Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Walls of the Internet

From back alleys to Facebook walls: the street art-tech connection is heating up -- and changing SF's street scene

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caitlin@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN The mural was neatly rendered in aerosol, with an expert's eye for color. It read "Facebook." Surrounding text bubbles proclaimed "poke," "write on your wall," and "I'll find something to put here" to the denizens of Sixth Street.

Tech-based graffiti? If you're up on the Bay Area art scene, the juxtaposition won't come as any surprise — the companies building the Internet have emerged as major supporters of professional street art.Read more »

So SoMa

Crave's locally made, high design vibrators-data sticks. Plus, the week in sex events

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX The tech-y, day lit factory space of high design sex toy manufacturers Crave (www.lovecrave.com) is located at Folsom and Eighth Street, so of course the innovative, pronged vibrator that industrial designer Ti Chang is showing me doubles as a USB storage device.Read more »

Rough, rough

Life in the semi-pros with the Nor Cal knights and the North Bay Rattlers

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Le.chicken.farmer@yahoo.com

They have cheerleaders at semi-pro football games. They have semi-pro cheerleaders. At halftime the five of them went out to the 50-yard line of the Rancho Cotate High School football field in Rohnert Park and put on a li'l halftime show.

I'm not a dog. Nevertheless, I really really felt like chasing Frisbees. The girls were good, but the halftime show could have used . . . something. Maybe a semi-pro Frisbee dog.Read more »

Special occasion eviction

In the face of eviction, will Mission favorite Latin Bridal continue to grant quinceañera dreams?

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STREET SEEN "My customers are Latin," says the owner of Latin Bridal Silvia Ferrusquia, entertaining a crowd of mamas, grandmas, and our photographer while we wait for the models for our photoshoot to get their hair and makeup done, and don the massive, fairytale quinceañera dresses and tiaras they bought from her shop for their big days.

"They may not have a lot of money, but they have good taste. There's nobody that serves this community the way we do."Read more »

Pageant play

An interview with the newly crowned Ms. International Leather 2013 — and the week's sexiest events

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Who could have anticipate that this year's International Ms. Leather pageant (www.imsl.org) would do so much to temper the legacy of Sarah Palin? Thanks to the crowning of Sarha Shaubach, the world now has an alternative posterwoman for that tiny hamlet on the outskirts of Anchorage's metropolitan area.Read more »

Ringside

Last week's United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association tournament at USF packed a punch

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By L.E. Leone

IN THE GAME Gio Camacho, captain of the West Point women's boxing team, sang the national anthem into the ring announcer's microphone, wearing boxing gloves. Then she climbed into the ring and beat the beans out of University of Maryland's Catherine Breslin, who looked a little bewildered.

This was the first fight on a 21-bout card the second night of the inaugural United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association tournament held at USF last weekend. Incredibly, it was the first collegiate tournament to crown women champions, as well as men.Read more »

At the hub

Yoga teacher and environmental consultant Konda Mason links consciousness, activism, and sustainability

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GREEN ISSUE Konda Mason is a yoga teacher, filmmaker, and producer. But above all she's an activist, one of the most energetic Bay Area voices leading the effort to support sustainable practices in marginalized communities, and connect spiritual practice with real-world environmental action. Read more »

Ish says

Mr. Marina 2013's guide to the 'hood he calls home

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culture@sfbg.com

STREET SEEN [Caitlin Donohue: Although I originally contacted former Stanford University football offensive guard and current Apple employee Ish "Mr. Marina 2013" Simpson for help in writing a style guide to the Marina, he wrote me back a rundown so evocative that I hated to paraphrase his words. And so this week, I've given my style column over to him. Check out sfbg.com for my recap of the glorious March night he was crowned king of SF's preppiest neighborhood, and don't forget, you can add flair with a belt.]Read more »

Stript

Male strippers to Ms. Leather: Your week in sex events

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caitlin@sfbg.com

SEX Last week, local blog SFist reported that a gay strip club named Randy Rooster was in escrow to snag the building formerly occupied by Diesel's distressed-kneecap denim and elite luggage sets on Harvey Milk Plaza.Read more »

Let it roll

The fight-free world of Dry Ice Arena

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le.chicken.farmer@yahoo.com

It's between the airport and the ballpark in Oakland: the Dry Ice Arena, home of the immediate Bay Area's thrivingest inline roller hockey scene. There's a parking lot in back, and a store where you can get you your gear: skates, shirts, helmets. They rent these, too.

Against the windowless outside wall of the building, as you walk along looking for a door, you will find an occasional walk-in rat trap, badly parked cars, and a plastic bag full of crackers, which I wanted very badly to stomp on but didn't.Read more »