Thursday, July 9, 2015

Music of the Burger Boogaloo 2015

Burger Records is an independent record label and record store based out of Fullerton, California. And they rock. They rock hard. This would be fully realized if you’ve ever attended the Burger Boogaloo, a 2-day rock-n-roll/garage/punk rock festival that happens in Oakland’s Mosswood Park the first weekend in July. The founders, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, curate unique lo-fi, DIY music collections on CD, cassettes, and vinyl and promote dynamic live shows that showcase both lost gems and burgeoning bands. JohnWaters, adoringly labeled "The Pope of Trash", wrapped up the sixth edition of Burger Record’s Boogaloo Sunday night and if you are eager to keep rockin’ to the robust sounds of the weekend, check out what the library has to offer you:

The Gories - The Shaw Tapes: live in detroit 5/27/88 available in Hoopla or Outta Here available on CD.

The Pandoras - Rock Hard/Nymphomania Live available in Hoopla or CD and Stop Pretending available in Hoopla and It's About Time available on CD.

Shannon and the Clams - Dreams in the Rat House available on CD.

photograph by: Kaliisa Conlon, image source: LA Weekly

Jonathan Richman - 10 albums available in Hoopla and Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild available on CD. The classic Modern Lovers album is available on CD.

King Khan and the BBQ Show - Bad News Boys available on CD.

Black Lips - Albums available on CD include 200 Million Thousand, Arabia Mountain, Underneath the Rainbow. Also, check out their DVD Kids Like You & Me.

Fuzz - self-titled album on CD.

photograph by: Denee Petracek, image source: Spin Magazine

And we can't forget the bell of the ball, John Waters! Here's a link to all things John that are available in our library catalog in a variety of formats!

Check our catalog again soon as we've ordered new Boogaloo sounds that include the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Untamed Youth, 5 6 7 8 ‘s, The Mummies, Danny and the Darleans, and Audacity.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ronnie Goodman - Soul Journey

Come to the Art, Music and Recreation Center on the 4th floor of the Main Library to see the vibrant and powerful artwork of Ronnie Goodman.  The exhibit "Ronnie Goodman - Soul Journey" will be on display through October 22nd, 2015.

"I am a 54-year-old self-taught homeless artist and distance runner living in San Francisco.  I am inspired by the beauty of this city and its diversity, balanced with the struggles of human despair. With my brush, I try to capture these raw emotions in painted images"

Ronnie Goodman is an artist, a long-distance marathon runner and an advocate for the homeless.  With the exhibit “Soul Journey” Ronnie Goodman shares his prints and his paintings which express his feelings about his life as a homeless resident of San Francisco and as an artist.  Ronnie Goodman has worked closely with the Hospitality House and the Coalition on Homelessness Street Sheet Newspaper to raise awareness of the homeless issues facing San Francisco and the Country.  Ronnie's art is timely and poetic and illustrates his personal struggle while also addressing the political climate of today.  SFGATE named Ronnie one of “28 people who made the Bay Area interesting in 2014” and he illustrated the cover for the book HouseKeys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond by Paul Boden.

Breaking the Chains
 We met Ronnie at the Art, Music and Recreation Center's reference desk a few years ago when he would ask us to help him find books about art and artists that inspired his own work.  A year ago we asked Ronnie if he would be interested in displaying his work at the library.  Being a large urban library located in the Civic Center of San Francisco, we serve a lot of patrons who are in a state of homelessness and we believe strongly in the library's mission statement, which is "The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community".  We are proud to share with all of our library patrons the art created by San Francisco resident, Ronnie Goodman.  Below are a few more examples of the work on display. 

Black Lives Matter

Homeless State Prison

Man at Work

The Old Metal Door

The Three Apostles of Jazz

More information about Ronnie Goodman can be found at