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Re: “Hoodslam Is Going Weekly

Incredible entertainment! Best show in town

Posted by Derek Eliot Shaw on 08/14/2019 at 5:38 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

The murals should be covered most of the time, uncovered for study or for weekend art exhibits. I'm glad to see the Bd of Supes (as of Aug 9) may be moving toward the cover-but-keep approach. Although I am close to being a First Amendment absolutist, I must ask the writer Mr Cheng to think about the feelings of high schoolers. Cheng and some others (such as New York Times Op-Ed writers) seem unwilling to attempt empathy for young people. Cheng writes: "The notion that adolescents are excessively delicate and need protection from reality and history is deeply repugnant and patronizing." They are delicate -- sometimes! They do need protection -- sometimes! There is a time and place for everything, including the close study of "reality and history", which indeed belongs in the classroom. But imagine every single hour of every school day you are constantly seeing these powerfully painted gigantic art works that depict the victimization and humiliation of, and violence against, your ancestors, your fellow humans! Why on earth should these kids have to see that ALL the time? Looking at slavery and genocide every single day throughout your entire school day. (While people make jokes about it and normalize it -- "Meet you at the dead Indian".) Especially if they feel no ownership of the works, not having painted them themselves as part of a group effort. Have some empathy. But yes, don't destroy these works.

Posted by David Herzstein Couch on 08/10/2019 at 1:52 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

SFUSD Board should be focusing on real stuff instead of trying to force this narrative. They are all so desperate to be relevant.

Posted by SJJ on 08/09/2019 at 10:18 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

I've just watched the 20-minute video "Expulsion" [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om_LnJKGAE8] created by commenter No. 2, "Book of Hours" (the link to "Expulsion" provided in the comment above did not work). I highly recommend the video as well as DeWitt Chang's East Bay Express article to all. That people are seriously contemplating the destruction of this important mural is a disgrace.

Posted by Alice Diane Kisch on 08/07/2019 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Dan Savage: Penis Problems

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Posted by DrLuis Newman on 08/05/2019 at 4:41 AM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

Thanks Dewitt Cheng. The mindlessness of the mural's opponents beggars belief. The fact that this is an anti-slavery mural seems lost on them. Life isn't a "safe space"--how are these kids supposed to deal with reality outside the school walls when they're coddled by the myopic, reactionary, wanna-be PC brigade? This is also obvious a virtue-signalling media stunt by the board members. "Reparations"? Please. I think we can do a lot more regarding reparations than painting over a historically significant and blatantly anti-slavery/anti-genocide/anti-Manifest Destiny mural.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 08/01/2019 at 4:23 PM

Re: “The Shame of the Mural Censors — Why Art and History Matter

Thank you for this insightful article and thank you for not falling into the freedom of speech trap that others have. Placing the destruction of these murals into a free speech issue is not only incorrect but a losing proposition. Thats because that argument allows for accusations of these murals being hate speech and the comparison of the murals to removal of statues in southern university campuses which this issue has nothing to do with. Unfortunately though, media outlets have gone there.

This is about erasing history, taking content out of context and using it as the reason for destroying the vessel that holds that content. My wife and I are San Francisco media artists who recently moved to Pittsburgh, PA. We produced a 20+ minute video-essay about the controversy entitled: Expulsion. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/om_LnJKGAE8
JP Collins/Book of Ours

Posted by Book of Ours on 08/01/2019 at 2:16 PM

Re: “An Inside Job

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Posted by Kevin Carrol on 07/25/2019 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Yukking It Up In Richmond

The correct link to our events calendar is www.bridgestorage.com/events

Posted by Iris AlRoy on 07/24/2019 at 9:20 AM

Re: “She’s Got a Thing for Black Guys. They Have a Thing for Exhibitionists.

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Posted by Manas Wilson on 07/07/2019 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Tie Points

potential for violence and slut shaming seems like a reactionary and alarmist take on hetero sexual dynamics. isn't getting pregnant or an std a bigger consideration with women?

