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Sex Still Sells

10 October 2009 Leave a comment

Published on 510 Report
4 November 2008

Robert Wesner, 39, sat hunched over his sewing machine, his waist-long hair pulled back in a half ponytail, while a topless woman laced up a leather corset behind him. Wesner, owner of Leather Mystics, began stitching together his sixth leather choker of the night. Laughing, he said that he never would have believed this is where his life would end up: “It’s not like you grow up thinking, ‘Geez, I think I’ll be a bondage leather specialist.” Read more…

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Etch-a-Sketch Art is Not Just for Kids

9 October 2009 Leave a comment

Published on 510 Report
19 October 2008

Since the age of 14, when he first picked up a guitar, Michael McNevin knew he wanted to be a musician. During his career, this singer-songwriter has opened for artists such as Johnny Cash and Richie Havens and produced four albums. But McNevin’s music is not his only form of artistic expression. When he’s not busy writing songs, he’s drawing detailed scenes of the events he sings about on…an Etch-a-Sketch. Read more…

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Leather Walk Creates a Sense of Community

7 October 2009 Leave a comment

21 September 2009

San Francisco’s Castro is no stranger to marches and parades. On Sunday, the traditional rainbow colors that mark the district were replaced by black and blue to mark the eighth annual raising of the “Leather” flag. For one week, the flag will replace the giant rainbow one which normally flies in Harvey Milk Plaza. With the raising of the flag, the 17th annual Leather Walk commenced. Over 250 people, most of whom were dressed in some type of leather outfit, filled one side of Market St. Read more…

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“Betrayed” is Authentic Artistry

1 February 2009 Leave a comment

Review of George Packer’s play “Betrayed” performed at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley, CA
22 February 2009

I’ll admit it; I was feeling a little skeptical, as the lights went down in the Aurora’s cozy black box theatre. I anticipated that George Packer’s new play, “Betrayed,” would disappoint and I was having flashbacks – not of my own service as a soldier in the Army in Iraq – but of all the poorly adapted movies and plays about the war in Iraq I’d already seen, such as “Stop Loss” and Glynn O’Malley’s “Paradise.” But from the opening line I knew this play would be different.

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Audio Slideshow: Profile of Niles Artist Ed Frakes

26 September 2008 Leave a comment

Published on 510 Report
21 October 2008

Ed Frakes has been painting for over 50 years. Now 71, Frakes describes his life as an artist and explains the meaning behind some of his paintings in this audio slideshow.

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