Caitlin Donohue

The Haight Street Banksy rat is looking for a good home

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Kerfuffle attended the publication of my Street Seen column on the reappropriated Banksy street art that popped up at Context art fair during Art Basel week in Miami last month.

Hamptons gallerist Stephen Keszler wrote to tell me that my account of him taking two of the pieces from Palestine and affixing $400,000 price tags to the them was so boring that it made him fall asleep in the bathtub (probably just part of growing old, darling.)

But I also received an interesting communique from a man who claimed responsibility for getting the Banksy rat originally painted on Haight Street's Red Victorian hotel and cafe to Miami. He says it needs a home. Read more »

Clergy summons sexy undead (local Episcopalian priest pens racy vamp novel)

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It is perhaps indicative of my professional scope that I was nervous to talk to Amber Belldene, Bay Area author of a "racy romance" vampire novel (her words.) But be advised, my anxiety was due less to her literary pursuits and more with the fact that she is an ordained Episcopalian priest. Religion, it would seem, is a harder passion to penetrate for me than undead sex scenes. 

On her end, Belldene sees no conflict between the two. "Romance novels are really about love, and so is being Christian," the neatly-attired writer, who "fell down a slippery vampire slope" when she was a young thing told me during her visit to my office. The tagline on her website reads "Mystically Sexy Paranormal Romance…because Desire is Divine." [sic] Read more »

Pack condoms (now without cop paranoia!) for this week's sexy events

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A major, massive shout-out to the local activists who finally convinced SFPD to get rid of their draconian, awful policy of using condoms found on suspects as proof of intent to do sex work. The last thing we needed was our community's most vunerable sex workers being afraid to carry protection -- not to mention having the plain old slutty among us leaving rubbers at home for fear of police harassment.Read more »

Twitter took my bots!

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Party's over, people. Read more »

On the Cheap Listings

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Learned

Mindful cooking, bagel basics, and neon work at these fun classes

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ONGOING

Rockin' Kids Singalong

Licensed clinical social worker and former punk rock singer-guitarist Stephanie Pepitone leads this musical play group for kids of all ages. Stephanie "leads families in about an hour's worth of singing, dancing, music-making, and fun/chaos" with original tunes and familiar favorites.

Fridays, 10:30-11:30am, $10 per family. La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk. www.lapena.org

JAN 12

Haitian Folkloric DanceRead more »

Dapper down

Tomboy Tailors opens up the first genderqueer menswear shop in the country

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED When Ford Models announced that its newest menswear model was a woman — Olympic swimmer and New York artist Casey Legler — in the same month that Yves Saint Laurent chose Saskia de Brauw as the face of its spring-summer 2013 menswear collection, it became clear that men's fashion was opening itself to the fact that not all people who wear suits and sport rugged looks are male-identified.Read more »

How to buy followers and influence people

For $26, I gained 2,500 followers -- and you can, too! Adventures in being fake popular on Twitter

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caitlin@sfbg.com

CAREERS AND ED I bought my friends. For 2,500 of them, I paid $26 — and you can do it too.

It bore reflection one day last month: Why does New York journalist-party disaster Cat Marnell have 20,000 more Twitter followers than me? Her quote about quitting her xoJane editorship to do angel dust was gold, but still.Read more »

Nudi pics to brighten your day

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It really doesn't matter that this National Geographic slideshow is from 2008. The relevancy of the nudibranches featured therein defy space and time and will easily be the most uplifting and forward-thinking thing you see on the Internet today. 

"Weren't they all circus shots?" Weegee's crime scene photography

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In a slight departure from his job as founder of the Noir City film festival (coming up at the Castro Theater Jan. 25-Feb. 3), Eddie Muller pays homage to a dark auteur of a different medium with a talk at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Thu/10. The object of Muller's affection is famed crime scene photographer Arthur Fellig, a.k.a. Weegee. Weegee introduced artistry -- often by way of extra-journalistic manipulation -- into the documentation of extra-legal happenings during the 1930s and '40s, so perhaps Muller's fascination with the subject should come as no surprise. We caught up with Muller via the Interwebs to find out more about why he wants to draw upon Weegee's dark arts in this week's presentation. Read more »