“To contribute further to the litany of grievances and complaints…”

I wasn’t sure exactly what the young gentleman walking in front of me was referring to, but he could have been talking about pretty much anything.

He could have been referring to the hundreds of BART riders who on Sunday went bottomless from the East Bay and into the city. Why? Well…just because. The only formality of the public display was that it happened in unison throughout 44 cities as part of No Pants 2010, an event started by Improv Everywhere, a New York City based performance art group.

I’m sure that didn’t make all of those fortunate enough to come across the spectacle too happy (the images are priceless). But I could be wrong.

Or, the gentleman might have been talking about Mayor Gavin Newsom. He’s been more than absent from City Hall for the past couple of months, yet he can make a feature television appearance on yesterday’s Simpson’s 20th Anniversary Special?! Go figure. If you didn’t catch the hour-long special, here’s a favorable review by The New York Times.

Because art is not all show, Galeria de la Raza is hosting an event on Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Photography as Strategy. The event will feature artists Sergio de la Torre, Felipe Dulzaides, Ana Fernandez, and Pablo Guardiola who will speak on their approach to photography.

And because creation is also dialogue, on Thursday Dolores Street Community Services will host a launch party for the book Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots, a compilation of interviews with the activists and citizens who actively participate in Venezuela’s social movements.  Also, the book’s editors – Carlos Martinez, Michael Fox, and Jojo Farrell – are available for speaking engagements in the Bay Area from Jan. 15th to the 18th.

While no one knows whether the movement in support of same-sex marriage will end at the altar, read this. My Big Phat Same-Sex Prison Wedding tells the story of Dawn Davis II, a young woman who got married in the San Francisco County Jail on Aug. 19, 2008, the first same-sex marriage to take place in the facility.

Now that MySpace and Facebook have proven that life does indeed exist on the virtual planet of Internet, well so does death and the reminder of it. Didn’t mean to sound so creepy, but imagine a website that “automatically emails your community when you pass away?” They call it the “autobiographical legacy website,” which allows you to create a page for yourself and “leave a permanent site where your friends and family will celebrate your life.” It costs only $99.95 for a lifetime membership! Read this story by Sandy Banks, from the Los Angeles Times, who made an honest attempt to create her own online legacy.

Yes, “to contribute further to the litany of grievances and complaints.”

Happy Monday.

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