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Culture, Art Depopulation Agenda

Depopulation Agenda

Lauren Marsolier says she'sliberated from traditional photography. Forget asking people to pose. Forget waiting for what Henri Cartier-Bresson, her French antecedent, called "the decisive moment." There are no singular moments in Marsolier's images. Hell, there aren't even any people in…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: World's Proudest Ho Mama

Whore Next Door: World's Proudest Ho Mama

I shouldn't have worn heels. I hobbled my way down a steep staircase toward the backyard, where a sizable crowd of hideous scenesters sat smoking and sipping on PBRs and bottles of tequila they'd brought from home. But before I…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled (597 Haight St.)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled (597 Haight St.)

Painters have always used different shades of blue to give their artwork a certain intensity. For Thomas Gainsborough, a glistening blue was the key to his 18th-century work The Blue Boy. For Picasso, blue anchored a whole period in the…
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Culture, Art Minding His Beeswax: A Day in the Life of an Artist at Madame Tussauds

Minding His Beeswax: A Day in the Life of an Artist at Madame Tussauds

I wish Robin Williams a happy birthday, in person, even though he died nearly two years ago. Technically, it's his wax likeness, smiling impishly in the lobby of Madame Tussauds, not far away from a seated Mark Zuckerberg. I'm waiting…
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Culture, Art Open Borders: Keeping a Mission Bookstore Open

Open Borders: Keeping a Mission Bookstore Open

When I see an independent bookstore with its doors still open, I fight an urge to run in and make a purchase. I only stop myself to keep the peace at home, where piles of books threaten to topple the…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Butt Plugs and Con Law

Whore Next Door: Butt Plugs and Con Law

A giant penis, at least 10 feet tall, greeted me as I walked into the crisp relief of the air-conditioned hotel ballroom. It loomed like an ogre guarding a cave of treasures. Each year, the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo hosts…
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Culture, Art Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

Grid Alternatives: Artist Ed Moses at 90

In 1961, painter Ed Moses lived in the same Fillmore Street apartment building as a spate of other artists, including Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri. All of them would eventually gain national and international art-world prominence.…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

Know Your Street Art: Untitled 392 11th St. (Oakland)

In Yale University Press' ex-haustive study, The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, word "bombing" is rightfully celebrated for its impressionistic styles and shapes. Good bombing is distinct and artful. Bad bombing is just that: bad bombing. Which category…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

Whore Next Door: Queen to Queen

Our eyes met across a crowded hallway, my hand raised high in the air and wielding a leather paddle with with the word "slut" emblazoned on it in silver studs. With a stranger bent over in front of me, I,…
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Culture, Art You Oughta Know: OMCA Tackles Gentrification

You Oughta Know: OMCA Tackles Gentrification

The Oakland Museum of California courted a little bit of controversy this spring when it mounted an exhibit about cannabis, dated public service announcements and all. But the subject matter of "Altered State: Marijuana in California" — which is as…
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Culture, Art Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Standard Model: Ed Ruscha at the de Young

Ed Ruscha's love for, and fascination with, the Western United States is apparent in every gallery in the exhibition, "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West," which is up at the de Young Museum through Oct. 9. Some 99 of…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: A Streetwalker Named Desiree

Whore Next Door: A Streetwalker Named Desiree

Chants of "Sex worker rights are human rights!" and "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" echoed through the French Quarter on Wednesday night. Hundreds of sex workers had taken to Bourbon Street to protest the…
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Culture, Art The In-Between

The In-Between

Earlier this year, before he began paintingSearching for a New Homein San Francisco's Clarion Alley, Strider Jack Patton knew he would feature people who've been forcibly displaced from their homes. Almost 60 million people around the world fit that description,…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 1264 Oak St.

Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 1264 Oak St.

As pedestrians walk down the north side of Oak Street by the Department of Motor Vehicles, they come across a series of orange, poppy sidewalk stencils, which mirror the real poppies flowering from the edges of the DMV's property. They…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door The Whore Next Door: Food Dom

The Whore Next Door: Food Dom

"Just a scoop of creamed potatoes, a slice of butter ... four peas," James Spader's cautiously sadistic voice instructs a mousey Maggie Gyllenhaal over the phone as she prepares for dinner with her family. "And all the ice cream you…
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Culture, Feature Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Tabitha Lahr isn't so sure about the latest real estate crypto-acronym for her neighborhood. "Doesn't 'DivCo' sound like a terrible supermarket?" she asks. "I'm not a huge abbreviator. And nobody wants to call it 'NoPa.'" She's an artist, baker, freelance…
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Culture, Feature Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

Kubrick: The Cabinet of Dr. Strangelove

As you walk up the stairs towards "Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition," you might miss an anteroom on your right. Separated from the main gallery of Kubrick film paraphernalia, this waiting room, at a passing glance, registers as a blank space.…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Whore Next Door: Expand Your Ho-Cabulary

Whore Next Door: Expand Your Ho-Cabulary

Slut. Whore. Ho. I remember going to my first Golden State Warriors game back in 2009 with my girlfriend at the time. Before we could even make it to halftime, she grabbed my phone from me in a jealous rage,…
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Culture, Feature Colonial Mentality

Colonial Mentality

Until President Barack Obama signed legislation last month that eliminated "Oriental," "Eskimo," "Negro," and other outdated terms as references in written federal laws, the U.S. government effectively sanctioned those terms for public use. These vestiges of racist colonial-era mores remained…
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Culture, Know Your Street Art Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 94 Olive St.

Know Your Street Art: Untitled, 94 Olive St.

Eduoard Manet's 1863 paintingLe Déjeuner sur l'herbe(The Luncheon on the Grass)is one of the more prized works owned by the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. And like the museum's other iconic paintings — including Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's…
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