The Fall of Cardburg, Elton John and Anonymous vs. Scientolgy at Powell Station - Your Monday Morning Hangover

Friday night saw the destruction of Cardburg, the fictional municipality the Cardboard Institute of Technology constructed for shits, giggles and documentary purposes. Our Gretchen Robinette witnessed the massacre and came away thinking:

"If everyone decided to belligerently beat each other with cardboard to release their aggressions and emotional inhibitions like this Friday night, the world might be a safer place. Who would have thought cardboard could be so entertaining? And hey --it's all recyclable!"

Check out her photos here.

On Saturday, we ran into Anonymous - those masked crusaders who've vowed to take Scientology down (or at least annoy the fuck out of Scientologists wherever they may be - somebody's gotta do it).

Anonymous claims that, desperate for dough, Scientology held a national bookathon, pimping L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics" on the 18th and 19th of April. I thought it was strange to see folks selling the book at Powell Station last Friday - using their clever "stress test" ruse to draw passers-by in and convince them buying the book was the way out of the dark. (They tried to get me to buy it this way at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books a few years ago. Creepy.) Sure enough, Anonymous showed up outside Powell, masked and armed with break-dancers. Photos under the fold. . .

Is Anonymous being paranoid that Scientology's on a rampage? I don't know. Later in the day, someone handed me a postcard invite for a free Scientology lecture. And on Sunday I ran into this at a Chinatown bus stop:

In other Saturday news, the San Francisco GLBT Community Center held a homoerotic art auction for the benefit of an upcoming gay documentary called "Faerie." Take a look at the fine art and photos that were up for grabs over here. A big thank you to David Marr for sharing them.

Elton John didn't bother with the Bay Area for the California leg of his 2008 tour, but one of our photographers did catch him in Anaheim. Read about the highlights and see what the show looked like here.

Sunday was all about Earth Day a.k.a. 4/20 and Upper Haight was overrun with folks who reeked of cigarettes and weed. Smoke shop vendors took the opportunity to walk around outdoors, colorful glass pipes in hand, to see if they could profit from the throng.

Anyway, the real Earth Day is tomorrow, so we'll be giving out $100 Yoga Tree gift certificates at The Snitch to celebrate. Check back then, and welcome to the beginning of the workweek. --Janine Kahn/Web Editor

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