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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

April, 2007



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SF cartoonist, political commentator Phil Frank to speak and draw on April 10

Phil Frank is the creator of "Farley", the only local daily comic strip in the U.S. He will explore his fascinating relationships with five administrations of SF mayors and Bay Area politics on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM.
Sponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society (SFMHS), the lecture will take place in Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of SF, 3200 California St. at Presidio Ave. where Frank will discuss his role as a satirist, pundit and punster. In addition, the history buff will draw cartoon strips to demonstrate his fascination with figures such as Emperor Norton. Admission is free to members of SFMHS with a $10 donation requested for non-members.

"Farley" first ran in 1975 as a nationally-syndicated cartoon. In 1986, Frank notes, "I was tired of the long lead time with syndication and the lack of Bay Area focus to the subject matter so, with the agreement of the San Francisco Chronicle, we localized the cartoon, allowing me to work on a short lead."

Now Frank's cartoon format responds to changing Bay Area news and can be placed in the newspaper for the next day's edition. When syndicated, the lag time between drawing the feature and its appearance in print was five weeks.

His strip from the recent SFMHS Human Be-In program will be auctioned. Signed copies of his collections of "Farley." which include I'm Ink, Therefore I Am, Fur and Loafing in Yosemite, Don't Parade on My Reign and Eat, Drink and Be Hairy, will be available for purchase.

The nonprofit SFMHS plans to restore the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission Sts. into a permanent 33,000 sq.-ft. museum. The $86 million renovation and adaptive reuse project will create a magnificent and innovative San Francisco/Bay Area history museum, a separate museum on American money and the story of the Old Mint, a new home for the San Francisco Visitors Center, and retail stores along Jesse Street adjacent to a newly-approved pedestrian space- Mint Plaza. Slated to open in 2010, the building, also know as "The Granite Lady," was built in 1874 and is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of most endangered places.

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