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No More Gun Shows At SF’s Cow Palace If CA Sen. Scott Wiener Gets His Way

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – A new California senate bill would put an end to gun shows at the Cow Palace, an issue that has been the subject of debate for years. Known as SB281, the measure would also transfer ownership of the event space to a new board made up of local representatives.

The Cow Palace has been a fixture in the Bay Area since it opened almost 80 years ago, and one group says if the bill passes, it would effectively lead to the arena being torn down.

A local cheerleading competition occupied the main amphitheater at the Cow Palace on Saturday, as cheers and pop music echoed through the concrete hallways. It’s one of hundreds of small community events held her every year.

“It promotes shows here that can’t afford Oracle arena. This cheerleading event can’t afford the Chase Arena because it’s a cheerleading event, not the Warriors,” says Kevin Patterson. He is the Executive Director of the Coalition to Save the Cow Palace. He also organizes the Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace every year.

Patterson is concerned for the future of the Cow Palace because of SB 281.

The measure was introduced by state Senator Scott Wiener, last month. It would transfer ownership of the Cow Palace from the State Department of Agriculture to a joint-powers authority, made up of representatives from San Francisco, Daly City and San Mateo County.

Wiener says the Cow Palace has outlived its usefulness. He says the site needs millions of dollars of maintenance and repairs to be a viable events space moving forward, adding there are plenty of alternative locations for these types of community events.

“This is about making sure that the local community can actually have a say in what happens at the Cow Palace and what the future holds,” said Sen. Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco.

One of the main reasons there is so much interest in the property is its size. Almost 70 acres, the Cow Palace has 250,000 square feet of events space and a 14,000-seat amphitheater.

“It’s right now being very under-utilized. The community has wanted something to happen with that property for a long time. Housing, mixed use development,” said Wiener.

Patterson worries if a local board takes control, they will only look at the value of the real estate. He thinks the board may not consider the importance of the Cow Palace as an affordable community events space. Each year it hosts everything from the Grand National Rodeo, to dog shows, to the Christmas Fair.

He also points out the history of the Cow Palace. There are dozens of signatures on the box office wall from some of the greatest artists of our time, like Elvis Presley, who performed at the Cow Palace in 1970.

“It’s not the place to solve the housing crisis, that’s for sure. There are lots of other places to build houses. You don’t need to bulldoze history and an important community asset,” said Patterson.

Senator Wiener says the bill does not dictate what happens with the property. That will be up to you he newly created joint powers authority board. He said there could be a compromise.

“You can have the Cow Palace there, and also take a portion of this mega-massive parking lot and turn it into housing and retail,” said Wiener.

If the SB281 passes, it would pass ownership of the Cow Palace to the local board on January 1, 2021.

There is a sub-committee hearing scheduled next Wednesday to discuss the bill.

Streisand Apologizes For Remarks On Michael Jackson Accusers

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday for her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying that she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.”

Streisand had received bitter criticism online after she was quoted in The Times of London as saying that Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled to be there” during the alleged abuse, which “didn’t kill them.”

After an initial statement Saturday to The Associated Press in which she sought to clarify her remarks, the superstar of song, stage, and screen posted an apology online that went further.

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims,” she wrote.

“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way,” she wrote. “Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

The apology went far beyond the earlier statement to the AP, in which she elaborated on her published remarks, saying she felt “nothing but sympathy” for the men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accuse the late star of molesting them as children.

She wrote in that earlier statement: “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.”

The remarks in question came deep into a wide-ranging interview with The Times. Asked about Jackson, Streisand was quoted as saying she “absolutely” believed Robson and Safechuck, who make their allegations in the recent HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Jackson’s estate has condemned the HBO documentary. Jackson, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.

Streisand was asked about the documentary, which she called “too painful.”

She then said that Jackson, when she met him, was “very sweet, very childlike.” Asked how she reconciled that man with the one portrayed in the documentary, she replied: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Among those firing back on social media was the director of “Leaving Neverland,” Dan Reed, who wrote of that last quote: “Did you really say that?!”

Asked by The Times whether she was angry at Jackson, Streisand said: “It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.”

Also attracting attention Saturday for remarks about Jackson was his close friend and mentor, Diana Ross.

“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Ross wrote on Twitter. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”

German Guitar Hero Makes Overdue Return To Bay Area

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — German hard-rock guitar giant Uli Jon Roth brings his current band to the Bay Area for two shows, playing music from his solo band Electric Sun and classic metal tunes from his days with the Scorpions in Santa Cruz and Oakland this week.

