Link Round Up: Cool Things we Found on the Internet This Week

Categories: Quick Take

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Wow, not creepy at all.

Happy Friday! Have a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at on the internet.

SF State's newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress, put out a cool story and video on the print and clothing company San Franpsycho (goldengatexpress.org)

Since there's a lot of talk about the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, we though we'd share the original trailer -- that was remade into a horror movie. (YouTube)

Easter is the time for candy, egg hunts, and creepy bunnies. (Huffington Post)

Give yourself some time for this Reddit thread -- because it's amazing: Take a film title and remove one letter, what is the new plot? (Reddit)

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Smells Like Teen Spirit: Q&A with Teenage Director Matt Wolf

Categories: Film, Interview

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Still image from Teenage

It's hard to imagine that there was ever a time when teenagers weren't the center of the universe.

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"The Sandman" Speaks: Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg on the Glories of Their Graphic Novel

Categories: Art, Interview

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Courtesy of the Cartoon Art Museum
The Cartoon Art Museum's exhibit, "Grains of Sand: 25 Years of The Sandman," celebrates Neil Gaiman's comic-book series like never before. For the first time, original proofs of pre-publication pages are on display alongside original art from the series, which is considered one of the most important graphic novels ever published.

The exhibit runs through April 27, and when it opened, SF Weekly spoke face-to-face with Gaiman and, by email, with artist Mike Dringenberg, who drew many of the early Sandman issues. Here are excerpts from those interviews:

Q for Neil Gaiman: As you look back at the series, how does it stand out for you in terms of innovation, style of art, and other ways?

A: What really stands out for me is just the fact that, somehow, we managed to hit a level of quality that, with some ups and downs, we maintained over seven-and-a-half years. And we never did what people expected. It's amazing just walking through here, it's like traveling in time -- seeing the original art, which I had never really seen. For Sandman 1, watching what that evolved into. Watching Mike Dringenberg come into his own. By the time we get over here, we're into Stan Woch, and ink by Dick Giordano. We're into Bryan Talbot, ink by Stan Woch. And it's so interesting. Sometimes a rather wonderful thing that happens with original art -- it wasn't actually created to last through time. He was using essentially a marker. It's 20 years, and it's faded. Twenty-two years ago. It adds a strange color to it that was not there in the original.


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Tourism For Locals: Ina Coolbrith Park Honors S.F. Poet Pioneer

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The view from Coolbrith's Park
In the San Francisco poetry world, there's a woman that embodied the sayings of "women rule the world" and "behind every great man is an even greater woman," and that woman was Ina Dona Coolbrith.

Coolbrith was a revolutionary poet who brought local speech and sights into her work and broke barriers for women in the arts. She even inspired and mentored some of the greatest writers in American literature, which include Jack London and Mark Twain.

Coolbrith had many firsts in her lifetime, most notably of which include being the first poet laureate of California (and for that fact, any state in the U.S.), and the first female poet laureate back in 1919.

The San Francisco park dedicated to her namesake is first rate as well, and boasts breathtaking views that reach poetic heights.

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The Great Quake of '06 and The Great Film About It

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P.O.V. shot from W.S. Van Dyke's San Francisco (1936) which recreates the Great Quake of 1906 and the subsequent fires.

On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 a.m., a 7.8 quake struck the City. Much of the city was destroyed during an era when retro-fitting wasn't an option. Thousands died as buildings collapsed on them. Fires raged for days. Archival photographs recall the magnitude of the devastation: block after block of rubble.

And 30 years after the great quake of 1906 destroyed much of San Francisco, Hollywood produced a romantic drama about the catastrophic event.

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Shake Your Groove Thing: Q&A with the GodFather of Skate, Church of 8 Wheels Founder

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Fact: Heaven is a place on earth and it's conveniently located at the corner of Fillmore and Fell Streets at the Church of 8 Wheels.

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Cat Circus Coming to San Francisco

Categories: Circus, animals

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The Acro-Cats
The Rock Cats

Samantha Martin has taken being a "cat lady" to a whole other level. Inspired by her lifelong love of animals, as well as her dream of being an animal trainer for movies and TV, feline behavioral expert Martin founded the Acro-Cats, which is, yes, a cat circus!


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Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel in the Works

Categories: Film

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Everyone's favorite cross-dressing nanny is readying to return to the big screen with a sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that there's officially a sequel in the works, and Robin Williams is involved -- but it hasn't been confirmed if he'll reprise the role of Euphegenia Doubtfire.

David Berenbaum (Elf) is writing the script and Mrs. Doubtfire director Chris Columbus is also said to be involved in the sequel.

We're hoping, that after 20 years, Williams' ex-wife (played by Sally Field in the movie) held onto the house at 2640 Steiner, because we doubt she'd ever be able to afford to move back there on an interior decorator's salary. We're also curious to see how Williams' three children turned out. But if we'll find out seems up in the air, as Perez Hilton pointed out this morning, Mara Wilson (who plays youngest daughter Natalie) has no interest in returning to reprise her role. She says sequels usually suck, and we have to agree -- so they better not mess this up.

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The Write Stuff: Rob Rosen on Falling in Love Repeatedly and Often

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

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Ken Blackwell
Rob Rosen, award-winning author of the novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You'll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, and Queens of the Apocalypse, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, and Best Gay Erotica 2015, has had short stories featured in more than 200 anthologies.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them... ?

I'm a writer, I answer, proudly and with a broad smile on my face.

What's your biggest struggle -- work or otherwise?

I have a 9-5 job, and a 5-9 job as well, my writing being the latter. I wish there were more hours in the day to be able to get on paper all the stories swirling around inside my twisted, little brain.

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The Twilight of Beards? Study Says Beards are Out, Stubble is In

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Hanna Quevedo

We have a beard and mustache club, residents who participate in national beard competitions, and there was a S.F. man photographed eating ramen out of his beard -- it's safe to say, San Francisco loves beards. But a study shared on the BBC today says the days of the beard may be numbered.

In the study, 1,453 women participants and 213 men participants were shown four photos of men -- ranging clean shaven to full beard -- and the results say that beards are so yesterday. It looks like 2014 is the year of heavy stubble.

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