Outpost: Day 3
Date: Saturday April 11, 2015
Location: On the north side of Market Street between 6th and 7th
Transit: Served by Market Street transit lines, Civic Center BART station
Register: All events are open to the public and free of charge. For events with limited space, you may register in advance through eventbrite
BioBlitz: Market Street Birding
Join expert birder Carlo Arreglo on a walk exploring the species that flock to Market Street and log your sightings. This event is part of the Market Street BioBlitz, which uses citizen science to catalog the wildlife species in our city. This event co-hosted by Nature in the City, in collaboration with Nerds for Nature and the California Academy of Sciences.
BioBlitz & Sightings
Come participate in this citizen science project logging the different wildlife species that inhabit Market Street. Expert-led teams will discover, count, map and learn about the diverse organisms that live in our urban environment. Sightings will be logged with iNaturalist and shared at the Outpost installation between 1:00-2:00pm. This event is co-hosted by Nature in the City in collaboration with Nerds for Nature and the California Academy of Sciences.
Drop-in Family Biking Lab
Come learn family biking tips and practical bicycle maintenance skills. Learn to change a tire, proper helmet fitting, and hand signals on the road. Children are encouraged to participate. This event is co-hosted with Warm Planet Bicycles and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Create with Nature Zone
Central Market is home to one of San Francisco’s densest neighborhoods, with an estimated 4,000 children and some of the least access to open space. For one day, the Children in Nature Collaborative will transform Market Street into a natural play space for children, parents and friends.This event is produced in collaboration with the Children in Nature Collaborative.
Broomtrade, a performance by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney
Who cleans the streets? What is the definition of Civic Pride? What is teamwork? Where did you get that broom??? These are some of the questions that are at the core of BroomTrade, a social experiment/art piece by Michael Swaine and Paul Benney. Join them as they parade down Market St, with a series of hand-crafted, tandem brooms, and an open invitation to join in and help clean up the streets! Swaine and Benney have created a number of brooms that require groups of two, four, and six people to operate, transforming the simple act of sweeping into a collaborative, public dance event. They also invite people to bring a broom from home, and engage in a BroomTrade with other willing participants. Come to Market Street! Bring a broom! Learn a dance! And clean your city! Today’s performance will feature Andrew Kushin playing bass and sound design by Yasi Perera.This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.
On Market Library
Created by the Prelinger Library as an offsite library for Outpost. Come and browse a selection of titles related to Market Street’s ecology, transit, and public life. Librarians will be on hand to discuss the collection. Created in collaboration with the Prelinger Library.
Bike Tour: Pilots on Market St.
Join Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for a tour of the pilots along Market Street that have helped to make it the busiest bike street west of the Mississippi. We will tour the bike counter, the separated bikeway, the Powell Street contra-flow and other bicycling improvements while looking ahead to what Market Street could become as it is redesigned by the Better Market Street program. Bring your helmet and pick up a Bay Area bike share bike (7th & Market) if you don’t have one of your own. This event is co-hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Naturalist Talk: Tigers on Market
The Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio rutulus) has found a home on San Francisco’s Market Street, living a complete life cycle in the London Plane trees that line the busy thoroughfare. The canyon of tall buildings lined with trees resembles the butterfly’s natural habitat – river canyons. Join Amber Hasselbring, the Executive Director of Nature in the City, for a talk highlighting the rich variety of habitat components that exist on Market Street for the butterfly as well as what is possible as the street is re-envisioned. The city has pledged that the new design for Market Street will not only welcome a dynamic environment for people – but it will also make room to celebrate the wild creatures and natural features that surround us, even in the bustling downtown heart of San Francisco. This event is created in collaboration with Nature in the City.
Recession Stew with Amara Tabor-Smith
As part of a series of events curated by the Luggage Store Gallery, a long-standing neighborhood arts organization in the Central Market District, Amara Tabor-Smith, the founder and Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Theater, will perform Recession Stew. By preparing meals with and for neighborhood residents and festival patrons, Tabor-Smith will explore the relationship between food and community, accompanied by live music and dance performances. Tabor-Smith will be actively engaged in the event, urging attendees to share their stories about food, family and life. This event is curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.
A moth light installed on the roof of Outpost will run from dark until daybreak, during the festival, helping to attract these nocturnal critters for night time viewing. Created in collaboration with Nature in the City.
The PPlanter, designed by Hyphae Design Laboratory, takes on the problem of public urination. It is a scalable, reconfigurable public urinal and sink that uses plants as bioflilters to treat wastewater, turning a nuisance into a nutrient. The project celebrates San Francisco’s progressions toward mobile and outdoor services such as parklets by providing additional infrastructure to support and enhance this trend. Hyphae is currently working with the Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District, SF Clean City, and the Department of Public Works to turn the PPLanter into a neighborhood-wide program. This istallation is located in front of the Luggage Store Gallery at 1007 Market Street @ 6th. Curated by the Luggage Store Gallery.
For a full description of the Outpost project and the Market Street Prototyping Festival please visit the Outpost page.