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Last night’s Supperclub with Rachel Lark

Last night we wrapped up our three part series of Camp Tipsy’s Supperclub events. Nestled at a dazzling cabaret spot in SoMa, Chicken and Tipsy friends served up a delicious 3 course home cooked meal. Musings of upcoming Tipsy excitement circulated in conversations where merriment was plenty.

We were delighted to have company of the lovely Rachel Lark playing her ukelele and songs off her Christmas album “Hung for the Holidays.” If you’re a fan of sassy, thoughtful and filthy songwriting that certainly challenges some overrated societal patterns, we recommend giving her music a listen. She had us laughing, sighing while saying “Ooo, ouch” and even singing along with her contagious heartfelt nature. Then again, I can’t remember a show of hers when this wasn’t the case. Ten out of ten, would do it all over again.

If you weren’t able to make it out, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to catch some laughs with other Tipsy kin at the upcoming Flamenco and Knotluck dinners in 2019.

And don’t forget! Camp Tipsy tickets make an excellent holiday gift this year.


Behind the scenes at the SFIOP,













Upcoming SFIOP events

Here at the SFIOP, we want you to be up to date on the latest happenings. There are some great upcoming opportunities to hear some eclectic music and even mingle with Camp Tipsy folk if that’s your sort of thing.


November 14, 2018 – Supperclub goes Goth Night 

December 10, 2018 – Supperclub with Rachel Lark

February 7, 2019 – FLAMENCO!

March 13, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

April 16, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

May 13, 2019 – Camp Tipsy Knotluck

June 20-23, 2019 – Camp Tipsy 2019!!!!

Special Note about Camp Tipsy 2019

OK, big new changes for Camp Tipsy 2019 tickets…

We are hearing that Tipsy is too expensive for some folks and as a non-profit driven, community-based event- we hate that. Our collective mission is to make Tipsy more accessible but we can’t do it for less money (costs keep rising, in this last year alone the rent on our storage DOUBLED) so we decided to try something new! Check out our new ticket price structure below. It’s HEAVILY dependent on people who have the means to provide counter balance to those less blessed (but quite often who’s contributions are come in other forms).

Here’s what we hope to do:

  • General Admission Tickets will drop by 1/3rd to $125!
    • We hope to sell these to those who need to be more financially conservative and/or who don’t know if Tipsy is for them and feel a higher ticket price is a barrier to trying it out.
  • Kids tickets will cost 50% of General Admission, $62.50
  • Patron Tickets will be $250, $2,500 & $25,000
    • Patron Tickets will offset the costs of General Admission Tickets. Since many fine camping events cost $300-$600 or more so we know many in our community are blessed with the means to chip in extra for an event they love. If you can please do! Don’t let us tell you what this event is worth… you tell us!
    • $250 patron tickets gets you the knowledge that you paid extra to open the gates for others to come. We hope to sell 100 of the these.
    • $2,500 Super Patron tickets– Purchase one of these and you get free entry to Tipsy for life. We hope to sell 10 of these.
    • $25,000 UBER Patron Ticket– Purchase this and you get to come to Tipsy for life with 9 of you friends. We hope to sell just one of these.

There will also be the usual early entry tickets available to get you in before the gates open. We HIGHLY recommend coming as early as you can to get the most out of your boat building experience! Live entertainment starts on Tuesday night.

This is us responding to your feedback! Let’s see if this works, we think it will! If this fails, we’ll go back to our old ways but this year, let’s seriously try to make Tipsy more accessible… and for dogs sake, lets do away with the flash sales, specials, early birds and discounts.

Patron tickets go on sale first! We’ll open up the others in early 2019.

Your First Chance to get CHEAP TICKETS to Camp Tipsy!!!

Camp Tipsy is all about showing up and making magical things out of re-purposed materials.

So in that spirit, this year we’re only offering the cheapest level tickets to Camp Tipsy 2018 to people who show up!

Come have dinner with us!  We’ll make food for you, provide entertainment, talk about how to make boats of out junk, and show some amazing photos and videos from last year!

Never been to Camp Tipsy?  Come out and see what it’s all about!

Love Camp Tipsy?  Bring all the friends who you think should be there!

Our Early Bird Ticket Supper Club is:

Wednesday, Oct. 11

7:30 – 10:30

At the San Francisco Institute of Possibility building: 3359 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94110-460

These events are the only way to get the Early Bird tickets to Camp Tipsy!

In October, our musical headliner will be Daniel Fries the Flamenco player !

Get Tickets Here!

Join the Camp Tipsy Facebook Community here!


Out of the Ashes in Oakland

Out of the Ashes in Oakland, Bay Area Arts Organizations Vow to Enhance Venue Safety and Support Community and Underground Art Spaces

San Francisco, Dec 9th, 2016 – For many Bay Area artists, Oakland’s terrible fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse is a call to action.

“This should be a time for grieving, but artists are already being evicted,” said Courtney King, a Board Member of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility (SFIOP), an arts and education non-profit. “The very community most affected by the loss of life is now facing the loss of its homes and livelihoods. The damage to individual lives and the vitality of the Bay Area art scene is worsening every day, and we must act now.”

In the wake of this tragedy, many of the Bay Area’s artists, musicians, performers, and leading community arts organizations are determined to ensure that the loss of life is not compounded by a loss of culture.

“Underground art spaces are integral to the unique character and success of the Bay Area. They are not a problem to be solved — they are part of the solution to the Bay Area’s affordability crisis,” said Colin Fahrion, SFIOP Board Member. “Safety does not need to come at the price of access to the arts for all people. We can have both, and it begins with community outreach.”

