Strange Maps, and the Literary City

Just discovered Strange Maps. It’s taken me far too long. Below is #411:



It begins “Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. – Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, 1872″ …

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Clarion Alley Block party (SF)



Between 17th and 18th Streets;  Mission and Valencia
Celebrating Culture and Community Like Gentrification Never Happened!

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
noon to nine

“…For the uninitiated, Clarion Alley meanders for one block from Mission Street to Valencia Street between 17th and 18th Streets. But it’s not your normal alley; it’s solid murals from start to finish, the large majority painted by a bevy of our best local artists. So once a year there’s this block party where everybody comes to see new murals, listen to live music, drink beer, honk weed, skateboard, congregate, loiter, convene, saunter, stroll, carouse, stare at everybody else…”

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The drive to astroturf the parks of San Francisco

Sad times for grass in SF:

The bigger picture here is about the legacy we want to leave to current and future generations of San Francisco youth and residents. We are a city proud of our leadership on environmental issues and our rich heritage of natural beauty in an urban setting. Do we really want to leave plastic and rubber tire-waste fields where once we found natural grass and urban ecosystems?
Long-time Western Addition community activist Arnold Townsend is opposed to astroturf. “When kids go to park they ought to get dirty. You don’t find bugs on astroturf. Kids don’t learn about ecosystems on astroturf. No matter how much ball you play on it, it’s an unnatural setting,” he said.

via Fog City Journal:

Bookish @ Adobe Books Backroom Gallery [art tonight]

Update: (image from the room)
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Bookish, in the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 4.49.11 PM

22 September – October 25, 2009
Where: Adobe Books Back gallery

3166 16th Street, SF, CA [Facebook event]

Curated by Devon Bella

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery presents Bookish, the inaugural exhibition celebrating the Backroom Gallery’s recent renovation and exciting transformation. To mark this special occasion, and to call attention to the position of the gallery within the context of the famed Adobe Bookshop, the exhibition will feature a range of artistic practices that share the book as an object of inquiry. Through various media including sculpture, painting, photography and social practice, each artist will animate varying questions based on our relationships to books.

Patricia Augsburger
Jennifer Brandon
Sonya Derman
Harrell Fletcher
Katie Herzog
Arthur Huang
Jennie Ottinger
Nat Russell
Orion Shepherd
Sonny Smith
Michael Swaine
Nicolas Torres
Jina Valentine
Scot Velardo

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Photo via Adobe books backroom  blog


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