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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Bohemian Grave: The Montgomery Block

Welcome to Bohemian Grave, a semi-regular feature on the vanished countercultural history of San Francisco, from long before anyone started lamenting the impending demise of Lucky 13. When the Transamerica Pyramid was completed in 1972, the 853-foot tower was…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Coit Tower Murals Reveal Best View of SF Life

Tourism for Locals: Coit Tower Murals Reveal Best View of SF Life

Coit Tower has taken on a royal blue hue in the last few days with the Golden State Warriors leading in Pacific Division championships against the Memphis Grizzlies of the 2015 NBA playoffs. Yet whether they hang on to their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's <i>The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City</i>

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City

San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, whose works foster artistic rebellion and social critique. The City has played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Discovering the Mexican Museum Within Fort Mason

Tourism for Locals: Discovering the Mexican Museum Within Fort Mason

Museums abound in San Francisco — name it and we'll probably have it. From sex toys to albino alligators, there is no shortage of exhibitions to pique the San San Franciscan's interest . And while some, like the de…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's First U.S. Mural: "The Allegory of California"

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's First U.S. Mural: "The Allegory of California"

San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, and it played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century: Diego Rivera. For those who don't…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rivera's First Fresco

Rivera's First Fresco

Glowing with gold leaf and silver inlay, the exclusive City Club of San Francisco (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange Club) boasts one of California's greatest surviving Art Deco interiors. But the club's most striking feature is Diego Rivera's first…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Diego Rivera Mural Satisfies the Eyes and Wallet

Tourism for Locals: Diego Rivera Mural Satisfies the Eyes and Wallet

Want to experience the vibrancy of museum-worthy visual art but live on a street art budget? In this week's "Tourism for Locals" entry, we bring you a massive piece of modern art that was commissioned specifically for San Francisco by…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: Stanford Curator Seeks Mexican Works on Paper

Recent Acquisitions: Stanford Curator Seeks Mexican Works on Paper

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. Elizabeth Mitchell had to have it. The curator of Prints, Drawings,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Culture and Circumstance

Culture and Circumstance

Diego Rivera crossed cultural lines: Mexican and American, artist and activist, creator and observer. His 1931 mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, in his namesake art-school gallery, deliberately plays visual tricks, depicting painters in…
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Calendar, Night&Day San Francisco's <i>Other</i> Famous Muralist

San Francisco's Other Famous Muralist

Bernard Baruch Zakheim (1896-1985) was among the best-known artists working in California in the mid-20th century. Zakheim emigrated from Poland to San Francisco in 1921 and remained here until his death, except for periods of study in Mexico City and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gala de los Muertos

Gala de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (or "Day of the Dead," for the infinitesimal fraction of English-speaking California residents who haven’t picked up a smattering of holiday Spanish) is a celebration renowned for the particular aesthetic of its accompanying art and altars.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Move Your Feet

Move Your Feet

As a self-described "logical extension of a free public library," our local free walking-tour company is, like most libraries, a fascinating mash of nerdy and white-hot rad. The San Francisco City Guides walking tours happen every day (except major holidays),…
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Calendar, Night&Day Even Better Than the Movie

Even Better Than the Movie

She was punk before punk, feminist before the Third Wave, and a proud mestiza before the word Chicana had even been invented. She is genderfluid, Christlike, and forever double-impaled by a broken body and her love for a strange man.…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Over the Rivera

We'd heard tell of a Diego Rivera Mural Tour, showcasing the famous Mexican painter's masterpiece hidden within a members-only club Downtown. But none of our tipsters could give us the exact lowdown on how to get into the place that…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide Recall Why You Stay by the Bay

Recall Why You Stay by the Bay

It's like the bumper stickers say: Regime change begins at home. The sentiment may have political origins, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be applied much closer to home. We're talking about your home, San Francisco, and that sorry…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Street Theater

Street Theater

FRI-SAT 10/7-8 San Francisco's Tenderloin is home to more than just the clank of hooker heels. It's a thriving place for art, too, and much of that is owed to the Luggage Store. Founded by local artists and residents who…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Lonely Girls

Lonely Girls

FRI-SAT 7/29-30 It's an old, familiar premise -- a woman waits alone by the phone on a Friday night, the tragic hum of the television, computer, or refrigerator her only company. Choreographers Joan Bruemmer and Krista DeNio play on the…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Hidden Restaurant (tie)

Sociale 3665 Sacramento (at Spruce), 921-3200 The City Club 155 Sansome (at Bush), 362-2480, www.cityclubsf.com Anybody who can find Sociale (at the end of a narrow, slanted lane that appears unexpectedly at the midway point of an ordinary retail…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

Scary Good This guy's a machine: Thank you for Lessley Anderson's excellent profile of endurance runner Dean Karnazes, including her accomplished homework on a fairly obscure sport . However, I think it's a stretch to claim…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

A Master in the Shadows Too bad this great artwork isn't more publicly visible: Reading Ron Russell's article on the Diego Rivera mural at City College brought back memories for me . Twelve years ago a friend…
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