduce global warming emissions,” said Karen Douglas, director of the California Climate Initiative of Environmental Defense.

By meeting strict standards for offsets, the ClimateSmart program will engage individuals and businesses as part of the solution in the fight on global warming.”

PG&E has enrolled as the first participant in ClimateSmart by committing more than $1.5 million of shareholder funding over the next three years to make the energy use in the company’s offices, service centers, maintenance facilities and other company buildings completely climate neutral.

To date, more than 700 PG&E employees and residential and business customers have joined ClimateSmart in an early enrollment effort. Participating customers include Longs Drugs Stores, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, New Resource Bank, Bear Valley Mountain Resort, Waldeck’s Office Supply, The Front Porch restaurant, and the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy.

PG&E anticipates that ClimateSmart will receive approximately $20 million in its first three years, with a goal of removing two million tons of CO2 from the air. This reduction would be the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road for one year.

“Through our commitment to sustainability, we have taken a number of steps to become carbon neutral by implementing energy efficiency around the brewery, installing four 250 kilowatt fuel cells and a 500 kilowatt solar array,” said Ken Grossman, Owner and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

“We have also taken this opportunity to remove our carbon emissions from electricity and natural gas via ClimateSmart. We are excited about this one-of-a-kind program and the potential for greenhouse gas reductions. PG&E has taken the lead on power utility accountability and we are looking forward to working with PG&E to make this program a success.”

PG&E will select voluntary greenhouse gas offset projects through a formal, competitive process based on established practices and standards used to govern the company’s purchase of renewable and conventional energy supplies.

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In order to qualify, all of the projects must be located in California and must be certified under the stringent criteria and protocols developed by an independent non-profit organization, the California Climate Action Registry.

“ClimateSmart’s focus on transparency, accountability, and environmental protection provides a great example for all carbon offset programs,” said Diane Wittenberg, President of the California Climate Action Registry.

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Dianne Wittenberg

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In coordination with today’s launch, PG&E issued its first “request for offers” for 250,000 tons of GHG offsets from California projects in the forest and livestock manure management sectors. Contingent upon approval by the CPUC, PG&E will consider bids from the manure management sector, for which the Registry issued stringent project reporting and certification protocols this month. PG&E will also seek to include other types of investments to augment forestry and manure management as the Registry develops additional criteria and protocols.

The competitive bidding process, which will include a bidders’ conference on July 16th, will be open until July 30th. Early in 2008, PG&E will make its first selections and subsequent investments. All of the emission reductions that PG&E will invest in on behalf of its customers will be permanently retired.

For more information on the ClimateSmart competitive selection process and to download a copy of the “2007 Request for ClimateSmart Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project Offers,” click here.

The program will be reviewed annually by independent auditors and PG&E will regularly report program results to the CPUC, as well as to all participating customers.

In addition, PG&E created a ClimateSmart External Advisory Group — consisting of recognized leaders from a wide range of community and environmental groups, businesses and government agencies — to provide independent counsel and guidance.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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DAVID TOERGE
Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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JUNE 28 VIDEO OF THE DAY Pirates of Universal Health Care – Thumb positioning to avoid Satan

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PIRATES OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

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JUNE 28 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are blithe, poetic, and sometimes volatile. You love with ardor and sincerely, and though you are changeable in other things, your love is steadfast. You are a true and loyal friend and make many willing sacrifices on behalf of others you love.

JUNE 28 IS A BEST DAY
Today is a good day to set posts.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 28
Never walk under a ladder, which is Satan’s territory. If you must do it, cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).

TIP FOR JUNE 28
Use small fish, such as minnows, when fishing for pike or pickerel.

WORD FOR JUNE 28
Altocumulus cloud. Definition: Gray or white layer of patches of solid cloud with rounded shapes.

