Posts tagged ‘San Francisco’

August 4, 2011

SF CA: Raising Awareness for Hepatitis C

by Accidental Bear

I am immune to everything since my morning routine consists of bathing in bleach, removing all body hair, gargling with Raid, slipping a full body condom  on, elbow high gloves, protected glasses and I only breathe pure oxygen from a tank I wheel behind ,e in a red wagon. Hep still scares me though. Read on… AB

http://hepcsf.org/uploads/Recommendations_Document.pdf.

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, left, holds up a T-shirt given to him by Nina Grossman, a member of the San Francisco Hepatitis C Task Force, during an outreach event at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro Thursday, July 28, which was World Hepatitis Day. There are an estimated 12,000 San Franciscans infected with hepatitis C, with most not aware of their status. The disease disproportionately affects African Americans, Latinos, veterans, people involved with the criminal justice system, injection drug users, men who have sex with men, people with HIV, immigrants, and low-income people.

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August 4, 2011

SF CA: Police still searching for gay man’s Killer a Year Later

by Accidental Bear

This story has hit a heart string for me seeing that the murder occurred a block from my house. When the who, what and why’s are left unanswered my mind fills in the unknown with the worst case scenario. Let’s find this killer!

via B.A.R.

Last weekend marked the first anniversary of the murder of San Francisco resident Philip DiMartino. The gay 36-year-old was found dead in his apartment, located at 138 Hermann Street, on August 2, 2010.

The person responsible for DiMartino’s death hasn’t been caught, and police, family, and friends are hoping someone will come forward with information.

“This weekend was rough,” Lisa DiMartino, 39, DiMartino’s sister, said in an interview Monday, August 1. “My family and I think about Phil every day, of course, but hitting the one-year mark was tough.”

In its report on DiMartino’s death, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said injuries included 48 stab wounds, most of them in his back. The cause of death was listed as “sharp force injuries with blunt force injuries.”

DiMartino’s body was found after a co-worker who had gone to check on him looked through a window and saw “a pair of what appeared to be bloody legs on the floor,” the report said. The co-worker did not enter the apartment, according to the report.

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August 2, 2011

Hairy Men and Hard Alcohol: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Whiskey Waxing Event

by Accidental Bear

This week artist Walter Green takes the helm of Drawing Crowds. Jay Sacher, the column’s originator, has moved onto greener pastures back East. He will be missed!

To kick things off, Drawing Crowds bravely waded into a gathering of hirsute men (and the people who love them) having their facial hair massaged into wacky shapes as part of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Whiskey Waxing event, designed to accompany the ongoing exhibit, Bay Area Now 6.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/12Xq6)

 

 

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/12Xq6)

August 1, 2011

Accidental Bear Takes a Casual Walk Thru Dore Alley Street Fair: Video Evidence

by Accidental Bear

There are some things in life you shouldn’t pass up while your heart is still ticking and body is still willing. One of those events is San Francisco’s Dore Alley Street Fair “Up Your Alley.” You never know who you may run into with their pants down. Leather, Bears and flogging, oh my.

July 31, 2011

Up Your Alley Fair SF CA 2011: What’s Your kink of Choice?

by Accidental Bear

 

Sunday, July 31, 2011
11am to 6pm

On Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom, continuing on Folsom from 9th to Juniper and the adoining block of 10th St. [See Map]
San Francisco, CA

July 28, 2011

Interview: Artist Ed Luce Schools Me on his Comic The Wuvable Oaf

by Accidental Bear

Ed Luce the artist and writer of the luvable Wuvable Oaf comics just schooled me in The Wuvable Oaf’s history and was patient to give me a crash course in Wuvable Oaf 101. Now I will be abundantly ready to rub elbows with and chuckle about good ole’ issues #1 & #2 with Wuvable Oaf super fans tomorrow night at the release party for issue #3 in San Francisco’s Mission District. In anticipation I will have the Pointer Sister’s hit “I’m so Excited” on repeat for the next 24 hours.

Ed Luce’s first comic book project, Wuvable Oaf is a “fairy” tale chronicling one big, scary lookin’ dude’s search for cute little “mans” in a city that looks suspiciously like San Francisco.

The Oaf has also made appearances in the UK’s Gay Times Magazine, Italy’s PISSZINEInstinct MagazineWhite Crane Journal, Prism Comics 2008 Guideand on the chests of hunky dudes n’ sassy ladies all over the world, in the form of his very own t-shirts.

