News Month: August 2017

Every other Tuesday, things get a little odd here at Public Works. Odd Salon is a biweekly gathering of storytellers and speakers, united around a common theme — a contemporary twist on the French salons of yore.

Now in its fourth year running, Odd Salon is the rare gathering that is as educational as it is entertaining. Each event features 6 short talks and lectures, presented by recurring Odd Salon veterans (known as Fellows) and newcomers alike. In addition to Odd Salon’s bimonthly events at Public Works, they’ve hosted pop-ups and one-offs with the Long Now Foundation, the California Academy of Sciences, and they produced a sold-out special series on San Francisco history for the California Historical Society.
We caught up with one of Odd Salon’s co-founders and primary curators, Annetta Black, to learn more about what makes Odd Salons … odd, and why you should come visit. Read on!

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A San Francisco native, UFO! (born Edwin Garro) came up in the Bay Area’s hip-hop scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, polishing his scratching and mixing skills alongside legends like DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and DJ Quest. Not long after, he began repping the gritty sounds that were coming straight out of London — jungle and drum & bass.
In 1996, UFO! co-founded the Phunckateck collective, a crew of DJs, musicians, and promoters who threw a weekly party that put drum & bass on the map in San Francisco. Their weekly parties played host to some of the genre’s best-known names — like Roni Size, Photek, Dieselboy, and Goldie, among others.
Fast forward two decades and UFO! is back, playing an all-night, all-vinyl set of drum & bass classics at the Public Works Loft this Thursday, August 3. Another San Francisco original, Audio Angel, aka Rashida Clendening, will join UFO! on the mic. We caught up with UFO! to learn a little bit about his history in … Read more ›