Posts tagged ‘California’

July 5, 2011

Melissa Haslam “Kigurumi”| Unveiled July 15th, 2011

by Accidental Bear

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On July 15, 2011 LeBasse Projects will unveil the first major solo exhibition from Australian artist Melissa Haslam. Haslam, who has shown in group shows throughout the United States, will share paintings exploring her fascination with the Kigurumi seen. Participants in Kigurumi fashion themselves as living stuffed animals, wearing what they call “disguised pajamas.” Haslam, employing oil, presents young women dressed in full costume with great delicacy and an intimacy that proves her interest in the subculture includes some reverence as well.

LeBasse Projects :: Chinatown
932 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


July 5, 2011

Baxter of California for Unionmade KML Candle | SF CA Localism

by Accidental Bear

Invoking the warm embers of a glowing camp fire, the “KML” candle by Baxter of California for Unionmade is a bold blend of Cedar and Sandlewood moderated with Guiacwood Oil. A true collaborative effort, the “KML”candle was conceived in tandem by J.P. Mastey, President BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA and Todd Barket founder of UNIONMADE. Housed in a sophisticated round craft paper box, the candle is in battle ship grey wax. (Selectism)

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June 27, 2011

Adam Kimmel Spring/Summer 2012 Runway

by Accidental Bear

Clothes tell stories. They say thing like, “Hi, I’m a junkie whore” or “Hi, I want to look like a just crawled out of bed but I spent 2 hours getting ready.” Adam Kimmels’s Spring/Summer 2012 looks tells me that the wearer might be a surfer boy who was told by his girlfriend that he need to clean up a bit, but holds on to dark colors as to accommodate spills. Kimmel sneaks in a few skirts and has most of his male waifs barefoot. For those who wore shoes, are sporting  slip-on and boot looks from the designer. (gq)

More looks after the jump…

June 24, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day : Artist Parker Tilghman

by Accidental Bear


June 9, 2011

For those Inclined, RuPaul Will be at Amoeba San Francisco 6/11

by Accidental Bear

RuPaul, the hit recording artist, television star, and author, will be signing copies of her new album, Glamazon, at Amoeba San Francisco (1855 Haight Street) this weekend on Saturday, June 11th. Purchase Glamazon at the store and receive a pass to attend this special signing event (space is limited – while they last). The CD signing begins at 2pm.


May 8, 2011


by Accidental Bear

California Gays Music Video To Katy Perry California Gurls Parody


April 3, 2011

New Social Science Textbooks to Include a Study of the Role and Contributions of LGBT Americans

by Accidental Bear


California lawmakers fight over bill to teach students about gay people’s contributions

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Sacramento — As the battle over same-sex marriage makes its way through California’s courts, another gay rights fight is smoldering in the Legislature.

Democratic lawmakers have revived a plan to require state schools to teach about the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. They are reigniting a movement that halted five years ago when legislators approved such a requirement only to run into opposition from then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Now, with a Democrat in the governor’s office, the lawmakers and gay rights activists are more hopeful that school curricula will be revised.


March 11, 2011

Eadweard Muybridge Take a Bow

by Accidental Bear
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Visionary photographer gets his due

‘Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change’ at SFMOMA

by Sura Wood at B.A.R

Any doubt as to whether San Francisco could call the British-born photography innovator and visionary Eadweard Muybridge its own will be quickly dispelled by SFMOMA‘s latest exhibition, Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change. The show, which doubles as a primer on the history of photography and the history of late-19th-century California, whose development trajectories paralleled each other, is the first comprehensive retrospective of the staggering invention and lesser-known creative output of a multidisciplinary pioneer who advanced both the art and technology of modern photography.

Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904)


Time of Change runs at SFMOMA through June 7. Info at

March 11, 2011

California Man Swept Away by Tsunami

by Accidental Bear

Horrible tragedy but you can’t say you weren’t warned. Mother nature is all powerful and not to be underestimated.



The Japanese earthquake is having truly global effects. Rescue workers are searching for a California man who was washed into the sea by a tsunami when he was trying to take pictures of the incoming wave in northern California. Four others were swept off an Oregon beach earlier today, but managed to make it back to shore. The lesson for people living in beachfront communities on the West Coast? Stay inside and watch it on TV.

Related: The Latest Earthquake and Tsunami News

[Photo of a wave near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco today via AP]

March 9, 2011

Where Have all the Great Whites gone?

by Accidental Bear

I am a water baby and often daydream of living under the sea. I imagine the water of the Bay Area swarming with great white sharks. I obsessively stare at the surface of the water in an attempt to make a shark fin appear.  I know found out it’s much less likey than I had thought. I’ll have to lather myself in fish guts dump myself over board to getter a better look I guess. I’ll have to ask Lady Gaga how to best cover myself with dead animals and still look haute couture.


Few great white sharks than scientists expected

Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer
Far fewer great white sharks ply California’s coastal waters than biologists had expected, according to the first-ever census of the predators’ population in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

In fact, scientists believe only 219 full-grown and near-adults hang out in the waters between Bodega Bay and Monterey each fall, feasting on seals and sea lions before roaming south to mate.

“The number seems incredibly low – it was very surprising for us,” said Taylor Chapple, who led the study as a post-doctoral student at UC Davis. “If you look at other protected marine mammals such as polar bears or killer whales, their populations are far bigger than white sharks.”

