03/18/2012 - SCIENCE ON SCREEN: OUR ROBOTS OURSELVES
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Screening of "Iâm Here" with
Presentation by Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley Professor of Robotics
What can our robots tell us about ourselves? They continue to be an irresistible topic for cinema and culture, and robots like the Terminator have a long history going back to Frankenstein's creation and the Golem. But the next generation of robots won't rigidly follow orders. Instead, they'll use advanced sensing, computation and data from the cloud to cooperate with and enhance human abilities. These robots will apply statistical machine learning to be more aware than oblivious, more social than solitary, and more like companions than tools. Using film clips and a complete screening of Spike Jonze's short film "I'm Here", Professor Goldberg will present examples of new robots and describe his own research in "superhuman surgery" and "cloud robotics."
Written and directed by Spike Jonze, I'm Here is a bittersweet science-fiction romance starring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory as two robots in an everyday world. (US 2010) 30 min. Special thanks to Spike Jonze and MJZ, Inc.
Ken Goldberg, Ph.D. is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics and social media. On the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media, he also holds an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School where he pursues research in medical robotics.
Science on Screen. California Film Institute presents a new series made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Conceived by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, "Science on Screen" is a program that creatively pairs film screenings with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment.
03/18/2012 - Day 1 of Death Guild's Nineteenth Anniversary Week!
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Day 1 of Death Guild's Nineteenth Anniversary Week!
STROMKERN -- http://www.stromkern.com/
(only US show!)
INURE -- https://www.facebook.com/1nure
Get your four day pass for the Sun, Mon, Tue + Wed events for just $41!
Stromkern, one of San Francisco's favorite industrial acts, returns to DNA Lounge for the first time Since their historic tour with Front Line Assembly in 2006. After a 6 year hiatus from making music, the group resurfaces with a new EP, "Dead Letters," in March. Joined by long-time Stromkern drummer Matt Berger, legendary producer Dan Clark of the Dark Clan, and synthpop prodigy Andrew Sega of Iris, Stromkern frontman Ned Kirby blew away a packed audience at last Summer's wtII Festival in Chicago - the band's comeback show. The Death Guild Anniversary show will be the first Stromkern performance since then. This is not to be missed.
Now at nineteen years, Death Guild is the oldest weekly goth/industrial dance night in the country, and the second oldest in the world! Every Monday, six DJs in two rooms play a mix of gothic, industrial, synthpop, noise, ambient, and weird stuff for those who love the darker side of things.
Join the Death Guild group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/deathguild/
doors <at> 8pm;
show <at> 9pm.
03/18/2012 - Amateur Erotica Night! (New Monthly event-bring your videos)
Posted: 18 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Every third Sunday of the month, BYOF Cinema Orgy presents Amateur Erotica Night!
BYOF means Bring your own film! It's like an open mic, but for DIY Erotica/Porn.
We're showing at the newly opened S3X Gallery, a vintage porn theater turned art-erotica gallery
We Screen anything from:
Compilations (of your films)
Excerpts from longer films.
VJ (video mixing/mash ups).
From horror, sci-fi, comedy (etc) themed to no theme.
From Gonzo to artsy.
From XXX to PG
... and whatever else there is.
We accept all work 15 minutes and under. DVD is the preffered
media, but we can also accept flash drives, and laptops with
proper outputs. Any Questions? Just ask.
8pm - Midnight
Videos. Sexy games, and after party.
Bring your own pillows, blankets, yoga mattes... whatever makes you comfy.
NO DRESS CODE!
Dress up sexy or come casual. Come in your pajama's, swimwear, lingerie, or nothing at all!
CHEAP DRINKS AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED
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1.) No Bestiality, pedophilia or scat should be contained in the films.
2.) Consensual violence is okay, but non consensual sex/violence will not be allowed.
3.) We are not liable for what is shown at the screening, and no work has been pre-screened.
1.) No cameras are allowed. We will not confiscate camera's or cell phones, but
if you are taking photo's of others without there permission you will be asked to leave.
2.) You can come naked and touch yourself or your lover(s), but you can not touch
others without there permission.
03/19/2012 - Threepenny Opera, concert performance
Posted: 19 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Back for one night only: an encore performance of the dark and delightful songs from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's famous THREEPENNY OPERA, as presented by local opera company Goat Hall Productions (goathall.org). Monday night (3/19), 8PM, at the new Stage Werx Theater in the Mission District (446 Valencia St. between 15th + 16th).
Follow notorious criminal and pimp, Macheath Messer (a.k.a Mack the Knife), through the dark streets of London in this biblical parable; a Marxist-influenced critique of capitalist values. See why Weill, Brecht, and other post-WWI "Epic Theatre" artists were forced to flee Germany in fear of arrest by the Gestapo.
The work is the origin of many well-know tunes including Pirate Jenny, the Ballad of Mack the Knife, Barbara Song, Tango Ballad, and the Jealousy Duet-- performed this evening by classically trained singers and accompaniment. With Zoltan DiBartolo, Michelle Jasso, Sibel Demirmen, Harriet March Page, Mark Alburger, Alexis Lane Jensen, Nathan Tucker, John Bilotta, and Allison Lovejoy. Directed by Margery Fairchild of Dark Porch Theater.
Goat Hall Productions is a community of musicians, composers and writers presenting classic and contemporary operas, as well as new music theater, that reflect and define the world around us, while shining a light on the human condition.
03/20/2012 - The Negotiation: Opening Reception at the Diego Rivera Gallery
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 02:30 PM PDT
Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, March 20th, beginning with an artist talk at 4:30pm. On display March 19 - 23.
The Negotiation presents the work of artists Michal Wisniowski, Elin Bengtsson, Francesca Du Brock, and Pabi, as dialogues with the traumatic.
Trauma manifests itself in multiple realities, from the secret and personal, to the national or global. To exist is to be confronted with trauma, and we devise mechanisms and strategies for negotiating its presence. In The Negotiation, strategies for a dialogue with the traumatic are explored in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based media.
The Diego Rivera Gallery is located on the San Francisco Art Institute campus at 800 Chestnut St. in San Francisco.
About the Artists:
Michal Wisniowski is a Polish born artist residing in the San Francisco bay area. His formative years were divided between then-communist Poland and living in a racially hostile Germany as a political refugee. Immigration to the United States in the nineties served as additional culture shock and continuation of a nomadic life-style that would bring him to live in Montana, then North Carolina, and finally California.
Elin Bengtsson spent her first 28 years in the forests of Sweden, which left her with a dark mind, good skin, and a BFA from Valand School of Fine Arts. For the last 2 years she has been adjusting to the Californian air, increasingly occupied with the idea of Gods wrath.
Francesca Du Brock was born and raised in Alaska and has lived throughout the United States and South America. She is interested in exploration, exile, displacement, shifting identity, and memory.