JUNE 28 HISTORY
Born: John Cusack (actor), 1966. Laughlin, Nevada, reached 124 degrees F, 1994

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Today: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy early, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind between 13 and 21 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 55. West southwest wind 18 to 21 mph decreasing to between 5 and 8 mph. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West northwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 8 and 11 mph. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. West wind between 8 and 16 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

Independence Day: Sunny, with a high near 73.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19, 27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

See Related: HEALTH CARE

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NAN KEMPNER – American Chic

Native San Franciscan’s ultra-fabulous collection of couture clothing now at the de Young Museum

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Now on exhibit through November 11th, NAN KEMPNER: AMERICAN CHIC. The style of Nan Kempner – noted fashion icon, couture connoisseur, San Francisco native, and member of The Best Dressed List’s Hall of Fame – will be shown at the de Young Museum this summer. Kempner (1930–2005) started collecting couture clothing 50 years ago when she was a young woman living in San Francisco. At the time of her death, she owned one of the foremost private couture collections in the country, with garments from Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta in her closet.

NAN KEMPNER: AMERICAN CHIC displays nearly 75 of the thousands of ensembles and accessories she possessed. More than 25 of the garments are exclusive to the de Young exhibition. The late fashion editor and arbiter Diana Vreeland said, “There’s no such thing as a chic American woman…the one exception is Nan Kempner.” This exhibition displays Kempner’s seemingly effortless chic style and ability to mix designer labels and formal and informal clothes.

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From the closets of Nan Kempner – Evening Gowns by Yves Saint Laurent and Madame Grès

“Nan Kempner’s eclectic style was uniquely American. She was known for putting couture jackets with Levi’s blue jeans. It’s a common practice today, but back when she started doing it, it was revolutionary,” says John E. Buchanan, Jr., Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Fashion is one of the earliest forms of self-expression. Nan Kempner was one of those people who made dressing and fashion an art form.”

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Partying tres chic – Actor Matthew Modine and Nan Kempner

When Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, remarked that Nan had “archives in her closet” he was not simply commenting on the size of her collection, but the insightfulness of her collecting. Kempner, who missed only one runway season in 55 years, was widely considered to be among the most highly informed authorities in fashion. Her knowledge stemmed from her respect of couture craftsmanship and was fueled by her unbridled passion for clothes. In turn, her archives preserved some of the most iconic outfits of mid-20th century couture.

Other designers represented include John Galliano for Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi, Donna Karan, and Emanuel Ungaro. Accessories designs and jewelry by JAR, Verdura, Kenneth Jay Lane, and others are also on view.

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NAN KEMPNER – Oh, the Lady In Red!

Valentino said, “Nan always looks so wonderful in my clothes, because she had a body like a hanger.” The thin, elegant blonde was said to be the inspiration for the term “social X-ray” in Tom Wolfe’s novel BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES. In addition to her style, her fondness for shopping, and her consummately thin frame, Kempner was known for her sharp wit and love of parties. “You know me,” she once said, “I’d go to the opening of a door.”

NAN KEMPNER: AMERICAN CHIC originated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The San Francisco presentation at the de Young Museum is sponsored by Merrill Lynch and Bonhams & Butterfields.

DE YOUNG VISITOR INFORMATION

The de Young Museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, modern and contemporary art, art from Central and South America, the Pacific and Africa.

Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 youths 13-17 and students with college I.D. Members and children under 12 are free. The first Tuesday of every month is free.
For more information:
de Young Museum
Legion of Honor
Visit the Museum Store

Become a member! The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offer a wide-variety of membership programs. For example, the Family Membership plan is fully tax deductible and offers unlimited free admission for four adults and children under 18 to the permanent collections of the de Young and Legion of Honor. Additional benefits include unlimited free admission to each special ticketed exhibition, 10% discount in the Museum Stores, a free one-year subscription to Fine Arts and the Members’ Guide to Programs, invitations to special members’ only events and – best of all – special programs just for families.
Click here for more information on the various plans: Browse Membership

See Seán’s recent articles:
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GIOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
Iphigénie en Tauride –Everything old is new again at SF Opera
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
$55 MILLION – This Pacific Heights Mansion Is YOURS!
LE PETIT TRIANON – San Francisco Artists Exhibit at Her Majesty’s Pleasure
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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JUNE 27 VIDEO OF THE DAY Hold That Tiger – Rub corn on your warts

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HOLD THAT TIGER

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JUNE 27 BIRTHDAY LORE
Your devotion to your life partner is demonstrative and supreme. You home life is pointed out as ideal. You are kind, generous, and loving, and with your high ideals and ambition, you will generally succeed.

