Wednesday 23 May 2018
Stage 4 Opel / Opulent Temple Stage, Last night a DJ saved my Weird Train, At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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The DJ Richard Mixon sat in the bowling pin booth and created the first set of dance music. The Opulent Temple sign stood between speakers and stuffed animals. The Opel Stage was shaped like a bowling pin. It occupied almost the full width of 2nd Street and was just downhill from the 2nd and Folsom entrance A few of the early dancers danced in isolation that afternoon. The Heavy Petting Zoo was set up next to the dance floor of the Opel / Opulent Temple Stage. The Zoo was covered in stuffed animals. The first three early dancers gyrated in front of the speakers. View all

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Tuesday 22 May 2018
Jumping Man 2017 by Blek Le Rat, A French Graffiti Artist, 20x21 Project, In Eugene, Oregon

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A closer shot of the man's chest and stomach. Notice how his coat was thrown open and his shirt twisted by his jump. A closer view of the man's face. His expression was neutral. The sidewalk in front of the Jumping Man was covered in stenciled koi fish. This mural was positioned inside an alcove so that it could only be seen when traveling west on 13th Street. This mural was one of only a few that was reflected by a window next to it. The Blek Le Rat signature made it look as if the man were jumping to avoid the rat. A closer shot to show the detail in the mural. Blek Le Rat creates his murals using stencils. View all

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Monday 21 May 2018
Tug Of War 2017 by Blek Le Rat, A French Graffiti Artist, 20x21 Project In Eugene, Oregon

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The tug of war was between a large rat and a line of children. The rear two kids seemed more lackadaisical then did the kid directly ahead of them. Two of the kids pulled really hard on the rope. The oversized rat wore a baseball hat and held the rope with ease. The credit, "Blek le Rat," was printed between the rat's feet. This mural was hidden between the Hult Center and its parking lot. The mural is further hidden on days leading up to performances and the days of performance because huge trucks line the alley and block it. View all

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Sunday 20 May 2018
CCC Stage 7, Consortium of Collective Consciousness, Can You Dig It?, At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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The stage itself was a work of art. The DJ inside was SF Dat Man who performed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A man twirled balls on rope in time to the dance music of Stage 9. Colorful painted fabric hung to the left of the dance floor. The new Transbay Center rose behind the stage. That new facility bowed in above the stage with its lace exterior. Above the stage was the elevated bus entry into the new Transbay Center. A man exited the stage through a door and was about to step down onto the dance floor. A decorated house stood to the left of the stage. Above the house and to the right was the lace exterior of the new Transbay Center. View all

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Saturday 19 May 2018
Costumes At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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A man in a banana costume chatted with others at the How Weird Street Faire. A person wearing a dinosaur costume, paused to adjust the head for better viewing. A cartoon kid with a "My Birthday" sash tried to pose for the camera. A mask of a skull combined with a skate board created a Death-board costume. Two folk dressed in costumes towered over others due to their stilts. A man wore a mask on the back of his head, his hair creating deep dark eyes. A man wearing a fuzzy gray disco costume wove his way through crowds using low stilts. A man wore bones over a colorful cloth with black gloves as a costume. View all

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Friday 18 May 2018
Hats At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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A man wearing a fish helmet posed in Art Alley to have his photograph taken. A bear hat and outfit were for sale in a booth. A model in a photograph advertised the hat. A man wore a disco-style top hat with a checked bow tie, and a companion woman wore a purple monster hat. A woman wore a red beret while photographing the fair. A woman wore a fancy antlered headpiece. The purple of the antlers matched the purple of her outfit. A man wore a furry disco shaped hat in rainbow stripes. Behind him a woman wore a disco mirrored ball as a hat. A man wore a rainbow colored, disco designed top hat while approaching people in animal costumes. View all