Pabi is a Danish artist concerned with revealing formative memories and their manifestation through the body. Through his work, he expresses the enduring scars of body and soul that stay with us for life.
03/20/2012 - Moveable Feast: A Sustainable Restaurant Tour of Berkeley
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
3-Course Progressive Dinner w/ Cutting Edge Speakers, featuring extraordinary fare from 3 model sustainable restaurants: Gather, Five + Revival Bar + Kitchen. Within 3 blocks participants will meet award winning chefs/owners + savor their local, seasonal food. Network, make new friends, indulge yourself + learn about Slow Money, Slow Food and local, sustainable food! Menu: organic pizzas; rainbow trout w/ turnip, chard + red mustard or roasted chicken w/ mushrooms + sunchokes; butterscotch pudding w/ peanut brittle, pecan pie, apple cinnamon cake, whoopie pie; wine/beer, coffee/tea. Cost includes food, tax, tip, speakers, networking. Gift certificates, student/senior discounts.
MORE INFO: Monique Isenheim ** http://www.bayareagreentours.org ** info <at> bayareagreentours.org ** 510-704-0379 Presented by Bay Area Green Tours
03/21/2012 - FIRST PERSON SINGULAR: None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir
Posted: 21 Mar 2012 05:30 PM PDT
First Person Singular continues its 2012: Apocalypse Not Now Season with None Too Keene: Nancy Drew Noir - a radical redressing of the girl sleuth's first mystery, with special guest Eddie "The Czar or Noir" Muller, founder of The Film Noir Foundation and San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival.
She knew. About the coded phrases served up at social teas. About the untidy passions externalized in a broken locket. About what goes down on a hidden staircase. With one hundred and seventy five mysteries solved by age eighteen, Nancy Drew had seen more than Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Mike Hammer combined. And she'd seen enough. On graduating high school, she quit sleuthing, and took to writing her memoirs. "For profit," she once told an inquiring librarian. "And no other fool reason." When the manuscript for The Secret of the Old Clock hit Grosset + Dunlap's desks in 1930, they knew they had gold, but they balked. "On prose like that," said friend James M. Cain, "You could've cracked a shotglass". Enter "Carolyn Keene," a collective pseudonym for a group of editors who cake decorated Drew's language with enough twee adverbs to choke a Girl Scout. It worked. The books sold 80 million copies, a new role model emerged, and Nancy Drew laughed all the way to the bank.
In the process, American literature got swindled.
To restore this lost voice of hard-boiled crime writing, we called on the best: noir preservationist Eddie Muller, author of Dark City; The Distance; and Grindhouse, and founder of The Film Noir Foundation, and San Francisco's Noir City Film Festival. In celebration of his efforts, we are presenting an evening of selections from the original manuscript, read by streetwise gamine of local theater, Lydia Odette Warren. Muller will be on hand to provide context and commentary, and piano-bar veteran Richard Leiter will surrender the blue notes in a live, original score. Think you know Nancy Drew? You haven't got a clue.
Performed by Lydia Odette Warren, with a live original score by Richard Leiter. Special Guest Eddie "The Czar of Noir" Muller.
03/21/2012 - Bike Night - ODC/Dance Downtown
Posted: 21 Mar 2012 05:30 PM PDT
ODC's 41st home season features three world premieres from Brenda Way and KT Nelson- Breathing Underwater, Transit and Cut-Out Guy- as well as repertory favorites Raking Light, I look vacantly at the Pacific...though regret, and Part of a Longer Story. Breathing Underwater features a score by avant-cellist Zoe Keating who will play live alongside members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and Transit features imaginative prop pieces by The Crucible's bicycle artist Max Chen. On Wednesday, March 21, join fellow bike enthusiasts and bike to Transit. Bike vallet parking courtesy of the San Francisco Bike Coalition.
MORE INFO: Nancy Bertossa ** http://www.odcdance.org/dancedowntown ** boxoffice <at> odctheater.org ** 415-863-6606 Presented by ODC/Dance
03/22/2012 - Irish-American Poets: A Reading featuring Terry Ehret, Gerald Fleming and Laura Moriarty
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Join us for an evening of exploring Irish-American poetry through the voices of three esteemed local poets. This is the second event in a series held at The Meridian Gallery by Crossroads in celebration of the art exhibit of Irish painter, Patrick Graham.
Terry Ehret is a poet and teacher, one of the founders of the innovative Sixteen Rivers Press, a hands-on publishing collective run by and for San Francisco Bay Area Poets. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently Night Sky Journey from Kelly's Cove Press. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nomination for the Northern California Book Reviewer's Award, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. From 2004-2006, she served as the poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and teaches.
Gerald Fleming's poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past thirty years. He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazineBarnabe Mountain Review, whose archives can be found at U.C. Berkeley's Bancroft Library. His book of poemsSwimmer Climbing onto Shore was published in 2005, and a book of prose poems, Night of Pure Breathing, appeared last spring from Hanging Loose Press in New York. He taught in the San Francisco public schools for thirty-seven years, and has published three books for teachers, the most recent of which is Rain, Steam, and Speed(Jossey-Bass/Wiley). He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. A new book of longer prose poems, The Choreographer, is due out in spring of 2013.
Laura Moriarty's books include A Tonalist an essay poem from Nightboat Books, the novels, Cunning and Ultravioleta. A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975 - 2007 came out from Omnidawn in 2007. Who That Divines is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. She is the author of ten other books of poetry going back to 1980. She won the Poetry Center Book Award in 1983, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry in 1992, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature 1998 and a Fund for Poetry grant in 2007. She has taught at Mills College and Naropa University, among other places, and is Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. For more, see the blog A Tonalist Notes.
03/22/2012 - Vancouver Conceptual Photography: Documentary Screening + Panel
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
BCNM presents a screening of the new documentary Picture Start, directed by Harry Killas. Picture Start documents how a small group of artists put Vancouver at the leading edge of contemporary art. The film focuses on Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Rodney Graham, three celebrated artists of the so-called Vancouver School. Featuring interviews with the artists, curators and collectors, the film seeks to answer key questions as to how and why these artists came together as contemporaries in what might be thought of as an unlikely setting.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Blake Stimson, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Sandra Phillips (SFMOMA) and Harry Killas.
MORE INFO: http://bcnm.berkeley.edu ** info.bcnm <at> berkeley.edu ** 510-495-3505 Presented by UC's Berkeley Center for New Media
03/22/2012 - Disposable Film Festival 2012 - Opening Night at The Castro
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
One of the world's âcoolest film festivalsâ according to MovieMaker Magazine, The Disposable Film Festival premieres its 5th annual competitive shorts program here in San Francisco before screening it around the world. Be the first to see this year's collection of the best disposable films made on everyday devices like cell phones, pocket cameras, and webcams.
