Thursday, August 13, 2009

Upcoming events

1. Dreamtime Circus August 14 & 15

2. Homo a GoGo August 15 & 16
(runway performance August 16th 6:30pm!)

3. Beyond the Fence August 15

4. Prepare for the Playa August 22
(runway performance Aug 22nd 5pm!)

5. I take a nap.


The Dreamtime Circus presents "Corpus Cabaret"
August 14th & 15th at the Garage Theater
~ a benefit for the Dreamtime South America tour ~
Music, acrobatics, contortion, clowning, juggling, burlesque and oh so
much more!

~ performances by:
Dreamtime Circus Clowns - Clown Magic
Snakred Booty- Balkan Booty Burlesque
Tara Quinn- Contortion
Calypso- Character MC, Magic, & Juggling
SuDoNu- Pirate Burlesque
Skyler Fell- of Accordian Apocalypse
Coi Coi- Comedy Juggling
Kurt Bodden & Michael Michalske- Improvisation and Clown
Caitlin and Summer- Acrobatic Duo
Chris Dunn- "Treacherous" Knife Juggling
Tallen Sturm- Masquerade Clown Dance
Christine Cali- Dance and Poetry
The Monkey Banana Band- Music you can laugh to
Steffy Sue- Ukulele
and more..

~ and a few extra treats in the midway ~

Tea Ceremony by Om Shan Tea
Face Painting
D.I.Y. Clothes & Craft Sale

What, when, where, & how much...
Dreamtime's Corpus Cabaret
Garage Theater ~ 975 Howard St. @ 6th St. in San Francisco
Two Nights! ~ Friday, August 14th & Saturday, August 15th
Doors open @ 7pm, Show starts @ 8pm sharp
$10 - $20 (and it all goes to support free shows and circus workshops
in Peru & Ecuador)


August 14-16
Craft Fair featuring DIY designers, crafters, haircuts and community organizations.

Fashion Show
Sunday, August 16 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 15: plenty to dance and sweat to from electronic to Homo Hop to Riot Grrrl. Featuring Coachella 2009 artists, Glass Candy performing at 9:45 PM. Glass Candy’s recent SF appearance packed the Rickshaw Stop with their dreamy, Italo disco via Portland sounds. Other featured performers include local faves such as Katastrophe, Jenna Riot and Chelsea Starr, along with SGT. Sass (HomoHop from Philly), Tender Forever (K Records, Portland via France), Tim'm West and Torri Fixx (Minneapolis). Lil’ Miss Hot Mess, takes on emcee duties and presents drag (kings and queens) and burlesque performers between acts. SOMArts, 934 Brannan


Sunday, August 16: the sweet sounds of Mirah (K Records), who recently packed Bimbo’s with a well-behaved audience of revelers. Other highlights include Nomy Lamm (Olympia/SF), The Casual Lust (featuring the prolific, local dreamboat, Yes Alexander) and Lovers (Portland). Local comic duo, Tara Jepsen (K’vetch) and Beth Lisick emcee as their alter egos, Carol and Mitzi. The SOMArts program wraps up with a fashion show curated by local designer, writer, artist, DJ and promoter, Chelsea Starr. Starr was recently named, “Most Fashionable Person,” by the SF Weekly’s Best of 2009. Fashion and theater come together for the festival's centerpiece and SOMArts closer at 6:30 PM. SOMArts, 934 Brannan

Cheap, Cold Drinks served by Hot Girls, Boys, Trannies & everyone
in between - Visit the Gaycation Lounge

SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. August 14-16. Including Bloody Marys and Mimosas (11AM-1PM) and drink specials during our afternoon happy hour (5-6PM).

The film portion of the festival takes place at Artist Television Access (992 Valencia) and features three full days (August 14-16) of screenings including the locally produced feature, Maggots and Men, which recently screened to a full-house at the Castro Theater during the Frameline festival. This gorgeous film is an experimental historical narrative set in post-revolutionary Russia. Other screenings include Homocore icon, GB Jones’s Lollipop Generation, music videos programmed by Silas Howard, experimental shorts, themed shorts programs, porn shorts programmed by’s Courtney Trouble, documentary shorts and Mike Upton's, Patent Fever, which addresses the controversy surrounding the recent Gold Rush of Pharmaceutical patents and its impact on access to treatment for HIV/AIDS. Mr. Upton will be on-hand following the screening for a more in-depth discussion. ($5 per screening without a Homo For A Day pass or Big Homo (or higher) pass.


Beyond the Fence
A Playa Inspired Independent Designer Trunk Show

August 15th, Saturday
Noon - 7 pm
Mighty - 119 Utah, SF

21+ over indoor

Over 40 of San Francisco’s finest independent designers are gathering together to bring you the freshest design for both on and off the Playa! There will be fabulous DJs from all your favorite camps:

Opulent Temple
Deep End
Space Cowboys
Green Gorilla Lounge

Have fun! Bring your hoops, poi and staff for community practice.
Isa Glitter Girl is performing. Indoor at 4pm and outdoor with FIRE at 6:20pm!
Costumes encouraged. Live photo shoots by renowned photographers!
Food by “What’s Up Dog”. Regular and veggie dogs!
Drink specials: $5 pineapple lemonade spritzers! for complete designer list.


Prepare for the Playa


Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 12-7pm

Artist Grotto and Courtyard of the Sports Basement
1590 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA

Funky Playa Fashion Show at 5pm

Prepare for the Playa is a community event focused on offering the most unique, quirky, playa specific BURNER PRODUCTS & SERVICES from BurnerPrenuers! Playa Specific products and fashions from BurnerPreneurs!! Fashion shows, Playa U clinics, Live performance Plus a Playa Artist Benefit!! The ultimate selection of FAUX FUR, Lights, Sexy Fashions, Funky Fashions, Crazy Costumes, PLUS Sunscreen, camping gear, headlamps, camp chairs, tents, BIKES... you can even buy your ticket to Burning Man HERE!!

Playa University
Clinics & Demonstrations

Artist Benefit
100% Donation Bar
5% of store sales to
Chimera Sententia
Museum of UnNatural Selection

Donation Bar goes directly 100% to the Artists
15% Discount on Sports Basement Purchases Day of Event!


while everyone else is at burning man, I will be taking a nap. Ahhh.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Clothing Is a Technology (whether it lights up or not)

Here is the gist of a speech i gave on the Cypress Stage at Maker Faire, at the conclusion of the Pandora's Trunk runway storytime show. It is a topic I feel very passionately about!

It occasionally seems a little funny, right, robots and steam engines and fire and machines all mixed together with knitting, and sewing, and clothes. Garments are a technology, though, turning flat sheets into close-fitting three-dimensional shapes with subtle engineering. This isn't just about design. Garments trap a small quantity of air near your body; their close fit allows this amount of air to be small enough that you can regulate it with your body heat. This innovation is what allowed mankind to leave Africa and settle the temperate zones - without clothing, even here in San Francisco, you would die from exposure. Energy expenditures necessary to heat buildings and public spaces enough for naked people would bankrupt us all. Sorry, nudists. When the wind blows, we need jackets.

This technology has become so ubiquitous that it's unremarkable, like some kind of black box magic that just always works.

This industry that is so basic to our survival, like all modern manufacturers,is now faced with problems of scale and accountability that need innovation to solve them.

We are the designers of Pandora's Trunk and we assert that all manufacturers should be accountable for their ecological footprint, and that communities function best by marshaling their resources locally whenever possible.