Welcome to the western edition of the online studio of Francisco Mattos, built w/ printed pieces, design endeavors, personal projects, experiments.
❛ The sunlight clasps the Earth, and the moombeams kiss the sea. What are all these kissings worth if thou kiss not me? ❜
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
LEFT COAST ART
| Paining is only one of the many artistic hats worn by Eric Bradner. | See more. |
16 Hours Ahead
| 16 HOURS AHEAD - IMAGES OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, photo-on-fibre constructions. |
Recruiting for Jesus
| Judy Ornelas Sisneros is a native Californian. She loves photography, film and playing punk/ambient on the bass. |
Larry Beyer | William Lanier
| Lori Schafer does her art in San Francisco. |
| Laszlo Zauberer is a self-taught painter. "I don't take my art too seriously. I just have fun painting." | See more. |
Ghosts of Route 66
• Doozey Doris
• Looney Lucille
• Mad Marge
• Nosedive Norma
• Ranting Rosie
• Sugar-sweet Stella
| Prints by Angela Oates. Photography by Isabel Melo |
| Poet Carina Mui’s winning couplet etched in glass by calligrapher Terry Luk, for the Chinatown Plaza. "In the past, cross the ocean, to find a gold mine. At present, open up the grounds, to cast a silver dragon." (SF Arts Commission Central Subway Public Art Program)|
| Kota Ezawa covered a 150-foot long overhead stretch of walkway w/ a temporary mural featuring a series of clever paintings featuring diverse landscapes and having a common horizon. (SF Arts Commission Central Subway Public Art Program)| See more.
Ellipses in the Key of Blue
| Randy Colosky covered the Folsom side of a construction barricade w/ a temporary mural, marking a formal moment in the construction of the Central Subway, according to the artist’s statement. (SF Arts Commission Central Subway Public Art Program)| | See more.
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| Seward Johnson's street sculptures made it to the Fillmore District in 2016, including these two – perpetual commuters to the golden west. | See more. |
| Satyajit Ray is also a graphic artist and lays out his own movie posters. Aranyer Din Ratri Days and Nights in the Forest (1970), city folks marooned in nature. | Devi The Goddess (1960), Sharmila Tagore as a 19th Century woman w/ a mistaken identity. | Sonar Kella The Golden Fortress (1975), is an adaption of a story by Ray. | More movie posters.
| 01.24.26 – 08.05.13 | More.
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✈¦ The Mission
Old-world film and independent cinema experience.
Roxie TheatreOne of the last movie theaters featuring repertory and other film-fan fare, the Roxie Theater opened in 1909 and has been operating ever since. When this photo of the marquee was taken, it was a month wherein programming began w/ an indie film fest then moved to w/ Oscar-related films, concluding w/ a live-broadcast of the awards ceremony.
47 acresThis small island is the largest plot of land in San Francisco Bay. From 1934 until 1963 it was fortified and served as a federal prison. It was also set up to hold military prisoners. No women were allowed.
—| Angel Island
1.2 sq mileNow designated a state park, this island in San Francisco Bay was once used by the U.S. government as an immigration station, for travelers choosing San Francisco as their port of call. In 1940 a fire destroyed the orginal administration building, and because of this operations moved back onshore. It is the second largest island in the Bay.
JapantownOne of the earliest pedestrian-only streets in San Francisco, is found where Buchanan btw. Post and Sutter becomes an outdoor mall. It can be found in a compact historic enclave, 23 acres, in the Western Addition, known as Nihonmachi but generally referred to as Japantown. Considered one of the largest and oldest ethnic neighborhoods in the United States. A stream of cobblestones runs down Buchanan Mall, pooling around two origami fountains by Ruth Asawa.
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Clock TowerWhat remains of Rincon Hill is used as the western support of the Bay Bridge, and provide an onramp to it. It was once a navigation guide for ships entering the Golden Gate, and had some of the last cobble-stone streets in San Francisco; bits of it still show through on Rincon and Federal streets. The industrial-era Clock Tower building is now a condominium.
—| Mount Tamalpais
Muir WoodsJust north of the Golden Gate Bridge is an old growth coastal redwood forest, protected as a national monument.
