Sunday 27 May 2018
Stage 7, Blame It On The Base, At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: CCC Stage 7 Lagunitas Stage 6 Soma FM Stage Stage 10 Stage 4 Tantra / Fusion Stage 8 The Rudebwoys Disco Dancehall

The DJ named Nas-Ja leaned over his equipment to keep the beat going. A sign posted on a speaker listed the DJs and the hours they would perform. Stage 7 resembled a DJ platform from the disco days of yore. View all

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Saturday 26 May 2018
Art Generally At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

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A happiness mural was painted on the back of a building on the other side of the line of porta potties. The back of one of the booths was a cloth painted to look like an outer space scene. A ship with two aliens with a space station in the background. View all

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Friday 25 May 2018
Gorilla 2014, Joshua Martel, An American Artist

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A small cluster of ferns grew on the wall to the right of the gorilla. Credits for the mural were painted on the blue band. "R Snika 2014," and "© Joshua Martel." A blue band was painted around the top edge of the building. That blue band became the sky over the gorilla. An actual tree became a part of the scene. The ferns and geometric shapes were brought to life by a living tree. A cluster of three spotlights grew from the gorilla's chest. A complex mandala next to the gorilla represented the universe beyond. View all

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Thursday 24 May 2018
Tantra / Fusion Stage 8, Studio 604, At The 2018 (19th Annual) How Weird Street Faire, San Francisco, California

Related stories: CCC Stage 7 Lagunitas Stage 6 Soma FM Stage Stage 10 Stage 4 Stage 7 The Rudebwoys Disco Dancehall

Dancers gyrated on Second Street in front of the former Adolph Gasser Inc. camera store. That store declined and inevitably closed when digital cameras became common. The DJ Kromagon played behind the Studio 604 sign. The Tantra / Fusion Stage 8 featured a sleepy moon and shooting stars proscenium. The sleepy moon was about to snort a white powder from a spoon. View all

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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

Related stories: CCC Stage 7 Lagunitas Stage 6 Soma FM Stage Stage 10 Stage 7 Tantra / Fusion Stage 8 The Rudebwoys Disco Dancehall

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 first three early dancers gyrated in front of the speakers. 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. 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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The sidewalk in front of the Jumping Man was covered in stenciled koi fish. 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. This mural was positioned inside an alcove so that it could only be seen when traveling west on 13th Street. The jumping man's foot was thrown behind his leg. A closer view of the man's face. His expression was neutral. 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 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. Two of the kids pulled really hard on the rope. 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. 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

Related stories: Lagunitas Stage 6 Soma FM Stage Stage 10 Stage 4 Stage 7 Tantra / Fusion Stage 8 The Rudebwoys Disco Dancehall

A man exited the stage through a door and was about to step down onto the dance floor. 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. The bases of dried tree branches that decorated the stage. Each was screwed with metal angles to a 2x6 base. 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 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 wore bones over a colorful cloth with black gloves as a costume. Two folk dressed in costumes towered over others due to their stilts. A woman dressed like the statue of liberty, was editorially tied with red rope. A man in a banana costume chatted with others at the How Weird Street Faire. A man, wearing a leather dog face, also wore a Viking helmet. A mask of a skull combined with a skate board created a Death-board costume. A man wore a mask on the back of his head, his hair creating deep dark eyes. A person wearing a dinosaur costume, paused to adjust the head for better viewing. 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 sold wares at a booth. He wore a rainbow colored squid hat. A man wore a rainbow colored, disco designed top hat while approaching people in animal costumes. 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 disco-style top hat with a checked bow tie, and a companion woman wore a purple monster hat. A man wore a cone shaped hat covered in orange, yellow and black stripes. 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

Related stories: Art Booths Costumes Food Hats Signs Stages

A couple posed for a photograph, both dressed in the theme of, "The Disco Ball Inferno." Here was one of several people who brought bubble machines to the fair. As the afternoon wore on, more and more people began to dance to the music. By mid afternoon, the streets began to fill with crowds of people. Almost everyone at the fair wore fancy shirts. Some arrived carrying helium balloons. A wide variety of people attended the fair. The sun was out and everyone was in good humor. A brief video showing the How Weird Street Faire generally. 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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The Zoa was created by many pieces of plastic, carefully cut and heat sealed together. The Zoa art piece surrounded by crowds in mid afternoon just as the fog was about to blow back in. 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. The upper pivot of Zoa was held up by a cable suspended from a graceful arch. 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." 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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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. An artist stood and used the yellow telephone cable protector for support. He was just beginning work on the left eye of a face. Art was hung on a chain link fence and was offered for sale to the passing fair attendees. Another artist knelt on canvas and was putting the finishing touches on his painting of an elephant. A large painting of a cityscape was being finished over the course of the fair. 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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A sign was drawn on the street surface, and smudged to become illegible. A blue lightening bolt crackled across the street toward a heart and the word, "cone." Yellow chalk decorated the street. A hint of pink chalk and an oil stain relieved the monotony. A girl sat cross legged on the street and doodled with chalk adding her design to the designs of others. View all

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