San Francisco Institute of Possiblity


Icelandic Double Feature

Join us at Chez Poulet for a DOUBLE FEATURE about Iceland!

8pm on Thursday, May 26
Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez, SF
First, we will be screening Blueberry Soup, an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a lesser-known story of grassroots constitutionalism, and an inspiration to the rest of the world. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution.

Is it true that a country can crowdsource its constitution…?
Is it true that the arts in a civic environment can effect political change…?
Is it true that Chicken went to Iceland to interview the Parliament?
You will never know until you are here!

Watch the trailer and see press for the movie here.

We will then have a few shorts about Iceland. Vice’s “The Giants of Iceland” will be featured, among others!

From there, we will screen Reyjavik Rising. Filmed in Reykjavik between 2012 and 2014, the documentary meets the instigators of the revolution and follows the most important National Referendum in Iceland’s history. Giving the Icelandic people the opportunity to decide whether to support a constitution that had been created through a popular grassroots movement. It explores the Icelanders’ story of their nation and their revolution but also what lessons can be learned globally from their experiences. In light of a growing international trend towards grassroots movements crossing over into mainstream politics. This documentary is a timely portrayal of one such movement and their struggle to change the face of democracy.

Watch the trailer and read about the creators here.

$10 admission includes popcorn!!! Two movies!!
Tickets can be bought here.
Please invite your friends on our Facebook event!

Blueberry Soup, Documentary On Iceland’s 2008 Constitutional Change

Come watch a great documentary on the 2008 constitutional change in Iceland!

Join us April 20th at Chez Poulet for a screening of Blueberry Soup, an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a lesser-known story of grassroots constitutionalism, and an inspiration to the rest of the world. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation’s constitution.

This movie is of course super relevant to today due to the scandal rocking Iceland and the world with the Panama Papers. The Icelandic PM is currently resigning due to being caught lying about his offshore shell company money laundering.

  • Is it true that a country can crowdsource its constitution…?
  • Is it true that the arts in a civic environment can effect political change…?
  • Is it true that the director will be at Chez Poulet to answer questions…?
  • You will never know until you are here!

Screening of Blueberry Soup

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)
Chez Poulet – 3359 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
$10 admission includes popcorn!!!

Watch the trailer
Press for the movie

Official Launch For Billboard Free SF – This Wednesday 6pm!

Official launch for Billboard Free SF!

This Wednesday at the Chez Poulet: 3359 Cesar Chavez @ Mission

  • 6:00 to 7:00 pm we are showing a few anti-billboard movies and shorts for people who want to get into the swing of things.
  • 7:00 to 8:00 we have some materials for aiding discussions and introducing people to this very complex topic.
  • 8:00 to 8:20 is the TED Talk style presentation by Chicken John and Arnold Weidinger.
  • 8:20 to 11:00 discussions, complaining, conspiring and other assorted revelry.

Please join us for the launch of Billboard Free SF!!!!!

Ride The Zoli Opera Bus!

Ride the Zoli Opera Bus!

This Sunday, November 22nd, Zoli is once again, using his birthday as a ruse to get his friends to come ALL THE WAY up to Vallejo to hear him sing. And, once again, our friend Chicken John is making it possible by providing his big sexy Green Tortoise bus as transportation from San Francisco.

This is Zoli’s biggest role yet — one of the biggest tenor roles in the entire opera repertoire: Riccardo in Giuseppe Verdi’s Masked Ball, a.k.a. Un Ballo in Maschera.

  • The bus will leave at 11am from Ritual Coffee Roasters, 1026 Valencia St. in the Mission District.
  • Bus begins loading at 10:30am– please come early to get cozy and ensure a timely departure.
  • The show begins at 2pm sharp at the Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, in Vallejo.

PLEASE PAYPAL CHICKEN JOHN $20 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS:  (This does not include admission to the show.)

TICKETS TO THE SHOW (Make sure you are getting tickets to the Nov 22nd show.)

Facebook event page

More info at  Verismo Opera

Yay Opera!

