Guardian Intelligence: May 21 - 27, 2014
P>Because nothing screams "invest in healthcare" like an aging Sammy Hagar: The former Van Halen rocker teamed up with Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Pat Monahan, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and other rock 'n roll veterans for a special one-time acoustic show at The Fillmore May 15, benefiting the Pediatric Cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital — what organizers were calling the first annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" show. That's a lot of oversized egos for one stage, but hey, we can't knock rockin' for a good cause.
HAIL THE TRAIL
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail — still a work in progress, with 60 percent of the "ring around the Bay" having been completed — Sat/24, at a re-dedication of the Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historic Park visitor center in Richmond. The center houses exhibits dedicated to civilian efforts on the home front during World War II, embodied by the iconic female factory worker. The festive ceremony will be a vintage-themed affair, complete with WWII-era big band jazz, swing dancing, and a costume contest. And in a nod to our current century, the event will also unveil the first Bay Trail smartphone app. Let the summer hiking season begin! www.baytrail.org
PROP. 13 PRESSURE
Public policy group Evolve California sent out a survey to California candidates for public office, and discovered that a full 80 percent support reforming Prop. 13. The nearly four-decades-old law bases property taxes on purchase price, not current market value, and is often blamed for lost revenues that could go toward, say, rescuing California's public education system from the dregs. The vast majority of hopefuls running for federal, state, and local office said they'd support reassessing commercial properties at market value, as long as small businesses, homeowners, and renters remain protected.
GUTS OF THE CITY
A daylong conference Sat/31 will expose curious participants to some of the lesser-known aspects of city life: The design and planning of public transit, water systems, wireless networks, and other kinds of urban infrastructure. MacroCity, to be held at the Brava Theater on 24th Street in the Mission, will feature talks on everything from San Francisco's modern military ruins, to the city's transportation history, to water systems feeding San Francisco. Visit themacrocity.com for more.
One Bay to Breakers participant apparently heard the call of the wild, as the poncho-clad man was caught on video jumping into the Golden Gate Park bison paddock. Two officers arrested him in short order, and the SFPD Richmond station tweeted afterwards, "The bison seemed unimpressed."
San Francisco based porn star Eden Alexander was rushed to an emergency room after a near-fatal reaction to a common prescription drug. But when she tried using crowd-funding site Giveforward to cover the cost of her treatment, she was told by its payment operators, WePay, that her fundraiser would be cancelled because its terms state "you will not accept payments ... in connection with pornographic items." Alexander only sought funding for her medical costs.
Dust off your feather headdress — it's time yet again for Carnaval (Fri/23-Sun/25) when Harrison between 16th and 24th streets becomes one giant celebration of the music, dance, food, and art of Latin America. This year's theme is "La Rumba de la Copa Mundial," or a Celebration of the World Cup, which starts June 12 in Brazil. Sure, there'll be plenty of drunken revelry, but this is also a great showcase of the deep-rooted Latino arts scene that's holding on here, determinedly, even as the Mission changes: Look for the Arte Expo, featuring works from the Mexican Museum, Mission Cultural Center, Galleria de la Raza, Accion Latina, BRAVA, and Precita Eyes. The parade's on Sun/25; see www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org to plan your route.
Insanely talented Chinese pianist Yuja Wang drops in on our SF Symphony once a year to tickle the ivories and steal a few hearts. Seriously: Her annual appearance here has become an event as eagerly anticipated as the return of the swallows to Capistrano or a sweet, light beating at the Folsom Street Fair. This time around (Thu/22-Sun/25, www.sfsymphony.org) she'll be taking on Prokofiev's magical, romping Piano Concerto No. 1 and Litolff's whirling scherzo from Concerto Symphonique — a double treat for music lovers.
MEAT US SOON
We had doubts about 4505 Meats moving into the old Brother-in-Law BBQ #2 space on Divisadero — that hood moved upscale long ago, but a fancy BBQ in that particular space had the potential to be more sacrilegious than celebratory. Well, at least one local outlet is smitten: SFist has been drooling over 4505's $18 "Big Mac" — "two beef patties lovingly caressing a block of fried macaroni and cheese" — and "famed bacon-studded hot dogs wrapped in macaroni and cheese and then deep fried." We'll let you know how all that goes down, once we can afford it!