Join the SFHA!

Enjoy our monthly programs for FREE by becoming a member

Support the SFHA!

Your tax-deductible donation helps us continue our mission. Learn more about us

Event Alerts

Subcribe to our mailing list!

2018 meeting dates

January 30
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
August 28
September 25
October 30
November 27
December no meeting

Tuesday, October 30: How Everything Started in San Francisco While We All Thought We Were Just Fooling Around

 

Guest speaker: John Law -- plus special guest stars: the Doggie Diner heads!


Photos courtesy John Law

Meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)

 

John Law will discuss how the Free University movement and other pivotal former scenes, including the hippies, Beats, Situationists, Dada, adventure and pulp fiction, B-films, and a ton of other stuff prominently influenced San Francisco (and national) scenes. He will also examine related influences on the rise of Silicon Valley and its connection to the SF underground “art” scene.

John Law has been involved in the S.F. underground art and pranks scene since 1977. He co-founded the Billboard Liberation Front and the Burning Man Festival, and has crewed for Survival Research Labs and S.F. Cyclecide. He was an original member of the infamous San Francisco Suicide Club, and helped to establish the Cacophony Society. He is the coauthor of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (out in paperback from Last Gasp in 2019), the definitive history of the group that birthed Burning Man and SantaCon (sorry 'bout that one!) and influenced underground culture worldwide. He is owner and steward of the Doggie Diner Dog Heads, the ten-foot-tall, six hundred pounds (each) fiberglass symbols of an iconic post-computer-age San Francisco. He lives in North Beach and has an office atop the signature Oakland Tribune Tower.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24.

For more information, visit our meetings page.