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Thursday, February 12, 2015

To the Pointe: Interview with Jody Lee Lipes, Director of Ballet 422

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM

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  • Justin Peck in Ballet 422

As a documentary filmmaker whose credits also include directing seven episodes of Girls, Jody Lee Lipes is no stranger to the creative process. So when he first met Justin Peck, New York City Ballet's 26-year-old rising star of choreography, he knew he'd come across something special. Lipes' newest film, Ballet 422, follows Peck as he produces an original ballet for one of dance's most prestigious companies in just two months. The film, which has been selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, hits Bay Area theaters tomorrow. We spoke with Lipes about the challenges of filming choreography, his relationship with his subject, and the film's surprise ending. 

How did you choose Justin and his story?

It's a really long story! The short version is that I saw Justin at a presentation at the Guggenheim Museum where he was discussing Year of the Rabbit, the first major work of his that was performed at Lincoln Center. I'm always trying to get better as a filmmaker so anytime I see an artist who is intelligent and interesting, I try to latch onto him or her. I was attracted to the way that Justin talked about his work. When I saw the premiere of Year of the Rabbit I really liked that too — and I'm not a big ballet fan, so it was refreshing. His work is unexpected, it's filled with ideas and the movement is unique and particular. There's a hint of narrative but it's not a clear narrative, so you feel like there's something going on beyond the edges of the frame. That's something I admire in art.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Qinmin Arts' "Paper II": Exploring the Relationship Between Paper and Human Nature

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:54 AM

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  • Qinmin Liu
We use pens and paper to jot down our thoughts, document our days, leave ourselves reminders of events and dates we can’t forget. Paper serves as a medium for us to express ourselves — this medium is especially important for those who have no other way to express themselves than through paper. 

This is the concept on which artist Qinmin Liu’s new show, “Paper II," is based.

(Fun fact: Liu is featured on the cover of our 2015 Winter Arts Guide.)

Following Liu’s June 2014 show “Paper,” which surrounded the audience in paper as the artists modified it in various ways, “Paper II” explores the relation between paper, ink, and the human body.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christopher Walken Art Show Coming to San Francisco This Week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM

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  • Tabitha Lahr
Remember the Nicolas Cage art show that hit San Francisco about six months ago? Its host, DJ and event planner Ezra Croft, is back at it again –- this time with an art show dedicated to all things Christopher Walken.

Like he did with the Nic Cage art show, Croft turned to Craigslist and Facebook to ask artists for their best Christopher Walken-inspired works of art. Croft himself will also have some pieces featured in the show.

But why Christopher Walken?

“Walken is sinister and sweet, he has hilariously terrifying rhetoric, he looks so scary but he has so many funny roles,” says Croft. “He’s shooting people in one role and being goofy in another. He’s all over the place.”

And because of the unexpectedly large turn out at the Nicolas Cage art show (Croft's San Francisco Nicolas Cage was so popular, that he held it again in LA in July, and apparently Paul Giamatti attended), Croft has opted to hold this show at a bigger venue. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tourism for Locals: Andy Goldsworthy Spire Is a Natural (Art) Wonder

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

An All Natural Art Creation. - JUAN DE ANDA
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  • An All Natural Art Creation.

Every major city in the world has some sort of nickname attached to it to characterizes its aura. Paris is the City of Love and Lights. New York is the City that never Sleeps. And while San Francisco is known as the City by the Bay, perhaps the City of Public Art would be better suited. 

San Francisco hosts one of the biggest displays of public art in the nation, and the city's public art collection boasts more than 4,000 pieces that are valued at some $93 million. A phenomenal feat that benefits all residents and tourists alike, because we can all view works spanning the different decades of contemporary art history without ever having to set foot in a museum.  

This week's Tourism for Locals brings you an artist who has contributed to the San Francisco visual landscape by building from raw materials found locally.  San Francisco has been a great host to the natural world of Andy Goldsworthy

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Two: Learn How to Make Burning Man-esque Art at The Crucible This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

While some of us cheer that the burners are gone, others feel left out by not making it to the playa. Either way, throughout the duration of Burning Man we'll be sharing events and places in S.F. that would normally be overrun with burners that you should check out sans BM crowds. 

