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Friday, August 31, 2012

A Few of Our Top Picks for Artist Open Calls

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM


Here at the Exhibitionist we comb through San Francisco's vast and vibrant arts scene daily to find the right mix of high brow, low brow, politically charged sound art, nihilist goldfish theater, and whatever's in between. But it's impossible to keep up with everything already out there, and for those with work to show, it's not always easy to find an entry point into the city's ever-growing art vortex. Aside from a lot of hard work and varying degrees of insanity, putting your work out there, whether for criticism, simply the experience of having an audience, or (for better or for worse) because Artists-with-a-capital-A must be discovered, is a necessary part of moving forward in the artistic process. With that in mind, here are a few wonderful outlets around the city with monthly open calls for art, film, literature, and performance.

ATA Openscreening

Artists' Television Access is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area (also one of our top movie theater picks!). The venue screens short films for about an hour, anyone can submit, and the maximum length is a generous 15 minutes. They recommend submitting one to two weeks in advance by mail, but if you show up to the screening and there's still a slot, it's yours no matter what the content. The screenings present a great opportunity for local filmmakers and film enthusiasts to share feedback and foster collaboration.

The next Openscreening (refreshments provided!) starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 6. Admission is $5 or free for contributors.

Watch ATA's Openscreening trailer below:

Quiet Lightning

Of the many literary reading events San Francisco boasts, this one is definitely one of the most refreshing, and often, sweetly inspiring. Quiet Lightening receives submissions from writers who all seem to have a sort of youthful, experimental spirit despite their array of ages. Readers go on one after the other without pause, and every readers' work is published in a monthly journal. Their next reading is on Labor Day, the third of a three-part installment at the Conservatory of Flowers, and they're now accepting any form of writing for the November 5, 2012.

Retired actor and local poet J.E. Freeman read at the second installment at the beginning of the month:

Best Comedy Open Mics

If you're looking to make it as a stand-up comedian, open mics (and their unforgiving audiences) are a must. These two popular stand-up nights mix in a little encouragement and a lot of fun with their tough love. Veteran comedian Tony Sparks hosts Thursday stand-up nights at BrainWash Cafe where he requests that audience members be respectful and supportive as budding comedians try their hand at the stage. Formerly at Brainwash and recently relocated to Cafe International is The Ladies' Room -- a wildly popular sass-attack of an open mic that has bred some cafe comedy legends.

The next Tony Sparks stand-up night is September 6, and the next Ladies' Room is on Friday, September 7.

Watch Tony Sparks wax on crack pigeons in the Tenderloin:

What'd we miss? What are some of your favorite open events?

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