Garrett Caples

Abstract truth

Navigating an art movement — and a local gallery's history — in "Surrealism: New Worlds"

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VISUAL ART A museum-quality show in terms of ambition and achievement, "Surrealism: New Worlds" fleshes out a forgotten, if not effaced, chapter in American art history, even as it incidentally tells the story of the gallery showing it.Read more »

GOLDIES 2011 Lifetime Achievement: David Meltzer

"Of course, when I got here, the first place I went to was City Lights."

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GOLDIES "This isn't a conflict of interest, I hope?" David Meltzer asks. We're smoking on the back porch of his Piedmont apartment with his wife, poet Julie Rogers, about two bottles of wine into our interview, wondering whether he's the first former Guardian contributor to get a Goldie. A decade or so ago, he was writing CD reviews and the odd feature on anything from pedal steel guitar to new age music. Read more »

Addicted to print

Pop-up store Scanners celebrates the thrill of used-book salvage

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Ghosts in the machine

Matthew Zapruder's poems are built to last

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LIT According to the Bureau of Invented Statistics, 99.9 percent of all poetry disappears into the void. This rate remains steady throughout history, though at certain times and places the figure undergoes radical fluctuations, plummeting to as low as 99 percent. Such periods are eventually given names like the San Francisco Renaissance, or the Elizabethan Renaissance. I mention this because I think Bay Area poetry has quietly entered one of those periods. Read more »

Free at last?

Mistah FAB finally gets airplay on KMEL — but will the station play the Bay?

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SKI-thal weapon

E-A-SKI nets a film festival prize — with a little help from Danny Glover

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Turf politics

To trust or not to trust in Thizz City — the dilemma of SF rap

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Shock it to ya

Shock-G revisits Digital Underground and forges ahead with the Shock-G3 Trio

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El boogie, my love of loves

7 & 11 belong together

Please set free your G

Love & Bravery on forever — Shock-G

After our recent interview, Shock-G — frontman and producer of now-disbanded rap legends Digital Underground, discoverer of 2Pac, and alter ego of the Groucho-nosed Humpty Hump — e-mails the poem printed above. "I need you to put this in," he writes. "It's my thank you to fans for letting me move on after DU." Plus, he adds mysteriously, "it has many meanings."Read more »

Renaissance Man

Rapper, spoken word artist, and activist Ise Lyfe adds acting and authorship to his resume

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MUSIC/STAGE/LIT When I meet Ise Lyfe in downtown Oakland, the 28-year-old MC is sporting a button-down shirt, slacks, cardigan, and a purple and pink tie. Put a Wall Street Journal under his arm and he might blend in with the lunchtime business crowd. He's fresh from a meeting with one of the distributors of his company, Lyfe Productives, hence rocking business casual.Read more »

Murder, he filmed

In Dame Hooker's DVD doc Land of the Homicide, commentators become victims of the violence they describe

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arts@sfbg.com

Get your shit peeled/ Check the murder rate, the shit's real. —Eddi Projex, "Straight from Oakland"

MUSIC/FILM I first met Pretty Black, a member of Yukmouth's Regime crew, in 2005 at the Mekanix' studio in Oakland. He arrived with Husalah of the Mob Figaz to record. Goofing off, Hus urged me to get on the song, so I recorded an intro in mangled French, dubbing the pair "les hommes mobs." Black loved the pronunciation (moeb) and thus began one of my least likely rap-world friendships. Read more »