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Calendar, Night&Day Shadow World

Shadow World

A woman sits in shadows, wrapped in a great checkered cowl. Behind her, golden light pours from a contraption of cogs, bells, tubes, and funnels that reach into the clouds. The conduits draw rainwater into small elixir bottles. It’s Useless…
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Calendar, Night&Day Exquisite Connections

Exquisite Connections

Draw a head on the top section of a piece of paper. Then fold it over so that your neighbor can’t see what you’ve done, and pass it to her to draw the body. Have someone else draw the tail,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Surreal Screen

Surreal Screen

As a onetime Trotskyist and confederate of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Anaïs Nin, and André Breton, filmmaker Maya Deren loathed Tinseltown. Until her sudden death at 44 (due to extreme malnutrition and amphetamine use), she railed against social, political, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day O Hypodermic Light

O Hypodermic Light

Less well known than some of the Beat poets, Philip Lamantia nevertheless embodied the spirit of his times so thoroughly that his life story now seems iconic. Born in San Francisco in 1927 to Sicilian immigrants and raised in the…
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Culture, Stage Fringiness


According to gossip, the four members of a troupe called Banana, Bag, and Bodice moved away from San Francisco last year because of rising rents. They fled to New York. They're currently back in town to put on a show…
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To Be Surreal

Surrealism is associated by most people with a group of eccentric, self-promoting male artists from the 1930s on: Dali, Andre Breton, et al. But the driving motifs of the movement -- the dreamscape, fragmentation, irony -- have fueled many other…
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First Thursday Report

"Matrix/Berkeley: 20 Years" "To condemn the subversive is to condemn everything that is not absolutely resigned," says Andre Breton, speaking of dada way back in 1924. But even today most of us still think art is paint on canvas on…
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Second Time Around

"Voices of the Visionaries" When Andre Breton first saw the paintings of Kay Sage in 1938, he assumed the artist was a man. Why? Because they were "too strong" to be done by a woman. Leonor Fini "irritated" Breton when…
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