Clowning cabaret ensemble performance group Fou Fou Ha! showed off their many talents, combining burlesque, dancing and singing at Safehouse Arts, Thursday February 26. Photographs by Michael Hendrickson.
Self-styled psychedelic doyens have debated which blotter art hit the city first: R. Crumb's "Mr. Natural" or "Captain LSD" with the giant "L" on his shield. To get to the truth, or at least a hazy semblance of it, you have to ask artist-teacher-LSD Museum founder Mark McCloud. McCloud's "Institute of Illegal Images" — a collection at his San Francisco home open to any serious viewer — boasts over 33,000 samples of blotter art from across the spectrum: political (the FBI seal, Mikhail Gorbachev's head), sacred (mandala, crucified Christ, tetragrammaton), pop (Snoopy, Beavis and Butt-Head), and, of course, fractal. McCloud is being interviewed by V. Vale, who featured McCloud in RE/Search #1 (and again in his pivotal Pranks! volume, RE/Search #11). While McCloud's passion was inspired by firsthand pharmacological experience, he also has a hefty high-art background, which was put to good use fighting two FBI probes. Be advised: Restaurateur Dennis Leary has created thematic draughts and comestibles for the evening.
Mark McCloud appears with V. Vale at 7 p.m. at San Francisco Arts Quarterly's new pop-up SFAQ [Project] Space, 441 O'Farrell St., S.F. Free; sfaq.us.More
When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Bay Area folk may consider themselves too fancified for the WWE's common, cartoonish amusements. But look at this taping of Monday Night Raw as oiled-up, scantily clad men grinding against each other — Randy Orton is a total Falcon type, and John Cena is so the epitome of Colt Studio — and we can dig it. Maybe we're breaking kayfabe (for newbies, that's the pretense that wrestling is a sport and not a scripted show), but wrestling's appeal is far from ironic. The guys and gals are taking real hits and real falls, and their athleticism really is impressive. If you can't make it to Wrestlemania at Levi's Stadium on March 29, or you just can't afford tickets that cost as much $1,000, this is a much gentler head-butt to the budget.
Get suplexed at 4:30 p.m. at the SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. $21-$127; 800-745-3000 or sapcenteratsanjose.com.More
Can a smart bike rescue itself if there’s no one around to see the blinking LED that says it’s stolen? Tuesday morning, Bill Kiriakis drove in from the North Bay to The New Wheel to pick up his brand newMore >>
Local law enforcement is outdoing the Catholic Church when it comes to bad press. Today, Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused San Francisco Sheriff’s deputies of staging fights between prisoners in county jail, and placing bets on who would win. Adachi decidedMore >>
This isn't some set up to slam on techies or hipsters. We're serious: The city is truly infested with bugs, according to a new study released this week by Terminix. The nation's largest pest-control company has released its 2015 rankingsMore >>
Following the steps of local tech guru Marc Benioff, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to sever ties with Indiana, which today passed a new law basically saying it was perfectly fine for people to discriminate against gays. Several hours afterMore >>
Authorities this morning pulled a body out of a camper van that was on fire in the city's Bayview neighborhood. According to police, the body was pulled from the van after fire crews extinguished the blaze at about 6:46 a.m.More >>
The Chop Tops have been tearing up local and international stages for two decades, taking traditional rockabilly, chucking out the owner’s manual, boosting the power, streamlining the chassis, and hot-rodding it into something that’s altogether new. “Every member of thisMore >>
So, you exited Christmas flush with gift cards and $12 checks from grandma. You poured over all the “Best of 2014” lists and hit up iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc., to cherry-pick albums you missed. As one of your NewMore >>
Parameter presents Instance 01 with Tessela, Airhead and more at F8, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 28. $13-$20; feightsf.com The story of how Tessela came to be one of the most exciting and innovative electronic musicians active today begins withMore >>
While many credit iconic performers or mentors as their inspiration to dive into the world of DJing, for local reggae and dancehall DJ Andrés Stepwise, the final push into making music a part of his career came from hisMore >>
Jim Ross’s voice is the sound of wrestling. Whether it was backstage brawls, drive-through weddings, or Mankind getting thrown off the Hell in the Cell – you could always count on good ol’ JR to be right by your side,More >>
Daniel Bryan, the WWE superstar whose signature “Yes!” chant took hold in the Giants’ dugout during their World Series run, has returned to the ring (and the Bay) after recuperating from a neck injury. Bryan was the star of lastMore >>
Stand barefoot on a coastal shore during a storm and you will know what it’s like to encounter Carey Perloff, artistic director for over 20 years at American Conservatory Theater. Pounding surf overriding one’s own heartbeat, gritty sand betweenMore >>
The food was great and the wine flowed as the venerable New Conservatory Theatre held an elegant soiree to announce its 2015-2016 season. NCT founder/artistic director Ed Decker took to the stage to address/entertain the crowd, leaving some toMore >>
The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen where authors give exclusive readings from their work. Kathleen McClung, author of Almost the Rowboat, teaches writing and literature classes at Skyline College and the Writing Salon. HerMore >>
Wine is a calm state of mind, right? Just imagine the rolling vine-covered hills of Sonoma and Napa. It's pastoral and tranquil. It's peaceful and meditative. This weekend wine shows its wild side with the arrival of Wine Rave. Yes, that'sMore >>
If the crowd that flocked to Petaluma last weekend for the ninth annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival knows one thing, it's that the North Bay is fast becoming ground zero for all shapes and sizes of lovingly crafted, handmade cheeses.More >>
"People who say life isn't fair are usually trying to screw you," Sam told me, early into his first beer. "If someone has to explain that life isn't fair, they're probably the ones causing the trouble." We're sitting in longtimeMore >>
If Richie Nakano's foie gras opener at Hapa Ramen is any indication, chefs spent their free time during the luxe liver's two-and-a-half-year hiatus in California wisely rethinking its pairings and presentation on a plate. A terrine of foie gras ($22)More >>
At the terminus of the California Street cable car line you'll find the aaptly named Café Terminus — an interesting hybrid café-bar case study that caters to the overworked and hungry types. It serves as a breakfast and lunch canteenMore >>
Based quite explicitly on the 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York stars Gérard Depardieu as Devereaux, a French financial bigwig who sexually assaults a Manhattan chambermaid (Pamela Afesi). It's what Devereaux does, being an unapologetic pussyhoundMore >>
They're not yet nipping at Pixar's heels, quality-wise, but every so often, DreamWorks produces a really good animated film. (Let's forget that the one with the penguins happened.) In Tim Johnson's fun and often heartwarming Home, Oh (Jim Parsons) isMore >>
With a planned Paris meetup unluckily thwarted, two star-crossed lovers go their separate ways, he unwittingly into a marriage with her sister. That could get interesting, but it doesn't in the self-canceling 3 Hearts. Benoît Jacquot's romantic melodrama comes acrossMore >>
Danish director Susanne Bier's Depression-era downer puts forth Bradley Cooper as a Carolina lumber baron whose company culture gets seriously disrupted by his new wife, Jennifer Lawrence. Hailing from a lumber family herself, she knows how to land an ax,More >>
One of the most positive trends in contemporary television is the rise of female buddy comedies produced by and starring real-life besties, such as Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's rightfully celebrated Broad City, or the lesser-known but still worthy PlayingMore >>
There isn't a foodstuff more synonymous with San Francisco than sourdough, and yet there aren't so many places using the naturally fermented dough for anything beyond the round loaves that make up the city's bread bowls.