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11 May 2022

CAAMFest Turns 40!

For its 40th CAAMFest, the Center for Asian American Media has brought some intriguing films for this milestone film festival.  This year’s festival, which runs from May 12-22, 2022, will offer among other films: a SXSW Award-winning documentary set in the middle of red America; a horror comedy set in

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30 Mar 2022

Inside San Francisco’s Tech Startups: An Outsider’s Report

Anna Wiener was a Silicon Valley insider with an outsider’s disposition.  Her 2020 memoir, Uncanny Valley, documents her observations as an employee across three tech startups during the 2010’s, a pivotal decade for the tech industry and the world at large.  Unlike so many young college grads (and dropouts) eager

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02 Mar 2022

10 Legendary Writers on San Francisco

The evolution of San Francisco is a curious one, an LSD-laced trip towards that ever-elusive thing named Progress. Innovation. Utopia.  Here are 10 writers on San Francisco over the decades, volunteering both gripe and glorification. Rudyard Kipling “San Francisco has only one drawback: ‘Tis hard to leave.” Tongo Eisen-Martin  all

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02 Mar 2022

After a Series of Destructive Fires, 111 Minna Gallery Rises Again

“Some people might get bored of their jobs or their environment, but for me? No way,” says Michelle Delaney, owner and manager of 111 Minna Gallery, the cafe, art gallery, venue and bar in San Francisco’s SoMa District that recently celebrated its reopening after the pandemic shutdown and a series

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07 Feb 2022

Ride Around 1940s San Francisco in this Remastered Film

In the comments section, people who formerly swore off colorized film were enchanted by how the hue made the past feel closer than ever. A 35mm black and white film of San Francisco from the 1940s found in the Internet Archive was restored by NASS for stabilized, de-noised, cleaned, and

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26 Jan 2022

New ‘Visual History’ Book Celebrates the Legacy of SF-based Experimental Group The Residents

“I’ve been creating coffee-table books for bands largely from the ’80s for the last few years,” says Aaron Tanner, a visual artist known for his design work with Ween and the Pixies. “When the opportunity presented itself to do a book with one of the most inspiring visual groups ever,

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19 Jan 2022

Hauntings, Demolition, and Murder: The Fascinating History of SF’s City Hall

In 1942, San Francisco City Hall employees began to fear their place of work.  Every day, shortly after noon, employees heard five rapping sounds, seemingly emanating from within the walls. This was followed by a brief pause, then another three raps. Nobody could explain the source of these eerie sounds. 

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17 Jan 2022

The World’s First Cryogenically Preserved Man Has Waited 55 Years For A Cure

As the first man to be cryogenically frozen, James Bedford may wait, preserved in liquid nitrogen, for a cure to the terminal cancer that he died from in 1967, SF Gate reports. Last Wednesday, January 15, marks the 55th anniversary of his freezing. After earning a master’s in teaching at

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