2010-10-02 16:07:02 GMT
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - World Veg Festival
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Country Western Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Edges of Light
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Bethany Center Senior Housing Unveils a New Creative Community Program in the Mission
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Family Day at Galeria de la Raza
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Meet an Environmental Hero - Pete McCloskey
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Out of Our Minds with Melissa Auf der Maur
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - SFFS Film in the Fog: The Incredible Shrinking Man
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Hospitality: A Discussion of Social Meal Space
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - MAPP AND PINK ART PRESENT
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Film in the Fog: The Incredible Shrinking Man
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - An Evening at Elizabeth's Court - Season Opening Gala
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - To Your Wishes: an evening of guaranteed chance
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - Screening: 'Mellodrama'
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - SIX FEET UNDER CLUB: Let's have sex in a coffin
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - 'Bollywood Stars in the Sky: Indian Sound and Cinema' Screens at Oddball Films
- Saturday, 02 October, 2010 - 24th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Indian Summer Block Party
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Conversation: Willa and George Tanabe on Japanese Religious Art
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Rock Of Our Ages
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Film Portraits by Christopher Felver: Ferlinghetti
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Poetry Reading with David Meltzer and Jayne Lyn Stahl
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - The Lit Show Rare Cinema+Live Literary Song
- Sunday, 03 October, 2010 - Arse Elektronika: SPACE RACY / Microtalks on Sex/Tech/Art <at> Mission Comics and Art
- Monday, 04 October, 2010 - Recycled, ReInvented- From the Artists of SCRAP
- Monday, 04 October, 2010 - Oakland Anticipations
- Monday, 04 October, 2010 - Keeping the Net Healthy: A Conversation with Vinton Cerf, Paul Mockapetris + Esther Dyson
- Tuesday, 05 October, 2010 - Fatima Bhutto: 'Songs of Blood and Sword, a Daughter's Memoir'
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - Courtyards Redux
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - Flight of Poets: A Litquake Event
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - LDM100
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - Cecil Taylor: All the Notes
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - BYOF Cinema Orgy!!! Open submission film night every 1st wednesday of the month
- Wednesday, 06 October, 2010 - Erotic Spoken Word Contest
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Heidi Look-a-Like Contest at Justin Herman Plaza
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - FIERCE
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - John Held Jr - Debris from the Cultural Underground
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Sandbox Suites Union Sq Opening Party
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Persistent Behavior - Repetition as Art
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Ritual/Habitual
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - The International Homosexual Conspiracy book release
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - 'Sartorial Creatures' Opening Reception with artist Monique Motil
- Thursday, 07 October, 2010 - Outsound presents Slumgum and Walsh Set Trio
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - 2 Blocks of Art
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Oscar Palacio: American Places - OPENING
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Local Flavor
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Symposium and A/V Performances by Ezekiel Honig, Joshue Ott and David Last
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Mark: Subject/Object/Collaborator
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Art Explosion Fall Open Studios
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Rooftop Comedy's Out Loud Comedy + Arts Festival
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - SINS INVALID-An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Becoming Walt Whitman
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Our Town
- Friday, 08 October, 2010 - Tonight's Town improv theater featuring the AfTers
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Woodside Day of the Horse - 6th Annual
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Festival of Rock Posters
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Robot Wars at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Green Drive Expo - Bay Area
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Open Studios: new work by Rodney Ewing: Keep in a Cool Dry Place
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - 9th Annual Livermore ArtWalk
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - SF Open Studios
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - El Cerrito Free Folk Festival
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Intimate Nature Exhibition
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - BAPC One Shot x2 Exhibition
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Reception Absence Presence : Kathy deRosas
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - All Souls
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - 'Palin' [Phaze One]
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism: New works and installation by Augustine Kofie
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Cradle Stories and In Search of New Land: A two man show with Lucas Soi and C3
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Tito's Show, World's most famous male bellydancer
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Zombie Town - A Mockumentary Play
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Garden, Mirror, Self
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - SIMM Series 'On The Edge of Dark' w/Vinny Golia
- Saturday, 09 October, 2010 - Fourteen Hills + Eleven Eleven at Lit Crawl 2010
- Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival
- Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - Food + Tech: A Recipe for Better Eating
- Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - Conference: 101010 - Cell Phone Justice
- Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - Burning Man presents The 11th Annual SF Decompression
- Sunday, 10 October, 2010 - Kestral Sound Review v.2: Battle of the One Man Bands
- Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - L'esprit de Corps
- Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - 18th Annual TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss
- Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - Three Sisters. Final Cut
- Wednesday, 13 October, 2010 - Burmese Refugees
- Thursday, 14 October, 2010 - The Eight Ten Portraits by Dennis Letbetter
- Thursday, 14 October, 2010 - Why There Are Words Literary Reading: Flight
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
Sat-Sun, Oct 2-3, 10am to 6pm both days
San Francisco Vegetarian Society presents its 11th WORLD VEG FESTIVAL. Creative vegetarian cooking demos, international cuisine, Veggie Speed Dating, and entertainment.
Presenters: John Robbins, Rory Freedman, Dr. Milton Mills, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Michael Klaper, Fashion show by Karine Brighten, etc.
October 2 - 3, 2010 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) San Francisco County Fair Bldg, Lincoln + 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park). $7 suggested donation; FREE to everyone before 10:30 a.m. FREE to children, students + seniors with ID.
SFVS was founded in 1968 to promote the nutritional, ethical, social and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet. Tel 415-273-5481 or www.sfvs.org Sat-Sun, Oct 2-3, 10am to 6pm both days.
MORE INFO: JC Cadiz ** http://www.sfvs.org/wvd/ ** wvdinfo <at> sfvs.org ** 415-273-5481 Presented by San Francisco Vegetarian Society
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
October 2 - 3 Country Western Weekend Howdy, partner! This weekend we celebrate all the great western TV shows, movies and stars of the past and present. Grab your family and head over to the town hall for all the festivities. The jukebox will be full of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and all the country greats. Dress as a western character and get fifty tickets for carnival prizes as you enter!
The special events of Country Western Weekend are in addition to all of Playland's regular attractions. Guests pay one low price to enter and play all day: $10 for children and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
The exhibition “Edges of Light”, on view at Arts Benicia from October 2nd through November 6th, features a diverse range of artists brought together to examine the existence of photography outside the usual expectations of the medium. Co-curators Mark Eanes, associate professor at California College of the Arts (CCA), and Chris Nickel, director of CCA’s photo lab, have structured an exhibition that exposes the viewer to works of art that challenge existing ideas of what a photograph is, what it looks like, and what techniques and materials are possible in its creation. The exhibition features artists Stephen Berkman, Brice Bischoff, Matthew Brandt, Natalie Cheung, John Chiara, Binh Danh, Rachel Heath, Jason Kalogiros, Chris McCaw, Eric Mertens, Christine Nguyen, Maggie Preston, and John Roloff.
In the works on view in “Edges of Light”, there are a number of distinct approaches taken by the artists, both in the materials and processes utilized, but also in the conceptual connection to photography as a whole. The images that bear the most resemblance to traditional photography are those using antique processes. In the Daguerreotypes made by Binh Danh and Eric Mertens, viewers come face to face with modern iterations of the first-ever viable photographic process. Stephen Berkman and Rachel Heath, on the other hand, create images using a wet plate collodion process that produces a uniquely distorted and specifically nineteenth century appearance. In another approach, Chris McCaw and John Chiara both use cameras and traditional photographic materials to create images, but again, the product of their efforts are unlike any typical photograph. In both cases, the object on the wall is an actual one of a kind sheet of paper used to capture the image.
The nature of the process itself is what distinguishes this exhibition of photography. Although the work at Arts Benicia represents a broad range of expression stylistically and conceptually, this group of artist is united by the significance of process, and in most cases, chance and mystery, these images are not the products of a quick snap of the shutter. In fact, many of the images are made without a camera. Instead, the photographs are carefully crafted, and in certain cases, take hours to create and develop. “Edges of Light” is the culmination of the risks these have artists have taken and the boundaries they have broken.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Noon San Francisco District 9 Supervisor David Campos performs an origami opening ceremony
Noon – 4pm Music by Potaje Ensemble A blend of contemporary Flamenco, Latin music and jazz
Recycled, Reinvented A group exhibition of artists working with SCRAP (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts)
Informational tables and demonstrations by: Always Active, SCRAP (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts) with Aiko Lanier Cuneo, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Dance Generators and origami lessons.
2pm Dance Generators Performing a piece commissioned for this event, they are an intergenerational performance company comprised of USF students and senior adults from the local community.
3pm Tai Chi Ruth’s Table presents its Saturday morning Tai Chi class. Our students will be performing and giving demonstrations of their new skills.
Also, an art bazaar, silent auction and raffle! INFO: http://ruthstable.org or www.bethanycenter.org
On Saturday, October 2, Bethany Center Senior Housing introduces Ruth's Table, a center for creative learning designed for people over age 50 living independent lives in San Francisco. Bethany Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian residence that provides quality housing and services to lower-income people with a priority to seniors.
Grand opening ceremonies begin at noon on Saturday, October 2nd with an origami opening ceremony performed by District 9 Supervisor David Campos at the Capp Street entrance. The festivities will include an art bazaar with hands on arts + crafts, music by flamenco fusion band Potaje Ensemble, a dance performance by Dance Generators, an intergenerational company based at USF, tai chi demonstrations from Ruth’s Table students, and food and refreshments. The Gallery at Ruth’s Table will feature the group exhibition Recycled, Reinvented by artists from SCRAP (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts), curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation, S.F. Fine Arts Museums.
Programming at Ruth's Table spans many areas, from art classes and exhibits to an intergenerational dance company, tai chi, music, active wellness, civic engagement, and the creation of a community garden. Ruth’s Table also includes an artist-in-residency program, a professional art gallery with rotating shows, music concerts, and guest artist workshops in many mediums including Batik and Chinese Brush and Ink.
Ruth's Table is rooted in the life and work of San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa. In 1969, Asawa installed Growth, the vibrant mosaic that still greets members of the community as they enter Bethany Center. Her continued support has played a pivotal role in inspiring our arts programs and collaborators over the years.
The program was named for Ruth Asawa's own kitchen table, built for her by her husband, architect Albert Lanier. Over decades, Asawa’s table became a well-known meeting place for politicians, poets, and artists to share food and ideas, create art, and organize projects. Her door always remained open as she committed herself to linking her personal life with her community. Now, Asawa has generously donated that very table to become the centerpiece of Ruth's Table. Her wish is that the table continue to serve as a hearth for creativity, inspiring people over 50 to come together, continue to learn, and give back to the community.
A documentary about the journey of Ruth's Table will premiere at The de Young Museum, Koret Auditorium in January 2011.
For more information about Ruth Asawa: www.ruthasawa.org
Ruth's Table Collaborators: Academy of Art University, California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco Performing Arts Department, SCRAP, AARP, Community Music Center, de Young Museum, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco State University.
The programs at Ruth’s Table are for anyone over 50 living in the San Francisco area. The Gallery at Ruth’s Table is open 12-5pm M-F and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday. Please call (415) 821-4515 to schedule weekend appointments.
SCRAP (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts) Recycled, Reinvented has been curated by Robert Flynn Johnson, a curator emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. The opening for the show will be held on Friday, September 24th from 6-9pm in The Gallery at Ruth’s Table. View the works of a group of talented artists that dedicate a portion of their time and energy as staff members at SCRAP. This exhibition will show how our environment can shape ourselves and help the communities we live in. Ruth Asawa served as president of the board of directors and president emerita for SCRAP for more than 20 years. http://www.scrap-sf.org/
Dance Generators An intergenerational performance company comprised of USF students and senior adults from the local community. They perform in theaters and community centers throughout San Francisco. http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/pa/dance_minor/
Potaje Ensemble Potaje was founded in 1992 by Chus Alonso with the artistic objective of exploring the musical connections between Spain and the Americas. Since that time Potaje has created and performed a blend of contemporary Flamenco, Latin music and jazz, developing an original style, both innovative and traditional-respectful of the old musical forms, but open to contemporary ways of expression. In the framework of this ensemble, world class Flamenco, Latino-American and classical musicians and dances have collaborated to build a musical bridge, linking Spain with the Americas. http://chus.carayanpress.com/potensemble.html ###
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 12:00 PM PDT
Influential Mission District institution and community arts space Galería de la Raza is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Season. To commemorate this pivotal milestone, the Galería has created a robust itinerary of events that will take place this Fall. The celebratory programming is comprised of four events; the Retrospective Anniversary Exhibition, an interactive Family Day, a Latin Jazz concert at Yerba Buena Gardens and an exclusive finale ceremony at Brava Theatre Center featuring Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Sandra Cisneros.
A Family Day, created in appreciation of Galería’s cherished community, is intended to invite neighbors and new individuals to discover Galería’s curriculum. The day will offer a fun and informative programming for all ages. Children will be able to participate in the hands-on art-making activities with local artists and craftsmen. Guests will also experience a diverse sampling of the Galería’s programs as well enjoy specialty music, art and performance.
Family Day at Galería will be held on October 2, from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is free and open to the public.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 12:30 PM PDT
Former Congressman Pete McCloskey has been a hero of the environment for five decades. He co-founded the first Earth Day, co-authored the 1973 Endangered Species Act, was one of the nation's first environmental lawyers, and represented the Bay Area's 11th Congressional District from 1969 to 1983.
