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    Calendar, Night&Day Soul Proprietor

    Soul Proprietor

    When the local arts-and-culture Web site launched in 2000, the very first artist it featured was Paul Urich. We're pretty sure that makes him some sort of grandpa in Internet time. Which kind of fits, because the San Francisco–based…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Brush with Fate

    Brush with Fate

    The world is a very strange place, and artists have traditionally been the visionaries who help us navigate it. The fact that most of the visionaries at Creativity Explored struggle with developmental disabilities doesn't change this one iota — in…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Photographic Memory

    Photographic Memory

    Colter Jacobsen once said in an interview that looking at other people's old family photographs "can be like the excitement of meeting a stranger for the first time. They are free of personal baggage." Much of the impact of Jacobsen's…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Post-Holiday Horror

    Post-Holiday Horror

    If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness of the holiday season, if you feel you might explode if you see one more adorable snowman or peace dove, seek the poisonous antidote at the art show "Vampira." A…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Blow-Up Stroll

    Blow-Up Stroll

    Rebar, the art and design collective that brought you Park(ing) Day, has come up with a creative new way to interact with the urban environment: Bushwaffle. Just as Park(ing) Day repurposed a public space — the parking spot — Bushwaffle…
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    Culture, Art The art of the art press release

    The art of the art press release

    If talking about music is like dancing about architecture, issuing press releases for art shows is like conducting a serious interview with a comedian about what makes something funny. Advertising art is a dissonant process, and curators and artists walk…
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    Culture, Artcap

    "Theresa Ganz: Shadow on the Green"

    Theresa Ganz' hand-cut photographic collages do a neat job of slicing and dicing preconceptions. She captures vines and flowers on film, cuts away the backgrounds, rearranges the greenery, and displays the cut-outs against white gallery walls. The effect is of…
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    Culture, Artcap

    "Titanium Exposé"

    Running a magazine-style art Web site and a gallery space turns out to be a curatorial coup for the folks who put together the jam-packed and gem-filled "Titanium Exposé." This group show gathers the gamut of Fecal Face favorites, showcasing…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Arrrt for Swashbucklers

    Arrrt for Swashbucklers

    The only thing more fun to fantasize about than the circus is pirates, so a show that promises art inspired by both is irresistible. The San Francisco artists known as the Oyster Pirate Collective take their name from the down-and-dirty…
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    Culture, Art The Eyes Have It

    The Eyes Have It

    Two decades ago, a guy came up to Cheryl Meeker at her grandfather's funeral. The man had been estranged from her family for years. One of the first things he said to her was, "You look like a leftist." "I…
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    Culture, Artcap

    "ODO": Lutz Bacher at Ratio 3

    Lutz Bacher is a pseudonym, and it's a good one because it's fun to say. That's important, because her installation shows are intriguing and varied, causing viewers to ask, "What does Lutz Bacher mean by this?" or "Did Lutz Bacher…
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    Culture, Artcap

    "Hunter Gatherer": Jason Villegas at Receiver Gallery

    Get ready to feel bad about laughing at Jason Villegas' work, because it's not clear whether it's kosher to do so, but you won't be able to keep from snickering. In one painting, a robust man has the head of…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Caught in the Network

    Caught in the Network

    Life these days seems to be all about the screen. We snap photos on a cell phone, text on a Blackberry, and watch T.V. on the computer. As a traditionally screen-free medium, how can live theater represent this reality? The…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Scrounger's Art

    Scrounger's Art

    Fine art made out of materials that would otherwise be thrown away is trendy right now, speaking to all of the ways we consume, live in the short-term, and scorn anything that isn't new. Local non-profit SCRAP was way ahead…
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    Calendar, Night&Day A Fruitful Gathering

    A Fruitful Gathering

    Are we urban dwellers out of touch with nature? And if so, does it matter? This is broad topic addressed by the social art exhibit The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres. Through public social spaces, food workshops, panel discussions, and…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Barack Stars

    Barack Stars

    Nuzzled in the liberal juggernaut that is San Francisco, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. Then, fortunately, along comes something like Obama the Musical to remind us. Staged by Mica Phelan (aka ViviAnne ForeverMore), creator of the Monday-night…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Jammin'


    According to California law, any fruit on trees or bushes that hangs over a property line into public space is fair game for foraging. In 2005, art collective Fallen Fruit decided to take advantage of the law by mapping the…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Marilynne Robinson

    Marilynne Robinson

    The twenty-three years between Marilynne Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping, and her second, 2004's Gilead, seemed an eternity to fans of her fiction. But the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer has never kept a fashionable pace; she prefers the more sedate rhythms of…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Spokesmuffin


    Since cupcakes have become the icon of celebration here in the U.S. (just ask any third-grader), it makes sense that there would now be a bicycle race that incorporates them, right? The Tour de Cupcake is an alleycat-style race, meaning…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Rock ‘n’ Rawr

    Rock ‘n’ Rawr

    Two and a half years ago, zombies began appearing in Eureka, California. They were fairly good-natured examples of the shuffling menace, more interested in PBR than brains. The source of the voodoo contagion turned out to be amateur filmmaker Jon…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Branching Out

    Branching Out

    Alex Pardee has a fantastically sick mind. The Bay Area artist’s subject matter includes a smurf with bloody hands (“Guilty Smurf”), a post-apocalyptic stripper named Jupiter (“as big as the planet she’s named after”), and trees trunks, stumps, and branches…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Slam Poetry

    Slam Poetry

    Dominick Jerry and Steve Hemenway, founders of Fog City Wrestling, understand the appeal of a good storyline. Their indie professional wrestling matches hark back to the heyday of the performance sport, when dramatic feuds worked the crowd into a lather.…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    Benjamin Gould was supposed to have died when he slipped on some ice and hit his head. He's still alive, but he's haunted by a ghost -- an ethereal woman named Ling, who has been tasked with helping Benjamin reconnect…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Snap Judgment

    Snap Judgment

    In 1973, when he was 21, Michael Jang signed up for a summer photography course with Lisette Model, whose most famous student was Diane Arbus. Jang needed a place to stay, and had cousins in the Bay Area who offered…
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    Calendar, Night&Day Mystic Puritan

    Mystic Puritan

    Capacious indeed is the mind that could invent Daylight Savings Time and the urinary catheter. Benjamin Franklin, whose countenance peers primly from the $100 bill (implicitly reminding us that “a penny saved is twopence earned”), had, shall we say, a…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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