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Monday, December 17, 2012

S.F.'s Seven Best End of the World Events

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

DEBBIE SMITH
  • Debbie Smith

We're gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the most popular song in the clubs this weekend will be REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Between the end of the Mayan calendar and the constant "fiscal cliff" blathering, the whole country is feeling positively apocalypsish. And while the world probably won't end on December 21st, it's always good to cover your bases, so we've rounded up the seven best Apocalypse-themed events on December 20 (and the coming weekend).

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Books for Surviving the Impending Apocalypse

Masterminds 2013: Artists, Enter Our Contest to Win Money and Fame*

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dead Sexy: A Dia de los Muertos Makeup Tutorial

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

ERIKA HENRIKSON
  • Erika Henrikson

This Friday, San Francisco will once more pour out onto the Mission streets (those poor, battered, and abused streets!) for the 26th Annual Dia de los Muertos parade. Yet another pagan festival turned Catholic holiday, Dia de los Muertos is a hybrid celebration of Aztec/Meso-American reverence and remembrance of the dead and the Spanish-Catholic All Souls' Day. It is also yet another excuse for San Franciscans to don outrageous costumes, fantastical makeup, and dance around in the middle of the road! So, we're obviously excited about it.

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Video of the Day: Dia de los Muertos Parade and Art Show

Podcast Review: The Grimaldis Are Dead

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Video of the Day: Dia de los Muertos Parade and Art Show

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM

MARIGOLD PROJECT
  • Marigold Project

The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos is something of a cross-cultural collaboration. While the Aztecs used their summer month of Miccailhuitontli to celebrate dead children, fallen warriors, and other ancestors, the Spaniards brought the Roman Catholic All Soul's Day with them in the 16th century.

Eventually the two holidays merged -- the Spanish influence pushed the celebration into the fall, but it retained the rituals of the indigenous tradition. Here in San Francisco, our own Day of the Dead festivities draw from two distinct cultures as well. Each year, the city's artistic types come out in style alongside the Mission District's Latino community to celebrate those that have passed from this world.

See also:

Tacos, LSD, and Jesus: The Stranger vs. The Believer Storytelling

Books for Surviving the Impending Apocalypse

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Get Lit at Litquake's Mini Museum Crawl

Posted By on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

PAUL MADONNA
  • Paul Madonna

A recent study about parole decisions informed us that judges were far more likely to grant favorable outcomes for prisoners early in the day, before they became mentally fatigued by all the tough calls they needed to make each day. When it comes to Litquake, the annual literary festival featuring 163 events and more than 850 authors, we feel this decision-making fatigue simply from looking at the schedule.

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The Silent History for Interactive Readers: A Novel Concept

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

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video of the Day: El Carpeta, Flamenco Prodigy

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM

La Farruca, matriarch of the legendary Farruco Family clan - ESTEBAN ABIÓN
  • Esteban Abión
  • La Farruca, matriarch of the legendary Farruco Family clan

San Francisco has always been at the cutting edge of cultural diversity. This weekend, our multicultural metropolis hosts visiting artists from Spain who share emerging trends in the world of flamenco music and dance. The Seventh Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival is one of the most dynamic cultural events in the U.S. This weeklong affair celebrates flamenco's living culture through a series of performances, lectures, workshops, film screenings, and master classes, culminating with the U.S. debut of Manuel Fernandez Montoya ("El Carpeta"), a 14-year-old dance sensation and member of the famed Farruco family.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos: The Safe-For-Work Edition!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

ALL PHOTOS BY GIL REIGO JR. FOR SF WEEKLY
  • All photos by Gil Reigo Jr. for SF Weekly
Miss the Folsom Street Fair over the weekend but still have a hankering for leather and sexually wild BDSM action? Of course you do! Alas, you're at work, stuck at a cubicle with your boss's stare cutting right through you. Or perhaps its the IT guy -- who secretly hates everyone -- just waiting for you to slip up. Either way, enjoy these perfectly PG photos from  Folsom. If you're giving zero fucks about your boss or your IT guy, go on and enjoy the NSFW Folsom Street Fair slideshow.

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- 2012 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2011 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2010 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2009 Folsom Street Fair Photos
- 2008 Folsom Street Fair Photos

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Calling All Dick-Heads! The Philip K. Dick Festival Is Here

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

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San Francisco is no stranger to festivals involving dicks, but those who've grown wary of seeing every Tom's Harry will be delighted to hear that a different dick fest is in town. We speak of the Philip K. Dick Festival, a celebration of the sci-fi author who penned 44 novels, 121 short stories, and brought us films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report. Dick's metaphysical, dystopian tales foretold modern surveillance technology and color-coded terror alerts. He also called the Bay Area home for the majority of his life.

See also: *Fifty Shades of Grey Meme Brings New Meaning to the Word "Tool" *Twitter's Dick Movie Meme Has Some Stiff Competition

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Friday, September 7, 2012

See Larger-Than-Life Sumo Wrestlers for Free in Japantown

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

ECKHARD PECHER
  • Eckhard Pecher

This Saturday, Sept. 8, three obese grown men in diapers will descend on San Francisco, and it won't be part of the Folsom Street Fair. Crazy I know! Instead they're sumo wrestlers invited to compete in a free Sumo Champions Exhibition in Japantown's Peace Plaza. Now, I know there are a lot of big things going on this weekend, but, well, it doesn't get much bigger than this.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Welcome to the Future! See a Fully Holographic Concert with Sexy Anime Character at J-Pop

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Who needs flesh and bone to make a pop star?
  • Who needs flesh and bone to make a pop star?

The buzz over the Tupac hologram may have abated, but the reign of the holograms hasn't, especially at the annual two-day explosion of Japanese pop culture known as the J-Pop Summit Festival.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fence Mobs, Horse Manure, and "Camping" -- Crazy Ways People Sneak into Outside Lands

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Usain Bolt - NICK J WEBB
  • Nick J Webb
  • Usain Bolt

As eager concert-goers lined up to be checked for contraband on Sunday, one even more eager man had a different idea in mind -- he was going to break in.

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