Nonprofit arts organizations in Oakland and San Francisco are now beginning to coordinate outreach and response efforts, including the SFIOP.  The SFIOP board has also formed a partnership with We the Artists of the Bay Area (WABA), a group of talented individuals that has recently joined together in response to this tragedy to help protect the Bay Area’s vital art culture. WABA’s quick growth has been impressive and it is now on track to be the largest self-organized groups of artists in the Bay Area.

The SFIOP is developing partnerships with these organizations to share expertise and create a joint program to reach as much of the community as possible. The goals of this program are to:

  • Connect a network of experienced event managers and place makers to the community and underground art scene in the Bay Area.
  • Offer free, confidential consultations on the state of current venues with an emphasis on safety. The network will offer assistance on everything from managing exits to upgrading electrical wiring.
  • Offer free classes on safe venue development and effective event management.
  • Help educate local governments on the value of these spaces, and the housing problems artists face in the current economy.
  • Serve as liaisons between underground venues and local governments, where appropriate.
  • Encourage regulatory agencies and property owners to work with these all important creative spaces and foster their growth, rather than shut them down.

“The Bay Area has an extensive community of artists who have been running daring but safe events, in all kinds of spaces, for decades,” said Tyler Hanson, cofounder of WABA. “We lead the world in our collective expertise on these issues. This is a tradition to be proud of and a vital resource not to be overlooked. And that is why we are organizing an alliance, to be artistic voice for this community”

Cofounder of WABA, Will Chase agreed. “Working with local agencies, we can make immediate strides in safety while supporting the Bay Area’s diverse art scene. The answer starts with open communication, and a message to artists that their contributions to our communities are valued.”

For more information, contact

Benjamin Wachs
Board Member of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility
(415) 862-4273

The San Francisco Institute of Possibility is a Bay Area based 501(c)3 arts and education non-profit dedicated to creating a sustainable ecology of art: enabling new and established artists, fostering community and civic engagement through art, and perpetuating an inclusive artistic community that lives the art it produces. Since 2013, the SFIOP has produced large and small scale interactive art events in the Bay Area, involving hundreds of local artists.

What Constitutions Can do for Arts Organizations – a public dissertation defence


While many artists involved with the SFIOP already have their copies, the official release date for the forthcoming “Book of the UN” has been set for March 8, where a “dissertation defense” of the book’s thesis on art and culture will be held at the Booksmith in Berkeley.

Many of the theses in the book were initially tried and tested as art events in the San Francisco Bay Area, including SFIOP events such as Camp Tipsy, the All Worlds Fair, and especially The Fallen Cosmos, which has its own section in the book.  (And whose “Gifting Graphic” is displayed in the art above.)

You can stay tuned to this channel for more details about the dissertation defense and the book release, but in the interim it’s worth considering the fundamental thesis of the book, which proposes that arts organizations need to stop thinking in terms of organizational charts and start thinking in terms of citizenship:  arts organizations must develop constitutions, and think of themselves as constitutional cultures, in which rights, privileges, and responsibilities are made explicit rather than assumed.


Camp Tipsy At East Bay Maker Faire This Sunday!

It’s fun to build a boat! Even on dry land!

This Sunday we are going to be at East Bay Maker Faire as Camp Tipsy with a pile of junk asking any and all to help us build boat — even though we are on dry land!

Come Join Us!

East Bay Maker Faire
Sunday Oct 23rd 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
Park Day School + Studio One Arts Center
360 42nd Street. (@ Opal)
Temescal district, Oakland

Discount tickets!
15% off tickets. Go to and then plug the code TIPY

Photo Booth Photos From Descent Into Madness!

Decent into Madness was Magical!

If you missed the amazing Boschian parade of abominations you can relive some of the magic from that night by checking out the photos from the Garden of Earthly Delights Photo Booth!

Check out the Photo Booth photo gallery!

Thanks to SnapFiesta for setting up and taking the photos. Also thanks to everyone who marched in the Parade of Abominations and thanks to all the guests who came and took part. Some of you came dressed up in great outfits where it was hard to tell the performers from the audience which we loved. Also thanks to all of you who jumped at the chance to paintings from the walls at the end of the night!

Lee Van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

Sign up for a Lee van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

During the Decent into Madness event we have installed in the gallery Lee van Laer’s Esoteric Analysis: an in depth interpretation (of thousands of interpretations available on the painting) of Hieronymus Boschs’ iconic painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. The interpretation is so complex, you need a guide to take you through it and answer your questions!

Buy Tickets to Decent into Madness

Sign up for a Esoteric Analysis Gallery Tour!

Descent Into Madness – THERE WILL BE A PARADE!

What have we learned about the power of art to not only change individual lives, but serve as an organizing principle of organizations?

Descent Into Madness, an event produced by the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, will provide the answer to that question in two forms:

  1.  A book
  2.  A parade

This may be the first time in history that a parade will be used as a pedagogical technique to answer questions about the principles of social organizing … or honestly just about anything else.

But we’re doing it, with concepts taken from decades of collective experience in art and community organizing, along with costumes from the SFIOP’s epic “Fallen Cosmos” event.

You’ll learn everything you need to know, in parade form.

The event is free for anyone who contributed to the “Book of the UN” Kickstarter.  Otherwise it’s $20 at the door, and you get a free advance copy of The Book of the UN, written by SFIOP executive director Chicken John Rinaldi, and edited by SFIOP Board Chairman Benjamin Wachs.

Here’s the details:

  • WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. and running late
  • WHERE:  111 Minna Gallery, in San Franciso
  • WHAT:  Expect a street fair, gallery tours, bizzare happening, the pre-release of a book that will change your life, and – oh yeah – A PARADE!  DID WE TELL YOU ABOUT THE PARADE?


If you didn’t contribute to the Book of the UN Kickstarter, then, get your tickets here!