NEW YEAR’S SAN FRANCISCO 2013 – Go to the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street (Pier 14) along the Embarcadero. The fireworks show starts at midnight and this is a free public event. Be prepared to wear a jacket and on your feet a long time, because there’s nowhere to sit, you’ll be standing a long time. I usually go onto my roof for ten minutes starting at midnight. Because I can see the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Oakland Hills and the sky above the Ferry Building. But, the hill blocks the view of the Embarcadero itself. Check out the video clip which shows the 2012 fireworks display along the waterfront!
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI – His most famous story was published in 1906. This is a holiday story about what happens to a modest couple on Christmas Eve. O Henry employs several literary techniques including situational irony and the number three, an allusion to the magi. The title is a reference to wise men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to Christ. He was prolific and considered to be amongst the top classic American writers. Yet, he wasn’t able to produce works of long form fiction (novels), other than collections of short works, such as The Four Million. The style of The Gift of the Magi is out of fashion, but I really appreciate the simplicity and a great twist ending. Since Christmas is a time of traditions spend a bit of time with a classic. Happy Holidays!
PARANORMAL UNDERGROUND RADIO INTERVIEW – Listen to Chad Schimke on Paranormal Underground Radio live on the air (http://www.ztalkradio.com) follow the link, listen in and click through to the chatroom. The date is Thursday 12-6-12 and the time is 9 PM Eastern/ 6 PM Pacific. The podcast will be available at a later time (http://www.paranormalunderground.net). He is the author of Picker, Pieces, Walker and Weirder. Find Chad on his blog (http://www.chadschimke.blogspot.com) for postings on occult paranormal novels, crime dramas, art installations and city life in San Francisco. Tune in for updates on his new novel and upcoming serialized stories.
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SOLIS @ CITY ART – Antonio Torrez Solis opened this Friday (December 10, 2012) with a continuation of his ‘We are Wildwoode’ series. The show runs through the end of January 2013. The current offering displays never-before-seen sculptures and jewelry using found objects, repurposed transistors and refurbished cabinets. There is a display of 3-D assemblage, display tables, digital images and collage to create an installation in the front picture window. This picture is one example of a 3-D assemblage sculpture.