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Doing Your Dirty Work 3 - closer, deeper

Time to mark your calendars for our next big art show. Here’s a taste of the goodies!

(drawing by Anna Zusman)

CSC - 1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
August 1 – September 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception: Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm

Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer focuses on work by Bay Area visual artists addressing themes of themes of sexuality, sexual identity, and gender identity in their art. Curated and juried by Jenn Moreno and Dorian Katz, artists were told “please do not censor yourself. Nothing is too perverse!”

(photo by Shilo McCabe)

Doing Your Dirty Work is CSC’s annual group show of contemporary artists. This year’s show, as the title suggests, stays Closer, limiting submissions to Bay Area artists, and goes Deeper, presenting more work by each artist. By limiting the show to a dozen artists, rather than the usual few dozens, we hope to better allow the viewer to get to know each of these brilliant and perverse contributors to sexual culture making. Work ranges from embroidered doilies of porn star Sasha Grey’s face mid money-shot, collages of gay porn and auction house antiques woven together, digital prints of beloved artists lost to the AIDS Crisis in both San Francisco and New York, and racy yet old-fashioned pencil drawings of human-machine hybrids caught ‘in flagrante delicto.’

Join us at the reception to take a deeper, closer look at artworks by: Anna Zusman, Cricket, crissy bell snail, Emma Laughlin, Felicita Norris, gregory farrar scott, James Courtney, Jon Macy, Shayna Why, Shilo McCabe, Tyler Cohen, Win Mixter with Alex Fialho.

(painting by Felicita Norris)