JUNE 27 IS A BEST DAY
Today is a good day to pour concrete.

ADVICE FOR JUNE 27
DON’T SPEND LESS on a brush than the cost of a gallon of paint. (The term throwaway brush should not be in your vocabulary.)

TIP FOR JUNE 27
To get rid of a wart, rub it with an ear of corn.

WORD FOR JUNE 27
Clodhopper. Definition: A rude, rustic fellow.

JUNE 27 HISTORY
Born: Helen Keller (author, lecturer), 1880. It rained fish at Tiller’s Ferry, South Carolina, after a heavy shower, 1901.

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Today: Cloudy through mid morning, then clearing, with a high near 65. West wind between 10 and 16 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 54. West wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 66. West wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.

Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a high near 68. West southwest wind between 5 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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PLAN YOUR BEST JUNE DAYS

Begin diet to gain weight: 16, 21, 19, 24

Begin diet to lose weight: 3, 8, 6,10

Begin logging: 1, 3, 4, 27, 28, 30

Breed animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Castrate animals: 2, 3, 5, 6, 29, 30

Cut hair to discourage growth: 9, 10, 11, 12

Cut hair to encourage growth: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Cut hay: 6, 7, 9, 10

Destroy pests and weeds: 6, 7, 9, 10

End projects: 13, 24

Entertain: 15, 15, 28, 19

Go camping: 1, 25, 26, 28, 29

Go to the dentist: 17, 18, 20, 21

Graft or pollinate: 13, 14, 15, 16

Harvest aboveground vegetables: 17, 18, 20, 21

Harvest belowground vegetables: 11, 12, 9, 10

Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Plant aboveground vegetables: 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Plant belowground vegetables: 4, 5, 7, 8, 13

Potty train children: 3, 8, 6, 10

Prune to discourage growth: 6, 7, 9, 10

Prune to encourage growth: 18, 19, 25, 26,

Quit smoking: 3, 6, 8, 10

Set chicken eggs: 2, 11, 12, 13, 19,27, 31

Set posts or pour concrete: 1, 2, 4, 27, 28, 30

Slaughter animals: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Start projects: 15, 26

Wean animals and children: 2, 6, 8, 10

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Iphigénie en Tauride – Everything old is new again at SF Opera

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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SUSAN GRAHAM, mezzo-soprano – another day for Iphigénie, en Tauride. Photos by Terrence McCarthy

So it was written, so it was done. The 18th Century is once again cool and Iphigénie en Tauride is way-avant-garde at San Francisco Opera. A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, this 228-years and few weeks old composition is as captivating as it was the night it premiered in Paris with Queen Marie Antoinette in attendance. As patron (and former student) of the composer, Christoph Willibald Gluck, her majesty would have thrilled at the revolutionary components of the opera’s musical structure and delighted in the Company’s novel sense of fashion and chic.

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MARIE ANTOINETTE, Student and Patron of CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK, Composer

San Francisco Opera concludes its summer series with this glorious example of Rococo opera and we gasp at the production’s equally daring designs, stage direction and choreography. Under the baton of conductor Patrick Summers the cast and choruses are straight from the heights of Olympus itself. Dance Master Lawrence Pech assumes command over the choreography established by Phillipe Giraudeau. Pech’s on-stage Euripidean Chorus is mostly of the non-singing variety; a lythe and histrionic ensemble reperesenting Scythian (now southern Russian) warriors, maidens, votives of Diana, and a flutter of Furies. Gluck’s Chorus, along with the goddess-like presence of Adler Fellow Heidi Melton (as “Diana”, goddess of the hunt) remain in civic and celestial harmony off-stage.

