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Music, Music for Anything: Tycho Becomes Your Personal Soundtrack

Music for Anything: Tycho Becomes Your Personal Soundtrack

For all our chin-scratching and genre-tagging and influence-identifying, music people don't often talk about what music is actually good for. We discuss the stuff like it's a painting on a museum wall, an art form in a vacuum. To some…
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Culture, Art Take a Seat:  Two Shows that Demand (and Reward) Contemplation

Take a Seat: Two Shows that Demand (and Reward) Contemplation

The films of Federico Fellini, says Dutch artist Rik van Iersel, "teach that you can stand in the street and see it as surrealistic theater. That's how I want to paint." Which van Iersel does, creating layer upon layer of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Behind the Paint

Behind the Paint

Earlier this year, painter and sculptor Brad Kahlhamer was one of a select number of artists asked to co-star with Jay-Z in the singer's "Picasso Baby" video, filmed at New York's Pace Gallery. Kahlhamer, who was photographed and interviewed…
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Film, Rep Showtimes Arthouse Movie Listings October 24-30, 2012

Arthouse Movie Listings October 24-30, 2012

Artists' Television Access. Fragile Memories: Images of Japan: Screenings of Young Pines, Tokyo — Ebisu, Generator, and Emblem in conjunction with "Lost and Found," a post-tsunami photo exhibit. Thu., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Emergent Phenomena: The computational cinema of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Bad Smell

Video of the Day: Bad Smell

Remember the boys in your class who used to draw their foes getting mutilated all over their Pee Chee folders? Italy's "Little Duck," aka Laurina Paperina, taps into that childhood impulse, imbuing it with color, movement, and occasionally, deeper sociological…
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Culture, Art

"Modern Masters: Works from the 1910s to 1950s"

In the mid-20th century, the name Le Corbusier was everything in the world of architecture. To have a home or small building designed by the Swiss-born architect was to have a structure that was stylish and functional — an amalgamation…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Life Story on Canvas

A Life Story on Canvas

For seven decades, Pablo Picasso set the standard for what art could be. Cubism and abstract figuratives were born through his canvases. African motifs entered Western art via his avid experimentation. He helped create genres that others imitated but could…
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Calendar, Night&Day Our Epicenter of Creativity

Our Epicenter of Creativity

We San Franciscans have our pick of blockbuster museum shows this summer, including a huge Picasso exhibit as well as two shows on Gertrude Stein and her family’s art collection. Those are great destinations if you want to see famous…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings June 29-July 5

Castro Theatre. The Blue Angel and The Devil Is a Woman: Von Sternberg/Dietrich double feature. Wed., June 29, 3, 5:15 & 7 p.m. $10. The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar: Written and directed by James Rasin.…
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Culture, Art "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National": The Women Who Inspired Picasso

"Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National": The Women Who Inspired Picasso

It's almost impossible to separate Pablo Picasso the artist from Pablo Picasso the personality, and Picasso the public figure from Picasso the private man. Aren't they all the same now? With the hundreds of biographies (scores more are being published…
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Music, Robyn is obsessed with robots

Robyn is obsessed with robots

While most of today's pop stars are eager to define their public personas, '90s two-hit wonder turned electropop princess Robyn likes to keep people guessing. When asked whether her frequent tongue-in-cheek cockiness is for real, for example, she replies, "I…
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Calendar, Night&Day Be Cool, Man

Be Cool, Man

We've told you about the Mole to Die For mole-tasting contest for many years running. It's one of the very best events of the whole year. For some reason, though, weird problems always pop up as a result; call it…
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Culture, Stage “A Picasso” deals with fascism, criticism, and art

“A Picasso” deals with fascism, criticism, and art

"Analyze this painting as if you were a critic," a Nazi says to Picasso. "Alright," the artist replies. "Give me a blindfold." So much for endearing yourself to critics. The tradition of ripping on reviewers is long and richly deserved,…
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Culture, Art Garbage gallery: At Recology, turning trash into treasure

Garbage gallery: At Recology, turning trash into treasure

Sixty years ago, when he was the world's most prosperous and acclaimed visual artist, Pablo Picasso would walk the streets of his French neighborhood and go through garbage bins. He created scores of sculptures from objects that were discarded or…
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Calendar, Night&Day Museum Quality

Museum Quality

For more than 10 years, Killing My Lobster has done good, often great, sketch comedy. We’ll be shocked if the troupe’s new show isn’t one of the best: The theme is the arts scene. We’re giggling already. Striped stockings, graffiti,…
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Calendar, Night&Day World's Best Hoarders

World's Best Hoarders

Chuck Close calls them the mascots of the art world. Christo and Jeanne-Claude once offered them a drawing in exchange for taking care of their cat, Gladys, for a summer. The passion for minimalist and conceptual art that aging Manhattan…
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Calendar, Night&Day That’s Life

That’s Life

Videos created by Levni Yilmaz, a local cartoonist, have received 12 million views on YouTube. Did he get hit in the balls while cartooning? Drink Diet Coke and eat Mentos while cartooning? No, it’s nothing like that. He just films…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Herb & Dorothy</i>

Herb & Dorothy

Chuck Close calls them the mascots of the art world. Christo and Jeanne-Claude once offered them a drawing in exchange for taking care of their cat, Gladys, for a summer. The passion for minimalist and conceptual art that aging Manhattan…
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Calendar, Night&Day He Has Visions

He Has Visions

What happens to prodigies? Whether you find the phenomenon intriguing or tired, the extremely talented young always have a weird row to hoe. Yisrael K. Feldsott was the first undergraduate to be fast-tracked to graduate work at the California College…
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Culture, Artcap

Show at Mission 17 Deconstructs Destruction

Things fall apart. And if they don't fall apart on their own, we take them apart. How is the human compulsion to deconstruct, deface, and otherwise transform objects and our environment related to art? Is it true that, as Picasso…
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