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Culture, The Exhibitionist Rod Gnapp on 'The Monster-Builder,' Architecture and How Art Can Change You

Rod Gnapp on 'The Monster-Builder,' Architecture and How Art Can Change You

Actor Rod Gnapp has known San Francisco playwright Amy Freed since they both went to the American Conservatory Theater, years ago. He says she reminds him of Mark Twain — a funny writer who takes on serious issues, but at…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

Architecture and Design Films at YBCA

If all architecture is shelter, what is it that we’re really trying to keep safe? The soul of civilization? That does seem vulnerable, and precious, in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ second annual, monthlong Architecture & Design Films…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism For Locals: Admiring the Hibernia Bank Building

Tourism For Locals: Admiring the Hibernia Bank Building

One doesn't find many ruins in San Francisco, dwelling in stark juxtaposition of modern architecture, especially since our city is very young in comparison to European countries. Nonetheless, we do have one relic offering a similar experience of architectural nostalgia and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Designing Home at the CJM: Did Jews Design Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen?

Designing Home at the CJM: Did Jews Design Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen?

"I'm in the kitchen, dear," said Mrs. Cleaver as she tidied up her sparkling Formica counter. If Jews designed her spick-and-span 1950s kitchen -- it's quite possible, according to the new Designing Home exhibit on display at the Contemporary…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré Revamps and Reopens

The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré Revamps and Reopens

The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré needed a facelift. After eight moves, the French period room was looking tired, says Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Legion. Chapman, along with a team…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Danielle Steel's Hedge-Lined Spreckels' Mansion

Tourism for Locals: Danielle Steel's Hedge-Lined Spreckels' Mansion

There's a house in San Francisco that is shrouded in history and mystique. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it's an opulent mansion with 55 rooms among three floors — its contents closely guarded by a massive…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Storage Takes On New Meaning with Aether SF

Tourism for Locals: Storage Takes On New Meaning with Aether SF

Although it appears the really, really cold days of winter are winding down, every San Franciscan needs to invest in a warm coat, when our beloved, worn-out SF State or 49er hoodies can't handle it anymore. So it's time…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Tucked Away in Union Square

Tourism for Locals: Frank Lloyd Wright Building Tucked Away in Union Square

Next time you happen to find yourself in the Union Square area, don't be turned off by the flashy window displays sporting the latest designer trends or the incessant hustle and bustle from the ongoing construction and perpetual wandering of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Saint Mary's Cathedral Puts Spin on Church Architecture

Tourism for Locals: Saint Mary's Cathedral Puts Spin on Church Architecture

San Francisco is the home for every type of individual -- from the quirky to the stoic, and the sexually deviant to the taciturn prude, all extremes and differing grades of personalities find places to congregate. Sometimes it seems the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Mondrian House Rivals Painted Ladies in Visual Creativity

Tourism for Locals: Mondrian House Rivals Painted Ladies in Visual Creativity

The Painted Ladies at Alamo Square might be a hot tourist attraction, but there's another house on the San Francisco market that is a better bargain with gorgeous beachfront views and nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Along Ocean Beach's Great…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist These Walls Can Speak: Documenting and Preserving Queer Landmarks in S.F.

These Walls Can Speak: Documenting and Preserving Queer Landmarks in S.F.

For the first time in history, the San Francisco Architectural Heritage will cosponsor a panel on historic preservation with the GLBT Historical Society. The San Francisco Architectural Heritage is a misunderstood organization, falsely believed to be monomaniacal about the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Photo of the Day: Lookin' Good, Painted Ladies

Photo of the Day: Lookin' Good, Painted Ladies

A picture of the Painted Ladies at dusk.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist House Is Raw Material and Venue for Art Installation "3020 Laguna in Exitum"

House Is Raw Material and Venue for Art Installation "3020 Laguna in Exitum"

Highlight Gallery unveiled its latest ambitious exhibition over the weekend. The gallery typically exhibits international artists, yet this current project is closer to home -- in every sense of the phrase. The project, "3020 Laguna in Exitum," is a site-specific…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SFMOMA Expansion Aims to Redefine Role of Museum in the City

SFMOMA Expansion Aims to Redefine Role of Museum in the City

SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra describes himself as having a missionary's zeal, with modern art as his religion. "There's a misapprehension that contemporary art is difficult, that it's only for certain people," Benezra says. "I don't believe that. I believe it's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Artists Write a Visual Love Letter to That Big Metal Workhorse: The Bay Bridge

Artists Write a Visual Love Letter to That Big Metal Workhorse: The Bay Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge might be the more iconic span, but there's a special place in our jaded hearts for its argent-hued counterpart to the east. That said, the Bay Bridge isn't widely considered a fount of artistic inspiration (although…
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News, The Snitch The Good Folks in the Copper Industry Recognize San Francisco Condo For Its Use of Wonder Building Material -- Copper

The Good Folks in the Copper Industry Recognize San Francisco Condo For Its Use of Wonder Building Material -- Copper

When it comes to art, the proud ignoramus' credo has long been "I don't know much but I know what I like." Well, when it comes to arty architecture, the corporate metallurgic behemoths Canadian Copper & Brass Development and the Copper…
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News, The Snitch If You Build a Movie Theater in the Presidio, Will They Come?

If You Build a Movie Theater in the Presidio, Will They Come?

The Presidio may be in for even more architectural upheaval, according to an article in today’s Examiner. The unassuming Presidio Bowl will eventually be no more, and in its place will be Gap founder, Donald Fisher’s, Big White Box of…
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News, The Snitch Soon All of Bay Area Will Look Like Second Life

Soon All of Bay Area Will Look Like Second Life

Curbed SF has posted one of architect Toyo Ito's renderings of what the new Berkeley Art Museum will look like. Which leads me to ask once again, why does every new building built in the Bay Area kind of…
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News, The Snitch Behold the Glowing Ethereal Transbay Transit Temple

Behold the Glowing Ethereal Transbay Transit Temple

Curbed SF linked to the new plans for the Transbay Transit Center yesterday.The center will be designed by Hines and Pelli Clarke Pelli associates. The plans call for a "five and half acre public park that will sit atop…
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News, The Snitch Green Building Not So Hot (or Air Conditioned)

Green Building Not So Hot (or Air Conditioned)

Paying for California's green initiatives is proving difficult, according to an article in the Chronicle today, while the beyondchron blog calls into question the merits of one green building already erected in S.F. The George H.W. Bush Federal Building has…
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