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Neon Speaks Friday Evening Reception and Symposium

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Verdi Club

2424 Mariposa Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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An evening reception with a book launch, speakers and short films—all at the Verdi Club, San Francisco's beautiful and historic ballroom.

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The Friday Evening Reception and Symposium is a main event covered by the 3-Day pass to the Neon Speaks Festival and Symposium. To find out more about main and auxiliary events, See Neon Speaks full schedule for April 26-27-28, 2019.

The evening includes social time, sign painting, presentations, films, and stories about designers, artists, and champions of neon signs. It is also the book launch for the new publication Saving Neon, a guidebook developed by presenters from last year's presenters at Neon Speaks.

Opening Reception 6 to 6:30 PM Join us for a social reception before the Symposium. And don't miss the live sign-painting demo with vintage lettering expert Derek MacDonald of Golden West Sign Arts. Reception includes light fare (vegan options), beer, wine, soft drinks.

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Eric Lynxwiler, board member of the Museum of Neon Art, will give opening remarks and moderate a panel discussion after the presentations.

Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan, co-founders of Neon Speaks, will give welcoming remarks and present the recent publication Saving Neon, a guidebook for anyone who wants to save and illuminate a neon sign in their neighborhood.

Tracey Sprague of the Neon Museum of Las Vegas will give us the backstory of Betty Willis, one of the most popular Las Vegas sign designers, and how she stood out from her contemporaries. Betty designed the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and the gorgeous script of the Moulin Rouge casino and other iconic Las Vegas signs.

John Law is a San Francisco raconteur, prankster, and sign man. John has stories about the dare-devil aspects of restoring the "big signs" of the Bay Area: The Ferry Building, Hills Brothers Coffee, and the Oakland Tribune Tower clock. When John wasn't busy restoring and hanging neon signs, he was co-founding the Cacophony Society, Suicide Club, and Burning Man.

The evening concludes with a screening of the film "NEON" by Eric Bednarski, an award-winning documentary on the Cold War era neonization of Poland, introduced by Kate Widdows.

This is a main event covered by the 3-Day pass to Neon Speaks Festival and Symposium. To find out more about main and auxiliary events, See Neon Speaks full schedule for April 26-27-28, 2019.

Top photo by Al Barna, Starlite Motel, Mesa, AZ

After the film screening, we'll gather for a group photo under the historic Verdi Club neon sign. Photo by Al Barna 2014, from the book San Francisco Neon.

The publication of Saving Neon: A Best Practices Guidebook were made possible by grants from San Francisco Heritage, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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