Arts + Culture
Lots of happening stuff going on at the Compound Gallery over in Oakland this month! One half of the ambitious couple (the first of our Power Couples profiles) who owns the art space, Lena Reynoso, tells us of the Fifth Annual HOLIDAYLAND gift sale put on by Professor Squirrel, which is going on in tandem with their It's Better Than a Lump of Coal art sale, both featuring hundreds of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art, jewelry, household objects, clothes and paper goods.
I've been seeing this great guy—hot, thoughtful, funny, professional. But I've had two girlfriends mention to me that he seems gay. (Doesn't act like it in bed.) I don't want to weird him out by asking, but I also don't want to get serious with him if he might someday "realize" he's gay.
If the standard Nutcracker spectacle strikes you as insipid or expensive or just too darn reminiscent of enforced family outings, try Dance Brigade’s Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie. Krissy Keefer’s refreshing version of the nut-cracking holiday confection turns Clara into an undocumented worker for a wealthy family and Drosselmeyer into the pink Mohawked gay son, who presents Clara with a freedom-fighting South African nutcracker.
It's Wednesday, which means our Exquisite Corpse game continues with this very Pink Floydian piece of art by local artist Kelly Lynn Jones. Get your noggin in gear and craft a response drawing (here's the great stuff we received for the first round!) for a chance to win $140 in local gift certificates and your art might even wind up on a poster sold exclusively on 7x7.com!
A look at the book spines on my shelves reveals a lot of spectacles staring back at you. No, it's not a bunch of Harry Potters (okay, maybe a few), it's the little glasses logo that signifies the book is from San Francisco publisher (and 7x7 sister company) Chronicle. I've got a lot of those, you see, because they produce such fantastic titles.
Behold the whimsical entries we've received for our Exquisite Corpse game! Today is the last day to enter your artwork in response to local artist Eunice Moyle's original drawing from our inaugural post, so keep sending those JPEGs (500 width by 700 height at 72 dpi) in to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tomorrow and each Wednesday in December, we're posting another inspirational drawing you can respond to. The best of the bunch will be transformed into a poster sold exclusively on 7x7.com!
Heedless of admonishments from elderly neighbors Miss Spink and Miss Forcible - not to mention warnings from the mice trained by Crazy Old Man Upstairs - Coraline steps through the bricked-up drawing room door into Other World, a seemingly idyllic version of her real home where toys fly through the air, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible perform a never-ending cabaret, and her absentee parents are attentive and loving. But Other World's sinister underbelly soon reveals itself, forcing Coraline into a battle to save her real parents and the ghost children who fell prey generations earlier.