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On Saturday, I attended the closing reception of the Indoor Mural Project at 941 Geary Gallery (between Polk and Larkin). A handful of emerging and established graffiti and street artists from the world over have been working over the last few months for this big reveal of a series of site-specific works. Guests were invited to visit the gallery to see the progression and transformation of the blank canvas gallery space, although I was only able to make it to the final unveiling.

These are a few of my favorite things:

Erik Foss created this large-scale American flag made out of cardboard homeless person signs, complete with stars crafted from condoms — don’t want to know whether they’re used. The piece makes an obvious point about a gross national problem, but I also thought it was interesting to see these cardboard box signs, discards to begin with, given a permanent address. However sad, many were quite creative and humorous, and it’s nice to see that celebrated in a way. So many clever copywriters in our midst.

Bay Area-based artist Edie Colla created a wall of individually-painted news boxes using wheatpastes, newspapers, and stencils. Logo and street sign imagery nodded to the advertising that normally dominates our urban landscapes, but I was most interested to see an outdoor staple, newspaper dispensers which are often covered in graffiti, taken out of context indoors.

Chad Hasegawa‘s bear was absolutely rad. He uses a lot of grizzlies in his work with layers of torn wallpaper and that rectangular Pointilist effect, but this particular mammal has a serious presence. Be scurred.

There was a lot going in Damon Soule‘s Surrealist painting with a tower of school chairs dripping in purple tar, Moorish print turkey basters flying about, and soda cans littering the scene. Makes you think twice about tossing your recycling out with the trash . . . nevertheless, the colors are captivating and the design is seriously eye-catching.I was excited with Hugh Leeman‘s smoking, SF Giants hat-sporting man. I’d spotted a photo of the progression of the painting/drawing on the 941 Geary blog and was looking forward to seeing how it turned out. I also often see Leeman’s wheatpastes around town and I’ve been contemplating pilfering one off of a billboard for my living room.

Aerosol artist Chor Boogie‘s mural was pretty apocalyptic. The details are brilliant; even just a 2’x2’ piece of this puzzle would make a coveted abstract artwork.
If you didn’t make it, I’m sorry you missed it. Keep your eyes peeled on the sidewalk for more stellar designs by these star artists.

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Where to Be on April 30

It’s that time of year again. The time when young, urban professionals, neon wristbands at the ready, descend onto the street of Polk in search of reduced-priced drinks and loose lips to kiss. Eight years running, the annual Polk Street Pub Crawl presents “daytime drinking at its finest” (speculation!) on April 30, sending April out with a slow stumble home. With the much-awaited shutdown of The Wine Bar, we have a newcomer this year: Black Sheep. The usual participating bars, including Shanghai Kelly’s, Rouge, Cresta’s, Green’s, The Buccaneer, Rex Cafe, and Tonic, will also be joining the drunkwagon. Tickets, usually $6 a pop, go on sale Tuesday at 10:30am. But don’t you worry, sweet thing: this is no sold-out-in-seconds MGMT show. You’ve got a good two weeks to buy your tix.
Not eager to be surrounded by bros waiting twenty minutes for a $1-off light beer? Then I highly suggest steering clear of Polk Street between Broadway and Union that day. Many a Saturday, I discreetly craft a public house stroll of my own, and believe it or not, I don’t shell out six George Washingtons for it. The trick to snagging drink specials on an off-day? Put on your freshest face and your widest smile, befriend the bartenders who so gracefully put up with your inebriation, and take a roadie to-go.

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Launch party tonight at Emerald Fish (1515 Vallejo St. at Polk), showcasing imported tabletop items, home décor, jewelry, accessories, and gifts from Italy, France, Pakistan, Korea, Germany, Morocco, and the ole U.S. of A. RSVP for a promo code for 15% off all items. See you there!

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Fuck You All, a traveling exhibition of work by American photographer Glen Friedman — known for his photography of skateboarders and musicians like the Beastie Boys, Fugazi, Black Flag, etc. — arrives at 941Geary (just off of Polk Street) on Saturday and will run through Dec. 31. The exhibition will feature some unviewed collaborations between Friedman and media darling Shepard Fairey, who’s also made his mark in the area with his hot button Obama posters.

If you’re interested in this sort of “subculture,” you should definitely also check out the film Beautiful Losers, which highlights the work of many of Friedman and Fairey’s contemporaries.

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Here’s my friend Erin Butner‘s video of Polk folk partying after the Giants’ win on Monday night. Congrats to the Giants and their boozehound fans!!

Meanwhile . . . this was the view of the ticker tape parade from my desk downtown today!

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Thanks to one of my tweeps for passing this along. Mike “The Situation” of the infamous Jersey Shore will be signing bottles of Devotion Vodka this Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Jug Shop in Russian Hill. It’s not April Fools’ Day so I think The Jug Shop (1590 Pacific Avenue at Polk) must be trying to spook the sh*t out of us. I might also add that Devotion Vodka’s director of West Coast sales, Johnny “Love” Metheny, lived just over the hill on Franklin Street near Lombard and has been spotted handing out Devotion wristbands to recent grads at Silver Clouds on Saturday nights. Now that’s devotion.

Speaking of New Jersey, I interviewed Jonathan Adler this week and the best quote to come out of it was: “[New Jersey] is a great place to be from because it gave me somewhere to want to crawl my way out of.” I myself am actually from New Jersey, so I am allowed to laugh at this . . . you West Coast people will get a whipping if you do.

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