The bohemian world of Venice Beach – in pictures

theguardian – excerpt

After Disneyland, Venice Beach is the second largest tourist attraction in southern California and over a three-year period, photographer Dotan Saguy captured the artists, bodybuilders, musicians, vendors and homeless people who made up the diverse community. With gentrification creeping in, his work, documented in a book and an exhibition at the Venice Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, acts as a snapshot of a way of life that might fade away…(more)


Cannabis Makes its Official Outside Lands Debut

By Amy Copperman : hightimes – excerpt

For the first time, cannabis became part of the official lineup at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival this weekend—kind of. Grass Lands, the first-ever curated cannabis experience to hit a mainstream festival, set up shop in a sprawling woodland fairyland overlooking the festival’s main stage. However, regulations forbid the sale of Grass Lands’ star—ironic considering vape clouds throughout Golden Gate Park on any given day roll about as thick as San Francisco’s August fog, especially since marijuana became legal recreationally at the beginning of this year.

So what do you do at a cannabis event that doesn’t actually feature its headliner? It turns out a lot, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the mostly local brands that paid homage to cannabis education, sustainability, and San Francisco as the birthplace of the medical marijuana movement… (more)


Bands mix music and politics at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival

Amid the tens of thousands of people who attended the 11th annual Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park this weekend, one face stood out, two-dimensionally speaking: Barack Obama’s… (more)

Outside Lands 2018 gets political as Gavin Newsom talks Trump

Outside Lands is known for its world-famous music headliners, food and drink vendors and foggy, chilly weather. But this year, the San Francisco festival added another new element: politics.

California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom appeared Saturday, Aug. 11, on the Barbary stage as part of a new talk series called D.A.V.E., for Discussions About Virtually Everything. Newsom, currently California lieutenant governor and a former San Francisco mayor, talked with Wired magazine co-founder John Battelle about state issues such as the homelessness and housing crises, sanctuary cities, the water shortage and education… (more)

Its’s a sign of the times: Sex and Drugs and Rockn’Roll has been replaced by Politics and Drugs and Rockn’Roll.

With Luxury Development on All Sides, Oakland Artists Buy the Right to Stay Put

By Sam Lefebvre Fresh Air : kqed – excerpt (includes audio track)

Oakland’s last section of undeveloped, privately-owned waterfront is a nubby spit of land at the very end of 5th Avenue, where charmingly ramshackle structures occupy roughly four square blocks along the estuary connecting Lake Merritt to the San Francisco Bay.

In the middle of it all is Shadetree, a tight-knit, insular community of dozens of residents, living in interconnected buildings, that feels like a family. During a tour, resident Benjamin Burke called a neighbor’s newborn child “our baby,” before letting himself into another neighbor’s unit.

For decades, this area known as Fifth Avenue Point has been a makeshift live-work hub attracting artists, musicians, mechanics, sailors, and craftspeople to its remote-feeling stretch of industrial waterfront; its gravel lots teem with succulents and found objects repurposed as decoration…

But the cloistered, hideaway atmosphere is changing. To the property’s immediate north, east, and west are building sites within a scheduled 35-acre commercial-residential project Brooklyn Basin, Oakland’s largest new development since World War II. Developers have plotted to “revitalize” Fifth Avenue Point for decades, but when Shadetree’s owners decided to sell in 2016, it finally seemed likely.

Instead, the tenants raised $2.5 million and purchased Shadetree themselves…(more)

Mission Tenants Avoid Eviction and Gain a Long-Term Home


The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn

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Photo of the Beat Museum and Kerouac Alley, collage by zrants


Magnum Photos and the Beat Museum present a new exhibition of largely unseen images of the Beat Generation in New York City and San Francisco, taken by photographer Burt Glinn in 1959 and 1960; selections from the book The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn

Burt Glinn (1925-2008) was an award-winning photographer with a career spanning more than forty years. Self taught, Glinn was versatile and technically brilliant. He worked for Life magazine in the late 1940s before going freelance. He joined Magnum Photos in 1951—one of the first Americans to do so—eventually serving as its president in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. .. (more)

Of course there is a book. We are fortunate to live nearby and have a collection of the current “beat scene” as it is being preserved. In spite of the gentrification takeover of the city, we are still able to keep a little of the beat scene alive and well in San Francisco.

Never seen Beat photos debut in San Francisco’s North Beach


The billionaire who bought the LA Times: ‘Hipsters will want paper soon’

By Rory Carroll : theguardian – excerpt

Patrick Soon-Shiong despises clickbait and says the future belongs to quality journalism. Will his gamble pay off?

Patrick Soon-Shiong has spent decades trying to cure cancer and made a biotech fortune in the process, making him one of California’s most successful, enigmatic billionaires.

Born in South Africa to Chinese parents, he rose from humble origins and ended up in Los Angeles where he has thrived as a surgeon, scientist and entrepreneur. “The richest doctor in the history of the world,” Forbes magazine declared in 2014.

A bright, restless mind, Soon-Shiong is now seeking to remedy a very different source of malignant metastasis: news.

Fake news, superficial news, clickbait news, shrill, shouty, polarising news, he plans to tackle all these ailments in his latest incarnation as a media mogul…

Soon-Shiong has bought the Los Angeles Times and a handful of other California newspapers for $500m, vaulting him into an exclusive club populated by Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Bezos and a handful of other proprietors…

Soon-Shiong bought it in April for twice what Bezos paid for the Post. He also got the San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several small community papers, now grouped under a corporate moniker, the California Times… (more)

“I can get there in entertainment, sports, healthcare, bringing value in different ways. Getting into the attention economy is what we’re going to be doing.”

Can we anticipate a comeback for journalists? Let’s hope so.

Mission nonprofit seeks to buy historic Redstone Building to keep tenants in place

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

The Mission Economic Development Agency is seeking to purchase the Mission District’s more-than-a-century old Redstone Building after its owner put it on the market earlier this year, placing its nonprofit and artist tenants at risk of displacement.

Formerly known as the Redstone Labor Temple, the historic building at 16th and Capp streets once served as the organizing hub for city unions and now houses over a dozen community groups and many independent artists.

MEDA, a nonprofit Mission District housing developer, is currently involved in negotiations with longtime landlord David Lucchesi over a potential purchase of the building in an effort to retain it as a community resource.

“The Mission cannot afford to lose this vital asset, so we are currently exploring public and philanthropic financing options — contingent on ongoing feasibility studies of the property and feedback from tenants — so that MEDA can preserve the Redstone for our community,” MEDA Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera said in a statement on Monday…(more)

This is the story in all gentrified cities. Out with the old and in with the new money. Is it any wonder America has turned to “fake news” and comedy for relief?

Joe Goode’s new dance is an ode to a vanishing San Francisco

By Andrew Gilbert : mercurynews – excerpt

Joe Goode knows that relentless change is baked into San Francisco’s civic DNA. Rather than pining for the good old days, the inveterately creative dance theater innovator wants to explore what we’re losing in the ongoing boom, how we persist in the face of tectonic economic forces, and what’s worth hanging onto.

His new site-specific work “Still Standing” turns San Francisco’s historic Haas-Lilienthal House into an immersive environment where various narratives unfold, stories evoked via his finely-honed mélange of music, movement, drama, and audience interaction…

In the midst of another era of rapidly increasing economic inequality, “Still Standing” draws on stories from the performers and Goode, who was inspired by the community-building Jewish ethos known as tikkun olam (to repair the world)… (more)

It just so happens that Joe Goode and Kal are both connected to Project Artaud. Two San Francisco artists with different stories this week.