Category: Art and literature

Bright idea: Roxie Theater’s marquee restored

Things are looking brighter for San Francisco’s oldest cinema. On Sunday, the Roxie Theater turned on its newly restored neon marquee and riser, the culmination of an effort that dates back to 2015. Operations Director Lex Sloan said that while the neon portions of the marquee that read “Roxie” have held out over the years, […]

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A chapter closed: Modern Times will shutter next month

Never quite able to regain its footing since it was forced from Valencia Street in 2011, Modern Times Bookstore Collective is set to close next month after 45 years in business. According to an announcement on the store’s Facebook page, the progressive book store will shut its doors at 2919 24th St. on Nov. 15. […]

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Gripe with artist results in vandalism at second Mission mural

A tagger who has been using spray paint to express displeasure with a Mission mural appears to have chosen a new target: the same artist’s work on a building one street over. The stencil art of sea turtles along one side of the PG&E substation at 19th and San Carlos streets has been repeatedly tagged […]

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Popular sea turtle mural defaced again

UPDATE 2 p.m.: Artist fnnch said via Twitter that the tagger who has repeatedly targeted his art is someone calling themselves “H.C.” “Asked around but no legit writers know who he/she is,” he said. ORIGINAL POST: A Mission mural that was tagged earlier this year with the words “Latino art only” has been targeted again. […]

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New art space “The Laundry” unfolds in the Mission

The Laundry, a new gallery and soon-to-be cafe in the Mission, wants to give artists a space to work without actually taking them to the cleaners. Opened two months ago inside the former Lacrouts French Laundry on 26th Street near Capp, The Laundry offers monthly memberships for artists, crafters and other creative types that provide […]

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Modern landscape of the Mission

Beauty is everywhere — even in a great big hole in the ground, it seems. [Photo taken Monday at the site of the big 22nd and Mission fire by Beth Winegarner]

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“Generator” shutting down, will be replaced with new mural (updated)

UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: In a press release made available late Monday, Lexington Standard owners Andrew Soernsen and Mark Lee Morris said the new mural will “depict a flock of birds, referencing the quick gentrification of San Francisco, and the apparent soaring departure of the hard-working middle and lower income artists, restaurant workers, childcare workers & bartenders, etc.” […]

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Sleep with the fishes

A castoff Capp Street mattress turned canvas this week after amassing a collection of passive aggressive notes. Capp Street resident Dan tells me the original owner left the soiled-looking mattress with a free sign, prompting angry notes in response. And then, well, someone decided to paint fish on it. Hoping this is the newest street-art […]

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Modern Times Bookstore is for sale

A progressive, independent resource for more than 40 years, Modern Times Bookstore Collective is for sale. An ad posted to Craigslist this morning said the store, at 2919 24th St., is seeking a “buyer or investor to assist with the expansion of the store’s vision: To preserve, enhance, and serve the literary and cultural heritage […]

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Denied by BART, artist stages guerrilla art exhibition

After months of work, Vic De La Rosa wasn’t about to let BART put the brakes on his art installation. Denied permission after he was scheduled to display his controversial woven posters in cases at the 16th and Mission Street BART plaza, De La Rosa hung them there anyway on Tuesday for two hours during […]

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