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Upcoming Events:

September 28, 7:30 pm

Held at 518 Valencia (near 16th)

Art & Politics: Jenny Odell,
Art as Archiving, Archiving as Art

Jenny Odell brings us an update on her ongoing project, the Bureau of Suspended Objects, which seeks an archaeological approach to the present by researching and archiving everyday discarded (or about-to-be-discarded) objects. First displayed at the dump, the objects are seen as true artifacts: crystallizations of a whole set of desires, economic contingencies, material availabilities, and abstract valuations that are more specific to their time than we could possibly realize now. As a result, all objects come to seem "limited edition," and the present is understood as imminently historical.

photo: courtesy Jenny Odell

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Walking Tours — Fall 2016

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Each 3rd Saturday of the month (except December):

Saturday September 17Beer, Dunes, and Trains: SOMA

Saturday October 15—King (Willie) Tide Tour of Mission Bay

Saturday November 19New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash

Saturday December 10Comix, Underground Press, and Poetry: The Mission You Don't Know

 

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR » Saturday, September 24, 2016

Food Politics

Explore the many ethnic threads that, knit together, have produced our amazing local cuisine. From the old Italian food industries to Chinese shrimping villages, from waves of immigrants arriving to work in food production to the prodigious Bay Area fresh fruit and vegetable trade, get ready for an illuminating and tasty tour that will change how you think about what you eat. Tour ends at 25th and Mission. Special food stops all the way!

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Explore Shaping San Francisco:

Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

Check them out here.

"Editor's Pick Tour" from FoundSF.org

Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive FoundSF.org is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

See the latest highlights…