Friday, August 1, 2014

Escape the Fog for an Oakland Baycation this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

It’s been said before but we’ll say it again, “The coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco.” (Apparently this may not actually have been said by our favorite pseudonymous Civil War-era humorist, but we’re too cold and depressed to deal with that.)

Regardless of historical accuracy, San Francisco Fogusts are cold, gloomy, and extremely threatening to hairstyles. That’s why a group of art galleries, a boutique vintage car showroom, Microsoft, and a travel writer you know as “Broke-Ass Stuart” have teamed up to bring Oakland “Baycation” — a free celebration of summer and escape from Karl.

Ignoring the Avengers like randomness of that group, the free daytime party will involve crafting activities led by local artists like John Casey and Crystal Morey, photo workshops with Microsoft Lumia, beats by DJ MelisserAGoGo, classic car viewings, and some sort of disappointingly not free food and drinks.

Oakland Art Murmur and Classic Cars West will open for strolling and sunning from one to five p.m. on Saturday, known in other parts of the Bay as the foggy existential midday crisis of doom. The Exhibitionist feels meh about being tricked into finding out about Microsoft’s new product, which sounds like it was named after a side-effect heavy anti-depressant, but pretty excited about local artists, sunshine, and Broke-Ass Stuart, who has been called “the pimp-daddy of budget travel.”

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Mothers for Human Rights: Global Latch On Brings Breastfeeding to City Hall

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

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Women and children gathered today under the dome of City Hall for “The Big Latch On 2014” — the local iteration of a nationwide event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. At exactly 10:30 a.m. PST, mothers gathered in public and private locations around the world to breastfeed together for at least one minute. The event is not a protest or demonstration: “It’s not a nurse-in!” one mother told me, “It’s a chance to get together.” The event is aimed at supporting women who breastfeed, educating and raising awareness, and normalizing public breastfeeding.

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Tourism For Locals: The TRUTH-ful Art of Rigo 23

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

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It's a well known statement that art, in and of itself, is political; as stated by artist, activist, and essayist Mark Vallen. Since artists do not create in a vacuum, they are indisputably coupled to the society and times in which they work. But Vallen innocently omitted that the very location of art also provides an equally valid subjective commentary and observation on the state of the world.

Although there are plenty of examples of geographically oriented political art, San Francisco has one artist who synthesizes complex messages and themes into monochromatic lines and a single word statements that draw attention industrialization and world politics (among other items).  

This is the streamlined world of Rigo 23.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bay of the Living Dead: "Carmilla" Is The Birth of Lesbian Vampires

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a monthly column dedicated to horror films and TV shows, past and present.

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's novella "Carmilla" was first published in 1871 in The Dark Blue, a publication of the period. The following year it appeared in Le Fanu's collection of short stories: In A Glass Darkly. "Carmilla" was a tale of terror that no doubt raised many eyebrows in its day: Countess Carmilla Karnstein was a vampire with a particular taste for the blood of young ladies.

Though not as well known as Bram Stoker's Dracula, which was published 26 years later, "Carmilla" remains a horror classic in its own right. Some could argue that Stoker in fact borrowed from Le Fanu's "Carmilla" — vampire hunter Baron Vordenburg has more than a passing resemblance to Dracula's arch-enemy Van Helsing.

"Dracula's Guest," a Stoker short story published two years after the author's death in 1914, was thought to be to a deleted chapter from Dracula. The 1936 Universal Studios film Dracula's Daughter claimed to be an adaptation of "Dracula's Guest," though the film told an entirely different story than what was initially published. But it did retain what may have been borrowed form LeFanu — a (at the time) shocking lesbian seduction scene in which the Count's thirsty daughter (Gloria Holden), posing as an artist, feasted upon the throat of a female model (Nan Gray) after asking the terrified young woman to remove her top.

