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Weekend Guide: Super Duper Day + Off The Grid Serves Lunch in San Mateo

Feel like heading down to the Presidio for cider tasting, lining up for free burgers, or checking out a show in Berkeley? Here's what's happening this weekend around the Bay Area. 

5 Quirky Spots in Nevada You Should Be Visiting

International Car Forest of the Last Cjurch

Whether you're headed to Nevada to gamble or to hike among the wildflowers, you're probably missing out on these offbeat attractions.  Next time you're in the Silver State make sure to stop, pull over, and check out these unique photo ops. 

It's Almost Hump Day: Vote for This Cheeky Condom Design to Benefit the SF AIDS Foundation

"Look mom, I designed this cool condom wrapper!" said San Francisco graphic designer and artist Leila Singleton. Well, at least she could: Singleton's "One for Every Hump" design (pictured above) was selected for the All-Star Design competition hosted by One Condoms.

Take a Walking Tour of the Mission's Vibrant Street Art

In the neighborhood with the highest concentration of street art in San Francisco, the Mission’s cultural heritage may be best viewed through the work of its artists. The alleys here are gateways to discovery, where guerrilla "galleries" weave a colorful tapestry of influences and creative expression.

New SF Photo Exhibit Looks Back at 20th Century Life in China

To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, a new photo exhibition in San Francisco reveals life in China in the last century as told by three very distinct artists.

Get to Know the Animator Behind 'Bambi,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' + Howdy Doody at This Disney Museum Exhibit

Called "the Forrest Gump of the arts” by animated film producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), the late Mel Shaw designed ski resorts, restaurants, and a rubber ducky patented in 1950. He created oil paintings depicting California's history. But Shaw was most prolific in his 20-year career as an animator at Disney, where his doodles took life as some of the most iconic cartoon characters in history. Now, more than 100 of Shaw's works may be viewed in the Walt Disney Family Museum's new exhibit, “Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback.”

The Phantasmagoric Fashions of Funk-and-Flash Icon Billy Bowers Showcased in New SF Exhibit

Why don't more people know Billy Bowers? Not only did he foster the Bay Area-born funk-and-flash arts movement of the 1970s, he also dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper—all in outrageous phantasmagorical costumes that incorporated found imagery, cash money, and even taxidermy rats. This month, Billy Bowers is back on the scene with a show of new works, The Success of Excess: The Art of Billy Bowers, on display at Valencia Street's Glama-Rama. 

This Fantastical Digital Exhibit at Menlo Park's Pace Art + Technology Is a Total Trip

On the heels of its San Francisco teaser at last month's Fog Design + Art, TeamLab, an interdisciplinary artists group that hails from Japan, is unveiling 20 immersive digital works in a new exhibit, "Living Digital Space and Future Parks," at Pace Art + Technology’s Menlo Park pop-up gallery. 

What to See at FOG Design + Art Fair This Weekend

One of the chicest recent comers to the San Francisco art fair scene, Fog Design + Art, a benefit for SFMOMA, has returned to Fort Mason with a collection of more than 40 leading design firms and art galleries from SF to New York and beyond. Here are a few of the homegrown highlights. 

Artist David Ireland's Capp Street House Is Restored and Opening to the Public

“Everything is an art perfect material” was the mantra of Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland (1930-2009), who spent more than 30 years transforming his sprawling 1886 Victorian house in the Mission into a living work of art, home to some of his best-known sculptures, drawings, and furniture designs. Starting on January 15, fans of Ireland's work may visit his home and see it all for themselves.

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