Mark your calendars and invite your family and friends to be part of a major Chapter event at which we will honor Pete McCloskey with the Chapter's first Environmental Hero Award. We will then hear Pete McCloskey talk about his lifetime efforts in protecting the environment. Master of Ceremonies will be Emmy Award-winning former South Bay Bureau Chief-KGO TV newsman Rigo Chacon.
MORE INFO: Darren Ponce ** http://www.lomaprieta.sierraclub.org ** darren.ponce <at> sierraclub.org ** 650-390-8494 Presented by Sierra Club - Loma Prieta Chapter
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 02:30 PM PDT
Out Of Our Minds – OOOM
IN PERSON: MELISSA AUF dER MAUR
Join us for a special event with celebrated Canadian musician Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), who will present herHD fantasy film Out Of Our Minds, part of a multidisciplinary conceptual project that includes her 2010 solo album Out Of Our Minds and a new comic book. Described by Auf der Maur as a “blood-and-witches fantasy” about “the hunt for the heart,” the film is a Norse-inspired, music-filled experimental saga without dialogue in which a crashing car opens a gateway to parallel worlds and other time periods.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 03:00 PM PDT
The San Francisco Film Society, with the Presidio Trust, continues its 2010 Fall Season with the much-anticipated ninth annual Film in the Fog at 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 2. There is a new location this year, on the lawn near Moraga Avenue and Arguello Avenue. The free, family-friendly film screening will feature the classic existential science fiction thriller The Incredible Shrinking Man (USA 1957), a classic Disney Silly Symphony short and free popcorn for all.
After businessman Scott Carey is engulfed by a mysterious noxious cloud composed of radiation and insecticide, he shrinks. And shrinks. And shrinks. What begins as a scientific/medical enigma soon presents dire consequences, as Carey is literally dwarfed by his environment. Directed by B-movie master Jack Arnold (Creature from the Black Lagoon, FIF 2007; The Mouse that Roared, SFIFF 1959), the film presents a not-so-sly allegory of masculine crisis in the post-WWII era. As Carey becomes smaller, less functional and less important, he becomes trapped in the home when his unsympathetic wife leaves to bring home the bacon. With his domestic space becoming increasingly menacing and full of pitfalls, Carey eventually squats in a dollhouse. The film’s special effects are especially ingenious, ranging from simple “big clothes” to rear projection and some amazing oddly-scaled sets. In 2009 The Incredible Shrinking Man was added to the National Film Registry, the list of films deemed worthy of preservation for their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance. Written by Richard Matheson. Photographed by Ellis W. Carter. With Grant Williams, Randy Stuart. 81 min.
Preceding the film will be the classic Disney Silly Symphony short The Skeleton Dance, drawn by Ub Iwerks with music by Carl Stalling, presented courtesy of the Walt Disney Family Museum, also located in the Presidio.
The film program begins at sunset (approximately 7:00 pm). Dress warmly, it’s San Francisco.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 03:30 PM PDT
The fifth and final meal and discussion in the Pop-Up Cafe series is on the topic of Hospitality, taking place in my home on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 starting at 5:30pm. Questions for the evening include: What is the role of hospitality, and generosity more generally, in the creation of successful social meals? What are the implicit and explicit values at play in the political economy of social exchange in meal hospitality? Where is reciprocity operative in social meal space? Please join special guests Alexis Petty and Sarah Fontaine of the Upper Left Ethnography Project, and writer and art historian Claire Daigle in this conversation.
The Pop-Up Café is a series of open discussions around five aspects of social meal space facilitated by dinner. The past decade has been accompanied by a range of social food projects throughout many fields including the arts. The intention of the Pop-Up Cafe meal and discussion series is to find out why this movement is occurring, and what that means for our lives.The series is presented throughout this fall in several locations across San Francisco. Each of the meals will be in a place evocative of the discussion theme. Conversations will include the contributions of special guests. The public is invited to participate in this free event with RSVP, dinner starts at 5:30pm and discussion will continue until 7:30pm. All guests are asked to bring their ideas and appetites. Please visit the website, www.pop-upcafe.com, for more information and to RSVP.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Enjoy a free, outdoor screening of the 1957 science-fiction classic The Incredible Shrinking Man, when the Presidio Trust and the San Francisco Film Society present the 9TH annual Film in the Fog. The film tells the story of the inward development of an ordinary man, who after a freak encounter with a radioactive cloud and a new insecticide, is shrinking away to practically nothing. The film’s stunning special effects and camerawork, considered remarkable for their time, are, even today a source of amazement. Parking is available on the Main Post. Pre-show entertainment begins at 5:30. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and to arrive early to reserve a spot. Food and beverages available for purchase or bring a picnic.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Our fun-filled evening of music, merriment, mead and morsels returns when her royal majesty Gloriana, Maestro Todd Jolly, and the staff and singers of San Francisco Renaissance Voices invite you to An Evening at Elizabeth's Court. Your evening at court starts with a reception flowing with mead and wine, and a Silent Auction featuring some of the finest items in The Realm including tickets to performances and dining, fine vintages and valuable gift items. For your entertainment this year her majesty has asked our Assistant Music Director, The Lady Katherine McKee to direct The Ladies of the Court in a concert lush with madrigals with guest artist Celtic harper Diana Rowan. Your evening at court ends with a Renaissance feast featuring exotic foods from sunny Spain.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 05:30 PM PDT
Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St, SF Saturday, October 2nd doors 7:30 show up to vote by 9:30 party on into the night.
Noisebridge is turning 3 and is celebrating with an experimental birthday party! There will be food, drinks, music, death-swings, dancing, and contests of strength, wit, and agility.
Guests are invited to attend with $10 and (optionally) a hare-brained scheme. The thrust of the event will then be deciding which hare-brained scheme to spend all the collected money on. If 100 people turn up, you'll be a part of a group that has $1000 to spend. If 200 show up, $2000. Ideas could range from the obvious (blow it all on booze at that instant), to the whimsical (buy a 'bouncy castle' that everyone will have 1/200th ownership of), to the insurrectionary (that'd be one hell of a reclaim the streets sound system), to the excessive (buy a few thousand dollars worth of bouncy-balls and unleash them somewhere in the city). Maybe we could even buy land somewhere? Anything goes, and it's likely that the most hare-brained of the hare-brained schemes will prevail.
The hope is that by spending $10 you'll have at least $1000 at your disposal, along with a room full of co-conspirators to help make the best use of it. We'll be providing a super fast paced visual voting system, along with an infrastructure to make this the most ADD decision ever made. This is a party, not a meeting.
Doors open at 7:30pm, and you have until 9:28pm to get in the door with $10 and a plan. Afterwards, the party will continue on. Noisebridge is located at 2169 Mission St, bring your friends.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 06:30 PM PDT
SAT. 10/2: MELLODRAMA: THE MELLOTRON MOVIE + WAKEMAN + WOBBLY +
The first of five in our Dead Media suite, this doc by Dianna Dilworth explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron; the first musical keyboard to 'sample' the sounds of other instruments. From its birth in a California garage in the '50s, through its dominance on concert stages in the '70s, to its near-religious cult of followers today. From the Beatles to Black Sabbath to Kanye West, Mellodrama is a 50-year odyssey of musical invention, revolution, betrayal and rediscovery, with testimonies from Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Mike Pinder (Moody Blues), Rod Argent (The Zombies), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Richard Chamberlin (Chamberlin Company), Tom Rhea (Berklee School of Music), and Pea Hicks (Optiganally Yours). Opening is Rick (Yes) Wakeman's half-hr. history of the instrument (visuals by David Cox), plus commentary by SF's own expert on all things Sampled, Jon 'Wobbly' Leidecker. James Brundage's Mellotron is in the house for all to tickle...and an Optigan too!
Doors open at 8pm for 8:30pm start.
A.T.A. GALLERY 992 VALENCIA STREET SAN FRANCISCO 415.648.0654
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 07:30 PM PDT
Let's have sex in a coffin! monochrom wants you to go down!
In the age of data mining, a person's sex life may contain less embarrassing details than their web search history. Does it make sense that the former is a tightly guarded secret while the latter is shared with anonymous corporations daily? Even though a sexual nature is one of the few things most humans share in common, our social convention is to push all trace of it out of the public sphere. The Six Feet Under Club offers attendees a unique opportunity to experience the warping of public and private intimate space.
At monochrom's Arse Elektronika conference, couples can volunteer to be buried together in a casket beneath the ground. The space they occupy will be extremely private and intimate. The coffin is a reminder of the social norm of exclusive pair bonding 'till death do us part'. However, this intimate scene will be corrupted by the presence of a night vision webcam which projects the scene on to an outside wall. The audience will be privy to the scene inside, but the volunteers in the coffin will be completely isolated from them. The scenario keeps the intimacy of a sexual moment intact while moving the private act into public space. It can be seen as an absurd parody of pornographic cinema or an examination of the high value placed on sexual privacy. Either way, won't you become a member of the Six Feet Under Club?
Saturday, October 2, 2010 9:30 PM on street outside of Parisoma (1436 Howard St. at 10th, San Francisco)
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 08:00 PM PDT
Oddball Films presents an evening exploring Indian sound and cinema featuring “There’ll Always Stars in the Sky: The Indian Music Phenomenon” (1992), the story behind Bollywood playback singers, “Discovering the Music of India” an introduction to classic Indian musical styles from the North and South and “Bombay Movies”, a profile of Indian superstar Vinod Khanna. In “They’ll Always be Stars in the Sky......” British documentary director Jeremy Marre takes you behind the scenes of India’s Hollywood to meet star actors (Raj Kapoor), star singers (India’s reining “playback” singer Lata Mangeshkar , sister of Asha Bhosle), top musical directors (Kalyanji Anandji) and others in recording sessions, on shooting sets, in posh residences and in the teeming streets as it explores India’s “sound behind the cinema”. With over 750 feature films a year in Bollywood alone, 100 million viewers a week and over 600 movie magazines the Bollywood film industry is a subject of fantasy and fascination worldwide.
Posted: 02 Oct 2010 09:00 PM PDT
The 24th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition, sponsored by Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc., featuring works of 94 artists and craftspeople - both established and emerging - who live or work in Emeryville, is on display October 2 through October 24, 2010, at 5815 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, CA. The show is open daily from 11 am to 6 pm; admission is free.
The Exhibition celebrates the work of Emeryville artists and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints, textiles, ceramics, and glass works. This unique and inclusive community exhibition presents new discoveries each year. The sheer number and array of artists living or working in Emeryville illustrates the city's cultural vibrancy and provides an impressive creative pool that continues to create exciting works for the annual exhibition. The individual pieces demonstrate the diversity of Emeryville artists and show their engagement with a host of aesthetic, political, and social concerns.
The collection of artwork for the 24th annual exhibition was selected by a panel of jurors including, Paul Tomidy, independent curator and visual artist; Mina Dresden, owner, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco; and Steve Pon, Gallery Exhibitions Supervisor, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco. Tomidy returns for the fifteenth year to curate this exhibition. (Works on exhibition are for sale.)
Contributing artists include Kirk Crippens, photography; Rae Dunn, ceramics; Ana Lisa Hedstrom, textiles; Teresa Kalnoskas, painting; Shawna Peterson, neon sculpture; Rik Ritchey, sculpture; Dean Santner, furniture; and Camille Seaman, photography.
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 11:00 AM PDT
Public Works and Dax Presents invite you to the
INDIAN SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
Block Party in the Heart of the Mission
Nothing is better than having a party in your very own backyard with all your closest friends and a killer soundsystem ... join us as we welcome some of the most forward thinking electronic music producers and DJs in the world today to the corner of Mission and Erie in San Francisco!
special guests from los angeles:
:: ACID GIRLS ::
iheartcomix / kitsune
+ Surprise Guest SUPERSTARS
we can't tell you or their agent will hurt us but yer gonna love it! with local heroes:
SOLAR (sunset / bionic)
LITTLE JOHN (raindance / nexus)
MOZAIC (raindance / glimmer of dope) happy bday!
ADNAN (fwd sf / power to the peaceful)
SHAWNA (el circo / get freaky)
SLEAZEMORE (lights down low)
STRIDAH (nexus / ack labs)
T-DUB (rebel bass collective)
MAJITOPE (symbiosis / garden house)
Opus Audio outside and Funktion One inside
Staging + Inflatable Decor by Zone AV
Live Art + Interactive Surprises
Live Video Mixing Massage
Check out the Banksy piece on the club wall and get down to some of the hottest DJs in electronic music!
Limited $5 pre-sales available at http://www.wantickets.com/EventDetail.aspx?e_id=131493 $10 day of the show
ALL RESPONSIBLE AGES to dance // 21+ to drink
We will be making donations to support two great charities - Root Division and NextAID learn more at nextaid.org and rootdivison.org
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 01:00 PM PDT
Two noted scholars will examine significant pieces of Japanese Buddhist art featured in the exhibition through the lens of both religious studies and art history. Engaging each other in discussion about diverse works—including painted and sculptural images of the bodhisattva Jizo, a humorous Zen monk in a tree, and an exquisite Nyoirin Kannon—George and Willa Tanabe plan a complementary, occasionally contentious, disquisition on the backgrounds, styles, and meanings of Japanese religious art.