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A summer soup that needs preparation ahead of time.
- 2 Cucumbers
- 1 Leek (white stem only, thinly sliced)
- 2 tbs Butter
- Bay Leaf
- 1 tbs Flour
- 3 cups Chicken Stock
- Peel and chop cucumbers. Saute gently in butter, leek, and bay leaf for 20 minute, or until tender.
- Stir in flour.
- Add chicken stock, 1 tsp salt and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Put mixture through foodmill and divide into 2 portions.
- Blend first portion, strain through fine sieve into large bowl. Then blend second portion, strain through fine sieve into same bowl.
- Chill in fridge 2 to 3 hours.
- 1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
- 1 cup Cream
- Juice from half a Lemon
- 1 tsp Fresh Dill or Mint
- Sour Cream (optional)
- Into chilled soup add cucumber, cream and lemon juice. Mix well.
- Stir in dill or mint and correct w/ S&P.
- Chill for 30 minutes before serving. (You may garnish w/ sour cream.)
San Francisco Magazine food writer Jack Shelton, "I would no sooner serve a great portion of this delicacy than I would fresh caviar."
| In 1990, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors honored baker and owner of Stella Pastry in North Beach, Franco Santucci, as the best baker in the world. | His prized creation is the Sacripantina, born long ago and far away in Genoa, where a feast was given by a king in which a dessert was to be the centerpiece. | Conceived by the queen, it stunned the assembled when they tasted this confection of "cream, air and magic", conjured w/ almond powder, simple syrup, cream frosting, zabaglione, butter cake, and meringue. | Here is a recipe similar but not the same as the North Beach classic.
This recipe was written down on City Title Insurance Company stationery.
| No garlic. | Salt and pepper inside of chicken or turkey. | For the stuffing: | Boil giblet, liver, heart in water for 5 to 10 minutes, drain and chop. | Brown quarter pound of ground round in frying pan, no oil. | Chop four stalks celery and parsley and add to one chopped onion. | Soak French sourdough bread in cold water, wring out, then shred. | Combine one cup raisins, one cup chopped nuts (walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts), one handful of grated Parmesan cheese, and one or two chopped hard-boiled eggs. | Combine stuffing and add poultry seasoning, oregano, thyme, a bay leaf, and salt and pepper. | Mix well, and insert into bird. | Place bird in roasting pan and dust w/ salt and pepper - and butter, before putting in hot oven. | Baste until done. |
A whiter shade of pale.
| Simmer equal amounts sherry and wine, together w/ tsp white wine vinegar, four shallots sliced, quarter stick of cinnamon. Let simmer and reduce to one-third volume. | Add quarter stick of unsalted butter and simmer ten minutes and turn off fire. |Add half a pound crab meat, tbsp unsalted butter, salt. | Serve at room temperature w/ hot toast. |
This recipe is from Brion Gysin, and found in the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook.
| "Take one teaspoon black peppercorns, one whole nutmeg, 4 average sticks of cinnamon, one teaspoon coriander. These should all be pulverised in a mortar. About a handful of each stoned dates, dried figs, shelled almonds and peanuts: chop these and mix them together. A bunch of cannabis sativa can be pulverised. This along w/ the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, and kneaded together. About a cupful of sugar should be dissolved in a big pat of butter. Rolled into a cake and cut into pieces or rolled into balls about the size of a walnut, it should be eaten with care. Two pieces are quite sufficient. Obtaining the (canibus) may present certain difficulties, but the variety known as (canibus sativa) grows as common as weed, often unrecognised in Europe, Asia and parts of Africa; besides being cultivated as a crop for the manufacture of rope. In the Americas, while often discouraged, its cousin, called (canibus indica), has been observed even in store window boxes. It should be picked and dried as soon as it has gone to seed and while the plant is still green." |
English author Henry Green (1905-1973) describes a party game known as Sardines in his 1940 book, "Pack My Bag".
| "The Hunt Ball is always on a Friday night. The guests stay over the week-end. It is difficult to know what to do w/ them in the evenings. Sometimes we used to play sardines, of all games the most simple and pathetic in that one couple can never stay long alone. The rules are that a man and a woman hide and the rest hunt in pairs throughout the hous. When the first to hide are found the two who discover them have to crowd into the same hiding-place and so on, more and more pile in, it may be under a big bed, until there is one couple left still looking and they have lost. Lost what? Why the game." | Here is another version preferably played outside.
| Dressing made by blending together mayonnaise, sour cream, chevril, chives, tarragon, lemon juice, black pepper, and one fillet anchovy. |
Here is a recipe w/out the anchovy.
