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Monday, October 6, 2008

LoveFest, Castro Street Fair, Yerba Buena Artists Ball and the World Veg Festival: Your Monday Morning Hangover

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:00 AM

You partied hard this weekend, San Francisco. We raise our mug of espresso and similarly sleep-deprived eyes to you. And in case you've woken up somewhere with little or no recollection of what went down, here's All Shook Down's coverage checklist. --Janine Kahn

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On Friday, music editor Jennifer Maerz enjoyed Yerba Buena's annual Artists Ball. This year's theme was political (surprise surprise):

"Men wandered the halls dressed as Abe Lincoln, cheerleaders shouted artsy, nonsensical protests from human pyramids, and red, white and blue balloons were batted around by women in shimmery prom-like dresses."

It was good fun, Jennifer tells us, but sadly under-attended. Read her musings, peppered with Chrissy Loader's photos here.

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Friday through Sunday, feminists of all walks of life came together for the Radical Women Conference (its theme being "The Persistent Power of Social Feminism.") The ladies (and a few men) talked Marxist feminism, multi-ethnic organizing, the elections, reproductive rights, youth, queer leadership and labor rights. The conference wraps up at the Mission's Women's Building today -- Snitch blogger Masha Rumer was in attendance over the weekend and will report back this afternoon.

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Saturday was all about LoveFest, with drunks and folks high on love (and a variety of other things...) taking to the streets and making it impossible to drive/bus up Van Ness. Colorful floats and even more colorful people floated down the streets. Some wore elaborate outfits, others wore nothing at all. See Sam Heller's photo set here.

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Another all-weekend event was the AES (Audio Engineering Society) convention at the Moscone Center, where soundmen, producers and gear enthusiasts alike geeked-out over vintage mics, consoles, and newer studio eye (and ear) candy. The party spilled into Hyde Street Studios on Friday and Saturday nights and we enjoyed cups of Anchor Steam as we toured the facility and drooled over the studio's crowning glory: a vintage Neve 8038 in Studio A.

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On Sunday we boarded the F trolley and headed to the Castro Street Fair, which was overflowing with booze, music and No on Prop 8 stickers. Everyone from the SFPD to the Sierra Club and Save a Bunny tried to recruit members of the queer community for their respective causes. We snacked on some barbecued corn and enjoyed teaser performances from the cast of the upcoming rendition of the Rocky Horror show. See photos of the dildo ring toss, flamingo croquet and other things we came across here.

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Also on Sunday: SFoodie blogger Tamara Palmer stopped by SF's County Fair Building for day two of the World Veg Festival, where she sampled delicious vegan dishes and encountered nauseating PETA car stickers.

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