Along with Deep Purple axman Ritchie Blackmore, Roth is credited for bringing elements of classical bombast into hard rock thanks to his blazing guitar work as principle songwriter for the Scorpions on such classic albums as In TranceVirgin Killer and the 1978 in concert opus Tokyo Tapes, which documented the guitarist’s final live performances as a member of the group. Mixing a healthy dose of Hendrix worship along with a melodic sophistication well beyond most rock guitarists — how many ’70s rockers could deftly sneak a Duke Ellington quote in the midst of a metal anthem like “Sails of Charon” the way Roth did? — the six-string maestro firmly established himself as one of an elite group of guitar virtuosos during his time in the band.

While Roth’s departure meant that he didn’t reap the benefits of the Scorpions’ 1980s explosion in popularity thanks to heavy rotation on MTV and the world’s embrace of their power ballad “Winds of Change,” the guitarist instead followed his own muse. Roth was founded his band Electric Sun and recorded a trio of albums between 1979 and 1985 that further explored his Hendrix-meets-European-classical.

Roth would move on to other interests after disbanding Electric Sun, focusing for a number of years on classical music by composing a number of symphonic works and performing live with orchestras. Roth also got into teaching music with his series of Sky Academy seminars and concerts as well as designing his custom seven-string, six-octave instrument the Sky Guitar.

The guitarist may have a bigger following in Europe, but his own U.S. headlining tours and jaunts pairing him with other virtuoso rock players like Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Jennifer Batten consistently draw packed houses of disciples eager to hear Roth’s inimitable guitar stylings. His more recent recordings and tours have focused almost exclusively on the body of songs he created with the Scorpions.

In 2015, Roth issued a double CD of studio recordings entitled Scorpions Revisited that offered up new versions of his classic tunes written during his tenure with the band. Late in 2016, Roth released the deluxe CD/DVD package Tokyo Tapes Revisited that similarly looked back on the standard-setting concert document while adding a couple of Hendrix covers that have become staples of Roth’s live sets.

Roth returns to the Bay Area for two concerts on his current tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the music he made with his post-Scorpions band Electric Sun. The shows mark the first time the guitarist has played full sets of Electric Sun songs in the U.S. in over three decades and will be followed by a second set of Scorpions favorites. The six-string virtuoso and his band play at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on Wednesday night before coming to Oakland to play the New Parish Thursday. At the East Bay show, Roth and company will be joined by local metal favorites Dress the Dead, a potent group featuring ex-Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero and powerhouse singer Kayla Dixon (who also fronts Northwestern doom merchants Witch Mountain). Roth will also travel north to play Holy Diver in Sacramento on Friday.

Uli Jon Roth

Wednesday, March 27, 8 p.m. $25-$30
Moe’s Alley

Thursday, March 28, 8:30 p.m. $26-$30
The New Parish

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Papa John’s Scores Shaq To Help Revive Its Image

(AP) — Papa John’s has a new pitchman: Shaquille O’Neal.

The chain says basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and promote Papa John’s in other ways. He will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants in the Atlanta area.

Shaquille O’Neal arrives at the Grand Opening of Shaquille’s at LA Live on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Papa John’s is trying to revive its image after the company’s founder and namesake, John Schnatter, was reported to have used a racial slur during a media training session.

Schnatter, who was the face of the company, has apologized for the slur and the company scrubbed his face from the company’s logo and advertisements last year. Schnatter is still the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s biggest shareholder.

Papa John’s International Inc. says it will pay O’Neal more than $8 million in cash and company stock for a three-year endorsement deal.

Wall Street seems to think it’s a winning partnership. Shares of Papa John’s soared more than 4 percent Friday.

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Keep it Reel: ‘Five Feet Apart’

By  Marc Woodfork

The well-intentioned “Five Feet Apart” is in theaters and I applaud the filmmakers for trying to bring to light the awful conditions that people suffering from cystic fibrosis have to try and live with. This film should have stayed in the realm of TV’s afterschool special programs. Maybe a Hallmark Channel film.

The film stars Haley Lu Richardson as a teenager with CF trying to live her life as best she can from the confines of a hospital room. There are other teens in the hospital that suffer from CF that she has bonded with. But, due to the disease, all of the teens have limited access to each other – and when in the same room together, they must stay at least five feet apart. The problem with the film is, we’ve seen this story before. Different disease or ailment, but same story. The formula has been tried and tested and more often than not, it fails.

“Five Feet Apart” wants to be the great romantic story of two people thrown into a situation beyond their control, and against all odds their love will conquer all.  Yes, the film is just as phony as that last sentence. Had the filmmakers tried to do something different or had taken bigger risks, then maybe we have a better movie. They didn’t. They ‘borrowed’ from similar films and essentially changed the characters names.

