Johnny Ray Huston

Doug Biggert: "Hitchhikers and Other Work"

A special homecoming for a lifelong artist who was never a careerist
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PREVIEW So. I find out about this show "Doug Biggert: Hitchhikers and Other Work," and it sounds and looks amazing. It's all generated from a discovery that two friends of Biggert's made in 2002: namely, that he'd taken a photograph of nearly every hitchhiker he'd ever given a ride to. Read more »

Zine it like you mean it

Goteblüd is a treasure trove of DIY publishing
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INTERVIEW Nestled in the corner of the old New College building, true seekers will find Goteblüd. Matt Wobensmith's zine emporium keeps the building's dedication to countercultural self-publishing alive. As characterful as it is small, Goteblüd places shelves of photocopied DIY writings amid a brown shag paneling motif that wittily references the cat-scratch antics found within Ed Luce's comic Wuvable Oaf, the store's main link to contemporary publications. Read more »

Kinda Kink.com

Ratio 3's "Safe Word" reaches out to a neighbor
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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood — won't you be my neighbor? That classic American question is all trussed up and ready to go thanks to "Safe Word," a new exhibition at Chris Perez's gallery Ratio 3 that peeks inside a nearby Mission District space: San Francisco's lively new gargantuan factory of BDSM imagery, Kink.com.

An all-too-rare site-specific appraisal of urban landscape and activity is intrinsic to this show. Read more »

The Tallest Man on Earth

Mattson fingerpicks melodies with sprinter's speed but never loses a nimble grace
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PREVIEW In strictly literal terms, the Tallest Man on Earth's Kristian Mattson is not the tallest man on the globe. He is probably the Best Bob Dylanesque Tall Dude on Earth, and also perhaps the Tallest New Swedish Musical Talent on Earth, but I suppose those monikers wouldn't have quite the same ring. Along with no-nonsense yet playful songwriting chops, one of the things I find most fetching about his debut album Shallow Grave (Gravitation, 2008) is its direct zest. Mattson fingerpicks melodies with sprinter's speed but never loses a nimble grace. Read more »

Paging all freaks

THE QUEER ISSUE: Queer print fetishists still have reasons to browse
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QUEER ISSUE As May gave way to June, news arrived that a veteran gang of gay magazines — Honcho, Inches, Mandate, Playguy, and Torso — were printing their last glossy naked pages, no thanks to the unending onslaught of Internet porn and hookup sites. For print fetishists of the queer variety, this would seem like a sign of the gloomy end times. But signs can be wrong. Read more »

Detroit rock city

The Motor City comes alive once again thanks to the return of Death and Rodriguez
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Last year, Motor City troubadour Rodriguez's 1970 recording Cold Fact (Light in the Attic) rightfully topped many critics' lists as the best reissue of 2008. This year, another Detroit act, Death, is experiencing a similarly vital revival, through its jaw-dropping proto-punk onslaught For the World to See (Drag City). As Rodriguez hits SF in conjunction with the reissue of 1971's Coming From Reality, I caught up with him by phone as he visited the office of his new label. I corresponded with Death's Bobby Hackney by e-mail, with some help from Drag City's Nicole Yalaz. Read more »

Kucharmania!

Frameline 2009: It Came from Kuchar is a splash of foam within a whirling cinematic cesspool
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PREVIEW I was going to review It Came from Kuchar, Jennifer Kroot's documentary about George and Mike Kuchar, but a combination of exhaustion, absent-mindedness, and deep innate logic got the best of me. Read more »

The man from camp

Frameline 2009: Movie maker Gary Gregerson likes guys with chaka hair
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If I had to choose a true SF son of the Kuchar brothers, it might be Gary Gregerson. Unlike a number of great local filmmakers, Gregerson — as far as I know — has never taken a class from George Kuchar. When it comes to wild B-movie imagination, he was born that way. Read more »

Hot topic

Frameline 2009: Little Joe reveals the real Joe Dallesandro. Plus: a special appreciation
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If you've seen Flesh (1968) or Trash (1970) or Heat (1972), there's a good chance you'd like to spend an hour alone with Joe Dallesandro. Let's face it — that's probably not going to happen anytime soon, so you may have to settle for something a bit less private. As substitutes go, Little Joe is a nice alternative: no, you can't talk to (or touch) Dallesandro directly, but the experience is certainly intimate.Read more »

Rusty never sleeps

The Present is a present for those who take the time to listen
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I'll be honest: interviewing Rusty Santos was a last-minute thing. I just found out that Santos's group the Present is coming to SF. And let me tell you, I'm bummed. While Santos and bandmates Jesse Lee and Mina are making music here, I'm going to be across the country in their hometown of New York City. Read more »