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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Game of Thrones scavenger hunt finds its way to North Beach

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience on April 19 is meant to tide GoT super fans over till the show's premiere on April 24. - HBO
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  • The Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience on April 19 is meant to tide GoT super fans over till the show's premiere on April 24.

If you're a Game of Thrones superfan, good luck teasing out season six storylines or spoilers before the popular cable show's April 24th premiere. HBO may have intimated that Jon Snow is dead, but everything else about the program's first season to depart from author George RR Martin's wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series is being kept tightly under wraps. Anyway, there is no point in fixating on what's to come, when your existing show knowledge can win you coveted prizes at the Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience, in San Francisco on April 19. 

The Go Game, a local company that designs team-building exercises, has created this special Game of Thrones-themed scavenger hunt for fans who want to get in on the action. North Beach will transform into Westeros and dozens of competing teams of four to six will morph into warring houses, like the Lannisters, Starks or Targaryen, in a battle for great riches. Instead of swords and blades, contestants will war with wits and trivia knowledge.  After completing the hunt, winners will be chosen and swag, such as highly coveted Game of Thrones helmets, will be handed out. Teams will also be handsomely rewarded for best names and top costumes. 

A few lucky winners will take home sought-after Game of Thrones helmets. - HBO
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  • A few lucky winners will take home sought-after Game of Thrones helmets.

At the very least, participants may be able to network their way into a lucrative tech job, since employees from Twitter, Munchery, Google, Salesforce and Apple are all slated to participate.  Break the ice over sips from the open bar and bites from Tacolicious.

Here is the official itinerary:

6 p.m. – Doors Open, Cocktails & Appetizers
7 p.m. – Games Begin
8:30 p.m. – Top Teams Awarded
9 p.m. – Cocktails & Grub Celebration 

You must be 21 or over to participate and must email to register.  Finally, whether you're on the scavenger hunt or job hunt, motivate yourself with this memorable GoT quote:  "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." It's probably a good idea to know who said it, too.

Ultimate Game of Thrones Experience, April 19, at Bimbo's 365 Club, (Free), 1025 Columbus Ave,
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Monday, March 7, 2016

Fort Mason Has a Remote-Controlled, Life-Size El Camino

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A past installation piece - TRA BOUSCAREN
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  • A past installation piece

Now that the Fort Mason Center has become the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture (FMCAC), it's focusing a lot more on the arts and culture part. To make proper use of its panoply of beautiful old buildings — hello, bay-front Firehouse! — FMCAC has launched a curated series of events and site-specific exhibitions that showcase some pretty cool projects.

Including a remote-controlled, life-size 1959 El Camino.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Chat Live With Cuban (or Afghanis, or Iranians) in Shared Studios' Portal at Proxy SF

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The portal at Yale University - SHARED STUDIOS
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  • The portal at Yale University

No matter how accustomed we’ve become to living our entire lives on the internet, the fascination with speaking to another person across the world never wears off. (Unless you had some deep psychological scars from Chatroulette, that is.)

Shared_Studios has set up a “portal” at Hayes Valley’s Proxy for speaking to people in Honduras, Afghanistan, Cuba, Mexico, or Iran. (It sounds like an inter-dimensional gate until you remember that once upon a time, companies like Yahoo and Excite were referred to as “web portals.”) You book a 20-minute segment, and the organizers are gunning hard for academic and musical exchanges. A gold-painted shipping container lined with industrial carpeting, Shared_Studios’ portal is a spartan set: a desk and chair, and a microphone for speaking to your interlocutor in real time. You’re face to face in the dark, mediated only by the screen, and no matter how blasé you might be about telecommunications generally, the portal’s intimacy is striking.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

The Vintage Paper Fair Returns This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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Like Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine or Dr. McGillicuddy’s Root Beer, Hal Lutsky’s Vintage Paper Fair is a wonderful cultural institution named for a person with a unique-sounding name. And it’s coming back to the Hall of Flowers this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2), rewarding the photography equivalent of a beachcomber with bizarre, hilarious finds. And it’s free!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UPDATE: Celebrate Ginger Pride This Thursday at Dolores Park

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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UPDATE: the Dolores Park component of this event has been cancelled, although an unofficial picnic may still happen. The afterparty at Monarch is still a go.

There is a group of people in this world so maligned and stigmatized that the BBC created a multi-season documentary about their oppression in the U.K., and phrases that casually demean them get tossed around without a thought. Yep, we’re talking about gingers, aka redheads. As nature’s own “red-headed stepchildren,” they’re sensitive to sunlight, prone to freckles, and sometimes even thought to be made of pure evil.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Are You There, Judy Blume? It's Me, the Bay Area Book Festival

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Free event fun for your weekend: over 300 authors and 50,000 books will debut at the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend in downtown Berkeley. The genres are wide open for this one: social justice, African American innovators, poetry, Vietnamese literature, mystery, YA, a Buddhist monk (in conversation with Pico Ayer), and even a discussion about the Grateful Dead.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Disruptions, a #BlackLivesMatter Spoken Word Event and Panel Discussion at Red Poppy

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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For months now, we’ve heard the call from protestors urging America to recognize that #BlackLivesMatter — and #BrownLivesMatter, and #TransLivesMatter. A movement that looked to be sputtering out in late winter has lately seen renewed vigor, with protests against police violence breaking out across San Francisco and Oakland just this week.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

3.14.15: How to Celebrate the Greatest Pi Day of the Century

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

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Math nerds and cobbler gobblers, unite! Pi Day, the annual celebration of everyone's favorite mathematical constant, is this Saturday, 3/14/15. And this year, it's more auspicious than ever: 3, 1, 4, 1, and 5 correspond not only to the date, but also to the first five digits of pi. The ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, pi has been known to humans for thousands of years but has only recently earned its own holiday.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Guard: San Francisco Opera Hosts an Evening of Stage Combat

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Dave Maier and Megan Messinger demonstrate fight choreography in a stage combat workshop at the San Francisco Opera on January 13. - PHOTO BY SCOTT WALL
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  • Dave Maier and Megan Messinger demonstrate fight choreography in a stage combat workshop at the San Francisco Opera on January 13.
Brad Pitt will not be pleased as we are about to break the first and perhaps most important rule of Fight Club. As Pitt's now iconic character, Tyler Durden, stressed in the 1999 cult favorite, "The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club." Duly noted, however, the folks over at the San Francisco Opera say otherwise.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

LGBT Military Expert Leads Discussion on "The Imitation Game"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

click image Alan Turing - ODC THEATER
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Many are familiar by now with the name of it-boy British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, however, few might recognize the name of the man he portrays in the critically-lauded biopic The Imitation Game.  

Cumberbatch plays mathematician Alan Turing, who as the film depicts, was highly instrumental in the development of the model that broke Nazi Germany's Enigma code and eventually won World War II for the Allies. Turing's iconic work set the foundation for what would later be known as computer science. Despite his influence, Turing was later tried for and convicted of homosexual acts and ordered to undergo chemical castration as an alternative to prison.

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