Lovely people!
We’re sending this out to CSC stakeholders because we think it’ll be of interest to those of you who work occasionally or regularly with the Center for Sex & Culture; we’re also sharing this with the public, who are, after all, stakeholders of our beloved San Francisco. It’s an open letter to a SFGate/SF Chronicle reporter in response to the article cited up front; you may want to read it, titled “How SF’s Mid-Mission District Is Transforming.”
Lots of love to you all! —CQ & Robert
Dear J.K. Dineen, & Dear Reporters, Writers, Columnists and friends from the Chron:
As occupants of the 1300 block of Mission Street, a block specifically referenced in your recent article (http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-S-F-s-Mid-Mission-district-is-transforming-5626785.php), we think it’s a shame that your research and reportage missed not only our organization but also the historically interesting building we occupy at 1349 Mission Street (San Francisco Planning Department report on its background included below). Furthermore, we are only one of scores of historic buildings, some architecturally notable, and/or community-based organizations which can be found along the mid-Mission corridor you cover in your SFGate article. You are a champion of architecture and preservation, and our organization, the Center for Sex & Culture, includes an archive of history, a library and materials significant to the rich culture of San Francisco. (More about us below.) In fact, our life interests and focus seem to be in the same genre as yours, at least in part. We read with interest about your book Here Tomorrow: Preserving Architecture, Culture, and California’s Golden Dream; but while “Here Tomorrow” sounds to us like a play on the phrase “Here today, gone tomorrow,” we’re afraid that tomorrow, for all the reasons you (largely uncritically) address in your July 17 article, this hidden-in-plain-sight San Francisco neighborhood and its backstory will indeed be gone.
So to catch you (and your business community contacts and sources) up, in our corner of this neighborhood there are two art galleries, a major SF Dept. of Health HIV outreach, an Aikido dojo, a real estate broker, a small tech company, the SEIU Local 250 union office, a place that gives music lessons, numerous other small businesses, a nonprofit that serves sex workers (until recently there were two) and at least one that provides mental health services and support––and notable independent theatre CounterPulse is preparing to move off our block, relocating under pressure of the rent increases brought about by incurious tech giants and business people. They remain incurious because they don’t know we exist. They don’t know we exist because according to your article we are a “pot club” (“There is nothing on our block but pot clubs,” developer Patrick Kennedy [who’s building out the corner of 9th and Mission] is quoted as saying. He must be thinking of the1200 block; that’s where most of them are.) We are erased from public view by your work, which largely quotes those individuals who have long planned (some for decades) to line their pockets by erasing this neighborhood.
Because you are writing about our block, we can offer you an interesting story. CounterPulse is about to move. We are probably going to have to move as well, because of the rate of increase on lease prices in the neighborhood––in our case, it will be 300%––driven by the development and construction boom that is the subject of your article. Small businesses or nonprofits (we are the latter) may manage to grow at a rate of 30% and stay stable, but such a logarithmic earthquake of finance and speculation will certainly cause us to move this organization out of town or shut it down. Want to watch and report in real time what actually happens to a piece of local culture as it is forced out by architectural and business change? You are invited to be one of the witnesses to our potential death (or survival, but elsewhere) in this new market.
More responses generated by your article: To call what this neighborhood is undergoing a “quiet transformation” suggests that reportage didn’t happen via shoe leather: This period of construction is noisy, dirty and disruptive; to those of us who spend our days here, it is anything but quiet. It’s affecting everything from parking to the pattern of the wind. “As Mission Street becomes denser, some question whether the city is paying enough attention to its public realm. The street is clogged with buses - the 14, 14L and SamTrans lines - with little space for cyclists,” you say. Please tell us that you include public transit when you think of the city’s “public realm”! And if you think what’s growing in the mid-Mission neighborhood will shape up to be an “intimate” environment, you probably feel the recently-erected neighborhood that stretches between Mission Bay and the ballpark is intimate too. (We say “recent,” of course, because everything is relative, and we have lived in San Francisco 25 and 40 years respectively).
The stretch of our street described as “pretty god-awful” by your interviewee Eric Tao (describing our former neighbors between 7th and 8th on Mission) nevertheless includes––as does our block and every intervening one, all the way down to 5th Street––longtime residents of housing that was, at least at one time, affordable; small businesses; and community-based organizations. Just as restaurateur Matt “Semmelhack … has to remind other board members that Mission Street exists,” developer Kennedy wants Mission to “establish… its own identity,” but Mission already has one; the “unique character” developers are intending to create already exists, but San Francisco’s always-significant class divide obstructs others from observing it. While the people in this neighborhood need social services (a great article relevant to this is here: http://missionlocal.org/2014/01/sf-once-a-mecca-now-a-mirage/), they are instead getting 3,876 or more new neighbors. All but one of your interviewees reflect the starry-eyed wonder of the business community as it changes the landscape and cultural opportunities for the people who live and work here. Not a single citizen who lives or rents space in the old, extant mid-Mission weighs in.
Erasing and re-writing not only San Francisco, but California itself (via the “six Californias” partition plan), like it’s a computer, repartitioning the city as though it were a hard drive, obliterates the underrepresented above all. (The reason we at CSC maintain a sexuality community archive is because so many other historical organizations do not keep this material––but clearly, sex is only one part of history and culture that has no guarantee of being preserved.) If you’d rather have a historic parallel, let’s consider that in 1906, the earthquake and fire consumed almost everything between the Embarcadero and 9th Street––as have the tech giants and developers, moving all the way down our street to South Van Ness. 
And if none of those notions seem relevant to the article you were assigned to write, if you’re going to going to call out new and significant restaurants, please at least recognize Moya—an extraordinary Ethiopian cafe (www.eatmoya.com) that has supported local arts and culture since the time it opened at 121 9th St in 2012, just across from the large new residential project Mr. Kennedy is developing. I certainly hope he’ll drop some dollars in there when he pops over from Berkeley to survey the new landscape in the 1300 block.
Here’s more about us––and just to make it clear, each of the businesses and nonprofits that surround us could tell its own story as well. Most of them, too, are in danger of being displaced. The Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation (EIN 91-2153691). CSC provides judgment-free adult sex education programs, cultural events, a library/media archive, and resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; researches and disseminates factual information; and frames and informs issues of public policy and public health.
