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Calendar, Night&Day Collision Repair

Collision Repair

The notion that art and science exist in opposition to one another persists, although it’s an unnecessary — and often imaginary — divide. Many have dared to bridge the two worlds. The Cubists embraced post-Newtonian concepts in their paintings. Jackson…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide

The notion that art and science exist in opposition to one another persists, although it’s an unnecessary — and often imaginary — divide. Many have dared to bridge the two worlds. The Cubists embraced post-Newtonian concepts in their paintings. Jackson…
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Culture, Artcap

Art Review: Teo Gonzalez: "New Paintings" at Brian Gross Fine Art

The quarter-size ovals that splatter Teo Gonzalez' latest canvases are hypnotic. In turquoise, charcoal, satin red, and other colors, they snake and meander like jewels from a necklace in search of a home. A raised drip of paint dots the…
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Music, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s sublime songs

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s sublime songs

Jóhann Jóhannsson is thinking like an architect again. The Denmark-based multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer pauses over the phone and contemplates the acoustics of the Great American Music Hall as if he were auditioning a new member of his touring ensemble.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mmmm Cai?

Mmmm Cai?

Talented artists taking intelligent liberties with grand traditional forms – this is what we often wish for, especially in the dance world. At the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company 20th Anniversary Home Season, that's exactly what we're going to get.…
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Music, Skream signals dubstep's dance with assimilation

Skream signals dubstep's dance with assimilation

Too many new ideas in electronic music quickly become decoration to match the drapes at the IKEA showroom. But, as with the Jackson Pollock that hangs over the corporate conference table, we forget that today's sonic wallpaper was last decade's…
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Film, Tone Deaf

Tone Deaf

Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you recall Gary Oldman's performance in Immortal Beloved. Oldman embodied the maestro. Still, as Jackson Pollock…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Fitting Send-Off

A Fitting Send-Off

Ten years before Jackson Pollock did likewise, Gordon Onslow Ford dripped paint onto a canvas and called it art. Onslow Ford's experiments with black-and-white paintings led to the invention of acrylic paint; his patronage helped launch Roberto Matta and Picasso;…
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Culture, Stuff Harden's Crossing

Harden's Crossing

It was to have been a routine stop on a routine press tour, yet another town in which the actress was to show up, chit and chat with the local media about her movie, then move on -- the traveling…
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Film, Portrait of the Artist

Portrait of the Artist

Van Gogh was a lunatic who cut off his ear. Picasso was a self-absorbed cur who abused women. Warhol turned out to be a weird, desperate loner, Basquiat a doomed junkie. Try as he might, shriveled little Toulouse-Lautrec failed miserably…
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Culture, missing The Magnificent Andersons

The Magnificent Andersons

Bay Area art buffs are abuzz with "Anderson Collection" mania. Concurrent blockbusters at two local museums drawn from the celebrated private collection of Atherton residents Harry ("Hunk") and Margaret ("Moo") Anderson are cause for celebration. Not only is the more…
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Film, Mr. America

Mr. America

Have you heard? The only tools a nice fellow needs to repair the damaged psyches of an entire town are a guilty conscience and a dash of insight. That, at least, is the premise of Lawrence Kasdan's silly new social…
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