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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:

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Literary Open Mic Is Special -- So Special, It's Gotta Have Some of Your Attention

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Tucked into a nondescript little row of storefronts along Adeline is Berkeley's newest literary destination. Nick's Lounge has undergone a slight but meaningful makeover in the hands of new owner Bryan Smith.

In addition to a new coat of paint, some legendary William Gottlieb jazz portraits on the walls, and a jukebox overflowing with jazz classics, Nick's Lounge is also the home of the new monthly reading series Saturday Night Special.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Smack Dab Is the Place to Live Out Your Ukulele Dreams

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Buried deep down in the very core of most people's hearts is the passion to perform. Doesn't everyone secretly want to dress in 1960s get-up, strap on a ukulele, and do Tiny Tim covers? No? Maybe that's just us. The hard part (besides mustering up the courage to show the world our undeniable talent) is finding a comfortable, acceptable, and supportive audience. That's were Smack Dab enters the picture.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

16th and Mission Poetry Slam Is Chaotic Yet We Like It

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Sometimes, we need a little bit more than just poetry and music. Sometimes we have the urge to witness a wild-eyed man with one sweater sleeve missing shove pieces of paper into a coconut and then set it on fire - all while someone yells about why bird porn is a serious issue.

The 16th and Mission Poetry Slam is the place to see uncensored local performing arts. It's a true battlefield for the performer, and like the evil tyrants we secretly are, we relish watching artists become performance gladiators inside the event's iconic chalk-circle stage area.

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