During this moment of the financially-forced diaspora of San Francisco artists and organizations, CSC still supports community needs, offers performance/rehearsal/gallery space with ready-for-use technical gear to performers and artists, and welcomes community groups needing meeting space and educators at affordable rates. We notice that many of the people who have historically used our services or attended our events have already moved to Oakland, or beyond. We display the last rainbow flag on the stretch of Mission Street you’re discussing. We have links to organizations like the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and San Francisco Sex Information (both originally associated with Glide Memorial Church), as well as many others now-dead and still-extant. 
CSC has worked or is working with the SF LGBT History Archive, Stanford University, SF State University, USF, UC Med Center, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Columbia, Harvard and Yale (among many other institutions) to produce both research and lectures. We welcome interns from universities around the US and the globe. In the last few years we have appeared at both the California Academy of Science and the Exploratorium to lecture publicly about sexuality. One of us (Executive Director Dr. Carol Queen) is a former Grand Marshal of LGBT Pride and an internationally-recognized theorist, commentator and cultural sexologist who has authored a dozen books and been widely published in juried journals and compendiums of sex education and history.
CSC also maintains a free publicly available research library of over 7000 books, an archive of erotic materials chronicling the history of safer sex and sex-positive culture in SF, and an art collection (over 400 pieces of framed/flat art and tens of thousands of pieces of photographic, plastic art and ephemera). Conserving this collection is a monumental and expensive task, absorbing a large percentage of space and budget. In 2013 CSC provided archive and library support to The SF Health Department; The University of Vancouver, British Columbia (PhD research); and San Jose State University Library Sciences program (ten MLIS degrees awarded supported by work done at CSC). In 2014 we also provided support to investigators from the SF Public Defenders office.
The Center for Sex & Culture is currently an entrepreneurial effort with a budget of about $100,000 a year. It meets or exceeds this budget each year only because the community continues to demonstrate a need for its support, and supports it in kind. Other granting cycles and funding sources have included The San Francisco Foundation, The Creative Work Fund, The Janus Foundation, The Cloudview Foundation, Craigslist Foundation, SF Pride, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., The Horizons Foundation, The Cumulus Fund, The American Endowment Fund Special Master of The Superior Court of San Francisco Judge Isabella Grant, and the City of San Francisco Arts Commission.
Thanks for listening to our point of view. We’ve cc’ed some of the writers at the Chronicle/SFGate who we think will find our perspective relevant or who have covered Center for Sex & Culture events or issues in the past. We’re also issuing this as an open letter to our membership and stakeholders. We can be contacted at mail@sexandculture.org should you (or any of those we’ve cc’ed) want to get in touch.
—Drs. Robert Morgan Lawrence and Carol Queen
Founders, Center for Sex & Culture
A 501(c)3 Educational non-profit
PS––
As a preser-vationist, we think you’ll find this information about 1349 Mission of interest:     
"In regard to California Register Criterion 1 (History/ Events) this property is considered under both the Industrial Employment context and 1906 Earthquake and Fire Reconstruction context of the Historic Context Statement, Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan Area, since it is both an identified building type (commercial/light industrial) and dates from the Period of Significance (1890-1956 and 1906-1929) of that context. There is no indication the property is eligible for listing in the California Register under Criterion 2 (Important Persons), Criterion 3 (Design/Construction), or Criterion 4 (Information Potential). Criterion 1: 1349 Mission Street was constructed between 1906 and 1913 on land that was formerly occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame dwelling which sat back from the street on a large lot. The lot and the dwelling were owned and occupied by the Parent family. The Parents owned this lot as early as 1894, and continued ownership through at least 1909. At the time of the earthquake, the lot was owned by the insurance broker named Charles Parmalee. In 1909, ownership of the lot changed hands, being purchased by a machinist named Ira V. Scholfield. In 1910, the lot was occupied by Weiler Brothers Stables, likely an interim use erected on the site after the disaster. The 1913 Sanborn describes the building at this lot as a two-story safe manufacturer, which the City Directory reveals to be C. J. Periam & Co. Safe Manufacturers and Dealers. In 1932, Scholfield sold the lot to William W. Hansen, who appears to have instigated the facade changes that now characterize the building. In 1940, the building was occupied by the United Service Co., a carpet cleaning company. … The 1906 Earthquake and resultant fire leveled the entire South of Market area. Reconstruction of the South of Market Area proceeded in several distinct periods, beginning with an initial flurry of activity between 1906 and 1913, a later wave occurring after the First World War between 1918 and 1920, and then a large boom in the mid-to-late 1920s. Often residential and smaller commercial and industrial rebuilding preceded large scale industrial rebuilding due to necessity, relative ease of construction, and less difficulty settling insurance claims. Industrial buildings, mostly used for warehousing, light manufacturing, or auto repair, were typically built along major arterial streets with storefronts and vehicular and pedestrian entrances facing the street. Many industrial buildings also featured secondary entrances and loading docks on secondary elevations, in particular those that back on to alleys or driveways. From the beginning of the Gold Rush through at least the 1950s, San Francisco was a regional center for industrial employment, and large numbers of San Franciscans made their livings in these fields. One early San Francisco industry was metalworking, including the production of machinery for mining, railroad, and regional agricultural needs. As a busy mercantile center, warehousing and distribution were all important. Food processing, clothing manufacturing, furniture making, and many other industries were developed to supply the rapidly growing populations of California and other western states, for which San Francisco was the metropolis well into the twentieth century. Metalworking, which the C. J. Periam & Co. Safe Manufacturers and Dealers operation would have participated in, was an important industrial employer in San Francisco. Twenty-four machine shops, machinery manufacturers, or machinery distributors did business in the subject area during the Period of Significance. In 1909, such places employed 3,400 workers citywide, and added $4.7 million to the economy. By 1954, despite increasing automation, they still employed slightly over 3,000, and contributed $23.7 million to the city’s economy. 969 Natoma Street, with its building typology and known association with industrial employment, clearly demonstrates an association with this broad pattern of San Francisco history." (c) 2011 San Francisco Planning Department
NB: As an additional note it appears that some of the original framing (charred in place) still remains and the entire structure is clad in inch thick non-dimensional redwood. It is a heavy timber building - as such, kind of scarce.

