Cinco de Mayo SF,
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 10 AM- 6 PM

Cinco de Mayo is a fiesta of Mexican heritage and pride, celebrated nationwide on May 5 and marking the victory of the Mexican Army against the French troops in the Battle of Puebla. It is also an acknowledgement of the many contributions made by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos to the United States.


In San Francisco, the Cinco de Mayo Festival will feature a wide array of stage performances from talented Mexican and other Latin American performers , including:


Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco, preserving the So my vision for the brooklyn driving school is that we continue to embrace these two capacities: to hold fast to the characteristics we most cherish, and to be bold— even relentless—in innovating for a better future. tradition of Mexican folk dance with quality, authenticity and colorful costumes.


Cumbia Tokeson, a forward-thinking nbso take on cumbia, fusing Peruvian chica, rooted in ‘70s guitar and psychedelia, mixing grooves of Colombian cumbia and rock with guitar-driven melodies, with reggae, funk, punk and a touch of southern Mexico’s son jarocho


Conjunto Picante, Salsa and Latin Jazz, born from a collaboration of artists from the SF Bay Area seeking to express themselves in the field of Salsa – a group of seasoned individual with a passion and dedication in bringing back the 70s.


Latin Rhythm Boys (LRB), sons of Jr. Henry Miranda, a Cuatrista, carryon their father’s musical legacy, high-energy Puerto Rican music that includes salsa as well as their sspecialty Jibaro sound.


ORQ, La Fuerza Gigante (LFG), “The Giant Force,” featuring a global-member salsa band with each member bringing the flavor of his country to the presentation, including Puerto Rico, Panama, Ecuador, Mexica and USA.

 SF Cinco De Mayo
Dolores Park, Dolores St. @ 18
th St., San Francisco

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Today, there’s a niche group for everything—and probably an enthusiast magazine to fill hobbyists in on the latest development in their obscure interest group. But that doesn’t quite satisfy the enthusiasts desire to be an ambassador—to search out a friend who shares their refined pallet. With the vast but connected world of the interest fellow aficionados are never far off—but what able people who aren’t on your computer screen? What if your neighbor also secretly collects Leave it to Beaver memorabilia and longs for a kindred spirit to share it with?

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The museum of modern art is a lonely place indeed, especially when the extent of the art connoisseur’s partner’s vocabulary on art critique is “That’s … interesting.” He longs to hear the rise and fall of inflection as a passionate art critic analyzes the colors in a Matisse, and the lines of a Chagall. It doesn’t help that he lives in rural Ohio. But he’s been telling himself he can’t be the only person in Loudonville who identifies with Van Gogh.

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Like the rest, the film buff has been pursuing his interests alone. Sitting in his dark cave—in optimal viewing conditions—he invents conversations in which he wows a friend with his discussion of the finer details of Hitchcock’s Citizen Cane. All he wants is for someone to respond and tell him something he doesn’t already know.

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Hipcooks PartyInterested in learning to Thai One On? The art of Persian Immersion? The best Tapas and Paella recipes? Come to Hipcooks in Seattle, arguably the coolest cooking school in the PacNorthwest (with the exception of its sister location in Portland). Hipcooks provides hands-on cooking classes for the novice and seasoned cook alike. Measuring implements are banned, tasting is encouraged, and you inner chef is invited to play. The best part? Every class ends with a dinner party!

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Classes have a set price of $65 (limited size to allow for hands-on instruction) and include fresh, organic (wherever possible) ingredients, tools and supplies, plus wine tasting with dinner. All skill levels welcome; no minors, please.

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Saturday, April 21, 7:00 PM at the United Center, Chicago

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Come cheer your home team this Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks, who by the way have some worries of their own. . .  GO BULLS!

1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612

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 EMP Museum/Seattle 

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If your hicup profile skews toward pop culture interests like rock concerts, blues jams and  sci fi movies, do we have a destination museum for you – in Seattle! The EMP is a leading-edge, non-profit museum dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through its collections exhibitions and education programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower visitors.inflatable boxing ring

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Current exhibitions include:

Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film

Avatar: The Exhibition


Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound

Sounds and Vision: Artists Tell Their Stories

Guitar Gallery




Check out the Oral History Live! Exhibits, EMP’s archive of interviews with musicians, authors, filmmakers, producers and other key figures who have profoundly shaped American music, science fiction and popular culture (850 and counting). Interviews include DefJan25 (LL CoolJ, the Beastie Boys & Public Enemy to Ludacris, Kanye West and Rihanna); horror film director John Landis; Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Graham Nash; Krist Novoselic (bassist for Nirvana); El Vez (self-proclaimed Mexican Elvis aka Robert Lopez);  and paranormal/fantasy author Cliver Barker.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame honors the lives, works and ongoing legacies of Science Fiction’s greatest creators. Founded in 1996, it was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP. Inductees include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mary Shelley, Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and Ridley Scott.  