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LAWRENCE PECH, Choreographer and DIANA, Protectress – A touch of the divine

San Francisco Opera fans know and adore mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. A former Merola Opera Program alumna, Ms. Graham was last seen as “Sister Helen” in Jack Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING. Her vocal rendering of “Iphigénia” is lyrically powerful and consistent. Under the brilliant eye of director Jean Michel Criqui she presents an intelligible array of gargantuan complexities as only the Ancient Greeks and Euripides could conjur. Another of Susan Graham’s performances as “Iphigénie” was captured live at the 2000 Salzburg Festival and released as a CD on the Orfeo lable. In SF Opera’s 2008 summer season she will sing the title role in Handel’s ARIODANTE.

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SUSAN GRAHAM – Iphigénie en Tauride. Photos by Terrence McCarthy

Bo Skovhus as “Oreste” is a Danish-variety heldenbaritone. Mr. Skovhus is capable of large and volatile output and yet calls up a tender sweetness. The handsome Skovhus is also possessed of a trim athletic build and is at home with such sexually conflicted characters as DON GIOVANNI and BILLY BUDD. Teamed with the equally appealing presence and musicianship of Paul Groves as “Pylades”, the scene and duet of “Ah! Mon ami” pushed a number of buttons throughout the house. Each character is willing to sacrifice his life for the other. But Diana, goddess of the moon, will have none of it. She has much more in mind for both of them. Paul and Bo are that rare team of tenor and baritone where vocal timbres and spiritual temperaments spark fantastical wonderment and heart-felt longing. Likewise, the team of Robert Merrill and Richard Tucker created many similar moments in such buddy-duets as, “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s opera Les Pecheurs des Perles .

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PYLADE & ORESTE – big task, big sell

Mark S. Doss was outstanding as “Thoas”. Mark’s strong and authoritative bass-baritone voice is rich and bright throughout the entire range, his warm vibrato sensual and inviting. He is a handsome and formidable presence, perfectly cast as the tormented King of Tauris who believes that ritual sacrifice must befall any alien attempting to enter his kingdom. In his Act One aria, “De noirs pressentiments mon âme intimidée”, Doss displayed the strapping bravado within his voice and the vigor and grandeur of a Classical actor. The proof is in the listening. Mark recently performed “Escamillo” (CARMEN) and “Alidoro” (LA CENERENTOLA) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Complete renditions of the arias “Votre Toast” and “La Del Ciel” are available on Mr. Doss’ website .

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MARK S. DOSS, bass-baritone – as Thoas, Roi de Tauride

To order tickets on-line:
Tuesday, June 26th, 8:00 PM
Friday, June 29th, 8:00 PM

Seán suggests the following CDs and DVDs for your enjoyment:

CDBO SKOVHUS, Arias
CDSUSAN GRAHAM, Arias by Berlioz
CDIPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE – Featuring Paul Groves and Susan Graham
CDFLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS – Featuring Mark S. Doss
DVDAÏDA – Featuring Mark S. Doss (Amonasro)
DVDWERTHER – Featuring Susan Graham (Charlotte)

See Seán’s recent articles:
DER ROSENKAVALIER – A Viennese Bon-Bon At San Francisco Opera
JERSEY BOYS – Earth Angels invade Curran Theatre! Cast #2: Their Eyes Adore You!
An Interview with PASCAL MOLAT – Principal Soloist, San Francisco Ballet
DAVID GOCKLEY’S “DON GOVANNI” – Semper Fi!
NORMA SHEARER – Headlines the 12th ANNUAL SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
JEANETTE MacDONALD – First Lady of “San Francisco”
SAMSON vs DELILAH at AT&T Park – Can Stadium Survive Biblical Shearing?
LA VIE EN ROSE (La Môme) – Biography of Edith Piaf – A Sensation at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival
SPIDER-MAN 3, An All-American Cinematic Marvel
JOAN of ARC – Dolora Zajick, A Simmering Success!
THE DAMNATION OF FAUST – Absolute Heaven at Davies Symphony Hall
$55 MILLION – This Pacific Heights Mansion Is YOURS!
LE PETIT TRIANON – San Francisco Artists Exhibit at Her Majesty’s Pleasure

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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