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SF Weekly Letters November 13-19, 2013

A Very San Francisco Election This election year was a head scratcher: Thank you, SF Weekly! I consistently vote, and share thoughts, concerns, and outrage with my well-educated friends, who, for the most part, have chosen to flat-out ignore the…
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Culture, Art Know Your Street Art: <i>Peaceful Hearts Doctor</i>

Know Your Street Art: Peaceful Hearts Doctor

In 2010, Banksy came to San Francisco and plastered new work around the city, including a prominent wall in Chinatown that suddenly sported a doctor, a stethoscope, a heart, and a peace sign. Peaceful Hearts Doctor, as the work came…
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Calendar, Night&Day A priceless work

A priceless work

Earlier this month, Banksy set up a stand in Central Park to sell his pieces, anonymously, for $60 a pop. Although at auction his work has fetched more than $100K, he barely got a nibble. Tonight Dickson Schneider does…
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Culture, Art Untitled: ROA's Seals at 61 Bartlett

Untitled: ROA's Seals at 61 Bartlett

It's one of San Francisco's greatest works of street art — as good as anything Banksy ever gave this city, and certainly much, much bigger. The two giant seals that the artist known as ROA painted in the Mission District,…
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Culture, Art Animal Matter: Get Close to ROA and Chinese Calligraphy

Animal Matter: Get Close to ROA and Chinese Calligraphy

In this golden age of street art, where JR and Banksy are embraced from the slums of Brazil to the Hollywood Hills, we've gotten spoiled by the sheer volume of indelible imagery that's popped up on buildings, sidewalks, and other…
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Calendar, Night&Day City in Motion

City in Motion

If you think street art is confined to the hipster irony of Banksy stencils and Shepard Fairey wheatpastes, think again. There has long been a continuum of artists who use the urban environment to address political and social issues right…
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Culture, Art "Blek le Rat: 60/30": Street Art's Godfather on S.F., Banksy, and His Legacy

"Blek le Rat: 60/30": Street Art's Godfather on S.F., Banksy, and His Legacy

It's 8:30 a.m., and French street artist Xavier Prou — a.k.a. "Blek le Rat" — is surveying his latest stencil work: Curtain-sized canvasses populated by anarchists, cops, dancers, Napoleon, and the Mona Lisa, all in tableau at 941 Geary. Le…
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Calendar, Night&Day Connoisseur Rat

Connoisseur Rat

When people think about street art, they probably think about Banksy and his crew of graffiti rapscallions – hooded figures scuffling under the cover of night. They hear the clinking of spray paint cans and delight in its chemical perfume.…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Man of Letters

A Man of Letters

However you feel about the politics of England's Prime Minister David Cameron, the man apparently has amazing taste in art. On his first official visit to Washington in July, Cameron presented Barack Obama a painting by London street artist Ben…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blight Might Make Right

Blight Might Make Right

Street art has gone from subversive to respectable over the past decade, what with Banksy becoming an Oscar nominee and Shepard Fairey mounting career retrospectives in white-walled museums. It’s an object lesson in Joe Strummer’s maxim, “He who fucks nuns…
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Culture, Art Godfather of street art Dan Witz hides his work in plain sight

Godfather of street art Dan Witz hides his work in plain sight

It's just after noon on a recent Wednesday in San Francisco, and Dan Witz is driving a rental car on Highway 101 north, approaching the Vermont Street exit that leads to Potrero Hill. Just before the turnoff, he suddenly pulls…
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Calendar, Night&Day Situationist Comedy

Situationist Comedy

"Religion undoubtedly surpasses every other human activity in sheer quantity and variety of bullshit," Ken Knabb wrote in 1978. It's Knabb's own lack of, er, bunk that's helped him rally would-be radicals around his area of expertise, a Paris-born, Marx-bred…
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Calendar, Night&Day Meet the Guerrilla Artists

Meet the Guerrilla Artists

In Exit Through the Gift Shop, filmmaker Terry Guetta aimed to capture the secret world of “street art” – a form of graffiti using various media – that started appearing in the 1990s in cities across the globe. The Los…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Film Showtimes for the week of August 4-10, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Film Festival: Political films from the left. Aug. 7-8. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. Castro Theatre. "Dennis Hopper: R.I.P.": Retrospective series. See more in Night and Day.…
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Calendar, Night&Day David v. Goliath

David v. Goliath

We’re as fond of Banksy as anyone of our general socioeconomic background and sensibility, admiring his work, his audacity, and his ability to elude authorities like some street-art Roadrunner. But for sheer guerrilla art cred, Banksy has a rival in…
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Calendar, Night&Day All the Way to the Banksy

All the Way to the Banksy

Exit Through the Gift Shop is not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious expose on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Though it's credited as a Banksy picture -- as in…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Exit Through the Gift Shop</i>

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop is not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious expose on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Though it's credited as a Banksy picture—as in the ever-elusive…
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Music, All Shook Down Monday Morning Hangover: Bacon, Metallica, & Banksy

Monday Morning Hangover: Bacon, Metallica, & Banksy

This weekend, people brought home the bacon and went out in the streets for one of San Francisco's quintessential street parties: the How Weird Street Faire.Greasy good fun was had by all who attended Bacon Camp 2010, where the fried…
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Music, All Shook Down Bloggers Stay on the Banksy Scent, New Finding at Alcatraz

Bloggers Stay on the Banksy Scent, New Finding at Alcatraz

Interesting how all these new Bansky art sightings are happening in the wake of the release of his movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop. If I was more of a cynic, I'd say these pieces are popping up as some…
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Calendar, Night&Day First

First

The art world took notice when Banksy began doing graffiti that did more than simply identify its creator — here was something new. But little in the art world is truly new, and you only had to scratch one of…
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