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The Castro Clergy

A few weeks ago while in San Francisco I went with friends to a haunted house, in March. Naturally, it was in the Castro.

Inside, the haunted house was populated with human actors in costume that played all of the scary roles. Zombies, mummies, spiders, and such. One of the best costumes that I saw though was a clergyman, depicted above. He had boxed wine and a white rabbit – fantastic props, and was taking photos with people.

The entire thing was an interesting spectacle, and it strikes me as the type of event that you would have a very difficult time finding anywhere else.

Published on April 27, 2013
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Man in the BART

Taken earlier this month in the Balboa Park BART station, San Francisco.

Published on April 27, 2013
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DJing on a Pedestrian Overpass in Chengdu

Last night at 8pm there was an impromptu public party on a pedestrian overpass in Chengdu. It was really fun, and lasted for several hours. This is the kind of thing that you can get away with in China that would be difficult or impossible to do anywhere else.

We just arrived with a car battery-powered DJ setup on the bridge and started playing music. You can’t beat summer time.

Published on April 18, 2013
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Nova Heart, Live at Chengdu’s Little Bar

This show was actually on the 23rd of March (last month), but I want to put this photo here in remembrance of what was surely one of the best Chinese rock bands I have ever seen. Nova Heart, a Beijing band that has toured the US and Europe but remains little known inside mainland China, their home turf.

What I find as a generalization with Chinese pop musicians in general is that they borrow heavily from a single source. It’s usually another band or DJ that might be relatively unknown in China (like Sublime or DJ AM), but it doesn’t work with international audiences who can spot their source from a mile away. Nova Heart breaks the trend and has a sound all their own.

In their music I heard Zero 7 in the lead singers beautiful voice. I heard David Gilmour and Pink Floyd in the lead guitarists airy riffs. I heard Brad Wilk and Rage Against the Machine in the drummers sparse and heady rhythms, peppered with cowbell. It sounded totally new.

Some more information on Nova Heart is available here, and they have an EP on Spotify here: Nova Heart on Spotify

Published on April 7, 2013
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Inside the Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center

With the help of Justin, I recently visited an incredible new place in Chengdu for the first time: the Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center. Located on Wuhou Dajie above an unassuming street-level entrance, this is a massive tea house and custom jewelry shop. When you step inside of this place, you will forget that you’re in China. Every detail of the place is perfectly attended to from the clean walls, hundreds of lit candles, and lofty ceilings to authentic artwork throughout.

Here are some photos from when I visited on Saturday just before dusk:

Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center

Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center

Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center

Sanbodhi Tibetan Cultural Center

Published on December 9, 2012