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Crosscurrents

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Performing as the host of "The Mister Geoffrey Show," Geoffrey Grier interviews Deborah Marinoff in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. "The Mister Geoffrey" was design in part by Grier to get a better understanding of the

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Cooking, Coding and Room to Grow // SF Gate

"The concept is something like farm-to-doorstep.

Every day, the team at Sprig, a food-delivery app company, whips up Cobb salad wraps and jerk chicken plates for delivery to offices and homes around Palo Alto and San Francisco. When possible, the company gets its produce from within 150 miles of the city.

"To make the operation run, there are two distinct parts to Sprig’s San Francisco office. In one wing at 590 Van Ness Ave., food is stored, prepared and photographed. Around the block — or up a back stairwell — there’s an office for the tech, business and customer support teams."

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Airing opinions trumps airing a show for host // SF Gate

"A recent Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.: Surrounded by residential hotels and liquor stores, Geoffrey Grier gripped his microphone and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to ‘The Mister Geoffrey Show’ — live from ground zero.”

"Grier, 63, walks through the Tenderloin, asking residents about issues that matter to them. He wears a hand-me-down fedora, a $10 thrift-store suit and a handwritten station identification card taped to the front of a microphone that is tethered to cameraman Mike Fleming."

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 Boxes of death, an interview with Tenderloin television // juxtapoz.com

"The Boxes of Death artist roster includes world-renowned painters, illustrators, graphic designers, motorcycle builders, tattoo artists, assemblage masters, and print makers. With 50 artists creating coffins for this year’s Boxes of Death show, we thought it’d be a good idea to get to know some of them a bit better. San Francisco-based artist, Benjamin Clarke, better known as Tenderloin Television, creates “low-brow, psychedelic art” that reflects his sense of humor and religious satire. With a unique style, we are excited to see what Tenderloin TV has in store for this year’s Boxes of Death show.

"What does a coffin mean to you?

The end. That death is imminent and life won't wait."

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State GOP recognizes Log Cabin gay group // SF Gate

"After 15 years of struggle to be allowed into the California Republican Party’s “big tent,” the LGBT group known as the Log Cabin Republicans on Sunday won its battle to be chartered as an official volunteer party organization.

"Republican delegates at the party’s statewide convention Sunday in Sacramento voted overwhelmingly — by a 861-to-293 vote — to back the charter of the 240-member California organization of gay and lesbian Republicans as an official party volunteer organization."

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DMV at 100: What does the next century hold? // Inside Bay Area News

"From horseless carriages creeping along on dusty dirt roads to solo drivers in all-electric Teslas zipping down a carpool lane, the DMV has set the motoring rules for the past 100 years.

"Almost every Californian has to deal with the massive state agency -- from the time they get their learner's permit at age 151/2 to the day they give up their car keys.

Now, a century after the Department of Motor Vehicles opened in 1915 in a one-room office in the state Capitol in Sacramento -- with two women workers behind the counter and gas costing 8 cents a gallon -- the agency that for decades was the butt of jokes by late-night TV comedians is getting almost as many cheers as jeers."