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Culture, Art Draw You In

Draw You In

Just when I'd started to worry that San Francisco's art scene was stagnating, along comes an exhibition that affirms the irrepressible vitality of our artistic community. This year's SECA Art Award show feels honest and earnest and more than a…
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Culture, Art City Lights

City Lights

The vast gap between even the most sophisticated camera lens and the human eye is never more apparent than at night: Rich variations of cobalt sky collapse on film into a chalky black, detail is obliterated by shadow, and delicately…
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Culture, Art Taking the Bait

Taking the Bait

Chris Finley's artwork has always been luridly contemporary, holding a slightly cracked mirror up to the baroque excesses of modern culture. He samples from the things that touch his life, juxtaposing the intimate with the remote in an attempt to…
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Culture, Art The Disaffected

The Disaffected

For centuries, young dreamers have been lured westward, abandoning their cozy colonial homes to seek fortune and adventure on the shores of the Pacific. They imagine the west as a land of inexhaustible abundance and wide-open possibilities, a reservoir for…
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Culture, Art Double Exposure

Double Exposure

There's not much to look at in Southern Exposure's galleries these days. To be fair, that's sort of the idea: "The Way We Work," an exhibition celebrating the nonprofit space's 30th anniversary, brings together seven collectives whose output can't be…
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Culture, Art Outsiders In

Outsiders In

Who are the beautiful losers? They're the kids who sneak into parking garages late at night to sail their skateboards over smooth asphalt, with a loose-limbed freedom sweetened by transgression. They're the aerosol artists who leave their mark on sleeping…
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Culture, Art Linear Thinking

Linear Thinking

Artist Phil Knoll approached Catharine Clark, the owner of the gallery where he exhibits, at last winter's "-scopeNew York" art fair. "You know what I'd like to see?" Knoll asked, as a riot of works in every conceivable medium clamored…
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Summer Guide, Summer Cool Strokes

Cool Strokes

On one such blazing afternoon, to the delight of my cruel, cruel roommates, I discovered that Ocean Beach isn't that kind of beach. You know, the kind where you can actually go swimming without contracting hypothermia. And thus I learned…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sound Affects

Sound Affects

"We find far more enjoyment in the combination of the noises of trams, backfiring motors, carriages and bawling crowds than in rehearsing, for example, the Eroica or the Pastoral," wrote the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo in his 1913 manifesto L'Arte…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide

The Hey! Quit Your Whining Guide to World Travel

BY Adrienne Gagnon

Ever been caught leering at the glossy centerfold of a Lonely Planet guide? Do you pore over the package deals on Travelocity day after day, waiting for a sign? Even when wanderlust reaches fever pitch, we've all got a million…
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Culture, Art Anxious Times

Anxious Times

I'm not sure what I expected, really. Tear gas, flower-clogged gun muzzles, passionate speeches proposing radical resistance? Eighty thousand people marched down Market Street on Oct. 26 to protest military action in Iraq, carrying cunning signs that derided Bush, condemned…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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