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Rare Device + LoveLocalSF


Rare Device is excited to participate in LoveLocalSF this year! Wondering what LoveLocalSF is? It's a city-wide celebration of all the things that make our city so unique. On November 5, businesses across the city will be showing their SF pride through art, music, events, promotions and by displaying SF's signature color, red! Check out a map of all events here

Come by Rare Device Divisadero on November 5 for a draw-a-thon to help us create a community art piece that we can display and keep for years to come. We'll set up a place for anyone to stop in and draw or write according to the theme, "What does San Francisco mean to you?" Come doodle, draw, design, write--anything! The finished product will hang in our store window and will be a part of Rare Device and San Francisco history for years to come. 

Tiffanie Turner's "One For You, One For Me": A Special Dia de los Muertos Show


Rare Device is extremely pleased to announce a very special show by local artist Tiffanie Turner at the Divisadero gallery for two days only, November 1 and 2. In honor of Dia de los Muertos, Turner has created "One For You, One For Me", an exhibit of new large scale work. Two of Turner's giant paper marigolds will be on display for the two days of Dia de Los Muertos. The marigold, known not only as the "herb of the sun" but as the "flower of the dead", is traditional, symbolic, and imbued with different meanings throughout the world. Turner explores the large scale construction of the heads of marigolds as a meditation on the people she has lost, as well as the way the marigold itself grows, and invites you to do the same.

Each bloom is handmade by Turner and involves individually cutting thousands of paper petals over approximately 120 hours. The finished products span over 40 inches. The blooms are for sale and prices are available upon request. 

Image courtesy Tiffanie Turner

Michael Mulvey at Noe Valley


Did you know that a group of goldfish is called a troubling? And a group of giraffes is called a tower? What about a group of jellyfish? That would be a smack. Local designer and illustrator Michael Mulvey compiled these linguistic oddities into a book, Gulps, Prides & Zeals which combines curious animal group names with Mulvey's beautifully intricate illustrations. 

Rare Device is thrilled to be hosting Michael Mulvey for a reading of his book at our Noe Valley shop on Thursday, October 30 at 10:30am. Come see Michael's stunning illustrations in person and finally learn what you're actually supposed to be calling a group of butterflies.  4071 24th Street @ Castro.

Images courtesy Michael Mulvey



Juniper Ridge's Mobile Field Lab Comes to Noe Valley


It might not feel like it here in San Francisco, but autumn has arrived! Noe Valley is celebrating with its annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, October 18 from 10am-5pm. Rare Device is in the spirit too, and we're hosting longtime local favorites Juniper Ridge and their Field Lab right outside the shop during the Harvest Festival. 

Juniper Ridge is the world’s only wild fragrance company. Based in Oakland, California, the company travels to mountains and deserts throughout the West, making perfumes and colognes from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry.

Field Lab Events are events Juniper Ridge hosts or attends to distill essential oils roadside with a mobile still. They park the company's Field Lab Van and fire up a converted whiskey still to demonstrate the lost art of fragrance distillation. If you've never seen it, it's truly amazing and all of Noe Valley is going to feel just like Big Sur, the Mojave Desert, the Cascade Mountains, and other magical wild places. 

The Field Lab will be set up for the day just outside Rare Device Noe Valley on Saturday, October 18 beginning at 10am. Stop by and learn about Juniper Ridge, a local company with a great story, and see their unique process for yourself. Wander a little further down 24th Street for great food and music at the Harvest Festival as well! What better way to welcome fall? 

For more information call 415-374-7412 or email See you Saturday!


Images courtesy Juniper Ridge


Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes at Rare Device


For our October gallery show we are thrilled to present Dinah Fried's Fictitious Dishes photo series. Fried, a New York, NY-based designer, was interested in looking at how we relate to literature through food and undertook to recreate some of literature's most iconic meals. Her meticulously crafted photos range in their representations of literary meals, from the classic gruel scene in Oliver Twist to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Kafka's The Metamorphis. Fried has said that she spent hours hunting down the perfect fork or tablecloth in order that a scene would come together as clearly as possible.

As for her inspiration for the series, Fried says, "Reading and eating are natural companions, and they’ve got a lot in common. Reading is consumption. Eating is consumption. Both are comforting, nourishing, restorative, relaxing, and mostly enjoyable...Just as reading great novels can transport you to another time and place, meals — good and bad ones alike — can conjure scenes very far away from your kitchen table. Some of my favorite meals convey stories of origin and tradition; as a voracious reader, I devour my favorite books."

The photos are crisp, colorful, and taken from above, allowing the viewer to be transported into the experience of the meal. Many of the meals are immediately recognizable, such as Oliver Twist's watery gruel, Ishmael's candlelit chowder, and Gatsby's sumptuous Art-Deco spread, while others, like Holden Caulfield's cheese sandwich and malted from Catcher in the Rye, might require closer study, but when recognition hits it's extremely satisfying. 


From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


From The Catcher in the Rye


From The Great Gatsby

Fictitious Dishes will be up at Rare Device Divisadero from October 1 to November 2. Framed and unframed prints will be available for purchase in-store and online, along with copies of Fried's book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals