This Week's Hottest Events: "Photographs," Pi Day, and Trisha Brown Dance
BeGood Spring Party
Eco-friendly BeGood Clothing has teamed up with PACT Apparel to launch its sustainable spring collection and give back to the community. Ten percent of all purchases made on Thursday will support the local Live Oak School Potrero Hill Urban Garden fundraiser. Score some free food, drinks, and organic socks.
When: 6:30 - 10 p.m., Thurs. 3/14
Where: BeGood Clothing Store, 2127 Union St.
Geeks unite at the Exploratorium's 25th annual Pi Day, honoring Larry Shaw, founder of the numerical celebration. This year's tribute: artist ISHKY's "Pi in the Sky," an aerial presentation of the first 1,000 numbers in Pi's sequence, drawn using dot-matrix technology by a team of five synchronized aircrafts.
When: 1 - 3 p.m., Thurs. 3/14
Where: Pier 15 Plaza, Embarcadero
The Center for Asian American Media (formerly SF International Asian American Film Festival) presents its annual film showcase with a series of art events throughout the city. On Fri. 3/22, the fest presents the world's first anime film, the 1950s Japanese manga Astro Boy, on its 60th anniversary. It's the touching story of a young robotic boy who tries to find his place in the human world. Then on Sun. 3/24, the closing night of the fest features home videos conveying the Asian-American experience through the lives of aunts, uncles, and grandparents in Memories to Light.
When: Thurs. 3/14 - Sun. 3/24
Where: Check specific events for location details
Internationally acclaimed photographer Paulette Tavormina captures still life images resembling 17th century Old Master paintings. From a collection of "props," this artist creates vivid contemporary compositions with allegorical significance mirroring the Old Master paintings' trompe l'oeil effect.
When: Thurs. 3/14 - Sat. 6/1
Where: MARCH, 3075 Sacramento St.
Hooch, Harlots, and History: Vice in San Francisco
Hear the scandalous tales of roadhouses, moonshiners, and infamous icons that define the SF of today from local favorites like "Broke Ass" Stuart Schuffman and Woody LaBounty. Sip on a 21st Amendment brew or a Pisco Punch for this vice-inspired evening complete with rare screenings and live music.
When: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Thurs. 3/14
Where: The Old Mint, 88 Fifth St.
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Postmodern dance grande dame Trisha Brown has been pushing the envelope with her renegade choreography since the 1960s. In what may be among the last Bay Area appearances of her career, Brown promises to turn heads at this one-night-only Cal Performances show of 1987's Newark, plus two 2011 works: the effortless Les yeux et l'âme and I'm going to toss my arms—if you catch them, they're yours set to a piano and electronic tape composition by Alvin Curran.
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 3/15
Where: Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley
"Cuts and Splits"
Local innovative artist Christopher Taggart is on display for the second time at the Eli Ridgway Gallery. This time he challenges visual organizations through reordering established systems in a variety of mediums, including video, sculpture, etchings, and image composites. See his style of interpretation in works like Colony —a restructured photographic collage using aerial images of 21 Californian prisons.
When: Opening reception: 4 - 7 p.m., Sat. 3/16; Exhibit runs through Sat. 5/4
Where: Eli Ridgway Gallery, 172 Minna St.
Mortar & Pestle
End St. Patty's Day like no other with the Bay's newest music force Mortar & Pestle. This Oakland trio will leave audiences grooving with sunny, soulful vocals and upbeat synth-pop tunes. Look for their debut EP, due out May 7th.
When: 8:30 p.m., Sun. 3/17
Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St.