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Thursday 17 May 2018
The Fair Generally, At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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A brief video showing the How Weird Street Faire generally. By mid afternoon, the streets began to fill with crowds of people. Here was one of several people who brought bubble machines to the fair. A couple posed for a photograph, both dressed in the theme of, "The Disco Ball Inferno." Almost everyone at the fair wore fancy shirts. Some arrived carrying helium balloons. As the afternoon wore on, more and more people began to dance to the music. A wide variety of people attended the fair. The sun was out and everyone was in good humor. View all

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Wednesday 16 May 2018
Zoa by Chromaforms At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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Lace fabric covered the arch that held up one end of the Zoa art piece. A walkway cover protected electric cables from shoes. Two signs were painted on that protector. The first credited "The Zoa @ Chromaforms," and the second warned "Do Not Climb." Kids loved to spin the Zoa. It was so massive that it could only be spun slowly. The upper pivot of Zoa was held up by a cable suspended from a graceful arch. The Zoa art-piece from Chromaforms was located smack in the center of the fair. It was set up in the middle of the intersection of Howard Street and 2nd Street. View all

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Tuesday 15 May 2018
Art Alley At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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A large painting of a cityscape was being finished over the course of the fair. Another artist knelt on canvas and was putting the finishing touches on his painting of an elephant. Art was hung on a chain link fence and was offered for sale to the passing fair attendees. An artist stood and used the yellow telephone cable protector for support. He was just beginning work on the left eye of a face. Next to a book sales booth, someone had laid out three swathes of abstract art fabric for sale. Two fellows set up an inflatable arch as a work of art and to highlight their modest booth selling reproductions of art. View all

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Monday 14 May 2018
Chalk Art At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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Yellow chalk decorated the street. A hint of pink chalk and an oil stain relieved the monotony. A sign was drawn on the street surface, and smudged to become illegible. A girl sat cross legged on the street and doodled with chalk adding her design to the designs of others. A blue lightening bolt crackled across the street toward a heart and the word, "cone." View all

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Sunday 13 May 2018
Booths At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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The InVision shop booth claimed to have the web address invisionshop.com, but that website was blank. The Warrior Within Designs booth sold women's clothing, sexy onesies, and dance clothes. One of a few clothing booths. This one displayed shirts and dresses. Notice the photographer's self portrait in the mirror. A tie-dyed shop sold t-shirts and other apparel colored in a tie-dyed manner. Goodlife Roots was a booth that supported independent artists by selling their works. Another booth sold fabric. Elaborate designs were silk screened onto each sample. View all

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Saturday 12 May 2018
Food At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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The Sunrise Deli food truck offered, "The best falafel in town." A booth by the sidewalk offered bowls featuring the food from India. Individual sized pizzas were for sale at this next food truck. The Bombzies BBQ food truck served flame fresh Asian BBQ. They also served BBQ rice bowls and BBQ baguettes. View all

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Friday 11 May 2018
Flowers That Bloom at Midnight, Yayoi Kusama A Japanese Artist

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A sign posted on the ground near the sculpture read in part, "Fiberglass-reinforced plastic, metal, and urethane paint." The flower featured white polka dots on red, surrounding blue polka dots on black, surrounding green polka dots on yellow. The center of the eye was composed of pink bent rectangles against a black background. The flower appeared to lay on its back with one foot on the ground and one kicked high in the air. A statue of a flower reclined on its back. It was located on a low round platform in front of 33 Tehama. The plaza in which it laid was covered in dozens of large red polka dots. View all

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Thursday 10 May 2018
Troy Corliss and Elin Christopherson "Early Maritime Layers" 2013

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A sign on the concrete wall next to the exhibit credited the artists and described the reason for the exhibit. The corner of Main and Harrison did not exist back then. Also the Embarcadero ended rather than wrapping around as it does today. Clouds and lighthouses decorated the glass in the area that represented the bay water. The whole display was seven panels wide and stood two stories tall. The glass was set off from the wall using metal spacers. Over the years, San Francisco has grown by filling the bay and building on top of that fill. The wiggly lines show the original shore and how it moved over time. View all

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