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Calendar, Night&Day Watching the Act of Watching

Watching the Act of Watching

Artist Carrie Hott wants us to pay attention to the tools that help us pay attention. Which is to say, she wants us to observe the act of observing. She also wants us to see what’s being observed, which in…
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Culture, Art Orion Shepherd expresses his love for books through painting

Orion Shepherd expresses his love for books through painting

Books are dead, we keep hearing: dead, dead, dead. And yet, like zombies that can discourse on both European philosophy and cat health, bookstores continue to shuffle on as vectors of inspiration for some decidedly living people. Adobe Books, near…
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Calendar, Night&Day Show with the Flow

Show with the Flow

Like Amanda Eicher's art constellation of names which enlivens the ceiling at Adobe Bookshop, "Assembly Instructions" is a flow chart of an exhibition, and very pretty. Artist Alexandre Singh's show was a "mid-month pick" by's Alan Bamberger, but it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Although Saturday's Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts is sure to be, uh, slamming, one local act is not on the lineup: The Conspiracy of Beards. Perhaps Harmony has something against 30-member groups who exclusively…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide Quiet Is the New Loud

Quiet Is the New Loud

Rock 'n' roll is really loud -- that's one of the best things about it. The only problem is that repeated exposure to deafening noise tends to damage your ears. You may think that a little light ringing isn't so…
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Culture, Books In the Stacks

In the Stacks

Let's talk about the future. But first, this year: Google started scanning the pages of library books to allow them to be searched from any computer, and both the Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers sued to stop…
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News, Dog Bites Naked Ambition

Naked Ambition

Our housemate was nude on the Channel 7 news. Let us explain. It all starts the day Harvey calls. He's been tooling down 101, fresh from terrorizing Seattle, where his naked-in-public photo shoots had been splashed across the Seattle Times…
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Culture, Books Outward Bound

Outward Bound

The initial effect is subtle. Walk into the Mission District's Adobe Book Shop on 16th Street, normally a cramped, slightly musty store crammed ragtag-style with used volumes, furniture that has seen better days, and random bric-a-brac, and it smells ...…
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Culture, Books Virtual Gutenberg

Virtual Gutenberg

Above Jack London Square's Bed Bath & Beyond, where you can buy a floral photo album for $9.99, a small band of dedicated book-lovers works to preserve some of the most valuable volumes in existence. Octavo Corp. and its staff…
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News, Matt Smith Digital Wage

Digital Wage

The wages of sin is death.-- Romans 6:23 If television images and security measures haven't fully illustrated how connected San Francisco is to America's current troubles, the empty halls of the George Moscone Convention Center last week ought to have.…
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Culture, missing Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Just as fast-food restaurants install uncomfortable plastic seating and play painfully bad music to keep people circulating at a steady clip, art galleries typically offer Spartan white walls and vast, benchless spaces, calculated to discourage tourists and window-shoppers from lingering.…
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News, Feature

For the Curious and Curiouser

True Blood-related events in the near future: Wednesday, Oct. 29: Ritual blood performance by Rev. Steven Johnson Leyba and the band United Satanic Apache Front, with True Blood authors Charles Gatewood and David Aaron Clark and special guests. "Bondage A…
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