03/22/2012 - Guitar Legend Larry Carlton
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
With over 3,000 recording sessions, 100 gold albums, 19 Grammy nominations and 4 Grammy awards to his credit, Carlton is one of the most acclaimed musicians of his generation. He has performed on recordings with artists from Joni Mitchell to Michael Jackson and has released a diverse body of work as a solo jazz instrumentalist with groups such as The Crusaders and Fourplay.
MORE INFO: http://www.firehousearts.org ** 925-931-4848 Presented by City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center
03/22/2012 - Hope Mohr Dance Presents Fifth San Francisco Home Season
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, at 8 p.m.
The premiere of a new work, a rare solo performance by Hope Mohr and the Bay Area debut of New York-based choreographer/performer Dusan Tynek's company will headline the fifth San Francisco home season of Hope Mohr Dance. Hope Mohr Dance (HMD) is a bold and visionary company that both creates original work and presents other contemporary choreographers, giving Bay Area audiences the opportunity to see new dance in a regional and national context. Mohr thoughtfully pairs her own rigorously crafted and emotionally resonant choreography with work of other artists, thus creating a provocative aesthetic "call and response" not often seen elsewhere in the U.S. Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, at 8 p.m..
MORE INFO: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/219483 ** hopemohr <at> gmail.com ** 800-838-3006 Presented by Hope Mohr Dance
03/22/2012 - 'Proceed and Be Bold' Screening
Posted: 22 Mar 2012 07:00 PM PDT
At 40 years of age, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. abandoned the traditional American Dream to follow his own. Unsatisfied with his comfortable, middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for a pair of overalls. Armed with life, liberty, peanuts, and a meager yearly income of $7,000, Amos cranked out a new, mutinous declaration of independence.
Proceed and Be Bold! joins Amos for a titillating retelling of his story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world. The work of this self-proclaimed âHumble Negro Printerâ raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and subversive.
His provocative sense of humor seeps out of every word he speaks and his radical philosophies on the American consciousness (or unconsciousness) will awaken any listless bystander. After experiencing Amosâ humble journey, youâll never look at your middle class life the same way again.
03/23/2012 - San Francisco drama CENTAUR premiere- filmmaker, cast in person 3/23 <at> Lumiere-SF
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 10:00 AM PDT
CENTAUR-JP Allenâs Powerful, Unusual Local San Francisco Drama About Murder and Lost Love
Special Opening Night Event 3/23: Filmmaker and Cast attending, with local band McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Special Second Night Event 3/24: Double Feature with Sex and Imagining (also from Coffee and Language Productions)
Coffee and Language Productions presents CENTAUR, JP Allen's surprising and poetic story about a San Francisco man documenting his plan of murder and revenge, making its Theatrical Premiere on Friday, March 23, 2012 at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California Street, San Francisco, playing with daily shows through Thursday, March 29.
In Allen's haunting and unexpectedly sensual drama, an unidentified man is stunned by the death of his girlfriend, Jennifer, in a car accident with a drunk driver. However, the drunk escapes punishment because of a mistake by the police. Determined to get revenge, the unidentified man decides to play a "complex game" of murder and record his efforts, and memories of Jennifer, by making a video that mirrors a gift she gave him just before she died. Filmed in spectacular locations in and around San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, in a noir style, this local independent drama features outstanding performances by Bay Area actors JP Allen, as the unidentified main character, Amy Mordecai as Jennifer, and Chris Pflueger as the driver. CENTAUR also showcases brilliant music by popular Austin band, Michael Slattery and Shoulders. Written and Photographed by JP Allen.
More about the cast:
Amy Mordecai has played leading roles at major theatres across the San Francisco Bay Area including California and SF Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the AmeRican CitiZeN's Theatre, where she is a founding member. Favorite roles include Hermione in The Winter's Tale and Virginia in The Life of Galileo. She is a graduate of SFSU Drama program, has worked as an actor for over twenty years, and has two extraordinary children.
Chris Pflueger has appeared in leading roles in five feature film from Coffee and Language Productions - CENTAUR, Sephanie's Image, SEX AND IMAGINING, Belief, and Coffee and Language (the film). He has also appeared in films and TV programs such as Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon, the TV series Trauma, as well as numerous national commercials.
The film's running time is 87 minutes; it is not rated.
03/23/2012 - SFFS Presents: 'Sound of Noise'
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 01:00 PM PDT
The sound-and-image anarchists behind 'Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers', the 2001 cult short film, successfully transfer to a larger arena in 'Sound of Noise', a delightful comic cocktail mixing a modern urban symphony, a police procedural and a love story. The up-tempo feature debut of Swedish directors Ola Simonsson and Johannes StjÃ¤rne Nilsson boasts the most complex and wacky musical numbers since Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunetâs 'Delicatessen', hitting notes alternately silly, raucous and rhapsodic. The narrative revolves around police officer Amadeus Warnebring (an engaging Bengt Nilsson), tone-deaf scion of a distinguished musical family, and his attempts to track down a group of six guerrilla percussionists whose public performances are terrorizing the city. The drumming set pieces correspond to an avant-garde score in four movements: âDoctor, Doctor, Gimme Gas (In My Ass),â âMoney 4 U, Honey,â âFuck the Music Kill! Kill!â and âElectric Love.â Where the short film had the six drummers imaginatively using standard apartment furnishings as their instruments, the feature unleashes them on an unspecified cityâs civic and cultural institutions. âDoctor, Doctorâ plays out in a hospital operating room, literally removing the sound from a windbag patient; staged like a robbery, âMoneyâ makes beautiful music from a bankâs paraphernalia; the classical music establishment comes under attack from heavy machinery in âMusic;â and daredevil âLoveâ unfurls in midair on the cityâs electric lines. There is even an amusing backstory for each of the soberly dressed drummers and investigator Warnebring, their music-hating nemesis.
Showtimes 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
03/23/2012 - Urban Services YMCA Bingo Night
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Win IPAD2, Flatscreen TV and some major cash!!!
Urban Services YMCA is the social services arm of San Francisco in providing life-changing programs that strengthen families, build successful communities, and promote educational excellence. We are organizing a Bingo night to raise funds. All proceeds go towards serving your community.
Please donât miss the opportunity to have fun and create lasting, meaningful change in your neighborhood!
Buy tickets right away at http://urbanbingonight2012-zvents.eventbrite.com/.
03/23/2012 - Free Concert with Conversation with the Beijing Guitar Duo
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Community Music Center is pleased to host the Beijing Guitar Duo for a free Concert with Conversation in our 130-seat concert hall. We thank San Francisco Performances for the wonderful opportunity they've given us to share this music with the community.