Posted by Alan Lopez on 06/25/2019 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Lost My Virginity Last Night

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Posted by Manas Wilson on 06/24/2019 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Blackness and Anti-Blackness at BAMPFA

Any gallery owner will tell you ( and any person who displays art) that the reason you don't paint gallery walls black is that the ambient light is needed to illuminate. That's it. It's not a racist conspiracy.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/29/2019 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Finally, an Art Exhibit That Doesn't Just Bemoan Technology

Hey Che, it's Advocate from the Berkeley Occupy days. How's keeping up the good fight? Ever get to Portland?

Posted by Advocate on 05/26/2019 at 9:53 PM

Re: “This Is Your Brain on Science

Go on M0xy!

Posted by david_booton on 05/23/2019 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Brittani Sensabaugh Pursues Healing with First Book, The Power of Melanin

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Posted by Mizzani Cowans on 05/20/2019 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Let's Hear It for the ... Boy?

Hi. Im Keith Curran, who wrote Walking The Dead (a now nearly un-Google-able play/production due to the success of a TV series I love, The Walking Dead). It is now 2019, and I have just managed to successfully come upon this review by using a convoluted, seventeen word Google search. I just want to say that reviewer Drovstova, aside from writing perhaps the most coherent review this, my second play has yet to receive (I have read reviews of productions in San Fran, LA, Florida, Kansas City, Brooklyn, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, MICHIGAN, Boston, Toronto, London, Paris, MOSCOW, but too sadly missed this one), she has written a review that, because of her fluent, cobsmacking and very wise understanding of what I was trying to do (a play about a trans character first produced nearly twenty years ago, utterly baffled some, some who assumed Id dreamed the entire concept up myself, and those who derided the play, and its writer, for NOT writing exactly the kind of gay play this reviewer, and this writer, had grown weary of. I was so deeply moved. As tears still run down my cheeks, I NEEDED to say thank you for your the erudite, deeply unusual, and legitimate consideration of my work. As a major revival assembles itself for Off-Bway in 2020, the 20 year mark, I think I needed just this kind of, well, affirmation, to face once again the considerably less learned and compassionate applications of the New York Press. I thank you. Keith Curran

Posted by KeithCurran on 05/17/2019 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Let's Hear It for the ... Boy?

Hi. Im Keith Curran, who wrote Walking The Dead (a now nearly un-Google-able play/production due to the success of a TV series I love, The Walking Dead). It is now 2019, and I have just managed to successfully come upon this review by using a convoluted, seventeen word Google search. I just want to say that reviewer Drovstova, aside from writing perhaps the most coherent review this, my second play has yet to receive (I have read reviews of productions in San Fran, LA, Florida, Kansas City, Brooklyn, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, MICHIGAN, Boston, Toronto, London, Paris, MOSCOW, but too sadly missed this one), she has written a review that, because of her fluent, cobsmacking and very wise understanding of what I was trying to do (a play about a trans character first produced nearly twenty years ago, utterly baffled some, some who assumed Id dreamed the entire concept up myself, and those who derided the play, and its writer, for NOT writing exactly the kind of gay play this reviewer, and this writer, had grown weary of. I was so deeply moved. As tears still run down my cheeks, I NEEDED to say thank you for your the erudite, and deeply unusual, legitimate consideration of my work. As a major revival assembles itself for Off-Bway, in 2020, the 20 year mark, I think I needed just this kind of, well, affirmation, to face one again the considerably less learned and compassionate applications of the New York Press. I thank you. Keith Curran

Posted by KeithCurran on 05/17/2019 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Jos Sances' Great White Whale

A stunning work! I'm so glad I traveled to see it today. I hope you're getting lots of requests to show it in other venues and communities. My memory of seeing "Or, the Whale" will last as long as my memory does. Thank you for this creation.

Posted by Empithy on 05/16/2019 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Overfished

The invention of the internet ruined 10's of thousands marriages.

Posted by dryphus on 05/15/2019 at 3:20 PM

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