Rosa Parks was known for her "featherlite" peanut butter pancakes.
| Sift together one cup flour, 2 tbsp baking powder, 2 tbsp sugar, half tsp salt, and set aside. | Mix well together one egg w/ one-&-3/4 cup milk, one-third cup peanut butter, tbsp sortening (or oil). | Combine w/ dry ingredients, and griddle at 275 degrees until done. |
A story of two ovens.
| I met Klaus Nomi in the 1980s, outside CBGBs, and we were alone and I asked him how he supported himself. | He told me that he had training as a pastry chef, and made small-batch desserts in his apartment, which he turned around and sold to restaurants. | Then, when demand grew, he moved a second oven range into his kitchen. | A video of how to make Keylime Tart.
Cold dessert made of layered soft foods, the taller the merrier.
| Use a large glass bowl and place a piece of sponge cake on the bottom. | Add a layer of one of the following: jelly, creams, custards and fruits. | Add a different layer and so on until just before rim. | Add a topping and serve cold. | If desired, add lashings of brandy or similar btw. layers.
A remedy for consumption.
| A 17th Century English method entails killing and gutting an old cock (the older the better), then placing in a large stone mortar and pounded w/ spices incl. dates, mace, nutmegs, and raisins. | All the while lowly add in eight gallons of ale. | Finish two bottles of good white wine. | Stir well and transfer liquid into glass bottles. |
The right amount of bitters makes an ideal way to remember in a proper fashion.
- 1-1/2 oz Cognac
- 1/2 oz Benedictine
- 1/3 oz Lillet Blanc
- 2 dashes orange bitters
A poem by Daphne du Maurier.
“Please pass the cream - yes - that’s enough (“I knew her years before the war”)
“I’d love some of that sugary stuff” (“She must be at least fifty-four”)
“I can’t believe your dress is true” (“He said his lines in an appalling way”)
“It’s almost a delphinium blue” (“To me he ruined the entire play”)
“The whole thing’s such a terrible disgrace” (“Surely he was the Duke’s adopted son!")
“If I were in Winston Churchill’s place...” (“My dear, you’re thinking of another one”)
“I always loathed the girl, she drinks and swears.” And everyone was thinking – “Christ! Who cares.”
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Step Up Gallery
June 4 — July 6
Step Up Gallery
2015 J St, #101
Saturday - 5 to 9
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WHAT SHE SAID
After punching Hitler's face in his debut, the city of Manhattan promptly awarded STEVE ROGERS w/ this spanking red 1937 Ford; he promptly took off in it to drive cross country. -|- Making up for lost years w/ a Corvette. -|- These days, Steve's ride is a 1960 Chevrolet, found always parked on the street; repeatedly stolen then returned because it was a badge of honor to leave the key in the ignition.
Even though he wears a Legion flight ring, when not in a hurry to get somewhere MICHAEL JON CARTER prefers to drive. He comes from the future, sheathed in a super-suit boasting futuristic technologies, but the visceral feel of rubber on road gives him a jolt unlike any other.
Dr RAY PALMER's Ferrari is capable of being shrunk alongside himself, and constitutes the first step in his quest to jump into then out of the quantum realm at will.
When QUEEN ZAZZALA of the planet Korll returned for a rematch w/ the Justice League, her royal highness the insect-female hybrid made a bee-line for the Citroen museum in Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris, where she located and repurposed an experimental 1940s light-weight hovercar for protection. It is now badly damaged and abandoned in a field, but still oscillates when touched.
This 1957 two-toned DeSoto is OLIVER QUEEN's most-driven city car.
The nomadic ROY HARPER's oft-vandalized and therefore oft-camouflaged van.
