San Francisco Institute of Possiblity


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

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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.

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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!!!!!!!


Invitation to The Fallen Cosmos Artist Orientation

Dear Artists and Doers,

You may have heard of a little thing we like to call The Fallen Cosmos. While you may have heard some rumors about the hidden intricacies behind it I assure you the whisperers from the Fallen Cosmos are prone to trickery and confusion. The truth is far more strange and magical and it will take dozens of creative minds coming together to pull the Fallen Cosmos into a form that is perceivable by mere humans.

Artists, doers, we need to access YOUR dreams and subconscious energies to bring the Fallen Cosmos into this world!

We are staging several Fallen Cosmos orientation sessions for small groups of artists like you to contribute your creative visions and dreams as puzzle pieces making it whole. Each meeting will be a small intimate group to better access the creative mesmeric energies.

RSVP is required to attend these Fallen Cosmos orientation sessions and are first come first serve.

Fallen Cosmos Orientation Session Sign Up Form

Lost Vegas Rocked!

Lost Vegas was a total success! Not only did it come together to be a great fun event but we raised $6000 for the Camp Tipsy Art Fund! The Camp Tipsy Art Fund is new for this year: 50% of the fund will go to Seafarer Grants for people to make art boats and 50% will help pay for musicians and Landlubber Grants for art around camp. You got your ticket to Camp Tipsy right? Because it’s going to be awesome this year!

Photos from Lost Vegas!

Special thanks for Lost Vegas go to:

  • Valerie Levy for doing an awesome job with the boxing.
  • Mirage-A-Trios for being showgirls. That was totally amazing and confounding.
  • Arnold Weidinger for the Duck Battle. That was the stupidest thing for 500 miles in any direction.
  • Noona and Paul and friends for the Lost Vegas Police Department.
  • High Rock, Ty Mcenzie and Justinian for working the door.
  • KJ Paul DeJong for rocking the Karaoke, the silent Karaoke and providing the PA system.
  • Dirty Dave for running the bar.
  • Colin, Courtney and Jimmy for solving all the problems.
  • Dr. Hal and Rev. Roy for marrying everyone.
  • Jason for doing the OuterBody Experience Goggle thing.
  • Tracey and Don for redeeming everyone.
  • David Fine for being the best cockroach wrangler in history.
  • Jeremy Pollock for dealing Craps.
  • Brian Doherty for roulette. 20 years!!!!
  • Brad Allen and his strange friend for building help.
  • Chicken John for his palettes of beautiful Lost Vegas bullshit and making it all come together.

Lost Vegas was so much fun, even Chicken John had fun! That almost never happens.

Thank you again for dressing up and making the event a blast! And thank you for supporting the Camp Tipsy Art Fund which supports artists making ridiculous boats!

Building Lost Vegas!

Lost Vegas build went great! Tables are set up, expensive mylar was hung, the duck fighting ring is built, the RAMP OF DEATH is ready, the Short Duration Wedding Chapel is beautifully decorated, and the Lost Vegas Jail is ready to take prisoners! Also you should see the piles and piles of valuable prizes!

Check out the gallery below and come to Lost Vegas this Saturday May 3rd starts at 9pm!

Preorder $10 ticket sale ends tonight at midnight! Proceeds go to support the Camp Tipsy Art Fund!

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Building Lost Vegas Gallery