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16 Mar 2022

Legendary Vintage Shop Moves to North Beach After 10 Years in the Tenderloin

Exactly one decade after its debut in San Francisco, Vacation closed its Tenderloin storefront at 704 Larkin Street on February 15, 2022.  Kristin Klein, the owner of the legendary vintage shop, was initially drawn to the Tenderloin as a “timeless snapshot of a city,” imbued with a great nostalgia “where

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09 Mar 2022

SF’s First Lesbian-Owned Comic Book Shop Opens in the Mission

Leah Morrett is the owner of Sour Cherry Comics, a new queer-centric bookstore and community space in the Mission District that opened at 3187 16th St. earlier this month.  “Sour cherries are not sweet, and that’s the point,” she tells me. “[The name’s] a little subversive, a little cutesy, 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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01 Dec 2021

Daphne Gottlieb “stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter” in Saint 1001

On January 1, 2021, Daphne Gottlieb sent me a message on LinkedIn.  “Happy New Year!,” it read. “I will make this shortish and sweetish. My first novel is coming out on Valentine’s Day. It’s a mix of anonymous sex, po mo theory, Scheherazade and 1001 Nights, and the search for

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10 Nov 2021

San Francisco’s Underground Bookstores: Et Al. Books

For those who are artists, collectors, or generally curious people, Et al. Books houses a compelling collection. Et al.’s Mission location is both art gallery and bookstore, an industrial backdrop to the rich assortment of vintage titles, new fiction, and rare art books. Et al.’s second location is an elusive

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07 Oct 2021

A Dope New Artist-Run Gallery in the TL: Moth Belly

I was invited to participate in a group show at a new gallery in my neighborhood, Moth Belly. The name of the show is “Little Utopias” and “it’s about spaces, both real and imaginary, that are necessary for our sanity and a renewed appreciation for the ones that felt so

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11 Jan 2021

San Francisco’s Queen of Monologues Turns 35 in Style

A million years ago, in 2018, when sitting in the confines of a tiny theater in the Tenderloin wasn’t anxiety-inducing in the least, I caught “Altars for my Alters” at the SF Fringe Festival. While most solo Fringe shows are minimalistic, often performed by a person in black using only

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11 Mar 2020

Oddball News That Has Nothing to Do With Coronavirus

By Dan McCormick Let’s face it, as much as we want to stay informed about what’s going on around us in the coronavirus world, we could all use a little break from the infectious disease news. No fear, we’ve put together two random stories to take your mind off it

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