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Upcoming Events:

*** SF Winter Music Festival - Jan 29th through Feb 4th ***

*** Rhythmix Cultural Works Community Clothing Swap - Saturday, Jan 30th ***

*** Algae Lab Workshop - Sunday, Jan 31st ***

*** CLUTCH TIME! - Friday, Feb 5th ***

*** ROLLER DISCO - Saturday, Feb 6th ***

*** HeARTbeat Amplifier presents "Lingerie and Lace" - Thursday, Feb 11th ***

*** Dust & Illusions, BM film at SF DOCFEST - Thursday, Feb 11th ***

*** EAT YOUR heART OUT! - Sunday, Feb 14th ***

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SF Winter Music Festival

Presented by SF IndieFest and Talking House
Jan 29 - Feb 4

IndieFest 2010 starts off on a musical note with the launch of the Winter Music Fest. Featuring all SF Bay Area "Local Bands for Local Fans": 43 bands in 11 showcases over 7 days. It all takes place at the Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th Street), Thee Parkside (1600 17th Street) and DNA Lounge (375 11th Street). Opening night kicks off at 8:00pm with national buzz acts The Action Design, Rykarda Parasol, Dave Smallen and The Trophy Fire. The excitement continues all week with buzz artists across the spectrum of rock and pop, including Tempo No Tempo, Bird By Bird, Grand Lake, Bhi Bhiman, Eric McFadden, Scene Of Action, the eclectic Duckmandu, the soulful musings of Kuma/Koshka, and the aptly named Damn Handsome and the Birthday Suits to name but a few. Thee Parkside will also host an all-ages show on Saturday, January 30th at 1:00pm; with Next Generation bands DFR, Fever Carm, Lou Lou and the Guitar Fish, Finish Ticket, and Emily's Army, the event is sure to please even the grumpiest of family members. Closing night of Winter Music Fest also serves as the rollicking Opening Night party for the 12th SF Independent Film Festival. Come dance the night away on February 4th at the DNA Lounge as IndieFest welcomes to the stage Burner friendly bands Smash Up Derby, Kid Beyond, and Gooferman.

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Rhythmix Cultural Works Community Clothing Swap
Swap Til You Drop!

January 30, 2010
2-5 pm

at Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Women's/men's/children's fashions, including hats & shoes.

No undergarments or household items please.

$5 voluntary donation
Donation proceeds benefit future RCW community programming.

Local designer and educator, Jennifer Serr, will be heading up a customization table. More about Jennifer at -

Leftover items will be donated to local charities including:

* Alameda Multicultural Center Clothing Closet
* Midway Shelter of Alameda
* Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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Algae Lab Workshop
Sunday, January 31st, 11am-6pm

Hello fellow algae-philes!

The last time we announced these workshops there was a lot of excitement -- but then we had to postpone.  Finally, we are truly ON, and we have something special to share with you: the chance to become an algae farmer right away in your own home...

It's the Personal PhotoBioReactor!  We have built the first one and are testing it out.  In the next workshop series, I'll teach about algae and algae farming in general, then about my experiences growing particular species, including spirulina in my home.  You can go home with everything you need to start growing live, fresh spirulina, harvesting it, and significantly supplement your diet with this superfood.

If you want to grow other species in your PPBRs, or if you have more room & want to grow on a larger scale for food or fuel, we'll support that as well. Everyone will be encouraged to share their experiences, advice, and questions on the ALGAELAB.ORG site.

For those who live far from the Bay Area, there will be How-To's and instructional materials so you can build your own...

The first workshop will be Sunday, January 31st, 11am-6pm, in Berkeley, CA.  $150, or $250 to take home your own personal PBR.  Hope to see you there!

For more info, visit  To sign up, email

In green glory,
Dr. Aaron Baum

P.S. I am working at NASA these days, on a project extending the OMEGA concept:

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Dear Friends
I would be delighted to see you on February 5 honoring the magnificent Garage Mahal art car. Bring your love and mula for our art car, that among other things, needs a new clutch.
Here's the invite:
Oh yeah, and check out the lineup! As usual, this party will... totally... rock.
It's CLUTCH TIME! See you there?

Start Time:   
Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:00pm
End Time:   
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 4:00am
Paradise Lounge
1501 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA

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Presented by SF IndieFest and Black Rock Roller Disco

Sat Feb 6, 8p at Cellspace, 2050 Bryant at 18th, 21up.

You know that pair of silver sequin hotpants and 70s tube socks that you've been saving for just the right party?  Like maybe somewhere with super-funky DJ disco tunes... and you can roller skate?  With hundreds of other people?  THIS IS THAT PARTY.   SF IndieFest's famous Roller Disco at CellSpace.  Black Rock RollerDisco provides the sounds and skate rentals.  More info:

SF IndieFest not responsible for alcohol influenced roller skating wipe outs!

