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Mission Bazaar Next Weekend!

May 8, 2008


Mission Bazaar

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Next weekend, the San Francisco Armory, one of San Francisco’s coolest landmarks, is holding its first public event in 30 years. Organized by the producers of the Edwardian Ball and the spectra Ball, the Mission Bazaar is “a unique craft and performance expo that will showcase some of the Bay Area’s most vibrant creative talent.” The event will feature over 100 artists and craftspeople exhibiting creative products, artwork, clothing and accessories. Plus, 20 hours of live performance will feature music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs. Expect gypsy jazz, belly dance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar and more.

Building owner Peter Acworth said in a press release: “I am very glad that the Armory is able to contribute to the cultural vibrance of the Mission community. The Armory is a building that deserves to be opened to the public and I am delighted that the local community is getting involved.”

In addition to being a great arts event, this is a great opportunity to see the inside of the San Francisco Armory, a 200,000-square-foot reproduction of a Moorish Castle built in 1912-14 for the National Guard and used by them until 1976. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of use for this time, with a few important exceptions. Several spaceship interior scenes in Star Wars were shot there; until the mid-1990s, the San Francisco Opera used the drill court (the area where the Bazaar is being held) as a location for set construction and rehearsals. It’s the first public event at the building since the 1970s.

Mission Bazaar
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18
10am-8pm
The Armory
1800 Mission Street @ 14th, San Francisco
Admission: $5 at the door (Children 8 and under free)
http://www.missionbazaar.com

For more information about the Mission Bazaar, go to http://www.missionbazaar.com.
For more on the Armory, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Armory or http://www.sfarmory.com

Beauty Pageant Contestant Performs “Star Wars” on the Trumpet

October 23, 2007

starwarstrumpet.jpgYou heard me: Beauty Contestant Performs “Star Wars” on the Trumpet, and not just the theme song, either. Her interpretive dance of the opening battle scene is, admittedly, somewhat abstract, but no less so than Jake Lloyd’s performance in Ep. 1.

No, seriously. Dude. Seriously. Your brain will hurt. Take morphine beforehand. Lots of it. I’m not fucking around here.

From Who Sucks.

P.S. Dude. Seriously. You think it’s going to be bad… you have no effing idea. Dude. Serious. I’m telling you. Morphine. Seriously.

P.P.S. Oh yeah that reminds me… Miss Trannyshack is coming up.

Beauty Pageant Contestant Performs “Star Wars” on the Trumpet

October 23, 2007

starwarstrumpet.jpgYou heard me: Beauty Contestant Performs “Star Wars” on the Trumpet, and not just the theme song, either. Her interpretive dance of the opening battle scene is, admittedly, somewhat abstract, but no less so than Jake Lloyd’s performance in Ep. 1.

No, seriously. Dude. Seriously. Your brain will hurt. Take morphine beforehand. Lots of it. I’m not fucking around here.

From Who Sucks.

P.S. Dude. Seriously. You think it’s going to be bad… you have no effing idea. Dude. Serious. I’m telling you. Morphine. Seriously.

P.P.S. Oh yeah that reminds me… Miss Trannyshack is coming up.

Extra Action Marching Band Seeks Flag Team Members

September 22, 2007

Li’l Mike at SF Metblogs informs us that the incomparable Extra Action Marching Band is looking for new members of its dirty-dancin’ flag team:

You don’t need to play a tuba, or memorize complex musical charts… you just need to move & groove with some distinctly discernible enthusiasm…The pay is apparently low to non-existent, but according to their fearless leaders, “rewards are vastly beyond logic and defy description

Which I think is a nice way of saying that this is the drinkin’-est, smokin’-est, sluttiest, dirtiest, most hangover-burdened marching band that ever kicked marching band ass and took marching band names. If the EAMB held “Band Camp” it would consist of taking over a Bakersfield Motel 6 and turning it into a smoking pile of butt-laced rubble with a trail of empties leading to and from the nearest BevMo. They’re animals. Animals, I tell you. Run. Hide. Cower.

