Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Happy Pride, Everyone

June 24, 2012

Pride Sunday



Happy Pride everyone, in San Francisco and points beyond. No, I’m not there (at SF Pride), I’m afraid. I’m at Temple Fine Coffee and Tea, seeking caffeine and kibble. As in, consuming the former and tryna bring home the latter. But rest assured, even from 85 miles away I’ll spend the next 6 days tryina get that unh-chah-unh-chah-unh-chah-unh-chah rhythm outta my head. Somebody play some Tchaikovsky for me?


How to Start a Revolution

October 20, 2011

The truly great documentary How to Start a Revolution screens again this weekend at SFIndie’s Docfest. This isn’t some abstract exploration of modern life; it’s an example of revolutions get made in places like Egypt. Give a damn about American politics, economic justice, Occupy Wall Street? I suggest you track this film down, or see it at Docfest if you can, and/or read Sharp’s classic text on non-violent revolution, From Dictatorship to Democracy.

(The film screens at the Roxie in San Francisco next Saturday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 26, both at 7:15pm.)

Here’s my review, from SFAppeal:

How to Start a Revolution

at SFIndie‘s San Francisco 10th Annual Documentary Film Festival (Docfest)

reviewed by Thomas S. Roche for SFAppeal:

How to Start a Revolution (Dir: Ruaridh Arrow, 2011) explores the world of Gene Sharp, an American Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of the influential book From Dictatorship to Democracy, which helped guide the leaders of revolutions in spots as far-flung as Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Burma, Thailand, Bosnia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Venezuela. Sharp’s seminal book is considered contraband anywhere that violent dictators quake in terror at the power of nonviolent protestors. Sharp has been called the “godfather” of nonviolent revolution, and many leaders of nonviolent movements have traveled to visit him.

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Mission Bazaar Next Weekend!

May 8, 2008

Mission Bazaar

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Next weekend, the San Francisco Armory, one of San Francisco’s coolest landmarks, is holding its first public event in 30 years. Organized by the producers of the Edwardian Ball and the spectra Ball, the Mission Bazaar is “a unique craft and performance expo that will showcase some of the Bay Area’s most vibrant creative talent.” The event will feature over 100 artists and craftspeople exhibiting creative products, artwork, clothing and accessories. Plus, 20 hours of live performance will feature music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs. Expect gypsy jazz, belly dance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar and more.

Building owner Peter Acworth said in a press release: “I am very glad that the Armory is able to contribute to the cultural vibrance of the Mission community. The Armory is a building that deserves to be opened to the public and I am delighted that the local community is getting involved.”

In addition to being a great arts event, this is a great opportunity to see the inside of the San Francisco Armory, a 200,000-square-foot reproduction of a Moorish Castle built in 1912-14 for the National Guard and used by them until 1976. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of use for this time, with a few important exceptions. Several spaceship interior scenes in Star Wars were shot there; until the mid-1990s, the San Francisco Opera used the drill court (the area where the Bazaar is being held) as a location for set construction and rehearsals. It’s the first public event at the building since the 1970s.

Mission Bazaar
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
The Armory
1800 Mission Street @ 14th, San Francisco
Admission: $5 at the door (Children 8 and under free)

For more information about the Mission Bazaar, go to
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