The impressive individual talents of Meng Su and Yameng Wang come together to create what is sure to be one of the most exciting guitar duos on the scene today. Ms. Su and Ms. Wang first met at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where they both studied with the acclaimed professor Chen Zhi. The Beijing Guitar Duo was formally established at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2008 at the encouragement of their mentor Manuel Barrueco.
As recipients of the âSolomon H. Snyder Award,â the Beijing Guitar Duo will make its New York debut at Carnegie Hallâs Weill Recital Hall on April 19, 2010. Other upcoming performances include recitals in Denmark, China, Germany and the United States.
For more information about this Free Concert with Conversation, contact:
Community Music Center
(415) 647-6015 x75
info <at> sfcmc.org
03/23/2012 - Art Explosion Spring Open Studios 2012
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
March 23rd, 7-11pm; March 24-25, 12-5pm
Opening Reception Gala Friday March 23rd 7-11pm Open Studios Sat + Sun 12-5pm
2425 17th St,SF,CA <at> Potrero
San Francisco's largest Artist's collective is holding its 12th Annual Spring Open Studios on March 23rd thru 25th. Come see over 140 artists as they exhibit their work from their studios. Painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers, jewelers and textile artists will be showing. Please come and support original local artists, expand your art collection and find great deals. The opening reception gala will be on Friday, March 23rd from 7-11pm. On Sat + Sun we will have open studios from 12 - 5pm. As always, Free Admission and Free Refreshments. March 23rd, 7-11pm; March 24-25, 12-5pm.
MORE INFO: http://www.artexplosionstudios.com Presented by Art Explosion Studios 17th Street
03/23/2012 - The Tennessee Menagerie: An Evening with the Women of Tennessee Williams
Posted: 23 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Peek into the real life of playwright Williams and re-meet his most memorable females characters, including Blanche DuBois, Maggie the Cat and Amanda Wingfield. Gain new insight and understanding of these characters and how they continue to evoke sympathy and serve as martyrs for common women in this new theatrical piece.
Directed by Lennie Dean
WHEN: March 23 to April 7, 2012
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
2 p.m. Sundays March 25 and April 1, 2012
2 p.m. Saturday April 7, 2012
TICKETS: $10 to $25
Ticket prices 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays: General $25; Senior (62 and over) $20; Youth (13 to 21) $20; Children (5 to 12) $10. Ticket prices 8 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays: General $20; Senior (62 and over) $15; Youth (13 to 21) $15; Children (5 to 12) $10.
03/24/2012 - San Francisco Challenge
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 11:00 AM PDT
The Challenge is a ridiculously fun âAmazing Raceâ style competition packed into one incredible day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city.
03/24/2012 - In Other Words: Artists Talk
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 12:00 PM PDT
In Other Words is a group exhibition that looks at language and its capacity to clarify and confuse, convene and separate, inspire and discourage. Language can excite our spirit, comfort our feelings, and inform our intellect; it can also extinguish desire, destroy confidence, and cloud perception. By exploring a range of areas concerning the influence and evolution of language in our lives - the impact of technology, the obscurity of industry-specific terminology, the psychological internalization of language, and the recontexutalization of language - the artists in this exhibition demonstrate through a diversity of media the many ways in which we strive to communicate to each other.
Features work by Katie Gilmartin, Julia Goodman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Susan OâMalley, Meryl Pataky, Alex Potts, Cassie Thornton, Annie Vought and Christine Wong Yap.
The âIn Other Wordsâ exhibit comes to a close. Please join us in this candid talk to hear directly from the creative minds that graced our gallery with such fun and thought-provoking art.
03/24/2012 - Drone Magic - San Francisco International Bagpipe Festival
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 03:00 PM PDT
Drone Magic is a unique festival with bagpipe music from aound the world. For the 8th time pipers gather to perform the music and traditions of their heritage. From dark laments to fiery dance music, listen to the piping traditions of Ireland, Spain, Bulgaria, Northumberland, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Hungary.
Ethnic Bulgarian food by Hristo Kolev, and libations will be available for purchase. Schedule: 5:00PM Videos, 6:00PM Lady pipers, 7:30PM Gala concert.
MORE INFO: John Daley ** http://www.CroatianAmericanWeb.org ** johndaley2 <at> gmail.com ** 510-649-0941 Presented by Croatian American Cultural Center
03/24/2012 - Brad Bernhardt Presents MoNkey BiZness
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
The first large scale multi discipline exhibition by Brad Bernhardt is coming to the CELL, also known as CELLspace, on March 24th for one night only. This genre bending show will include a focused selection of over 40 paintings, 3D installments, and 5 live DJ sets from local legends, including Syd Gris. The event will cost $5, and the first 30 people in the door will receive a complimentary original print. This blend of art and music will infuse the concepts of gallery and nightclub into an explosion of colors and sounds to enlighten the senses.
The exhibition is not just a simple art show: it is much more complex than that. It is a movement, a kind of enlightened way of thought expressed through paintings on canvas, a street sticker campaign, 3D installments, and primal, hard-hitting sounds. The work is meant to unmask what we truly are: primal beings trapped inside a world that rejects us. The intent of the MoNkey BiZness collection is to unleash the primal being trapped deep within us, so that we can evolve and reach our full potential as human beings.
Brad Bernhardt is a West Coast based visual artist currently residing in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been involved in many exhibitions, including his spring 2010 show âWeapons of Mass Consumptionâ that was featured in Las Vegas Weekly and the Las Vegas Informer. He also created over 40 signature works displayed on the popular television series the Ultimate Fighter, some of which were featured in the October 2010 edition of Maxim Magazine. He received a degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has been working in the art and design worlds for the past 5 years creating a visual style all his own.
03/24/2012 - OmniCircus Cabaret and Robotic Performance
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 05:30 PM PDT
Join Frank Garvey, Scarlet Moon, Dave Gursom, the Robotic Ensemble and many other Surrealist Warriors of the Unconscious in a very special
event and PERFORMANCE at OmniCircus!
Join Frank Garvey and MOTH NOR RUST for ENDLESS NIGHT, a surreal cabaret with the ROBOTIC ENSEMBLE of the OmniCircus.
Featuring Scarlet Moon, Larry Beau, Dave Gursom, Taylor Way, and many other fine performers TBA
Special guests include Bosch, Breughel, Goya, Herman Melville and Auguste Rodin... it's possible that Homer will be able to make it but
he's having some trouble finding a good road to hitch-hike on, he is after all blind as a bat... Louis Bunuel says he'll pick him up if he follows
the route Kerouac recommended... and btw Jack and Jerry Garcia are coming for sure.
Watch the new version of our ENDLESS NIGHT video here-
ENDLESS NIGHT, song by Frank Garvey, sung by Frank Garvey and Kyrstyn Pixton.