While currently pouring his energy into the comics world, Ed also leaves a lengthy trail of art debris behind him, including recent published features in Bearflavouredartists’ catalog and LA gay men’s health magazine Corpus. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums, store windows and bathrooms from San Diego to Buffalo to Paris. http://www.wuvableoaf.com

San Francisco Wuvable Oaf #3 Release Party!  

Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Goteblüd, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Signing and Wuvable Oaf Art Exhibition Reception with Ed
plus the debut of a new “Wuvable Oaf” print!

Accidental Bear’s Mike Enders & The Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce bear-rake it down for you (Get it? Break it down? Oh, just read the damn interview):

Accidental Bear: Wuvable Oaf is such a  cuddly name. Was that the intention behind naming him that?

Ed Luce: Wow…after three years of comics and shirts, no one has ever asked me that!  Well, at first it was just meant as a commentary on the character’s speech pattern, which I imagined to be mildly baby talkish.  In a deep bass tone, of course.  But as the comic evolved, it also made sense as a unique name, easily searchable on the web.

A B: Where was your energy going to before the creation on the Oaf?

Ed: I was a painter for nearly ten years before the Oaf was ever born.  In some ways, he’s an extension of that work, in a different format and genre.   My work was already very cartoony, using bits and pieces from Popeye, Sluggo of Nancy, He-man and G.I. Joe in a sort of smorgasbord of hyper-masculinity.  The Oaf sprung directly out of that soup, moving from the canvas to the page pretty effortlessly.

A B: The release for Wuvable Oaf is this Friday the 29th. How old is the Oaf since you first put him on paper?

Ed: The first time the character appeared with that name above his head was in a paper doll design I did for a theme show at the Trunk Space Gallery in Phoenix.  I believe it was fall of 2006, so he’ll technically be five years old this fall!   The shirt appeared one year later, followed by the first comic in the summer of 2008.

A B: Could you give a quick rundown of what someone might expect if they are picking up The Wuvable oaf for the first time?

Ed: I’ve toyed around with many descriptions over the years…none of which ever really work for me.  Lately, I’ve been calling it “the gay comic for everyone else”, somewhat jokingly.  I feel it’s from an undeniably queer perspective but is written and constructed to be all-inclusive.  I don’t shy away from the gay, anyone that has ever seen the book can testify to that.  But I try to speak in terms, both visually and textually, that don’t alienate any one group from appreciating the narrative.  I feel I achieve that easily enough with an absence of explicit sex scenes.  It’s important to me that hetero folks identify with the Oaf and his pals too, and I think boners don’t always work well in that capacity.  But otherwise, it’s ostensibly a love story, about someone who thinks he’s impossible to love.

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July 22, 2011

25 Years of AIDS Walks… |SF CA

by Accidental Bear

…and counting!

Members of the San Francisco State University geography department and members of St. Francis Lutheran Church were just a few of the estimated 25,000 walkers who participated in the 25th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco Sunday, July 17 in Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which organizes the event, said that the AIDS Walk raised more than $3 million for the foundation and 48 other Bay Area HIV/AIDS agencies. The opening ceremonies featured Judy Kaye, from Tales of the City , who sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to energize walkers as they set out on the 6.2-mile (10k) route. (B.A.R.)


July 21, 2011

Golden Bear for Unionmade Seals Stadium Jacket

by Accidental Bear

If you never lettered in any sport in high school, you are only half the loser your dad told you, you were. You can now by one of these awesome Stadium jackets and role play high school jock with your boyfriend or girlfriend. AB

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Unionmade’s Seals Stadium jacket, manufactured by SF locals Golden Bear, draws its name from the minor league baseball team that played at 16th Street and Portrero Avenue from 1931 through 1959. The San Francisco Seals, of the Pacific Coast League, are inspiration for the garment, which features a traditional snap button closure and 100% cotton shell. A solid choice for evenings at the ballpark, or for just kicking about when the evening temperatures dip. (Selectism)

July 14, 2011

Youth Housing Project Causes Uproar: SF CA

by Accidental Bear

Whats strikes me as a debatable subject matter of this story is the age bracket in which youth is classified; 18-24. To me, youth has always meant 12-17, under 18. There are many intertwined issues to be played out.  Pay attention. AB

 

A bitter fight over a Cow Hollow housing project for youth at risk of homelessness and those aging out of the state’s foster care system will play out before San Francisco’s Planning Commission meeting Thursday afternoon (July 14).