George Tanabe is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai’i. He has written widely on Japanese religion, including co-authoring, with Ian Reader, Practically Religious: Worldly Benefits and the Common Religion of Japan. He also edits several important series on Japanese tradition and Buddhism.
Willa Tanabe, former Dean of the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai’i. She has published extensively on images connected to the Lotus Sutra and has also curated exhibitions of woodblock prints, Japanese embroidery, and the sacred art of Mt. Kōya. The Tanabes are currently working on a guidebook to all of the Japanese Buddhist temples in Hawai’i.
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 02:00 PM PDT
Osher Marin JCC Exhibits Work of Three Jewish Rock Photographers in 'Rock of Our Ages' From the 1960's to the present, Jewish artists have been prominent among those capturing images of rock performers. On Sunday, October 3, 2010, from 4-6pm, the Center for Jewish Life at the Osher Marin JCC will host an opening reception for Rock of Our Ages, an unprecedented rock photography exhibit featuring the work of Bob Minkin, Richard Pechner, and the late Bruce Steinberg. The Marin History Museum Music Center, opening the Marin Rocks exhibit in San Rafael this November, is co-sponsoring this family-oriented opening celebration.
MORE INFO: Doris Simon ** http://www.marinjcc.org ** dsimon <at> marinjcc.org ** 415-444-8000 Presented by The Center for Jewish Life (CJL) at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 04:30 PM PDT
In Person: Christopher Felver. Invited Guest: Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Bay Area photographer Christopher Felver specializes in portraits of artists, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and actors, and he has captured many of the cutting-edge talents of our time. As an extension of his pictures, his films are documentary portraits of artists.
Chris Felver will present his definitive documentary on Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s great poet, artist, publisher and civil libertarian who was also a catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. Ferlinghetti is a lively and intimate portrait, including extensive interviews with the man himself, as well as other figures, such as Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Dennis Hopper, Dave Eggers, Amiri Baraka, Gary Snyder and many others. The bestselling poet in modern literature, Ferlinghetti means even so much more to the tradition of American literature and thought. (US 2009) 82 min. plus discussion.
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 05:30 PM PDT
Poetry Reading featuring legendary Beat poet, jazz musician, and Cabalist, David Meltzer, author of 'Beat Thing' and, most recently,'David's Copy' from Penguin, and widely published poet, Huffington Post blogger, playwright, and screenwriter, Jayne Lyn Stahl, author of 'Riding with Destiny,' her new collection from NYQ Books: http://www.nyqbooks.org/title/ridingwithdestiny
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Oddball Films and Lit Quake presents THE LIT SHOW, a celebration of song, cinema and literature starring LA's Diva Deluxe SUZY WILLIAMS + Brad Kay, who perform songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St Vincent Millay, J.D. Salinger, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Truman Capote, Vladimir Nabokov, Rudyard Kipling and more. Dorothy Parker wrote a song that Billie Holiday sang. Tennessee Williams wrote a song that Marlon Brando sang as a rambling troubadour in The Fugitive Kind. Lonely House was written by Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes. Jack Kerouac + Allen Ginsberg wrote Pull My Daisy with David Amram. You've read the book, now hear the song. With rare film clips of Kurt Vonnegut in “Deadeye Dick”, Ginsberg and Keroauc in “Pull My Daisy”, Marlon Brando, and more literary lions! Live on the Oddball Films Cine Stage! Details: http://www.oddballfilm.com/oddballftp/The_Lit_Show_PR.pdf
Posted: 03 Oct 2010 06:30 PM PDT
###### monochrom's ##### Arse Elektronika 2010 #### SPACE RACY ### Talks, machines, workshops and performances ## San Francisco, September 30-October 3, 2010 # At Chez Poulet, Center for Sex and Culture, Parisoma, Noisebridge and Mission Comics and Art
### SPACE RACY?
Love hotels. Swinger club design. Phallic architecture. The gentrification of Times Square, kicking out all the peep shows, and similar anti-sex gentrifications and battles. Kids making out in the back seats of cars, and people fucking in parks. Housing for unconventional family units. Augmented reality sex spaces. Furniture for sex. Room design. Creating new environments. Gendered spaces, and gender in the creation of space. Architecture by women, and the potential for the construction of a feminist architecture. Actively gender-segregated spaces, as both empowering and oppressing. Queer-segregated spaces, similarly. The acts of human intimacy, sexual intercourse, and procreation in weightlessness and the extreme environments of space. Erotic space tourism. The visibility of sex, genders, and relationship structures in various spaces. Spaces of sexual control and permissiveness. Sexual subcultures as spaces of social division. Spatial enforcement of relationship structures and gendered power structures. Geotagging as an expression for kinks. The sexual reading of architecture, especially around historical and modern styles and concerning ornament and detail. The eroticization of buildings -- architecture for whorehouses, the Las Vegas strip, people who want to sleep with buildings. What makes design 'sexy' and the construction of 'sexy' as an architectural category as a comment on late heteronormativity. The terabyte gloryhole. The space in which the male gaze occurs and the space it defines.
Heterosexism, misogyny, and heterocentrism reinforce the dominant cultural structure and contribute to the oppression of large sectors of society. Sexuality, sex, gender, and related constructs are heavily implicated in and reproduce space, and are also constrained and restricted by it and by heterosexism. Let's explore this space of interactions.
## Microtalks on Sex/Tech/Art
# Lightning talks about technosexual art and comic culture! Give your own 5-minute presentation!
Sunday, October 3, 2010 8:30 PM at Mission Comics and Art (3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco)
### FESTIVAL PASSES # Single day pass: $20 (with a possibility of student discount) # Festival pass: $50 # Workshops <at> Noisebridge: free, but possible material costs
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT
Exhibit runs now to Jan 5, 2011; Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, weekends by appointment
The Gallery at Ruth's Table presents Recycled, ReINVENTED - From the Artists of SCRAP Artists Reception: Friday, Sept 24, 6-9pm
View the works of a group of talented artists who dedicate a portion of their time and energy as staff members at SCRAP. This exibit is a collective demonstration of how the SCRAP environment shapes us and helps the communities we live in.
SCRAP is the oldest non-profit creative reuse center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Artists: Ellen Felcher Burns, Stacey M. Carter, Air Feller, Jake David Lindsay-Ceniceros, Jennifer Morningstar, Sandra Murray, Jeff Rahuba, Lisa Ryan, Jane Schafgans, Kenan Shapero, Ute Zaunbauer Guest Curator: Robert Flynn Johnson Exhibit runs now to Jan 5, 2011; Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, weekends by appointment.
MORE INFO: Stacey Carter ** http://www.scrap-sf.org/recycled-reinvented-from-the-artists-at-scrap-at-ruths-table-gallery ** carterstacey <at> msn.com ** 415-647-1746 Presented by The Gallery at Ruth's Table
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 08:30 AM PDT
Oct 4-30, Monday-Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm, opening reception Thursday Oct 7, 5:30-7:30pm
Amory's use of multiple motifs and repetition of forms in his paintings represent a deeper examination in to the ways that bodies inhabit both space and time. His artworks attempt to defy the singular and linear perspective of time, taking instead a circuitous route towards the issue of representing fleeting temporality.
Amory's Waiting series is populated by people caught in the liminal space between action and movement, where time seems to pause. Painting a series based on people in the act of waiting seems straightforward enough, but Amory deals powerfully with the issue of poly-locality--how people can be in one place at one time, and yet seem to be miles away in their minds. Oct 4-30, Monday-Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm, opening reception Thursday Oct 7, 5:30-7:30pm.
MORE INFO: Sandra Lee ** http://sandraleegallery.com ** art <at> sandraleegallery.com ** 415-291-8000 Presented by Sandra Lee Gallery
Posted: 04 Oct 2010 04:15 PM PDT
Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; one of the 'fathers of the Internet' Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board, Nominum; Creator, Domain Name System (DNS) Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings + Angel Investor - Moderator
Viruses, spyware, spam, phishing, zombie machines. Several years ago, we might have thought of these as just a nuisance, and their perpetrators as mostly underemployed kids. Today, cybercrime is worth billions of dollars to loosely organized networks of criminals that prey on individuals, businesses and governments with malicious or profit-seeking intent. What are some of the current threats, and how is industry responding to them? What new threats might we expect in the coming years? Is the Internet's health partly a result of misaligned incentives, where those who cause the damage don't bear its costs? How can we change that? What more should industry, government and individuals be doing to protect the network and, ultimately, ourselves?
Posted: 05 Oct 2010 05:30 PM PDT
In SONGS OF BLOOD AND SWORD: A Daughter's Memoir, Fatima Bhutto offers a heartbreaking and revelatory first-hand intimate account of the family that shaped Pakistan. Beyond the news value - with its startling claims about the culprit behind Bhutto's father's death, vivid reporting about her aunt and uncle (now the President of Pakistan) - the book is a remarkable portrait of one of the most famous families in the world, and an insightful commentary on the political turmoil shaping the country.
$12 advance tickets: tel: 800-838-3006 or: independent bookstores ($15 door/$7.50 HC members)
MORE INFO: http://www.kpfa.org/events ** 510-848-6767 Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 03:00 PM PDT
Two prominent Los Angeles artists are collaborating on a show in a re-purposed old winery building in San Francisco's Mission District. The show, entitled Courtyards Redux, is taking place in the building's courtyard, which was originally used to stable horses as part of the winery operation. The vernissage is Wednesday, October 6, between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
The San Francisco venue echoes the renaissance taking place in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, and has attracted two of LA's most prominent personalities who have pioneered the downtown renaissance.
Skip Arnold is a world-renowned performance artist, acclaimed for displaying his torso (often entirely nude) for hours at a time in ways that compel the viewer to contemplate his body as art. In one of his most famous works, each visitor to Basel's 2002 Art Fair could gain entry only by walking over Arnold's prone body, motionless under a piece of specially-fabricated glass. Lying still for over 8 hours per day, over 200,000 visitors from around the world literally walked atop the artist throughout the 5 days of the show.
Arnold has works in numerous museums and high-profile galleries throughout the world. He recently returned from two years in Paris as a visiting professor at Ecole Nationale D'Arts, to resume his faculty work at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He brought his young French bride Olivia to reside with him in an unassuming downtown warehouse -- the kind surrounded by other warehouses -- still remote from the trendy conversions and condos sprouting up in the LA arts district.
Rick Robinson is a larger-than-life fixture at the Brewery Arts complex in LA. Rick is recognized not only for his steel sculpture creations but for his high-profile work in outdoor media. He has dedicated his life not only to his artistic endeavors, but also to major charitable organizations, notably those supporting disadvantaged children. Rick also tours the world as a motivational speaker.
The two artists have had a long personal friendship, and were fascinated by the opportunity presented by Venice resident Alan Pomerantz, who owns the San Francisco venue. The property is a microcosm of LA's Brewery; having originally housed the V. Sattui winery dating to the 1880's (and still operating in Napa Valley). Part of the structure now houses an arts collective, with whom Pomerantz collaborated to repurpose the unused stable area into a sculpture garden. The old winery structures have become a landmark in the thriving Mission arts district.
Guests are invited to attend this vernissage, occurring in a private space. An information package is available by emailing to CourtyardsRedux <at> gmail.com.
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 04:30 PM PDT
What does a pinot noir sound like? What to drink while reading a re-telling of the Odyssey? Come find out—and savor the sound of language in the process.
Wine and poetry- both rich Bay Area traditions—allow us to expand and attend to our senses. At this reading—part of the Bay Area’s LITQUAKE festival— curated by Tess Taylor and Hollie Hardy, internationally renowned sommelier Christopher Sawyer (former sommelier of the Napa Valley Film Festival ) will hand-select wines— from California and beyond— to accompany- and enhance— readings by some of the Bay Area’s best poets. Come celebrate these vintaged verses!
Doors at 6:30 Reading begins at 7 PM Readings by: Camille T. Dungy, Robin Ekiss, Paul Hoover, Ada Limón, Zachary Mason + Matthew Siegel.
CAMILLE T. DUNGY author of two books of poetry, most recently Suck on the Marrow, has edited three poetry anthologies, most recently Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and teaches at SFSU.
ROBIN EKISS is the author of The Mansion of Happiness winner of the 2010 Shenandoah/ Glasgow Poetry Prize, and finalist for both the 2010 Northern California and California Book Awards. She has a preference for Pinot.
PAUL HOOVER’s poetry books include Sonnet 56, Edge and Fold, and Poems in Spanish. He edited New American Writing and the anthology Postmodern American Poetry. A new book, Desolation : Souvenir, is forthcoming from Omnidawn.
ADA LIMÓN is originally from Sonoma, California. She is the author of three collections of poems. Her most recent book, Sharks in the Rivers is out this fall from Milkweed Editions.
ZACHARY MASON is the Vivian Darkbloom Professor of Pure and Applied Lepidoptery at the Barro Colorado research station in Costa Rica. His first book, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, was published this year by Farrar Straus Giroux.
MATTHEW SIEGEL is a poet and essayist from New York. He is a 2009-2011 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Lo-Ball, Ninth Letter, and Washington Square.
Bay Area-native CHRISTOPHER SAWYER —an internationally-renowned sommelier, wine consultant, critic, public speaker— has been personal sommelier for both the Getty Family and the Gorbachevs.