We are releasing a 2-CD set called ENDLESS NIGHT. Here is a preview of the first disc called BIRDS OF PARADISE-
Here is a preview of the second disc called BIRDS OF PREY-
03/24/2012 - India Cooke with Cloud Shepherd/Solace Trio
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Cloud Shepherd is a San Francisco Bay Area improvisational quartet committed to the
pasturing of ever-changing, nonlinear cumulations of sound.
India Cooke: Violin
Grammy Award nominated violinist, composer and educator has performed with
Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Cecil Taylor, Joelle Leandre, and many others.
Solace Trio is a trio of violin, and guitars
03/24/2012 - Go Van Gogh steps out to Disco Volante Sat March 24th 9pm
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 07:30 PM PDT
Go Van Gogh steps out to Disco Volante Sat March 24th 9pm
Room to dance, and a full bar. Whats not to like at this happening fun Oakland venue. Go Van Gogh starts at 930 for several sets of what they do best.
The San Francisco Chronicle says
"Listening to Go Van Gogh is like traveling the world in your ears, as the band plays an eclectic mix of genres. Their music is like a gateway drug: Once you're hooked on Go Van Gogh, you might dig deeper to search out their musical influences. Go Van Gogh excel at bringing the party wherever they perform"
03/24/2012 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Posted: 24 Mar 2012 09:45 PM PDT
The fun is back! The excitement is back! The audience participation is back!
Join live cast Barely Legal for their live, loud + late-night Rocky Horror Party in downtown San Jose on Saturday, March 24. Weâll have:
â¢ Music + dancing!
â¢ Rowdy preshow action!
â¢ Ridiculous games!
â¢ And so much fun itâs Barely Legal!
03/26/2012 - The Shout
Posted: 26 Mar 2012 05:30 PM PDT
The Shout is a storytelling series combining invited, prepared storytellers with on-the-spot inspiration. Hosts Rami Margron and Cassidy Brown present a variety of ace storytellers from all walks of life telling their own true stories to entertain, educate, enlighten, and edify. Audience members are also given an opportunity to put their name in the hat and get picked to tell their own stories.
03/27/2012 - Walk the Wiggle: Famous bike routeâs geology, history + politics
Posted: 27 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Donât ride blindly through the Wiggle! Come explore its political and physical history with Thinkwalks.
The Lower Haight neighborhood is known to cyclists as The Wiggle, a hill-avoidance bike route that inspires passion.
Recent research has shown that itâs also the cradle of San Francisco. On this walking tour for anyone, bicyclist or not, youâll learn about SFâs earliest moments, when Captain Anza stood on the banks of a now-nameless waterway and declared, âUm, how about putting it here?â
Weâll talk creeks and native villages. Weâll uncover secrets of the Duboce mural. (Did you know that the mural is secretly a map?) This walk is a wide look at local geology: where creeks and dunes were and why, where they went, and what about those bedrock hills that have simply disappeared? Were they washed away by the giant floods?
Since itâs a highly active bicycle route, weâll talk bike politics, street design and street history, including the various freeway proposals and citizen revolts.
No matter how much or how little you already know about San Francisco, youâll find yourself looking at things a new way after this walk.
Rain doesnât necessarily cancel. Check here to see exact weather by the minute as it approaches!
Feel free to call if you have questions.
RSVPs welcome but not required. Snacks will be provided.
03/27/2012 - EcoTuesday :: Featuring Carolyn Parrs, Mind Over Markets
Posted: 27 Mar 2012 04:30 PM PDT
EcoTuesday, a unique, structured monthly networking event for sustainable business leaders will be held this month at the beautiful CompoClay showroom featuring Carolyn Parrs, Mind Over Markets as our speaker.
Carolyn will discuss... Effective Messaging in Today's Green Market * Re-framing your message so it's relevant to the times * Bringing your message from the planetary to the personal * Delivering your message successfully through your social media channels.
Enjoy an evening of networking in a relaxed and comfortable environment!
This month's venue: CompoClay Showroom 60 Post St., S.F. Green Products. Green Operations. Green Society.
MORE INFO: Nikki Pava ** http://ecotuesday.com ** ecotuesday <at> ecotuesday.com Presented by EcoTuesday
03/27/2012 - The Epicenter with Adam Johnson + Jack Boulware
Posted: 27 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Litquake presents author Adam Johnson in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware.
The New York Times called Johnson's latest novel, The Orphan Master's Son, "a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice."
The Epicenter embraces a theater of ideas between writers and readers with a literary conversation followed by audience Q+A, book sales and signing. Admission is free, cocktails recommended. Capacity is limited, so come early.
MORE INFO: Jack Boulware ** http://www.litquake.org/calendar-of-events/event/adam-johnson-at-the-epicenter ** info <at> litquake.org ** 415-440-4177 Presented by Litquake Literary Festival
03/28/2012 - Chaos + Catastrophe: Worst Days of Our Lives
Posted: 28 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the worst days of our lives...
LitUp Writers is back with âChaos + Catastrophe: Worst Days of Our Lives.â Join us as six talented writers take to our stage to share humorous stories about their most disastrous days -- from broken engagements to corporate jobs from hell to horrifying hook-ups and more. It will be an evening jam-packed with hilarity, despair, and perhaps a little insight as well.
The show is on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Intersection for the Arts in SOMA. The performance begins at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM. $5 cover.
The storytellers for the evening will be:
The evening will also feature live music by singer/songwriter David Berkeley, whose fourth studio album âSome Kind of Cureâ was released in 2011.
03/28/2012 - Distilled in SF: How to Drink Like a Locavore
Posted: 28 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Arne Hillesland, Master Ginerator, Distillery No. 209
David King, President, Anchor Distilling Company
William Smith, President and Master Distiller, SFVodka
Lance Winters, Master Distiller, St. George Spirits
San Francisco is surrounded by celebrity chefs and artisan eateries that take pride in their use of all that is local. Luckily for us, this home-grown sensibility overflows into the world of hooch. Bay Area craft distillers like Distillery No. 209 and St. George drive the handcrafted cocktail scene, creating community-conscious and delicious drinkable products that pay tribute to the locavore spirit. Our panel of malt masters will speak to the art of beverage creation, the modern craft movement, and San Franciscoâs rich culinary traditions. Join us for an inside scoop on drinking by the Bay, followed by ten tastings from the best local boozeries, brought to you by Liquor.com
03/28/2012 - The Romane Event Comedy Show! 7 Year Anniversary Show!
Posted: 28 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Beloved San Francisco comedy show, The Romane Event Comedy Show, celebrates its 7 Year Anniversary Show with a Bay Area Comedy All-Stars Show! Join fast rising comedy star, Paco Romane ("Best Comedian" SFBG) and headliner Joe Klocek (Comedy Central), at The Romane Event Comedy Show! The show also features comedy All-Stars: Joe Tobin (The Punchline), Kaseem Bentley (SF Sketchfest), award-winning sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster, special guest from NYC Erin Judge (Comedy Central), Ben Kolina and hosted by the godfather of SF comedy Tony Sparks! Plus music by local legend Dj Specific!