“Suddenly, the hovering air-car is jolted by a fantastic wave of force … then the dymanic director of SHIELD sees the awesome figure that waits ahead to confront him …”
An inside-out refrigerated truck driven by LEONARD SNART, based on stolen science and development of absolute-zero blasts that solidify as ice.
SAMUEL JOSEPH SCUDDER drove this seething solar laboratory on wheels in his first appearance in Flash #105, "The Master of Mirrors”.
The grandparents of the man who tormented the Flash using weaponized gizmos were from the world of vaudeville. They crossed over into film and their most famous stunt was playing tennis on the wings of a plane. -|- At the same time their son was delving into experiments on self-powered locomotion. -|- And so it has come to pass that in 1961, his son JAMES JESSE incorporated this concept and built himself a portable air-cooled engine hooked up to an accelerator switch, an engine cut-off switch, and single-horsepowered roller skates.
Besides lending his occult skills to combat evil, GIOVANNI ZATARA performs onstage as a magician, and is the reason he drives this 1959 Lincoln, which as a sturdy trunk to fit all his props.
Sue Richards fetched her baby Franklin's new governess, AGATHA HARKNESS, to her first day on the job in this custom-built Hispano-Suiza. -|- It is a regal ride befitting the lead-witch of New Salem, who has brought along a rocking seahorse as a how-do-you-do. It is one of several magical toys from the recessess of her comfortable cloak.
Retiring as SORCERER SUPREME around 1950, Steven Strange's predecessor drove home to to Tibet, to Kamar-Taj where he was born some 500 years ago. When he busted all his tires the locals took turns to ferry him home.
Immortal DANE WHITMAN brought his time-tested skills to the early days of filmmaking, creating a phantasmagorical chariot race, later cut, from Fritz Lang's 1929 "Woman in the Moon", a sci-fi silent film. -|- These days, he still stunts for Hollywood.
Random page from the mid-century portfolio of billionaire industrialist TONY STARK: 1958 Nucleon, a Norman Bel Geddes prototype, 1949 Tabot Iago, and 1959 Firebird.
When she first started, Tony Stark's executive assistant lived downtown. He awarded her w/ this 1954 Ford in recognition of her aid in their caper, “The Mad Pharaoh”.
In 1923, TONY STARK's father visited the Fiat Factory in Turin and saw their roof treatment. When what became the Avengers Mansion went through its second renovation, he too put a race-car track on its roof.
When her mom asked if her new car was safe, JENNIFER WALTERS sent this blurry pix of her unusual find while in college. It proved ideal for camping, and that was when she got into an accident, needed a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce, and began a new existence as a ravishing rough.
Blackhawk's 1949 Hudson, later owned by JACK KEROUAC when he did a lot of driving. Restored and no longer driven.
CARTER HALL was so smitten when test-pilot Hal Jordan drove up in this one-off Phantom Corsair that Hal got permission from its owner (his boss Carol Ferris) and give it to the extraterrestrial detective as a planet-warming present.
Although a ghost-horse accompanies his cursed existence, the ghost of highwayman JAMES CRADDOCK also rides around in a ghost-train, speeding forever around the world w/out a destination.
Long after the owner of the Gotham Broadcasting Company was visited by the Green Flame of Life (“Three times shall I flame green! First to bring death! Second to bring life! Third to bring power!”), ALAN WELLINGTON SCOTT would continue to tool around in his trusted clunker, a 1939 Chevrolet.
With wealth to spare, socialite WESLEY DODDS had taste in cars and danger. Which is why he could imperil his 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe by taking it out, while masked as a crime fighter, to strike terror among the underworld, declaring “There is no land beyond the law, where tyrants rule w/ unshakable power! It's but a dream from which the evil wake to face their fate ... their terrifying hour!”
CHARLES XAVIER brings his young charges to the airport in private-school manner. “Boy! It musta taken a heap of green stamps to buy a chariot like this!” “No joking, please! Concentrate on your mission! Review your powers! Our foe is certain to be highly dangerous!”
It takes two of JAIME MADROX to control this wide jeep because it's sure-as-hell gonna to be a bumpy ride.
This is a loaner car from the Legion of Super Heroes. It’s considered obsolete by 30th century standards, yet has life-saving gizmos that Wonder Girl, Speedy, Kid Flash, and Aquaboy find endlessly fascinating.
