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Calendar, Night&Day More of the Other

More of the Other

For decades, Chicano performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña has challenged our notion of identity and demanded exploration of “other” through lush, interactive tableaus. In 1998’s Mexterminator Project — the “Techno-Museum of Experimental Ethnography and Apocalyptic Culture” created with fellow journeyman Roberto…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Real

So Real

Guess what? If you display a white, blonde, emaciated female body in your art, you're part of the problem. It doesn't matter if you claim your art “criticizes unrealistic expectations for women's bodies.” If you create another image of the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Swimming in the Park

Swimming in the Park

Performance artist (and MacArthur “genius grant” winner) Guillermo Gomez-Peña often emphasizes what he calls “the meaningful tableau.” He asks his students to look at something — a mural, a stage, another person — and to place themselves in relation to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Great Dictator Overthrowers

The Great Dictator Overthrowers

Obviously, the Indie Press of the Month party has something to do with Charlie Chaplin this time around; it's City Lights publishers feted by Modern Times Bookstore. So what would the Little Tramp like to see being done in his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Stop Waiting for Lefty

Stop Waiting for Lefty

The literary who's-who at "Strike! Igniting the Fuse of Possibility," includes accomplished and lauded poets like Jack Hirschman, Diane di Prima, and Michael McClure, as well as hard-to-label writers like Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Bucky Sinister. Then there's your standard amazing…
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Calendar, Night&Day Spring Dance

Spring Dance

May Day: CounterPULSE's 3rd Anniversary Show is the perfect time to be reminded of all the good stuff the cutting-edge arts space with a distinctly DIY streak has produced. There won't be any bizarre fertility rituals, but kind of like…
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Calendar, Night&Day WHIZ! BANG!


Frustrated by the institutionalization of the avant-garde, the founders of POW! Mini Performance Art Festival have taken matters into their own hands: For three nights, an unseemly union of sound, movement, video, comedy, concept, theater, and prose writhes beneath a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nothing Insignificant

Nothing Insignificant

In the summer of 2006, the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca erupted in violence as peaceful protesters — members of the teachers' union and their supporters — clashed with military and paramilitary forces in a tragic and devastating fight that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bombas Exploding

Bombas Exploding

A highly respected and accomplished array of artists illuminate La Bomba: A Midsummer Night's Benefit for Galería de la Raza. Some of the best performance art in the hemisphere is promised, including the work of Mexico City's Violeta Luna. She's…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 Interdisciplinary artists Jon Brumit and Marc Horowitz have graced the pages of SF Weekly before. The peculiar duo (better known as Sliv & Dulet Enterprises) were profiled in "Idiocy Inc." last August, when their absurdist works…
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Calendar, Night&Day Raza Man Vibration

Raza Man Vibration

When President Clinton assembled the think tank behind his Initiative on Race, he couldn't have found a more far-reaching mind on the subject than Mexican-born "border artist" Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Not that el Presidente did select him. For years -- Gómez-Peña…
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1996 through 1999 weren't exactly glory years for Sara Shelton Mann. In 1996 Mann disbanded Contraband, the celebrated maverick Bay Area performance collective she had founded and directed for more than a decade. And then she brooded. "I was massively…
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wednesday june 12 Word Up Pair literate kids with published authors and you get Word From the (415), this year's anthology from the San Francisco-based WritersCorps program, part of Bill Clinton's Peace Corps-style domestic service program AmeriCorps. Local and national…
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Aisle Seat

It's Been Real By the time you read this, friends, I'll be putting down roots on the other coast, in that other city -- ask not which, as we all know that only one other city rates, besides our fair…
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