CELLspace 10th Anniversary


CELLspace is celebrating 10 years with a special Anniversary Gala this Saturday, October 14th.

Join CELLspace in celebrating its 10 year anniversary!
When: Saturday, October 14th 7pm-10pm
Where: 2050 Bryant Street (btwn 18th & 19th Streets)
Price: $20 (in advance) $25 (@ door)

Join us for a night of live entertainment, awards ceremony, silent auction, craft making, youth performances, special quest speakers, Hors’ Dourves, full bar, community and more…

Our longtime history and commitment to promoting the arts now embraces creative culturally relevant programs to address violence prevention, leadership development, and academic enrichment for young people in the Mission District.

Here is a short timeline featuring a few of my personal highlights from a decade of events at CELLspace:

– One of the very first events at CELLspace was “Toastosterone”, a San Francisco Cacophony Society event organized by Billy Ray Virus that featured heavily modified toasters competing against each other to see which one could shoot toast the highest and longest.

– On October 5th, 1996, Danielle Engelman and I produced the “Playa Dust Lounge”, the very first public Burning Man decompression party, which took place at CELLspace.

Chicken John ran his weekly Sunday night game show “You Asked For It!” at CELLspace from 1997-98, which included the legendary Gong Show. It was at these games shows where we first met the great folks who ran the infamous bianca’s Smut Shack and would show up each week to serve grilled cheese sandwiches to everyone.

– On November 13, 1999, we had our Laughing Squid 4th anniversary party “Analog Cafe 2.0” at CELLspace.

Webzine 2000 took place at CELLspace.

– The annual Expo for the Artist & Musician started at CELLspace in 2000.

– And the best for last, on March 10th, 2001, Lori Dorn and I were married at CELLspace in front of a crowd of over 300 people, complete with bullhorn ushers and rappelling ninjas.

photo credit: Scott Beale