Saturday, July 2, 2011

Humpback Whales Over San Francisco Bay

The Mitchell Brothers Theatre on O'Farrell and Polk Street has recently refreshed its famous murals, helping to make this murky southern stretch of Polk Street much brighter. Mitchell Brothers Whale Mural
Jim & Artie Mitchell became a San Francisco institution themselves in the 1970s and 80s before disintegrating into a sordid tale of fratricide and bad vibes. In their heyday, though, the pair hobnobbed with all of San Francisco's power players and were at the center of the city's emergence as the Smut Capitol of America during The Sexual Revolution. Hunter S. Thompson, once a regular fixture at the club, proclaimed it "the Carnegie Hall of Public Sex in America." They produced the landmark porn flick, Behind the Green Door, in 1972.
Jim Mitchell fatally shot his brother, Artie, in 1991 bringing that era to an abrupt close.
Whale Over San Francisco
The murals were painted by a number of artists, including Lou Silva, beginning in 1977 and recently restored this past year.

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