Lovely people!

We’re sending this out to CSC stakeholders because we think it’ll be of interest to those of you who work occasionally or regularly with the Center for Sex & Culture; we’re also sharing this with the public, who are, after all, stakeholders of our beloved San Francisco. It’s an open letter to a SFGate/SF Chronicle reporter in response to the article cited up front; you may want to read it, titled “How SF’s Mid-Mission District Is Transforming.”

Lots of love to you all! —CQ & Robert

Dear J.K. Dineen, & Dear Reporters, Writers, Columnists and friends from the Chron:

As occupants of the 1300 block of Mission Street, a block specifically referenced in your recent article (http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-S-F-s-Mid-Mission-district-is-transforming-5626785.php), we think it’s a shame that your research and reportage missed not only our organization but also the historically interesting building we occupy at 1349 Mission Street (San Francisco Planning Department report on its background included below). Furthermore, we are only one of scores of historic buildings, some architecturally notable, and/or community-based organizations which can be found along the mid-Mission corridor you cover in your SFGate article. You are a champion of architecture and preservation, and our organization, the Center for Sex & Culture, includes an archive of history, a library and materials significant to the rich culture of San Francisco. (More about us below.) In fact, our life interests and focus seem to be in the same genre as yours, at least in part. We read with interest about your book Here Tomorrow: Preserving Architecture, Culture, and California’s Golden Dream; but while “Here Tomorrow” sounds to us like a play on the phrase “Here today, gone tomorrow,” we’re afraid that tomorrow, for all the reasons you (largely uncritically) address in your July 17 article, this hidden-in-plain-sight San Francisco neighborhood and its backstory will indeed be gone.

So to catch you (and your business community contacts and sources) up, in our corner of this neighborhood there are two art galleries, a major SF Dept. of Health HIV outreach, an Aikido dojo, a real estate broker, a small tech company, the SEIU Local 250 union office, a place that gives music lessons, numerous other small businesses, a nonprofit that serves sex workers (until recently there were two) and at least one that provides mental health services and support––and notable independent theatre CounterPulse is preparing to move off our block, relocating under pressure of the rent increases brought about by incurious tech giants and business people. They remain incurious because they don’t know we exist. They don’t know we exist because according to your article we are a “pot club” (“There is nothing on our block but pot clubs,” developer Patrick Kennedy [who’s building out the corner of 9th and Mission] is quoted as saying. He must be thinking of the1200 block; that’s where most of them are.) We are erased from public view by your work, which largely quotes those individuals who have long planned (some for decades) to line their pockets by erasing this neighborhood.

Because you are writing about our block, we can offer you an interesting story. CounterPulse is about to move. We are probably going to have to move as well, because of the rate of increase on lease prices in the neighborhood––in our case, it will be 300%––driven by the development and construction boom that is the subject of your article. Small businesses or nonprofits (we are the latter) may manage to grow at a rate of 30% and stay stable, but such a logarithmic earthquake of finance and speculation will certainly cause us to move this organization out of town or shut it down. Want to watch and report in real time what actually happens to a piece of local culture as it is forced out by architectural and business change? You are invited to be one of the witnesses to our potential death (or survival, but elsewhere) in this new market.

More responses generated by your article: To call what this neighborhood is undergoing a “quiet transformation” suggests that reportage didn’t happen via shoe leather: This period of construction is noisy, dirty and disruptive; to those of us who spend our days here, it is anything but quiet. It’s affecting everything from parking to the pattern of the wind. “As Mission Street becomes denser, some question whether the city is paying enough attention to its public realm. The street is clogged with buses - the 14, 14L and SamTrans lines - with little space for cyclists,” you say. Please tell us that you include public transit when you think of the city’s “public realm”! And if you think what’s growing in the mid-Mission neighborhood will shape up to be an “intimate” environment, you probably feel the recently-erected neighborhood that stretches between Mission Bay and the ballpark is intimate too. (We say “recent,” of course, because everything is relative, and we have lived in San Francisco 25 and 40 years respectively).