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Lingerie and Lace
Fundraiser for the HeARTbeat Amplifier Project

Thursday, February 11, 9pm til 3am   
At The Supper Club
657 Harrison at 3rd

Please join us for a very *Special* edition of the
HeARTbeat Amplifier Red Parties- The Valentines Day "Lingerie and Lace" Party!

$15 in your sexiest red outfit
$10 in sexy lace, lingerie, or bedroom wear

Suggested Attire:

Ladies: Corsets, bloomers. lingerie, teddies, booty shorts, silk nightgowns, silk robes, mumus, or sexy lace slips.
Gents: Velvet robes, smoking jackets, silk robes or pajamas, flannel pajamas, booty shorts, or boxers (if you must.)

Side Room: Luscious Downtempo Beats By:

CHLOROPHIL (Six Degrees/Cosmic Leaf/Ajana)
MIKHAI (Symbiosis)
RIBOTTO (Ribotto Productions/Symbiosis)

Main Room: opens at 10pm
Warm up DJ set by TOMA (Hopscotch)

Setting the tone for the evening with her Tribal Fusion Bellydance-
ARADIA of Ritual Movement Arts and Hookadome

Followed by the debut performance of
Featuring star dancers from the "Venus in Velvet" Burlesque Troupe

At Midnight, don't miss the:

featuring designers:
"Esther" of Temple of Sensuality
"Ella Mental" of Black Kat Kabaret

And closing it out as only he can-

And providing roaming entertainment, from Seattle, AMAZEing ambient contact juggling by-


Bring you loved ones or come along to mingle, either way come be a part of this incredible evening of intimate performance and entertainment not to mention dance dance dance!
Come see what the whole town is talking about- HeARTbeat Amplifier Red Parties
Truly in a league of their own...

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Thursday, February 11th

After 9 months of sold out screenings through the states, and a success at San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, here is the first of a series of screenings in San Francisco & Bay Area. The Director, Olivier Bonin, will be in attendance for Q&A.


ABOUT THE FILM:  From a group of friends organizing underground activities in San Francisco in the 70s, Burning Man has become the largest countercultural event in North America. But is it still counter-cultural? Has the larger world caught up with the event and slowly erased the original ideals?

Dust & Illusions, Olivier Bonin’s fascinating documentary takes a privileged glimpse at the history and future of Burning Man, one of the most important (if not the most important) counter-cultural movements of the last 3 decades.

Bonin provides a thoughtful and critical overview of the event’s transformation from a humble guerilla art project on San Francisco’s Baker Beach to a major corporation that funds artists, fosters a year-round virtual community, and builds Black Rock City in the middle of nowhere on a yearly basis. If you’ve never been to the playa, DUST & ILLUSIONS will give you an excellent idea of exactly what you’re missing, and veteran burners will see the direction the event is headed (for better or for worse). Don’t miss it.

TRAILERS, info @
Invite 200+ friends at this facebook event and get a FREE ticket:

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A Valentine's Day brunch benefiting the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Art Lovers Everywhere

Sunday, February 14, 2010
11am to 3pm
supperclub SF
657 Harrison Street, San Francisco
All-ages; everyone welcome! Singles…couples…families…

Get your tickets now at:

Treat yourself and those you love to a sumptuous Valentine's Day brunch in bed, including fresh fruit, interactive omelet and sweet/savory crepe station, croissants, artisan breads, jam and marmalade, cold cuts, fresh brewed coffee imaginatively served by Ritual Coffee Roasters, and LOVE-ly surprises.

Enjoy interactive art, music, performances and soaring aerial heARTistry by:

Bad Unkl Sista
Diva Marisa Lenhardt
Kramer (Deep End)
Michael Anthony & The Late Nite Sneaky
Secret Valentine
Smoove (Newsbreakz)
Tamo (Angels of bAss, Space Cowboys)
And more!

+ Visit the Queen of heARTs and make-yer-own Valentine in the DIY heART gallery. And tell Cupid what to do with his arrows.

+ Interactive photography by PhotoBOOF!

All proceeds help bring interactive art to public places across the globe. So, go ahead! Eat your heART out! ...and feed your soul.

$75 adult ticket - includes brunch only with cash bar (no reserved seating. Bed seating first come first serve.)
$25 Children between 5 and 11 years old (no reserved seating); Kids under 5 free!
$100 Bottomless Brunch Tickets - includes brunch buffet and bottomless mimosas/marys at the bar (no reserved seating)
$150 Benefactor Tickets - includes reserved seating in your name and bottomless mimosas/marys served at your bed

Reserve your tickets now at:

Other Upcoming Events:

Feb 26th 4pm-7pm: Opening of Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito’s “Ecstasy” sculpture at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley
Feb 26th: 7:30pm-11:30pm David Harris “Global Lives” video installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. See:

For more info contact: or write:

Black Rock Arts Foundation | 3450 Third Street, Suite 2A | San Francisco, CA 94124 | phone: 415-626-1248

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