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DOPPELGĂ„NGERS: Photographer François Brunelle’s Gallery of Look-Alikes

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


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audio icon Listen to ‘Have We Met Before?’– the story of QuĂ©bec photographer François Brunelle’s ‘Look-Alikes’ project
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Rudi Kistler Maurus Oehmann  © François Brunelle

Rudi Kistler and Maurus Oehmann | Mannheim, Germany 2012

(ProjĂŞt Je ne suis pas un sosie!)

I’m not a look-alike! is a project  to make 200 photos of couples or look-alikes (doubles, doppelgängers) around the world and to create an international exhibit and a book with them. The photos are in black and white.

Look-A-Likes Donmar Wms & Martine Chase
© François Brunelle

Donmar Williams and Martine Chase | Weehawken, NJ USA 2011


Corinne Barois Elisa Berst
© François Brunelle

Elisa Berst and Corinne Barois | Paris, France 2010


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button ff François Brunelle interviewed at CBC Television



ALEJANDRO MURGUIA: San Francisco’s Vibrant Now Poet Laureate

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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Alejandro & Janice Jan 2013 by AD Winans  Photo © 2013 A.D. Winans

The now San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro MurguĂ­a and renowned poet-activist Janice Mirikitani (a former SF laureate) smile for fabled poet A.D. Winan‘s camera. | Inaugural Celebration, San Francisco, January 2013

button ff Alejandro MurgĂ­a, San Francisco’s sixth poet laureate — accompanied by saxophonist Dr. Loco (Prof. JosĂ© Cuellar) — opens his inaugural celebration at SF Main Library with a poem he delivers by heart.

Alejandro by Lance Iverson:Chron
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Alejandro MurguĂ­a


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I warned you it’d be hard 
Loving a man whose pockets 
Flap empty of change 
One who works under cars
Yet wants to squeeze your waist
With iron hands ,,,
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— from Big Girls Don’t Cry
© Alejandro Murguía


Poetry by Alejandro MurguĂ­a

Poetry by Janice Mirikitani

Poetry by A.D. Winans


ELIZABETH HACK: Mixed Media Paintings | February 2-24, 2013 | Opening Sunday, February 3 | AWE Gallery, San Francisco

Monday, January 28th, 2013


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AWE (A Woman’s Eye) Gallery
678 Portola Drive, San Francisco 94127

Tide Meadow Horizon Elizabeth Hack

“Tide Meadow Horizon” | Mixed media on panel | 24″ x 18″ (2012)

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Elizabeth Hack
Mixed media paintings

February 2-24, 2013

Opening Celebration

Sunday, February 3, 2013

San Francisco Peace and Hope Reading

Al Young, California’s poet laureate emeritus

Dan Brady, Jane Green, Kit Kennedy,
Patrice Haan, John Rowe, Vince Storti,
Nancy Wakeman, Sherri Rose-Walker,
Judy Wells

Harp music provided by Patrice Haan

AWE Gallery hours:
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5pm,
and by appointment



Friday, January 25th, 2013


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Rethink this op-ed cartoon at Ominous Octopus Omnibus, an off-shoot of antique film lover Benny Drinnon’s blogspot

Posted at Facebook by novelist Mark Childress


Director Kathryn Bigelow defends her indefensible ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Friday, January 25th, 2013


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Kathryn Bigelow

By David Walsh
18 January 2013
© 2013 World Socialist Web Site

Director Kathryn Bigelow took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times Tuesday [15 January 2013] to defend her pro-CIA film Zero Dark Thirty which has provoked opposition inside and outside the film industry. Bigelow’s column, which reveals her as a slavish admirer of the US intelligence and military apparatus, only sinks her—deservedly—deeper in the mire.

The filmmaker and her screenwriter Mark Boal, in their political blindness and misreading of the current state of American public opinion, thought they could get away with murder, as it were. They assumed that wide layers of the population would be as excited as they were by contact with torturers and assassins and would be enthused about a version of events essentially told by the latter. They were mistaken in this.

Bigelow now finds herself in the unenviable position of claiming that her film, which clearly offers a justification for torture and other war crimes, does not advocate torture. One can only conclude from her ludicrous and incoherent LA Times piece that Bigelow was unprepared for criticism and protest …

To read all of David Walsh’s article and review, go to the WSWS original



vidcamera003Kathryn Bigelow’s extended TV interview at ‘The Colbert Report’ | January 22, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow addresses ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture criticism | L.A. Times | January 15, 2013

Andy Warhol Told a Young Kathryn Bigelow to Get into Movies | Jesse David Fox | Vulture, January 24, 2013

‘The conversation about torture we need to have’ | Michael D. Cooper & Jennifer Trahan | New York Daily News, January 25, 2013

‘In defense of Zero Dark Thirty’ | Michael Moore | Huffington Post, January 25, 2013

‘A reply to Michael Moore’s defense of Zero Dark Thirty| David Walsh | World Socialist Web Site, 30 January 2013