San Francisco

SPCA Holiday Windows

How can you say no to these faces?

P1010181 SPCA volunteers Abby, Karson, Julia, and Cameron (not pictured) want you to donate to help animals this holiday season.

P1010173Every year, Macy’s San Francisco gives precious retail advertising space to the orphan animals of the SPCA. Not only do they ask passersby to donate for these poor little guys, they can actually adopt a pet right on the spot! Every animal has been medically screened, vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered. Each animal will come with a 30-day medical assistance plan at the SF/SPCA infirmary, plus a gift bag filled with samples, treats and valuable certificates from sponsor partners of The SF/SPCA and Macy's.

The window theme this year goes along with Macy’s “Believe” campaign. With the main window showing our favorite guy in red, the other pet windows show letters from children and pets to Santa. These pictures allow you to see some of the cute pets napping their day away in the cozy surroundings as passersby admire their holiday home. Shoppers in the Bay Area can check out the windows from now until January 3rd, 2010.

P1010172At www.sfspca.org, you can watch the animal webcam and donate from your pc.  If monetary support is not your cup of tea, they are also asking for volunteers to assist in the event’s success like the girls above .

Macy’s has been a holiday staple in San Francisco’s season for what seems like forever. The buildings spanning two city blocks on Union Square have long been the hub of December activity. Although the SPCA windows seem to be their main focus, their other displays do not disappoint.

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DVD Releases: March 11th, 2009

Out this week we have Milk to feature:

  • Milk:  Sean Penn stars in this fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city employee Dan White in 1978.  I can’t wait to see this movie, unfortunately my theater did not show it but now I can rent it.

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A Tour Of Holiday Windows In San Francisco

P1010231 Unfortunately, Saks Fifth Avenue has disappointed us yet again.  Their reputation of having the best windows with animated dolls and music are gone.  This is the second year they have done traditional model windows and I won't even bore you with the details.  I'm not sure why they are copping out.  Last year the excuse was Going Green, but it's evident that their reputation is declining. However, I will show you some images I enjoyed.  Here are my top holiday picks for the season:

  1. Macy's SPCA windows.  See my previous article for a full review:Holiday Consumerism To Benefit Homeless Animals P1010257
  2. SF Centre (Westfield Mall) Nordstrom.  Yes, they did start with a gorgeous building to begin with. P1010228 P1010227 P1010234
  3. Neiman Marcus Asian Snow Designs P1010249P1010251
  4. Tiffany & Co.  Ice sculpture designs
  5. Macy's Mens side- Interesting fabric snowflakes.  I'm not sure how they made these, but I want one!  You can't really tell from the picture that these babies are puffed out 3-d. P1010254

Do you have window design pictures from your hometown?  I'd love to see them.  Send them to me at: emzbox@sbclobal.net

Holiday Consumerism To Benefit Homeless Animals

Every year, Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco gets a visit from Santa and his little animals. These particular animals are homeless cats and dogs from the San Francisco SPCA.  P1010265 The window themes this year are the best I’ve seen. Each little fur ball is set in what appears to be the outside courtyard of a home. A miniature Victorian with ivy garland twirled around the balustrade and down the columns provides a cozy scene as you look into the house windows to find a decorated holiday tree. Another window is fitted with a more modern home façade with a mock waterfall in the front. There is also a log cabin style complete with rain boots out front as if someone has just come in from fishing.

Of course, the animals don’t care that they are in cute confines. They just want water, food, a warm place to sleep, and your love. Adoption fees for these critters go to support the San Francisco SPCA. Last year they raised a reported $37,000 and found homes for 277 pets.  P1010261

According to the SPCA website at www.sfspca.org, each animal comes with a 30 day gift of pet health insurance, a free dog or cat advice DVD, a leash and collar (for dogs) and discounts on most SF/SPCA training classes.  Adopters also receive a gift bag filled with samples, treats and valuable certificates from sponsor partners of The SF/SPCA and Macy’s.

Animals are on display from store opening to one hour before they close from now until January 1st.

If you don’t live in San Francisco, you can still see the animals live on KSFO sponsored webcams here: http://www.sfspca.org/adoption/macys.shtml

DreamCypher, the new album by the Cruxshadows

The new Cruxshadows CD came out today, I look forward to listening to and reviewing this album.The Cruxshadows are a bit pop for me, but in the wasteland of new Goth music, they are probably one of the best goth bands that are still making music.I must say, I love the cover, and the first single.
THE CRUXSHADOWS 2007 TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AYRIA

January 11th HAVOK AT CLUB NUMBERS HOUSTON, TX January 12th ELYSIUM AUSTIN TX January 13th THE SANCTUARY SAN ANTONIO TX January 15th LUCKY DEVILS EL PASO TX January 16th REAL BAR TEMPE, AZ *January 17th KNITTING FACTORY LOS ANGELES, CA

*January 21st CLUB DNA SAN FRANCISCO, CA *January 23rd THE FEZ BALLROOM PORTLAND, OREGON *January 25th SEATTLE, WA (TBA) *January 27th CLUB VEGAS SALT LAKE CITY, UT *January 28th CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM DENVER, CO

January 30th LIQUIDZ TULSA, OK

February 2nd OUTLAND NIGHT CLUB COLUMBUS, OH February 10th THE METRO CHICAGO, IL February 13th HAVEN (AT DIVA'S) NORTHAMPTON, MA **February 14th SHAMPOO NIGHTCLUB PHILADELPHIA, PA **February 15th THE HAUNT ITHACA, NY **February 16th NEW YORK CITY (TBA) **February 18th CLUB LIME WASHINGTON DC February 21st PITTSBURGH, PA (TBA)

*with added special guests EGO LIKENESS ** with added special guests ANGELSPIT

The Easiest, Most Dangerous Scandal Ever

Don't let people confuse you. The Jack Abramoff Scandal is a big deal and it is very easy to understand. Here are come quick links.

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff is talking to prosecutors, and many in Washington have reason to worry about what he will say. Abramoff, a Republican donor and $100,000 fundraiser for President Bush, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud. He also agreed to help investigators trying to piece together the scope of his lobbying and fundraising activities. Here, in question and answer form, is a look at the Abramoff case (USAToday):

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After John McCain passed his bill outlawing torture, there was much rejoicing. The constitution seemed to be working, and coequal branches of government were checking and balancing each other. We finally took a stand against the Imperial president... Then King George struck back:

After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a ''signing statement” -- an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law -- declaring that he will view the interrogation limits in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said (Boston Globe).

He What??? Congress passed a law against torture, and out Little King has decided he will enforce the law if he wants too!! No president should be allowed to do anything like this! His job is to enforce the law, not to make it! What is going on? Have we lost our soul as a country? Are we no longer a democrasy? We must work to stop this President from issuing more imperial power for himself.