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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

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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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MasterChef Junior: The Winner is Announced

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM


The thing I love about reality TV is that I can pick villains and heroes, cheer for my favorites and boo my enemies. This gets complicated when the show involves little kids. I feel like an asshole for hoping that local kid Samuel (from Greenbrae) loses to Tennessee corncob-toothed Logan. Actually, I feel bad pointing out that Logan has some funny teeth, because he’s only 11. (Though the camera panning up to his proud mom and her matching choppers confirmed that maternal RNA gene transfer.) In short, being a snarky television bitch ain’t easy when there’s fragile children competing.

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LightRail: New Project from Illuminate the Arts Gets Approved

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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Yesterday the Board of Supervisors approved LightRail, the new project from Illuminate the Arts (the people behind the Bay Lights), according to a post on their Facebook page. LightRail, a temporary art installation, will illuminate Market Street with strings of LED lights that will move in sync with the Muni lines running back and forth under street level. 

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Giant, Bay Area-Wide White Elephant Event (and Dinner)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

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If you're unfamiliar with the White Elephant* gift exchange, it's where you bring a present to add to the pile and then you take one from the pile, maybe you get some weird socks or a colorful umbrella. You never know. That's the point.

And Spoon Rocket, the food delivery app, is hosting their own version of White Elephant next Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 22-23) where anyone who places an order will have an opportunity to also give-and-get a White Elephant gift. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Somebody 2.0: The App That Lets You Send and Deliver In-Person Messages

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Earlier this year we introduced you to performance-artist Miranda July's latest piece Somebody: an app that delivers your text messages in person.  We also went ahead and had one of our writers try it too — but the quirks of the app kept her from truly experiencing something like the first promo video, and users, like Kirsten Dunst, were quick to share the error messages they received with July.

But now — the initial kinks have been worked out and Somebody 2.0 is readying to debut. 

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Long-time Clown and Acrobat Brings Her Talents to "Mittens and Mistletoe"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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Diane Wasnak, one of the clowns in Sweet Can Productions’ holiday cabaret show, Mittens and Mistletoe, always knew she’d be a performer. Growing up in Ohio, she spent a lot of time with her grandmother, who wrote children’s books and told stories, and her grandfather, who had taught himself to play the accordion at four and was playing in between Broadway acts by the age of nine. And at her grandparents' house, Wasnak was allowed to stay up and watch the Ed Sullivan Show – on the condition she would imitate the acts for anyone who came by the house the next day.

“At five I had quite a repertoire,” she says. “Liberace, Jack Benny.”

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Hinge: Tinder Without the Randos?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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If you're single and in your 20s, chances are you’ve hopped on the internet-dating bandwagon at least once, even if it was “just to check it out.” And although everyone and their grandmother (in some cases, literally) uses online dating these days, the concept of it still perturbs some people.

One you get past the initial shame factor of meeting someone online, the fact remains that — no matter how much you apparently have in common with someone according to your profiles — you're still conversing with a stranger on the internet.

The new dating app Hinge aims at eliminating the "rando factor" — the only people you will see on the app are Facebook friends with people you know — this could be determined for the better or worse. 

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Once Again: San Francisco Ranks Third Most Livable City in America for People 35 and Under

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM


It's raining, it's pouring and all these lists about the best and worst cities in America are getting kinda boring. However, we still love to see where San Francisco ranks, so here's another one!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Forgotten Decade-Long AIDS Vigil: Filmmaker Nick Aquilino Recalls the Early Days of HIV and AIDS

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

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Death was everywhere in 1985. The gay community was being decimated by AIDS, at the time, a mysterious illness spread by sexual contact. The HIV virus destroyed the immune systems of its host — carriers would be bombarded with one opportunistic infection after another — pneumonia and skin cancers were the most common afflictions. Some sufferers simply wasted away.

At first, it appeared to be a disease affecting only gay men, and the response from religious leaders was judgement and the response from then President Ronald Reagan was a deafening silence.

Following the onset of this new, mystery illness, a group of gay men with AIDS set up an encampment in San Francisco's Civic Center. They would live there, in a tent city, they said, in order to draw attention to the deafening silence. 

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Museum of the African Diaspora's Rebirth: Q&A with MoAD Director Linda Harrison

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

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Following an extensive six-month $1.3 million renovation, the Museum of African Diaspora has reopened. Since its grand opening in 2005, the museum has become an important place on Mission — the museum is the only one in the City, and one of the few in the country, that offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the African Diaspora: the migration of African people and their lasting cultural and historical impact.

The remodel has allowed for a larger exhibition space — in an attempt to guide the museum away from offering (primarily) temporary shows. By gaining more permanent exhibits, the museum is working to aligning itself with that of a fine arts museum (as opposed to a gallery space or exhibition hall). The museum is also now officially a Smithsonian Affiliate, allowing it access to the Smithsonian Institute's vast array of resources, including its unmatched artifact collection, which houses 136-million cultural and historical artifacts.

We caught up with the Museum's Executive Director, Linda Harrison, during the museum's busy re-opening week, to find out what changes have transformed MoAD, and what responsibilities it had moving forward.

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