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Friday, September 12, 2014

Link Round Up: Cool Things We Found on the Internet This Week

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Happy Friday! Have a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at on the internet.

A San Francisco house that has retained much of its 1948 character — wood paneling and all. (Dwell

We love now-and-then images, and these are some great side-by side-shots of the Castro. (Hoodline

While there are no San Francisco films (yet), this photo project is worth scrolling through — it features stills from old movies juxtaposed against the filming locations in present day. (Juxtapoz/

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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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6 Free Days at the Exploratorium

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

  • Joseph Schell

We like going to the Exploratorium, but we like it even better when we can go for free. And now, there are six free days to put on your calendar. 

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Read the Signs Web Series: A Road-Guide to Sex

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

She is not amused. - READ THE SIGNS/VIMEO
  • Read the Signs/Vimeo
  • She is not amused.
In 18 minutes the viewer travels through the sexual frustrations and liberations of James as he gets into bed with his wife, his therapist, and later a drag queen (played by S.F.'s very own Heklina). The six comedic mini-episodes cover everything from relationships, to fantasies, to masturbation, all within the immediate timeframe following these situations (the time in which people go pee, analyze the romp, and turn on the TV).

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Hotel Vertigo Commemorates Alfred Hitchcock's Classic Film

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Still standing today. - PARAMOUNT STUDIOS/ YOUTUBE
  • Paramount Studios/ YouTube
  • Still standing today.
San Francisco has a rich cinematic history and is a haven for avid cinema fanatics — from respected film schools to iconic shooting locations for films like The Maltese Falcon and Mrs.Doubtfire — there is always a gem waiting for the movie buffs to visit.  And perhaps, without question, one of the greatest film makers of the 20th century treated San Francisco as his greatest muse and inspiration for scenery.  Alfred Hitchcock filmed many of his greatest films like The Birds and Vertigo in here in the City and his his work are massive love letters of reel proportions. Although there are many cameos made by S.F. locations in his films, we'll be exploring a place that was pivotal in plot development and very much a character itself.

It's time to check into the Vertigo Hotel.

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"Multiple Mary" and "Invisible Jane": Aerial Dance Addresses San Francisco's Contradictions

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Every day the streets of San Francisco reek of the contradictory filth of the burgeoning technopolis of ironically hoodied, moustachioed, nouveau riche youths and the destitute itinerants who crumple their bodies to sleep in the underground corridors of Muni stations. To address these contradictions, Choreographer Jo Kreiter — whose Isadora Duncan Award-winning 2012 piece Niagara Falling addressed economic collapse and urban decay in the cities of Niagara Falls and San Francisco — creates the second in a trilogy of works with her aerial dance company Flyaway Productions on American poverty in Multiple Mary and Invisible Jane, on view September 12-20 on a wall donated by UC Hastings College of Law.

"When I was making Niagara Falling on the side of the Renoir Hotel, I had the opportunity to look at Market Street from the roof," she explains. "People don’t know they’re being watched, and I could see old ladies scurry in the corners, clearly homeless ladies carrying lots of bags, and I became really curious about what their stories were."

Kreiter's curiosity and her desire to pursue the theme of poverty and resistance from a feminist slant coincided with a conversation with journalist Rose Aguilar, who was then researching her article "Old, Female and Homeless." 

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The Write Stuff: Sarah Heady on Grass-is-greener Distractibility and Discontented Grasping

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

  • Antoine Raab
Poet and essayist Sarah Heady writes on human geography, American history, and the built environment. She is the author of Niagara Transnational (Fourteen Hills, 2013), winner of the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award in poetry. Her manuscript "Corduroy Road" was a finalist for the 2013 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize. Sarah is a founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets, a writing and performance collective whose work was featured at the Philly Fringe Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Kelly Writers House. In 2013 she was a writer-in-residence at Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska. A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Sarah currently makes her home in San Francisco.

What's your biggest struggle — work or otherwise?

Grass-is-greener distractibility and discontented grasping, i.e. the feeling that at any given moment I’m not putting my efforts toward the most important/rewarding/healthy/fun/otherwise-appropriate task.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Comedian Bill Santiago Headlines a Fundraiser for the Instituto Familiar de la Raza

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The comedian at work - COURTESY OF BILL SANTIAGO
  • Courtesy of Bill Santiago
  • The comedian at work
Comedian Bill Santiago is a born-and-bred New Yorker, but San Francisco is where he came to get his stand up career going.

“It was my standup playground,” he says. “San Francisco is like a dream for that sort of thing. The legend stood up to the scrutiny.”

And Santiago will be back in San Francisco on September 17 where he'll be the featured guest at Hope and Healing, the annual event for Instituto Familiar de la Raza, an organization that provides services promoting health for Latinos.  Before he was a comedian, Santiago started out as a journalist, working for a newspaper in Puerto Rico, the San Juan Star. He says his fantasy was to be a journalist by day and do stand up by night. But the comedy took over.

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Finding History in a San Francisco Mailbox: The Clay Street Massacre of 1955

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

  • Mollie McWilliams
Earlier this week we found mail delivered to our address — 55 years ago. Now we're looking at the last piece we pulled from the mailbox, John Abraham's running-platform poster,  which served as an introduction to one of the worst car crashes the City has ever seen: the Clay Street Massacre. 

While the Death Rides S.F. Streets running-platform poster didn't make a strong argument for his election: "John [illegible middle name] Abraham demands halt to slaughter pledges strong vehicle safety inspection code for City," (sorry Abraham, we think we know why you lost), it did inspire us to dig into the history behind something the City would call a massacre, but was, yet, something we'd never heard of.

This of course isn't the first time we've learned about the dark side of San Francisco history lost to time; last year Joe Eskenazi wrote about the worst sporting disaster ever, which happened in San Francisco in 1900. In this sad story sport spectators clamored onto a factory roof to watch a football game at Recreation Park and subsequently fell to their death when the roof collapsed. The story is much more gruesome than just a simple roof collapse — the spectators fell onto a furnace and some became entrapped between rods and the furnace, while others who had broken bones from the fall were unable to move. And while it may seem unimaginable that a story like this and the Clay Street Massacre were able to be lost to time, all we have to do is remember the stories that have followed in their wake — the Zodiac killer, the Zebra murders, the Jonestown Massacre, and so on — and it's easy to see how time creates a barrier between the tragic stories of the City's past and one's personal knowledge of San Francisco history. 

And so, here's what happened that fateful day, May 27, 1955, when a furniture truck lost its brakes on top of Nob Hill and sparked the beginning of the Clay Street Massacre that would end with seven dead; according to the AP (spelling mistakes included):

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Jeremy Lin Pranks Fans at Madame Tussauds San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Not the real Jeremy Lin - YOUTUBE
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  • Not the real Jeremy Lin

We love a good prank, and Madame Tussauds San Francisco uploaded a video yesterday of a funny one. The footage depicts the unveiling of the Jeremy Lin wax figure last month (A Lakers wax figure in S.F.? Really? We digress.), except the figure fans were sitting down with wasn't wax, it was Lin. Some of the reactions are pretty stellar, we especially loved how his mom responded, check out the video below.

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