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Culture, The Exhibitionist Roman Vishniac Rediscovered: Breathtaking Exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered: Breathtaking Exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum

Currently on display through May 29, Contemporary Jewish Museum's photo exhibition Roman Vishniac Rediscovered is a breathtaking journey back to Europe, immediately before and immediately after the Holocaust. Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) was a Russian Jew who took hundreds of photographs of Jewish…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist As If!: The Jewish Museum's <i>Clueless</i>-Themed Purim Party

As If!: The Jewish Museum's Clueless-Themed Purim Party

On March 24, to celebrate Purim, the CJM's Night at the Jewseum will be Clueless-themed. Queen Esther will be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Look at Havruta, or Shared Learning, Now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

A Look at Havruta, or Shared Learning, Now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

According to My Jewish Learning, Havruta is the time-honored Jewish tradition of learning in pairs. Both participants in the act of Havruta are transformed from receiving new knowledge and meaningful experiences — the root word of Havruta is the Hebrew word chaver,…
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Dining, SFoodie The JCM Examines How Technology is Reinventing Food

The JCM Examines How Technology is Reinventing Food

Since the invention of the pulley, the wedge, and the inclined plane, virtually every human technology has been applied to. While this has saddled us with the industrialized octopus that is agribusiness, flavorless pink tomatoes and all, the move…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist NEAT: Art and Tech Converge at Contemporary Jewish Museum

NEAT: Art and Tech Converge at Contemporary Jewish Museum

In NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology, a new show now underway at Contemporary Jewish Museum, nine artists and artistic teams display works in which they combine their artistic vision with current technology. The effects are often hypnotic. When…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Up Close With Amy Winehouse At Contemporary Jewish Museum

Up Close With Amy Winehouse At Contemporary Jewish Museum

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011) is remembered for her smoky, emotional voice and for the variety of musical genres which she embraced. A party animal from North London, Winehouse mesmerized audiences with her electrically charged soul, R & B, jazz, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lamp of The Covenant: Artist Dave Lane Hopes To Shine God's Light Upon Contemporary Jewish Museum

Lamp of The Covenant: Artist Dave Lane Hopes To Shine God's Light Upon Contemporary Jewish Museum

Renny Pritikin, chief curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, couldn't be more excited about Lamp of the Covenant, artist Dave Lane's fascinating and impressive sculpture now on display in the lobby at Contemporary Jewish Museum.  Pritikin was curating exhibits…
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Culture, Art Private Lives: The Photographer Who Showed a More Honest Side of His Famous Subjects

Private Lives: The Photographer Who Showed a More Honest Side of His Famous Subjects

In visual art, is it better to know nothing about an artist — absolutely nothing — before you know the artist's work? Should Picasso's brutish behavior toward women affect how we see his art of women? And should Edward Hopper's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals Contemporary Jewish Museum's Daniel Libeskind Cube Goes Outside the Box

Tourism for Locals Contemporary Jewish Museum's Daniel Libeskind Cube Goes Outside the Box

If we were asked to describe the architecture of San Francisco in one word, the best response would have to be eclectic. Yet, even with the juxtaposition of old and new found in a city that is constantly under…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Project Mah Jongg: Grandma's Favorite Game Now on Display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Project Mah Jongg: Grandma's Favorite Game Now on Display at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

While kids who grew up in California may know the Chinese board game Mah Jongg from watching community members lay out the tiles on tables at Chinatown parks, others may be more familiar with the game's deep ties to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Garden Stroll

Garden Stroll

The Yerba Buena Gardens are painfully charming. The little oasis in the middle of downtown is home to museums, theaters, restaurants and cafes — there's a reason that everyone working within a 10-block radius eats lunch alongside the fountains.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Designing Home at the CJM: Did Jews Design Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen?

Designing Home at the CJM: Did Jews Design Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen?

"I'm in the kitchen, dear," said Mrs. Cleaver as she tidied up her sparkling Formica counter. If Jews designed her spick-and-span 1950s kitchen -- it's quite possible, according to the new Designing Home exhibit on display at the Contemporary…
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Calendar, Night&Day Multi-Generational Stories

Multi-Generational Stories

When NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel We Need New Names was shortlisted for last year's Guardian First Book Award, she introduced the excerpt it published with an explanation of what inspired the book: a series of photos of people displaced…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Contemporary Jewish Museum's Homage to Yiddish Radio

Contemporary Jewish Museum's Homage to Yiddish Radio

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum will put a 21st century spin on 1930s radio this Sunday; a hearty band of actors and musicians will take to the stage of the CJM's auditorium for a delightful afternoon of laughter and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Get Active

Get Active

Full of curious circles, triangles, and rectangles that somehow mesh together, Ohad Meromi's artwork, called 1967, sits atop a large wooden platform that practically begs people to step on it. Museums don't allow that, though – not usually, anyway.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Torah Death Match

Torah Death Match

Not only has the Torah been re-written by a cast of today's exciting writers (Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, and Jill Soloway, to name but three of a long list), but The Contemporary Jewish Museum and Literary Death Match have…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Seeing Spots: Hashtag for Discarded CJM Stickers

Seeing Spots: Hashtag for Discarded CJM Stickers

Besides being temples of culture, knowledge and learning, there is one thing all major San Francisco museums have in common: stickers acting as proof of purchase clinging to your chest. As bright and fashionable some them may appear to be,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Price-less Arts, Outdoors

Price-less Arts, Outdoors

Yerba Buena Night is kind of like a block party, but a bit more refined. The organizers put the flavor of the area into the event: It's fancy but welcoming, curated but freewheeling, and while it might feel expensive,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Local Electrics

Local Electrics

It's been only three years since the first of the monthly submission-based reading series Quiet Lightning, but it has since become a kind of town hall of the Bay Area literary scene, where both established names and emerging writers…
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Calendar, Night&Day Instabeat

Instabeat

Just as he was finding his voice, and as The Beat Generation was swelling up around him, Allen Ginsberg began to take photographs of his friends — portraits that attempted to contain the integrity of each subject as well as…
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