The stretch of our street described as “pretty god-awful” by your interviewee Eric Tao (describing our former neighbors between 7th and 8th on Mission) nevertheless includes––as does our block and every intervening one, all the way down to 5th Street––longtime residents of housing that was, at least at one time, affordable; small businesses; and community-based organizations. Just as restaurateur Matt “Semmelhack … has to remind other board members that Mission Street exists,” developer Kennedy wants Mission to “establish… its own identity,” but Mission already has one; the “unique character” developers are intending to create already exists, but San Francisco’s always-significant class divide obstructs others from observing it. While the people in this neighborhood need social services (a great article relevant to this is here: http://missionlocal.org/2014/01/sf-once-a-mecca-now-a-mirage/), they are instead getting 3,876 or more new neighbors. All but one of your interviewees reflect the starry-eyed wonder of the business community as it changes the landscape and cultural opportunities for the people who live and work here. Not a single citizen who lives or rents space in the old, extant mid-Mission weighs in.

Erasing and re-writing not only San Francisco, but California itself (via the “six Californias” partition plan), like it’s a computer, repartitioning the city as though it were a hard drive, obliterates the underrepresented above all. (The reason we at CSC maintain a sexuality community archive is because so many other historical organizations do not keep this material––but clearly, sex is only one part of history and culture that has no guarantee of being preserved.) If you’d rather have a historic parallel, let’s consider that in 1906, the earthquake and fire consumed almost everything between the Embarcadero and 9th Street––as have the tech giants and developers, moving all the way down our street to South Van Ness. 

And if none of those notions seem relevant to the article you were assigned to write, if you’re going to going to call out new and significant restaurants, please at least recognize Moya—an extraordinary Ethiopian cafe (www.eatmoya.com) that has supported local arts and culture since the time it opened at 121 9th St in 2012, just across from the large new residential project Mr. Kennedy is developing. I certainly hope he’ll drop some dollars in there when he pops over from Berkeley to survey the new landscape in the 1300 block.

Here’s more about us––and just to make it clear, each of the businesses and nonprofits that surround us could tell its own story as well. Most of them, too, are in danger of being displaced. The Center for Sex & Culture (CSC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation (EIN 91-2153691). CSC provides judgment-free adult sex education programs, cultural events, a library/media archive, and resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; researches and disseminates factual information; and frames and informs issues of public policy and public health.

During this moment of the financially-forced diaspora of San Francisco artists and organizations, CSC still supports community needs, offers performance/rehearsal/gallery space with ready-for-use technical gear to performers and artists, and welcomes community groups needing meeting space and educators at affordable rates. We notice that many of the people who have historically used our services or attended our events have already moved to Oakland, or beyond. We display the last rainbow flag on the stretch of Mission Street you’re discussing. We have links to organizations like the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and San Francisco Sex Information (both originally associated with Glide Memorial Church), as well as many others now-dead and still-extant. 

CSC has worked or is working with the SF LGBT History Archive, Stanford University, SF State University, USF, UC Med Center, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Columbia, Harvard and Yale (among many other institutions) to produce both research and lectures. We welcome interns from universities around the US and the globe. In the last few years we have appeared at both the California Academy of Science and the Exploratorium to lecture publicly about sexuality. One of us (Executive Director Dr. Carol Queen) is a former Grand Marshal of LGBT Pride and an internationally-recognized theorist, commentator and cultural sexologist who has authored a dozen books and been widely published in juried journals and compendiums of sex education and history.

CSC also maintains a free publicly available research library of over 7000 books, an archive of erotic materials chronicling the history of safer sex and sex-positive culture in SF, and an art collection (over 400 pieces of framed/flat art and tens of thousands of pieces of photographic, plastic art and ephemera). Conserving this collection is a monumental and expensive task, absorbing a large percentage of space and budget. In 2013 CSC provided archive and library support to The SF Health Department; The University of Vancouver, British Columbia (PhD research); and San Jose State University Library Sciences program (ten MLIS degrees awarded supported by work done at CSC). In 2014 we also provided support to investigators from the SF Public Defenders office.

The Center for Sex & Culture is currently an entrepreneurial effort with a budget of about $100,000 a year. It meets or exceeds this budget each year only because the community continues to demonstrate a need for its support, and supports it in kind. Other granting cycles and funding sources have included The San Francisco Foundation, The Creative Work Fund, The Janus Foundation, The Cloudview Foundation, Craigslist Foundation, SF Pride, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., The Horizons Foundation, The Cumulus Fund, The American Endowment Fund Special Master of The Superior Court of San Francisco Judge Isabella Grant, and the City of San Francisco Arts Commission.

Thanks for listening to our point of view. We’ve cc’ed some of the writers at the Chronicle/SFGate who we think will find our perspective relevant or who have covered Center for Sex & Culture events or issues in the past. We’re also issuing this as an open letter to our membership and stakeholders. We can be contacted at mail@sexandculture.org should you (or any of those we’ve cc’ed) want to get in touch.

