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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Campy Christmas: Drag Queens on Ice: Glitz and Glamour Performance In Union Square Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM


It's the time of year to hear those sleigh bells jingling and see drag queens wiggling, sashaying and lip syncing!

The fifth annual Drag Queens On Ice: Glitz and Glamour  will take place this evening, from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the seasonal ice rink on Union Square, after it was postponed due to #stormaggedon. The show features San Francisco society dames Mutha Chuka, Holotta Tymes, Kylie-Pop, Kim Chi Chi, BeBe Sweetbriar, and Mahlae Balenciaga. Donna Sachet hosts, alongside special guests Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Waxing Poetic: Charlie Levin's Paintings as Performance

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Charlie Levin, photo by Local Infinities Visual Theater
  • Charlie Levin, photo by Local Infinities Visual Theater

The apocryphal etymology of sincerity has its origins in the idea of artistic perfection: that a well-chiseled marble sculpture would not require the sly application of wax to fill cracks or repair contours, thus, it was sine sera — “without wax.”

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea One: Stern Grove Festival Closes 77th Season With Psych-pop Legends, The Zombies

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The Zombies
  • The Zombies
While some of us cheer that the burners are gone, others feel left out by not making it to the playa. Either way, throughout the duration of Burning Man we'll be sharing events and places in S.F. that would normally be overrun with burners that you should check out sans BM crowds. 

While “Burners” flee the Bay this weekend to build a city at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the week-long event centered around art, community and self-expression, known as Burning Man, it’s time to take advantage of the many offerings that our city has to present.

The Stern Grove Festival, a San Francisco staple in its 77th year, packs a massive psych pop-rock lineup for its closing show of the season this Sunday, Aug. 24: the local shoegaze indie folk act, Vetiver, as well as the legendary ‘60s psych-pop forefathers, The Zombies.

“This year we have a great mix of local and truly internationally recognized musicians,” Steven Haines, executive director of the festival, says of The Zombies and Vetiver. 

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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


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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Thursday, March 14, 2013

National Pi Day Offers Food for Thought, and Vice Versa

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

A big number
  • A big number

Pi is without question the most elegant of irrational numbers; surpassing all known tests for randomness, it is essential for describing general relativity, the DNA double helix, rainbows, and waves. Given humanity's need to find patterns in the world, it's not surprising that pi has been the subject of obsessive study for nearly 4,000 years and that, in some corners, it is believed to hold the secrets of the universe -- and madness for those who study it too closely. For the majority of San Franciscans, however, "Archimedes' constant" means one thing...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Videos of the Day: The 10 Best Views in S.F. and Oakland

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM


Say what you will about the prevalence of human feces and sky-rocketing rents -- the Bay Area is still an indisputably beautiful place. These videos by Shia Productions capture some of the natural and man-made wonders of San Francisco and Oakland that are rife for exploration, cheap dates, or just to gawk at the sheer loveliness of our hilly homes.

See Also: Hundreds of Starlings Fly through Downtown San Francisco (Video)
What Gay Men Think About Vaginas (Video)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Video of the Day: Learn to Write from Lemony Snicket

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Lemony Snicket - MEREDITH HEUER
  • Meredith Heuer
  • Lemony Snicket

At author readings, young fiction writers often leave disenchanted, because people are always going on about the book. Who has time to read? You want to know about the writing process, about the physical act of getting the words on the page, specifically that magical quality or thing or bit of advice that will put you the fast-track to Zyzzyva sending you an e-mail for once. Sure, you could go to writing school -- so go there. Tonight, at a bona fide writing class (CW 520, according to the syllabus) taught by an esteemed professor (Robert Glück) at an esteemed school (the S.F. State Creative Writing Department), which is open to the public one night a week. All that's needed is a big-shot author you can machine gun questions at. How about Daniel Handler?

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Novel Gazing - Self-consciousness steals the show in an adaptation of Daniel Handler's writing

Appearing at Litquake Starting this Weekend: Practically Everyone

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Michael Jackson's Costume Designer Releases New Book, The King of Style

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  • courtesy of Michael Bush

Growing up among the cornfields of Ohio, Michael Bush never dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He learned to sew from his mother and grandmother, but it was a chore then, not a passion. "It was getting the Butterick pattern and following the instruction sheet," he says. Yet Bush went on to create some of the most iconic clothing in the world -- pearl-frosted military jackets, glittering armbands, and rhinestone-encrusted socks.

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Art Beat: Dita Von Teese's Corset Maker on Sculpting the Body and Ethical Underwear

Jean Paul Gaultier Talks Couture, Tattoos, Vintage Shopping in S.F.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Support the Future at the Youth Arts Summit

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  • Maggie Preston

Come out and show some love for the youngest and brightest up-and-coming artists and performers at the Second Annual San Francisco Youth Arts Summit. Youth leaders from prominent San Francisco advocacy groups have joined forces to showcase young artists' works which spans all realms of artistic expression.

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

The Art of Macworld

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Brighten Your Nights with San Francisco's Plentiful and Free Holiday Tree Lightings

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  • Hanna Quevedo

The election is over, Black Friday is behind us, and the holiday season is in full swing. Shoppers are out and about, we're all frantically trying to get caught up on work before our vacations, Macy's Holiday Tree is lit and brightening up Union Square and -- wait a minute -- Macy's tree is lit? Yep, it's true. Once again, we have missed the holiday tree lighting in Union Square. But don't despair if you're reading this with a similar panicked reaction; we've found a couple more tree lightings to round out the holidays for all you procrastinators.

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Maya Kabat Exhibit in SFMOMA Cafe Distracts from Downtown Holiday Madness

Black Friday: SF Weekly Takes Masochism to a New Level, Spends 24 Hours at Walmart

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