Saturday 15 June 2019
Sharing Flowers Mural 2014, Artist: Clare Rojas, Side of Warfield Building, 982 Market Street, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Alise Eastgate Beverly Pepper Jorit Agoch Betsy Wolfston Albert Paley Richard Louis Perri Peter Helzer Ila Rose Bip (Believe in People) WK Interact

The person dressed in brown stood on a box. The box was part of an abstract arrangement of shapes that formed the bottom of the mural. Two people stood facing each other. One was dressed in white with vertical red stripes. The other was dressed in brown with a darker brown belt. They appeared to exchange flowers. A more distant shot of the mural. Green trees, that lined the street, covered the bottom part of the mural. Sharing Flowers was a tall mural on the side of the Warfield Theater building. It was painted on the west side of the building and was best viewed from Market Street looking east. View all

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Friday 14 June 2019
Tattoos At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Signs Parasols Dogs Art Alley Costumes Rings And Hoops Booths Robots And Rides The Faire Generally Food

A blue haired man wearing neon yellow sunglasses walked shirtless around the How Weird Street Faire. His back was tattooed in the image of either eight spider legs, or six insect legs and one pair of pincers. Notice how his blue hair was accented by the aqua parasol in the distance and the aqua hula hoop to his right. View all

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Thursday 13 June 2019
Bears On Bikes Mural, Artist: Lara Buelow, Church and 17th Streets, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Mark di Suvero Mark Sponenburgh Stuart Jacobson Deborah Butterfield Don Kennell And Lisa Adler WK Interact Melanie Alves Hans d'Hollosy Tim Gier Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang

The leading of the three bears was about to ride past a palm tree. This bear stared straight ahead, never taking his eyes off the road to victory. Sunshine, palm trees, pyramids and vents covered the wall over the first of the three bicycle riding bears. Notice that the bicycle tires lacked spokes. Two bears appeared to race across the desert past cacti, palm trees, and pyramids. From this angle it also looked as if the bears raced away from a "Closed," sign. View all

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Wednesday 12 June 2019
Food, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Booths Rings And Hoops Stages Dogs Parasols The Faire Generally Art Alley Signs Tattoos Robots And Rides

A small rolling cart was stationed on Second Street. Called Pop Nation they offered gourmet popsicles for sale in a broad selection of flavors, such as orange vanilla cream, and sea salted dark chocolate. The Savourie Streets Food Truck was parked on Howard Street and offered many classic American-style comfort foods. Although the line of customers was short just after the faire opened, the line became much longer later in the afternoon. View all

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Tuesday 11 June 2019
Mountian Lion Stage, Tehema & 1st Streets, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Bootie Mashup and Heavy Petting Zoo Stage Multi Music Stage Pulse SF Stage Raindance + Inorbit Stage

The stage itself featured white palm trees, large stacks of black loudspeakers, and red, cartoon-like monitor speakers. The back of the Mountain Lion Stage faced the then closed Transbay Center. The stage featured a screen upon which abstract images of the folks dancing were projected. The DJ called Activation performed between two sets of cartoon-like, red, monitor speakers. View all

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Monday 10 June 2019
Pulse SF Stage, Howard & 2nd Streets, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Bootie Mashup and Heavy Petting Zoo Stage Mountain Lion Stage Multi Music Stage Raindance + Inorbit Stage

The Pulse SF stage looked north along 2nd Street toward Market Street. The Pulse SF stage featured sunglasses, flamingos, and palm trees all created from painted cloth. The sunglasses, above the stage of the Pulse SF Stage, reflected a desert with palm trees and either distant mountains, or not-so-distant sand dunes. Even the flamingo wore a pair of sunglasses. A photographer held a camera high over Khromata DJ (Elleen Lewis) and photographed the dancers performing in front of the stage. The 198 was the address on 2nd Street next to which the Pulse SF Stage was set up. View all

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Sunday 9 June 2019
Raindance + Inorbit Stage, Howard & 1st Streets, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Bootie Mashup and Heavy Petting Zoo Stage Mountain Lion Stage Multi Music Stage Pulse SF Stage

A life ring with the words, "Sunkin Garden," hung next to a suspended ball covered in artistic clothes. A fender hung surrounded by fishing nets. The fender was wrapped in a rope net. The rope net and the decorations on the surface of the fender made it resemble a hot air balloon. A tree (perhaps made up of separate branches) stood atop the stage. That tree was decorated with several hanging balls, where each ball was decorated with artistic fabric. The stage called, "Raindance + Inorbit," had an organic nautical look. It had a tree atop it, with with many nautical objects and nets spread across its surface. View all

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Saturday 8 June 2019
Multi Music Stage And Northern Nights Stage, Howard & 2nd, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Bootie Mashup and Heavy Petting Zoo Stage Mountain Lion Stage Pulse SF Stage Raindance + Inorbit Stage

