Riptide correspondent Mark Stechbart says the building is completely boarded up. It's at the corner of Broadway & 27th Street in Oakland, an Audi used-car lot. See the Google street view. Preservationists hope to save and restore Biff's to its former glory; vote early and often for Biff's online at the link below:
Thousands of Californians like the arts, even when they're doing their taxes. At least that's the indication from the more than 10,000 taxpayers who donated over $160,000 to the Arts Council Fund on their tax returns in 2011 to support arts for California's children and communities. The "Tax Checkoff for the Arts" program continues in 2012, and the California Arts Council has set a goal of at least $250,000 in donations.
"The Tax Checkoff for the Arts program gives most Californians an easy and very direct way to improve arts and cultural programs in the state," says Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council. "Even small donations add up in ways that help keep the arts alive in our schools and local communities."
The 2011 tax return form (to complete in 2012) from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will allow California taxpayers to contribute to the "Arts Council Fund" in the "Voluntary Contribution" portion of the form. The Arts Council Fund was included after the passage of SB 1076 by Senator Curren Price in 2009, citing the importance of the arts for California and the anticipated desire by Californians to directly contribute to the arts.
Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should tell their tax preparers about contributing to the California Arts Council, and encourage others to pursue this opportunity to support California arts.
Individuals interested in detailed information on the Franchise Tax Board's voluntary contribution should contact Marilyn Nielsen, deputy director, at 916-322-6404 or email@example.com. For more information on the California Arts Council, please go to www.arts.ca.gov. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Vice Chair William Turner, Wylie Aitken, Michael Alexander, Andrew Green, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, Susan Steinhauser, and Rosalind Wyman.
Most of you know me from the traditional jazz world, but many of you do not know about my other "career" as an artist. I recently joined ArtsyHome.com. an outlet for all kinds of home decor-related objects and artwork, and I just received word that I was the "Featured Artisan" recently at:
Sculptor Jerry Barrish's once-a-year party at his Dogpatch studio gives pals a chance to admire his figurative junk sculptures while chowing down on hot dogs from a Let's Be Frank cart. Barrish is a filmmaker-artist-bail bondsman, not an everyday combination. The art lovers at his party included at least one writer who said he'd used Barrish's bail services, too, but the polite host couldn't recall, saying only, "I don't invite my clients." Film connoisseurs Janis Plotkin and William Farley are making a documentary about Barrish. (item in Leah Garchik's column, San Francisco Chronicle, November 10, 2011)
Arts, Culture and Californians, a report published by the Irvine Foundation, takes a look at California’s “arts ecology.” The foundation says:“This new research illustrates that arts and culture plays a significant role in the daily lives of Californians. The state is noteworthy for the avid participation of its people, the diversity and abundance of its arts organizations and the varied regional characteristics of its arts sector. California’s regions reflect distinctive populations, participation rates, numbers and types of arts and culture organizations, and levels of arts funding.”
After nearly 12 years, the Janice Rowell Gallery in Rockaway Beach has closed its doors. It has been our great joy to present fine contemporary American art and craft here for all these years. Thanks to those of you in our community who have given us much appreciation and support. We will continue to be involved in Pacifica's arts community and maintain our web presence at janicerowellgallery.com.
Janice & Don Rowell Janice Rowell Gallery firstname.lastname@example.org 650-355-5060
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD: 4D ELEMENT EXPLAINED HOLLYWOOD REPORTER August 17, 2011 "Spy Kids: All The Time In The World In 4D" is upping the ante when it comes to multiple dimensions. Robert Rodriguez's fourth installment in his Spy Kids franchise, which stars Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven, hits theaters Friday, where it will be available in 4D. So what exactly can moviegoers expect from the added dimension? The experience actually will feature "Aroma-Scope," a sort of scratch-and-sniff feature that allows audiences to not only watch but also smell along with the movie. What happens is, moviegoers will get a postcard that includes eight numbered squares, according to the Los Angeles Times. When a number pops up on the screen, viewers will know to scratch that particular square, releasing a scent. The feature will propel each moviegoer's "nose first into the fourth dimension," Rodriguez said. But let the scratch-and-sniffer beware: The director said he came up with the idea to add the feature to the latest Spy Kids after inhaling the smell of Alba's baby's diaper. But, he added, the audience has the ultimate control over whether they want to inhale whatever scent awaits. "The nice thing about cards is, if you don't want to smell you don't have to," he said. "You're doing it by your own willpower." Additionally, the extra feature isn't adding anything to the ticket price above the 3D.
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.
Mary Harris, 93, climbs 160 steps from her house in Pacifica to get to the road. (Photo: Alex Washburn/The Chronicle)
Mary Harris, 93, of Pacifica must climb a hillside stairway to get from her beachfront home to civilization. She hikes out, then walks half a mile to catch public transit to San Francisco. It's all in the service of Democratic World Federalists, a peace organization where she has been the volunteer secretary for 20 years.
Why: Our road to Shelter Cove went out in 1982. My walking and climbing those stairs to do my volunteer work is a small price to pay.
Greatest accomplishment: Making two full round trips when I forgot my backpack a few months ago. This meant walking all the way back to my house. It is 160 steps to the base of the hill, then 160 stairs to the top. I still made it to the bus stop on time.
Gear you can't live without: Sturdy shoes, a backpack and books about world federation and the great need for it to end war.
Where you train: I probably "trained" in Paris from 1966 to 1968, walking up seven flights in an apartment without an elevator.
Time you get up in the morning: 6 when I do my volunteer work.
Best time to train: Whenever I leave my house.
Most annoying thing people assume about athletes in your sport: That I'm a mountain climber.
Advice you'd give a rookie: Walk a lot, eat and drink moderately, and watch your step. Have a purpose in your life greater than just yourself.
This article appeared April 4 on page E-2 of the San Francisco Chronicle.
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