THE HOSTS: Berkeley High School grad TESS TAYLOR is currently the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident in Lenox, Massachusetts, where she writes and works one day a week on an organic farm. Her work appears in AGNI, Believer, Hudson Review, Oxfoard American, the Atlantic Montly and others, and her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was published by the Poetry Society of America.
HOLLIE HARDY is the Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills, former curator of The Velvet Revolution, and an MFA candidate for poetry at SFSU. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Transfer, Milvia Street, Goetry, and Boxcutter.
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 04:30 PM PDT
Four years and 99 episodes in the making, we welcome you to celebrate the kickoff of a worldwide Literary Death Match tour, celebrating the 100th-ever episode. Judges will pass centurial judgment on a must-see lineup featuring home-run hitters. Join hosts Todd Zuniga, Alia Volz, and M.G. Martin for a historic night, with an outrageous finale you’ll never forget.
The LDM100 tour kicks off in conjunction with Litquake. This is a wildly special episode, judged by Pulitzer Prize winners Mark Fiore and Jane Smiley, plus blazing comedian W. Kamau Bell.
All-star dueling authors go head to head: lauded novelist David Corbett (The Devil’s Redhead, Do They Know I’m Running?), slam-dunk poet Jason Bayani (founder: Proletariat Bronze), funny woman Kari Kiernan and music man Joel Selvin (Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin).
Advance tickets at www.literarydeathmatch.com
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
In Person: Christopher Felver + Al Young Chris Felver will introduce his documentary on free-jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and engage in discussion with Al Young, writer, professor and Poet Laureate of California. Felver’s film portrait of Cecil Taylor captures the unconventional genius of this avant-garde giant, who has forged a singular path since the 1950s. Interviewed extensively at his home in Brooklyn, Taylor is depicted in performance at Lincoln Center and Yoshi’s in Oakland, as well as working with students at Mills College. Other interviews include Elvin Jones, Amiri Baraka, Nathaniel Mackey and Al Young. (US 2006) 73 min. plus discussion.
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Things are heating up for B.Y.O.F Cinema orgy’s inaugural October 6th launch!!!
Tell your friends!!! Highlights so far: A sneak preview of PIG DEATH MACHINE. The new Feature film by cinema of transgression filmmaker Jon Moritsugu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Moritsugu, some cool shorts, a great documentary chronicling a shoe stores patronizing treatment of a mentally ill chinese punks 10 years of daily obsessed visits and.. MORE!!!! Remember…this is an open forum for YOU, the filmmaker. Contact us at byofcinemaorgy <at> gmail.com about screening your film, or just bring a DVD to the screening and tap one of the trusty moderators on the collar bone….tap…tap…tap
BYOF Cinema Orgy happens every 1ST WEDNESDAY of the month.
BYOF Cinema Orgy is a monthly film night for independent filmmakers in the bay area at the new film production, community + art space ark221. Bring your work down and it will be screened, all genres and content accepted from G to XXX. We hope our film night, will be just one more way to help unify the scene.
BYOF Cinema Orgy is every first Wednesday <at> 8pm at Ark 221, 221 11th street between Howard and Folsom in the SOMA District of San Francisco.
Posted: 06 Oct 2010 06:30 PM PDT
Would you like to win some money? $200. to be exact?
Have you ever had a super hot erotic experience? Or, do you have a sexy imagination and a hot fantasy?
Erotic Spoken Word Contest to determine just who can make the audience the hottest in seven minutes or less. Must be original material performed by the author. Can be fact or fiction. Story or just hot fantasy. But, it must be hot!
If you want to enter the contest, email me at fredley <at> live.com or click the sign-up button at www.the-art-of-sex.com. This can be your first time doing this or not.
First prize $200. Cash. Paid that night. Admission is free, but you have to buy stuff from Rancho Parnassus. They rock!
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 08:30 AM PDT
World-renowned photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith have devoted their lives to documenting the rapidly vanishing way of life and cultures of the indigenous people of Africa.
A book signing for their new publication will be held at Modernbook Gallery Thursday, October 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
A lecture and book signing will be held at MOAD Saturday October 9, 2010 2:00-4:00 pm
Exhibition runs October 7 - November 28
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT
FIRST-EVER HEIDI LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. Contest Will Benefit Academy of Friends and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
Thursday, October 7 from 11:00 am - 1 pm at Justin Herman Plaza
WHAT: Come celebrate all things Swiss at the first-ever Heidi Look-a-Like Contest at Justin Herman Plaza. Rent a goat (at your own risk ) and pull out your Heidi Dirndl dress! Contestants will have chances to win fabulous prizes, including a trip that same day to Switzerland for an extravaganza package featuring round-trip airfare in Business Class for 2 people on Swiss International Air Lines’ new nonstop service from San Francisco to Zurich and deluxe accommodations in Zurich. Don’t have access to a goat or Heidi dress? All are invited to come and enjoy Swiss giveaways and treats such as SWISS chocolates, Ricola candies, and others. The Heidi Look-A-Like Contest is brought to you by Swiss International Air Lines and benefits the Academy of Friends and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
WHEN: Thursday, October 7 at 11:00am - 1pm
WHERE: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (near Market + Stuart Streets)
WHO: Heidi Look-A-Like Contestants MC’s: Fernando + Greg of MOViN 99.7 Judges: Empress XXX Donna Sachet, Performer, TV Host and Columnist Joe D’Alessandro, President, CEO, San Francisco Convention + Visitor’s Bureau Alex Hermann, Director of Switzerland Tourism, North America Annette Reantragoon, Director Passenger Sales USA., Swiss International Air Lines
ADMISSION: Free! All are invited to join in the fun! For more information please visit http://www.myswitzerland.com/heidi
INFO + REGISTRATION: BACKGROUND: Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) serves 73 destinations in 39 countries throughout the world with a fleet of 86 aircraft from its Zurich hub and the Swiss international airports of Basel and Geneva. This summer, SWISS opened its newest West Coast gateway in San Francisco with a special edition Airbus A340-300 painted with a 60’s-inspired colorful “flower power” motif, and complete with new premium (First and Business) cabins and economy class service. In addition to San Francisco, other SWISS gateways include: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Newark, and New York. SWISS remains true to its mission of providing quality air services that link Switzerland with Europe and the world and embodies typical Swiss values of hospitality, quality in every detail, and personal care. SWISS is a member of Star Alliance and the Miles + More frequent flyer program. As Switzerland's national carrier. SWISS is committed to making all passengers feel at home. For more information visit swiss.com
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 03:30 PM PDT
FIERCE comments on the horror of the AIDS pandemic by two artists whose lives were cut short by AIDS.
Self portraits by John B. Davis (1964-1992) and Sylvain Klaus (1959-1996) that tell a horrific story, creating something out of the tragedy.
Davis' photographs use his own ravaged body. The work is unsentimental and stark. These images were featured the film, We Were Here: Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco, directed by David Weissman.
Klaus' work is mixed media bas relief, influenced by outsider art and German Expressionism. His work expresses his anger and pain in a universal, primal and raw manifestation. Klaus was recognized as a Northwest Mystic Painters.
MORE INFO: Julie Blankenship, E.D. ** http://www.visualaid.org ** visaid <at> visualaid.org ** 415-777-8242 Presented by Visual Aid
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
Opening Reception: October 7, 2010 6-9pm Closing Reception: October 28, 2010 6-9pm
“John Held, Jr. Debris from the Cultural Underground,” chronicles four decades of involvement in the international cultural undergrounds of Fluxus, Mail Art, rubber stamp and zine cultures by the San Francisco artist, writer, collector, bibliographer and cultural historian.
The exhibition explores Held's interest since the seventies in confronting the challenging art of his time, having met artist Ray Johnson, who introduced him to Mail Art, and George Maciunas, the impresario of Fluxus, which counted among its adherents Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono.
Held's interest in the diffusion of open cultural participation over long distances through DiY (Do-it-Youself) practice led to active involvement in the fields of Mail Art (DiY art), rubber stamps (DiY craft) and zines (DiY publishing). Aspects of these fields and Held's involvement with them, are presented in this retrospective exhibition blending art and life over a forty year period.
Held will be lecturing in early October at Black Mountain College Museum in Asheville, North Carolina, on the influence of John Cage, Ray Johnson and other Black Mountain College artists (Ruth Asawa, Remy Charlip, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly) on current DiY artistic practice, including the incorporation of chance in the contemplation and completion of the creative act.
Held has had solo exhibitions in over thirty countries, lecturing at such varied institutions as the Victoria + Albert Museum (London), National Communication Museum (Berlin), Palace of Fine Arts (Havana) and Academy of Contemporary Art (Moscow). He is the author of several books on Mail Art and rubber stamp art, and his Papers are in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Local artists included in the exhibition through inclusion in Held's collection include the late David Ireland, Tom Marioni, Jeff Berner, Bay Area Dada (Tim Mancusi, Marlon Vito Picasso, Monte Cazazza, Indian Ralph, Madawg Painter of Dark), Charles Gatewood, Greg Edwards, Wanxin Zhang, Harley, Jokie X. Wilson, Jennie Hinchcliff, Mike Dickau, Alice So…among others in the Bay Area Mail Art and zine communities.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx “Forty Years Accumulating Debris from the Cultural Underground” Lecture: October 14, 2010 7pm
Held will present a lecture on “Forty Years Accumulating Debris from the Cultural Underground,” commenting on his four decade history with an international network of cultural workers and interviews with such notable artists as John Cage, Ray Johnson and Alan Kaprow.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx “Withheld: A Conversational Memoir”
Performance: October 21, 2010 7pm
San Francisco playwright and actor Jeremy Greco will present excerpts from, “Withheld: A Conversational Memoir,” which resulted from the transcription of ten interview sessions between the artist and playwright earlier in the year. Greco's work is currently in development at The Marsh.
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
Sandbox Suites is Bay Area's premier shared office and meeting space for independent professionals. Sandbox just expanded to its third location on Union Square. Come celebrate the Grand Opening and schmooze with SF's most interesting entrepreneurs and start-ups.
- Enjoy wine/beer tasting + delicious treats
- Win a full day ride on a Spyder bike
- Listen to cool beats
- Leave a record of yourself at our photo/video booth
- Meet awesome entrepreneurs and start-ups
- Stop by Hang Art's gallery opening event downstairs
- We may have a few models to spice things up ;)
RSVP on http://unionsq.eventbrite.com/
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
Oct 7 to Nov 6, Tues-Sat 11-5; Opening reception Thurs, October 7, 6 to 8 PM
This exhibition focuses on the poetics of repetition as the artists transform the banal into the beautiful. Mason Eubanks' paintings and drawings are characterized by surfaces covered with accretions and marks built up to create sensuous, dramatic wholes. His process embraces the generative potential of repetition, while also showing how repetition can be non-static and playful. Indira Martina Morre currently lives and works in the Bay Area. Her new paintings are predominantly white. Drawings in the form of painting. The process allows her to alternate layers of drawing with thin applications of gesso, resulting in a complicated depth. The opening reception is on Oct 7, from 6 to 8 PM. Oct 7 to Nov 6, Tues-Sat 11-5; Opening reception Thurs, October 7, 6 to 8 PM.
MORE INFO: Tim Hyland ** http://www.cainschulte.com ** info <at> cainschulte.com ** 415-543-1550 Presented by Cain Schulte Contemporary Art
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Objects that are used ritually or habitually and are endowed with powerful memories or assume greater meaning through daily use, are the focus of this lively and provocative exhibition.
Opening reception: Thursday, October 7, 7–9 pm. Event features live music and remarkable art for sale.
Where: Creativity Explored gallery; 3245 Sixteenth Street at Dolores Street, San Francisco, 94103
Exhibition dates and times: October 7–November 21 Monday–Friday, 10 am–3 pm; Thursday until 7 pm; Saturday, 1–6 pm
Information and Exhibition Images: 415-863-2108, www.creativityexplored.org
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Book release event for 'The International Homosexual Conspiracy' by Larry-bob Roberts, published by Manic D Press. Come hear from this collection of rants and support the kickoff of a midwestern book tour.
In this series of cultural polemics on an unexpected array of contemporary topics -- from mistaken first impressions ('Presumed Hetero Unless Proven Gay') to sustainable yet unaffordable pants ('Socially Responsible Pants') to critiques of bourgeois mindsets ('Middle Class Writer') -- author Larry-bob Roberts offers hilarious insights into the absurdities of modern life and queer culture. His humorous observations are destined to jostle readers' complacency and confirm their worst suspicions.
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Posted: 07 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Outsound presents Slumgum and Walsh Set Trio, two jazz ensembles at the forefront of a vibrant independent music scene in Los Angeles.
Slumgum is a perpetually inventive quartet that delivers their original music with a whirlwind of grit and exuberant imagination. 'Their soloing is masterful, their veneer metropolitan and their technical prowess top-notch' (Jonathon Lopez, Good Times Santa Cruz). www.slumgum.com
Walsh Set Trio is dedicated to exploring improvisation through contemporary classical music, jazz, and noise making. The group draws inspiration from the music of Bobby Bradford and Thelonious Monk, just to name a few. www.brianwalshclarinet.org
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 02:00 PM PDT
In conjunction with the Central Market Arts Festival (September 24 - October 17, 2010) the '2 Blocks of Art' art walk will take place Friday, October 8th from 4pm to 8pm. Fifteen local artists will exhibit in galleries, restaurants, hotels, public spaces and businesses along 6th Street between Market and Howard. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the way are offering food and drink specials during the event.
