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Shelf Life: Considering a Minor Sampling of the City's Literary Produce

City Lights Howl and Other Poems, by Allen Ginsberg. This Beat-era cornerstone, an anguished ecstatic vernacular lament of social and political conformity, was first published in 1956 and never goes out of style. The End of San Francisco, by Mattilda…
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Calendar, Night&Day litquake time again!

litquake time again!

A 150th anniversary tribute to Jules Verne that includes complimentary cocktails begins the 14th annual Litquake literary festival — and then things get complicated. Featuring an average of 13 events each of the seven days between opening night and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SF Open Studios: Don't Call Paul Madonna of <i>All Over Coffee</i> "a San Francisco Artist"

SF Open Studios: Don't Call Paul Madonna of All Over Coffee "a San Francisco Artist"

One doesn't expect to visit an artist's studio and be afflicted with apartment lust (unless one got to visit Monet at Giverny or Damien Hirst's suite at Claridge's). But Paul Madonna, we learned thanks to SF Open Studios, lives and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Meet Paul Madonna of <i>All Over Coffee</i> Fame Friday at Book Launch Party

Meet Paul Madonna of All Over Coffee Fame Friday at Book Launch Party

In Paul Madonna's San Francisco, which is ours too, the frisson of recognition feels like a reason to live. I know where that is, we say, meaning the geographic as well as the psychic space in Madonna's ongoing All Over…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ariel Schrag, Mario Hernandez, Paul Madonna, and Other Comix Heroes Tell it on the Mission

Ariel Schrag, Mario Hernandez, Paul Madonna, and Other Comix Heroes Tell it on the Mission

Holy shit! Super cool! Want! Looky! Check out the talent on this thing. It's like a comics dream team:…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flying Close to the Sun

Flying Close to the Sun

In light art, God — or the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium on a scale that even Stephen Hawking can barely comprehend, let alone stare at — is the ultimate artist. Elaine Buckholtz is somewhere under that. We’re not…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rally Cheap

Rally Cheap

If you'd never heard of the Monster Drawing Rally, and were asked to guess what the event entailed, you might think it's when a bunch of people get together and draw things that haunt your dreams: spiders, Bigfoot, Chupacabra, clowns.…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Over Juice Boxes

All Over Juice Boxes

Paul Madonna is known for drawings of the city and sometimes maddening text. His new venture concerns toys from his childhood and sometimes maddening text. What’s the connection … with the art? We don’t know. Both are irresistible, and that’s…
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Calendar, Night&Day All Over the Place

All Over the Place

Paul Madonna is a cartoonist, sort of. His work runs in the daily paper in a paneled, captioned format, indicating "cartoon" or "comic strip." As such, "All Over Coffee" functions brilliantly and is super popular. But in reality, Madonna makes…
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Calendar, Night&Day Art Crawl

Art Crawl

S.F Open Studios is the largest program of its kind. Launched 32 years ago, it's been ushering looky-loos into workspaces since first-responders moved into the Mission and SOMA and began laying the groundwork for art scenes, warehouse conversions, and, ultimately,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Do It in the Road

Do It in the Road

Linoleum block prints are both simple and mysterious. As relatives of the classroom messes we made with potatoes and finger paint, the form is easy to understand: press ink onto paper, get mirror image with cool texture. But like a…
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Culture, Books Get Cracking

Get Cracking

Maybe it's the time of the year, or maybe it's my age or stage of life, but an existential fear of not mattering has taken hold of my insides. It's not a pleasant sensation, and apparently I'm not the only…
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