Archive for the ‘San Francisco’ Category

Der Himmel über Berlin

May 22, 2008


Der Himmel uber Berlin

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Fetish erotica performer Berlin, whom I have admired many times while she was in a decidedly less clothed condition than she is here, dropped by my office at the Armory to tell me she digs my blog. I was stoked! I am not always so sure anyone’s reading, but in fact it appears Mz. Berlin even admires the cryptozoology stuff. Oh, and in case you failed to notice, she’s a creature of sublime beauty and has been the star of numerous deviant performances for my current employer and elsewhere. Hi Berlin!

I hauled out my camera to snap a picture and inexplicably Berlin grabbed the nearest dildo. But hey, that’s what it’s there for!

Incidentally, Berlin is the subject of fellow LJ’er Julie Simone‘s new Breaking Berlin (both links NSFW).

More Berlin-related links: www.mzberlin.net/ and mz-berlin.livejournal.com/ !

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

Toys, The Armory

April 26, 2008



Toys, The Armory

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

A wall of toys at the SF Armory. At the old Kink.com Porn Palace, these toys were behind bars whenever I saw them. Now, the machined-aluminum stocks and antiqued wood and hemp spreader bars are just asking to be fondled.

Shooting Gallery, The Armory

April 26, 2008



Shooting Gallery, The Armory

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

This area used to be the shooting gallery when the Armory was a Nat’l Guard Facility. Now it’s a big open area with a river running through it and suspension bondage rigs.

Regina Lynn, The Armory

April 26, 2008



Regina Lynn, The Armory

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Regina Lynn came by the Armory and I gave her a tour. Regina writes the Biweekly "Sex Drive" column on Wired.com and used to blog Sex Drive Daily during its too-short life. She also wrote the book Sexual Revolution 2.0 and the new one Sexier Sex: Lessons from the Brave New Sexual Frontier, from Seal Press.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regina_Lynn

www.reginalynn.com

Pork Chop at Limon

April 26, 2008



Pork Chop at Limon

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Niman Ranch pork chop on bacon-cabbage hash with mushroom ragout at Limon on Valencia Street. Peru rules, I am a yuppie, fuck me right in the ear.

That perky chunk at the top is neither any sort of herbed cheese nor speckled jicama, the two prime candidates I was considering when I speared it with my fork and popped it into my gaping piehole.

It was in fact a slice of herb butter. Ever try to spit out a rapidly melting wad of butter without your companions noticing? It’s somewhat less than fantastically easy.

Yes, And Still Some More

April 26, 2008



Yes, And Still Some More

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Yes, some more Earth Day. What a hell of a skyline, huh? Except for that weird building down by the bridge. What lunatic signed off on that? Have some more Earth Day. God, these flags were a pain in my ass.

Dead End, With Tiedowns

April 26, 2008


Dead End, With Tiedowns

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

This is quite possibly my favorite place in the entire San Francisco Armory. It is a little dead-end back alley overseen by a great gaping ventillator shaft. Somebody’s drilled tiedowns into the walls, meaning some lucky girl or guy was, at some recent point, chained or tied here, and probably thereafter had wonderful and/or terrible things done to him or her, and perhaps more important got paid for it.

Friday while giving Regina Lynn a tour I reached this dead end and found it had these yellow work lights. It reminded me that I have not shot any dirty pictures in a very long time. All of my early erotic photographs were shot using these halogen worklights because I was too poor to purchase photofloods. I still have a great fondness for them.

O Hai, I Live in California

April 22, 2008


O Hai, I Live in California

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Flyer on the bulletin board at Gordo’s Taqueria, College and Ashby, Berkeley. In California, in case you were wondering.

Street Musician 2

April 20, 2008


Street Musician 2

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Dude playing an old brass guitar, Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, San Francisco. I gave him a buck and asked if I could take his picture. He never stopped playing.