MORE INFO: Marisa Louie ** http://urbansolutionssf.org/news_events/index.html ** info <at> urbansolutionssf.org ** 415-553-4433 x114 Presented by Urban Solutions
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 03:30 PM PDT
Opening reception Fri, Oct 8, 5:30-8pm; Exhibition on view through December 3, 2010
In American Places we'll see - displayed together for the first time - images from both of Oscar Palacio's recent bodies of work, History Revisited and Un-Familiar Territory. The works of History Revisited--sites of conquest, national pride, or shame--are juxtaposed against the works from Un-Familiar Territory, which show both the familiar and forgotten, the grandiose and banal, in sites closer to what we might associate with 'home.'
'From our attempt to contain the wild to simulating the very nature we seek to destroy, my work focuses on the complex relationship between human beings and the natural world.'
Exhibition on view through December 3, 2010 Opening reception Fri, Oct 8, 5:30-8pm; Exhibition on view through December 3, 2010.
MORE INFO: http://www.ciis.edu/About_CIIS/The_Arts_at_CIIS.html ** 415-575-6242 Presented by The Arts at CIIS
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
Food writer Tamara Palmer (The Feast San Francisco, SFoodie, Bay AreaBites/KQED) and fabric8 are pleased to present Local Flavor, an exhibition focusing on the centuries-old relationship between the visual and culinary arts. In addition to a group art show featuring local artists, fabric8 will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with neighborhood food establishments.
From the classic still life paintings of the Dutch Masters to the licorice portraits of SF mosaicist Jason Mecier, art has continuously addressed the topic of food in contemporary lifestyles. Much like visual art, food can either be easily taken for granted or thoroughly enjoyed as one of life’s necessary luxuries. This exhibition takes the latter approach.
With Local Flavor, Bay Area artists Jason Mecier, Reuben Rude, Nome Edonna, Rachel Major, Romanowski, Dmitri SFC, Phokos, Andy Stattmiller, and Brandon Dicks come together to address the subject with a group exhibition of artwork.
To correspond with the show, local establishments such as Lucca Deli and Papalote will host special food events at fabric8 to reintroduce their culinary artistry in a fun and unique way. For over a year, fabric8 has been offering up their space to burgeoning food carts during their weekly Street Food Fridays events, and Local Flavor will be a way to expand that concept to include the already-existing neighborhood institutions.
Local Flavor will be on exhibit from October 8 through November 1 at fabric8, 3318 22nd Street, San Francisco, and open 7 days a week.
The opening reception for Local Flavor will be held on Friday, October 8, from 6pm-10pm.
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 04:30 PM PDT
Join us on Friday, October 8th for a symposium moderated by Ezekiel Honig and Joshue Ott. The symposium will be followed by a sound performance series with Ezekiel Honig and Joshue Ott, David Last, and Santa.
Before the performance, Ott and Honig will lead an informal discussion and Q+A centering on their collaborative approach to improvising with a set of conceptual and content-based tools, where their individual practices meet, and how each takes advantage of an accidental precision.
6:30 to 8:00 - Symposium with Ezekiel Honig and Joshue Ott 8:00 to 9:00 - Reception 9:00 to 10:00 - Ezekiel Honig and Joshue Ott 10:00 to 11:00 - David Last 11:00 to 12:00 - Santa
A New York City native, and founder/label manager for the Anticipate and Microcosm labels, Ezekiel Honig concentrates on his idiosyncratic brand of emotively warm electronic-acoustic music. Using the loop as more of a tool than a rule, Honig paints outside the lines, nestling into a comfortable, shared space between muted techno, melodic, event-driven ambient, downtempo and slowmotion house - using them as reference points from which to stray, rather than as steadfast frameworks. Drawing on the rich history of musique concrete, Honig looks to incorporate a material nature into his music by imbuing it with a host of field recording/found-sound sources in the search for a balance between digital software innovation and the physicality of the world around us. Using the sounds of plastic, metal, wood and air in collaboration with Rhodes, guitar, horns, piano and other instrumental origins, his music is one of contrast and contradiction, combining minimal, abstract tendencies with a core of timeless harmonics - pairing inviting, fuzzy chords with clunky and dirty 'mishaps.'
In addition to his studio releases and label work, Honig performs live consistently, and in this setting, strives to push beyond the boundaries of the recorded material. His improvisational approach combines loops and elements from various songs with on-the-fly arrangements, editing and effects. Viewing the recorded material as a constantly shifting body of work leaves space for serendipitous moments and leads to each set being an individualized rework, referencing and reprocessing itself as well as the song forms from which the parts emerged. As a result of this flexibility to tailor sets to the environment, his performances have been known to take the form of location-centered, rhythmic near-ambient, deep after-hours techno, or heartbeat-driven installation. Honig performs regularly in a variety of venues in NYC, from Le Poisson Rouge to inflatable bubbles, Roulette to The New Yorker Festival, and many points in between, as well as galleries and alternative spaces outside his hometown, including Mutek (Montreal, Canada), Plateaux Festival (Torun, Poland), Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (Milan, Italy), and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
New York-based visualist Joshue Ott creates cinematic visual improvisations, performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real-time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance, delivered with an inescapably human touch. Supple yet digital, ephemeral but instantly memorable, Ott renders sound into vision, yielding an immersive multi-sensory experience that is at once immediate and synergistic, a unique visual narrative born in the moment.
Performing with musicians from all genres between classical and avant-electronica, Ott's visuals have been featured at Unsound festival NY, Mutek, Communikey, MGfest, the Plateaux festival in Poland, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Yuri's Night Bay Area, Le Cube (Paris), the Playgrounds Audiovisual Art Festival (Netherlands), Boston Cyberarts, and the 2006 Ars Electronica Animation Festival. He has performed with the American Composer's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout New York City, including Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, the Knitting Factory, and the Stone.
David Last David Last is a musician and visual artist living in Brooklyn, New York. With Sasha Kaline (Alka Rex), he is a founder of the Konque label and music project.
Tracks range from electronic dance music to cinematic orchestral ambience depending on the setting. This is not surprising, as he has been creating music for a variety of venues; the dancefloor, Imax film, video installation, childrens’ animation, and albums. As a result of a broad curiosity about music, each project is considered anew as its own sonic world.
David's tracks are currently released in a variety of contexts with labels like Staubgold (Berlin), Konque (NYC), and Foundsound/Unfoundsound (Berlin). He has remixed for many others including François K’s WaveTec label (NYC), indie psych-rock label The Social Registry (NYC) and Audio.NL (Rotterdam). His downtempo full-length CD 'The Push Pull' is now in its second printing with The Agriculture (NYC), having gained respect from tough critics like pitchforkmedia, and generating a sizable cult following. International projects further afield of dance music have included the performance of a commissioned soundtrack for a cavern in Japan, the soundtrack to a computer animated Imax film about talking atoms, and a video/music installation in Amsterdam.
'Musically Massive,' a 2009 CD release with ragga vocalist MC ZULU was a critically acclaimed departure from previous instrumental endeavors. David has also been collaborating with Japanese tech-house producer Segeke on a project called Pocket Pet. Pocket Pet has hit dancefloors with EPs on Goosehound (NYC) and Geometric Deck (Osaka). His drumming with live bands Solids and Dub Amp round out his collaborations with other musicians. David has an upcoming full length that he will be showcasing at his performance with us at Gray Area.
Besides music releases, he creates visual artwork with odd abstract cartoon characters. His artwork has appeared on packaging for music and in animated tv-show intros for MTV-Japan. His handmade books have been shown at the Metropolitan Museum and bought by MOMA. In his spare time he creates a limited edition series of illustrated sneakers, and other artworks. Santa
Santa is a seven piece electroacoustic ensemble based in San Francisco. The group's sound is hinged upon Cullen Miller's electronics and is fully actualized with the accompaniment of trumpet, tenor and alto saxophones, alto flute, drum kit and upright bass. Cullen Miller is an American composer, electronic musician and sound designer born in Detroit, Michigan. He is currently residing in San Francisco, California. His music is a laptop fused hybrid of aleatoric, electronica, dub, and jazz; incorporating original field recordings, programmed rhythms, fragmented vocals, synthesizers and traditional instrumentation. His compositional endeavors began by learning double bass and studying contemporary classical and jazz theory under the Netherlands based composer and bassist, Chad Langford. He utilizes and designs custom software applications that are configured in graphical environments. Miller performs periodically with San Francisco band, Santa and under his dub guise, Selande. He has released three EPs, all on the American (San Francisco) based label TwoCircles.
Miller's live performances typically consist of orchestrated acoustic instrumentation (cello, various drums and percussion, synthesizers, clarinet, dobro, electric and double bass, piano, violin, vocals, and saxophones) integrated with prepared and stochastic electronics.
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Autobody Fine Art Presents: “Mark: Subject/Object/Collaborator” A Solo Exhibition by photographer Robert Fischer October 8th – December 5 Opening Reception, Friday, October 8th, 7:00 – 10:00pm Gala Reception, Friday, November 12th, 7:00-10:00pm This exhibition is free and open to the public
Autobody Fine Art is pleased to announce the exhibition of epic-scale psychological portraits by photographer Robert Fischer. “MARK: Subject/Object/Collaborator” explores the multiple personas of a single subject. This series of startling narrative images reveals the subtle interactions between photographer and subject and pulls the viewer deeply into the dialogue.
Photography is a fickle medium. Its ability to look as if it accurately represents a subject can reduce a portrait to simply an image. By scrutinizing the same person over an extended length of time (in this case nearly a decade) Fischer is able to analyze the availability of multiple assumed and clinical personalities that collide upon the body of a select individual. In addition, Fischers’ project addresses the history of portrait photography and the manner in which images are constructed. Ranging from the informal, stage -directed and digitally manipulated, Robert Fischer's quest for understanding his subject and his own relationship as auteur traverses the methods through which the medium speaks.
Robert’s Fischer’s work unapologetically explores both the celebratory and darker aspects of the human psyche. He pulls no punches with his subjects, but the resulting images resonate with sensitivity and vulnerability. He captures the unusual, the bizarre and disturbing, the complexity, and ultimately, the touching—in humanity. This is mediated with a classical sensibility based on art historical references and classic cinema. Fischer’s early career as a successful painter informs his photographic style, lending it rich, painterly qualities not often found in the medium. Art writer De Witt Cheng has stated: 'In a digitally connected global economy of increasing diversity and complexity, with geographical and cultural borders diminished, we’re increasingly asked to reconsider our provincial or insular values. Robert Fischer’s humanistic but unsentimental photographs force us to be both more truthful and more tolerant, as Robert Frank’s The Americans did in an earlier time.'
Robert Fischer is represented by William Torphy Fine Art ( www.torphyart.com) and Autobody Fine Art would like to thank William Torphy for his close collaboration in bringing his work to a wider audience. For more information and images, please contact Amy George, Gallery and Events Director, Autobody Fine Art Gallery at info <at> autobodyfineart.com, or call the gallery at 510.865.2608
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Oct 8th: 7pm-11pm; Oct 9-10: 11am-6pm
Come see over 130 artists as they open their studios to exhibit their work. Painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers, jewelers and textile artists will be showing so there will be something for every type of art connoisseur. The free opening reception gala will be on Friday, October 8th from 7-11pm. Don't miss this opportunity to get a first look at all the incredible work that will be on display and enjoy a spectacular night out viewing art. On Sat + Sun we will have open studios from 11am - 6pm. Come meet the artists in their studios and get a personal showing of their art. As always Free Admission and Free Refreshments with plentiful street parking. Oct 8th: 7pm-11pm; Oct 9-10: 11am-6pm.
MORE INFO: http://www.artexplosionstudios.com Presented by Art Explosion Studios 17th Street
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Rooftop Comedy proudly presents its inaugural Out Loud Comedy + Arts Festival, San Francisco’s very first comedy festival dedicated to the best in LGBT entertainment. This three-day, multi-venue festival will feature performances from the legendary Sandra Bernhard, Sasha Presents the Drag Queens of Comedy (starring Sasha Soprano, Heklina, Shangela, Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, and Miss Coco Peru), local San Francisco legend Ian Harvie (the first female to male transgender headliner), Guy Branum (head writer on E!’s Chelsea Lately), and a host of other national and local comedic acts that span stand-up and sketch formats.
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
SINS INVALID: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility, San Francisco’s unique performance art and disability project, returns for a fifth annual show, this year at Theatre Artaud. Knotting Stories over Time and Geography runs October 8-10, 2010 at the 450 Florida Street theatre.
“Heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, funny, loud, beautiful, sad and smoking-hot...” according to one review, the performances are simultaneously provocative and profoundly moving. Audience members routinely report the show completely changed their views on disability. Each year SINS INVALID is met with tremendous acclaim and this ground breaking, erotic event is always performed before sold-out houses.
