Arts + Culture
If you like pub quizzes but are tired of the usual format, swing by the LookOut on a Monday night for Brain Farts. The lovely Pollo Del Mar—that's right, Chicken of the Sea—hosts the two hour, 2 to 3 round quiz and selects a "Six Degrees of..." theme every week, posted to the Facebook page by Monday afternoon. Last week's theme was Six Degrees of Dixie Carter (best known as Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women") and even though we'd prepared by reading and half-memorizing Dixie's Wikipedia page, we were simply outmatched by some serious Dixie lovers.
So you love Radiohead, right? No doubt you can picture each of their album covers in your mind as soon as they're named. But who created these iconic images, from Amnesiac's old red book to Pablo Honey's super 90's flower-baby collage? Stanley Donwood is the man behind the art, and he's having his first-ever U.S. art show, entitled "Over Normal" in our very own San Francisco at Fifty24SF Gallery on September 2nd.
Many of music's brightest minds met in art school, from members of the Talking Heads to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. So putting on an group art show, like Sound and Vision at the Fivepoints Arthouse, makes perfect sense. Sound and Vision is a gathering of Bay Area musicians who also dip their talents into visual art. It opens tomorrow night at 7 pm.
This weekend is gonna be action packed. After eating yourself silly at the SF Street Food Festival, head to the 3rd Annual Rock Make Street Festival for a good time before getting back to the grind. From 11 am-6 pm at Treat Street and 18th, the Bay Bridged's bigger-than-ever street fest is an all-ages bonanza with food, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, and three stages live music. There will also be a beer garden for those over 21.
If you've passed by the SFMOMA's Garage street-level windows on Natoma and Minna lately, you've probably noticed a pretty scary looking bird installation staring out at you. The piece's got impact, and it's by prolific street artist Jesse Hazelip, who is also currently showing at 941 Geary (the newest gallery from Justin Giarla of White Walls and Shooting Gallery) through August 24. The heron, who's sporting a machine gun as a head, is a commentary on both capitalism and greed as it relates to the BP oil spill.
The Medicine Agency's walls will soon be awash in eye-blinding colors straight out of a video game, thanks to New York-based artist Matt Mignanelli. Focusing on shapes and structural elements (like bright blue globs of ooze or gold brick walls straight out of a Mario Bros. landscape), Mignanelli paints on canvas and birch wood to create his nationally-known pieces.
Tarot cards, palm readings, crystal balls—if the otherwordly has always gotten you going, live out your fantasy at tomorrow night's FREE event as part of the Maira Kalman exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Bay Area author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) will enchant with his magical accordian while renowned perfumer Yosh Han follows your nose. Come with questions about love, money or creativity and schedule a one-on-one scent reading where Han will offer intuitive insight about your personality.
Poof! The chance to snag a ticket or two to Arcade Fire's Big Sur show came and went....in about one minute. If you spent the morning jittery with anticipation and constantly refreshing the Henry Miller Memorial Library's Events page and were greeted with the opportunity to add your name to the "waitlist," join the club. Several of our officemates suffered the same fate.