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Selling Junk, Building Community

San Francisco transplant Mark Swenson thrives by selling “junk” and found items in his SoMa warehouse. All kinds of random goods are piled high to the ceiling, and the Moving Sale sits atop SF’s thrift scene. But even more curious than the store’s endless contents is Swenson’s decades-spanning journey to where he is now, and his mission to put things in the hands of people who need them.

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SF State Theater students shine with Shakespeare

The stage in the Studio Theater is softly illuminated in warm, yellow light. Ben Landmesser and Michael Saarela take the stage, ready to tackle the work of perhaps the world’s most famous playwright. Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is the San Francisco State’s Players’ Club’s winter show, the first of many spring productions for the SF State theater department.

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Live by the sword, die by the sword

Every Sunday they gather. At the Western end of Golden Gate Park in a small field, exists the Shire of Cloondara. Where people of all ages leave the realities of the present world behind and explore a distant time and place. They do so with metal armor, large sticks, swords, shields, heavy cloaks and a lot of humor. Here is where honor rules, cowards retreat, metal clashes and maidens morn the death of their knights with an iron plated heart.

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Abandoned

Ever notice a derelict building tucked behind SF State on Tapia Drive? Despite its rough exterior, the building once held a performance art school. Click to read more.

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