*This show contains explicit content **Oct.9th show is Audio Described and ASL interpreted
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
PRODUCER: 6th Street Playhouse proudly presents the Bay Area premiere of WHAT: 'Becoming Walt Whitman' By David Beckman of Santa Rosa Set in the rough and tumble days of Manhattan, just before the onset of the Civil War, David Beckman's play is a coming-of-age story about a young, rough-hewn Walt Whitman contending with family, gender, love and genius as he forges his future as one of America's greatest poets. Manhattan in 1855 is a vivid backdrop for Beckman's play which follows the 35-year old Whitman from Brooklyn to mid-town Manhattan and back again during the period when Whitman's classic 'Leaves of Grass' is first published. Featuring Gabriel Grilli as Walt Whitman. For mature audiences only Directed by Russell Kaltschmidt
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Thornton Wilder’s classic 1938 play about a small town in New England will be given a fresh, new staging by director Christopher Herold. This dynamic production powerfully recasts today’s social and moral issues against the timeless backdrop created by Wilder, inviting the audience to explore enduring questions of both past and present.
Presented Fridays + Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm (October 8 – 17, 2010).
Buy tickets online, or by calling the TDPS Box Office at 510-642-8827, or by emailing the TDPS Box Office at tdpsboxoffice <at> berkeley.edu
Posted: 08 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Tonight’s Town is an improv format that takes an audience suggestion of a town that has never existed, and invents characters and a unique story that takes place entirely within that town. This narrative long-form improv format offers limitless possibility for both comedy and drama. We see how the characters live and grow over time. Their hopes and fears are explored, and often at least one character completes a major life transformation.
Each show is totally original and never to be repeated. Given its unscripted nature, the ridiculous and absurd often take center stage. Whether the plot turns to drama or to comedy, the results are guaranteed to entertain.
The Afters perform live every Friday at Pan Theater. Performances are ongoing, and “Tonight’s Town” will have a gala opening on Friday, October 8, 2010. Tickets and information available at www.pantheater.com. Show runs until November 26th.
About The Afters: The Afters is made up of a diverse group of funny people. Some have extensive performing arts backgrounds, and others have to wear a tie to work and spend all day pretending not to be funny. Their professions include: Teacher, Lawyer, Office Manager, Speech Therapist, Chef, Community Manager, Photographer + Zookeeper.
Every Friday night, cast members bring their range of life experiences to the stage, and infuse their performance with wit and wisdom. Sometimes it leads to laughs. Other times it leads to though-provoking insight. Every time it leads to a unique and entertaining live theater experience, never to be repeated again!
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
The Day of the Horse, the brainchild of two Woodside horse lovers who wanted to bring the community together in support of the horse, is a chance to pay tribute to our equine friends with a day of FUN and FESTIVITIES.
The Horse Fair in downtown Woodside and the Progressive Trail Ride for experienced riders and their horses. The event is open to the public. Admission to the Horse Fair is free while a small registration fee/donation is required for the Progressive Trail Ride. Registration for the trail Ride: http://www.whoa94062.org/images/WHOA-Docs/RegForm-STD.pdf
MORE INFO: http://www.whoa94062.org/index.php/day-of-the-horse ** contact <at> whoa94062.org ** 650-380-6408 Presented by WHOA!- Woodside-area Horse Owners association
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
San Francisco will be forever known worldwide for the “Summer of Love”, which was a defining moment of the 1960’s. Come re-live this era and celebrate both the psychedelic art of the 60’s, as well as contemporary rock art, at the Festival of Rock Posters. This event will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Hall of Flowers (old County Fair Building) at Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco.
The show will feature renowned rock poster artists and dealers from around the country. This is the one show that shouldn’t be missed by poster collectors and fans of rock art. Artists will be on site to sell and autograph posters. Artists from the 60’s who will be present include Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, David Singer, and Lee Conklin. Contemporary rock poster artists who will be at the show include Emek and The Firehouse. Plus many other artists! Come see the best poster art from the 60’s and today!
The Festival of Rock Posters is an annual event sponsored by the Rock Poster Society (TRPS), a local nonprofit organization. TRPS is the world’s largest organized group of rock poster collectors, artists and dealers. Members share a common bond in the joy of rock poster collecting.
Admission is $10.00 for the public and $5.00 for TRPS members.
Further information at: www.trps.org
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
Robot Wars October 9 - 10 Whether you remember 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' or 'Transformers', this weekend the robots take over Playland-Not-at-the-Beach. Watch and participate in the interactive Robot Wars where you control mechanized warriors. Anyone dressed as a robot wins an instant prize.
The special events of Robot Wars Weekend are in addition to all of Playland's regular attractions. Guests pay one low price to enter and play all day: $10 for children and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America's bygone amusements -- circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney's Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 08:00 AM PDT
Green/Alternative Vehicles Only! The Bay Area's first consumer expo exclusively for fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles! Explore the full range of green alternative transportation from concept cars to purchase-ready vehicles including electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, biodiesel, diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), and more.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT
On Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, 2010, from 11am- 6pm, the Pacific Felt Factory Lofts #107 (720 York St, #107, SF 94110) will be hosting an open studio of Rodney Ewing's new works on paper and installation pieces, as well as projects created over the last three years.
To view more images, please go to: www.rodneyewing.wordpress.com/about/
To gain entry, use the 20th street gate, between York and Bryant. Wheelchair accessible.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT
9th Annual Livermore ArtWalk Sat Oct 9, 2010 11am-5pm Benefits the Bothwell Arts Center http://www.artwalklivermore.org/ Location-Downtown Livermore Maps/Info at Bankhead Theater, 2400 1st St Livermore, CA 94550
Pick up a free tour map at our information booths or in participating downtown businesses prior to ArtWalk; check back to download a copy closer to ArtWalk time. Art invades downtown Livermore on October 9th from 11am to 5pm during the 9th Annual ArtWalk.
Over 150 artists will set up exhibits, displaying their work in boutique shops, wine bars, restaurants, sidewalks and parks throughout the heart of downtown. Art from contemporary to traditional, pottery to painting, fused glass, stained glass, art quilts, handcrafts, and jewelry made from everything from metals to legos and fabric will be on display, with most for sale. The event is a fundraiser for the Bothwell Arts Center. Street-pole Art Banners created by local and regional artists that livened up the approach to downtown with Public Art will be displayed for up-close viewing and will be auctioned off on Artwalk Day. Many reflect the themed challenge, “Think Green (but don’t use green paint)”, from which Waste Management, the sponsors of the banner project, will judge for their Sponsor’s Theme award. The Bankhead Theater will also host a wine bar nearby, featuring the works of some of our local vintners. Arts Education is a big theme ArtWalk this year, with exhibits running the gamut from LVJUSD students district-wide, three local high school art programs, Las Positas College students, Pathways to Picasso’s summer program recycling container mural project, and graduates from the San Francisco Art Academy at the Bankhead Theater. ArtWalk day is the only day that the SF Art Academy show will be open to the public without a performance ticket. This year, ArtWalk is offering limo rides to transport art lovers from the main event down to the Vine Center, to enjoy artwork at the Vine Cinema + Alehouse, Live for More Fudge and the popular Ekphrasis art + poetry exhibit at Windermere Homes. ArtWalk 2010 continues its tradition of providing an all-day, all-acoustic music event at the Livermore Valley Plaza and capping it off with an evening performance at Panama Red Coffee House. Details on the lineup and background on the musicians can be seen on Valley SingOut’s web page at www.valleysingout.com. ArtWalk artists will show works from contemporary to traditional, pottery to textile art, paintings, photography, handmade jewelry and more, from artists who are just beginning to award-winning professionals that display in museums and galleries across the country. Tour maps will be printed and available in participating businesses the week prior to ArtWalk; for more information, see www.artwalklivermore.org. ArtWalk can also be followed on Facebook by searching for Artwalk Livermore. ArtWalk 2010 Highlights • Arts Activities and Craft Vendors on J Street, between First + Second (especially fun for kids) • Working artist studios in the Historic Old Firehouse, right across from the Bankhead Theater • Browse several downtown gallery and art display sites that regularly show local works, including Wild Vine, Panama Red, John Christopher Cellars at Blacksmith Square, and the Ryan Fine Art Gallery downstairs from It's All About Dancing • “Art of Dance” demonstrations by students at It’s All About Dancing throughout the day • Get an up close viewing of the new Firehouse mural commissioned by the City of Livermore, and talk with the lead artist directly • View group exhibits from the Sculpture Studio, a group of San Francisco Art Academy graduates at the Bankhead Theater, The Art Glass Shop, area high schools and district-wide art, Las Positas Community College, the Disabled Veteran's Painting Group, and the award-winning Path to Picasso group with their newly installed murals done on the recycling containers for the Bankhead, as well as the Christ-Centered Arts Festival/Trinity Church group and the Decorative Painting Society.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Oct 9-31, all Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 6pm
Unfamiliar with SF Open Studios? It's the oldest and largest open studios program in the county, featuring an annual, month-long art event in October that showcases over 800 San Francisco artists in their studios. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the working artist's life, and it helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.
For listings of participating neighborhoods and weekends visit artspan.org/sf-open-studios
For more information, visit artspan.org Oct 9-31, all Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 6pm.
MORE INFO: Heather Villyard ** http://artspan.org/sf-open-studios ** info <at> artspan.org ** 415-861-9838 Presented by ArtSpan
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
The San Francisco Folk Music Club, in association with The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and Windrush School, present the annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 12 p.m. to 10 pm.
Open to the public, the daylong arts and music festival is free and will be held at the historic Windrush School located at 1800 Elm Street in El Cerrito, California.
This exciting event will feature performances and workshops by world renowned and local musicians alike, with open microphone and jam sessions, and much, much more. Bands performing include Patrick Landeza, Euphonia, Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins, The Courtney Janes, Misner and Smith, Emily Bonn and the Vivants and Don Burnham and The Bolos.
Please visit the festival website at www.elcerritofolkfest.org for updates, directions, and a schedule of performers.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 9, 6-8 pm Inspired by Berkeley Art Center's idyllic setting in Live Oak Park and above Codornices Creek, intimate nature presents a poetic selection of visual art and interactive installations about place, encouraging a closer look at the beauty and fragility of our natural world. Artists include the collaborative team of Kim Anno, Ricardo Rivera, and David Coll; Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang; Mari Andres; Alicia Escott; Terri Friedman; and Zach Pine. Exhibition catalog available for purchase and on-line.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 12:00 PM PDT
BAPC Membership Exhibition
October 2 – October 29, 2010 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 9, 2010 Harvey Milk Photo Center Gallery 50 Scott Street, San Francisco, 94117 (map)
Photographers often present their images in a body of work elaborating on a concept or documenting places or events. BAPC’s annual One Shot exhibit provides an opportunity for members to showcase an image that can stand apart from their series of work or is outside the typical subject matter or medium the artist uses. This year BAPC has expanded the concept. In One Shot x Two each member exhibits two images that are thematically related.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 03:00 PM PDT
Absence Presence by artist Kathy deRosas is an exhibition that creates a playful, evocative and poetic landscape of the ephemeral. Working with the transient and sensuous qualities of disparate materials such as pom-poms, honey and dirt deRosas reveals the very delicacy of time.
Along with the ephemeral, Absence Presence also explores the merging of the personal and political in the artist’s ongoing series entitled Oakland Projects. Through site-specific ritual, deRosas observes and documents the economic and environmental changes occurring in and around her neighborhood. Her site-specific art brings change and transformation of various sites in Oakland through partnerships in the Oakland community. On September 25th 2010, Kathy will partner Oakland Public Works Creek to Bay Day, to clean up Damon Slough, which is located behind the Oakland Coliseum. Kathy will create site-specific art, Leona Creek Dreams of Red Velvet from 9 am until noon.
Kathy deRosas lives in Oakland and exhibits her work in Bay Area venues, such as a one person exhibit at the Sanchez Art Center Pacifica, CA (2009). She has partnered with The Crucible, Edna Brewer Middle School and Oakland Public Works Creek to Bay Clean Up Day, 2010. She is an MFA candidate at John F. Kennedy University’s Arts + Consciousness Program, Berkeley, CA
For more information visit: www.kathyderosas.com, www.facebook.com/kathyderosas
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
The Immortal Gallery is proud to present, All Souls, a group exhibition of mixed media. All Souls is motivated by the many days, rites, and commemorations dedicated to the faithfully departed. Among other religious days, All Saints day, Day of the Dead, and the Ghost festival all have in common that the alive want to pray for those in purgatory and the veneration of the dead. This quartet of artists have take inspiration from monuments to the dead ( like pyramids), the struggle incorporated into mythical art, psychopomps, and the items we used to give remembrance.
About the Artists:
Hannah Stouffer www.grandarray.com Based, but not limited to San Francisco, Hannah is current that runs through today's art scene. Through her illustration the viewer feels the charging flow of conflict rushing out off her work. Her use of repetitious design and light and dark imagery creates a feel of polarizing magnitude. If one happens to land themselves in New York you can see her artwork installed in Grand central station in September.
Kylea Borges www.kyleaborges.com Kylea is a San Francisco based artist, but has no boundaries with her art. Not only is she creating a window installation, but is also transforming collage into two and three dimensional forms. Recent shows include the Minna Desden Gallery and RVCA. She sells her jewelry line, Opus Magnum, in hip boutiques along the coasts and you can also view it on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/OpusMagnum
Brian Willmont www.brianwillmont.com/ Surreal and unnexpected, Brian’s new work transports you to a place inside that that you keep locked up, but always fantasize about entering. Vivid echoing colors washes fade over you as you recognize little friends and scary strangers that decided to come with you on this trip. Along with Cody Hoyt, Brian runs the experimental art book/silkscreen printers APENEST. He is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.
