Tuesday 18 June 2019
Oakland Bird Electric Scooter, As Semi-Human Powered Transport

Related stories: San Francisco Electric Scooter

Two Bird brand scooters were laid on the sidewalk to expose their LED lights which indicated their state of charge. One of the main complaints against dockless scooters was that they are often abandoned in positions that make them tripping hazards. One of many Bird brand scooters was parked on a sidewalk and reclined against a parking meter. The brand, "Bird," was clearly emblazoned on its side. View all

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Monday 17 June 2019
Marriott Entrance Mural 2018, Artist: Anthony Padilla, An American Artist, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sacramento, California

Some related stories: Michael Christian Orion Fredericks Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang Hyuro Seymour Lipton Douglas Brett Italo Scanga (1932-2001) Andrew Schoultz Dee Clements Jim Miner

The other bee was higher in the mural and appeared to be settling down onto a flower. Hexagonal shapes formed a dome over the clouds. This view resembled life inside a sports ball. The artist's signature was in the upper right of the mural. It read, "Kinetik Ideas." The third bee was painted more distant and smaller. It flew over California poppies and hovered in front of golden hills. California poppies lined the left end of the entrance to the Sacramento, California Residence Inn by Marriott. Bees hovered over the poppies and ominous clouds rose over distant brown hills. View all

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Sunday 16 June 2019
Former Bert's Shoes Mural 1973, Artists: Frank Carson and Mitchell Aronson, 726 K Street, Sacramento, California

Some related stories: Richard Louis Perri Roan Victor Joshua Coffy Michael Stutz Tim Foley François Stahly Joan Brown Anthony Padilla Amanda Lynn Kiran Maharjan

The mural covered the entrance to the building. Two side walls and the ceiling were painted. The ceiling of the entrance was painted in psychedelic designs. In the center an opening to the sky was painted. That sky did not match reality which was gray clouds and rain that day. A detail shot of the inside left corner of the building's entrance. The psychedelic designs matched in places and didn't match in other places. A psychedelic mural was painted over the entrance to what was originally Tower Records. The store changed ownership after Tower Records closed, and was last Bert's Shoe. The building was empty when this photo essay was created. View all

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

Some related stories: Seymour Lipton Joshua Coffy Lango Har Charles Ginnever Cedric Wentworth Timothy Biggs Frank Boyden Orion Fredericks Juan Olaguíbel Lacey Bryant

This was the best view of the entire mural. The bottom left was cut off by a constriction crane parked on the ground. The bottom left was nibbled away by the corner of a foreground building. 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. 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. 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: Costumes Art Alley Food Booths Stages Dogs Robots And Rides The Faire Generally Signs Rings And Hoops

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: David Govedare Katy Welte Charles Ginnever Richard Deutsch Chris Bolduc Amos Goildbaum Matthew Floriani PixelPancho Dee Clements Ric Gendron

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. 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. The leading Bear rode his bicycle well ahead of the other two bears. Notice how abstract the bicycle was. It lacks front and rear forks to hold the tires in place. And the tires lack spokes to hold them centered around a pivot. The bikes were overly simplified to draw attention to the bears and the background. 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: Parasols Rings And Hoops Art Alley Tattoos Stages Robots And Rides Costumes The Faire Generally Booths Signs

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. 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. 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 DJ called Activation performed between two sets of cartoon-like, red, monitor speakers. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. A life ring with the words, "Sunkin Garden," hung next to a suspended ball covered in artistic clothes. The DJ, whose feet alone were only visible, was named, "Conandrum." The side of the stage was masked with fishing nets. A small opening could be pulled open for entry and exit. 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. 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 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. When dancers did appear, they were in an unequal mix of adults and children. 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. The loudspeakers used to voice music were large and imposing. Three black loudspeakers rested atop two red loudspeakers. 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: Booths Signs Dogs Rings And Hoops Parasols Stages Costumes Art Alley Food Robots And Rides

Tables and chairs were set up in a parking lot just off 2nd Street. A food truck was parked off to the left. Beer and cocktails were for sale just outside the parking lot. And, a yellow DJ bus/stage, outside this photograph, provided music. 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. By mid-afternoon, the faire became very crowded. The more crowded the faire became, the lower the percentage of costumed individuals. The fog, that had burned of at noon, returned to cool mid-afternoon. 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: Art Alley Signs Parasols Booths Robots And Rides Food Tattoos Dogs Rings And Hoops Stages

An uninspired costume was a baseball-style hat worn backwards. The addition of eyes on the back of the hat turned it into a good costume. A group of five people gathered on the sidewalk to chat, sip drinks, and experience the 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire. Each person wore his or her own concept of the appropriate costume. A couple paraded through the faire wearing extreme flower displays as hats. 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. 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. One of the signs on the stage read, "Bootie," with the second O turned into a skull and cross-bones. A bubble machine, attached with orange straps, had turned on and the dance floor at the Heavy Petting Zoo was covered in bubbles. 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. View all

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