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Dining, SFoodie Monday Six: SpoonRocket Delivers "Ham Solos," Bender's Hosts Bikes to Books

Monday Six: SpoonRocket Delivers "Ham Solos," Bender's Hosts Bikes to Books

May the Forks Be With You: SpoonRocket's Star Wars Menu Later…
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Calendar, Night&Day Poppy Poems

Poppy Poems

The patron saint of Red Poppy Art House is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a "materialist, who never believed / in any promised heaven in the sky" but always believed in the profound power of poetry to raise social conscience.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Voices on all Corners

Voices on all Corners

In his Populist Manifesto No.1, San Francisco's poet darling and co-founder of City Lights Bookstore Lawrence Ferlinghetti beckons, "Poets, come out of your closets... Come down, come down from your Russian Hills and Telegraph Hills..." As he is one…
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Culture, Art One Hundred Years of Pulchritude: Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Paintings

One Hundred Years of Pulchritude: Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Paintings

At age 94, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is as feisty as ever — certainly as feisty as he was in the mid-1950s, when he was arrested and put on trial for publishing Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems. Back then, after U.S.…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Don't Look a Day Over Immortal

You Don't Look a Day Over Immortal

For a great American bookstore, 60 seems young. Like: Oh, is that all? We've sorta started thinking City Lights, that shining beacon of the Broadway-Columbus crossroads, first turned on by poet-publisher-wizard Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, actually had been here…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Has Visions of Ferlinghetti at Columbus Cafe

Bouncer Has Visions of Ferlinghetti at Columbus Cafe

Though I'm supposed to be a barfly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I hang out at the Beat Museum in North Beach once a week — and with all the characters that go into that place…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New York vs. San Francisco: Who Tops the Bestseller Lists

New York vs. San Francisco: Who Tops the Bestseller Lists

In the last decade, there have been two great loves in my life: City Lights Books and McNally Jackson in New York. Find me a devout reader in California who has not heard of City Lights and I will…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Woo Your Lover with Words at The S.F. International Poetry Fest

Not terribly long ago, supermodel Bar Rafaeli was on the cover of Esquire, naked, save for words from Stephen King's cover story about the recession. The two, arguably, had nothing to do with one another, which begged the question:…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Takes the Disneyland North Beach Ride at Vesuvio

Bouncer Takes the Disneyland North Beach Ride at Vesuvio

I've never really been drawn to the Beats, never really had a Bukowski period, never really liked the feel of a turtleneck on my throat. Don't even get me started on bongos. But I do love the poetry of Lawrence…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Streetlight Imaginations

Our Streetlight Imaginations

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was a pioneer in the business of bookselling (City Lights was the nation's first all-paperback retailer), and he turned the literary world on its head by publishing the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, Burroughs, Bukowski, and himself among…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Still Knows How to Command a Room

It's hard to think of any living person more representative of the spirit of San Francisco than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is the man who co-founded City Lights as a bookstore as well as a publishing house, who stood trial on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Poetic Co-conspirators

Poetic Co-conspirators

It’s hard to think of any living person more representative of the spirit of San Francisco than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is the man who co-founded City Lights as a bookstore as well as a publishing house, who stood trial on…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Today's Birthdays: Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Today's Birthdays: Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Author, poet, artist, and liberal activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti co-founded City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in 1953. The World War II veteran who studied at Columbia University made it a priority to publish the work of up-and-coming poets. Ferlinghetti and City…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's All Around

It's All Around

Some of us still love listening to records, relishing the soft crackle behind Nina Simone’s fierce voice, or a reliable skip on a copy of Steve Martin’s The Jerk. In another vein entirely, a cadre of North Beach artists have…
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Calendar, Night&Day We Got the Beats

We Got the Beats

In these cash-poor times, “staycations” are all the rage, and the San Francisco Public Library is no stranger to the phenomenon. Your bank balance may be meager, but the city’s cultural resources are rich, so the library invites you to…
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Ferlinghetti

The San Francisco poet, painter, and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who just turned 90, is a well-traveled citizen of the world, a North Beach character whose tenure predates the Beats, a staunch member of the international left, and a seminal figure…
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Calendar, Night&Day Imagination Is Funny

Imagination Is Funny

Paint the Golden Gate Bridge gold and tilt Coit Tower: Those were some of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetic plans to make San Francisco better as he accepted the title of municipal poet laureate. Perhaps inspired, Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert recently…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Imagination Is Funny

Paint the Golden Gate Bridge gold and tilt Coit Tower: Those were some of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetic plans to make San Francisco better as he accepted the title of municipal poet laureate. Perhaps inspired, Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert recently…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Sticking It to the Man

Still Sticking It to the Man

There are few sacred cows more deserving of tribute than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1953, he gave us the first all-paperback bookstore in the country; a few short years later, he published Allen Ginsberg's Howl as part of City Lights' Pocket…
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