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(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Friday, March 10, 7pm
@ The 3rd floor McRoskey Mattress Factory
1687 Market St. at Gough

Party Like It’s San Francisco in 1948!
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Artist
Marion Osborn Cunningham (1908-1948)

Marion Cunningham, artist

Come join us to celebrate the life and vibrant artwork of SF artist Marion Osborn Cunningham. The Bakersfield resident studied at the SF Art Institute and began producing silk screens and pastels in the 1930's, and earned substantial popularity for her views of San Francisco. She was married to artist Ben Cunningham whose work appears in Coit Tower and The Beach Chalet. After she died at a young age, Marion's family founded what later became the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Her works are found in the collections of the SF Museum of Modern Art, the De Young, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. as well as other noted museums around the US and abroad.

We'll have talks by Marion's niece, Priscilla Wheeler, curator of The Bakersfield Museum of Art, Rachael Magnus and the viewing of James Broughton's 1948 short film Mother's Day. Please wear 1940's attire. Door prizes will be awarded!

Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co.

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Tuesday, March 28, 7:30pm
A Poetry Reading
With Steve Dickison and Vincent Katz
Introduced by artist Amy Trachtenberg

Steve Dickison and Vincent Katz

Steve Dickison is joined by New York poet Vincent Katz for this reading of their recent work. Dickison and Katz have worked together on several projects and share a passion for the histories of San Francisco and Bay Area poetry, the Black Mountain College poets, and other things. With his son, Oliver, Katz has been filming a series of interviews of Bay Are poets, including Bill Berkson, Norma Cole, Diane di Prima, Kevin Killian, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, and David Meltzer.
Steve Dickison recently guest-edited, with David Meltzer, the “Shuffle Boil Special Issue” of Amerarcana. “For Mnemosyne” appeared at SFMOMA’s Open Space: The View from Here, Issue 4; [ 2nd floor projects ] published Sound Studio 3 (Liner Notes) for the exhibition “time silence and the sky: Norma Cole, Léonie Guyer, Wayne Smith”; a portion of “Liberation Music Orchestra” was in BAX 2015: Best American Experimental Poetry (Wesleyan, 2016); and four poems from “Wear You to the Ball” received the 2014 BOMB Poetry Prize. He directs The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, teaches at that school and at California College of the Arts, and lives in San Francisco.
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, and critic. He is the author of the poetry collections Southness (Lunar Chandelier, 2016) and Swimming Home (Nightboat, 2015). Fantastic Caryatids, a collaborative poem and conversation with Anne Waldman is just out from BlazeVOX Books. Katz lives in New York City, where he curates Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia Art Foundation.

Wednesay, May 17, pm
A Tale of Two Bridges:
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridges of 1936 and 2013

With author Stephen Mikesell

Tale of Two Bridges, cover

A Tale of Two Bridges is a history of two versions of the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge: the original bridge built in 1936 and a replacement for the eastern half of the bridge finished in 2013. The 1936 bridge revolutionized transportation in the Bay Area and profoundly influenced settlement patterns in the region. It was also a remarkable feat of engineering. In the 1950s the American Society of Civil Engineers adopted a list of the “Seven Engineering Wonders” of the United States. The 1936 structure was the only bridge on the list, besting even the more famous Golden Gate Bridge. One of its greatest achievements was that it was built on time (in less than three years) and came in under budget. Mikesell explores in fascinating detail how the bridge was designed by a collection of the best-known engineers in the country as well as the heroic story of its construction by largely unskilled laborers from California, joined by highly skilled steel workers.

By contrast, the East Span replacement, which was planned between 1989 and 1998, and built between 1998 and 2013, fell victim to cost overruns in the billions of dollars, was a decade behind schedule, and suffered from structural problems that has made it a perpetual maintenance nightmare.

This is narrative history in its purest form. Mikesell excels at explaining highly technical engineering issues in language that can be understood and appreciated by general readers. Here is the story of two very important bridges, which provides a fair but uncompromising analysis of why one bridge succeeded and the other did not.
Stephen Mikesell is an historic preservation specialist and public historian living in Davis, CA. He is the former Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for California. He is the author most recently of The Sierra Railway.


Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Nonstop Metropolis, A New York Atlas

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capitol of capitalism , culture, immigration, and more.

 Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman. Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

 Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

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