• March 19 Favianna Rodriguez has been making art to make change for years. She will present remarkable posters, illustrations, stickers and more, and talk about art and politics, in the concluding event of our solo artist shows this season. podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=44

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  • March 12 Peoples from the Arab World have been migrating to San Francisco for over a hundred years. The earliest were mostly from the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine; and also Yemen. Most recent immigrants coming from North Africa’s Magrib region (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Iraq since the first Gulf War. Why did […]

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  • February 27 The Spanish explorers reported a deafening din from the millions of birds that would ascend into the air from the bayside. Most historic wetlands and riparian areas have been destroyed or severely altered, but San Francisco remains a birdwatcher’s bonanza. 250 species can be seen in the city throughout the year! In the […]

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  • February 20 Eric Drooker’s art has provided iconic imagery for countless political initiatives, as well as showing up on covers of the New Yorker, and in a number of gorgeous graphic novels. His slide show and talk is one of the best of its type. Don’t miss it!

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  • February 13 Community based public art spaces are stuck between business-like survival and serving their communities. Hear veterans of San Francisco’s Space Wars discuss how they’ve navigated the repressive dynamics of real estate, money, and power to hold open spaces for diverse communities to meet, talk, make art, and shape life. Jonathan Youtt (Cellspace), Robin […]

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  • January 30 The Golden Gate National Recreation Area sustains more federally threatened and endangered species than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks combined. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered the 6th most important biological diversity hotspot in the United States by the Nature Conservancy. UNESCO has even granted the GGNRA “Biosphere Reserve” […]

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  • January 16 Schoultz’s distinctive murals full of strange animals, twisting buildings and floating birdhouses caught the angst of modern life. Lately he’s gone to a surrealistic sea and we’ll get a full look at his work and hear what he says about it tonight. podcast: http://diva.sfsu.edu/users/Chris.Carlsson/ssf_talks?podcast=21

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  • January 9, 2008 What does ‘class’ or ‘community’ mean? How does the newbie Midwesterner serving burgers at a Castro street diner relate to the landlord and shop owner ‘Gay Community’ spokesmen? How do the schisms between different classes of women, whether lesbian or bi or undefined, show up in daily life and local politics (or […]

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  • December 19 Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Archive and Library returns to reprise his popular show from last year, with some new surprises. Drawing from silent and early sound films, exuberant early 1960s city views, diverse home movies and industrial films, this program includes rarely-seen views of San Francisco and invites the audience to help […]

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  • December 12 Newsrooms are hamstrung by the business practices of Wall Street and Big Media, even as newspaper circulation declines and TV news continues the race to the bottom. Both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News recently laid off large portions of their newsroom staff. The Internet is vulnerable to the same […]

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