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Re: “Let's Hear It for the ... Boy?

I saw the play. Twice. I was astonished by how any ideas fing expression and in expression, peraps more devastatingly. The characters, all individuals, become friends. If not with each other, with me. I have not laughed as ofte, as often through tears, as well as being terrified, deeply moved, challenged and rewarded. What this plat seems not to be as well-regarded as Angels In America rather stuns me. It bursts traditional theatrical story-tearing, constantly surprising in form as well as content.

Posted by KeithCurran on 10/16/2019 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

The organization of the exhibition omit the fact that John Law was one of the event's early organizers, the one who originally scouted the Black Rock desert as a site to relocate in 1990 (or '91.)

Posted by Mark Van Proyen on 10/11/2019 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

That would be:
"Paper Arch" by Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti is a large Roman-style triumphal arch that has burst into flames of collages imagery, with everything constructed of paper."
Thanks for the lovely article, amazing art.

Posted by Affinity Mingle on 10/10/2019 at 9:30 AM

Re: “A Hip-Hop Memoir

Yeah, the purist form of flattery is an up tempo remix/mashup of the Stickup Kid and his partner EricB. (Created circa 12/2005) http://bit.ly/2onqB0f

Posted by kimgerly on 10/06/2019 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Sex Clubs for Shy Submissives

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Re: “Haunting Imagery and Searing Honesty

Funny. That was posed. Nobody curls 40 pounds to build muscle, particularly not a guy that buff. He'd be throwing 80-120 or more.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 09/05/2019 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Quickies

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Re: “When Fake News Was Real

i agree: 'don't get mad, get funny.' a classic method of nonviolent politics - like otpor.

Posted by muriel on 08/22/2019 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Hoodslam Is Going Weekly

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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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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

Not to spam your comment section but I came across an article from a communication design blog about the ramifications of online conspiracy theory culture. I can't stop thinking about the negative impact social media is having on our world. http://www.snelgraphix.net/the-snelgraphix-designing-minds-blog/2019/7/17/organizational-conspiracy-theories
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Posted by Kevin Carrol on 07/25/2019 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Yukking It Up In Richmond

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

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Re: “Lost My Virginity Last Night

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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

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