Fans of old TV shows are in luck. Especially if you like action and drama, you can find reruns of I Spy, Starsky and Hutch, The Saint, Perry Mason, The Untouchables, and Police Story. There are also plenty of comedies and sitcoms. In addition to long-running cable stations like TV Land and Nick at Night (Nickolodeon), oldies TV stations are popping up all over the country: Retro TV, TV Me, Antenna TV. Here in Comcast Monopoly Country, check out channel 21. Good fun. Break out the popcorn and fire up the Tivo.
We're no architects, but we find this proposed design for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University more than a bit elephantine. What do you think? Click "Comments" and post your opinion.
Arts License Plate fees may be considered charitable contributions to the California Arts Council for tax purposes – a boon for individuals and business owners who have the iconic sunset-and-palm-tree plates on their vehicles and are helping support the Million Plates Campaign for the Arts: http://www.cac.ca.gov/artsnews/prdetail.php?id=69
Arts lovers should keep "tax day" in 2011 in mind for a great way to help the arts in the Golden State. Californians interested in increasing funding for arts programs throughout the state now have a way to directly contribute to the California Arts Council through their annual tax refunds. The 2010 tax return form from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will allow California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children and communities. The Arts Council is included on the 2010 "Voluntary Contribution" portion of the FTB tax return after the passage of SB 1076 in 2009 by Senator Curren Price. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should reach out to their tax preparers and express their desire to contribute to the California Arts Council, and encourage others to explore the opportunity to support California arts as well. Californians and/or their tax preparers can find the location for the Arts Council Fund donation space on page 3 of the printed form, at line item "415" under "Contributions." The individual contributions are then calculated and noted on line item 110. The California Arts Council has arts programs for children and communities throughout the state through its programs, including Artists in Schools, State-Local Partnerships in the Arts (for local arts agencies), Creating Public Value in the Arts, and Poetry Out Loud. A full list can be found at http://www.cac.ca.gov/maps/statemap.php?fiscal_year=2009-10. Individuals interested in detailed information on the Franchise Tax Board's voluntary contribution portion of FTB Form 540 Individual Tax Return should contact Marilyn Nielsen, Deputy Director, at 916-322-6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions and helpful guidelines will be forthcoming from the California Arts Council on how individual taxpayers can work with computerized tax systems to contribute to the Arts Council Fund as the information becomes available. For more information on the California Arts Council and the arts programs and organizations supported by the agency, please go to http://www.cac.ca.gov.
Most of these snakes are from driftwood I find on our Pacifica beaches, usually after a big storm. I use both airbrush and paintbrush; some have as many as 15 coats of enamel to get the desired effect. The wood will tell me what kind of snake it will be. I have more than 60 of these -- HELP!!!
Gino Gonzales (aka Gino the bartender at Sharp Park Restaurant)
Exploring Pacifica on foot, we always stop to admire the tidy suburban garages, their doors wide open, their occupants busy with projects in wood and metal, their tools and things neatly arranged on shelves and hooks. These would make fascinating pictures to post here on Riptide. Anyone want to photograph local mechanics, carpenters, and do-it-yourselfers doing their thing at home? We can't make you rich, but we can make you famous. Click the link on our top-right sidebar to email jpegs to us. Above is our first submission (photo caption below):
"My daughter Marley working on her 1935 Dodge truck project. She is using a Mig welder to box the frame rails. She hopes to have it on the road by the time she gets her license in a couple of years." (Matt Fuentes)
Pacifica Historical Society (PHS) has won another WAVE award for its Pacifica Community Television (PCT26) show Footprints of Pacifica. At the western regional conference of public access TV stations last weekend in Reno, the society was given the award for its show "Mary Harris at Shelter Cove." The half-hour documentary featured Mary, her artwork, and her wonderful, natural surroundings. The society has produced 93 shows on Pacifica history and will be part of the archives to be housed in the Little Brown Church Museum and Event Center.
Florey's Books invites you to read local author and film critic Dennis Willis' new book Flick Nation: 2010 Movie Yearbook, 2nd Edition, his latest compendium of more than 650 capsule movie reviews, including Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Shutter Island, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Robin Hood, Sex and the City 2, Splice, and dozens of direct-to-DVD titles not covered in other books. Willis also provides entertainment industry analysis, with subjects ranging from the explosion of 3D movies, Oscar's hits and misses, Hollywood's obsession with rebooting franchises, and Blu-ray's identity crisis. The 2ND EDITION is the most current movie book available, with coverage of the 2010 summer movie season. Flick Nation is an indispensable viewing guide with attitude! For more information about Dennis and his book, check out his websites:
Rob Schneider's new comedy album Registered Offender is available in our Amazon store at right (shop Amazon on Riptide and we get a commission. Or you can download it from iTunes: http://bit.ly/RSitunes
You can buy a DVD of the documentary film RememberingPlayland at the Beach from Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Museum, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $20. Or you can order it for $25 with a credit card by calling 510-232-4264, extension 24. The preview DVD sold at the Balboa cinema premiere did not include extras that are now in this full-length DVD.