Alissa Eberle www.alissaeberle.com/ Alissa Eberle is a New Orleans, Louisiana based photography artist. A new twist on afterlife, she explores the waste left in graveyard trashcans. We see faded plastic flowers and broken hearts and other items presented on vividly colored home made laser backgrounds and other found backdrops. Alissa has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is part of an upcoming show in London in October 2010 at The Assembly Room.
Conceived by artist, Angel Acordagoitia, The Immortal Gallery is a new gallery in it’s fifth month of operation. The Immortal gallery is dedicated to promote emerging artists exposure and to elevate the Los Angeles downtown art scene with a unique point of view. Located at 215 W 6th #116 cross st. Spring in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. (www.immortalgallery.com)
Catherine Kaleel is a freelance art curator whose raison d'être is creating and promoting the visibility of artists and the venues where their work is shown and sold. (www.catherinekaleel.com) For Media inquiries, additional information regarding October's All Souls show, or the sales or leasing of artworks please contact: Catherine Kaleel: kaleelart <at> gmail.com (978) 886-0591 For additional information regarding All Souls or Immortal Gallery Gallery, please contact Angel: angelacordagoitia <at> hotmail.com
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
The center piece of the 'PALIN [PHAZE ONE] exhibition maps the artist's work to the state in which they live, giving the viewer a national visual overview of the responses on the word 'PALIN'. Each piece will have 2 accompanying adjectives and/or a brief write-up to help emphasize their response to the word. The unexpected thing was how the 'positive' responses decided to submit, and you'll see this at the exhibit. We are also expecting a special guest appearance which will definitely be a great photo-opportunity, video and still photography; be there at 6:00 PM sharp for the reception nights so you do not miss out!
MORE INFO: Ronald Newman ** http://www.marketstreetgallery.com ** newmanstudios2 <at> scbglobal.net ** 415-290-1441 Presented by Market Street Gallery
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
White Walls is pleased to present Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist, Augustine Kofie. The artist examines the dynamics that emerge when new elements or techniques are built upon existing material. The exhibition will include a series of wood triangle collages, medium-sized assemblages on wood, acrylic paintings and an installation. The opening reception for Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, will be held at White Walls on Saturday, October 09, 2010 from 7-11 PM. The exhibit will be on display through November 06, 2010 and is free and open to the public.
With a deep interest in process and structure, Augustine Kofie creates works of intense detail centered on the order of balance. The precision of Kofie’s “drafted” art is strongly inspired by modern architecture as well as the form and shape of typography. In his quest for balance, Kofie harmonizes opposing and contradictory dynamics in his work by setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes, and creating organically complex formations through meticulously structured line-work and layering. Active in the Los Angeles graffiti scene since the mid-nineties, the artist’s work reflects his ever-growing influence of street culture, the craft of deconstructing lettering, contemporary music as well as 1960’s-70's iconography.
Retrofitted and Other Forms of Vintage Futurism, Kofie’s debut solo exhibition with White Walls, continues his exploration of the process of organization, deconstruction and form while adhering to a controlled and tuned uniformity. In this collection the artist poses a broader range of color set against his signature earth-toned palette. The works conveys a ”push and pull” movement through the composition of the shapes and through the enhancement of classic or found material treated with newer counterparts. The works for the exhibition are comprised of acrylic and spray paint on canvas, found paper and mixed media on wood, and found-wood sculptures and installations.
Augustine Kofie is a self-taught artist living and working in Los Angeles. He has shown extensively worldwide with highlighted shows in New York, California, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The artist has been featured in Juxtapoz, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Project Room and Studio Voice.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
The Shooting Gallery is proud to present a two man show, Cradle Stories and In Search of New Land: New Works by Lucas Soi and C3. Both artists create figurative drawings to explore the trappings of everyday and fantastical mythology and the rites and rituals that result from these polarities. The opening reception for Cradle Stories and In Search of New Land, will be held at The Shooting Gallery on Saturday, October 09, 2010 from 7-11 pm. The exhibit will be on display through November 06, 2010 and is free and open to the public.
In Cradle Stories, a series of 10 drawings produced over the past two years, Lucas Soi imagines the secret lives of teenage girls by depicting their clandestine lifestyles in wide panoramic views of interior suburban spaces. The interior or domestic sphere, long associated with antiquated views of femininity, is portrayed in a new light by Soi, where modern society’s rebellious rites of passage are acted out in the shrouded safety of the home. Painstakingly produced with millions of 0.01 inch dots and stylized with a fluid, organic line, each piece is framed and comprised of ink on multiple sheets of paper.
In Search of New Land proposes a Wild West fairytale narrative with a post-apocalyptic twist. Chris C. Curtis, also known as C3, uses the art historical conventions of portraiture to study the darker side of human nature by creating characters that embody the whimsical and the grotesque. His subjects, based on real-life models, morph into fractured versions of themselves when worked over by the artist’s hand. They become the nefarious personalities who populate C3’s imagined landscapes--abandoned brides, fortune-seekers, and gunslingers. In Search of New Land will be comprised of graphite, red, and white colored pencil on dyed paper.
Lucas Soi lives and works in Vancouver. He has exhibited at LES Gallery (Vancouver) and internationally at Colette (Paris); Preteen Gallery (Mexico); NEXT Art Fair (Chicago); and Aqua Art Miami. This will be his first time showing at the Shooting Gallery.
Christopher C. Curtis was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has exhibited with Gallery Three, Babylon Falling and been included in numerous group shows around the Bay Area. This will be his third time showing at The Shooting Gallery.
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 05:30 PM PDT
Tito of Egypt, the world’s most famous male belly dance artist, performs in ONE SHOW ONLY on Sat Oct 9 in Redwood City 7:30 - 9:30pm at the Veterans Memorial Theater. Details on http://www.HalaDance.com. Tito is the only dancer in the world who performs the “Asaya” dance with four canes. His innovation of dancing on the “Tabla” (Arabic drum) has become a worldwide phenomenon in belly dance. He’s continually reinventing himself as well as the art of belly dance.
Tito will teach his unique belly dance style in 3-day workshops in San Jose + Redwood City on Oct 8, 9 + 10. Open to all levels of dancers.
Against all odds, one man defied traditions, demystified taboos and redefined belly dance entertainment in Egypt and the whole world. The Hala Dance Company is proud to bring you this master dancer, teacher + choreographer, Tito of Egypt, to teach and perform in San Jose and Redwood City!
A wonderful and rare opportunity to study and dance with an international icon!
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
When a horde of flesh-eating zombies overruns the small West Texas town of Harwood, the townsfolk assume the worst has happened ? until a documentary theater collective arrives, determined to tell the town?s story in their exact words.
Runs Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays starting October 7th 8pm Showtime
Special show Halloween Sunday October 31st 5pm Tickets $35 Get them early, they'll go quick!
Written by Tim Bauer Directed by Noona Nolan Featuring: Chris Quintos Sean McGinn John Lennon Harrison Nicolas Brunner and Paul Hayes
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
Local Arts Organization Outsound Presents 'On The Edge of Dark' New sonic works about desert planets, nova, space, and interstellar sonic mind travel with Rent Romus and the Lords of Outland featuring multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia
Outsound Presents, the home grown artist nonprofit collective of the Bay-Area is excited to present a special set of concerts during their 11th season of the SIMM Series (Static Illusion Methodical Madness) of 'On the Edge of Dark', new sonic works of original compositions and improvisations inspired by the writings of Frank Herbert's epic Dune series of books, Phil K. Dick's rantings and H.P. Lovecraft's darkest fears by saxophonist composer and producer Rent Romus. Performing with Romus will be his collective group The Lords of Outland and will feature grandmaster multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia.
Opening will be the Mutual Aid Project Trio: Tracy Hui/Nick Obando/Marshall Trammell
Posted: 09 Oct 2010 06:30 PM PDT
Fourteen Hills Press and Eleven Eleven present: Voices That Carry (Lit Crawl Phase 3)
Highlighting work from recent issues of the San Francisco State University Review and the California College of the Arts journal.
Featuring: Aurora Brackett, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Lauren Hamlin, Catherine Meng, Zara Raab + Loren Rhoads
What? You've never heard of Lit Crawl? Here's a little something from their website:
“The striking thing about Lit Crawl, actually, was not the variegated writerly menu; nor was it the variety of venues – 54 of them, including bookstores, bars, coffee shops, galleries and a bee-keeping supply store. Rather it was the specter of writing and literature — literature! — transforming an ordinary Saturday night in the neighborhood into a carnival of sorts. Up and down Valencia Street, crowds overflowed out of open doorways, and between readings, people hustled from one event to another or gathered on street corners clutching red Lit Crawl maps like participants in a mammoth scavenger hunt.” — New York Times, October 18, 2009
Over 300 authors appearing in three hours through the heart of the Mission District? And all for free? How is that even possible? Yes, yes again, and we’re not sure how but we don’t really question it. The annual closing night Crawl returns to S.F. on Saturday, October 9. A full schedule, including map, will be posted later this year. For more information, contact Lit Crawl Maven Jen Siraganian at crawl <at> litquake.org.
Readers for Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review
Jeannine Hall Gailey is the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books) and the upcoming She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books.)
Lauren Hamlin is a San Francisco based writer whose work has appeared in Zero Ducats, Fourteen Hills, and Poets + Writers. She recently completed a residency at Can Serrat in Spain and is at work on her first novel.
San Francisco poet Zara Raab recently published The Book of Gretel. Swimming the Eel is due out next year. Her poems appear in West Branch, Nimrod, Spoon River, Fourteen Hills and elsewhere.
Readers for Eleven Eleven
Aurora Brackett graduated with an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. She lives and teaches in Oakland, CA.
Catherine Meng is the author of the poetry collection Tonight's the Night (Apostrophe Books) and three chapbooks, 15 Poems in Sets of 5 (Anchorite Press), Dokument (Perichord Press), and Lost Notebook w/ Letters to Deer (Dusie Kollectiv).
For ten years, Loren Rhoads edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. She's collected her cemetery travel essays in the book Wish You Were Here.
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 09:00 AM PDT
Come out for a fantastic day of music, dance, art, family activities and food! To Life! is a unique annual event that showcases the diversity of Jewish culture and the many resources offered by Bay Area Jewish organizations.
California Avenue will be filled with entertainment of all kinds including a variety of musical and dance performances, exemplary fine arts and crafts and fun-filled activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy vegetarian and kosher treats as well as free cooking demonstrations by the Kitchen Table.
We hope to see you there!
MORE INFO: http://www.paloaltojcc.org/tolife ** info <at> paloaltojcc.org ** 650-233-8700 Presented by The Oshman Family JCC
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Can technology shape the way we eat? Find out at this free outdoor event hosted by Wikia.com’s Healthy Recipes Wiki! Learn how websites, blogs and apps have the power to influence and educate our food choices. Join tech junkies and passionate foodies at the beautiful SF Ferry Building for free food tastings and a panel discussion moderated by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Wikia. Live music to follow! This is a free, outdoor event. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Wikia.com, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Goodguides.com, and CUESA.
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
UC Berkeley's 0n0n0n series of conferences continues with 10/10/10: Cell Phone Justice, a conference concerned with the cell phone's impact on crime and justice. Informed by recent events where cell phones played a role in the fight for justice, and other events where cell phones played a role in perpetrating crimes, panelists will discuss some social and cultural complexities of the most ubiquitous handheld device on the planet including the criminal, legal, and social uses of cell phone technology, a case study of the impact of cell phones for Jamaicans, Haitians, and Dominican Republicans, how the cell phone can bring about educational and learning justice, and more.
MORE INFO: https://sites.google.com/site/bcnm101010/ ** info.bcnm <at> berkeley.edu ** 510-495-3505 Presented by UC's Berkeley Center for New Media
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 10:00 AM PDT
HEAT THE STREET FaIRE!
Sunday, October 10, 2010 Noon SHARP till Midnight All other outdoor stages/sound end 10pm, except Mariposa Stage, which ends 11pm Public Entrance: 19th St. + Minnesota St., SF streetwear All ages outdoors; kids under 12 always absolutely free! Age 21+ inside Cocomo (club closes 1:30am)
PLEASE TAKE MASS TRANSIT, BIKE and CARPOOL: (Muni bus #22, #48 and BART connects with the 3rd St T-line), ride your bike and avoid driving on Minnesota St completely! Discount parking available at UCSF lot (3rd St at 16th St). Or park on Terry Francois Blvd just a couple blocks away.
