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1  California / California: North / San Francisco, CA: Pandora's Trunk, Oct 25th, Nov 22nd, Dec 4th on: October 23, 2008 10:52:15 AM
Pandora's Trunk
Indie Arts and Fashion: sale, salon, and performance!

October 25th, Saturday, from 2-8pm
BUS stop, 135 Dore off Folsom at 10th

free admission
live music
free drinks

As the sun orbits away from the center of our city, keep the chill out of your bones with a brand new warm jacket and a story told by the visionary who made it!  This fall and winter Pandora's Trunk is opening anew, letting loose a wandering group of designers.  Like minstrels or troubadours, they are traveling from venue to venue with trunks and bins loaded full of clothing and secrets in equal measure.  Events this fall will take indie arts to a whole new level, blending fashion runway, storytelling, drag performers, accordionists, chanteuses, clowns, musicians, fine art, functional objects. Indie arts producers will also be demonstrating, interacting, and showing their work.

Engaging performers, live music, free refreshments, indie arts & fashion sale. These shall be our watchwords.  Check out the website to keep up to date on artists, performers, and mayhem.

And while you're at it check the rest of Pandora's winter season:

November 22nd, Saturday, from 1-5pm
Climate Theatre 285 9th @ Folsom
Come and hear the makings of our tale at Cabaret De(con)structiv.  Climate Theatre is giving us a cross between a runway and a cabaret stage.  We'll look inside your pants and tell you where they came from... telling a story using our ideas and our artifacts.

December 4th, Thursday, from 6-11pm
Brava Theatre 2781 24th @ York near Bryant
Watch the magic of our whole splendid story!  We will settle into a luxuriant restored vaudeville theatre, using its gilded proscenium to frame a fully produced fashion design storytale.
2  California / California: North / San Francisco, CA: Arts and Media Discussion Salon, Sept 13th on: September 12, 2007 03:57:42 PM
San Francisco's Eighth Annual Expo for the Artist and Musician
Pandora's Trunk Show, a bi-monthly eclectic arts showcase
bring you

an Arts and Media Discussion Salon and Reception

CELLspace (2050 Bryant San Francisco)
Thursday Sept. 13 7:30-10:30pm
free admission - free drinks and snacks

This salon is conceived and structured to allow the Expo's participating artists and their greater community to interact in a discussion-oriented setting.  We will be examining the relationship between non-profit and for-profit endeavors in the arts and media worlds and beyond.  Panels will include Melissa Alexander, new Executive Director of Black Rock Arts Foundation, Miranda Caroligne, local fashion firecracker and neophyte author, and Marie Kare, marketing genius behind indie craft sweetbox The Sampler (http://homeofthesampler.com).

In addition to the central discussion and panels there will be:

***"Hidden Histories" - An art exhibit that encourages the community to explore the various ways that space and place reveal themselves in San Francisco. The installation offers info on bicycle and self-guided tours and events in the city, to provide the public with a point of departure and the inspiration embark on an exploration of San Francisco's unique urban landscape.

***CELLspace information session - This valuable community resource is facing huge cutbacks and threats to its programming.  In the midst of a discussion on how we can sustainably fund the arts, get breaking news straight from the underground on what's happening with this great, art, performance, and community workshop space.

***live music performance

***sewing workshop in the loft

for more information:
3  California / California: North / San Francisco, CA: Pandora's Trunk, June 30th on: June 28, 2007 02:11:22 AM
Pigs have flown, hell has frozen over, and we are living in the other side of tomorrow.  We are the chosen few, though, the bleeding edge of culture mutation as America's future pulls itself forward on the ones and zeros of the information age.  This true binary runs our lives now, cold and hard within the veins of our machines.  Embracing the bracing comfort of logic's implacability opens up the rich humor in drawing arbitrary black and white distinctions across real life's great shades of grey.  Come out this weekend and celebrate the passage of a simplistic dualist worldview... through mockery.

Pandora's Trunk
Bi-monthly arts & fashion showcase

Saturday June 30 2-7pm
Free admission - live music - free drinks
Mina Dresden Gallery
312 Valencia @ 14th

Pandora's Trunk Presents Versus
Take part in the eternal dualist battle between good and evil!

The audience will be the players in an all-encompassing game exploding the notion of the dark and light sides of life.  We will all join together in playful and earnest celebration of life beyond a black-and-white worldview, playing with and against each other in a tipsy and joyful rendition of humanity's battle with itself.  Artists from all parts of the spectrum will present to you their work in paint, fabric, metal, wood, string, spit, and bubblegum.  Pick sides and put 'em up - talk the artists into selling you their work and go home with a pocket-sized unique souvenir of one little drunken corner of a revolution.  Each transaction will grant you a pass to win or lose in the name of whichever side you are on.  Don't worry - drinks and merriment are for winners and losers alike.

The art and fashion offerings will come in good and evil and all sizes, shapes and colors.  Look out for ties, scarves, cowboy shirts, and jackets for boys and girls from Medium Reality.  Miranda Caroligne will of course be there telling you snips and secrets from her upcoming Reconstruction Clothing for Dummies manual. Bad Unkl Sista, Fatima, Dida, Rose Pistola, Cotton Candie Stockings, Eion 2013 and more more more rounding out the fashion plate with clothing and accessories for your most delirious opium dream.

