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Come celebrate South First Friday’s STREETMRKT, An indy diy urban faire, with fiftyseven-thirtythree on September 2nd, from 7-11pm!

Here are some of the details of what is going down!

Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design – 366 South First St

Opening Reception: Brett Amory White Light solo exhibition

White Light is the next installment within Brett Amory’s Waiting series. Amory began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

This new group of paintings continues to capture an individual’s struggle to exist in the present moment and the continued state of detachment from one’s surrounding environment. However, this new body of work depicts an element of freedom, as the subjects strive to transcend consciousness and human existence: freedom of thought, freedom of perception, freedom to create one’s own narrative. If reality is relative and bound to the subject’s own existence and subject to the judgment of others, this work reminds us that there is a choice. While White Light exposes the limitations one faces when they are defined by their limited perceptions and the gaze of others, the viewer is reminded that there is hope for absolute freedom over our existence and essence.

Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery – 499 South Market St.

Higher Learning — Higher Fire presents work by emerging clay artists from SJSU’s MFA in Ceramics Program. Participating artists include Jonathan Huang, Malia Landis, Kat MacKinnon, Demetra Messoloras, Avery Palmer, David White, and Wesley Wright.

KALEID gallery – 88 South Fourth St.

Circus Act by Leslie Ann Rice

A mutt-ley crew of characters explore the circus of popular culture, touching upon the freakish tendencies of human nature.

MACLA Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana – 510 South First St.

Join MACLA for an extraordinary evening of art and performance:

In MACLA’s Gallery: A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time Un Cuerpo Partido: Esquirlas de Tiempo Presente Utopia/Nightmare: The American Dream Utopia/Pesadilla: El Sueño Americano Exhibition by Victor Cartagena with sound elements by David Molina.

Join us for the opening reception, artist talk and micro-performance by Secos y Mojados

66 South First St: Defragmentation 66 
An installation by Michele Guieu

Defragmentation 66 is an adaptation of the last installation I’ve made in San Diego: Defragmentation: Rearranging Bits and Pieces of Memory. It is an ongoing project and the occasion to reflect on bits and pieces of my memories, as I am recalling/documenting them. The project originated when I was about to leave San Diego after living there for 6 years. I thought about the different times I’ve left a place in my life. Defragmentation 66 is the first installation I am showing in San Jose since I’ve moved and it represents a link between the two towns – and beyond. The installation is on a smaller scale but uses some essential elements featured in the first version of the show: an ensemble of paintings, a painted background and videos. The videos in Defragmentation 66 are new memories and were taken here, in the bay area. The address number where the show is held, 66, is an interesting symbol in my life: the first time I came to the US, that’s the road I traveled on.

386 South First St: Street Swag Photo Booth photos by Abe Menor at SubZERO Festival 2010

And about a hundred other fun things to do this Friday, September 2nd from 7pm-11pm!!!!

Finally, here is a map with all of the participating business and the locations:

See ya there!

via Good.is

A new California law that comes before Governor Jerry Brown today could make it easier than ever to combine business with social mission, a welcome respite for those seeking to harness the engines of capitalism in the service of good deeds.

While growing ranks of entrepreneurs are combining business and social missions—think Toms Shoes or Method cleaning products—current law makes it difficult for them to raise money and control their enterprises.

That’s changing around the country, and California could be the next frontier, if advocates of social business ranging from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to apparel giant Patagonia have their way and create a new legal category for what they call Benefit Corporations.

“The modern corporation was ‘Born to be bad,’” Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wrote in a letter to Governor Brown. “Benefit Corporations are ‘born to be good’ because their corporate purpose must include the pursuit of a material positive impact on society, not just shareholders.”

Corporations are chartered by states, and a historic body of law makes clear that all company directors and executives owe their shareholders is profits, profits and more profits; their fiduciary duty is their only duty.

If you do expect company’s officers to take into account other goals—like environmental sustainability, the well-being of their workers, or general public benefit—conflicts with the profit motive can expose even well-meaning executives to legal difficulties.

The Benefit corporation movement has laid out a set of social impact standards for companies that seek to embrace both profit and impact. It requires privately held B corporations to amend their articles to reflect a commitment to those standards, protecting officers and directors from legal repercussions for their decisions and giving shareholders the power to hold them accountable, by lawsuits if necessary, for protecting the public interest. It also protects customers from deceptive marketing—greenwashing—by forcing corporations to submit public reports that conform to independent benchmarks.

