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Culture, The Exhibitionist Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle"

Kitschy, Trashy, Intelligent: "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle"

“There’s this pantheon of Hollywood, and media, and how we’re supposed to look,” says artist and curator of SOMArts’ upcoming "Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle," Johanna Poethig. “This show is really about getting away from that, looking at the politics behind…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers

Video of the Day: Laser Mazes, Giant Robots, and SMS-Driven Cops and Robbers

In 2006, over 1,000 players, ranging in age from 10 to "don't ask," gathered in New York for the inaugural Come Out & Play festival. Competitors roamed the city, playing Space Invaders projected on buildings in Chelsea, putting rounds of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist What to Do this Weekend -- SOMA Walking Tour and Live Mural Painting

What to Do this Weekend -- SOMA Walking Tour and Live Mural Painting

We're big proponents of non-corporate, revelatory tourism -- the kind that's interesting to both outsiders and locals who've lived in San Francisco for years. Many of S.F.'s secrets lie in the changing landscape it was built on, the patterns…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist This Is What I Want: Queer Performance Festival Highlights

This Is What I Want: Queer Performance Festival Highlights

Queer performance hub SOMArts kicked off its annual This Is What I Want festival Tuesday night, with installations and exhibitionistic rituals on the tandem themes of desire and economy. The performances, which run through Friday and are followed by a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist 100 Artists Perform Inside One Hole

100 Artists Perform Inside One Hole

An often-quoted creative motto (and business-commercial cliche) is, "Think outside the box," but this month SOMArts invited 100 artists to perform inside the box -- or, to be more accurate, inside its hole. "Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole"…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Seven Coolest Works From Visual Aid's 18th Charity Art Auction

The Seven Coolest Works From Visual Aid's 18th Charity Art Auction

On a recent Saturday, art enthusiasts went to SOMArts looking to expand their collection and left with a little bit of good karma. Visual Aid auctioned off walls full of works from local artists, including paintings, photographs, and even pillows.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Female Artists Objectify the Male in "Man as Object"

Female Artists Objectify the Male in "Man as Object"

Conduct any level of research on feminism and related concepts such as "the male gaze" or "objectification," and you'll fall into the crossfire of intellectual warriors shouting at one another. "Man objectifies woman through his unwanted gaze!" says one. "Even…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Pop-Up Art Fun: The Traveling Mobile Arts Platform Hits SOMArts This Sunday

Pop-Up Art Fun: The Traveling Mobile Arts Platform Hits SOMArts This Sunday

When art comes into a public space, it's got to be accessible, right? And if its creators hope to invigorate a community, the experience has to operate at multiple scales, from the intimate to the universal. All this is understood…
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Dining, SFoodie Tonight: Eat Your Words

Tonight: Eat Your Words

Feast of Words Where: SOMArts, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414 When: Tonight., Mar. 1, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10; $5 with a potluck dish The rundown: Every meal has a story. A kazillion food bloggers stand ready to tell you…
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Dining, SFoodie Bitter is the New Umami

Bitter is the New Umami

Celebrating Bitter Melon at SomArts Where: SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414 When: Wed., Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: The bitter melon, aka the balsam pear, is long, warty, and oft considered to be…
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Dining, SFoodie Getting Smart at the Underground Market

Getting Smart at the Underground Market

Fishing 101, Sugar-Free Living, and the History of Olive Oil Where: SomArts, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414 When: Sat., Feb. 5 ― Sugar-Free Nutrition, 2 p.m.; History of Olive Oil, 6 p.m.; Fishing 101, 6 p.m. Cost: Free with…
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Dining, SFoodie Feast of Words Potluck Goes Underground with a Buddhist Nun

Feast of Words Potluck Goes Underground with a Buddhist Nun

This month's installment of Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck features the guest cheffery of Peter Jackson, proprietor of Canvas Underground and "member of the Ghetto Gourmet guerilla dining network," and guest storytelling by Faith Adiele, author of Coming of…
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Dining, SFoodie Gay Sex, Indonesian Food: SOMArts Potluck Aims for Naughty <em>and</em> Nice

Gay Sex, Indonesian Food: SOMArts Potluck Aims for Naughty and Nice

Tonight's edition of the monthly Feast of Words storytelling potluck event takes on a saucy slant with tales told by Simon Sheppard, editor of Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica and author of books including Kinkorama: Dispatches From the Frontlines…
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Dining, SFoodie A Feast of Words: SOMArts' Storytelling Potluck

A Feast of Words: SOMArts' Storytelling Potluck

SOMArts hosts a monthly potluck storytelling event featuring food from attendees as well as a rotation of local chefs, clubs, and culinary enthusiasts. Tonight's second edition takes the theme of "Home Away from Home" with author and All Things Considered…
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