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'Pancakes & Booze' Seeks Local Artists For Syrup-Drenched Exhibition At 111 Minna

In three week's time, an unlikely pairing of pancakes, alcohol and art are coming to 111 Minna, and there's still time for local artists, bands, DJs and performance artists to apply to participate.

With exhibitions in nearly 30 cities around the US and abroad — including Berlin, Melbourne and Paris — Pancakes & Booze Art Shows feature the work of more than 100 young artists while serving up all-you-can-eat hot cakes and a full bar. 

The show’s founder, Tom Kirlin, said he started the exhibition in a garage he leased in the "ghetto of LA" to host music video and photography shoots. The space was empty much of the week, so he decided to invite his artist friends to exhibit their work.

“It became this thing in LA where all the young artists who were really just hungry to showcase their artwork anywhere used my shows as an outlet to do that," he said.

Why the addition of a boozy breakfast? Kirlin went to college in Tucson, Ariz. where the only place open after a night of drinking was IHOP. "I always thought it'd be great if IHOP could serve booze with their pancakes," he explained.

The next San Francisco exhibition runs 8pm-2am August 21-22, and Kirlin expects more than 3,500 people to come through, making the San Francisco event one of the show’s largest. More than 150 artists have submitted their work to the show and others interested in exhibiting should apply soon, he said.

Tickets will be $10 at the door. And if the quality of the pancakes are a deciding factor, Kirlin assures foodies that they are made-to-order with a wide selection of toppings like strawberries, chocolate chips and whipped cream.

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