The Romane Event is one of the hottest comedy shows in the country and after 6 Years is always a great night with fun audiences and exciting atmosphere. Watch the best comedians in an "anything goes and probably will" environment, with cool tunes by Dj Specific, and stiff drinks, in one of San Francisco's best clubs, The Make-Out Room. It is the longest running monthly comedy show in The Bay Area and features the Bay Area's top stand-up comics. See a lineup of many of whom have appeared on late-night television and have performed on Comedy Central, Letterman, The Tonight Show, HBO and more!
03/29/2012 - MATCHA: LoL with Comedian Dan Nainan
Posted: 29 Mar 2012 03:00 PM PDT
$10 (includes entry into Maharaja)
Dan Nainan takes the stage at 7:30 pm
Laugh out loud with comedian Dan Nainan. You may have seen him in an Apple commercial, in the film The Last Airbender, in TedIndia, or possibly at a Democratic National Convention. The list goes on as his popularity continues to escalate. Of Indian and Japanese descent, Intel engineer-cum-comedian Nainan brings his wit and humor to MATCHA in full force.
Cruise through Maharaja (last chance, closes SOON) and the collection galleries on docent tours. Participate in our "caption this comic" contest (one-panel comics by Five True Fans), relax with a cocktail, and hang with friends, all to the musical backdrop provided by heavy hitter DJ King Most.
03/29/2012 - Film Screening: Un Banquete en Tetlapayac
Posted: 29 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
Un Banquete en Tetlapayac is Debroiseâs contemporary reenactment of the events surrounding the filming of director Sergei Eisensteinâs Que Viva Mexico (1931). Eisensteinâs production was halted for some time when the lead actor went to jail for accidentally shooting his sister. During the hiatus, the crew killed time at the Hacienda Tetlapayac, watching movies, eating, drinking, debating, and dancing. Sixty-seven years later, Debroise invited a group of artists, filmmakers, and intellectuals to reconstruct what happened at the hacienda. Un Banquete is both homage to Eisensteinâs directorial legacy and an investigation of representation, nature, and history itself.
03/29/2012 - An Evening With Will Franken In Bed On Stage
Posted: 29 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
All roads lead to Oakland. . .no, this isn't the beginning of a Black Panther how-to pamphlet. It's San Francisco's most celebrated absurdist, satirist, and underground comedian crossing the bridge to the East Bay for one magical night of his patented brand of side-splitting one-man character-based sketch comedy. Tonight, Franken is also pleased to showcase his high-speed piano playing talents in conjunction with his manic, cultural-skewing, mind-bending comedic talents. Original songs such as "The River Police", "I Marry Man For Money" and "(Stay Alive For Just A Little Longer) Grandma" punctuate the laughs this evening. It's not everyday that Franken brings the love to Oakland -- just this day; or this night rather. It's An Evening With Will Franken In Bed On Stage.
03/30/2012 - Corey Carleton and Faire Violls: 'ByrdSong' music of William Byrd
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Barefoot Chamber Concerts presents Faire Violls and Corey Carleton performing music for a consort of viols and a voice by William Byrd, "The Father of English Music." Byrd not only composed some of the greatest Renaissance sacred choral music, but also created a body of innovative and gorgeous chamber music for viols, including many consort songs. Faire Violls' program features gems from these instrumental works, among the first pieces to be written idiomatically for viols, and consort songs that have become justly famous as cornerstones of the repertoire.
For more details, and to order tickets online, visit www.barefootchamberconcerts.com.
MORE INFO: Barefoot Chamber Concerts ** http://www.barefootchamberconcerts.com/2011-2012-season/faire-violls-corey-carleton-byrdsong-march-30-2012/ ** info <at> barefootchamberconcerts.com ** 510-220-1195 Presented by Barefoot Chamber Concerts
03/30/2012 - Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 13th Annual Seed Swap
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
The seed saving event of the year! Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! There will be a short presentation from Fred Hempel, of Baia Nicchia Farm + Nursery about tomato and pepper varieties. This event is open to all, from new gardeners to experienced seed savers.
03/30/2012 - San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra performs Pergolesi's Stabat Mater
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 05:30 PM PDT
The San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra with singers Susan Gundunas and Twila Ehmcke will be performing one of the gems of the Baroque musical era, Stabat Mater, written in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Originally a medioeval poem in Latin, Stabat Mater is an intense and profound work on the thoughts of Mary at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying. Pergolesi's musical setting is one of the better known. The work is traditionally performed during the Lent period, prior to Easter.
The orchestra will be joined by Jerome Lenk (Musical Director of Mission Dolores) on the harpsichord, for the San Francisco performance.
MORE INFO: Nicola Swinburne Bocus, concertmaster ** http://www.sfmandolin.org ** nicola <at> sfmandolin.org ** 510-649-9519 Presented by San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra
03/30/2012 - The Hunger Vampire Lounge presents: VAMPIRATES! High Seas Blood Bath
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 07:30 PM PDT
VAMPIRATES! High Seas Blood Bath
Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bucket of Blood!
tickets online: http://âvampirates2012.eventbrite.câom/
$13 Vamped/Dark Pirate/Goth (General Admission)
$20 in street clothes
$30 VIP Booty
DJ Slaveboy, DJ Glamtasm, DJ Digital Druid, DJ gravedigger, DJ Capt Kaoss + more
spin on two dance floors
goth : industrial : new wave : dark wave : garage
Lord of the Fangs - http://âwww.lordofthefangs.com/
Vending by http://âwww.KorruptLabel.com/
Vlad's Deep Sea Dungeon with Maestro Stefanos
Vampirate Wench Dancers
Costume Contest with Prizes
And other Wickedly Dark Proprietors
Presale Tickets at Eventbrite for $10 General Admission/$30 VIP Booty
Meet-up Prior to The Hunger
Please visit Wicked Grounds CafÃ© to meet before or after the Hunger
San Franciscoâs only Kink KafÃ© located at 289 8th Street, San
Francisco. They have a wonderful selection of coffees, teas, adult sodas
and bottled waters. The deserts are to die for!
03/30/2012 - SFFS Presents: 'House of Pleasures'
Posted: 29 Mar 2012 10:00 PM PDT
Ambitious and elegantly made, Bertrand Bonelloâs film depicts life in a Paris brothel at the turn of the 20th century. Staying within the houseâs walls for all but two brief (but important) moments, the scenario details the clients and day-to-day lives of a variety of the working women within including Madeleine, who suffers a terrible fate at the hand of a client; voluptuous new girl Pauline; Algerian beauty Samira ('Secret of the Grainâs' Hafsia Herzi); and the no-nonsense madam Marie-France (the always wonderful NoÃ©mie Lvovsky). Using a variety of techniques, including split screen and an anachronistic soundtrack, 'House of Pleasures' reflects on the worldâs oldest profession in an entirely new way.