When LUORNU DURGO TAINE asked for a battle bike, Brainiac 5 built this contraption, capable of keeping up w/ her super power.
This experimental bike was a gift from Brainiac 5 to LANA LANG, after their adventure in the 30th century. She was out in the country fiddling around w/ the teleportation button one time and managed to trade bodies w/ all the insects in the nearby field.
The keys to this experimental car from Stark Industries were handed to MATT MURDOCK, giving added comfort to his forays into existential evil.
VIC SAGE blends into his camouflage car, becoming ephemeral behind a pseudoderm mask, during a period when he joined Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and Nightshade as a member of the original Sentinels of Justice.
LANCELOT STRONG, the second Shield, drove this 1970 AMC Rebel for a short period until its color scheme gave him away to every criminal on every city block.
RORY REGAN's van offers respite while he is dealing w/ a jolt of electricity which had entered his body and stayed. Here too is housed his collection of old rags.
GARFIELD LYNNS lives in his first-generation Plymouth Barracuda, hooked up to the car's batteries which recharge his pyro-costume, allowing him to unleash a color crimewave based on the rays of the rainbow.
Very little is known about this shapeshifting foe of Batman Beyond, whose inky body allows her to seep back into her liquid limo.
Socialite KATHY KANE, in her first appearance as a masked woman, leading the Batmobile into the fray on her Bat Bike. Robin: “Hurry, Batman - the Batwoman is beating us on this mission!” Detective Comics #233 July 1956
This tasty USSR-era Trabant was on display in a Belgrade art gallery when the "merry menace" happened by, took one look, and took it home.
A confirmed criminal can reform and go straight - and Batman and Robin have helped more than one do so! But there are others whom the lure of lawless living beckons back to crime! And such a one involves the dynamic duo in a supreme struggle against feline felony! For out of the shadows of Gotham City's past stalks its most-dreaded female figure, and the law seems powerless to curb "The Crimes of the Catwoman!"
WINSLOW SCHOTT's murderous, fully functional replica of a Cadillac is surrounded by indignant townfolk trying to save Doll Man and Doll Girl from a threat they are not yet aware of.
An early electric car prototype from the morbid mind of OSWALD HUBERT LOOMIS.
To have a bit of fun while Superman is recovering from their latest encounter, the imp from elsewhere uses fifth-dimensional science to rearrange this car's components and proceeds to demonstrate how to operate it.
While parked on a cloud, the Ghost Patrol are actively bored ... "Ho Hum! Another quiet day. Nothing doing on our sector of earth lately.” "Strange! This is usually the most troublesome of the planets!" "What's that ahead? Why - it's a horse!"
This "fire" truck, a design commission that Stark Industries took on and that was patented by General Motors, was used to house a hybrid-human spawned in the laboratory of Prof. PHINEAS T. HORTON, a pioneer in robotics and A.I. This laboratory on wheels is remotely controlled and insulated inside and out to withstand intense heat. Toned down and commercially released as the Futurliner in 1950.
ARTHUR CURRY's rarely seen Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic.
"The whole job - the safe-cracking, the getaway - all bear the stamp of Dink Devers! The cops think he died - but he's right here in town, at the Blake Hotel! Ha-HA-HA!" "Gosh, boss - I bet you're right!"
Model kit from Aurora for BRITT REID's special-built town car. Here comes the Green Hornet's Black Beauty. The official hobby kit by Aurora! It's long ... sleek ... jet black ... and deadly. It's that fantastic vehicle - the Black Beauty - the car the crime-crushing Green Hornet and karate expert Kato drive on TV. 1967 Aurora Plastics Corp, West Hempstead, New York. The worlds largest manufacturer of hobby products.
JIMON KWAN's car is parked behind the world's first eco-fire station. She's inside giving a demonstration – in her capacity as a member of China Force – on her mutant ability to first drain then convert heat into light.
NELSON FLAGG's father gave him this 1915 Ford Speedster to take to war – where it crashed and burned. -|- The original – fresh off the assembly line.
KENT ALLARD's elusive 1957 Lincoln Premiere caught on a US postage stamp.
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