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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Biggest Cuteasses of Outside Lands 2016

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:34 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
Music festivals have a particular style. Granted, Outside Lands is not Coachella, where the golden hour reflecting off the mountains makes everyone look stunning, and they're all excited because it's April and they can show off the tattoos that have been hibernating all winter (and the place is full of Angeleno fashionistas, besides).

It's not even close, actually. Although the fog burned off for so much of Sunday afternoon that Golden Gate Park came damn near close to experiencing a proper sunset, it's been a relentlessly cold summer and people seemed to dress accordingly. Comfort and good sense ruled the day, every day, and many of the cliches of years past seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Yes, there was a fair amount of Bernie paraphernalia and Jill Stein-branded apparel, but I don't think I spotted a single Keep Calm and Chive On shirt.

Although we would shame brazen cultural appropriation — like feathered war bonnets or nón lás (those Vietnamese conical hats) — we're delighted to report that we saw a grand total of zero offenders in either category all weekend. (We did spot a Reagan-Bush '84 T-shirt at the Panhandle Stage, but that was probably ironic.)

Plus, shaming isn't really that much fun. It's way better to draw attention to people who put a little effort into looking good in a frequently inhospitable climate, so here are some of our favorites.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Pop-Up Magazine Tickets Go On Sale at Noon Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 5:31 PM

POP-UP MAGAZINE
  • Pop-Up Magazine
The live, never-recorded-for-posterity touring show of multimedia performances produced by a team that mostly overlaps with California Sunday Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine returns to Davies Symphony Hall Tuesday, April 12 and hits Oakland's Paramount Theater Wednesday, April 13.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15, at noon.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NeekOn, a Free Festival Founded On Selflessness, Hits S.F. Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Neek-on - THE NIOSHA DANCE ACADEMY
  • The Niosha Dance Academy
  • Neek-on

What started out at as Iranian cultural festival has expanded into a celebration of many cultures around the world, in the spirit of providing an all-inclusive event for anyone to attend.

Called NeekOn, after the Persian word neek (meaning “spreading kindness”), the festival will be free.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival Returns Oct. 13

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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  • Matthew Peyton
  • Amy Schumer on Inside Amy Schumer

In keeping with the tradition of October being the month where everything in San Francisco happens at once, Funny or Die will bring its third installment of the Oddball Comedy Festival to the Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 13. Building on impressive past lineups that have included the likes of Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, and Flight of the Conchords, the 2015 Oddball bill includes comedic heavyweights Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Outsound New Music Summit: Gongs Are the "Original Heavy Metal"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM

SIDNEY CHEN
  • Sidney Chen

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year they’ve got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate nature’s bounty, and anyone else who wants to hear what sound can be. Recently, SF Weekly talked with performers at two events that reveal the width of Outsound’s oscillations —The Serge Modular Synthesizer and Quiet Noise (the art of sculpting sound from metal, wood, and earth)

For part two of our double-post special on the Outsound New Music Summit, SF Weekly talked with gongwoman Karen Stackpole and bone-shell-and-bark-player Cheryl Leonard, artists who use technology to amplify and reframe sounds extracted from ancient and elemental instruments, making music of great depth and subtlety. Here’s a little bit about their work and a preview of Quiet Noise.

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Outsound New Music Summit: Lx Rudis and the Serge Surge

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM

DMITRI SFCOA
  • Dmitri Sfcoa

For 13 years, the Outsound New Music Summit has brought together musical pioneers to share sounds from the outermost reaches of human artistic possibility. This year, they've got something for everyone, from gear heads to Druids looking to celebrate nature's bounty, to anyone else who wants to hear what sound can be. Recently, SF Weekly talked with performers at two events that reveal the width of Outsound's oscillations — The Serge Modular Synthesizer and Quiet Noise (the art of sculpting sound from metal, wood, and earth).

In part one of a special double blog post on this excellent performance series, Lx Rudis talks with SF Weekly about the Serge Synthesizer, video game Goldbergian geometries, and Todd Rundgren in action.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The J-POP SUMMIT Moved to Fort Mason Because It's Huge and Awesome This Year

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

FEMM
  • FEMM

If the idea of huddling in fog-bound Golden Gate Park for a chance to see the Black Keys or Elton John at Outside Lands sounds like (chilly, misty) hell to you, there is another massive event happening the same weekend. Formerly chained to Japantown, the J-POP SUMMIT keeps getting bigger and bigger, so much so that the main events have relocated to the Fort Mason Center in the Marina.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Scenes from the How Weird Street Faire

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Bryan "Stellar" Diaz dancing. - KYLE DASILVA
  • Kyle DaSilva
  • Bryan "Stellar" Diaz dancing.

San Francisco's Coney Island of the Mind returned for its 16th year yesterday. The How Weird Street Faire, a sort of dry run for Burning Man with ten music stages, took over several blocks of Howard and Second Streets plus various alleys (with two entrances conveniently located in the Milky Way's "fashionable outer Orion Arm"). Hippie chicks, goths with whited-out contacts, clairvoyants with their third through fifth eyes painted on, and various other freaks and oddballs took over a section of Soma that's usually given over to straight-laced types.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What We Found (And Did Not Find) in the Aftermath of 4/20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM


KATE FRASER
  • Kate Fraser

By the time I got to Hippie Hill last evening, it was almost 7 p.m. and the crowds were thinning. I’m a very infrequent pot smoker, and missing the real action was almost the point. I wanted to see what Golden Gate Park looked like as the day was winding down.

Supposedly, 10,000 people showed up on a foggy Monday, and although only a small fraction remained by the time I rolled up, the traffic on Fell Street was nightmarish. It was a biggie, though. A friend of mine who lives across the street from Kezar Stadium got a “Special 4/20 Report” from the SFPD Park Station, and people were setting up equipment before the sun came up. I overheard a lot of excited talk about “Haight-Ashbury,” which is a good indicator that lots of people were from out of town.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Paul Corman-Roberts Talks East Bay Lit and Beast Crawl's Hat Party Fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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Last year, inspired by the timely coming together of what seemed to be countless writing posses via social media, and with Litquake as an inspiration and a model, a handful of writers decided to throw a festival in Uptown Oakland that turned into 125 authors reading in 25 venues in three hours -- all for free. Appropriately, they called it Beast Crawl ("East Bay" being "beast" in pig latin). The gathering's second annual edition is right around the corner, and to raise funds and generate excitement, the organizers are throwing a hat party on Monday that will feature live music from Wreck This Place and Titan Ups, plus a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses. We thought this was a good chance to check in and see what The Beast Crawl Collective has in store for us this year.

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