After a long courtship, private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management agreed to buy Safeway SWY -0.03% for over $9 billion on Thursday afternoon. Safeway, the 2nd-largest grocer in the US, will merge with Albertson’s, the 5th-largest grocer, which Cerberus bought from SuperValu last year. The deal will give Safeway shareholders an estimated $40 per share, including $32.50 in cash. The deal making may not be over soon, though. Kroger KR -0.71%, the country’s largest grocer (nearly twice as large as Safeway by revenue), is reportedly considering making its own offer for its competitor. The company previous outbid Cerberus for the Harris Teeter chain of supermarkets, paying $2.4 billion last summer. (Forbes)
Pierre Merkl III, Just Don’t, oil, 2009–2013, 30” x 40”
“Scenes, Schemes, and Genes (Skeins)” is an exhibit of paintings by Pierre Merkl III, curated by DeWitt Cheng. The artist and curator give a talk on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. Showing concurrently are “Portraits,” a group exhibit by the Art Guild of Pacifica; and “Galen Wolf: A Brush with History,” curated by Shannon Nottestad, who also edited Wolf’s book Legends of the Coastland. All exhibits run through March 30.
Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits (except opening nights). For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit Sanchez Art Center
Ask Pacifica City Council to adopt the Climate Action Plan to steeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• There is scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions by at least 25 percent before 2020 to avoid catastrophic climate change. • As a coastal city, Pacifica is especially vulnerable to sea level rise, stronger winter storms, and coastal erosion. Therefore, we must do our part to reduce emissions. • The State of California has adopted strong policies to reduce emissions, and counts on cities to do the same. • Nine cities in San Mateo County already have adopted climate plans. Another four, including Pacifica, have draft plans. • A Pacifica task force drafted a climate plan in 2012. City Council has yet to act on it.
The draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city website. Also, click the link below to read Cynthia Kaufman's report on the recent local screening of Shored Up, a documentary on sea level rise.
Pacifica Performances presents Windy Hill Bluegrass Band, Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Chosen as the California showcase band at the 2012 Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, Windy Hill is the new face of bluegrass on the West Coast. With their strong harmony, original songwriting, and hard-driving banjo, it is evident that these young men carry forward the tradition of authentic bluegrass music. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Student Members; youths under 18 are free. For more information, call 650.355.1882 or email email@example.com. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.
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Original and contemporary compositions and some hard-swinging standards led by Mike Galisatus, freelance trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay Area and Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo.
Band member credits include Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete Escovedo, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joe Louis Walker Jr., and many more.
Native San Franciscan Duane Lawrence’s rich baritone voice croons a smooth ballad, swings with the best, and belts out R&B tunes as heard in his group Lawrence Expressway Band. For more than 13 years, he was one of the featured vocalists with the 16-piece Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl’s and a featured vocalist with the fabulous Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band. He also credits more than 500 performances with the Starlight Orchestra at the historic Starlight Room.
Children's Celebration of Ethnic Dance, Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. $5 donation for adults, children free. Help us celebrate this very special event. Five children's dance ensembles whose communities have celebrated in festivals and music events at the Croatian American Cultural Center present their children dancing for the community. The dancers are from the Bulgarian, Croatian, Filipino, Hungarian, and Polish communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Assorted videos from past festivals. Enjoy!