San Francisco Category

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by Mark Gould As reported first by Joe Kukura for SFist, the kids who were told they should leave Mission Playground’s soccer field by a group of high tech players who had paid to reserve the field took their protest to City Hall yesterday, while the City’s Parks and Rec Department has now said no adult permits will be issued at #MissionPlayground (MissionLocal). “They’re kicking me out of my second home,” said Everett Middle School student Nathan Garcia, who was on the field during the YouTube video incident. “You’re not goingRead More
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by Mark Gould There are now meetings and protests called after a Youtube video released last week showed Dropbos employees showing up at Mission Playground with a permit from a city experimental pay to play program and causing tense moments after trying to take over the field. This is the latest installment of an ongoing problem in San Francisco, where tensions are created between longtime city residents and the lack of understanding and thoughtful display of respect by new residents that have poured into the city. Andrea Valencia writes for MissionRead More
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by Mark Gould After publishing and being a progressive political voice in San Francisco politics for 48 years, today, almost in the blink of an eye, The San Francisco Bay Guardian has suddenly shut down: it’s website removed, all employees let go, and what is now to be the final issue to be distributed on Wednesday, October 15th. Left posted on the sfbg.com website is only a brief, wistful goodbye from the publisher acknowledging the Bay Guardian’s status as a city institution and advocate for so many communities within the city.Read More
by Mark Gould How often (and for how long,) must poor, disabled, low and even middle income renters in San Francisco worry about that ever increasing horrifying glimpse into their future? North Beach resident Richard Silver, a 68-year-old semi-retired entrepreneur asked that non-rhetorical question having been interviewed this week by New York Times reporter Ian Lovett in a story about the upcoming vote on Proposition G. Proposition G, called an “anti-speculation tax” by supporters, would raise a super stiff tax on the sale of multiunit residential properties, up to 24 percentRead More
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test test1 test 2 As a web designer and photographer at New College in The Mission during most of the 2000’s I carried a camera everywhere I went. And in San Francisco’s vibrant and eclectic Mission, there is a choice of assignments to choose from on almost any day. More so than at any other time previously in my work, I shot an incredible volume of photojournalism work at different events at New College and elsewhere in the Mission between 2001 and 2008. I was ambivalent about doing much withRead More
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I usually take my sweet time to write, but today I’m writing a fairly hasty response to an article I just read online by Gary Kamiya for San Francisco Magazine/Modern Luxury: San Francisco is Dead. Long Live San Francisco. Gary is a longtime resident of the city and while he’s both a former tenant and landlord, and feels strongly about the current plight faced by the fading middle class, the poor, the disabled, artists, activists, mentors and anyone else who can’t afford $3,000/month studio apartment. He doesn’t see the argument asRead More
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Mission Local reports that an estimated group of 200 people walked to and protested against the conversion of a seven-unit rental apartment building on xx St. that was bought and converted to a private residenceRead More
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It’s taken so many years, but now I have the time to review thousands of shots taken over the years, do a lot of editing and post-processing, and put what I think are some of my better images online in various places. One great shoot was this one, a Labor Day and immigration protest march starting in Delores Park and then weaving through The Mission on May 1, 2007. Speeches, signs and people with an important purpose; what a great place for a photographer to find himself that day!Read More
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es, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press is celebrated by an array of public programs at the National Gallery of Art, including lectures, a concert, gallery talks, and a variety of offerings in the Gallery Shops. All programs are free of charge in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Featuring 125 working proofs and edition prints produced between 1972 and 2010 at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last halfRead More
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o.k. back to tending to the blog after a break. Doing a lot of photography and getting some great new shots in SF. Here’s an edit of one taken downtown last week. All images are for sale as large format prints on archival art papers at this gallery store:    Read More
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There’s an exciting New Surrealism exhibit at Mirus Gallery curated by Paul Hemming, opening Saturday, June 8th, and, taking part in the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk this weekend. Paul has put together really quite a superb group of contemporary artists working in the surreal genre for this show. Dreamtime: New Surrealism considers how how concepts about the unimagined and the fantastic have developed over time, and the artists featured in the show represent a range of artists working in the Surrealist tradition, from Pop Surrealism to Postmodern appropriation of surrealisticRead More
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Partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Yearlong Waterfront Display at Crissy Field Will Be Free to Public It’s safe to say a museum like SFMOMA doesn’t do anything small, quiet or diminutive. If they’re closing for three years for one incredible expansion project and a series of off-site programming, they will do it large, with a very visible presence. Beginning officially on May 22nd through May 26, 2014, SFMOMA will present a major outdoor exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s works near the GoldenRead More