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Looks like Art & Soul is going to be awesome this year, and we’re a part of it. More exciting announcements to come soon!

And this year East Bay Express helped quarterback the event, partnering up with the city of Oakland to bring additional arts programming from The Crucible, NIMBY, Oakland Underground Film Festival, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and a slew of other worthy organizations. Not to mention we booked the eponymous EBX Plaza Stage, which will feature DJ Dyloot, Metal Mother, Saviours, Vetiver, Forrest Day, Persephone’s Bees, long-standing local hip-hop group Souls of Mischief, indie fourtet Churches, and Oceanography.

Then of course, there are the tentpole headliners: Luce and Blame Sally will perform at the KFOG Main Stage on Saturday, while R&B singers Kellye Gray and Lalah Hathaway will dominate Sunday’s lineup, under the auspice of KBLX 102.9 FM. Saturday’s lineup also features a Community Unity Gospel Stage capped by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, followed, on Sunday, by the Bay Area Blues Society showcase. It’s a new spin on the usual format, and we’re certainly thrilled to be part of it.

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Come join fiftyseven-thirtythree at SF Carnival.  As one of the Bay Area’s most beloved two-day events, the free, family-friendly San Francisco Carnaval Festival showcases a diverse array of food, live music and activities for all. Revelers are invited to lose themselves among a multitude of booths offering everything from handmade jewelry and international bites to colorful face painting. Additionally, beer gardens will be available for those who wish to indulge, as well as an exciting lineup of live entertainment to be presented on three different stages.

Carnival takes place on Harrison Street (between 16th and 23rd Streets), Mission District, San Francisco, CA  Festivities go on from 11am-5:30 both days.

We had to repost this from our homies at Spoke Art. This stuff is just tooooooo great!

Spoke Art Gallery presents:
Scott Scheidly: “Portraits : a series of “fabulous” depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes”

On view May 17th – May 20th at the ArtPadSF fine art fair

Spoke Art Gallery is proud to announce the debut of Scott Scheidly’s “Portraits : a series of “fabulous” depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes” debuting this weekend at the fine art fair, ArtPadSF in San Francisco, CA.

Since debuting Scheidly’s first portrait in the series last year at ArtPadSF, Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco returns for a second year and an expanded continuation of Scheidly’s shocking, offensive, and utterly hilarious series of portraits.

From Hitler’s pink armband to Chairman Mao’s heart shaped glasses, Scheidly’s work casts some of history’s most notorious characters in a new light rife with suggestion and commentary on masculinity, power, and satire.

Unlike many contemporary artists working today, Scheidly’s work is not just provocative, but also technically well done. The artist’s use of oil on panel is brings to mind any number of Classical portrait painters and if it weren’t for the jarringly hot pink frames in which the paintings themselves reside, one could easily assume the work to be that of a traditional master.

For the debut of “Portraits : a series of “fabulous” depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes” Spoke Art gallery will be presenting three new oil on panel works featuring a Pope, a Chairman and a Soviet Premier.

Additionally, Spoke Art will also be debuting the first in a series of print editions of Scheidly’s work at the fair, starting with a fine art edition of the artist’s previous Hitler painting. This limited edition Hitler print measures 11” x 14”, comes in a custom painted hot pink frame, and is limited to a signed and numbered edition of 20.

If you would like to be placed on our collector’s preview for Scheidly’s “Portrait” paintings and limited edition print, please contact us immediately at spokeartgallery@gmail.com

More info on our participation at the SF fine art fairs can be found here.

Detail views and more information available on request.

via Good.is Science has verified something that may appear obvious at first glance: The direct connection between the presence of bike lanes and the number of bike commuters. The more infrastructure exists to encourage biking, the more people bike—and the more society reaps the public health, energy, and lifestyle benefits that come with an increasing share of people-powered transportation. Beyond the availability of bike friendly-infrastructure, other hypotheses explain why people bike more or less—whether a city is wet or dry, hot or cold, has high gas prices, is densely constructed or sprawling, is populated with young or old people. All of these variables play some role in motivating people to get on two wheels, but until now, we didn’t have a good sense of which was the most important. A new study [PDF] of 90 of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. helps answer the question of what makes a city bicycle-friendly—and it turns out that the most important factor affecting the number of cyclists is the prevalence of bike paths. That makes sense to me: When I lived in Washington, D.C. last year, I rode my bike to work and nearly everywhere else, despite the city’s crushing summer humidity and chilly winters. Now that I’ve moved to Los Angeles, which boasts temperate weather basically every day, I barely ride at all—the absence of road shoulders, much less real cycle paths, makes bike commuting here a rather dicey prospect. Indeed, depending on how you judge what makes a city best for cycling, it’s often the colder ones that win out: Frozen Minneapolis is one of the best biking cities, thanks to well-built infrastructure and a bike share system.  Rainy Portland continues to have the largest percentage of its population commuting by bike, a fact that should continue to shame city managers whose polities stay pleasant all year round. Still, Portland’s 4.2 percent of commuters biking is nothing compared to Copenhagen’s 37 percent. Reaching that level of bicycle penetration in American cities would have numerous positive effects for society, and judging by this study, demands increased investment in the bike lanes that will bring cyclists out in droves. It’s also an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: It turns out that building bike lanes actually employs more people than projects like road resurfacing, since it is labor-intensive, not machine-reliant, business. In cities where NIMBY activists and budget cuts are raising the political cost of laying bike lanes, the employment argument is a powerful case for additional investment. on top of all the other benefits that come with bike commuting. Less traffic for folks who stay in fossil fuel vehicles is part of the argument, too. With this research in hand, the prescription for cities is clear: Want bikes? Build lanes. Photo via (cc) Flickr user Paul Krueger

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Caine Monroy is a 9-year-old boy in Los Angeles who, like many other children, loves arcade games. For some kids, that love prompts frequent trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s or any other place stocked with the beeping and whirring of arcade games. But Caine is a bit more industrious than other boys and girls.

Using a vacant space in his dad’s auto parts store and some of the larger empty boxes his dad’s business accumulates, Caine constructed his own arcade, complete with a claw machine, tickets, and prizes. Two turns on the games costs $1, or, for $2, you can get a Fun Pass, which gives you 500 turns.

Though graduated pricing strategy seems to not be Caine’s strong suit, his tiny arcade remains an inspiring DIY accomplishment. So much so that filmmaker Nirvan Mullick decided he wanted to cover Caine while simultaneously giving the arcade owner the most profitable day of its life. Watch the mini documentary below to meet Caine, see his games, and see what happens when a Mullick-led flash mob unexpectedly floods the cardboard arcade one sunny afternoon.

It’s starting to get sunny outside again and we’re excited about that!  Not only are we getting a little pale, but we’ve been stuck inside the warehouse working on ton’s of new projects and now we can’t wait to show you!

The first festival of the season is definitely one of our favorites, 2012 Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival!  The festival will take place two consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 and April 21-22.  The festival is full of great: music, dancing, food, and art! Best part, MOST of it is FREE! 

The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place near and around the Japan Center on Post and Buchanan Streets, in San Francisco. Come say WHATTUP to fiftyseven-thirtythree!

Happy Birthday to the Almighty MC HAMMER! 50 years ago, you graced this earth with you presence, and we have loved it ever since!   Thank you for loving Oakland so much and helping put Pop Music on the map, out here.  May you enjoy many more birthdays.  Oh yea, and good luck on your Search Engine Venture.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out Wire Doo.  Hopefully it’s working out.

Also, thank you for Hammer Pants.

If you don’t know who MC Hammer is, you live under a rock, but here is his Wikipedia.