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2015 Lifestyle & Leisure
Most Affordable Maker Collective
If you want to make something, this is the space to do it in. The Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a community art space that hosts workshops, monthly readings, and art exhibitions with a DIY attitude. These workshops are affordable, offered at a sliding scale, and cover everything from zine making to terrarium building. Andrew Cole, the zines coordinator at RPSC, said the RPSC Zine Library boasts more than 3,000 zines made by writers from around the world. Every First Friday, RPSC also features a new art exhibition, and two memorable past shows were An Exploration of Pinhole Photography and I Can Show You My World Youth Opening. If you’re looking for your next muse, and to become a part of Oakland’s vibrant maker community, your muse may have just found you.
2015 Goods & Services
Best Tupperware Lady
Never has buying a can opener been so much fun. When Kevin Wisney enters a party in full-on drag, he is far more than a man dressed as a woman. He is your neighborhood Tupperware Lady, “Sally Bowls,” named of course for the iconic Liza Minelli character from Cabaret. You are his “darlings,” and he promises to help “keep your junk fresh.” To demonstrate, he displays a nifty container that keeps veggies dry, adding, “None of us like to sit in our own moisture, do we?” Wisney started acting at age 9—not the typical path for a Michigan farm boy. Now he divides his career between stage plays, drag queen shows (as “Cruzin d’Loo”), and Sally Bowls parties, while also savoring his more traditional life with a kid, a house, and a husband. Often Northern California’s leading lady in Tupperware sales, Wisney’s biggest kick comes from getting guests to “forget their troubles for an hour.” Or longer. Says one satisfied customer, “Every time I use my Tupperware can opener, I giggle.”