San Francisco’s dearly departed nightclubs and music venues

By Amy Graff : sfgate – excerpt

How much would you pay to hop into a time machine and visit San Francisco’s long-gone Winterland Ballroom on Jan. 14, 1978, the night of the Sex Pistols’ last performance before the legendary punk band’s big breakup?

Johnny Rotten addressed the crowd hollering “Welcome to London,” and then he and his mates launched into a blitzed take on “God Save the Queen.”…

Winterland is one of the city’s many nightclubs and music venues that hosted golden music moments and great jam sessions before disappearing from the scene.

Many of us grew up throwing ourselves into mosh pits and twirling ourselves into oblivion in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at these places, filling the memories of our youth in a freer, more vibrant and experimental San Francisco. In the gallery above, we pay tribute to some of our favorites with help from the recollections of the San Francisco Remembered Facebook group(more)

Of course Pinellas County lost Beaux Arts, the home to decades of art, poetry, politics, and underground films, fun and games for adults and wayward teens. Culture is killed by the society it tries to describe. Artists are left on their own to figure out how to move on. We dubbed it “culture clash”.

 

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Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

By Andy Beckett : theguardian – excerpt

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative.

Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday life – especially in Britain and the US – more completely than at any time in recent history. An obsession with employability runs through education. Even severely disabled welfare claimants are required to be work-seekers. Corporate superstars show off their epic work schedules. “Hard-working families” are idealised by politicians. Friends pitch each other business ideas. Tech companies persuade their employees that round-the-clock work is play. Gig economy companies claim that round-the-clock work is freedom. Workers commute further, strike less, retire later. Digital technology lets work invade leisure…. (more)

We have been looking at this problem for the last five years as changes in technology loom around us. It is past time for a serious consideration of life without work, before the robots take over our jobs. How do we educate people to use their free time constructively in a post work world?

At the Artists’ Loft Museum, Longtime Arts District Residents Are Refusing to Be Erased

By Catherine Wagley : laweekly – excerpt

Please don’t let the Arts District become unlivable for actual artists,” Michael Parker pleaded on Aug. 10, addressing the City Planning Commission and the developers behind the Camden Project, a mixed-use development slated to go up on Industrial Street downtown. Just 5 percent of the complex’s residential units are required to be affordable housing, which Parker doesn’t think is adequate. “There should be much, much, much, much, much, much, much more affordable housing and larger units so that dozens and dozens of 25-year-old artists from the CSU can afford it,” an effusive Parker said. He also mentioned the Artist Loft Museum of Los Angeles (ALMLA), the museum he started out of the Seaton Street studio in which he’s lived and worked since August 2001.

“What’s the name of your museum?” asked Planning Commission president David Ambroz.

“The ALMLA,” repeated Parker. “We have our first opening on Aug. 31, the last day of my lease, before I will be facing —”

“Now you’re slipping into testimony,” Ambroz interrupted. “The name of the museum I got.”…

Parker recently received notice that, upon the start of his new lease, his rent would increase by $2,050 a month — a 43 percent increase from what he’s been paying, and about 200 percent more than what he was paying six years ago — and that he would no longer be able to live in his studio, though the space has been zoned live-work for at least 25 years. He is working with lawyer Elena Popp of the Eviction Defense Network to fight these new terms, something a number of other artists in this city are doing, too. Parker also spent last Wednesday morning in court, after his landlord’s lawyer sent Popp a temporary restraining order against ALMLA’s opening. The judge ruled that the opening could legally go ahead, as long as Parker kept attendance under 49 people at a time. “You’ve wasted enough of my time,” Parker recalls the judge saying after she emerged from her chambers with a decision…(more)

Who knew in the 1970’s when Beaux Arts was under pressure to close one of the first “live-work” art and entertainment centers, that San Francisco and Los Angeles would face the same fate forty years later. Seems the establishment can’t stand art and creative thinkers.