Archive for March 6th, 2018

A Heavy Lift from Our SFMOMA: “Worldwide Exclusive Presentation of Magritte’s Late Paintings Opens May 19” – BOWLER HATTED MEN IN THE HOUSE

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

What do you want, The Son Of Man? Well, he’s on his way!

René Magritte
The Fifth Season

May 19–October 28, 2018

All the deets:


Exhibition Features More than 20 Works Shown for the First Time in a U.S. Museum

René Magritte: The Fifth Season
May 19–October 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 6, 2018)—René Magrittethe extraordinary surrealist painter, faced a question of conviction in the 1940s. As Europe was overwhelmed by the horrors of World War II, Magritte’s production was transforming in ways that surprised even the artist’s closest colleagues and advocates. Already in possession of his classic style of painting, honed over the previous two decades, Magritte suddenly began to make images that looked almost nothing like his previous work. In this era of instability and upheaval during the German occupation of Belgium, he questioned the role of art and looked for a new direction and new meanings.

René Magritte: The Fifth Season—presented exclusively at SFMOMA from May 19 through October 28, 2018—focuses on the latter half of Magritte’s career, from approximately 1943 to 1967, a period of remarkable transformation and revitalization for the artist. With loans from North and South America, Europe and Asia, it is the most complete presentation of Magritte’s late work mounted since the artist’s death in 1967. With more than 20 artworks being shown for the first time in a U.S. museum, and the first concentrated examination of Magritte’s sunlit surrealism and gouaches in this country, it marks a major milestone in the artist’s exhibition history.


UC Berkeley Professors Took Away Part of Our Retrofitted Central Freeway – And Now, UC Berkeley Students are Coming for the Rest of It – Octavia Boulevard is Good?!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Via Eric Fisher, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be, we see, among other items, this proposal for what’s left of our Central Freeway:

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Read the first sentence – it’s ABSOLUTELY WRONG* about how great the failed Octavia Boulevard flows.

“Octavia Boulevard has demonstrated how it has been able to handle as many cars as the former Central Freeway, without causing undue congestion and delay”

Sorry kids!

*For lots of reasons, but I guess a few of the major ones have to do with it beginning / ending at Market Street (as opposed to letting Market flow by allowing north-south traffic on the Central Freeway to go over Market. Octavia Blvd itself is a traffic bottleneck (as evidenced by the almost always traffic-free on-ramp just south of Market and also by the generally traffic free part of westbound Fell starting at Laguna) AND Octavia Blvd also creates bottlenecks on your east-west streets such as Haight, Page, and Oak. And of course the OB is mostly just two lanes as opposed to the three lanes of the former Central Freeway. Say what you will about planning and whatnot, it boggles the mind how anybody could think that first sentence could possibly be true IRL. But don’t trust me – ask corporate shuttle bus drivers. Ask ’em if they might possibly prefer a way to pass over Market during the Evening Drive. I’ll tell you, outbound Central Freeway never ever backed up, and inbound well sure, at the light on westbound Fell at Laguna, sure it backed up a bit, but the backup was on the freeway, where it belonged.)

Hit and Run Near Lippard and Chenery: See this Photo and Then See Video of How it Happened – Toyota Highlander SUV Atop Honda Civic

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Here’s the photo this morning from famous Sharky Laguna of Bandago, which if you ever need to rent a van…:


And here’s the video. from OwlMonkey:

If you have any information about this, please let somebody know

(And back in the day, regular old Civics had sophisticated double wishbone suspensions – Honda was quite proud of the concomitant low hoodline profiles. But they can serve as a wedge in chain reaction accidents, especially when high riding SUV’s are in front. Like this, from years ago:


And of course you don’t need double ‘bones to have a low hood, but it helps, and some of those origami Civics from the 1980’s were especially wedgy.)