The most famous, and faithful, screen take on Carmilla was Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers, (1970). Polish-born Holocaust survivor Ingrid Pitt had a field day, and a brief brush with movie stardom, with her no-holds-barred performance as a lusty and sometimes nude Carmilla. Though she went to great pains to hide her vampirism, Pitt's Countess flirts openly with women, shocking behavior during the film's 18th century setting. Lesbian content was still considered daring, and titillating, at the time of the film's release. Shots of beautiful young ladies with bite marks on their breasts helped to fill theaters to capacity and made The Vampire Lovers one of Hammer's biggest hits from the studio's latter day period. It remains a fan favorite.

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I Know Where Your Cat Is: Tracking San Francisco Cats

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Because cats and the internet were made for each other, there's a new site devoted to all things cats: I Know Where Your Cat Lives. Equal parts creepy and amazing, this site allows you to see public pictures of feline friends from around the world. 

We were wondering which cats may live near our office and found the cats in our neighborhood were more likely passing through than lounging in a sun spot — we found a cat on a leash and yet another cat on a leash. As we scrolled over San Francisco there were definitely dead zones, apparently those in Pacific Heights and the Marina are dog people (or they're just not snapping photos of their cats).

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Mystery Girls: Sister Issues

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

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Someone has been stealing hot dogs at the mall and it’s up to Charlie (Jennie Garth) to solve the case. “Too many buns, not enough weiners,” she quips. And if that wasn’t hilarious enough, the stereotypical gay assistant says, “Story of my life!”

But let’s analyse this… What does it mean? Does that mean that he sees butts everywhere but he doesn’t have enough penises to have sex with them? I think that’s it. Hilarious.

The real plot of show veered elsewhere in a surprising twist. (Yes, that is sarcasm.) Holly’s sister is in town and she’s a bitch and Holly wants to impress her with her detective skills so that she can finally get the approval from her she’s been craving. Nick the assistant invents this entire fake case that sends the girls to a biker bar full of his friends dressed like Satan’s Helpers.

The gist is that a phony fight will be started and the girls will foil it etc, all in front of Holly’s sister so that she can look like a hot shot. Everyone is dressed like Judas Priest groupies (hell bent for leather, natch) and the heroes pick a fight with the biggest biker in the place. But get this: He’s not in on the joke! He’s a real biker! Ruh-roh! He kidnaps them and then some stuff happens that I couldn’t quite follow, because who the fuck cares.

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The Write Stuff: Hollie Hardy on Being Brave, Diving In, and Making Connections

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

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

Hollie Hardy can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems has titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook. She is an adjunct English instructor at Berkeley City College and lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she also received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. An active participant in the local Bay Area literary scene, Hardy co-hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. She is a core producer and venue coordinator for the annual Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator of Litquake's Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Her work has appeared in various literary journals, including: Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLink, The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals. She lives in Oakland. The release party for How to Take a Bullet is this Saturday at the SF Motorcycle Club.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Possibly the Worst "Room" for Rent in S.F.: Back of a Pickup Truck for $300/Week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

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We've seen some awful rooms for rent, but it's particularly bad when it's not even a room. Behold the latest Craigslist rental: the back of a pickup truck for $300... a week, and you have to share it!

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NudeTube: Top 10 Memorable Nude Scenes in TV & Film (NSFW)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

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Nudity has always been a staple in arts and entertainment, but it seems we're moving into a time of at least a boob on every tube. We're less prudish and softening to the notion of viewing more pornographic/natural depictions of the human form. Being naked is going mainstream, and one facet of the media that fully embraces nakedness is reality television. TV is disrobing and there's a lengthy schlong of a list that includes programs like Discovery's Naked and Afraid, WE tv's Sex Box, TLC's Buying Naked and last week's premiere of VH1's Dating Naked. So SF Weekly has compiled the following films and television programs showcasing nude scenes that stand firmly erect as important and memorable — compared to other flaccid companions in this genre. Let us know if you agree, or if you feel we left any off the list.

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Have Gordon Ramsay Yell at You — Be on Hell's Kitchen

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Our TV critic just finished reviewing the latest Hell's Kitchen season, and she was not impressed by the chefs or the lack of women making it to the final round.

But now's your chance to impress her and have Gordon Ramsay yell at you on national television while you cry over  wilted lettuce — Hell's Kitchen is coming to San Francisco to find chefs for the next season. 

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