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Friday, August 29, 2014

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

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

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

Some whales — that are currently swimming through the ocean blue — have been around since before Moby Dick was published back in 1851. (OZY)

This Vine video of a micro pig jumping through a front yard is one of the cutest things we've seen in awhile. (Huffington Post)

Okay, one more animal post, and this one has cute kids in it too. (Juxtapoz)

We read this story earlier in the week and we've thought about it every day since — it's amazing how certain parts of history become lost to time. (Mental Floss)

Looking to purchase a coffin? This one is a bargain at $100. (Reddit)

On our walk down Market Street every morning we notice grass, and the occasional clover plant, growing in the cracks of the sidewalk bricks; but we've never seen anything like this:

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Enter If You Dare: Q&A with "The Room" Director Tommy Wiseau

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Tommy Wiseau
  • Tommy Wiseau
What is The Room? Answers will vary depending on who you ask. Fans will tell you it's the best cult classic since 1990's Troll 2, while critics will tell you it's the worst film since; however, ask writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau and he'll simply say it's the best movie of all time. 

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Viewing Party for "The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell!"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

On Monday, Lifetime is airing The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, and the teeming masses cannot wait. Anyone who is anyone is going to be throwing a Saved By The Bell soiree, and here’s your Unauthorized Guide To A Party Celebrating The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story.

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Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's First U.S. Mural: "The Allegory of California"

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Detail featuring the ceiling portion of this Rivera mural. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
  • Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
  • Detail featuring the ceiling portion of this Rivera mural.
San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, and it played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century: Diego Rivera.

For those who don't know who he is, aside from his portrayal by the actor Alfred Molina in the 2002 Academy Award winning film Frida starring Salma Hayek, Rivera was an enigmatic painter who fostered the muralist style of painting in Mexico at the turn of the last century.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Miranda July's New App: Let a Stranger Verbally Deliver your Text Message

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

  • YouTube/Somebody

What if someone sent you a text message and it arrived in person, delivered by a stranger, with the works — crying, hand holding, and colorful language. This may seem like some weird idea for a movie — and it is that — but it's also a very-real app. You can send and deliver these in-person text messages in San Francisco through Miranda July's Somebody App

We've become accustomed to Miranda July's public-involved art pieces, it was just last year we opted into her email exchange between famous people and their friend and families on various life topics titled "We Think Alone," but you may be more familiar with her 2005 full-length film Me and You and Everyone We Know. And this app, and accompanying short film, are very much July — the film is a good place to start in understanding this odd app.

The short film starts out with a freckle-faced, red-headed teenage girl sending her boyfriend a break-up message while he readies a picnic (presumably for the two of them) in a park; a nearby "somebody," in this case an athletic black man, receives the text for Caleb, along with his image, and proceeds to sit down at the edge of the blanket and (through fake tears) read her message. The movie continues on from there, unrolling features of the app as it goes, such as rating the message delivery-person, and including items the message delivery-person should do, such as fist bump, hug, and even kiss, the friend/lover/enemy you're sending the message to.

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Are You a Good Cook? MasterChef Casting Call

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

  • MasterChef/FOX
You know you make a great potato salad, everyone tells you that it's the best — even better than grandma's — and you've just been waiting to share your culinary talents with the world. Well, you're in luck. MasterChef is looking for you. 

The casting agents are coming to San Francisco on September 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Prescott Hotel, 545 Post) to find contestants for the fifth season of the show. If you've been living under a rock, the show is hosted by Gordon Ramsay and focuses on plucking amazing cooks from their kitchens and transforming them into staples in the culinary scene; this of course if achieved through a series of  cooking challenges that whittles down the contestants until there is one cook who is crowned the MasterChef. According to the Mirror, many winners from the UK version of the show have gone on to lucrative careers in the cooking world. 

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Love in the Time of Rent Control: Q&A with "Love Is Strange" Director Ira Sachs

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Left to right: Alfred Molina, John Lithgow and Director Ira Sachs - PHOTO BY CLAY ENOS, COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

Here's a peculiar idea for a charming end-of-summer movie that just might work: Write and direct an intimate portrait about an older gay couple in Manhattan who finally marry after nearly four decades of loving devotion only to face unexpected economic turmoil soon after.

Sound appealing? Well it should because Ira Sachs' latest film Love Is Strange is that perfect slice of counter-programming that serious yet fatigued filmgoers yearn for in a summer movie season mostly ruled by an intergalactic talking raccoon and lovestruck tweens. 

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The Write Stuff: Alia Volz on Not Settling and Being Difficult to Manipulate

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 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.

  • Kevin Hunsanger
Alia Volz’ stories and essays are found in Tin House Magazine (forthcoming), ZYZZYVA, Defenestration and The Writing Disorder’s “Best Nonfiction of 2012” anthology. She lives on the foggiest block in her hometown of San Francisco with a bewhiskered bookseller and two rabbits. Alia has recently completed her first novel, a mean little cowboy noir in which all of your favorite characters die. Stalk her at or @aliavolz on Twitter.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them… ?

I’m a Spanish interpreter by trade, so I usually start there. I might also wiggle my fingers in what I think of as the universal sign for writing. It probably looks like I’m threatening a tickle attack.

What's your biggest struggle — work or otherwise?

I’m a perfectionist. It can be positive, in that it forces me to craft sentences carefully. But it slows me down. I over-analyze and agonize over inessential details. I spent four years on a novel another writer could have done in two. I am learning to let go, but it’s hard.

If someone said I want to do what you do, what advice would you have for them?

Travel. Get lost. Don’t wait until you have enough money in the bank; just sell your shit and go. Buy a plane ticket and trust yourself to scrape cash together in time. It may feel like you’re living in the world, but you’re only living in one version of it, one paradigm among infinite possibilities.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Five: SF Mime Troupe Take on Tech Boom With "Ripple Effect", Close Season

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM

(l-r) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Jeanine Adenauer), Velina Brown (Deborah Johnson), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Sunny Nguyen) in - Ripple Effect. - FLETCHER OAKES
  • Fletcher Oakes
  • (l-r) Lisa Hori-Garcia (Jeanine Adenauer), Velina Brown (Deborah Johnson), Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Sunny Nguyen) inRipple Effect.

By now you’re probably as burned out on Burning Man as the Burners at la playa. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t stick it out til the end, right? And what better way to spend those last few hours of Burning Man in the Bay than at Dolores Park enjoying a free live performance by the San Francisco Mime Troupe for its closing shows of "Ripple Effect".

The Tony-award winning, SF Mime Troupe closes out it’s 55th season with "Ripple Effect", a musical comedy that catches three unsuspecting, culturally different women in an intersection of beliefs and ideas that reflect tensions present in San Francisco today. A cast of four play multiple characters, and tell the story of three very different women in a quick-change fashion, full of singing and dancing and political critique.

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Looking Back in San Francisco Until November, Be an Extra

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM

  • HBO

A source told us they ran across the Looking crew yesterday, and that one member of the HBO staff said they'd be in town until November filming new scenes for the upcoming season. And this morning we came across a call on the Project Casting site for various roles while they film in the Bay Area (from 9/3 to 11/20). The series is currently looking for extras to work in San Francisco, Oakland and Guerneville (if you're unfamiliar with this Russian River town, it's a popular gay vacation destination in Sonoma County).

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