By Caille Millner : sfchronicle – excerpt
In our Summer of Discontent, what can we learn from the Summer of Love?
Since the Summer took place before I was born, I have no nostalgia, passions or bad memories about anything that happened in San Francisco in 1967.
I can tell that for some people it was a seminal event, judging by the extent of attention I’ve seen around the 50th anniversary. There have been at least 10 Bay Area museum exhibits celebrating some aspect of the Summer of Love this year. There have been endless free concerts, tours and tie-dyed public posters. There’s been even-more-extensive-than-usual glorification of the Grateful Dead.
I appreciate how all of this is an opportunity for a segment of Bay Area Baby Boomers to indulge in youthful memories of the good times. (Have fun, kids!)
But for those of us far too young to have been there, the Summer of Love has never felt as far away as it does in 2017.
On my way to the de Young Museum’s “Summer of Love Experience” exhibit, in Golden Gate Park, I traveled through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. My misgivings began there.
San Francisco’s advanced state of economic inequality and neighborhood gentrification have led to strange street-level juxtapositions all over town. But the Haight is still a special place; these juxtapositions maintain a hard edge…
Continue reading “Summer of Love lost on those living in Summer of Discontent”
By Peter Fimrite : sfchronicle – excerpt
Sonoma embraces craft cannabis as one of its prize crops. photo by zrants
Locally sourced bat guano and other manure-based fertilizers will power Erich Pearson’s biodynamic pot farm outside the city of Sonoma, which seeks to harness the forces of the earth, the cosmos and the free market.
By Peter Lawrence Kane : sfweekly – excerpt
Synergy between two for-profit entities with extensive experience with humongous fires.
This year, the Man pairs up with “The Man,” as in one of the worst corporate citizens in California.
In a dry run before the actual Temple goes up on the playa next month, noted shitty corporate citizen Pacific Gas & Electric will build a test version on Friday along with 100 volunteers. According to a media advisory from PG&E corporate relations, the company donated more than 100 logs to Burning Man, sourcing them from “drought-stricken, pest-impacted dead trees” in Tuolumne County. Having since becoming usable lumber at a sawmill in Richmond, the wood will be #blessed at an Oakland warehouse tomorrow… (more)
This is one of the best put-downs of a dual corporate art project that merges the former hip with truly awful art production teams. If this is the future of big art I am all for staying small.
by Joe Kukura : sfist – excerpt (includes video)
We don’t usually link to or screenshot the right-wing news site Breitbart, but the headline “Trump NEA Grants $20K for Lesbian Illegal Alien Musical” is just too good to resist. That wonderful word salad of wingnut agitprop refers to our very own San Francisco Mime Troupe, the guerrilla musical theater ensemble who have been bringing free outdoor shows to the parks for more than 50 years. This year’s annual Mime Troupe production is called Walls, and it premieres this weekend in Berkeley and will have its traditional July 4th show in Dolores Park next week. And it is indeed a “lesbian illegal alien musical,” as described… (more)
Animated Logo from Museum of Capitalism
Subversive pop-up display imagines a post-supply and demand world
Anyone trying to buy or rent a home in the Bay Area these last five years has been getting a near daily lesson in the realities of a capitalist economy.
But for some perspective that doesn’t hit quite so close to home, consider a trip to Oakland’s latest museum.
The incoming Museum of Capitalism (whose Instagram account describes it as “coming soon—too soon”), a pop-up enterprise in Jack London Square set to open its doors on Saturday, says that its mission is to “remember capitalism through art, artifacts, and exhibitions.”…
Yes, in a bit of subversive cheek, the new institution imagines itself the product of an alternate reality in which capitalist economies died out.
“Much of the evidence of capitalism is either eroding over time or simply not known or easily accessible to the public,” the curators write on the museum site, adding “Our educational work is crucial for establishing justice for the victims of capitalism and preventing its resurgence.”…
Admission is free of charge, but donations are encouraged—presumably a “from each according to his ability” principle in action… (more)
The real irony here is the replacement of galleries and art exhibitions by sports arenas, driven home by the huge crowd expected in Oakland to celebrate the Warriors big win on Thursday, that anticipates over a million people on the parade route. Sadly our Capitalist society is taking us backwards to worshiping sports stars, like the Romans in the Colosseum.
Sam Whiting : sfchronicle – excerpt
People signed the banner celebrating the Peace Sign at the 2009 Summer of Love Concert. photo by zrants
After twice rejecting an independent producer’s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will throw its own free concert on June 21.
Open Letter to the Mayor of San Francisco:
Mayor Ed Lee,
So far this concert has had more interference than Super Bowl and it is coming from City Hall. You wasted no time in supporting big sports events that close down major sections of the city for days at a time and cost the taxpayers and small businesses millions of dollars. Why not support a free concert that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love festival when the world needs Peace and Love now more than ever?
Where are all those liberated people who filled the streets with protest when Trump was elected who marched for women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and peace? Where are the protests and support for a free music event that celebrates the movement that started it all? Are we so jaded that we forgot all those who fought for our freedom and sanctuary status? Why are there no new protest songs on the top 40 list?
Does San Francisco only support events that involve millions of dollars and walls and fences in SF while protesting Trump’s wall with Mexico? Get with it Mayor Lee. Dig out your 60’s gear, peace signs and pipes and lead the parade for the Summer of Love, or at least kick it into high gear now.
Concerned Citizen of the world