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Calendar, Night&Day Controlled Chaos

Controlled Chaos

The symmetry of a dew-laden spiderweb. The whorls and lines etched into your skin. The swirling clouds of gas and dust being pushed out from a distant supernova. The universe is full of some heart-stoppingly beautiful visuals. Science is ever…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Disney’s animated version of the story of Aladdin had a lot going on. There were the Broadway-worthy songs, Robin Williams hamming it up as the voice of the genie, and let’s not forget Princess Jasmine’s belly-baring harem pants ensemble. Do…
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Calendar, Night&Day Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

Though Groucho Marx famously declared, "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member," many of us welcome the opportunity to find other souls who share our interests, connecting through chess clubs,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Warp and Weave

Warp and Weave

Close your eyes and think of Los Angeles. What comes to mind? Cars stuck in never-ending gridlock? Bleached-blonde starlets teetering on sky-high heels? Artist Ann Diener peels back the superficial stereotypes and reveals the complex nature of the City of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Embodying Art

Embodying Art

Things weren't going so hot in Japan a decade after WWII. Two of its cities were recovering from having been brutally bombed, and the entire country was dealing with postwar societal depression. Add to this the beginnings of the questioning…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Pirate Lightning

Video of the Day: Pirate Lightning

We fondly remember the first time we were mopped. There we were, innocently admiring the tub of lard at 826 Valencia's Pirate Supply Store, when all of a sudden an old-fashioned fuzzy mop dropped on our head. This is merely…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Passion for Collecting

A Passion for Collecting

We have a lot to celebrate during Black History Month. There’s the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a second-term for President Obama, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. An early draft of that very…
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Calendar, Night&Day Yo Ho Yo Ho

Yo Ho Yo Ho

We fondly remember the first time we were mopped. There we were, innocently admiring the tub of lard at 826 Valencia's Pirate Supply Store, when all of a sudden an old-fashioned fuzzy mop dropped on our head. This is merely…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist SOMArts Explores Peace through Visual Art

SOMArts Explores Peace through Visual Art

We hate to state the obvious, but the world really doesn't seem like such a peaceful place right now. Shootings in our cities and in our schools, a prison system intent on perpetuating cycles of poverty and crime, never-ending unrest…
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Calendar, Night&Day Myth-Busting

Myth-Busting

We do what we have to do to live in our glorious Bay Area, but it’s hard not to wish for a smidge more economic security from time to time. Local artist John-Mark Ikeda takes those anxieties and runs with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Free at Last

Free at Last

On March 7, 1965, hundreds of men and women attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to protest white resistance to black voter registration. A line of police awaited them on the other side of Edmund Pettus Bridge. What…
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Calendar, Night&Day Blasting for Babes

Blasting for Babes

Mel Ramos makes the kind of paintings you're embarrassed to encounter while strolling through SFMOMA with your family. Currently one of the elder statesmen of California art, his technical chops and his ability to represent the human figure cannot be…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: The Elaborate Dreamscapes of Asal Fallah

Video of the Day: The Elaborate Dreamscapes of Asal Fallah

A young woman dressed in a wedding gown flies through the air, her eyes closed. In one hand she grasps a portrait of the back of a man's head, and the same rope that binds her wrist and upper arm…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Lavish Display

A Lavish Display

Maybe you can beat your niece and nephew at Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Maybe you’re a So You Think You Can Dance junkie and host viewing parties at your place. Or maybe you’ve made up your own routine…
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Calendar, Night&Day Solid, Liquid, Gas

Solid, Liquid, Gas

If you visited last year’s excellent group exhibition “State of Mind” at the Berkeley Art Museum, you might have been treated to The Sound of Ice Melting. A re-creation of a 1970 conceptual piece by Paul Kos, the artwork consisted…
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Calendar, Night&Day Peace of Our Heart

Peace of Our Heart

We hate to state the obvious, but the world really doesn't seem like such a peaceful place right now. Shootings in our cities and in our schools, a prison system intent on perpetuating cycles of poverty and crime, never-ending unrest…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dreams and Realities

Dreams and Realities

A young woman dressed in a wedding gown flies through the air, her eyes closed. In one hand she grasps a portrait of the back of a man's head (her groom?), and the same rope that binds her wrist and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Creative Domain

Creative Domain

Artists use other people's work all the time when they find something in the pop cultural ether that resonates with them and then fold it into their own art. But sometimes the originators of the borrowed work are not happy…
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Calendar, Night&Day Forever Free

Forever Free

As we plow through the holiday season on our way to New Year's, it's well worth stopping for a second to remember an event from a century and a half ago. January 1, 2013, just happens to be the 150th…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eve of Destruction

Eve of Destruction

Ah, the Mayan apocalypse, with its vague predictions of worldwide cataclysm and alien intervention. It seems like there is always a subset of people eager to predict the end of society as we know it, and those who sell shelters…
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