March 30 - April 5
03/31/2012 - Water Walking Tour: A Natural History of Where Creeks Once Flowed in San Francisco
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 08:30 AM PDT
Serious waterways once flowed in SFâs Mission District. Ships sailed to and fro with the tides. Salt water mixed with sewage-polluted streams that flowed from freshwater hilltop springs. Some creeks were filled in, others covered over. And some were mythologized - if they ever existed. Weâll dig deep to uncover and evaluate controversies. Weâll climb hills and range widely to check out groundwater springs.
The politics of development struggle with the forces of nature to create the city as we know it. Which oneâs winning? Letâs share our ideas and research about the landforms, floods, flumes, the politics of drinking water and global water supplies. This is a tour for curious folks and unfettered fanatics.
Rain doesnât necessarily cancel. Check here to see exact weather by the minute as it approaches!
Feel free to call if you have questions.
RSVPs welcome but not required. Snacks will be provided.
03/31/2012 - International Rescue Group's Launch Fundraiser Party
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
LAUNCH FUNDRAISER PARTY - INTERNATIONAL RESCUE GROUP
PROVIDING FIRST-LINE SUPPORT AND HUMANITARIAN AID TO DISASTER-HIT COASTAL COMMUNITIES.
Saturday evening March 31st at 7pm at Pasta Pelican on the Alameda Estuary, we'll be "splashing" the boat and she will be at the dock for champagne visits all evening, with dinner and live music and dancing! Here's a great chance to meet the crew, founders, volunteers and contributors who have got International Rescue Group started!
Our celebrity host will be Jeffrey Weissman. who co-starred as George McFly in the Back to the Future sequels, he co-starred in Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider, and with John Lithgow in Twilight Zone the Movie.
03/31/2012 - Poser Party! A different kind of costume ball
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
More than a costume party, you get to really BE your character. Have fun clowning around with historical figures, cartoon characters, famous actors, fairytale characters, and more!
DJ FACT.50 will be spinning tunes all night long so you can bust a move with the eclectic crowd.
And if dancing isn't your thing, vendors, magicians, and fortune tellers will have you spellbound.
PRIZES for best costume, most convincing character, and most original character.
Entrance is FREE.
04/03/2012 - SFFS Presents: 'Qarantina'
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 05:00 PM PDT
The Film Societyâs Artist in Residence program brings an international filmmaker to San Francisco for a two-week residency. Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed will present his drama 'Qarantina', network with local filmmakers and visit Bay Area high school and college classrooms.
A broken family under patriarch Salih lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated house in Baghdad. Meriam, Salihâs daughter, has fallen silent, refusing to tell her father whatâs wrong. Salihâs young second wife, Kerima, and his preteen son, Muhanad, provide Meriam with some protection from her father. Meanwhile, with the family hard up for money, Muhanad must work in the street shining shoes and, more ominously, the entire household must cohabitate with a sullen and imperious boarder, a man who works as a hired killer and has taken Kerima as his mistress. In 'Qarantina' Rasheed gorgeously captures todayâs Baghdad, a moody and colorful place in the grip of a brooding listlessness. This stunned atmosphere is furthered by the performances of the formidable cast, who suggest unexpected sources of resilience in the wake of catastrophe.
Director Oday Rasheed in person.
04/04/2012 - Regreturature: Readings that probably shouldn't see the light of day
Posted: 04 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Litquake and the Writers' Grotto present the return of REGRETURATURE: An evening of readings that probably shouldn't see the light of day! Everybody has to start somewhere, and here's what happens when good writers start bad. Join members of the acclaimed San Francisco Writers' Grotto for the second annual night of Regreturature, as they sheepishly read works they may now regret, from fiction to nonfiction, blogs, journalism, opinion pieces, even diary entries. Featuring Grotto inhabitants Katie Crouch, Heather Donohue, Isaac Fitzgerald, Jeff Greenwald, Rachel Levin, James Nestor, Todd Oppenheimer, Caroline Paul, Mary Roach, and more. Emceed by Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware.
MORE INFO: Jack Boulware ** http://litquake.org ** jb <at> litquake.org ** 415-750-1497 Presented by Litquake Literary Festival
04/06/2012 - Meridian Dance presents: Yours and Mine
Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:30 PM PDT
To follow the Process check out the Meridian Dance Blog: www.meridiangallerydance.wordpress.com
"Departing from my impression of Graham's signature style of figurative representation - where bodies depicted in physical exchange lose the definition and contours of their shape, becoming amorphous while still retaining their distinctly humanoid characteristics - I will ask how changes in our bodies' forms may be triggered by recognizing the feelings of another in our own psycho-somatic anatomy. A study in embodied empathy, Yours and Mine pairs the vocabulary of contemporary dance with the durational quality of time-based performance art."
"Yours and Mine" a dance performed by choreographer Macklin Kowal at the Meridian Gallery. Macklin, an Irish-American choreographer, will be the Dancer In Residence at the Meridian and will be performing an original dance choreography inspired by Patrick Graham's work, specifically responding to Graham's depictions of the human form. Kowal's performance will be a study in embodied empathy.
Macklin Kowal (Choreographer) is a a performer and performance maker currently based in Oakland. A San Francisco native, he is an alumnus of the city's School of the Arts, and San Francisco State University, as well as of l'Universite de Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint-Denis. His approach to making performance has been shaped by formative experiences under the direction of Marina Abramovic, Minna Harri, Ann Magnuson, Prumsodun Ok, and Tessa Wills. Active in San Francisco's contemporary dance/performance scene since 2009, Kowal's work has been presented by the Garage, the Home Theater Festival, Zero Performance's Too Much! A Queer Performance Marathon, the San Francisco Art Institute.
04/07/2012 - Zyzzyva Spring Issue Launch Event
Posted: 07 Apr 2012 02:00 PM PDT
On the occasion of Catherine Clark Gallery's 21st anniversary, ZYZZYVA, the San Francisco literary journal dedicated to publishing the work of the West Coast's best artists and writers since 1985, is prominently featuring in its Spring 2012 issue selected pieces of work curated by the Gallery over the past two decades. Join Zyzzyva editors and guest authors for a live reading and launch of their Spring Issue at Catharine Clark Gallery on Saturday, April 7, in further celebration of the anniversary.
