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Calendar, Night&Day Spelunking in the City

Spelunking in the City

Much is made about our city's storied history in subversive art, with iconic groups like the Billboard Liberation Front, Survival Research Laboratories, the Cacophony Society, and the Suicide Club. A group in Paris, however, gives all of it a run…
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Music, All Shook Down Subculture Film Fest Alert: Video Punks, Drunken Hippies & Dangerous Robots

Subculture Film Fest Alert: Video Punks, Drunken Hippies & Dangerous Robots

It's amazing to realize how many historical subcultures San Francisco has hosted over the years. And while a full tally of them all would probably fill an entire boring-ass academic journal, YBCA has a better way to take in the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Law Fought the Law and — Law Won

Law Fought the Law and — Law Won

As a member of the Suicide Club and longtime collaborator with the San Francisco Cacophony Society and Survival Research Laboratories, as well as New York’s Dark Passage and Madagascar Institute, John Law has exposed more than a few journalists to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rise of the Machines

Rise of the Machines

Mark Pauline's 1979 show Machine Sex crystallized his place in the performance art world. During the height of the late-'70s oil crisis, Pauline plugged illicitly into a North Beach gas station's power supply to fuel a demonic evisceration apparatus. When…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

Patron of the Arts It's a golden, quiet, seemingly abandoned Sunday morning on McKinnon Avenue. The forklifts in front of Ace Auto Wreckers stand idle, as they do most Sundays, waiting to shift the towering mounds of junk that, in…
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Calendar, Halloween

Night Crawler

You Asked, We Tell A small chalkboard leans on an easel just inside the door of the Crucible Steel Gallery, a cavernous warehouse space on Bryant at 19th Street. Scrawled in drunken script across the elementary-school green are the significant…
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Monsters of Drag

There are some things in this world so wasteful, so dangerous, so dramatically irresponsible they deserve only praise. Speed-of-sound land rockets driven by 60-year-old real estate salesmen fit into this category. As do giant machines programmed to battle to the…
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Night Crawler

"How do you miss a gang of a hundred marauding Santas?" my photographer asks incredulously as we circle Union Square on his motorcycle. We've received an anonymous tip about the second annual Santa Claus rampage -- the deranged vision of…
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Night Crawler

Great pillars of smoke shoot into the night air, blanketing a two-block radius near Folsom and Main with an ominous cloud of gray-black soot. For those of us not hip (or square) enough to get our directions on-line Sunday night,…
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