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


Head off April Fool’s Day this Sunday in the Bronx with a run through New York’s Van Cortlandt Park , the fourth largest park in New York City’s five boroughs!

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The race starts at Tortoise & Hare Statue, Van Cortlandt Park near 6115 Broadway at 10:00 a.m.; on-site registration begins 9:00 a.m. For more information, including advance registration,Fayetteville check out the Urban Environmental Challenge website.

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Artisan CheeseFest

Friday-Sunday, March 23-25


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Do you love cheese? Join other fromage freaks (find one on hicup!) in the San Francisco Bay Area and head up to Sonoma County’s biggest annual cheese party!

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wineries, cheese shops and the cheese-loving general public in “a gastronomic
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Held at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma,

745 Baywood Drive, Petaluma, CA; phone 707-283-2888


Happy St. Patty”s Day to hicup folks in Chicago! Wish we were there!


Green River Chicago

Only in Chicago!

This Saturday, the city of Chicago will continue its 50-year tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Best viewing spots for the general public are:

·         East side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge

·         West side of the Columbus Drive Bridge

·         Upper & lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Avenue

Plan on arriving by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. You can also reserve seating at some restaurants such as Trump International Hotel & Tower (which is re-introducing its St. Patriack’s Day Skyboxes on the 17th floor; or Rebar, the hotel’s mezzanine lobby that overlooks the Chicago River).

The story of dyeing the river, according to ChicagoNow blogger Carole Kuhrt Brewer, goes like this:

It all started back in 1961 when Stephen Bailey, Business Manager of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union #110, was discussing plans with a colleague for the 1962 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. During the meeting, Bailey was approached by a plumber who was wearing coveralls that were originally white but had been stained the perfect shade of Irish green by the dye used to detect leadks in the Chicago River. Immediately, Bailey asked why couldn’t this dye be used to turn the river green for St. Patrick’s Day. After some testing and research. . . the tradition was born.

The first year, 1962, 100 pounds of dye was used to keep the river green for a week. The second year, the amount was cut to 50 pounds and the river stayed green for three days. The next year the dye was reduced to 25 pounds which kept the river green for a online pokies day.

In 1966, when environmentalists threated to end the tradition by claiming that the oil-based dye was ruining the river, the committee went back to the drawing board. After experimenting with a number of vegetable dyes, they put together today’s formula that uses 40 pounds of environmentally-friendly dye to keep the river green for four or five hours.



Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade – starts 12:00 noon, Balbo and Columbus Drive


St. Patrick’s Festival (Irish American Heritage Center), 1:00 p.m. to midnight

St. Patty’s Crawl Chicago (Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn/River North), 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


St. Patrick’s 5K and 8K Run/Walk: Sunday, March 18, 10.a.m., Diversey Harbor at the Lake, 2800 N. Lake Shore Drive;  773-868-3010

Check these links for more info on Chicago”s St. Patrick”s Day activities:

Chicago MetroMix St. Patrick’s Day Guide

Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

TimeOut Chicago St. Patrick’s Day 2012



This week”s hicup  highlights Los Angeles. Whether you are just visiting the City of Angels or live in the Southland, you won”t want to miss visiting this amazing artsy bookstore and drop in on a celebrity signing. . . and bring a friend to help with iPhone shotsinflatable tents for camping!


Carrie Fisher

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.


CARRIE FISHER discusses and signs her latest book, Shockaholic, at BOOK SOUP/HOLLYWOOD

Bad news. . . for anyone who thought Carrie Fischer had finally stopped talking about herself. . .she has yet another brand-new problem to overshare about. This time, the electro-convulsive shock therapy she’s been regularly undergoing is threatening to wipe out (what’s left of) her memory.

But get ready for a shock of your own. Not only doesn’t she mind paying the electric bill, she loves the high-voltage treatments. In fact, she can’t get enough; this might be a brand-new addiction for her. But before she can truly commit herself to it in the long term, she’d better get some of those more nagging memories on paper.

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Yes, of course, Shockaholic is laugh-out-loud funny, acerbic and witty as hell. But it also reveals a new side of Carrie Fisher that may even bring a pleasant shock your way: it is contemplative, vulnerable, and ultimately quite tender.

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Located on the infamous Sunset strip in West Hollywood, California, Book Soup has been serving the Los Angeles community – and beyond – since 1975. As one of the last surviving and leading independent bookstores, Book Soup packs more than 60,000 titles in stock, specializing in art, film, photography, music, controversial non-fiction and literary fiction. With a deep commitment to university, international and small presses, customers are continuously surprised and delighted by the rare gems found on Book Soup’s shelves.


Known for its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, high profile events, celebrity clientele and signed titles, Book Soup is a “must see” on any tour of Los Angeles.

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