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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wear Your Finest Survivalist Tux to This Vegetarian-Vegan Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

click to enlarge KELLY PATTON
  • Kelly Patton

Are you concerned about environmental degradation, the corporatization of the commonweal, and the impossibility of sustainable agricultural practices in a world of 7.2 billion hungry humans? If so, there is an event at Public Works on Sunday, July 26 called The Art of Surival that will cater to both your sense of impending doom and your hunger for non-dairy cheese.

Speakers from the Factory Farm Awareness Coalition and the Food Empowerment Project will deliver talks about how to slow Big Ag’s devastation. In the event the tone becomes a shade hectoring, there will also be live music “sourced from the vegan and vegetarian community,” including Earth Amplified, Cello Joe (a “beatboxing, bike-touring, veggie maniac”), and Oinga Boinga (an all-female cover band; hell yeah!). And there’s going to be a raffle of beauty products and restaurant coupons, with proceeded benefiting the San Francisco Vegetarian Society’s 16th World Veg Festival.

People are encouraged to show up wearing survivalist gear, as the invite specifically name-checks Burning Man, Mad Max and Waterworld. (So yes to wearing goggles and spraying chrome on your mouth, although tattooing a map of fabled “Dryland” between your shoulder blades might be overdoing it.)

Of course, there will be tasty nibbles free of green-washing, such as fair trade chocolate from Choquiero Chocolate, aged vegan cheese from Miyoko’s Kitchen, and goodies from Peacecock Vegan Hemp Bakery. Entrance is only $25 for regular folk, although the $75 VIP ticket guarantees access to plant-based cheese, chocolate, and jackfruit, but only for as long as a room full of elite A-Vegans can resist shoving free food into reusable bags. Also, you get one drink ticket.

One important thing to note is that you have to be conscious to attend, as it says several times. Whether that means socially aware or simply awake and responsive to visual stimuli, we’re not sure, but definitely don’t show up to this unconscious or you won’t get in the door. Somnambulant sheeple aren’t projected to survive on their own pee for more than six weeks after the grid goes down, anyway.

The Art of Survival, Sunday, July 26, 3-9 p.m., at Public Works, 161 Erie.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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