• First Thursdays (Part 4) | Divisadero Corridor Art Walk

    First Thursdays chronicles the adventures of The Steel Crew as they foray into San Francisco culture on every first Thursday of the month.

    Totally unbeknownst to us during all of our college years, the Divisadero Corridor Art Walk occurs at almost all of the street’s bars on First Thursdays.  It is a hybrid pub crawl/art reception series.  There are 28 bars that participated last Thursday.  That’s 28 bars along one street that spans 12 blocks with a different art gallery at each one.  So you get to party on a Thursday with the added satisfaction of art appreciation.  As long as the artwork doesn’t excite any pent up emotions or daddy issues, then we consider the night a win. We were only able to make it to 3 bars and still thoroughly enjoy ourselves, considering everything else we did before we arrived to Divisadero.  But we decided that the art walk was definitely something worth doing again at the next First Thursday.

    Our last stop of the night was at the Madrone Art Bar, where they were having 90s night!  Many of my peers grew up on 90’s rap and hip hop and you can just taste the nostalgia in the air.  I’m talking about Biggie, Tupac, Big Pun, No Limit, and even some Rage Against The Machine.  At the end of it, we wondered why we went to the same club every month over and over again as college seniors.

    Life can truly be a bubble sometimes…even when you think you’re going out and being exciting.

    Click for photos of the artwork…

     

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    First Thursdays (Part 3) | “We Cannot Be Destroyed” @ Shotwell

    First Thursdays chronicles the adventures of The Steel Crew as they foray into San Francisco culture on every first Thursday of the month.

    As we continued our way down 49 Geary’s labyrinthine innards and found only closed doors and dimmed displays, we figured that it might be best to pack it up and head towards our next destination. Unfortunately, my trademark forgetfulness combined with my utterly complete geographical disorientation in San Francisco meant that I had no idea where “We Cannot Be Destroyed” by Jasko Begovic could be found. So it’s my dumb luck that I saw a sandwich board on the street that pointed out the Shotwell store, where Begovic’s creations currently resided. Idiocy is once again trumped by serendipitousness.

    WE CANNOT BE DESTROYED by Jasko Begovic

    “Born in Bosnia, Jasko creates art that is at once probing and poignant, and although his pieces are conspicuously filled with anguish, they are also about alacrity and elation. His art breathes into his memories and has no rules or borders. THE DREAMS OF A WARCHILD THAT CANNOT BE DESTROYED. “

     

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    First Thursdays (Part 2) | 49 Geary

    First Thursdays chronicles the adventures of The Steel Crew as they foray into San Francisco culture on every first Thursday of the month.

    From street level, there’s nothing but the numerical “49″ adorning the entranceway to this otherwise nondescript building. But on the First Thursday of every month, 49 Geary turns into the real-life equivalent of the wardrobe to Narnia. Handfuls of galleries spread across the building’s numerous floors guarantee that you’ll find something that you’ll like, without fear of being captured by white witches or having lunch with goat-men.

    But beware the free wine and hors d’oeuvres. Those can definitely ensnare you. More pictures after the jump.

     

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    First Thursdays (Part 1) | Simon Doonan & Barney’s Women’s Spring 2009 Shoe Collection

    First Thursdays chronicles the adventures of The Steel Crew as they foray into San Francisco culture on every first Thursday of the month.

    Simon Doonan

    Look at that woman trying to steal Simon’s thunder

    Last Thursday, I had the chance to meet Simon Doonan, creative director of Barney’s, at Barney’s San Francisco.  To be honest, I did not read the whole press release correctly and was not aware that Simon was only revealing a women’s collection.  The result was me showing up BY MYSELF to a women’s shoe party. But thank God I wasn’t the only dude there besides Doonan.

    The night was full of Simon Doonan, shoes, whore durves, and cocktails.  Doonan was a very friendly, soft-spoken guy who can turn on his public speaking voice when it came time to.  He caught me off-guard when he said that he was there to mingle and discuss deep philosophical questions with the guests.  I had not prepared any deep philosophical questions for the man.  Instead, he settled for taking a picture with me.

    I tried my best to navigate the questioning stares as I perused through the new collections and snapped my photos.

    Simon Doonan

    Barney’s was also throwing a raffle for five lucky ladies to win a pair of $300+ shoes for the night.  I guess I could’ve thrown my name in but I’m sure that would have incurred bitter resentment from every lady in the room.  The raffle was fun and Doonan knows how to rile up a crowd.

    Special thanks to Simon, Rebecca and Delphine!

    Click for pictures of the raffle and Barney’s new Spring 2009 collections.

     

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    First Thursdays | SF Weekly Holiday Party

    SF Weekly

    This year’s SF Weekly Holiday Party was at The Aquarium by The Bay at Pier 39.  The sights were spectacular as I’ve never been to the SF aquarium before.  Among the oddities sighted were Santa on the dance floor, Jack Daniels rags everywhere, a chocolate fountain, a dating service booth for busy professional called “It’s Just Lunch,” a man dancing by himself with a light-up yoyo, a hairy arm and chested man with a muscle shirt, and a girl making fun of everyone’s dance moves with her own versions of the dances.  The most predictable thing I saw was…fish…amazing looking fish.

    SF Weekly

    More party pictures after the jump…  

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    First Thursdays | International Fashion Party a.k.a. The Attack of the Chinchillas

    Last Thursday was the International Fashion Party at the Clift Hotel Mezzanine.  This party had probably some of the best appetizers I’ve ever had at a party.  The caterers were handing out lamb chops, and not your favorite PBS muppet.  The night was not short on purple lighting, techno music, ice sculptures, and very expensive clothing and accessories.  There were also a lot of fur coats.  I think the women just like walking with fur on their shoulders for long periods of time, just as long as they don’t have to pay for it.

    Click on the break to see the attack of the fur coats!  

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    First Thursdays | Freak of Nature exhibit at 111 Minna (Part 2)

    We made a stop at 111 Minna Gallery, even though our stay was short-lived as a result of the venue beingway too hot and not popping, in general.  Hot and humid + No people in attendance = A bad time.  Thankfully, we didn’t stay long enough to have our night spoiled.  But I figure I show you the paintings we came across for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.

    Please leave any thought-provoking opinions in the comments.

     

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