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Dining, Eat The Bulletproof Waltz: An Ode to Nightlife

The Bulletproof Waltz: An Ode to Nightlife

We're hanging out in Martuni's, the last great gay piano bar in San Francisco. Once, these majestic animals roamed the hills like mastodon; now, they are nearly extinct. On a good night, it seems like every professional singer in town…
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News, Whither the Tricksters? A Sort-Of Reunion of the Cacophony Society Occasions a Reflection on the Evolution of Troublemaking

Whither the Tricksters? A Sort-Of Reunion of the Cacophony Society Occasions a Reflection on the Evolution of Troublemaking

Some years ago, kiddies perusing the soft toy aisle received a lesson in discerning the abstract from the concrete. Someone had methodically removed teddy bears' fluffy innards, replacing the stuffing with hardened cement. Affixed to the concrete bears was the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Disruptive Technology

Disruptive Technology

The Cacophony Society was an underground group of creative rabble-rousers that hosted chapters in more than a dozen major cities and inspired both Fight Club and Burning Man. So it seems appropriate that Chicken John would set up an evening…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spelunking in the City

Spelunking in the City

Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories, the Cacophony Society, and the Suicide Club. A group in Paris, however, gives all of it a run…
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News, The Snitch Bay Links: Cacophony, Fare Inspectors, & Grilled Cheese

Bay Links: Cacophony, Fare Inspectors, & Grilled Cheese

Oh, joy! Grilled cheese in South Park. (Conveniently located near the Weekly offices).…
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Calendar, Night&Day Truth Squads

Truth Squads

In the camcorder and YouTube age, we will all truly get our 15 minutes in the spotlight. (Don’t worry, your time is coming.) Take the flamboyantly felonious family slamming the pedal to the metal in Julien Nitzberg’s The Wild and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don’t Talk About Santacon

Don’t Talk About Santacon

In 1994, if you donned a Santa suit and ran around with a bunch of other Santas, it meant you were a member of the Cacophony Society, hence a subversive thinker. Back then, donning a Santa suit was an act…
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News, The Snitch Pranks Film Festival Coming To The Roxie

Pranks Film Festival Coming To The Roxie

RE/Search Publications is hosting the first annual Pranks Film Festival next week at the Roxie Film Center. As you might expect, the three-day celluloid extravaganza is a tribute to the "Art of the Prank" -- and many of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Urban Playground Movement: Sucking The Fun Out Of Plain Old Organized Mayhem

Urban Playground Movement: Sucking The Fun Out Of Plain Old Organized Mayhem

Who knew that the recent Market Street shaving-cream pie fight, the downtown zombie walk, and the synchronized "Thriller" dance in Dolores Park were all part of a movement? According to the Chronicle, they're examples of the Urban Playground Movement,…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Bruin Mob

Bruin Mob

THURS-MON 2/17-21 Some years back, Cacophony Society members pulled a prank in which they stationed riders dressed as clowns at every stop on one Muni route. I've often wondered what the other passengers on the bus thought as one clown…
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News, Dog Bites

Mob Rule

It's July 16, just 37 minutes until show time, and we are locked into a stiff cocktail at the Gold Dust Lounge. At first glance, it's just another happy hour in the heart of Union Square: Sassy waitresses are…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Ticket to Ride

A caravan of automobiles participating in ArtCar Fest '98 will depart Thursday from Berkeley, parade across the Bay Bridge, and snake through San Francisco, pausing at various points of interest (during last year's caravan, these included tony Sea Cliff estates,…
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Night Crawler

"How do you miss a gang of a hundred marauding Santas?" my photographer asks incredulously as we circle Union Square on his motorcycle. We've received an anonymous tip about the second annual Santa Claus rampage -- the deranged vision of…
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