—Drs. Robert Morgan Lawrence and Carol Queen

Founders, Center for Sex & Culture

A 501(c)3 Educational non-profit

PS––

As a preser-vationist, we think you’ll find this information about 1349 Mission of interest:     

"In regard to California Register Criterion 1 (History/ Events) this property is considered under both the Industrial Employment context and 1906 Earthquake and Fire Reconstruction context of the Historic Context Statement, Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan Area, since it is both an identified building type (commercial/light industrial) and dates from the Period of Significance (1890-1956 and 1906-1929) of that context. There is no indication the property is eligible for listing in the California Register under Criterion 2 (Important Persons), Criterion 3 (Design/Construction), or Criterion 4 (Information Potential). Criterion 1: 1349 Mission Street was constructed between 1906 and 1913 on land that was formerly occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame dwelling which sat back from the street on a large lot. The lot and the dwelling were owned and occupied by the Parent family. The Parents owned this lot as early as 1894, and continued ownership through at least 1909. At the time of the earthquake, the lot was owned by the insurance broker named Charles Parmalee. In 1909, ownership of the lot changed hands, being purchased by a machinist named Ira V. Scholfield. In 1910, the lot was occupied by Weiler Brothers Stables, likely an interim use erected on the site after the disaster. The 1913 Sanborn describes the building at this lot as a two-story safe manufacturer, which the City Directory reveals to be C. J. Periam & Co. Safe Manufacturers and Dealers. In 1932, Scholfield sold the lot to William W. Hansen, who appears to have instigated the facade changes that now characterize the building. In 1940, the building was occupied by the United Service Co., a carpet cleaning company. … The 1906 Earthquake and resultant fire leveled the entire South of Market area. Reconstruction of the South of Market Area proceeded in several distinct periods, beginning with an initial flurry of activity between 1906 and 1913, a later wave occurring after the First World War between 1918 and 1920, and then a large boom in the mid-to-late 1920s. Often residential and smaller commercial and industrial rebuilding preceded large scale industrial rebuilding due to necessity, relative ease of construction, and less difficulty settling insurance claims. Industrial buildings, mostly used for warehousing, light manufacturing, or auto repair, were typically built along major arterial streets with storefronts and vehicular and pedestrian entrances facing the street. Many industrial buildings also featured secondary entrances and loading docks on secondary elevations, in particular those that back on to alleys or driveways. From the beginning of the Gold Rush through at least the 1950s, San Francisco was a regional center for industrial employment, and large numbers of San Franciscans made their livings in these fields. One early San Francisco industry was metalworking, including the production of machinery for mining, railroad, and regional agricultural needs. As a busy mercantile center, warehousing and distribution were all important. Food processing, clothing manufacturing, furniture making, and many other industries were developed to supply the rapidly growing populations of California and other western states, for which San Francisco was the metropolis well into the twentieth century. Metalworking, which the C. J. Periam & Co. Safe Manufacturers and Dealers operation would have participated in, was an important industrial employer in San Francisco. Twenty-four machine shops, machinery manufacturers, or machinery distributors did business in the subject area during the Period of Significance. In 1909, such places employed 3,400 workers citywide, and added $4.7 million to the economy. By 1954, despite increasing automation, they still employed slightly over 3,000, and contributed $23.7 million to the city’s economy. 969 Natoma Street, with its building typology and known association with industrial employment, clearly demonstrates an association with this broad pattern of San Francisco history." (c) 2011 San Francisco Planning Department

NB: As an additional note it appears that some of the original framing (charred in place) still remains and the entire structure is clad in inch thick non-dimensional redwood. It is a heavy timber building - as such, kind of scarce.

Agent Agnes will be in the house on Sunday peddling her wares and greeting the lovely smut aficionados.

She’s been drawing for some awesome projects lately

Come see for yourself at Bookish Beast this Sunday.

Laurel Lee: Bookish Beast Contributor!

Bookish Beasts is almost here, and we’ve got another rad artist for you. Meet Laurel Lee! 

Laurel Lee is a visual artist who, for the first time, will be sharing handmade books. Laurel’s work can be found via Laurel’sArt on Facebook. 
As you know by now, the lineup is truly awesome— so keep spreading the word! AND keep a look out for these awesome bookmarks around town:

See ya there on sunday ;)
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The prolific Shayna Why is bringing her goods to Bookish Beasts this Sunday.  In addition to making comics, Ms. Why paints, draws, makes scary soft dolls (depending on what you’re afraid of), silkscreens on fabric panties and dresses, constructs dollhouses and just self-published an anthology of her artist and writer friends.

Check out her work  http://www.shaynawhy.com/and you’ll be as excited as the CSC staff to see her latest projects.