Two service providers, Community Housing Partnership and Larkin Street Youth Services, plan to house up to 24 youth, aged 18 to 24, at the former 30-room Edward II Inn. The vacant boutique tourist hotel is located at 3155 Scott Street and Lombard.

It is estimated that up to one-third of the youth will be LGBT as studies have found they account for 10 percent of the young adults who “age out” of the foster care system. Queer youth also account for 40 percent of the homeless youth population. READ MORE B.A.R.

July 14, 2011

WTF Brian Wilson? You are a Queer Fish: ESPYs Awards

by Accidental Bear

I hate to give the ESPYs much attention. They’re a slurpfestapalooza, a publicity-seeking exercise that just might lift the spunky little networkresponsible for them to real sports prominence. Gosh, I hope so.

But when an athlete shows up on the red carpet in a spux — a spandex tuxedo — you pretty much have to slam on the brakes, roll down the window and throw that notion right out.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson.

 

 

July 8, 2011

Calling All SF Homocore: Queercore Bands @ El Rio

by Accidental Bear

This week, music by, for and about gays fills our ears, hearts and calendar. Bring your earplugs, or let your eardrums bleed. Limp Wrist (photo), Brilliant Colors and LA-based Drapetomania play their fast-paced rockin’ post-punk music. Friday, July 8. $7. 9pm. 3158 Mission St. 522-3737.www.elriosf.com

July 7, 2011

Catching Up with the Decorated Artist/ Actor/ Model Trevor Wayne| Q&A

by Accidental Bear

You may recognize Trevor Wayne from when he first landed in LA from Chicago and quickly got swiped up by hot-shot networks wanting him for TV pilots including “a role on “ER”. After that TV pilots seemed to be the thing. He has acted along side Fran Drescher and Roseanna Arquette on shows. Enrique Iglesias, Pink, and others in various music videos. His venture into the web came from director John Roecker (“Live Freaky, Die Freaky”, and “Heart Like A Hand Grenade”: The Green Day documentary) in a series called “Sevengali”, acting along side Tim Armstrong (of the band Rancid). Trevor’s latest role is in Bruce LaBruce’s film “L.A.Zombie”. A few other projects are in the works.”

   

Lately he has been fastidiously putting together 8 uncensored pinup postcards along with the mag that started it Pinups! The mag won’t be reprinted and many of the pics, including Clive Barker’s photos, won’t make it to the postcard series. On August 5th Trevor will be having an opening reception party at The Coffee Table in Silverlake to celebrate his artwork being hung there for the month. For those of you that won’t be able to make it in person, check out how to get prints here: http://trevorwayne.bigcartel.c​om/. Feature above are 4 prints that are available. LOVE!

Q & A: First Date Questions

Accidental Bear: Where did you grow up?

Trevor Wayne: I grew up all over the midwest.. from blueberry farms in Michigan,, to
farms in Indiana and Chicago.

A B: Were you a wild teenager or a book-worm?

Trevor: I was a nerd: video games and comic books. Not much else to do in the country!

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July 5, 2011

State Assembly Passes Fair Education Act Authored by Senator Mark Leno

by Accidental Bear

This is a big deal people!

Sacramento – Today, the California State Assembly in a 49-25 vote passed a bill that would require schools to fairly and accurately portray the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement and the historic contributions of the diverse LGBT community in social science instruction. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would also add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s existing anti-discrimination protections that prohibit bias in school activities, instruction and instructional materials. 

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July 5, 2011

Accidental Bear’s Contribution to Local Asterisk Magazine| Unionmade Clothing SF CA

by Accidental Bear

STYLE: UNIONMADE
By Mike Enders

Art
As I walked from the Mission district toward the Castro in San Francisco I spotted Unionmade clothing store at 493 Sanchez Street. Upon entering, my eyes feast on the quality of garments I was surrounded by. I expected to see a well-groomed Paul Bunyan cruising for Baxter of California skin care and grooming products. As I perused the store I felt like I was in on a secret.

The large assortment of customers would make you wonder what the secret ingredient was that drew people from all over to Unionmade. The shop’s owner, Todd Barket, like a proud papa says, “I think people come to us because we have a point of view. I work really hard to bring together brands from all over the world that no one else has brought together in the Bay Area. The way merchandising stories are told is very important and people can’t always put together what it is that they like about the store, but they always make a reference to the design aspect.”

Read full article at asterisksanfrancisco.com

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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