Oakland FIGMENT FUN-draiser

Last year’s Oakland Figment in Mosswood was amazing! It was the first Figment ever in the Bay Area, the largest commerce-free art festival in the Bay Area, and the last year we were the 3rd largest FIGMENT out of the 15 or so US cities that are involved and we did it because of all the support of the creative community.

Last year I was in charge of the Games portion of the event and I went around giving Fun & Frolic quests to attendees. It was a lot of fun. I’m excited to see it happen again this October 24th in Mosswood park! FIGMENT art and performance to Mosswood Park in a few weeks.

Oakland FIGMENT is an all-volunteer effort completely supported by the community and they need your help now!

To help them meet our goals they are having a fundraising kickoff party at the SF Institute of Possibility in the Mission on Monday, September 28th starting at 7:30p and we would like to invite you to join us.

You will have an opportunity to meet the people who make Oakland FIGMENT happen

Oakland FIGMENT FUN-draising Kickoff Party

3359 Cesar Chavez
SF CA 94110

7:30p – 10:30p

Food and drink will be available for a donation.

You can  also make FIGMENT a success with a tax-deductible donation at their website, volunteer at our fundraising party, spreading the word to artists, performers, friends and family!

If you are artist please join us October 24th, we’d love to see your art, submit a project today!

Help Stop The Park Service From Banning Ocean Beach Fires!

Help stop the Park Service from limiting beach fires in the fire pits!

After all the hard work that the Burners Without Borders, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Beach Foundation, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy did a few years ago working with the Park Service to build fire pits and create a fair policy and allow beach fires to continue the National Park Service is once again trying to further limit fire in these very same fire pits!

The new NPS fire permit proposal wants to completely ban fires during the winter months (November 1 to February 28) and then limit fires the rest of the year from 9am-3pm, then 4pm-9pm. And they want make it onerous and expensive by requiring anyone wanting to have a fire in one of the firepits to buy a $25-35 permit before even showing up!

The latter is really screwed up as Supervisor Eric Mar and the CIty of San Francisco has offered $185,000 to cover all Ocean Beach maintenance costs for two years! The only reason for NPS to charge a permit fee is to make it onerous and ruin what is one of the few remaining free, open fun activities people can do in San Francisco.

What can I do? You ask…

Tom Price is heading up the effort to stop the NPS from putting these onerous restrictions on the use of the Ocean Beach fire pits. He has requested that people email him a letter stating their support for continuing the fair beach fire policy that is already in place. He will print out these letters and bring them to the Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting meeting next week Thursday, Sept 24, 6pm to 8:30 pm.

Anyone and all are of course welcome to join at the Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting to voice your support. I know Tom would love to have you there.

Ocean Beach Fire Program Public Meeting
Thursday, September 24
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Presentation/Discussion at 6:30 pm
County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
In the Auditorium
1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Information gathered at the meeting will be used to further develop the proposal, which will be released in early October for a 30 day public review and comment period.

Help keep San Francisco fun!


Everyhere Logistics’ Final Hurrah Tonight In Reno!

Stop on by on your way to that thing in the desert!

Tonight is the last Everyhere Logistics Lost Horizon Night Market which is taking place Reno. I am as I write this on a Greyhound Bus on my way to Reno.

If you want to know the location for the Reno Night Market you must RSVP on this form

So far the Everyhere Logistics art truck road trip has been going great! I recommend you check out their blog or their instagram showcasing fun photos from the road and the various Night Market’s they’ve hit along the way.

I myself flew out to St. Louis which was the first city that both the NY and SF art trucks met up. The St Louis Lost Horizon Night Market was a lot of fun, I got to enjoy some amazing BBQ and had an amazing time exploring the magical City Museum.

Looking forward to tonight’s Reno Lost Horizon Night Market. Hope to see you there

RSVP for the Reno Night Market

Dancehall Of Beautiful Radiant Things And EhL Fundraiser, June 24th

Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things

Wednesday June 24th at the Verdi Club

This is a thing worth going to. I’m telling you this as a person who was a total geek and hated school dances when I was younger. I skipped the first Dancehall event because I was all “Hell no I don’t slow dance” But then I was told that I must go. That it was great. So I went… and I loved it!

