In case you missed these Bay Area stories this week...
Burning Man 2017 photos: Best art and architecture so far, SF Curbed
An impressive array of pop-up art and architecture always unfolds at the annual festivities, which have been the theme of several photography books. This year's party will be no different, with dozens of shrines and installations to appear throughout the week. All of it will encircle the theme of "Radical Ritual." As tradition dictates, a temple with a large wooden effigy will be torched toward the end of the event—ergo, Burning Man. Read more.
Making it big at SFMOMA with dramatically scaled new painting, SF Chronicle
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 out the tarp for a rain delay. The monumental piece by New York abstract painter Julie Mehretu is in two pieces, each 27 feet by 32 feet, and flanks the staircase inside the Third Street entrance. Read more.
Proposed California ballot measure could decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms, L.A. Times
California voters could decide whether the state should decriminalize the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms by adults in 2018. A ballot measure was filed Friday with the state Attorney General's office. The measure would exempt adults 21 and older from penalties of possessing, selling, transporting, or cultivating psilocybins. Read more.
Hillary Clinton And Her Book Tour Come To SF's Opera Plaza In October, SFist
Democratic Party nominee for President, former Secretary of State, and two-term senator Hillary Clinton — who, depending on your politics, was either the most qualified presidential candidate of the modern era yet still stumped by a demoralizing glass ceiling, or the orchestrator of a highly Satanic private email server scheme which secretly drone-executed scores of Syrians and her husband's former mistresses — is coming to San Francisco on October 6 to sign copies of her new book What Happened. Read more.
Hurricane Harvey dumps the equivalent of California's winter rain total in a few days, SFGate
Here's something to think about: All of those atmospheric rivers that soaked California in winter and spring brought as much rain to some areas of Northern California as Hurricane Harvey dumped on locations along the Texas coast in a matter of days. Read more.