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
| “The six seasons of the Nyoongar calendar of Western Australia,” photo-on-bamboo constructions. See more. |
| Paining is only one of the many artistic hats worn by Eric Bradner. | See more. |
| Trumpsticks, Verge Gallery in Sacramento. |
| Judy Ornelas Sisneros is a native Californian. She loves photography, film and playing punk/ambient on the bass. |
| 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.
| Randy Colosky covered the Folsom side of a construction barricade w/ a temporary mural, Ellipses in the Key of Blue, 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.
| … Untitled |
| Larry Beyer + William Lanier
| Drawing (detail)|
| 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 designed his 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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C O S F
| Forest Hill
Forest Hill StairsThere are eleven: Alton, Alton Backstairs, Magellan, Merced, Montalvo, Oriole, San Carlos, Sola, and the Grand Staircase, which drops down to Dewey Avenue. The last photo shows the very first steps.
✈¦ 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.
♫| Mission Bay
Mission CreekThere is a feeder creek beginning at the Mission Dolores that finds its way to Mission Bay. The final portion of this journey is the Mission Creek Channel, surfacing at 7th Street and, after passing under two bridges, joins the Bay at McCovey Cove. Mission Creek hosts a community of houseboats, late of nearby Islais Creek when circumstances in the 1960s compelled an en masse relocation. Nearby development has altered the original; turned on the lights. Where once two Indian villages, Chutchui and Sitlintac, were situated on Mission Creek, there now is a climate-change study to create some kind of a large levee or else build a robust tidal barrier to protect this precious local resource, where egrets, herons and ducks hang.
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.
—| Union Square
Neon NightThe shopping, hotel, and theater district of San Francisco has long been a fan of neon.
| Rincon Hill
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.
Sheriff of Sixth StreetBy noon on March 8 2013, as a small crowd gathered outside the new substation, an unassuming Mayor Ed Lee strolled down the sidewalk, shaking hands until reaching the podium and announcing the arrival of a police presence on the first stretch of Sixth Street, the most San Francisco block south of Market, decked out in all its Dickensian duds. After a speech, the mayor handed the mic to District Attorney George Gascon, Police Chief Greg Suhr, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, a local resident, and finally to Zack Stender, co-owner of nearby Huckleberry Bicycles, a new business which had moved into a neighborhood renowned for its flatness among the surrounding topography. Within the first week, surveillance footage was released showing a wrestle-to-the-ground arrest on the block by law enforcement, with broadcast and favorable commentary on the evening news.
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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
- 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. (Optional: 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.”
How San Francisco’s cable car came to be built will require more than one stop on its telling, wending this way and that, and passing landmarks of wealth and waste.
Before the cable car, the task for getting to Nob Hill was relegated to paying for a ride in a horse-drawn cab. On October 11, 1869, this necessary yet wanton civic cruelty of using animals as beasts of burden changed for the good. The San Francisco Chronicle had a front page article on the death of a wretch. It took place when a horse finally lost it on California Street and, throttled by the harness, dragged down to its death.
When Andrew Hallidie read this, he paused and paced his inner office, reflecting on what if anything he could learn from this. Hallidie was already prosperous, although not yet famous. He had inherited a company from his father. The senior Hallidie had invented and then patented a steel cable: strands of wire lined up and braided into a rope that was super strong, and proved indispensable in the gold fields and gold mines.
Accordingly, access from the gold mines to San Francisco were surveyed. Roads, bridges and tracks were built wherever gold was found, w/ waystations established for respite and recreation. The mining methods these men brought w/ them quickly evolved to meet the challenges posed by the Comstock Lode and its tributaries.
Hallidie then took on someone's failed enterprise: build a conveyance capable of conquering the city‘s hills, relying on his cable rope. He bought the Clay Street Hill Railway Company and by May 1873 had built tracks and a cable assembly up Clay from Kearny to Leavenworth, a punishing climb of seven blocks.
Early on August 2 1873, a prototype tram was in place and, lantern-lit, Hallidie stepped on board. Activating a grip lever onto to a moving cable, he went up to Nob Hill on that peril-prone maiden voyage. Few were awake to witness a milestone, yet by opening day on September 1, the Clay Street Line was in demand. In 1880 over one million tickets were sold.
The original cable cars were tiny trams powered by a patented grip that alternately holds, and releases, a continuously moving steel cable running under the street. Power is supplied by huge drums housed at nearby power stations along the route.
The tram operator is stationed forward of the tram. When he employs the grip to grab and hold on to the moving cable, the tram also moves. When the grip is released, the tram stops moving, even on a hill, using an invention of gear technology preventing slippage. Each car is manned by two operators: the tram operator or gripman, and the conductor.
Andrew Smith Hallidie was born on March 17, 1837 in London, to Andrew Smith (b.1798 Dumfrieshire, Scotland) and Julia Johnstone (Lockerbie). He died April 24 1900, in San Francisco. Six years later his cable car system would survive the 1906 Earthquake.
Cable cars then sprouted worldwide, from New York to Hong Kong. Naples crowned its opening by commissioning a song, “Funiculi, Funicula.”
When news of the discovery of gold in California traveled back east, the brawn and brains of a young nation came westward, where notions of Freedom waltzed hand-in-glove w/ greatness as well as greed.
The Industrial Revolution created tools used in scientific precisioning, allowing innovated models to be tested and profitably manufactured. Among these ideas was the ingenuous “square set” created by German engineer Philipp Deidesheimer. Grey Brechin picks up the umbilical cord:
The square set introduced methods of construction. Deidesheimer's gift went from constructing safety zones to conduct the backbreaking business of mining into other uses, including the ability of a grid of steel beams and columns to allow support for more height.
The term skyscraper came into usage in the 1880s, when enough tall buildings were built in the United States (15), to warrant a designation. These new structures usually came w/ modern plumbing, electrical outlets in every room, a telephone line in every unit, central heating, and elevator(s).
In 1917, Andrew Smith Hallidie had an innovative building named for him. The Hallidie Building (by Willis Polk) has a facade rising eight stories and sheathed in glass. “ …In the 1990s, NASA took a fresh look at the steel cable in light of a super material, carbon nanotube. This new field of nanotechnology promises a material that is uber-strong, light and flexible. Space Elevators: An Advanced Earth-Space Infrastructure for the New Millenium is the feasibility paper of this new science,to erect a track running on cables, from here to the Moon, a journey of some 62,000 miles.”
• CABLE CAR FOOTNOTES
| Based on San Francisco’s Golden Era by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clego (1060); Cable Car Days in San Francisco by Edgar Myron Kahn (1940); The Headlight, March 1947, published by the Western Pacific Club; Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin by Gray Brechin (1999); and on online articles by Mary Bellis (“The History of Skyscrapers”), Karen Barss (“Manhattan’s Golden Age of Skyscrapers”), and Meghan Neal (“Space Elevators Are Totally Possible”) | NASA ART - A space cable to the moon. | BONANZA — There is a 1959 episode of the TV series featuring a Philipp Deidesheimer storyline. | THANKS — Taryn Edwards, MLIS, Mechanics’ Institute. | THANKS — Penelope Houston, SF Public Library.
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