Lucy Schiller

Period Piece: A Carnegie library reopens in the Marina

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Period Piece is Lucy Schiller's recurring feature on the hidden histories of San Francisco. Give her a shout at culture@sfbg.com if you know of some hot dirt on olden times in the city

About a hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie was giving away most of the money he had amassed from a gargantuan steel empire. Eight libraries in San Francisco directly resulted from Carnegie’s efforts, including the Marina's Golden Gate Valley branch – the recipient of a much needed facelift that concluded last week. Read more »

On the Cheap Listings

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WEDNESDAY 12

"Hoarding in the Digital Age" lecture Scanners bookstore, 312 Valencia, SF. www.scannersproject.com. 6:30 p.m., free. Renaissance woman Rebecca Falkoff is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian studies at UC Berkeley, but today she's talking about her other passion: hoarding. Falkoff examines hoarding as a symptom of anxiety in our transient digital age in today's lecture at flash new pop-up print bookshop Scanners.Read more »

Occupy SF marches on the banks again

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Occupy San Francisco -- the local manifestation of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is spreading across the country -- took to the streets today with a rally numbering in the hundreds. Marching up Market Street and through the heart of the Financial District, protesters met supportive car horns as often as tight-lipped disapproval. Read more »

Period Piece: Life and death at the Columbarium

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“This place scared the crap out of me,” says Emmitt Watson, caretaker, historian, and tour guide at the San Francisco Columbarium, the only nondenominational spot in San Francisco to be laid to rest. “When I opened the doors, the first thing I saw were two raccoons.”

The Columbarium is a remnant of an earlier era in San Francisco, an era when everything west of Laurel Heights was pretty much a huge graveyard. Built in 1898, the building with a stone rotunda was a landmark in a sea of headstones. Read more »

Period Piece: Mission Creek houseboat community rocks with the tides

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Period Piece is Lucy Schiller's recurring feature on the hidden histories of San Francisco. Give her a shout at culture@sfbg.com if you know of some hot dirt on olden times in the city

Few wander into Mission Creek’s small houseboat community. It’s hard to find, unless you live in the luxury condos across the channel or are tailgating in a nearby parking lot for a Giants game. But tucked under the I-280 ramp floats a tiny neighborhood, an undiscovered fixture of San Francisco. Read more »