Come at noon SHARP for a full twelve hours of art, performance, fire, dance, theme camps, circus arts, live music, DJs, Burning Man 2010 imagery, and more, more, MORE!!! All six blocks, the park, and the stages will be overflowing with a stunning variety of creative expression! Bring your imagination to share and BE the art you wish to see in the world!!! This is going to be quite a day to celebrate our 11th Decompression and 25th year of Burning Man! It’s also World Hoop Day and Climate Awareness Day, so leave the car at home and hoop to Decom! Full schedule and partial list of pARTicipants follow below. EVERYONE should read the Survival Guide DECOMandments before you come:
Survival Guide DECOMandments http://burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/special_events/decompression/decomsg_2010.html
TO VOLUNTEER: Email SEvolunteers <at> burningman.com while we still have openings. Yes, WE WANT YOU! Also need volunteers to come back 11am on Monday, Oct 11th to help with our annual neighborhood clean up so we can leave the neighborhood cleaner than we found it! (We’ll have donuts, coffee and new friends! Come earlier if you can get a head start.) Full event info, including street map, participant list and stage schedules will be at this link the week of event: http://burningman.com/blackrockcity_yearround/special_events/decompression/decom2010.html
FOOD AVAILABLE AT EVENT: Tasty meat and veggie food options provided by Raz; playa beignets and coffee generously provided by Hal. Sales benefit the Black Rock Arts Foundation grant program. So, EAT FOR ART! Also food theme camps while supplies last. Come early! PARTICIPATE IN GLOBAL CLIMATE AWARENESS ON 10/10/10: In honor of the 10/10/10 Global Climate Awareness Day, please leave your cars home and consider your impact on the environment. Reduce your consumption of natural resources by at least 10% starting today. Consider what you can do to make your city greener and reduce your carbon footprint. Let’s hear it for 10% reduction in resources starting in 2010 and 10% more celebration at Decom!
Partial lists of participating artists and groups follow: (alphabetized by artist first name) FIRE ART: Christopher Schardt, Dan Macchiarini, David Silverman, Earl 'Dodger' Stirling, Jason Starr, takuro hashitaka
FIRE PERFORMERS: Aileen Lawlor, Albino, Azzah, David Silverman, Fire Arts Collective, Hadouken!, Nicky Griffin, Pyronauts, Solar Flare, Vulcan Crew
VJs AND LIVE VISUAL ARTISTRY: Caroluna, Diana Maxwell, JacobEye, Mark McGothigan, Radia, Rayce O’ Brien, VJ Kai
ART and ART INSTALLATIONS BY: Amanda Thomas, Catie Magee, Damien Jones, Dan Lockwood, David Normal, Derek Heineman, James Bahr, Jeff Howe, Jess Hobbs, Julie Bright, Kathy Donofrio, Katy Shultz, Kawika, Keith 'Flipit' Privett, Kristian Akseth, Lawrence Batterton, Matthew Silvey, Michael Christian, Michael Hines, Oscillator, Perry E. Schanley, Pierre Riche, Richard Trapani, Robin Russell, Rose Carlyle, Ruby Bettencourt, Ruth Kneass, Sandy McReynolds, Sean Brennan, Seth McGinnis, Stacey Reineccius, Thomas May, Tim Anderson, Tom Haan
THEME CAMPS + BURNING MAN AFFILIATES: Above the Limit, Alternative Energy Zone, Beauty Shop of Horrors, Beignet's for BRAF, Bicycle Coffee, Blood, Guts, and Bass, BMIR, BRCPO, Burning Man Calendar, Camp Montage, Camp Questionmark, Camp Team, Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet, District Everywhere, Distrikt, DMV, Earth Guardians, Fontain's M.U.S.E., Friends of Blackrock Highrock, Gate + Perimeter, Happy L+nd, Hookahdome, Kidsville, Liquid Latex Lounge, Musement Heights, Nautileo, Opulent Temple, Orgribbar, Matrix Camp, Paddy Mirage, Playa Info, Sacred Spaces, Santon's Lair at the Hammock Hangout, Scarbutts Café, Shadyvil, Shipwreck Tiki Lounge, Solar Cooking Demo, Space Cowboys, T-Shirt Transfer Booth, The Black Rock City Post Office 2.0h, The Lost Penguin, The Urban Pirates Variety Show, World Hoop Day, WOW
ART VEHICLES: Blinkysaur, Cat of a Different Color, Chopper Rockets, Dodo Bus, Fishy, Heart Deco, Hillbilly Space Ship, Janky Barge, Lovebus, Martha, Masayume, Nautilus X, Neuroweapon, Nomadic Café, Now-A-Saurus, PainKilla, PartySnail, People's Truck, Psychic Taxi, Robot Heart, Strip Ship, The Dusty Rhino, the lollygag, The Toaster, Unimog
DJ’S, BANDS, + PERFORMERS: Aaron Glass, Airpusher, ALBINO!, Anodyne Industries, Antioquia, Baby Seal Club, Bass Ritual, Black Rock City Allstars, BoRoCop, Brother Dan Palmer, Butoh Fusion, Caroluna, Cheesepuffs, CODE_E, Culann's Hounds, Cynthia Rauschert, darkMatter, Dex Stakker, Diva Marisa, divaDanielle, DJ FurSure, DJ ICON, DJ Neon Bunny, DJ Purple, DJ X-10, Exit Wonderland, Ferocious Few, Firefingers, F'kir Elderfae, Fontain's, M.U.S.E., Gooferman, Gravybrain, Hobo Gobbelins, Hot Nutz Burlesque, HystErica, JC Cassis, Johanna Chase, Jugtown Pirates, KAWEH, Keno Mapp, Los Angeles Television, Madame Spinach, Matthew Schoening, MegaFlame, Metamorphosis Ballet, Mia + T, MIND.GHOST.SPIRIT, Moldover, Organic Candy, Parlor Tricks, P-DUB, People's Fashion Show, PLAYBACK, Pym and Surly, Raks Hakohaveem, Richard Hartnell, Rob Smiley, Rumpel the Kangaroo Fool of Oz!, Samantha Giron Dance Project, samba stilt circus, Samira (SEISMIC, Sister SF), Saynt, Shakey Gibson, Shovelman, Small Flowers, Smokin Roots Crew, Sonic Valium, The Acid Angel, The Fossettes, The Lotus Moons, The Mermen, The Orphics, The Substitute Preachers, Tiger Honey Pot, Tornado Rider, Trip Delight Fantastic, Vibrant EYEris, Virginia Suicide, Wahnder Lust, World Hoop, Day + Prayer for Peace, Zack Darling
Posted: 10 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
The Kestral Sound Review Vol. II is at home in a San Francisco which serves as “home of the characters.” Benefitting the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – this concert, or Battle of the One Man Bands, tries to encapsulate the exotic musical tastes made eligible by one person on a stage. Together, these artists are not just a spattering of musicians pulled from the likes of the Cable Car turnaround on Market, or the sidewalks adjacent to Fisherman’s wharf, they serve as an insiders guide to what is happening in your backyard or alleyway. Curator Ted Folstad and Emcee Cold Steel Renegade (San Francisco’s Air Guitar Champion) promise to please even the most eclectic of tastes.
Artists included: The Mallard | A Magic Whistle | Ricky Lee Robinson | Hanalei | Daniel Durrett . The event will be Hosted by SF Air Guitar Champion Cold Steel Renegade. Valet Bicycle Parking will be included.
Posted: 12 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
A group of San Francisco-based artists and organizers join curator Stephanie Sherman of elsewhere collaborative, a project-based living museum based in Greensboro, North Carolina, to investigate how collective models form, maintain, and extend the creative spirit. Running from October 4th through 14th, the joint residency culminates in an event on October 12th, designed by the artists to share the groups’ response to the Headlands site and residency experiment.
Posted: 12 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
SAN FRANCISCO’s VIPs SPLASH FOR CASH 18th Annual TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss Benefits Tenderloin Families Tuesday, October 12, 2010
An eclectic “stew” of celebrities, chefs, local business leaders and City officials will all be ceremoniously tossed into the Phoenix Hotel’s pool to raise money to help Tenderloin children and families. The 18th annual TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss will take place on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco. Each year, the Celebrity Pool Toss raises funds to benefit the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) After School Program and other family programs.
The 2010 TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss is hosted by Laura Pfaff and Jim Losi, and will feature the following confirmed “tossees”: Robert Dowgiallo from Pacific Wine + Spirit; Pamela Duffy, Partner, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy + Bass LLP; Joanne Hayes-White, Chief, San Francisco Fire Department; Dawn Holliday, Impresario of Slim’s, The Great American Music Hall + Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival; Hubert Keller, Chef, TV Host + Author; Anna Marie Presutti, Vice President + General Manager, Hotel Nikko; Martin Richards, Bank of America San Francisco Market President.
Confirmed emcees include: Jon Handlery, President, Handlery Hotels, Inc; Cheryl Jennings, Anchor, KGO-TV/ABC7; Liam Mayclem, Host + Producer, CBS-TV/5, Eye on the Bay; Suzanne Whang, TV Host/Actor/Comedian.
Since the first pool toss in 1992, the annual Celebrity Pool Toss has raised nearly $3 million for Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Tenderloin After-School Program and other support services. Past participants have included Warren Hellman, Betsey Johnson, Don Johnson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bob Weir, Robin Williams, Kristi Yamaguchi, Cindy Williams, Cheech Marin, Mayor Willie E. Brown, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Jarrod Cooper, Jack Baer, Lou Seal, Liam Mayclem, Malou Nubla, Craig Newmark, Nick Graham, John Goldman, Cheryl Jennings, Charlotte Shultz, Joe D'Alessanro, Gwyneth J. Borden, Linda Corso, Warren Hinckle and many others.
An evening of “Only in San Francisco” entertainment has been confirmed, including The Fabulous Bud E. Love Show, DJ Rafa, and the extremely toned lifeguards from Gold’s Gym who will rescue any celebrities who can’t swim – or who just want to be rescued!
Celebrity Pool Toss tickets are $125 each; sponsorships start at $500. For more information on TNDC’s Celebrity Pool Toss, visit www.tndc.org, call (415) 358-3944 or contact kcreps <at> tndc.org.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) Founded in 1981, TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live. TNDC owns and manages 30 buildings that provide homes for nearly 3,000 extremely low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, low-income wage earners, immigrants and many others in the Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods. In addition, TNDC provides support services to help residents stabilize their lives and develop a sense of community, including a team of 18 on-site social workers, the free Tenderloin After-School Program for neighborhood children, and a Community Organizing program to encourage residents to get involved in making positive change in the Tenderloin. More information about TNDC and its programs can be found at www.tndc.org.
Posted: 12 Oct 2010 06:00 PM PDT
The Shelton Theater in collaboration with the International Theatre Ensemble Presents Anton Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS. FINAL CUT. Master playwright Anton Chekhov’s tale of three young sisters inhaling love and expectations and discovering what it means to be alive. This radically adapted classic incorporates live film acting and digital technology. Award winning avant-garde Russian director Oleg Liptsin presents his vision of contemporary American society.
Posted: 13 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Mac MeClelland is a writer and editor at Mother Jones. In 2006 she worked along the Thai border with Karen refugees fleeing from Burma. Her new book For Us Surrender is Out of the Question: A Story from Burma's Never-Ending War is about her work with the people she met and their stories of survival. She'll be at Get Lost showing images and discussing her time with the Karen people
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 04:00 PM PDT
The Bonnafont Gallery in conjunction with ZYZZYVA magazine presents an exhibition of the photographs of Dennis Letbetter. An opening reception with the artist will take place Thursday 14 October from 6 to 8 pm. Thereafter the gallery will be open weekend afternoons 2 to 5 pm or by appointment (415.431.7546).
The Fall 2010 issue of ZYZZYVA has published 25 of Letbetter’s portraits of Bay Area culturati using black and white film in an 8 x 10 inch camera. Some of the subjects in the exhibition include such acknowledged luminaries as Peter Selz, Rondal Partridge, Jack Hirschman, Maestro Donald Runnicles, Leo Holub, Rebecca Solnit, George Kuchar, Bill Berkson, Herbert Gold, Robert Flynn Johnson, Nathan Oliveira, Stephen de Staebler, Andrew Hoyem, Gay Outlaw, William Winant, Nathaniel Dorsky, Jack W. Stauffacher, Naomie Kremer, Judy Dater, Norma Cole, Mason Bates, Fritz Rauh, Etel Adnan, Jack W. Stauffacher, Charles Amirkhanian, William Winant, to name but a few. It is a compelling collection of portraits of the most creative artists.
The exhibition is dynamic. The portraits will change daily.
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 05:00 PM PDT
Elizabeth Bernstein is a short story writer and playwright, and the founder and editor of The Big Ugly Review. She teaches and writes at the SF Writers Grotto. http://www.ebc-books.com.
Ianthe Brautigan is the author of the memoir, You Can’t Catch Death, which has been translated into Swedish, German, and Russian, as well as being optioned by a major motion picture company. She teaches at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of four works of fiction, most recently The Story of a Marriage. He's the recipient of the PEN/O’Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library. http://www.andrewgreer.com
Scott Landers is the author of Coswell's Guide to Tambralinga (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). He lives, with great trepidation, in north Sonoma County.
Janet Thornburg is the author of the collection of short stories Rhubarb Pie. She has written and performed seven solo shows, most recently 'Eight Plates.' She teaches at SF City College.
Olga Zilberbourg's second Russian-language collection of stories was published in September 2010 by St. Petersburg-based Limbus Press. Her English-language stories have appeared in many journals. She is an associate editor at Narrative Magazine. http://www.zilberbourg.com.
Why There Are Words, organized by Sausalito-based writer Peg Alford Pursell, has become the place to be in the Bay Area every second Thursday of the month. Come see why the literary salon is drawing raves and a full house of Marin, Sonoma, SF and East Bay residents.
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