MORE INFO: Rhiannon E. MacFadyen, Marketing Director ** http://www.cclarkgallery.com ** info <at> cclarkgallery.com ** 415-399-1439 Presented by Catharine Clark Gallery
04/12/2012 - Alonzo King LINES Ballet Spring Home Season
Posted: 12 Apr 2012 05:30 PM PDT
April 12-22, 2012; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 5pm
April 12-15 Triangle of the Squinches, is set to a commissioned score by legendary musician Mickey Hart and features an innovative kinetic set by architect Christopher Haas.
April 18-22 Alonzo King's Scheherazade is a re-envisioning of the ancient collection of Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic stories of 1,001 Nights. The new score by tabla master Zakir Hussain re-interprets the original music by Rimsky-Korsakov, incorporating traditional Persian as well as Western instruments. Alonzo King LINES Ballet's Scheherazade honors Diaghilev's spirit of cutting-edge artistic collaboration, immersing audiences in a luminescent and richly textured world.
More information: linesballet.org April 12-22, 2012; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 5pm.
MORE INFO: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Novellus Theater ** http://tickets.ybca.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=13888 ** kaila <at> linesballet.org ** 415-978-2787 Presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet
04/14/2012 - 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT
The 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 45th year, is one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event.
This yearâs Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 14-15 and April 21-22, 2012. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Franciscoâs Japantown!
The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on April 22, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.
The 2012 Festival will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. and will also pay tribute to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service comprised of all Japanese American soldiers receiving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. The highest civilian honor bestowed by the U. S. Congress. The festival will also recognize the one year anniversary of the Tohoku Region Earthquake and Tsunami.
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms; and held at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
04/14/2012 - 100th Anniversary Titanic Weekend
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Upcoming Vintage Days Event: 100th Anniversary of the Titanic, April 14th + 15th 1912 (2012), San Francisco - California
Take a voyage back in time to commemorate the RMS Titanicâ¦from Tea, to tours, to a sampling dinner of the Last Meal on the Titanic...weekend festival:
Register Here: http://www.thevintagedays.com
04/14/2012 - Five Creative Energies - a Tribute to the Muse
Posted: 14 Apr 2012 10:00 AM PDT
April 14 and 15, 12pm - 6pm both days; Preview Party Friday, April 13, 6-9pm
Spring Open Studios in the Mission is THE arts event in Spring you won't want to miss. 100's of emerging and established artists open their doors to the public. Art Wine and Dine Artists Katerina Connearney, Katia Claude, Hilla Hueber, Angela Oswald, and Valerie Scott have come together for a group show "Five Creative Energies - A Tribute to the Muse" and will be showing their recent work at a.Muse Gallery. A Preview Party takes place on Friday April 13, from 6 - 9 pm. April 14 and 15, 12pm - 6pm both days; Preview Party Friday, April 13, 6-9pm.
MORE INFO: Hilla Hueber ** http://www.artwineanddine.com ** info <at> artwineanddine.com Presented by Art, Wine, and Dine Artists
04/19/2012 - Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra - Alexander's Feast
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
The season's spectacular close is Handel's ode Alexander's Feast, or the Power of Music, based on the work by 17th Century English poet John Dryden, with three acclaimed vocal soloists and the Philharmonia Chorale. For their recent performances in Haydn's The Creation, the San Francisco Chronicle raved: "Dominique Labelle was nothing short of exquisite... Philip Cutlip was a lithe, muscular counterweight." The New York Sun has called James Taylor's singing "almost impossibly fresh, lovely - and accurate."
Handel's setting of this literary gem is a masterpiece, reminding concertgoers of music's ability to sway hearts and minds.
MORE INFO: David Challinor, Patron Services Manager ** http://www.philharmonia.org ** marketing <at> philharmonia.org ** 415-252-1288 Presented by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra + Philharmonia Chorale
04/20/2012 - Round One Cabaret
Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Fri + Sat, April 20 and 21 at 8pm; Sun, April 22 at 4pm
Not Quite Opera Productions, a theater dedicated to developing musical theater, launches Round One Cabaret, an uplifting evening of new songs by Bay Area musical composers at the Alcove Theater. This revue, directed by Anne Nygren Doherty, writer/composer of long running hit Absolutely San Francisco, features top notch vocal performances, soaring melodies, witty lyrics and penetrating insight. The showcase features songs from 10 new musicals by Cory Bytoff, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills. Music direction by Scott DeTurk. Full price ticket comes with free concessions. Fri + Sat, April 20 and 21 at 8pm; Sun, April 22 at 4pm.
MORE INFO: Anne Doherty ** http://www.TheAlcoveTheater.com ** RoundOne <at> TheAlcoveTheater.com ** 415-992-8168 Presented by Not Quite Opera Productions
04/20/2012 - New Lens Concert Series feat. the Finisterra Piano Trio
Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Friday, April 20th, 8pm to 10pm
With a radical redefinition of how a concert should be experienced, we use works by living and lesser-known composers of the past to recontextualize proven masterworks, all while concealing the identity of said works and composers from the audience. How might you hear works differently if you do not know whether they were written 100 years ago or last year? New Lens's selection of contemporary pieces represents living composers whose aesthetics and goals align with those of their pre-rift counterparts, so the results may surprise you.
This inaugural series will center around Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio.
For information about the Finisterra Piano Trio, please visit www.finisterra.org. Friday, April 20th, 8pm to 10pm.
MORE INFO: Garrett Shatzer ** http://www.oldfirstconcerts.org/performances/ ** newlensconcertseries <at> gmail.com Presented by New Lens Concert Series
04/20/2012 - Labayen Dance/SF Spring Season 2012: Revivals + Premieres
Posted: 20 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Fri-Sat, April 20-21 at 8pm + Sun, April 22 at 3pm
"Labayen Dance SF Announces The Company's Spring 2012 Season: "Revivals + Premieres" Featuring Enrico Labayen's award winning work "Cloth" which won the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and "en-Gulf-ed", nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design. The season will also premiere "Kulang and Dasal" a work that delves into the perception of memory and reason through narrative driven scenarios + "Rice Blues", a light-hearted romp inspired by the Harajuku District fashion of Japan. The revival of "Frida: Broken Column" and the world premiere of Laura Bernasconi's "Marriage Song". Fri-Sat, April 20-21 at 8pm + Sun, April 22 at 3pm.
MORE INFO: Enrico Labayen ** http://www.labayendancesf.org ** pr <at> labayendancesf.org ** 415-509-3129 Presented by LABAYEN DANCE/SF
05/19/2012 - GirlVentures' Friends and Family Hike
Posted: 19 May 2012 06:30 AM PDT
This hike is a fun, adventurous way to experience the natural beauty of the California coast while supporting GirlVenturesâ mission to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths.
The scenic hike is great for beginners and experienced hikers. There is a 7-mile loop and a 3-mile route. All ages are welcome!
By registering you are helping to ensure that ALL Bay Area girls have access to empowering outdoor education programs.
Take that first step.
Register at www.girlventures.org
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