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Dining, SFoodie $3 Cookbooks at Fort Mason: The Library's Big Book Sale Returns

$3 Cookbooks at Fort Mason: The Library's Big Book Sale Returns

Cookbook hoarders, play hooky and get to Fort Mason right now  – BYO rolling suitcase and really go nuts. The Big Book Sale #bigbooksale is baaaack, and turns 50 this year. This sale, which costs nothing to enter, sports over…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chimurenga: A Look Back at an Important Art Festival in 1977

Chimurenga: A Look Back at an Important Art Festival in 1977

The Second World Festival of Black Arts and Culture or FESTAC '77, a pan-African cultural festival that took place in 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria, was huge, says Dominic Willsdon, the Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Mass Suicide Prevention

Mass Suicide Prevention

"In recent times, no medium has been as effective at communicating the range and diversity of the world's cultures as the cinematic arts," says the Global Film Initiative on its website. That's probably true, but according to the initiative,…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Archive Full of Tricks

Heat rises, and so does the quality of materials at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The San Francisco History Center is tucked behind closed but not locked doors on the sixth floor, where the entirety of…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Rights Stuff

The Rights Stuff

Be part of the revolution with today’s daylong African-American literary festival, Free Your Mind, showcasing a fabulous array of authors, visual artists, activists, intellectuals, and storytellers. Part of the library’s Black History Month programming, this literary extravaganza opens with Kirk…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Your Radar

On Your Radar

It's pretty rare for a queer (and queer-friendly) literary showcase to last a decade, and even rarer when the host (powerhouse Michelle Tea) bakes you cookies to sweeten the deal. Since its inception in 2003, the monthly Radar Reading Series…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slouching Toward San Francisco

Slouching Toward San Francisco

Late 20th-century San Francisco history is usually represented in popular culture by such media-friendly events as the hippie movement in the 1960s and gay liberation in the 1970s. While those are certainly important, they don’t tell the whole story, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day By Hook or by Book

By Hook or by Book

In our digital age, it’s easy to think of the library as a quaint reflection of a simpler time when paper ruled readers and newspapers ruled the news, but nothing could be further from the truth. The San Francisco Public…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Recent Acquisitions: New Archive Houses 55 Years of Art, Activism, and Love

Recent Acquisitions: New Archive Houses 55 Years of Art, Activism, and Love

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. Robert Berner was waiting in line for movie tickets on Market…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sometimes a Cigar Box Isn't a Cigar Box

Sometimes a Cigar Box Isn't a Cigar Box

April Chartrand is a fiberalchemist who wrote a book called Angel's Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations and received her own day in 1997 -- April Chartrand Day -- courtesy of former Mayor Willie Brown. You might feel…
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Music, Penelope Houston: S.F.'s Market Street Avenger

Penelope Houston: S.F.'s Market Street Avenger

Penelope Houston exploded onto the San Francisco scene with the Avengers, a loud, powerful band that was widely considered among the best of the city's '70s punk scene. The Avengers played regularly at the Mabuhay Gardens and opened for the…
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News, The Snitch Library Asks Teens to Help Grandma Close the Tech Gap

Library Asks Teens to Help Grandma Close the Tech Gap

My mother, now in her 60s, has just never grasped any part of the computer age. She still drives to Barnes & Noble to buy books at full price instead of getting the latest deal on Amazon. She's unsettled by…
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News, The Snitch Duct Tape -- Learn to Master It

Duct Tape -- Learn to Master It

What better gift than the gift of duct tape? Perhaps MacGyver's blond, feathery mullet isn't back in style -- but his adhesive of choice is. And, thanks to a crap economy, it's sticking in ways it never stuck before. Library…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Horror! The Horror! Creep Show Historians Talk About Local TV Hosts in <i>Shock It to Me</i>

The Horror! The Horror! Creep Show Historians Talk About Local TV Hosts in Shock It to Me

Halloween is a natural time to think about horror movies -- and these days you can see anything you want (practically) on demand. As recently as 20 years ago, though, we were guided by what networks and local TV stations…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What You Find at the Big Book Sale Might Be Shocking -- or Shockingly Funny

What You Find at the Big Book Sale Might Be Shocking -- or Shockingly Funny

Look at the title of the book to the right. My First Days in the White House. Now look at the author: Huey Pierce Long. Not a president you recognize? That's because he wasn't president -- but the populist firebrand…
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Calendar, Night&Day Knowledge Is Powerfully Funny

Knowledge Is Powerfully Funny

“Modern living creates sexual cripples,” Edward O’Reilly writes in Sexercises, an honest-to-God 1968 paperback we scored at the most recent Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale, an event that returns this weekend to further enable the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Michelle Tea Hosts the (Completely Awesome) Radar Reading Series

Michelle Tea Hosts the (Completely Awesome) Radar Reading Series

The Radar Reading Series wants to give you a cookie and strain your brain. Organizer (and occasional contributor to the Exhibitionist) Michelle Tea is an underground queer literary icon, as uncompromising in her support of independent artists as she is…
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Dining, SFoodie Hawaii Bans Shark Fin Sales, Vietnamese Sandwiches in the Dictionary

Hawaii Bans Shark Fin Sales, Vietnamese Sandwiches in the Dictionary

​ Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Hawaii Bans Shark Fins. According to the AP, Hawaii's shark fin ban -- which is similar to California's AB 376,…
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Dining, Eat

Fresh Eats: How to Read a $625 Cookbook, for Free

You probably missed the Modernist Cuisine reading at Omnivore Books last week. Most of us did. The cost of attendance: purchasing a copy of Nathan Myhrvold's six-volume, 2,400-page magnum opus — one of the most talked-about, controversial books of the…
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