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Friday, November 16, 2012

Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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  • Amanda Berhsohn
  • Shadowplay, by Greg Trefry & Gigantic Mechanic

In 2006, over 1,000 players, ranging in age from 10 to "don't ask," gathered in New York for the inaugural Come Out & Play festival. Competitors roamed the city, playing Space Invaders projected on buildings in Chelsea, putting rounds of mini-golf in Tompkins Square, and evading zombies in Chinatown. The following year, Come Out & Play went to Amsterdam.

It wasn't until 2011 that the festival finally arrived in the city voted most likely to transform itself into a giant living game board. It went very well, as you can imagine. So this year, Come Out & Play lasts a full month.

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Video of the Day: Videogames Make Us Smarter

Comic-Con Day 3: Selling Your Spot in Line, Playing Card Games with Cosplayers, and Total Recall

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lost Horizon Night Market: A Jaunt through the Super Secret Underground Art Show

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mr. Nobody's Voodoo Swamp Shack
  • Mr. Nobody's Voodoo Swamp Shack

I can't tell you where it was, where it will be next time, or even how I found it -- the text message came with a stern warning not to reveal my source. I can tell you this: You won't find it wandering around on your own. Every so often, in a dark unwatched corner of the city, box trucks full of D.I.Y. art, puppets, and bizarrely themed entertainment pull up and fill a couple of blocks. The trucks are told to look normal on the outside, but around 9 p.m., a crowd materializes, the trucks open their back doors, and the Lost Horizon Night Market is revealed.

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Renegade Mannequin Installation at the de Young Asks: What Is Art?

Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Renegade Mannequin Installation at the de Young Asks: What Is Art?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

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I've always wanted to be a secret agent. The sneaking around, the mysterious assassinations, the beautiful women; it all looks so easy in the movies. The only bummer is how all of those covert operations start at the crack of dawn -- when my alarm goes off at 4 a.m., the only thing I want to assassinate is the clock. I was thinking about all of this on a recent Sunday while sitting in my car outside of Golden Gate Park at 5 a.m. I had dragged myself up with coffee and a Clif bar to meet classically trained actor and all around clown Jon Deline for a renegade art installation at the de Young Museum. When I saw a minivan with a missing headlight pull up, I knew it had to be him. Jon's brother came along to help out, and the three of us looked like friendly ninjas in our all black clothing.

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Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

A Delicate Balance: Five Questions for S.F.'s Hottest Pole Acrobat

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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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Monday, October 29, 2012

Jello and Boom Boom: Two of San Francisco's Most Famous Prank Political Campaigns

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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Fake Presidential Campaign season will be over soon -- Kitty / Maru 2012! -- and while this has been a good one, there haven't really been any entertaining prank campaigns this year. Roseanne Barr, I guess, but c'mon. She's running for the Green Party, and she's transphobic to boot? Yeah, no thanks.

Thankfully, San Francisco has had its share of prank campaigns for local government positions in the past, all of which still have plenty of entertainment value. Today, we'll look at the ones waged by Jello Biafra and Sister Boom Boom.

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This Election Season, We're Voting for Hello Kitty

Pioneering Queer Activist Jack Fertig, aka Sister Boom Boom, Dies at 57

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Video of the Day: How to Make Your Own Hooch

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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Maybe you think you're a top-notch drink-maker because you took an online class, or because you can tell the difference between Ancient Age and Maker's Mark in a blind taste test. But do you know much about the what, where, and who of your hooch? We didn't think so. Learn the science behind your favorite libations at "The Science of Distilling," co-produced by INFORUM, a division of the Commonwealth Club, and the Bay Area Science Festival.

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Prepare for the Anti-Armageddon with these DIY Classes

The Cheap Femme's DIY: Birdcage Veil and Upcycled Heels

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Two S.F. Entrepreneurs to Be Honored by Martha Stewart

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

We never needed a reason to be hopelessly in love with Martha Stewart. The crafts! The recipes! The hair! But we'll throw a bone to those of you who aren't already on the Martha S. bandwagon (made with recycled milk crates and decorated with autumn leaves). This Fall, Martha will be honoring two of San Francisco's most inspiring entrepreneurs: Flora Grub Gardens and Cup4Cup in her first annual celebration of lifestyle entrepreneurs.

The Mother of all D.I.Y. is launching "American Made" -- a celebration of artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs around the country. This multi-media program will honor 15 businesses who are changing the face of food, furniture, gardening, crafts, and design, with a huge spread in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living.

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IRL Etsy: The Renegade Craft Fair is Back!

Nine Bay Area Artisans Who Make Etsy Worthwhile

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Local Circus Veterans' New Trick: Come to Shows that Never Happened

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

JASON KRUPPA
  • Jason Kruppa

The most exciting and innovative circus in the Bay Area isn't coming from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros., or any of the big schools. It's hiding out in an underground training location called The Royal Russian Kung Fu Circus Training Academy of Heaven Mountain by a few, and Sons of Cayuga, by everyone else. The pair responsible claim to have the highest skill level of any local circus in their shows (true), and disdain advertising, claiming that, "when you make mazes for people they try to find the end of the maze."

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"Humor Abuse": A Son Remembers the Pickle Family Circus

The Hard Truth of Circus Life

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MakeShift: This National Coming Out Day, Organize Your Closet

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Eminem's closet is also his home office. - LAST.FM
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  • Eminem's closet is also his home office.

MakeShift is a design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it.

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

For National Coming Out Day on October 11, we're cleaning out our closets Eminem-style, but with more references to drag queens.

I've never been good at organization, and I pretty much use the closet to hide things so that my house looks cleaner. One thing my mom taught me is that organization is expensive. The more stuff you have, the more places you'll need to put the stuff, and a single wall shelf costs $10. When you need seven wall shelves, that's $70 to hold your display items. Your hand-whittled nativity scene or whatever it is you like to display.

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MakeShift: Your Succulents Could Kill You

MakeShift: Color Me Bad-Ass Room Decor

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Monday, October 1, 2012

MakeShift: Your Succulents Could Kill You

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Suddenly Seymore ... was dead.
  • Suddenly Seymore ... was dead.

MakeShift is a design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it.

Want to be in the next MakeShift? Submit to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

Farm-to-table is an obnoxious yet oh so necessary phrase, aka "local," otherwise known as: real food. Another step beyond the farmers market, farm-to-table is growing your own, doing your own, weed, basil, and what-have-you. It's a system that can be applied to not just food, but plants in general. Succulents are the new French Bulldog. And like all home projects, whether it's in your closet or outside, there's a lot more to consider besides posting pictures of your balcony chicken farm on Facebook.

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Do it youshelves

Seven survival tips for living in a small space

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