Secret society curios: classic Masonic and Odd Fellows folk art

Allison Meier at Hyperallergic has a fascinating look at The American Folk Art Museum’s exhibit of classic secret society folk art. Read the rest

The mystery of the Lower Haight's Peacock Lounge

Rose Garrett over at The Bold Italic did some crackerjack investigative work on a little lounge nestled between the bars in the Lower Haight of San Francisco. The Peacock Lounge is almost always closed, only very rarely opened for private events. Rose's attempts to reach someone, anyone, associated with the venue go unanswered until its doors serendipitously open again to host a neighborhood meeting:

Nate also shared with me a detail that went a long way toward explaining why Peacock Lounge was such an enigma. He said the space was not, and was never meant to be, a bar or nightlife venue. It was owned and operated by Unity Masonic Hall, located upstairs, and its main use was as a private social hall for the Black Masons.

A The Bold Italic Mystery - Entering the Nest - Thanks, John! Read the rest