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News, The Snitch Unionized Adjunct Faculty to Crash SF Art Institute's Gala Tonight

Unionized Adjunct Faculty to Crash SF Art Institute's Gala Tonight

The San Francisco Arts Institute's Gala Vernissage is a showcase of MFA students' visual art—and a $500 a plate fundraiser for the school—but this year another kind of exhibit will be on display: the giant inflatable rodent known as…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's <i>The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City</i>

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City

San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, whose works foster artistic rebellion and social critique. The City has played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Talking with M. Lamar about "Negrogothic" and More

Talking with M. Lamar about "Negrogothic" and More

M. Lamar got a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute before going on to Yale to study sculpture, then after dropping out he returned to San Francisco to start a band. Now he has an exhibition at the…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Survival of the Satirist

Survival of the Satirist

All too often an exhibit is described as "important," but rarely are viewers warned that "people who do not see this show will die." Survivalists list food, water, shelter, and fire as necessities when the shit eventually hits the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Is This Mission Energy?

Is This Mission Energy?

Despite its rapid gentrification, the Mission District continues to inspire artists to new heights, including in street art, but the neighborhood's most fertile period may have been the early 1990s, when a cavalcade of now-big names (Barry McGee, Chris…
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Calendar, Night&Day What else is a film fest for?

What else is a film fest for?

Obviously, you must seize the rare opportunity to behold the star-studded, anti-drug espionage extravaganza, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, mostly filmed in Iran in the mid-1960s, extracted from a story by Ian Fleming, and narrated by Grace Kelly.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pins, Needles, and Blood

Pins, Needles, and Blood

Ron Athey's performance art explores themes of sexuality, religion, and stretching the limits of the human body. He'll mutilate himself with hooks and needles and bleed on stage. Raised in the Pentecostal church, which he rejected to become a…
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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Place to (Illicitly) Get High

The koi pond and Diego Rivera fresco are all well and good, but the view of the Bay and Coit Tower from the top of SFAI's concrete vista over the Chestnut Street campus's plaza has made this a not-so-secret favorite…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gadget Man

Gadget Man

Re: our integration with machines, Jaron Lanier is one of the Big Idea Guys. He was talking virtual reality back when it was more like virtual virtual reality. Fascinated by how the Internet affects everything from business to consciousness to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Embodying Art

Embodying Art

Things weren't going so hot in Japan a decade after WWII. Two of its cities were recovering from having been brutally bombed, and the entire country was dealing with postwar societal depression. Add to this the beginnings of the questioning…
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Calendar, Night&Day Flex Spending

Flex Spending

What comes to mind when you think of the two complex (and unrelated) topics of financial systems and exercise? Probably nothing, except maybe sweat. With "Market Fitness: Commodities," artist, writer, and instructor Christian Nagler merges these two cultural elements together…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mix Master

Mix Master

We glimpse strange man-made structures through the trees. Their forms seem out of date, pointing to a future that never was. The soundtrack shifts from the ambient noise of chirping birds into something more sinister, while flickering psyche-delic images take…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Sound Vision

A Sound Vision

Pamela Z can bend her voice with just a flick of her wrist. One of the first musicians to integrate technology into her live performances, Ms. Z changed her name from Pam Brooks when she moved to San Francisco in…
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Culture, Books

"The Anatomy of Harpo Marx": Singular Actor Singularly Celebrated

Wednesday, April 11 Harpo Marx — that industrious nonsense-maker, that weirdly peripheral cynosure, that genius of the rambunctious nonsequitur — at last has the celebrant he deserves. In The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Wayne Koestenbaum — that industrious poet, critic,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Low Road

The Low Road

It took filmmaker Terry Zwigoff nine years to make the documentary Crumb, about the underground comic artist of the same name. Zwigoff was broke, suffering chronic back pain so bad it made him contemplate suicide, unable to get investors interested…
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Calendar, Night&Day Tehran Calling

Tehran Calling

Iranian filmmakers need to be adept at metaphor. But even that is no guarantee of career longevity, or freedom, as evidenced by the recent prison terms of internationally celebrated directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. The fourth annual Iranian Film…
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Calendar, Night&Day Culture and Circumstance

Culture and Circumstance

Diego Rivera crossed cultural lines: Mexican and American, artist and activist, creator and observer. His 1931 mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, in his namesake art-school gallery, deliberately plays visual tricks, depicting painters in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oscar Wilde Performance Crucifies -- and Deifies -- the Arts Critic

Oscar Wilde Performance Crucifies -- and Deifies -- the Arts Critic

The role of the critic is a passionately debated subject in cultural circles. Should critics merely report what they see, or is it their duty to also provide extensive historical context and constructive feedback? And should artists pay close attention…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jeremy Morgan of the S.F. Art Institute Mixes Eastern Sensibility with Western Tradition

Jeremy Morgan of the S.F. Art Institute Mixes Eastern Sensibility with Western Tradition

100 Profiles: SF Weekly interviews 100 people in San Francisco arts and culture. No. 94: Jeremy Morgan, associate professor, San Francisco Art Institute Artist Jeremy Morgan recounts the day his parents gave him "various mystical texts" including Lao Tzu's Tao…
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