From the creative costumes worn by festival attendees to the various sculptures that are present throughout the festival each year, art is one of the most important components of Burning Man. In past years, the sculptures featured at Burning Man have been comprised out of anything from metal and steel to fire, and in some cases, bike parts.

If you’re going to Burning Man this year, you might see the “Bike Bridge,” an arch made almost entirely out of parts from bicycles. Created in 2012 by the Oakland-based non-profit arts organization The Crucible alongside artist Michael Christian and 12 art students, the Bike Bridge has been stationed in Oakland for the past two years and will be making an appearance at this year’s Burning Man festival.

If you’re not going to Burning Man this year, you can still take art classes from The Crucible — while everyone else is running around in the desert, you can be learning how to create art using the same materials as the sculptures your friends are looking at while they’re on the playa.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Art Beat: Joey Alone and Deuce 7 Find Solace in the Desert

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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When we think of California, we imagine beach towns and the weed, but for artists Joey Alone and Deuce 7, the real beauty of California hides in its deserts and mountains.

The duo make frequent trips inland to explore our state's less-traveled locales, where they seek out rare plants and rock formations. Their nature treks are a far cry from their roots as artists -- both initially had interest in graffiti -- but have shifted their focus to detail-rich landscapes, illustrations of plants and birds, and romantic tributes to the train culture of the American West. (Joey Alone works as a brakeman, while Deuce 7 is an avid railroad enthusiast, and so trains are often the only man-made form in their otherwise natural drawings.)

In Ask the Dust, an exhibition that opens at Needles and Pens this week, Joey Alone and Deuce 7 will debut a rich collection of pen-and-ink drawings that advocate the natural world over the human. As part of Art Beat, an ongoing interview series with local artists, SF Weekly spoke with the pair about their friendship, their botanical studies, and the undeniable lure of the desert.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Video of the Day: Legendary Porn Star Nina Hartley's Fan Letters

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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We at SF Weekly don't shy away from sexual subjects, so we occasionally get "fan mail" of an explicit nature -- propositions, overly personal e-mails, and the rare marriage proposal. We can only imagine what kind of fan mail a porn star might receive. Well, now we don't have to wonder. Porn darling and Bay Area native Nina Hartley offers up the words, art, and gifts her fans have given her throughout her extensive career in the exhibition "Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail."

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Street Art and Gritty Surrealism: White Walls and Shooting Gallery's Grand Opening

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Gallery owner Justin Giarla. Photo by Michael Cuffe.
  • Gallery owner Justin Giarla. Photo by Michael Cuffe.

There could probably be some kind of Party Monster/Peter Gatien type of profiling if someone ever made a documentary about Justin Giarla's scandalous career as a curator. Giarla ran nightclubs around the city for 10 years before opening up the Shooting Gallery in the Tenderloin in 2003, selling drugs to pay his rent and bills before being convicted in 2004.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Celebrated "Girl with a Pearl Earring" Exhibit Comes to the de Young

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) - ROYAL PICTURE GALLERY MAURITSHUIS
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  • Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665)

Tracy Chevalier wrote a best-selling historical novel about her. Scarlett Johansson played her in a movie. Softly lit, looking over her shoulder with her lips slightly parted, she is sometimes called the "Dutch Mona Lisa." Who is she? Is she about to say something? And why, for God's sake, is a 17th century Dutch girl wearing a turban?

Johannes Vermeer's enigmatic Girl with a Pearl Earring, the most famous of his 36 paintings, comes the de Young Museum for its first stop on a tour of the United States. As befits its rock star status, Vermeer's small painting hangs in its own gallery in the exhibit, "Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis," which opens on Saturday, January 26, and includes 34 other paintings from the collection.

See Also: Photo Negative: Two Exhibits Reconsider Historic Images
Recent Acquisitions: New Exhibition Forever Alters the Chinese Culture Foundation

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keep It Classy This New Year's Eve With These Hot Events

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

You can only Peter Pan your way through the most festive night of the year so many times before you realize there might be perks to actually making plans -- free champagne, for instance, or a place to finally wear that designer gown you scored at the thrift store. If one of your resolutions for 2013 is to start acting like a grown-up, there's no better place to start than NYE.

See also:

Our calendar section for more events

Trends that need to die in 2013

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