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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Photic Wave Is a Cult You'll Want to Join

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 8:01 AM

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Deep in a dungeon-like basement in SOMA — in the shell of a former leather store — art collective Nightmare City toils on a new exhibition for Alter Space’s Jail Cell Residency. Artists Keturah Cummings and Carol Anne McChrystal have founded The Photic Wave, an “ideological organization” aimed at expanding infinite awareness, otherwise known as a cult. Opening this Saturday, The Photic Wave will preach the group’s mystical beliefs through a two-story immersive exhibition of video, projections, photographs, shrines, and sculpture.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Aiming beyond funny, ripping out hearts with Bob Rubin

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

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  • Bob Rubin at the Punch Line Comedy Club in the 1980s

It's fair to say that comedian Bob Rubin, who has been living the comedy life for three decades, has a rather sui generis style. The comic, a fixture of the San Francisco comedy scene in the 1980s and beyond, has a way with a non-sequitur and absurdism. 

Thus, SF Weekly would like to declare 04-01-2015 OFFICIAL BOB RUBIN DAY, since he's performing at the Punch Line Comedy Club tonight, and also because we're huge fans, and this blog doesn't let things like "not having the authority to declare holidays" get in its way. We don't have any keys to the city to give out, but you can check out Bob Rubin's off-the-wall new "Bananaland" podcast on his website,, or his fascinating interview on Marc Maron's podcast

San Francisco's comedy scene in the 1980s

SFW: What were some of the big venues?
Rubin: Holy City Zoo, anybody who started there, that was their favorite spot, because it just was such a hole in the wall. There was a music club, the Last-Day Saloon, next door. ... Sitting in the Holy City Zoo, you might as well have been sitting in the Last-Day Saloon, because that's how loud their music was.
Rubin: It seems like that was one of the hardest places to learn how to be a comedian, but I think that's what made it one of the greatest places, because everybody was relaxed. Nobody cared. Nobody thought, "Gee, I'd better look good here, because this is going to make or break my career." You have to have a place where you can go and be bad, in order to get good, and not just your parents' living room.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#SFBorn: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were from San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 2:59 PM

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Ever wondered who was born in San Francisco that grew up to be famous (or infamous)? Well, some won't surprise you, but we bet a few will! 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Man Up!: SF Weekly tries Male Brazilian Waxing (Semi NSFW)

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:44 PM

The New Millenium Male flexes and waxes! - SECRETSALONS.COM
  • The New Millenium Male flexes and waxes!

The days of definitive categorizations and labels for the modern male has lapsed and the MANual is in need of a major rewrite. In every new monthly installment of Man Up!, Juan De Anda and other male writers  will partake in activities that may have been deemed too “girly,” taboo, or crazy for men to participate in — ranging from manscaping to bridge climbing to Spanxing — in order to delve in the myriad of possibilities for masculine presentation and expression. 

I truly wanted to bare myself to those who happened to be reading the inaugural article of this new series. I absolutely loved the idea of stripping away antiquated ideas of what being a man meant in today’s world of bridging differences through new modes of behavior and expression. I just never thought this would become a matter of pubic concern. (No, you did not just read a typo.)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Christmas critter joy. - ANDREW MCMEEL PUBLISHING
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  • Christmas critter joy.

Forget the cute and cuddly — want to stand out and be a part of the trend? It's time to gift the animal kingdom's misfits who are preserved for our posterity (although we don't know if it's for better or worse). Some seem like human mistakes and others look like they were born that way, but for that pesky little relative who insists on a pet for a Christmas gift, wrap up these joys.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Holidays: November's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:04 AM

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  • November is more than just Dia de Los Muertos.

From mortality to sexy saxophones, there is an obscure holiday to celebrate every day; and in honor of these diverse, festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted 10 November holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature. Here are our picks (we swear these aren't made up):

November 2: National Plan Your Epitaph Day 

It's never to late to start planning what how legacy will look... in stone. We don't know what ours will say, but all we know is that our tombs should have free WiFi so people come visit and check in more often. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Daily Holidays: October's Quirky National Observance Days to Celebrate

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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From beloved bosses to lowercase letters, there is sincerely a special and obscure holiday to be celebrated everyday in the United States. In honor of these diverse festive days, SF Weekly has highlighted 10 holidays that warrant public observance because of their odd-ball and/or original nature.

Here are our picks for October that we swear aren't made up:

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Don't Shoot the Messenger (Bag): S.F. is Home of the Man Bag

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags! - IMAGE COURTESY OF MAFIA BAGS
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  • S.F. is the National Capital of Man Bags!

We know full well that the typical San Francisco man knows how to dress.

Why, we have even stated that the urban San Francisco male is aptly described as a metrosexual, someone who is confident with their sexuality and adopts fashions and lifestyles that are traditionally associated with women and homosexuals; in short, they flex, wax, Spanx, and accessorize.

While this may not be news for anyone, it's this type of this male that has inadvertently made the fashion retail market shift toward a wider variety of clothing options. The newest of these trends to bite is the man bag (judging from the crop of new retailers popping up).

We're declaring San Francisco the murse capital of the America and we've set out to find the best of the best (thus far).

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Where's the Nicest Potty in S.F.?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

We'd be more competitive if the contest focused on "worst restrooms"
  • We'd be more competitive if the contest focused on "worst restrooms"

Cintas, an Ohio-based corporation that specializes in bathroom supplies, is hosting its annual Bowl Game contest, honoring the very best restroom in the nation. Know the best place to go when you gotta go?

As a city of over-achievers, we'll settle for nothing less than no. 1; we've already received the dubious honors of being America's sluttiest city and the city with the most sugar daddies per capita. But this time we're aiming high, attempting to take the title as the city with the most appealing place to pee and poop.

See also:

San Francisco's Best Public Restrooms: Expert Weighs In

Scott Wiener Bathroom Photo: Law Prof Calls Blogger's Account "Public Confession"

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

San Francisco Is a City Full of Virgins, Survey Says

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

And there are those who have no other choice but to wait
  • And there are those who have no other choice but to wait, that pseudo-scientific conductor of sexy and creepy studies is at it again. Previously, the dating company deemed San Francisco the nation's sugar daddy capital. Now, the sex researchers over there have determined that S.F. women aren't that sexually experienced after all. In fact, according to its most recent study, 1 out of every 10 San Francisco women are still virgins.

Seeking Arrangement, a dating service that pairs sugar daddies with sugar babies, surveyed 5,498 of their local female members about their virginity, and learned that compared to the national average, San Francisco women tend to wait longer before having sex.

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