Salvador Dalí Etching Stolen From San Francisco Gallery In ‘Snatch And Run’ ~ NPR

The 1966 Salvador Dalí etching Burning Giraffe, valued at $20,000, was swiped from a San Francisco gallery on Sunday.

Dennis Rae Fine Art

A thief walked into a San Francisco gallery on Sunday afternoon, plucked a rare Salvador Dalí from an easel in the front window, and strode out the door.

Rasjad Hopkins, associate director at Dennis Rae Fine Art Gallery, was working at the time. The door to the gallery was open, and Hopkins had his back turned.

“Snatch and run,” Hopkins tells NPR.

It took just a few minutes to realize the etching was gone. For some reason, the work hadn’t been locked with a tether as it normally was.

Hopkins never did see the thief, though surveillance footage from the hotel next door appears to show a young man in a flat-brim cap holding the work casually in one hand as he walks down Geary Street in the Union Square neighborhood. “Never saw him before in my life,” Hopkins said.

The hand-colored etching is called Burning Giraffe(1966), and it’s from a series in which the famous surrealist riffed on works by Pablo Picasso. In the Picasso series, the Spanish painter depicts all the stages of a bullfight.

Dali’s works share some visual similarities – but with his signature cheekiness.

“There was no giraffe in the original Picasso,” Hopkins said. “And the spectators are now bulls instead of people.”

“Some people say there’s a lot of erotic symbolism in it,” added Hopkins, who is himself a painter. “I think that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s a very interesting image.”

Hopkins says that of Dalí’s etchings, Burning Giraffe was the most important. It’s numbered, one of a series of 100 made on the same kind of paper.

Dalí is seen here in the 1950s.

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“It’s partly teasing Picasso, and partly making full of bullfighting. It’s both.”

The gallery filed a report with authorities, who had one piece of advice. “The main thing the police said is we really should have our door closed all the time,” he said.

Anyone with information on the work is encouraged to reach out to San Francisco Police.

“If we could get it back, that would be a miracle,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been getting calls, people saying ‘If you ever get it back, I want to buy it!'”

Weather: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the tension between the public and private worlds of predicting the weather.  Look out Mountain Weather Masters.

“How about MWM starts naming storms this winter… Scruffy, Cupcake, Oddball, Whistleblower…?”

Mike Friedman, MWM


“John Oliver’s crew really did their homework. The details in the story are very accurate. Barry Meyers & AccuWeather have argued that the NWS should get out of the Watch/Warning/Advisory business, so they can sell their warnings. So in the Barry Meyers world, weather warnings would be only for those who could pay for them.”

Joe Ramey, MWM


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A guest at the Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club, a retreat space in the CatskillsCredit George Etheredge for The New York Times




Step aside, goat yoga. The chic way to unwind now is fly fishing.

That’s right. For some of the same reasons millennials recently flocked to bird-watching, this sport — long dominated by old white men — is gaining popularity with a younger set.

For those who can afford the leisure time and some rudimentary equipment, it offers a reason to be outdoors, a closer connection to nature, an avenue for environmentalism, built-in community, opportunity for creative expression, and a lifetime’s worth of niche expertise. Fly anglers who are not vegetarian nor vegan, nor otherwise bound by the code of “catch and release,” see it as an extension of the farm-to-table movement. Plus, it’s very Instagrammable, even as it encourages people to put down their phones.

And where millennials go, hospitality brands follow. Guided fly-fishing excursions are now offered at many trendy boutique hotels, including The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo.; Tourists, the eco-friendly lodge opened by indie influencers including the bassist of Wilco, in North Adams, Mass.; and Sage Lodge, a new nature resort just north of Yellowstone National Park in Pray, Mont., which has a stand of fly tackles and nets in its lobby, and daily “Fly Fishing 101” courses at its backyard casting pond overlooking the Absakora Mountains.

Retrofitting busy highways to let wildlife travel safely, too ~ The Washington Post


Elk stand near U.S. Highway 285 in Colorado. (Matthew Staver for The Washington Post/For The Washington Post)
Oct. 11, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. MDT


COLLEGIATE PEAKS SCENIC BYWAY, Colo. — U.S. Highway 285 was once a death zone for the dwindling herds of elk and mule deer on Colorado’s Western Slope. But today it offers a lifeline, helping them travel from their summer range high in the mountains to winter foraging grounds along the Arkansas River.


For the past year, a tunnel dipping under three lanes of speeding traffic has beckoned. And as frost descended recently on subalpine meadows and glittering-gold aspen, a huge bull elk, measuring at least nine feet from antlers to hoofs, entered the structure ever so cautiously. Infrared cameras on both ends captured his meandering.

“Yes!” exulted Mark Lawler, an environmental specialist with the state transportation department, sitting under the 25-foot-wide tunnel arch and watching images pop up on his laptop. The ground there was marked by coyote, deer and even squirrel tracks, more proof of success. But Lawler was focusing on the elk’s safe passage. He “won’t be hit by someone on the highway.”

The $3.5 million project is one of several planned for Colorado’s ever more crowded roads, on which some 4,000 bears, bighorn sheep, coyotes and myriad other animals died last year. The cost of the carnage exceeded $80 million, according to state officials.

Across the country, as development continues to encroach on natural areas, wildlife-vehicle collisions are taking a massive toll. More than 1.9 million animal-collision insurance claims were filed in fiscal 2019, a State Farm report found, with some researchers estimating the annual price tag of the resulting human fatalities, wildlife mortality, injuries, vehicle damage and other costs at almost $10 billion.

Yet advances in satellite tracking technology are helping biologists to better understand how many animals rely on corridors — strips of land that link habitats — and how wildlife crossings over and under roads are essential to reconnect these shrinking settings. Federal and state officials, conservationists and landowners are now partnering across borders on remedies.

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