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Culture, The Exhibitionist By the Letter: The Letterform Archive Opens “Without Type”

By the Letter: The Letterform Archive Opens “Without Type”

It was calligraphy that first drew Rob Saunders to the art form of letters and typography. He has always held a fascination with handmade letters of various kinds, a passion that eventually resulted in him opening the Letterform Archive…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Cut, Print: Ladies' Night at San Francisco Center for the Book

Cut, Print: Ladies' Night at San Francisco Center for the Book

Kseniya Thomas and Jessica White are the co-founders of The Ladies of Letterpress, an online spot and professional organization with the idea that "a woman's place is in the print shop." (If you're too little to recognize that phrase, it's…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Heavy Subject

A Heavy Subject

Artists will literally take their process to the street by using a three-ton steamroller to make prints. The Roadworks Steamroller Prints Street Fair will feature block prints carved from linoleum. It is the seventh year the event has been put…
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Calendar, Night&Day Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?

If you've ever wanted to watch some people throw a bunch of art in the middle of the street and run that shit over with a steamroller, "Roadworks" is for you. At the annual event sponsored by the San Francisco…
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Culture, Books X and Why

X and Why

When Mary Austin's boyfriend proposed to her, he letterpress-printed his question on a papyrus card. She didn't answer him right away; in fact, her immediate response was, "Thank you." Austin, co-founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book, had…
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Calendar, Sports/Outdoors Monster March

Monster March

WED-SAT 10/27-30 Ancient Europeans believed that the souls of the dead returned to walk the Earth at Halloween time, so perhaps you'll see a spectral shade this week if you brave the creepy dusk and attend one of three nighttime…
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Calendar, Kid Stuff Creep-tastic!


SAT-SUN 10/25-26 It's that time of year again, when black-and-orange-wrapped "fun size" candies start appearing temptingly near supermarket cash registers, TV schedules are full to bursting with frightening flicks, and parents and kids gear up for the aftermath of a…
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Culture, Books The Next Step

The Next Step

Book artists are nothing if not dedicated. On a rainy, traffic-snarled afternoon during a Giants home game, Nicholas Yeager rode his motorcycle to San Francisco from Penngrove, near Petaluma, to talk about his passion. In a backpack he carried examples…
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Culture, Books The Great Divide

The Great Divide

The pile of white cotton gloves -- one-size-fits-all -- is the first sign that this is a different kind of art show. Visitors to Gallery Lux, on Seventh Street at Bryant, are expected to put them on before pawing any…
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Culture, Books Club-Hopping


The words "book club" usually bring to mind a gaggle of twentysomething women sitting around someone's living room, sipping herbal tea and discussing Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The Book Club of California couldn't be more different. Instead, this…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Wedding Resources

So you've decided to tie the knot. Now what? Despite all the horror stories, planning a wedding in the Bay Area can be quick, fun, and relatively inexpensive (pick two of those for best results). Seamstress Kath Hughes 2450 Geary…
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Culture, Books Do You  Read Me?

Do You Read Me?

Most people simply read books, but I like to smell them. New books are the best: Slightly sweet and enticingly chemical, they reek of glue and ink and other mysterious binding fluids. The stink of old books is musty and…
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