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Culture, The Exhibitionist Karen Finley in San Francisco: Rage Refined, Rechanneled, Revisited

Karen Finley in San Francisco: Rage Refined, Rechanneled, Revisited

"Karen Finley leaves no room for neutrality." That was part of her introduction to a group of about 50 people at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts earlier this week. It's an apt description. Her performance art, music, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Karen Finley Told Chicken John a Secret Five Million Years Ago

Karen Finley Told Chicken John a Secret Five Million Years Ago

When I moved to NYC in the mid 1980s, Karen Finley was all the rage. She was either on the cover or had a huge spread in all the magazines. In interviews, she was one of those people who said…
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Calendar, Night&Day Performance Provocateur

Performance Provocateur

We once described Karen Finley as “professionally unprofessional.” That's fitting. Consider a performance piece she once did outside a San Francisco department store. She took off her clothes and pressed her bare flesh against the windows. Why? To see what…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Karen Finley, Controversial Performance Artist, to Appear in Conversation at Yerba Buena

Karen Finley, Controversial Performance Artist, to Appear in Conversation at Yerba Buena

he has made a career out of controversy for its own sake." Finley has aimed…
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Calendar, Night&Day She's Back

She's Back

Free speech icon and performance artist Karen Finley knows how to make an impression. The last time I saw the San Francisco Art Institute alumna (in her one-woman show Shut Up and Love Me), she was naked, covered in honey,…
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Culture, Stage

Shut Up and Love Me

Karen Finley likes to perform naked -- and really, folks, it's no big deal. Whether she's ad-libbing or reading from a typed script, her flamboyant and outrageous performance art glides naturally from one character to another in a seamless rant…
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Calendar, Night&Day Life is Art

Life is Art

It's oddly appropriate that right across the street from the infamous alley where local ladies of the night ply their trade, the "Scarlot Harlot" (Carol Leigh) helps kick off the first of three weekends of "Live Art LAB." In the…
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Music, Public Enema No. 2

Public Enema No. 2

Jonathan Yegge, a 24-year-old scholar at the San Francisco Art Institute, is angry, anxious, resentful. "If I have to not have sex on campus anymore, they'd better put that in the student handbook, and then we can decide whether that's…
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Culture, Stage

Stage

Beyond Rage The American Chestnut. Written and performed by Karen Finley. At Theater Artaud, 450 Florida (at 17th Street), Dec. 4-14. Call 621-7797. "It's important for the child to adore something the parent hates," Karen Finley said, explaining her purchase…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday december 3 Hazmat Alert Nine artists examine how we continue to suffer from technology we originally created to help ourselves in the group show "Biohazard." Results include Stomach Acid Dream, painter Mia Brownell's series on synthetic food production and…
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