The summer festival has become de rigueur. Hell, even Gap and Bloomingdales are sporting mannequins adorned in what’s become known as festival attire (short shorts, something crocheted, a reusable water canteen, a piece of cultural appropriation—you know the drill). As the series of annual rites of passage take place across the country (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, and, yes, Burning Man are among the largest), music festivals especially, are becoming interchangeable, featuring rotating rosters of the same bands (with a surprise must-see here and there) and offering much of the same experiences—artisanal culinary zones, locally grown booze camps, upcharged VIP retreats, and digital detox areas.
Calling all creative types: make your way to Fort Mason next weekend for a two-day extravaganza of art, music, design, film, and more. A partnership between VICE and Intel, The Creators Project has been attracting the art- and tech-savvy set all over the world—Beijing, Sao Paulo, Paris, Seoul, New York—and next weekend marks the first-ever San Francisco event. Now in its third year, it's about time the festival touched down in the country's most burgeoning epicenter of technology.
Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.
Given San Francisco’s international reputation for rainbow flags, it’s somewhat shocking to realize the Out Loud Comedy Festival is the first and only LGBT comedy festival in recorded history. That said, I didn’t fact check ALL of recorded history (it's entirely possible there was a wildly popular version on the heels of the Gold Rush, complete with grizzled miners in petticoats), so take this blanket statement with a small grain of pink Himalayan salt.
Head to Oakland this weekend for yet another Bay Area summer film festival: the 15th annual Brainwash Movie Festival, this year at the American Steel Building (1960 Mandela Parkway). The selected twenty-three short films will be shown in two screenings, one on Friday and one on Saturday, starting around 9pm each night. Awards ceremony happens at the end of Program 2 on Saturday. Brainwash doesn't include synopses for the films, but below are four, two from each program, that look interesting:
Program 1 (Friday)
Seven days to make a festival-ready 7-15 minute short film, from conception to polished final product? Competitors in the first ever Seven Day Film Festival will do just this from August 2 through August 9, vying for the grand prize of $1000. Like The 48 Hour Film Project, competitors will receive "secret constraints" on the first day of the filmmaking period to ensure they can't work on the film sooner. All entries will be shown over four public screenings at the festival, held August 22nd & 23rd at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center.
Poetry—whether on stage, in print, or in song—plays an essential role in San Francisco's literary history. The biennial San Francisco International Poetry Festival, first held in 2007, returns this weekend, July 23 - 26, to celebrate poetry from here and afar. This year's festival, co-hosted by SF Poet Laureate emeritus Jack Hirschman and SF Poet Laureate Diane di Prima, will honor San Francisco Poet Laureate emeritus and City Lights co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti.