Thursday, September 01, 2011

Party Tents and Public Mayhem



Tonight's Episode 22 of FotoTales documents the tents going up around Davies Hall and the San Francisco Opera House in anticipation of their opening night parties ten years ago.



Labor Day Weekend 2001 seemed to be full of mayhem, including an argument between the San Francisco Police and the San Francisco Fire Department over who was responsible for a belligerent chronic drunk making a spectacle of himself in the Castro District.



There was also a young man who discovered his stolen bike at Church and Market and who engaged in a public brawl with the thief...



...followed by a car crash at Gough and McAllister that involved a cab and a fire hydrant. You can see it all on Comcast Channel 29 at 7:30 PM or watch it anytime you want online by clicking here.

4 comments:

AphotoAday said...

Finally got a chance to watch that in the archives at:
http://www.bavc.org/fototales22
I used to know some followers of DaFreeJohn, who were into drinking their own urine. I'll pass for now...
Great sequence near the end of the gull. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I presume...
(((overused ellipsis in memory of Pauline Kael...)))

sfmike said...

Dear Donald: Yeah, it was Jonathan Livingston Seagullish, wasn't it? And did Pauline Kael use lots of ellipses? I don't even remember that detail about her writing.

AphotoAday said...

Oh Lord, one Xmas someone gave me a copy of J.L.Seagull. My cousin, my same age, belittled me for actually liking the book. Hell, I thought the book was cute...

Anyway, when we think of "three dot journalism" we of course think of it's originator -- Herb Caen -- but that was mostly just to divide his segments. But Pauline Kael was sometimes criticized for her for overuse of ...ellipses. English language frowns on the overuse of ...ellipses, so I'm told...

Of course, I am a total abuser of ellipses -- I use them to put space between my sentences... Of course, I don't use them when I'm writing a formal letter, but otherwise, I use ellipses a lot... My periods are usually always ellipses...

sfmike said...

Dear Donald: I think it was Walter Winchell in New York who was the model for Herb Caen and the rat-a-tat use of ellipses in a gossip column. Pauline's prose style is similarly punchy and funny and deeply informed, but it has something else which is an interesting mind simply roaming. Her essays/reviews are aging really well.