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The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhipt of photos, newspaper and memorabilia exploring the personal and historical context of the San Francisco Black Panther Party from its existence in 1968 in the Fillmore district.
On Feb 3 from 6-7:30 in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room on the lower level will be a short film and talk, The History of the Black Panther Party, with party member Bill Jennings.
Exhibit runs from January 18-March 12th at the Main Library, third floor, African American Center.
San Francisco’s, S. Clay Wilson is recovering from an early November head injury that caused sever damage and will require extensive rehabilitation and subsequently loads of cash. His friends and family are hosting several benefits throughout the Bay Area. Including one at the Hemlock on January 11the at 6PM. If you are unable to attend any of the events, donations are being accepted at:
S. Clay Wilson
PO box 14854
San Francisco, CA
Wilson was seminal in the underground comic movement in SF, Zap Comix’s in particular. He is known for his infamous characters The Checkered Demon and Ruby the Dyke and for his wild depictions of sex and violence (Yea! sex and violence!). He has a manner of approaching art with a remarkable sense of non- censorship, which has allowed his style to flourish into the craziness it is. S. Clay Wilson also happens to hail Lincoln NE and as it turns out my staunch Aunt Lois used to baby-sit the young Wilson. Below is a note she sent me attached to copy of an untitled Wilson Comic dating from 1967-69. The note is as over the top a Wilson’s work.
This is a rough time period for all in the art world, but even more so for Wilson and hid family, please donate what you can and go to the Hemlock on the 11th. Our thoughts go out to Wilson for a steady strong recovery!
The open free use forum allows users to report, detail, and track countless forms of censorship world wide. The founders consider “The File Room as a cultural project: an open prototype where participation, possibilities, and challenges will be tested.”
The site offers a searchable detailed archive of cases using a basic “keyword search,” or an “advance search,” or by using one of their four categories; dates, location, grounds for censorship, and medium. Cases from B.C. to the present day are within this searchable archive.
The best part we all have the power to submit a case of censorship through The File Room site. Check it out, use it, search and archive on it.
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:
1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence
3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language
4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint
5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,
7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
8) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit
9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit
10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
Many Libraries and bookstores will be celebrating the event and you should too. Read a banned book, turn your kid on to a banned book, turn a patron on to a banned book, check out the offcial banned book website, also check out the NCAC site they have great info and links to other info on banned book week, and go to your local banned book events!
On Oct. 1st from 12:00-1:30 the San Francisco Public Library will be hosting a lunchtime banned book reading on the steps outside of the library featuring local writers reading selection from the list. Hope to see ya there.
l love these guys! So…not too sure what the upcoming exhibit is really all about, but it is sure to be worth the trek to SanJo to the Gallery Anno Domini. From June 4th through the 28th, the U.S.D.H.G and the G.R.L. are liquidating all confiscated, high-tech graffiti artifacts and tools, expunged evidence, court exhibits, redacted documents and office furnishings, priced to sell. The G.R.L. specialize in Laser tags/graffiti and Throwies and all things subversive and dissident. WHOOO HOOO…subversion and dissidence!!!
Artist’s Reception: First Friday, June 6th, 2008
8 p.m. ’til late • free and open to the public
Exhibition runs from June 4th – June 28th