It is as they say “a night of vignette moments with strangers and friends.” I filled my dance card with friends, people I haven’t seen in a while, and people I never met. The dancing was goofy as I don’t know how to lead or follow, but the moments and the conversations were wonderful, even though they each only lasted a single song.

So I encourage you to go! It doesn’t matter if you know how to dance nor if you even like dancing.Dress to the nines and come mingle for a night you will not forget!

This month Dancehall we will be raising funds for the Everyhere Logistics art project, which is an amazing project that I recommend you check out.

Buy your ticket!

Odeon 10 year – part 2

Here is a partial list of some of the stuff, we are old now and everyone has kids so the show will officially start at 10:00…

Jason Webley
Sparkle Motion
Attaboy and Burke
Dr. Hal
Phoenix is flying out from Wisconsin to sing kareokie “Piano Man” with the improved lyrics
I’m sure there will be more… Who knows. Maybe Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes will make out on stage.

The idea of shooting a bottle rocket out of someone’s ass sounds horrifying.

I wonder what’s in the Jack Daniels bottle?

Expect a smidgeon of the magic of yesteryear, receding hairlines, familiar faces and stronger drinks than the last time you were there. I have a collection of photos that will delight you. I dont’ want to go too crazy with promotion, the place only holds 130 people… but it would be great to see all of you.

I can not begin to tell you how proud I am of all that we did there and all that we have done since. We really changed things. It was really good. To challenge convention, to live your life as art, to defeat mediocrity in all it’s forms. This is to live. To create and collect magic moments. To hear the universe applaud…

I don’t miss owning a bar, but I sure do miss all of you.       chicken

Odeon 10th Anniversary!

Phoenix, Windy, Robin, Camilla, Ben, Jenner, Summer, Flash, Chicken, Tyler. 3223 Mission Street. The Odeon Bar. Thank you to Tracey for believing in us. Thank you to Mazin for letting us figure it out by ourselves. Thank you to Simone for taking care of all the things all the time. Thank you to Nieves for your leadership and positivity.

It was an impossible task, really. In the year 2,000 or so I set out to turn a failing bar into a variety arts empire. A bar in the Mission that would only book circus, theater, comedy, bizarre music and odd or unlikely variety acts. They all said it would totally fail and never make any money. And they were right! We kept it open, somehow. Little hustles here and there. Who knows how. Some of the magical nights there are burned into my brain. It was an amazing place.

I started seeing the acts that I had been promoting playing at other venues. Bigger venues. Better venues. I knew I could hang on and it would be a successful business. Someday. But that’s not what I wanted. And I learned to detest the alcohol. My work was done. Now, EVERY venue in SF has permanent rigging for trapeze. There are still tons of bands playing, but the newspaper or blogs will write about your chainsaw sharpening musical or your typewriter ensemble, which would have been impossible 15 years ago.

One of the reasons I had to sell was because I was diagnosed with Hep C (which I recently have been cured of), and had to stop drinking. Listening to all your drunkies while dead sober was awful. The other reason I sold was because it just wasn’t needed anymore. There were other places that were promoting the ideas I had latched on to. We had a vision. We saw the vision. I mean, you drink water NOT to be thirsty. That’s how the whole cause and effect thing works…

It wasn’t easy to re-build a new machine. But we did it. And the machine we built is mighty! The Odeon was an important part of the balanced breakfast that is the SFIOP. Alliances that were forged there are still honored to this day. It’s an honor to serve.

So ten years have gone by. I rented to the Knockout for the night, May 30th. . Zoli has arranged for some entertainments which I will tell you about in the next email I send out. Come raise a glass to the old days.

The Knockout is at (duh) 3223 Mission street, where Mission and Valencia intersect. Yes, they do. Yes they do I go there every fucking day shut up! (I haven’t said that for exactly ten years!) We all have kids now, so the show will start late, at like 10. Goes till 2. And we don’t have to clean up!!!!!!!