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Re: “A Decidedly Special Delivery

Is this still going on? Your article says it is on Sundays, but Endless Canvas says not open to the public -- which is it?

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Posted by berkeley_ca on 09/15/2012 at 10:56 AM

Re: “The Revival of Bay Area Ladyfest

Love it!! I'm so excited!

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Posted by Maria Yates on 09/12/2012 at 4:26 PM

Re: “A Decidedly Special Delivery

This was one of the most amazing, authentic experiences around art, youth and community I have witnessed in recent memory. Thousands gathered to view this space and its jawdroppingly fabulous graffiti for free, with music, beer and wine, and an electric atmosphere that should make world cultural hubs like London, Berlin and Venice blush.

A few thousand mostly young folks pullulated in the once abandoned rusty, peeling trilevel concrete and steel building that seemed happy to be a host for all this activity. The people were happy together, drowning in art in 3D, dancing, flirting, posing, snap-shooting and juggling, all of them self-regulated, well-behaved and paying close attention to what they saw.

The floor, the walls, and ceiling and all kinds of nooks and crannies were painted. Many works displayed wit, wildness and undeniable artistry. At several points, the building trembled as the trains, often themselves adorned by the same art work now housed now inside the building, roared by.

The project as a whole shows mindful foresight and planning that is rare indeed. The police and the city govt. clearly had a welcome role in facilitating this art event by keeping a very low profile and just letting folks do their stuff. And to my understanding, this was no LA style Eli Lilly funded, rarified and ultimately impotent extravaganza, but a grassroots, collaborative, kickstarter and Bay area funded. If so, we should thank everyone that helped artwork blossom before our eyes in their natural habitat in this fresh, free and provocative way.

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Posted by Vera Citizen on 09/09/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Nervous Energy

I love this column too, and will be bookmarking going forward. Sigh. Thanks at least for running it for so long...

Gabriella West

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Posted by Gabriella West on 09/06/2012 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Nervous Energy

Unacceptable that you are canceling this column. What would be even more egregious is if you replace Ms Finn with another astrologer. I can't imagine that the syndication of this column is prohibitively expensive...something smells "fishy" in the Aquarium rAge!
Dr. Deah Schwartz

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Posted by Deahs on 09/05/2012 at 9:12 AM

Re: “InterPlaying With Ourselves

Love that comment about needing scientists to tell us that it's good for us to breathe. Anything that encourages good breathing and playfulness has to be beneficial.

Posted by Erin Hill Newman on 09/01/2012 at 5:47 AM

Re: “InterPlaying With Ourselves

What a great article!
I've been doing InterPlay since 1998 or so. The first time I came to a class it was in another city from where I live. I felt relieved....Like I'd come home. It was exactly what I'd been looking for.
But for months I put off finding where I could take more classes. Go figure...
From the start, a lot of the exercises were easy and fun. Or sometimes, deeply revealing and moving. And the first year or two, a few of the exercises were quite challenging, and I thought I wasn't doing them "right." But in every class, the leaders would say to everyone, 'You can't do InterPlay wrong....however you doing it, that''s the right way." And the atmosphere in every InterPlay class I've ever attended is so positive and playful.
So I kept coming back, and over time the activities that were hardest for me have become some of my most favorite.

Some of the benefits:
InterPlay has made my writing more fluid and fun. Also I've become a lot more playful, and more easy-going and trusting of life and of myself: that I am 'good enough' just like I am.

Several of the InterPlay forms have come in very handy in everyday life. For a quick break from computer work, I'll do a the 3-breath song, the InterPlay breathing or a 'shake it all out' thing we do. Just yesterday, I noticed I was feeling fragile. So I did a 'one-arm dance and allowed a little song to come out, and then did a little free writing about of a big trip I'm taking. Five minutes later, I was feeling so much better! Plus I got a simple insight which continues to relieve a lot of stress for me about a project I'm involved in.

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Posted by Meg MacLeod on 08/22/2012 at 8:53 AM

Re: “InterPlaying With Ourselves

InterPlay is fun, educational, life changing, warm, inclusive, and diverse. I've been doing InterPlay for a long time, and gradually, in -- as InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter would say -- incremental steps, I have become stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. Not to speak of all the wonderful friends I've made!

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Posted by Conniepwll on 08/20/2012 at 5:37 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

While I'm sure you know your partner's preferences in this regard, Barabara, I highly disagree with your statement. There are female comedians and performers who use the term "bitch" or even "cunt"... does that mean a male critic gets to refer to them as such in a review? There are rappers who use the term "nigger" (and no, I'm not making an analogy between this word and tranny) but does that mean a white reviewer gets to refer to them as such? There are terms used within specific oppressed communities which are property of that community for a reason, and just because someone is reviewing a book written by an author who uses a certain word doesn't mean it belongs in a review (unless it's specifically discussed within a critical social context). And to equate the word "tranny," a term which regardless of who chooses to use it, is still found to be highly offensive by many trans women when used in general parlance, to respectful pronoun usage is kind of absurd. I believe Alison is a cis woman, so, no, she shouldn't be using this slang term for a literary review and just understand that you or any other cis woman is displaying entitlement when you use it outside of a mutually-agreed upon one-on-one situation... and that's regardless of who you choose to sleep with.

Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/16/2012 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Retrograde Recedes

It is always good to be with nature and see wonderful creatures of God. Mammals and Aquatic pet shop @… makes easy to relax and appreciate life.

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Posted by Donna Burdett on 08/13/2012 at 1:30 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

I believe in referring to people the way they refer to themselves. It's akin to using the pronoun someone prefers. As such, I think the use of "tranny" in this review is highly appropriate.

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Posted by Barbara Carrellas on 08/10/2012 at 9:19 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

Alison, while I appreciate Kate Bornstein seemingly has no problem with the term "tranny," many trans women and some trans men do who find it to be a highly offensive, stigmatizing term. Really, it has no place in a serious review, nor is it a term which non-trans persons should throw around either to show "solidarity" or hipness. If you really want to view yourself as being a trans ally who respects your trans readers, I suggest leaving "tranny" as an inter-community term which trans women and gender variant drag queens choose to use on a person-to-person basis.

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Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/08/2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The Art of Art & Soul

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2012 at 9:52 PM

Re: “How to Have Anal Sex

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Posted by Ariel Jordan on 07/27/2012 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Maternity Wedding Gowns

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Posted by WilliamAyden on 07/23/2012 at 2:43 AM

Re: “An Amusing East Bay History

A friend of mine who died last year in her nineties, used to get dragged to Idora Park by her parents. She claims it was a really boring place for kids and an excuse for their parents to schmooze (and I assume booze).

She much preferred the Fox.

Question: is the windmill next door to Steele's on Telegraph a remnant of Idora? Was the miniature golf range that closed about 20 years ago on Telegraph a vestige?

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 07/02/2012 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Art Walk This Way

Thank you Janis Norris for commenting on this link. CK Gallery is actually the only art gallery on the street, but a lot of other venues show art as well. In addition the street has a lot of wonderful restaurants and stores. At CK Gallery, we currently have a recycled art show called "Discardia" featuring about 25 bay area artists.

Posted by Charlotte Kubiak on 06/22/2012 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Art Walk This Way

The CK Gallery sells fine art! 4125 Piedmont, 2nd floor Courtyard

Posted by Janet Norris on 06/21/2012 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Art Walk This Way

obra mais que perfeita !contam os dias que séria dificel encontrar uma falha na interpretação!no momento em que duas vidas buscam por algo interessante para dialogar !!!!!!!!!!

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