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Friday, October 23, 2015

Folk Rock Odyssey Comes Full Circle at Z Space

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 9:30 AM

AARON CONWAY
  • Aaron Conway

Lisa Steindler, the artistic director of Z Space, knows this may not be a popular thing to say – but she’ll say it anyway: She’s not really a musical theater person.

But to her, Hundred Days, the indie rock opera produced at Z Space, feels more like a concert, which is exactly the kind of enthusiasm she wants to bring to theater.

“I’m very interested in capturing the synergy that happens at concerts,” Steindler said. “People will plop down 50 bucks for a concert, but why not for theater? We’re starting to look at what kind of shows have that and how to do that.”

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The SPCA Parties Down, Pet Adoption Rates Go Up

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Duffy <3 - ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
  • Duffy <3

On Friday the San Francisco SPCA threw a party for the ages, a ramen-fueled hootenanny resulting in the adoption of 25 of their animals.

As an avid supporter of the organization (and the rescuing of animals in general), I decided to stop by to see what kind of shindig the SPCA could host. It turns out a pretty awesome one, considering they sold out of their tickets and ended up with a line almost around the corner when I arrived an hour after their doors were open.

The City’s most popular ramen-themed food trucks attracted lines of their own, as did the beverage services. Like the event tickets, drinks were technically free, though donating money was encouraged. To my surprise and delight, the bartenders assured me that people were giving well above the suggested donation of $5, with whole $20 bills lining the contribution boxes.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Kick Off Pride at Wig Parade

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 5:41 PM

QUEEN DILLY DALLY
  • Queen Dilly Dally

As June begins next week, we can be reasonably certain about two things: fog and drag. Pride month’s crescendoing party has to start somewhere, and David Carver-Ford’s fashion show, Wig Parade, hosted by Nicole Monsoon, is a fine kick-off.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Video of the Day: Fight Hunger with Football

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now of the 49ers. - JOHN TODD
  • John Todd
  • former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now of the 49ers.

Just when AT&T Park has had a chance to cool off after the Giants' World Series win, another high profile event comes to town. But this one's in tune with the holiday spirit. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Game, recently renamed from the previous incarnation as the Emerald Bowl, is the premiere event in the college football bowl lineup.

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Lost Robert Altman Movie Discovered at Flea Market by Filmmaker Gary Huggins (Video)

S.F. a Cappella Group the House Jacks Add Voice to Monday Night Football and The Sing-Off

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Mural Seeks to Celebrate San Francisco's Thriving Sexual History and Culture

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

MARILYN ROXIE
  • Marilyn Roxie

Since the Gold Rush brought miners and sailors to our city, the disproportionate amount of men to women and their transient lifestyles fostered a sexually liberal environment that has bloomed for decades. The city's now got one of the highest number of sex workers per capita in both illegal and legal trades, necessitating a rich history of activism in sexual politics. For the city with at least a dozen annual occasions to don leather (or nothing at all) out on the streets, the Center for Sex and Culture is putting it all out there in a new mural celebrating S.F.'s sex-positive community and their achievements.

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This American Whore Podcast Seeks to Demystify Sex Work

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Is More than Grief and Death

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Have a Ball at SF Weekly's Snow Ball Holiday Benefit

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

From last year's benefit at the Academy of Sciences
  • From last year's benefit at the Academy of Sciences

Come one come all! Please join us in spreading the holiday cheer and helping fight cancer at SF Weekly's Snow Ball Holiday Benefit at San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay. While we can't make any promises about it actually snowing in the city, we can guarantee that this will be a night you won't want to miss out on. This year features a "Wintry" theme (cocktail attire -- let's get classy folks), with an open bar (we'll repeat that again: OPEN BAR).

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SF Weekly Web Awards Party 2011: Pictures and Winners

Cute Overload: SPCA Pet Adoption Holiday Windows and 3D Light Show with Nutcracker Dancers

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Video of the Day: Help The Rumpus Make a Movie

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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The Rumpus, brainchild of local author Stephen Elliott, has always been a literary darling, publishing top-notch essays and interviews, incubating the Dear Sugar phenomenon, and single-handedly bringing written correspondences back en vogue with Letters in the Mail, where authors like Dave Eggers, Margaret Cho, and Jonathan Ames pen intimate notes to subscribers. Now The Rumpus is hopping into even bigger britches with the making of its first feature film, Happy Baby, based on Elliott's grim and affecting novel about growing up in the child welfare system.

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Kink.com Co-Stars with James Franco in About Cherry

Author Cheryl Strayed: on Dear Sugar, Keeping the Faith, and Palling around with Oprah

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Friday, November 2, 2012

An UnCANnily Good Benefit for the S.F. Food Bank

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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We tried to get through this post without using the word CAN excessively, but we just don't see how you CAN look at something like the San Francisco CANstruction Event and not go a little ape with the puns. Even the organizers are getting in on the act with this year's theme, the CANnes Film Festival. Too cute.

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San Francisco Landmarks Made from Canned Food

Local Food Banks and Shelters Lose $600,000 in Funding

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Making Waves: outLoud Radio Celebrates 10 Years of Helping LGBTQ Youth

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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I've often wondered what happened to Justin, the person who trained me in the fine art of flipping burgers at the McDonald's I worked at in high school. At first Justin seemed like any other high school kid -- we bonded over toasting buns, "running the bin," and daydreams of all the horrible things we could do to your milkshake. But over the course of a year, Justin changed a bit. He started out with, "I think I accidentally went on a date with this guy," then moved on to, "I'm definitely dating this guy," and eventually it became, "Okay, I think I'm gay, but don't tell anyone."

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Biden: Trans Discrimination Is a "Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"

Remembering Slain Transgender Teen Gwen Araujo

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Video(s) of the Day: Schmooze and Booze with Dan Savage

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

JOHN VAJDA
  • John Vajda

Say what you will about activism in San Francisco, but at least our politics are never boring. We stage puke-ins; we canvass in the buff; we even voted on a proposition a few years back that tried to rename a sewage plant after George W. Bush. (It failed, much like Bush's presidency.)

Nonetheless, we weren't surprised to hear that one such group, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, prefers its activism in song form. We can't say we blame them. The group's first performance was an impromptu memorial for George Moscone and Harvey Milk in 1978, and members of this 300-man chorus have since continued to raise the bar for gay rights, with concerts dedicated to Proposition 8, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the AIDS epidemic, and more (often in conservative communities).

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Gay People Love Vodka (Infographic)

10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Lesbians

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