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Carving out a gallery within their Jackson Square investment firm, Julie and Sébastien Lépinard, under the threat of a ho-hum paint roller, christened the space instead with street art from British graffiti activist Banksy. Haight Street Rat, stenciled on the exterior redwood planks of a Haight-Ashbury inn, was painstakingly extricated and is now displayed in a window at the couple's new gallery, 836M.
For this edition of Scenes of the City we tagged along for the fourth week of BART protests in downtown SF. The protesters stayed out of the paid area of the BART stations until they made their way to the Embarcadero. In the Embarcadero Station, one man crossed over to the paid area. Two arrests were made over the evening.
For this week's "Scenes of the City" gallery, we photographed SF's street musicians. Meet some drummers, a crooner and a violinist that call our streets their stage.
Tune in next week for Street Portraits in the Castro District.
All photos + words by Joseph Schell
As night falls on downtown, Andrew plays his full drum set on Market Street in hopes of finding a professional drumming gig. His sign reads, "Seeking Pro Opprotunities!"
During winter months, we could all use a little extra color. For serious hue help, head to new downtown destination Pigment Cosmetics.
“This is an ideal situation for someone who likes fashion colors with staying power, that’s really the essence, beautiful colors that will last longer,” says company founder Manhal Mansour.