However, I believe Haley Lu Richardson has a bright future in the business if she’s given the right material to work with. She was the lone shining star in the film. The next time and there will be a next time when a filmmaker will produce another film of this genre, I hope they realize that audiences especially teens, if that’s their target demographic, can handle a smarter, mature film. Most teens these days are dealing with real life crisisis or they know someone close to them that is.  There is no need to dumb the content down. People who actually have to live with afflictions deserve better.

Keep it Reel: ‘Us’

By Marc Woodfork

The highly anticipated follow up film to 2017’s “Get Out,”  “Us” from director Jordan Peele hits theaters this weekend. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke in what’s being called the “greatest horror film of all time” by many critics. Let me start by saying, I don’t believe this film is a horror film. Not in the classic sense. I would categorize it as a suspense film.

Secondly, the cast of actors assembled are fantastic. They all bought into the concept and believed in Jordan Peele’s vision and it pays off on screen. The younger actors involved did their jobs like seasoned veterans. That being said, it is not the perfect film.

The film does drag a bit. There is quite a bit of “wasted time” setting up the plot. I also had some problems with the story. Parts of the story arc get confusing and we as viewers are left with questions at the end of the film. “Us” is very reminiscent of old Hitchcock films; the intensity in which Peele builds suspense is brilliant.  Peele makes the correct choice of not using the camera like he’s shooting a music video, but rather lets the actors and scenes build tension without much movement. It’s very refreshing to see filmmaking return to that style.

There is a message in “Us” that speaks to larger social issues which I love about the film. Another reason why audiences should not get caught up with thinking this film is a typical horror movie. It’s not. There are surprise moments in “Us,” but it’s not going to make you scream and dump your popcorn on the floor. The film stands heads above other films that have recently come out in the same genre and I applaud Jordan Peele for another fine achievement.  Certainly, a film that people should watch.

 

4 Fun Things To Do This Weekend

DENVER (CBS4) – Start Spring by filling up your To Do list with home improvement projects  or check out the latest fashion, here are 4 fun things to do this weekend.

Larry Cole from Conifer sent in this photo taken at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 10.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Today you can check out the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street for free, just in time for spring!

Roam around the grounds and soak in the natural beauty. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(credit Denver Home Show)

Denver Home Show

Get inspired to move forward with your home projects at the Denver Home Show. Head to the National Western Complex today through Sunday to shop, compare, and save with nearly 400 home experts under one roof.

Tickets are $9 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

(credit: Denver March Powwow)

Denver March Powwow

The 45th Annual Denver March Powwow returns to the Denver Coliseum. Today through Sunday, Native Americans will honor their ancestors and celebrate traditions.

Tickets are $7 for adults. Kids 6 and under are free.

Denver Fashion Week (credit 303 Magazine)

Denver Fashion Week

Denver Fashion Week kicks off this weekend. The fashion showcase features local designers and the latest in today’s style trends.

There’s a schedule full of events for all ages.

Phil Collins, WWE Latest Acts Announced At Chase Center

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Renowned English musician Phil Collins and the WWE were the latest entertainment announced to appear at the soon-to-be-open Chase Center in San Francisco, Golden State Warriors and arena officials said Thursday.

Collins, who has sold 100 million records during his career, will perform in the city on Oct. 17 at the 18,064-seat arena located in the Mission Bay neighborhood, team officials said.

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on March 30 at 10 a.m., with a presale available on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Those wishing to register for the pre-sale should visit https://philcollins.ontouraccess.com.

Chase Center officials at 2 p.m. announced that the arena will host WWE Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, though the exact date and time for both events, along with ticket information, will not be announced until a later date.

The next act to appear at the Center is scheduled to be announced Friday at 4 p.m. There have been other acts revealed all week, starting Monday with the announcement that Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will perform at the arena’s inaugural event on Sept. 6.

Other acts that have been announced include classical singer Andrea Bocceli (who will perform with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus on December 5, 2019), EDM group the Chainsmokers and rock bands the Black Keys and the Dave Matthews Band.

For more information on the Chase Center, people can visit www.chasecenter.com.

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First Artificial Intelligence Google Doodle Features Bach

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF / AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle from the Mountain View-based internet giant.

Thursday’s animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody.

This image provided by Google shows the animated Google Doodle on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Google says the Doodle uses machine learning to "harmonize the custom melody into Bach's signature music style." (Google via AP)

This image provided by Google shows the animated Google Doodle on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Google says the Doodle uses machine learning to “harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style.” (Google via AP)

Google says the Doodle uses machine learning to “harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style.” Bach’s chorales were known for having four voices carrying their own melodic line.

To develop the AI Doodle, Google teams created a machine-learning model that was trained on 306 of Bach’s chorale harmonizations. Another team worked to allow machine learning to occur within the web browser instead of on its servers.

The Doodle will prompt users who are unsure of how to interact with the animated graphic.

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