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Friday, April 4, 2014

San Francisco Artist to Launch Paradise Magazine

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge A page from Paradise - B.B. GUNN
  • B.B. Gunn
  • A page from Paradise

When you're in line at the grocery store, a quick glance at any of the magazines lined up by the cash register will tell you exactly what Miley Cyrus is up to or which A-list celebrities are wearing what designer brand clothing. However, it's much harder to find out anything about non-mainstream actors or musicians.

This was artist B.B. Gunn's inspiration to create Paradise Magazine, which focuses on local designers, musicians, and artists.

Known best for his performances in The Stud Bar's weekly variety show Meow Mix, Gunn describes Paradise as "art book disguised as a magazine" on his website.

Comprised of 202 vibrant -- and ad-free -- pages, some of which resemble collages more than they do the pages of a magazine, Paradise will launch next week on April 10 and will be published annually.

Although Gunn was born and raised in Santa Cruz and graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, he currently lives in New York. Therefore, Paradise will be launching in both San Francisco and New York. The first issue, titled "A Bicoastal View," features over 50 contributors from both the Bay Area and New York City (two coasts, get it?) covering art, music, style, and culture.

To celebrate Paradise's debut, Gunn is throwing a free launch party on April 22 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Stud Bar. This event coincides with Meow Mix, which that evening will be co-hosted by Gunn himself, and the launch event will feature dancing, desserts, and "enough tropical décor to warm your Tuesday night," according to the Facebook page.

Copies of the magazine will be for sale at the event, and every guest will also get a free digital download. Several of the artists who contributed to "A Bicoastal View" will be there as well.

Click here to pre-order a copy of Paradise. And if you want to go to the launch event, RSVP here.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF

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