Ten painters will be hung in the gallery, exploding in color and form across the walls.  Five more painters will bring you small works that will easily fit in your pocket (and your wallet) that day.  Metallurge Casting is coming to showcase astounding and functional art-metal castings that you may have seen at Maker Faire.  We are welcoming back sitar player John Arns, and of course handmade gourmet chocolates from Edible Love for your eating pleasure!  Visit our website for a frequently updated roster of artists with pictures and links!  Contact us to get involved.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Teaching Workshops!! on: May 21, 2007 12:18:23 PM
I taught six half-hour wet-felting workshops this past weekend at Maker Faire in the SF bay area - Maker Faire was a really cool phenomenon and it cracked me up that I was doing it in a building next to robot wars.  From my table i could see a guy who had made upright bass guitars from old motorcycle bodies.

It was the first time I taught felting and i think it went really well.  I just basically taught everyone how to make beads.  People loved it.  it's a really easy craft for people to learn because it's hard to get intimidated when there are no tools at all!
5  California / California: North / San Francisco, CA: Pandora's Trunk, Sat. April 28th 1-7pm on: April 03, 2007 01:56:10 PM
Pandora's Trunk  - 1 Year Anniversary!
A bi-monthly eclectic arts showcase & fashion sample sale

Saturday April 28th 1-7pm
free admission - live music - free drinks

Mina Dresden Gallery 312 Valencia @ 14th, San Francisco
Visual Vaudeville & Built Burlesque

"Vaudeville" is thought to come from the french 'voix de ville', voice of the city... come let us speak to you.  We will tell you a tale of independent artists and designers, making satirical and sexy statements like the vaudevillians of old, out of anything they can lay their dirty little hands on.  Our first anniversary is shaping up to be a blowout party!  We have busted our old studio at the seams and are coming to you from an all new location where the Mission and SoMa meet. 

The event will feature a fashion sample sale, including local firecrackers Miranda Caroligne, Bad Unkl Sista, Medium Reality & the inimitable Shannon Riley.

Last minute additions include Darina Drapkin, who makes eye-popping traditional corsetry with a decidedly modern bent, and Doctor Popular, who will be selling recycled denim accessories, yoyos, and comic books.  Doc Pop will also be part of art performance production, a live mystery caricature rendition of traditional drawing game exquisite corps.  We are also pleased to announce that we will be holding a drawing at the show for shining new and fabulous prizes!  Magazines and box sets, tickets and timecards for juicy local indie organizations.  You'll have to come to the show to see everything that will be there, but I will tell you that we are giving away tickets to Maker Faire, the Bay Area's stuff-making fairground blowout in San Mateo this May.

Local musical bombshell Kitten on the Keys will be there playing the sexiest instrument known to womankind, and the smoky-hot Jahmayo will be joining us from LA, guaranteed to be wearing the tightest pants ever donned by a black man who wasnt Prince.

Indie designers, producers, and artists will be joining us with jewelry, photography, paintings, gourmet chocolate, comic books, paper goods and more, using leather and feathers, metals precious and base, acrylic plastic, and resin-coated paper along with the traditional ribbons and bows to make you beautiful with teeth.

Visit our website for a frequently updated roster of artists with pictures and links!  Contact us to get involved!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / mixed media paintings; cityscapes of San Francisco on: January 15, 2007 06:58:52 PM

this one is more of Seattle (and the photo came out horribly):

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felt Bicycle Cloche on: October 31, 2006 02:01:36 AM
here is a hat I just finished!  I'm very proud of it - it's a new style and i like it a lot.  it's for an HGTV show called That's Clever whose crew will be showing up *tomorrow* (eep!) to prep me for filming the production of this hat.

here are all its component stages.

all those buttons (20 total) were fun to buy but man were they expensive.

Edited to add:

Whew!  It went great!  I was nervous but things seemed to go really smoothly.

What a whirlwind! There were only four of them, two cameras, the sound guy, and the director - the producer ran the B camera. I built a little set in the middle of my living room and pretended to make a hat on it.

It was really fun, although for the first time in my life I was The Talent.

This was a strange experience - right when they showed up, I directed them around a little, Showing them where to put stuff and where to park, but then very quickly & clearly my role was to get out of their way until they were ready for me.

We spent the first part of the day with me and the dog doing laps of the alley on my bike - I can only imagine how ridiculous that part will look. It got tense at the end as we went into overtime but what fun! I can't wait to see it, but I'll have to - spring at the earliest. I'll know in January when it airs.

8  California / California: Central / Pandora's Trunk: SF warehouse trunk show/art party October 7th on: August 04, 2006 09:52:28 PM
I am throwing another trunk show/art & fashion party in my warehouse August 12 and am really excited about what is going to happen at it - three fashion designers, an accessories-art prints duo, my felt accessories and acrylic paintings and prints, a masseuse, henna artist, viola player, and free booze.  you can't beat free booze.


9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Giant felt beads? on: July 27, 2006 10:25:14 PM
Have any of you ever made something like a felt bead but bigger, at least 3" in diameter?  I'm planning a standing sculpture that will be like an abacus, and i would like felt beads to slide along stiff rods.  the rods will have to be at least 1" in diameter, though, because they will be supporting other things as well that will be heavy.  I'm worried it will be hard to make something more or less round with such a big bore hole through the middle.
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Good cause suggestions for a literature table? (especially San Francisco ones) on: July 17, 2006 06:38:49 PM
Hi guys.  I throw a regular trunk show in San Francisco that I'm hoping transcends the traditional role of commerce, bringing artisans and their work together with their customers in a casual party-like atmosphere.  As if that wasn't enough work, I also want to have a literature table at the event, carrying information useful to the people who are likely to show up.  So far all I have is a sample Diva Cup and Diva Cup Literature, and these guys: http://artsandmedia.net/  http://www.newsdesk.org/news/ (closely related projects).  I'd love to hear other suggestions of quality orgs that might be relevant.  If you want to know more about the show you can find the link in my sig line.
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