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BA of the Week: Hilary Hanselman from New Cadence

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Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

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This week’s featured Broke-Ass is Hilary Hanselman from the band New Cadence. I really like her answers below. They are cute and clever. When I asked her what to include in the intro she had this to say:

I play with an indie-folk group called New Cadence, and we have a show with Great White Buffalo at Bottom of the Hill on 12/27. We just released The Yesteryear EP, which can be purchased here. When I’m not playing music or working my day job, I contribute my significant wisdom to a dating advice blog and spend time with my three cat daughters.

You can stream the band’s new EP below. Then read Hilary’s answers to our grueling questions.

Name: Hilary Hanselman

Age: 27

Occupation: Admin, Musician, Advice Guru 

What neighborhood do you live in?: Oakland

Best money saving tip: Eat at home. It doesn’t take much to make a healthy, fast meal.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Dental insurance, cuz who needs teeth?

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My keyboard. It’s a lot of keyboard, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

How’d that feel?: Like a very strong gust of wind and a flowy skirt.

Favorite cheap eat: Taco Trucks!

Favorite dive bar: George and Walt’s. They have cheap beer, lots of TVs to watch the sports, and it’s easy to get a spot at the pool tables.

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: An invite to join New Cadence, complete with free rides to practice, countless smiles, and one magical ride through the extra-planetary spaceship museum of friendship.

Favorite free thing to do: Tickle fights, and making art and music.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: Fancy breakfast for all my friends!

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: I make up for my lack of money with cats. I am the richest when it comes to cats, but a couple more hours in the day wouldn’t hurt.

Do you own my book?: Not yet.

Best hangover cure: 2 fingers, right down the old food canal.

Are you a hipster?: Man, I hope so.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.