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Forgotten Japanese POW camp recalled in Chinatown exhibition

The torture and travail endured on the Bataan Death March is well known. What isn’t is the torture and travail those prisoners of war were put through when they reached their end destination in China. [Read entire story]

Throw rugs cover Fort Mason Chapel for ‘Sanctuary’

Ala Ebtekar’s rug was a month late for the art opening, but exhibition organizers saved a place for it in the middle of the 36 individual works that form “Sanctuary,” an art installation inside the Fort Mason [Read entire story]

Art and Suiko Grant: A decades-long love story ends in the Tubbs fire

When the Tubbs Fire reached the hilltop property of Art and Suiko Grant in Santa Rosa, the couple gathered their small pet dog and took refuge in the wine cellar of their home of more than 45 years. This [Read entire story]

Sculpture mixes surplus office furniture with biodiesel grease

In addition to all the working people put out on the curb by the Internet economy, there is a lot of working furniture. A startup will burn through its funding and shut down. All those ergonomic chairs and whiteboards [Read entire story]

Long-lost Cassady letter to Kerouac finally finds a home

After a legal battle over its ownership and one failed auction attempt, a long-lost letter mailed from Beat legend Neal Cassady to author Jack Kerouac has been acquired by Emory University in Atlanta. [Read entire story]

Film, live event rolled out to celebrate the classic typewriter

Walk the ninth-floor hallway of the historic Flood Building on Market Street and you may detect an office sound that has all but vanished, even from the Flood, which has not changed much since 1904. It [Read entire story]

San Francisco finally gets its hillside sign

Hollywood has its name stamped into the hillside, and so does South San Francisco. The city itself, however, has gotten by without a mark of delineation — until now, with the installation of the word “DREAM” in [Read entire story]

Preview of Salesforce sculpture at Hosfelt Gallery

The tallest piece of public art on Earth, a nine-story electronic sculpture in the round by Jim Campbell, is coming to the top of Salesforce Tower. Its opening keeps getting delayed by construction, and [Read entire story]

A photographic chain of inspiration as mentors’ work influences mentees

Within every documentary photograph lies an earlier documentary photograph that influenced it. That’s the nature of the medium, and now influence itself is the topic of a unique group show and catalog at SF [Read entire story]

SF arts commission gallery farewell delayed because of counterprotest

Due to the counterprotest scheduled for the Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 26, the farewell ceremony for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at 155 Grove St. has been postponed. The event, a free [Read entire story]

Making it big at SFMOMA with dramatically scaled new painting

The largest painting ever to be hung at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art arrived Wednesday in the Haas Jr. Atrium, where it was unrolled by 10 installers on the granite floor as if they were a field crew rolling [Read entire story]

Stanford’s Cantor museum hires new director

Susan Dackerman, a German Renaissance scholar, will be named Friday as the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, as the university museum is formally known. Dackerman, [Read entire story]

S.F.’s Opera Plaza Cinema may be going dark

The Opera Plaza Cinema, a cozy four-screen movie theater known for its independent and documentary programming, appears headed for closure. Opera Plaza LP, owner of the commercial property at the 13-story condo tower in [Read entire story]

Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais wins major national award

San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Charles Desmarais has been named a winner of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for outstanding performance in visual arts journalism. “This is an extraordinary honor for a man who [Read entire story]

Gray Reisfield, niece and confidante of Greta Garbo, dies at 85

Gray Reisfield, niece and sole heiress to the estate of the reclusive Swedish screen star Greta Garbo, has died. “Kata (family nickname for Garbo) taught my mother to swim in the Pacific Ocean,” said Derek [Read entire story]

Most of a Mexican Museum collection fails authentication

Almost all of the artifacts described as the oldest in the permanent collection of the Mexican Museum are either forgeries or cannot be authenticated to display in a national museum. According to the report, only 83 of [Read entire story]

50 years of protest photos in 50-year-old gallery

Nobody loved the draft, and while national news photographers were looking for hippies with flowers their hair on Haight Street, Berkeley documentarian Nacio Jan Brown was shooting a protest against the Vietnam War at [Read entire story]

Permit for Summer of Love concert in park denied for 2nd time

Citing unresolved safety, transportation and legal issues, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday again denied promoter Boots Hughston a permit to host a free concert in Golden Gate Park to [Read entire story]

LSD king Owsley Stanley’s ‘Sonic Journals’ surface after 50 years

Way out in the western hills of Sonoma County where no one can hear it, Owsley “Bear” Stanley’s personal speaker system is cranking Doc and Merle Watson’s version of “Tennessee Stud,” recorded by Bear at the [Read entire story]

City to throw free Summer of Love concert in Golden Gate Park

After twice rejecting an independent producer’s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will throw its own [Read entire story]