Festival

Space jam: 5 talks you must catch at this weekend's UFO convention

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If someone is willing to put in the time, effort, and money into putting on a convention, common sense would hold that this someone believes strongly in said cause. I mean, if the adage wasn’t true, Comic-Con wouldn’t exist, or maybe it would, but it'd be a neutered, unrecognizable version of its current self.

But such presuppositions don’t apply to the creator of this weekend's UFO Con at the Santa Clara Marriott, Brian William Hall. Hall “does not believe in UFOs and aliens,” as he remarked in a recent phone interview with the Guardian. Read more »

A vision in Vocaloid: Fashion shots from J-Pop Summit Festival 2012

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Black lace, kimonos, and colorful wigs ruled the day this weekend in Japantown at the J-Pop Summit Festival Aug. 25-26. Also popular this year, for those of you trend-spotting, were sweetly wobbling attenae, which announced the presence of the head attached as they weaved through the booths, stopping here and there to check out the Vocaloid dance contest, an Evangelion fan's robotic get-up, or the Sunday performance by 18-year singer Kylee. Although there was music, food, and things to buy, it was really all about the clothes. Read more »

Appetite: Outside Lands, as seen by a food writer

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This year's Outside Lands, the three-day extravaganza of some of the top musical acts in the world and quality food and drink (this is SF, after all) in the beauty of Golden Gate Park, felt more packed than ever. But despite throngs descending on SF from all over the country that turning Golden Gate Park into a sea of trash -- thanks clean-up crews! -- Outside Lands magic happened each day.Read more »

Walls born at the world's first all-female street art fest -- including one now slated to die

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New York-New Jersey street artist LNY recently attended the world's first all-female street art festival. He reports on the highs and lows of Living Walls for the Guardian

Atlanta's Living Walls street art conference celebrated its third year of mural-making August 15-19, changing the landscape of a city where most movement is done by car at 60 miles per hour. Having established itself as one of the best gatherings of street arts out there, the festival celebrated its third year by hosting a historic first: an all-female cast of artists.

I, a dude, was invited to the conference as a guess speaker, so consider the following account slightly influenced by me being super-stoked about all the work going up around me. Read more »

Good evening, good eating: Shots from the Street Food Festival Night Market

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Photos by Bowerbird Photography

It wasn't too long ago that shopping locally meant hitting up your neighborhood Safeway. But seemingly overnight (in retrospect), farmers markets sprung up like healthy tomato plants. A weekend doesn't go by during which I don't see someone toting their re-usable canvas bag down the street to fill up with fresh produce from local growers.Read more »

Is it Saturday yet? 5 (vegetarian-abled) Street Food Festival snacks we can't wait for

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The Bay's press has been salivating ever since July 26, when La Cocina's Street Food Festival hosted a passel of media types at Fort Mason Center with tables upon tables of the snacks that we'll all get to freak out over at the festival on Sat/18. Read on for some of our favorite snacks that we're having a hard time holding off on until Saturday. Read more »

Outer limits

The big ones, the locals, the global travelers, and Beer Lands at this year's Outside Lands

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arts@sfbg.com

MUSIC Last year, we thought it couldn't get better, and then it upped the ante. Outside Lands 2012 takes place this weekend, and the lineup is packed with legendary performers, reunited favorites, and flashy newcomers, pieced together (some overlapping) in a masterful Golden Gate frame, outlined by all that glorious flora and fog.Read more »

Cocktales

Notes from the Oscars of beveraging

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virginia@sfbg.com

FOOD AND DRINK It was another humid, sweltering year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The world's biggest cocktail event drew thousands of attendees July 25-29 for a week of nonstop tastings, seminars, and parties in the great queen of the South.Read more »

Tobacco-free cigarettes and Alika: Reggae on the River, through a lens

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Last week I decided it would be fun to check out Reggae on the River for the first time. I called up my brother DJ Guacamole to see if he'd like to come along, only to discover that he was DJing the late-night dancehall dome at Cooks Valley Campground. Without any further hesitation I jumped in my vintage Beemer and headed up to Sebastopol to meet up with him and his DJ buddy, Jacques of WBLK. Luckily for me, Jacques and Guac are well-connected in the NorCal reggae scene. We piled our stuff in Guac's van, I stuffed myself into the rear seat between sleeping bags and coolers full of Guinness. Three hours later we were greeted by Guac's dreaded friend in charge, Chris Tafari. He set us up with an awesome campsite just behind the dome stage. Read more »

High summer: Shots from Quincy and the High Sierra Music Festival

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Ever wonder what it's like to be a festival photographer? Allen David has been going to camping festivals in California for decades. He sent us over action shots from the July 5-8 High Sierra Music Festival, and wrote up his bird's eye view of the Quincy, Calif. happenings -- including his assessment of Hasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu's child-rearing skills

Last week, I packed up my vintage Beemer with all my camping needs; beers and crazy clothes. My trusty camera and I were headed up to High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy. 

My drive took me up State Route 70 along the Feather River, one of my favorite places to cruise in California. Whenever you feel too hot, there is always a spot to pull over and cool off in the churning river. At sunset I reached the will call booth and waited in line with other festival revelers to earn my entry into a weekend filled with music, dancing, drinking, and debauchery.

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