“Entrepreneurs no longer have to choose between a ‘make money now, give it away later’ traditional corporation, or a starving NGO,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, a co-founder of advocacy group B Lab. “We’re creating a middle path that combines the best of the purpose-centered nonprofit community with the ability to scale and attract talent of the for-profit community.”

But there are no public B corporations, because public companies are subject to a variety of legal requirements and existing investors are reluctant to change a company’s goals. With public offerings representing a key way to raise money from investors and create cash incentives for entrepreneurs, the inability to access them would be a problem for businesses trying to adopt a social mission.

B Lab, along with partner organization the American Sustainable Business Council, has been waging a campaign to change this setup by encouraging state legislatures to make the requirements of B corporations a legal reality; so far, they’ve succeeded in Maryland, Hawaii, New Jersey, Virginia, and Vermont.

If Brown signs the law in California, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo does the same with similar legislation in the near future, it will be an important victory for advocates of shared value because the two states represent such a large share of the U.S. economy.

But it’s only a first step. Public B corporations will need to be chartered, and advocates expect the first experiments in that direction will be B corporations that act as subsidiaries of larger public companies. Corporate governance lawsuits will test and shape the new law in the courts. And B corporations will need to spread across the states, particularly to those like Delaware that attract a large number of corporate headquarters with low taxes or loose regulation.

Still, the momentum behind the legal changes—and the bipartisan majorities that have so far enacted them—signal the beginnings of a sea change in our expectations for the private sector. “Right now the role of a business is to maximize profit for shareholders,” Gilbert says. “B corps are saying, ‘we don’t think that’s the operating system we want to operate under.’”

All-girl J-punk trio JinnyOops! performs Saturday at the Pagoda stage in Japantown

Make sure to come check out fiftyseven-thirtythree at J-Pop Summit this weekend!  It’s pretty huge!  But if you don’t know anything about it…here ya go!

via SFWeekly

Lolita fashion, cosplay, virtual idols, and Internet culture. No, it’s not Adultcon; think stranger. It’s San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit Festival!

This week-long celebration of all things Japanese and eccentric (yes, those things can be separate sometimes) kicked off yesterday in Japantown. Until September 18th, the neighborhood and New People Entertainment Center will be host to a series of film, art, music, and fashion showcases from one of the most unique popular cultures on the planet.

Of particular note during the week is a Noise Pop-organized presentation of 77 Boadrum, a document of the live Boredoms show in which the Japanese noise-rock band played with 77 drummers. Bring your own drumsticks to join the chaos! (Kidding: All Shook Down will not be held responsible for money lost due to being kicked out of VIZ Cinema).

The week’s events culminate in the J-Pop Summit Festival on Saturday and Sunday, where a variety of Japanese musicians (lineup here) from genres such as girl-fueled rock, electronica, and even rap will perform at Japantown’s Pagoda stage. Various other multimedia and artistic festivities will ensue as well. Prices for events range from free to $20, which is nothing compared to the amount of money you’ll spend when your new fandom becomes an addiction.

As I was updating the Stockists section of our Website, I realized, we have been gaining a lot of new stores carrying our goods in San Francisco.

Friends and Visitors or San Francisco, here’ s a little update of where you can find us on the other side of the Bay.

 440 Brannan, 440 Brannan Street, (415) 348-0000

Artillery AG, 2751 Mission Street, (415) 374-7841

Big Umbrella Studios, 906 1/2 Divisadero, (415) 359-9211

Indie Industries, 218 Columbus Avenue, (415) 986-7043
Indie Industries, 2352 Market Street, (415) 861-1150
Swankety Swank, 289 Divisadero Street, (415) 932-6615
Wonderland SF Gallery & Boutique, 2929 24th Street, (415) 641-4600
And of course, if you’re not in the Bay Area, or just do not like to leave your house, you can always shop at
FIFTYSEVEN-THIRTYTHREE ONLINE STORE, 24 HOURS A DAY!  And Remember, FREE SHIPPING THRU AUGUST!

Also, don’t forget about Indie Industries Castro Store Opening Party this Friday!  Free Cocktails, Desserts, and that beautiful summer sun (hopefully!).

 

Our friends from Indie Industries are opening a second location at 2352 Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro District!  Come check out impressive clothing and accessories produced by some of the area’s most talented local designers, including fiftyseven-thirtythree!  We have been working with Indie Industries since 2008 and are very excited to continue to grow this relationship for years to come.

Enjoy complimentary classic summer cocktails and a tapas & dessert bar while meeting award winning local designers. The first 100 guests also get free custom made t-shirts and gift cards!  Click on the photo above to check out the Facebook event.