The loudspeakers used to voice music were large and imposing. Three black loudspeakers rested atop two red loudspeakers. The booth, which housed the DJ, was painted in bright colors. Symbols and other images were scattered over the front of the booth. More decorations were inside the booth. The DJ Shdws performed behind a banner with an alien face on it. Thirty-three minutes later, DJ Av8trix would take over. The Multi Music and Northern Nights stage was enclosed in a colorful and artistic booth. Because the time was still early, folks had not yet begun to dance. When dancers did appear, they were in an unequal mix of adults and children. View all

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Friday 7 June 2019
The Faire Generally, The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Dogs Signs Food Costumes Booths Art Alley Robots And Rides Rings And Hoops Tattoos Parasols

Someone brought at least three mylar, helium-filled balloons into the How Weird Street Faire. Whether or not the balloons were released on purpose, they floated up past the metal side of a building. Part of the How Weird Street Faire took place on Howard Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. A row of portable toilets lined the sidewalk under the bus bridge into the Transbay Center. At the intersection of 2nd and Howard Streets, ridable robots were on display. In the background stood the Heavy Petting Zoo and Bootie stage . Bubbles from that stage began to fill the air. View all

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Thursday 6 June 2019
Costumes, In The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Dogs Signs Rings And Hoops Art Alley Food Booths Parasols Robots And Rides Stages Tattoos

One person passed by wearing the extreme coverage needed for dust storms at Burning Man. His only bit of frivolity were feathers in his hat. A man wearing a fancy sequin coat, also wore a black hat and a pair of oversized googly eyes. His eyes looked every which way, and apparently, at no one in particular. A group of several people walked past, each wearing a fuzzy animal head. Many wore just animal heads, while others, like the tiger in the background, wore a full costume. A fellow wearing a fancy jester's hat also wore sunglasses designed specially to protect his third eye from the sun. View all

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Wednesday 5 June 2019
Bootie Mashup and Heavy Petting Zoo Stage, Howard & 2nd, At The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Mountain Lion Stage Multi Music Stage Pulse SF Stage Raindance + Inorbit Stage

A person stood upstairs on the Heavy Petting Zoo art car and waved at the folks dancing below. The stuffed animals were so densely packed that the person almost vanished among them. The upstairs was available for all folks to visit. People would go upstairs to take pictures, to dance, or to wave at others in the faire. Or simply to perform heavy petting of the stuffed animals. A bubble machine, attached with orange straps, had turned on and the dance floor at the Heavy Petting Zoo was covered in bubbles. The Heavy Petting Zoo art car and stage in context to with the rest of the 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire in San Francisco, California. View all

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Tuesday 4 June 2019
Rings And Hoops, In The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Stages Dogs Signs Food Tattoos Art Alley Costumes Robots And Rides Parasols Booths

A man with a third eye on his forehead carried two partial hoops which here created the illusion of one hoop disappearing behind a person in the far background. A man performed with two partial circles. Neither was a hoop, but both were sections of circles which also represented hoops. A masked woman performed near the end of Art Alley. She used two small hoops to create the illusion of movement. A woman danced near one of the stages on 2nd Street in the How Weird Street Faire. She had a hula hoop slung over her shoulders. The color of her makeup matched the color of the hula hoop. View all

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Monday 3 June 2019
Piggy Back Mural 2013, Artist: Os Gemeos, Inspired by: Vaughn Bodē, Turk Street between Market and Taylor Streets, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Richard Louis Perri Joan Brown John Pugh WK Interact Norman Collins (1911-1073) Mark di Suvero Jake Castro Italo Scanga (1932-2001) Tim Foley James Reka

The top figure, atop the hat of the lower figure, held on with one hand. The other hand held a top hat with a five pointed star. Butterflies flew around both figures. The eyes of the top figure were purple and huge, and seemed hypnotic. The top figure was dressed in artistic shirts and fancy pants and carried a shoulder bag which was cut to resemble a face. The mural was drawn such that the foot of one of the characters was balanced on a landing of a long fire escape attached to the back of the Warfield Theater. View all

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Sunday 2 June 2019
Booths, The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Signs Rings And Hoops Parasols Food Stages Dogs Costumes The Faire Generally Robots And Rides Tattoos

One of several booths labeled, "Ice Cold Beer & Cocktails." This one was set up with its back to the Transbay Center. On a wall beside it was a mural by Nychos called Lord . A booth labeled, "Cannabis Dispensary," was one of many arranged down Pot Alley. None sold actual cannabis, but a couple offered free samples. A booth labeled, "Sublime Designs," sold women's clothing and accessories. A booth without a sign sold Persian style jewelry. A booth labeled, "The Zombie Movement" was located next to the, "Sublime Designs," booth. The Zombie Movement booth sold "apparel • art supplies • custom printing." View all

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