One latte, art therapy on the side

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What will your art look like when you have trouble remembering your last painting -- or offspring? On the week of next, you'll be able to sip your Cafe International espresso and ponder the answer. In the cafe's new art installation, one-third of the pieces on the walls will be by Alzheimer patients (Tues/7). 

What you can look forward to: “The pointillist and – let's call it aboriginal flavor of some of the work can be seen as a common trait," says Patricia Ris, co-curator of the exhibit. "Some artists will bend their vertical lines, and there seems to be a tendency toward some aspects of surrealism and superimposition. But I'm being very unscientific here." 

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Privatizing the parks

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I'm not going all crazy on the idea of pretzel stands in Golden Gate Park, or even a lobster-roll place behind the bandshell. I'm kind of against the lease change at Stowe Lake because I hate to see an out-of-town operator take over a local concession (and I like the funky boats, and the popcorn, and the overall 1950s-era quality of the food stand, which -- by the way -- makes the best soda water anywhere in town, yumm, so extra fizzy and nice ....).Read more »

'Infinite City' maps out inexhaustible SF

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In the introduction to her thrilling new book, Rebecca Solnit provides the best explanation for why Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas (University of California Press) can only be referred to as a San Francisco atlas, not the San Francisco atlas. “Every place is if not infinite then practically inexhaustible … any single map can depict only an arbitrary selection of the facts on its two-dimensional surface…” Read more »