Bookish Beasts — Sunday, July 13 — noon to 6 pm 1349 Mission Street SF (the one and only Center for Sex and Culture)

CCA’s MFA in Comics Program at Bookish Beasts

CCA is one of the few universities with a comics making program. Lucky for us they are in our fair city and bringing goods from their professors, students and alum to the party on the 13th.

They’ve also got a Facebook page

We love you local comics scholars and can’t wait to see the goodies you bring to the fest!

(image below by artist and CCA professor, Justin Hall)

Help us raise 5 grand in 30 days! Sexy writers deserve to get paid! 

Help us raise 5 grand in 30 days! Sexy writers deserve to get paid! 

Bookish Beasts Contributor: Smuttywood!

It’s time again for another participator bio for Bookish Beasts, coming to the CSC on Sunday, July 13th!

Say hello to Smuttywood! 

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okay, that’s not her. 

Smuttywood is a Bay Area Native. She earned her BFA in photography in 2012.

Since then, she has worked in various mediums including woodworking to examine the spectrum of sexuality.

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In 2013, she founded the company Illustrated Antics.

You can see more of her work at her website http://www.welcometosmuttywood.com, or at her company’s site http://illustratedantics.bigcartel.com . 

Smuttywood will be bringing handmade titty toys, cheeky zines and some saucy stickers :). Visitors who say the safe word “Sticky”, will get a free sticker!

Homemade titty toys like this: 

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We are so excited to see you at Bookish Beasts, where you can mingle with Smuttywood, and the rest of the rad sexy zine-makers, artists and comic writers! 

RSVP on facebook (tell yr friends!) https://www.facebook.com/events/776173752413526/?fref=ts

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Fundraiser for Sex Still Spoken Here erotica anthology!

On July 1st, 2014, the Center for Sex and Culture & The Erotic Reading Circle launched a month-long fundraiser to publish our new anthology entitled Sex Still Spoken Here.

The Indiegogo campaign will take place throughout July with a goal of raising $5,000 dollars. A mighty goal, we know, but this money will go towards printing costs and actually PAYING our 27 writers (amazing right?!). As a volunteer-run project, we really need your help.

How can you get involved?

1. Donate! Every dollar helps! If you have more than that, you can score an e-book for $7 or splurge for $20 gets and receive a gorgeously printed paperback of your very own. The prizes just get better from there.

2. If you can’t donate (or even if you can) Tag us, Share us, Spread the word!

  • Follow us on twitter @ssshanthology, and use our #ssshbook hashtag
  • Like us on Facebook where we’ll be sharing new content from the book almost everyday this month.
  • Subscribe to our email list  to get daily emails with never-before-read content and teasers directly sent to your inbox. It’s gonna be sweet!

We’ll feature material from our 27 writers, including horehound stillpoint, Seeley Quest, Simone Corday, Sinclair Sexsmith, Jeff Jacobson, Avery Cassell, Dorothy Freed, Scott Bentley, C.J. Schneider, Anáin Bjorquist, Christine Solano, Lilycat, Jack Fritscher, Norman Armstrong, Holly Zwalf and more, plus sexy stuff from the editors: Dr. Carol Queen, Jen Cross, and Amy Butcher. 

Why should you get involved, you may ask?

The Erotic Reading Circle is a group of writers and listeners that has gathered every week since 2006, at San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture, to share stories of desire and longing in a supportive and fun community setting. We believe that there should be more erotic writing in the world, not less, so that readers have access to a wider, more realistic, more human array of erotic expression – thus this new anthology, named in honor of the first Erotic Reading Circle anthology, Sex Spoken Here, published in 1997 by Down There Press. 

This is the first anthology published by the Center (and the second book this year!). We have a lot more we’d like to publish from our fledgling DIY publishing arm but we are a small team of volunteers, and there is only so much we can do. Therefore, it is really up to our (and your) community’s support and help increase the reach of this campaign. We thank you from the bottoms of our writerly hearts and can’t wait ‘til Sex Still Spoken Here is … well … finally here!

With adoration & gratitude,

Carol, Jen, and Amy

The Editors of Sex Still Spoken Here 

(coming September 2014)

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Bookish Beasts Contributor Bio: JON MACY

Welcome to another participator bio for Bookish Beasts, coming to the CSC on Sunday, July 13th!

