Archive for November, 2008

Galleries: Paul Insect at FIFTY24SF Tonight, plus Gallery Crawl

Paul Insect's Creepy Brain Children

If you’ve spent any time in the Mission lately, you’ll have noticed these babies with microchips and gumballs for brains wheatpasted up all over the place. Well, they’re by London-based street artist Paul Insect and he’s got a three-week show opening tonight at FIFTY24SF, 7:00 PM. [via Juxtapoz]

Also, in other art-plus-booze news, tonight is the monthly Gallery Crawl downtown, AKA First Thursdays. A whole bunch of galleries open their doors to the public from 5:30 to 7:30, though 49 Geary is most famous for the event, and it’s where you’ll probably want to start. Quoth Yelper Jill S.: “First Thursday is a fun time to go check this place out. Go early to avoid the drunk girls over-imbibing on all the free wine.” I don’t know, might be bad advice for some… [thanks, SFist!]

Spotted in the Mission

Spotted in the Mission...

What do you get when you cross a blow up monkey, a litter box, and 42 bottles of wine?

Protest Prop 8 on Market Street this Friday

Last night some 2,000 people came out to City Hall to hold a candlelight vigil and protest the passage of Proposition 8. Susie Cagle at Curbed predicts this is just the beginning, and she’s right. You can take part in the next major protest this Friday. Word here. The plan is to meet above the Civic Center BART station (Market and 7th) at 5:30 PM, then march down Market street to Castro Street, down to 18th, and then back along 18th to Mission Dolores Park. The bigger the turnout, the better.

Asian Art Museum Matcha Event: Afghanistan!

Afghanistan!

It’s tonight, and the exclamation point is mandatory. It’s the last event until next year for the Asian Art Museum’s Matcha series, and I think you can probably guess what the focus will be: “the food, music, and dance of Afghanistan.” The AAM continues:

[This grand finale is] In celebration of the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed special exhibition, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. See what the press is saying about this “at once revelatory and heart-rending” show (New York Times).

The Bay Area’s own Ballet Afsaneh, a dynamic ensemble whose repertory focuses on Silk Road regions in Central Asia, will perform colorful, kinetic traditional dance. See Afghanistan, go on a guided tour, make jewelry inspired by the ancient Bactrian gold on view, nibble on tasty bites, mingle with friends over cocktails from the cash bar, and much more.

The museum is on Larkin, next door to Main Library. As always, the event runs from 5-9 PM and admission to it is $5. Plus, for that awesome wallet-friendly price, you can check out any exhibit you like. The full evening schedule is here on the event page.

Tonight in the Mission…

Spotted in the Mission...

I spotted this on the sidewalk. Seriously, WTF??

Friends in town, good excuse to drink!

Earlier today whilst sitting around at the Web 2.0 Summit Scott from Laughing Squid, Xeni from BoingBoingTV, Tim from NextNewNetworks and I realized we’re rarely all in the same city at the same time and that seemed like a damn good excuse to invite people to join us in some kind of bar wherein people might seize the opportunity to get their drink on. So we made it official – Tonight from 8PM until the ever popular question mark, we’ll be hanging out at Lucky 13. If you are around and want to join us, please do. Here’s the details. Woot!

Swarming the streets

19th & Valencia @ Midnight

My neighborhood went 9 kinds of insane last night. How about yours?

On Voting, and Research

Just came to my attention that we were mentioned in N Judah Chronicle’s, Greg’s note on “1 to 1 Marketing: How I’m Voting for David Chiu,” the effectiveness of 1-to-1 marketing, vs. newspapers/ads/smears/robocalls:

But because I heard about David’s campaign from people I know and whose judgment I trust, such as my friend Stan (the quizmaster at the Blackthorn’s trivia Mondays), and my friend Anna at Metblogs (who lives in the district), their opinions mattered more to me in the end than what some ad said or what Chris Daly’s shifty junk mail says.

So nice that Greg clicked back to here, and he has helped me numerous times with complicated MUNI props, but more importantly, I like this trend of us showing our work. While in line at City Hall today, getting ready to vote, I talked to two women. One was from the Mission, another from Silver Terrace. They both were well read and interested in the issues in their district. Both had done legwork before voting. One had invited friends whose opinions she respected, over for dinner to go through the propositions. The other created a spreadsheet and listed all of the interesting information she researched online into a large matrix. So decide for yourselves, share your work if you want (my cheatsheet is here), but be knowledgeable! Let’s not let stupid win again.

Election Night Goings-On

Sure, you can follow the election at home, on TV or — for those households with no TV — obsessively reloading CNN and the New York Times until 4 in the morning. But it’s a lot more fun to get out of the house and watch the early returns with a big crowd of people, isn’t it? Thus:

The Yerba Buena Center, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM, will be the site of a
a huge non-partisan election night party, complete with free pizza after 8, a cash bar, big walls to scribble and draw on, and live music, DJs and dance performances along with big-screen TVs tuned to PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, “and everybody’s favorite, Fox News.” (They said it was non-partisan!) Check out the event page and humorous “press conference” here. Admission is free.

Over at Mezzanine, the San Francisco Obama campaign is having its official Counting-the-Chickens-As-They-Hatch party, and you can go too. Doors at 6:00. Admission is likewise free, but you should probably RSVP here. (Although I’m betting you can probably just wander in too, later on in the night.)

For those partisans out there, the Democratic Party will be here, and the Republican Party will be here.

Or you can go to any of these great events, too. To summarize: between Elixir, The Retox Lounge, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker’s, and Edinburgh Castle, you just can’t go wrong. And out in the Sunset at The Riptide, they’ll be playing the Daily Show election night special and offering their drinks at Depression-era prices. How appropriate!

Still undecided? Reload SFist in the morning and see what Brock hath wrought.

And wherever you end up — out on the town or just out on your couch — The Huffington Post has this interesting guide to watching Election Night Results. Don’t skip it — it’s worth reading!

Free money

In need of an economic stimulus? Well, 896 San Francisco taxpayers have one coming. And 104 people in Berkeley. And 506 people in Oakland.

From last spring.

300,000 economic stimulus checks were returned as undeliverable to the IRS. Click that link for a form on the San Jose Mercury News website to see if you’re due some dough.

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