Category Archives: Misc

This weekend

I helped organize the SPT Poets Theater Fest, which begins tomorrow:

& am performing at this on Sunday:


Bunker Archeology @ Marin Headlands 10/25

Wish I could make it to this event this weekend. Reports welcomed…

as well as the Edwin Torres & Al DeSilver readingDodie & Cedar’s reading & the Martha Rosler talk

This Sat 10/4: Syndicate Tour of SF Labor History

From the city-wide cable car strike of 1907, Bloody Thursday (July 5, 1934) and the resulting general strike and march of 1934, to more recent alliances between union members and other activist movements, unions have been crucial in shaping the city of San Francisco.  Syndicate will look at this history with a special focus on the role of union workers in visual and performing art spaces.  In 1889, theatrical technicians in San Francisco formed an alliance with the Theatrical Mechanics Association in New York, and by 1892 Local 16 had been granted a charter with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, who are still active today in YBCA’s theater and forum and at most of San Francisco’s performance houses. In collaboration with the Labor Archives and Research Center, these artists have researched organized labor at nearby theaters and museums to create a series of sidewalk stenciled chalk paintings portraying active union members working or defending their rights.  A podcast and map are provided for self-guided tours. Historian-and-artist-led walking tours of these venues will leave ybca at noon on July 26 and October 4. Reservations can be made at 415.978.2787. Audio can also be accessed by calling 415.294.3627.

Jessica Tully, Kim Munson, Wendy Crittenden, Tom Griscom, Christine Wong Yap, Greg O’Toole and the Labor Archives and Research Center

The Geomatrix

Perimeter Dikes at the Treasure Island Naval Station, U.S. Navy, Western Division, San Francisco Bay, CA. Project manager responsible for evaluating liquefaction potential, assessing seismic dike stability and deformation, estimating shaking-induced ground settlement, and assessing the performance of building foundations and underground utilities. Work included reviewing pre- and post-construction records and subsurface data; drilling, sampling, and logging exploratory borings; performing cone penetrometer testing; and mapping ground cracks. To mitigate future hazards, Geomatrix recommended stabilizing perimeter dikes, modifying foundation systems of structures, and raising ground elevations to prevent flooding. Based on feasibility evaluations of possible design schemes for dike stabilization, we identified three alternatives (stone columns, deep soil mixing, and rock berms) as being preferable and most cost-effective.

Bureau of Urban Secrets tour of Lovers Lane 9/6

Cannot recommend highly enough:

“Lovers Lane is the oldest trail in the Presidio of San Francisco and the shortest way out. Well before the founding of the Spanish military outpost in 1776, it may have been a deer trail and perhaps a trail used by the Ohlone to move from one hunting camp to another. Since then, it has been traveled by scores of soldiers and civilians, in war and peacetime, through boom and bust, one foot after the other, each journey something like the one before it, but different too. A Lover’s Line offers visitors a series of different perspectives on Lovers Lane, each one cued by a telephone message and a time/map that transforms the pedestrian trail into something more like a series of chronologies in three dimensions. The cast of characters includes the missionary, the soldier, the military wife, the translator, the dreamer, the hawk and the dove, the wayward trees and the water, whose chronologies overlap and intermingle, at different tempos and according to different, unconscious and imperceptible logics of repetition and return, sometimes deliberately, sometimes unknowingly—so that each history becomes a potential counter-history, each historical fact a fictional detour in someone else’s story.” —JP

Shuttles will leave YBCA for a tour of Lovers Lane on September 6 at noon. Reservations can be made at 415.978.2787. Audio can be accessed after September 6 by calling 415.294.3627 or downloading files at