Meet Jon Macy:

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Jon Macy has contributed to the queer comics anthologies MEATMEN, GAY COMICS, THREE, QU33R, and NO STRAIGHT LINES, as well as gay erotic magazines such as STEAM, BUNKHOUSE, and INTERNATIONAL LEATHERMAN.
His graphic novel TELENY AND CAMILLE, an adaptation of the classic novel of gay love attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle, won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for gay erotica.
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His most recent work is FEARFUL HUNTER, which received the 2010 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. 
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Jon Macy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be peddling his wares at Bookish Beasts next weekend. You can find more of his work at: http://www.jonmacy.com/ and http://jonmacy.tumblr.com/

RSVP to Bookish Beasts on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/events/776173752413526/?fref=ts

stay tuned for more artists bios coming this & next week! 
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Bookish Beast contributor bio: the great Dorian Katz

Welcome to the first participator bio for Bookish Beasts!

Meet CSC gallery curator and artist Dorian Katz:

Dorian Katz draws no line between the innocent & truly perverse in her work.image

See what we mean?

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GiveOUT Day ***EXTENDED*** till 11:59pm EST, Friday 5/16! Keep those donations to CENTER FOR SEX & CULTURE coming! ⇢

centersexculture:

Holy wow! Give OUT Day has been extended to 11:59pm EST 5/16 (that’s TOMORROW!) due to Razoo being down for a couple of hours today. Razoo is back up now, so this means LOTS more time to support Center for Sex and Culture. Let’s keep those donations rolling, and get to #1 in the Bay Area and National Leader Boards!: http://giveout.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture


CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE ⇢

centersexculture:

Oh my stars & garters, everyone! Center for Sex and Culture is currently at SECOND PLACE in the Bay Area Small Non-Profit Leaderboard for Give OUT Day, and we are at 23rd place nationally! This is amazing — but we’ve still got a ways to go to get to #1! Please keep those donations rolling in, and please keep telling friends to donate. Remember that we get extra prizes and incentives for each individual donation that we receive today. If all you can give is $10 and a signal boost to your network, that’s cool! If you can give more, that’s also greatly appreciated! Giving goes till 11:59pm ET tonight. Let’s MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Center for Sex and Culture (San Francisco) Looking for Archivist Intern

The CSC Library and Archives Essential Duties, Function and Job Description for Archives

A Brief Explanation of the Archive Internship and Archivist Intern Positions

Please write to Tess McCarthy at archives@sexandculture.org to request more information and apply.

Archives Interns who come from an archival background or have needed skills in digitizing, organizing, coding (knowledge of EAD or other online schema used for creating online finding aids), working with the public in a reference setting are preferred. Their title is slightly different from that of non-archival interns and will get the designation as Archivist Intern. The will have slightly different learning outcomes which may need specific attention in order for these individuals to meet the requirements of their program.

The parallel positions in the Library are Librarian Intern (those with LIS—Library and Information Science backgrounds) and, Library Intern (those without LIS backgrounds). It is only fair to recognize and distinguish these interns so that users, patrons and the public are prepared to make decisions on which staff to engage with or utilize.

Desirable Traits and Qualities

The work of Archives Intern versus Archivist Intern (herein described as “intern”) varies only in the sense that there may be a marked difference in skills, knowledge and abilities. There may not be any difference at all, but all individuals who come to the Archives will come away with the experience of handling, organizing and cataloging one of the most special collections in the world. The lead Archivist values diverse backgrounds and interdisciplinary knowledge but the ability to learn on the fly or is able to contribute to the overall efforts is the final determination in selecting the appropriate intern.

The intern must also possess traits and qualities that are essential in working in the Archives. They are: highly organized, detail oriented, process oriented, mindful/meta-cognitive, open (willingness to change), excellent interpersonal relationship skills (with other staff and the public), communication skills (verbal/written), collaborative (has ideas that will help along in our goals and objectives) and is technologically capable.

In terms of lack of experience, by nature of this being an internship position, the Lead Archivist (parallel position in the Library is Head Librarian) will nurture, train, mentor and develop the intern in such a way that is beneficial to them as individual and, at the same is beneficial to the work at the Archives. A win-win, mutually beneficial and relationship founded in reciprocity is the overall work relationship sought.

Beyond basic traits and qualities is that the intern must be comfortable around a judgment-free, sex positive, graphically pornographic, wholly diverse background. We actively seek, mentor and develop interns who have a clear understanding of the Queer community and the individual needs of each group in the LGBTIQ spectrum. An open and non-judgmental attitude is necessary in understanding our straight, kinkster and ethnic communities as well. We also welcome individuals who understand or come from a non-binary, asexual, transsexual or gender fluid perspective and encourage those who are allies or champions of all our groups to work in creating and advocating for these communities. Other communities we serve are the BDSM, Leather and other kink communities that may or may not have overlap in the sexuality/gender spectrum.

Areas of focus in the archives include digitization, processing, arranging/describing/housing, cataloging, preservation, and migration.

Contact archives@sexandculture.org to request more information and to apply.

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