Our weekend was pretty wild, but we've got nothing on our friends at the Houston Press who spent their time documenting the destruction of Hurricane Ike, powerless, soggy office and all. Kudos to friend and web editor Keith Plocek for keeping his head above the water and keeping us posted over the break. We don't pray very often, but our thoughts are with you.
OK, back to your regular sunny San Francisco programming...
Many a SF Weekly staffer spent Sunday afternoon on board the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien for Brews by the Bay. Editorial Assistant extraordinaire Andy Wright summed up the awesomeness of the occasion best when she said "Beer! On a f**king battleship!" Well, it was technically a "Liberty Ship" but no one was being nitpicky as they climbed into the gunner's seat and drunkenly pretended to shoot passing helicopters. We salute the beer flag, which flew high above the ship, with this slideshow.
On Sunday evening, Gretchen Robinette witnessed the 5th Annual Jello Wrestling event at Bender's Bar. We're not sure who won (anyone who leaves with red gunk in their hair doesn't seem like much of a winner from where we're sitting), but it looked like a messy good time. Full photo set here.
Saturday evening brought scores of art-lovin' individuals to White Walls gallery on Larkin Street for
the second coming of Jesus Shepard Fairey's solo show, "The Duality of Humanity." Patrons brought their own booze and were asked to strip said beverages of their paper/plastic bag coverings before entering the gallery. The music was too loud and the artist was on hand signing copies of his books for fans. See Sam Heller's opening night photos here.
Down the street at the Great American Music Hall, Tyler Callister watched as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and other guitar gods made like the American Idol judges in critiquing contenders in the Guitar Superstar competition. In the end, Vicki Genfan (read: a woman!) won the night. We were thrilled. Read Tyler's photo-studded take and see Vicki in action here.
Also on Saturday: Mike and Jen Cash caught three marvelous tribute bands at the Red Devil Lounge. See their stunning shots of Stung, Darkwave and Erasure-esque here.
And on Friday, Jackie Lopez got her hip-hop on at Mighty's Stones Throw Appreciation Party, which featured the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf and J Rocc, whose set melted our reporter's marshmallow heart. Several artists sat in corners, painting to the beat.