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March 5, 2011


by Accidental Bear

What Sucks Worse Than Being A Second-Class Citizen? Forgetting Why You AreI saw this bouncing around blogs and websites yesterday. Crawling into bed spooned up ( or spork if you like) next to my better half and decided to end my wild friday night at home with this 2 minute clip of what appears to be Santa Clauses brothers sitting on a bench. The story has much more history and depth and signifigance much greater than just them.



Ed and Derence, of Palm Springs, CA, are a couple who submitted their story to Courage Campaign‘s call for stories in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision to accept the question regarding the issue of standing in the Proposition 8 case — just to decide whether or not they’re going to rule on the issue! — and then announce that they’re going to drag this decision out for six months-plus. Our field staff drove for several hours out to the desert last week to get their story on video because these are the human faces of what happens while the California Supreme Court insists on taking six months just to hear oral arguments, and more to issue a decision.

March 3, 2011


by Accidental Bear

After viewing the film We Were Here at the Castro Theater in the San Francisco last evening I have more love for my queer community than ever. It made me want to march out the theater, protest down market street, volunteer every spare minute I have and give long heart felt hugs to everyone in arms length. There is amazing heaps of history on the sidewalks that I walk everyday. Take a moment and smell the pavement ( ok, not literally).

Here is another way for you to taste SF’s diverse, ground breaking and LOVELY gay communities evolution, on the dance floor no less.



SPKR: An Amplified History of San Francisco’s Queer Dance Floors
Saturday March 12th, 2011 at Public Works 161 Erie St. San Francsico, CA
Music by Bobby Viteritti (Trocadero Transfer) & Steve Fabus (I-Beam)
8pm – 10pm VIP Catered Reception | 10pm – 3am Public Dance Event & Gallery Show

San Francisco, CA – the world’s gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born – has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can transform into drag royalty overnight. Like most social movements, it takes generations before their oral traditions and memories are committed to stone. San Francisco’s underground dance clubs of the 70s ,80s , and 90s is no exception.

SPKR will be structured to engage the community with a VIP donor’s reception, and then followed by a lavish all night dance party to benefit the GLBT Historical Society. Music will be provided by Bobby Viteritti and Steve Fabus. Guests will also be able to seamlessly travel from club to gallery space in the Public Works in-house gallery to view the never before seen artifacts and interviews curated just for the event.


SPEAKER will feature five significant venues from San Francisco’s timeline: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box. These parties and the personalities gravitating around them will be portrayed as a multimedia family tree – telling the tales of notorious Sunday Tea Dances, a sexually charged and libertine rave culture, and the emergence of a global authority on dance music for the present generation.

The GLBT Historical Society Archives, private donors, and newly commissioned photography will be used to weave together a concise narrative for SPEAKER. A poster and audio documentary will be produced to showcase select media from the show. After the event the show will be open for a public viewing of all media and collateral on March 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Michael Garret at the I-Beam

100% of the proceeds of this event will go directly to the Historical Society and its causes.

Bobby Viteritti at the Trocadero Transfer


For full list and 411 of event checkout Facebook page:


Lights and Sound | Randall Schiller Productions

Media | Bar Tab SF

Wine | Swirl in Castro

Catering | SF Delicious

February 28, 2011

Apparel with hip-hop roots isn’t just about bold logos and graffiti

by Accidental Bear

The Scifen Company Spring 2011

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Apparel with hip-hop roots isn’t just about bold logos and graffiti based graphics. Barmak Badaei’s second season of the new look Scifen Company exhibits a paired down aesthetic with bold attention to fabric. Badaei’s take on classics, if you will, has a brash edge to it for sure, but isn’t without strong detailing and obvious considerations for the minutiae of manufacture.

We caught Scifen’s French Terry Crew in Vegas. We follow with a few highlights from the Spring collection. Coats above, more after the jump.

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February 15, 2011

Bearracuda at IBR is this Saturday! SF CA

by Accidental Bear

B B B Bearracuda ( sing like chia-pet song) is happening this Saturday and it’s not one you’ll want to miss! Bears from around the WORLD will be in town and on the loose! Sit back set your BEAR TRAP and you will have a successful weekend.

Via Bearracudas Facebook page

One of our BIGGEST nights of the bear year is this Saturday at the Cat Club. 2 rooms, 4 DJs and 100’s of guys from all over! If you’re coming from out of town, advanced Will Call tix are highly recommended at All advanced ticket holders will be able to move to the front of the line.

Doors open at 9pm and the party goes till 3am! Special thanks to our friends at SCRUFF ( for their support. The creators of SCRUFF will also be at Bearracuda this evening from NYC.

Also thanks to Steamworks and PLAY – the Sunday, 5pm-midnight, T-dance at DNA Lounge (

Whatever you do this weekend, have a safe and happy IBR!


February 12, 2011

Imagine, a Gay-centric Gay-borhood in the Desert

by Accidental Bear

First thought Burning man, second thought desert porn shoots, third thought, TOTALLY RAD! I am going to follow this super cities planning and jump on board! I’m far from retiring, but not I’m continuously told to be a better planner.


Gay Super City Planned for Calif. Desert

By Editors


Almost a dozen architecture firms have created designs for a proposed gay-centric, pedestrian-friendly community not far from Palm Springs, Calif.

Called Boom, the community would house 300 residences and eight neighborhoods in a space of 100 acres. While originally conceived by a Los Angeles developer as a gay-centered community, Boom would be open to anyone. Aside from homes, amenities include an entertainment center and a “rooftop mist disco.”

Located in Rancho Mirage, Boom has not yet started to wend its way through the city approval process, but its developer hopes to break ground next year and finish construction in late 2014. The project’s first phase would cost about $250 million to develop.