Image via EAMB MySpace page.

Tease-o-Rama (San Francisco Event)

September 18, 2007

If you’ve any interest at all in the arts of bump-n-grind — or if you just like to watch — then you’ll want to be in San Francisco the weekend of October 5-7, 2007, for the biggest confluence of burlesque dancers this side of the pond.

Say the organizers: “Tease-O-Rama is the first convention dedicated to the thriving neo-burlesque revival. First and foremost, we strive to create an open forum for performers reviving this uniquely American art form to meet, perform, share their skills and get up-to-date on developments in this evolving and exciting art scene. The medium of burlesque viewed through a twenty-first century lens offers endless opportunities for performance – from classic glamour to wry satirical commentary to carnivalesque freak-show skills, Tease-O-Rama has it all! SEE performances from over 200+ contemporary pinup queens, TAKE classes in everything from tassel-twirling to burlesque history, MEET the Legends of days gone by and so much more!”

Read more at Eros Zine.

New York Burlesque Festival

August 24, 2007

The New York Burlesque Festival is a quartet of tassel-twirling days in the currently-reigning North American capital of the art of the bump-n-grind. With the vibrant burlesque community in New York ranging from fine-art takes on the saucy skills to the outrageous vaudeville pop-culture parodies of Pinchbottom and beyond, there’s no better place to celebrate the art form than in the good ol’ Big Apple.

Read the rest on Eros Zine.

Dance, Robot, Dance

August 11, 2007

 Robots to revive dying dance routines

Humanoid robots could one day serve as prancing libraries of long-forgotten dance routines – able to reproduce them for curious audiences without a moment’s rehearsal. It’s the latest approach to preserving traditional folk dances as the people skilled in performing them gradually die off.

The idea comes from Shin’ichiro Nakaoka and his colleagues at the University of Tokyo, Japan. They used video motion-capture systems to record the movement of a dancer performing a Japanese folk routine called the Aizu-Bandaisan. They turned this data into a limb-motion sequence for a humanoid robot, the HRP-2, made by Japan’s Kawada Industries (Journal of Robotics Research, vol 26, p 829) (see it at tinyurl.com/2wprxg).

Jay Walker (Interview)

August 7, 2007

In a city overflowing with crossdressers, genderfuckers and freaks of fluid sexuality, Jay Walker is one of the most versatile. From female persona to male persona and back again, or even performing as both simultaneously, Jay keeps audiences on their toes. This month you can see him onstage at the San Francisco Drag King Contest as one of the past reigning victors. In between drag workshops and glitter application, he spent a few moments with ErosZine to discuss inspirations, facial hair and helping new drag kings conquer their stage fright.

Read our interview with Jay Walker on Eros Zine.

The Indra (Interview)

August 7, 2007

 

The Indra is one of San Francisco’s sexiest and most hilarous burlesque dancers. She’ll be performing at the upcoming San Francisco Drag King Contest, and is also celebrating her birthday by doing tons of other shows this month. We caught up with her just before her schedule got hectic for a few words about performance art, touring and fabulous costumes. 

Read our interview with The Indra here.

Photos of The Indra by Zombie Pinups.

Bombshell Betty’s Fine & Wearable Art Gallery

August 7, 2007

San Francisco burlesque dancer and dance instructor Bombshell Betty recently opened “Bombshell Betty’s Fine & Wearable Art Gallery” in SF’s South of Market district. A press release informs us that “The gallery is now seeking artist/designer submissions for consideration in upcoming exhibits. Bombshell Betty’s supports and showcases work from variety and burlesque-related artists, performers, and students as well as artists whose work is inspired by burlesque, pinup, strip tease, variety performance, and vaudeville. We are looking for things that relate (even if only tenuously ) to the burlesque/fetish scene or feminitity/feminism in general.”

Read the rest at Eros Zine.

Photo of Bombshell Betty by Thomas Roche.