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World-Famous Japanese Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo to Speak at USF March 6th – Tickets Available Now

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering is coming to Frisco on March 6th, 2017.

(I have my invite around here somewhere, perhaps near my many many piles of water-damaged LIFE magazine.)


(Here’s a point / counterpoint from Slate on this newish Joy Spark Club.)

All the deets:

Mon, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

University of San Francisco Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies with support from Tatcha is delighted to present “Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering.” 

Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Presentation Theater when we welcome Ms. Kondo to campus for a lecture and brief organizational demonstration, followed by Q&A with the audience. A limited number of tickets are available to a private VIP reception preceding the talk.

Marie Kondo is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a bestseller in Japan, Germany, and the U.K.) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method, widely regarded as a new approach to decluttering based on Japanese values, which includes the spirit of Zen.

Will the Last Car Dealership on San Francisco’s Auto Row Please Turn Out the Lights?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

It used to be quite the scene, apparently, on San Francisco’s Van Ness, where drivers heading to the Golden Gate Bridge could see umpty ump new car dealerships all the way up the street. But times have changed, and one of the last new car dealerships on the avenue, Ellis Brooks Chevrolet, is going, going, gone. So now there’s no place to buy a Chevrolet in town.

The Chevy sign is still shining on Van Ness. Click to expand:


Some of the Auto Row buildings are still around, but they’ve been repurposed. Like the Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness for instance. Can you imagine a time when one single dealership could have had 260 employees? Let’s look back to 1964, via the Willie Brown biography from James Richardson:

“That day, pickets appeared in front of San Francisco’s posh Cadillac salesroom on Van Ness Avenue. Joining the pickets, Thomas Burbridge, the NAACP branch president, said they were protesting “the fact that out of some 260 employees San Francisco Cadillac hired only seven Negroes.” Eight police wagons were dispatched, but no arrests were made. Willie Brown and John Dearman showed up as well. They decided to take a stroll through the showroom and see what would happen. “Willie represented a lot of pimps, and they all drove Cadillacs,” Dearman remembered. “Willie and I walked out of the picket line and walked into the place. Willie was playing it really straight, just like he was really interested in buying a Cadillac, and the sales people were exceedingly helpful.”

These days, anyone trying to sell a car on Van Ness would be very happy for this kind of attention. Oh well.

Good-bye Auto Row.