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Open Studios: The Best Way to Start Your Local Art Collection

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to hit the pavement. Four weekends, four sections of the city and hundreds of artists—ArtSpan's Open Studio weekends bring art to the public, gratis. Step aside NYC. With an estimated 60,000 visitors each year and more than 600 workspaces, SF’s Open Studios Tour is the nation’s largest and longest running. The annual tour boasts a little bit of everything, so no matter what your medium, you’ll find plenty of pieces to ponder or purchase. Expect traditional painting, photography, print making, edgy abstractions, installation art, artisan-quality furniture, lighting, jewelry, custom dinnerware, glass work and more.

Pioneering Past to Present with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance

Fear not—boundaries are one thing Bill T. Jones is not afraid of. Known worldwide as a pioneer of sociopolitical dance theater, Jones doesn’t hesitate to cause a stir with provocative, thought-provoking work. Exploring the area where art, history and politics combine is the Tony Award-winning choreographer’s forte, as demonstrated in the West Coast premiere of Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray

Gray Area Defines a New Wave of Art + Technology

Watch out, SoMa and Union Square. You may soon be competing with a north of Market neighborhood as the epicenter of cutting-edge city art. That’s right—SF's colorful Tenderloin district is about to get a much-needed facelift. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts [GAFFTA], a new nonprofit digital art and technology center, will officially open its doors on October 1. The state-of-the-art gallery space, studio facility and multimedia community center marks a milestone in the revitalization of this grungy area into a vibrant art district, while also providing a production and exhibition center for the Bay Area digital and progressive arts communities.

Link Love: Manga Man, Nosh for Posh and McQueen for the Masses

Daily reads from our feeds …

The Tokidoki doll does designer—Karl Lagerfeld has been immortalized as a 10-inch vinyl figurine in his signature skinny suit and sunglasses, but we want to know where his signature fan is. (via WWD)

Poor Victoria Beckham continues to get grief about her small frame. The latest? An internet game called Nosh for Posh allows players to throw food at a pleading Posh.

Grape Stomp: A Napa Harvest Experience

Anyone who knows I Love Lucy remembers the episode where Lucy wanders off to a vineyard and is ordered by forceful Italian women to crush grapes with her feet in a wine vat. Well, the clever, fun-loving family behind Schweiger Vineyards has recreated the side-splitting scene with this year's harvest experience. Sure, Crushpad may offer their version of a city crush camp, but we say go where the grapes grow for a truly authentic escapade. Make the trek up to the mountaintop vineyard and winery in St. Helena for a day of sampling, sugar testing, handpicking, de-stemming and good, old-fashioned stomping.

Crossing Boundaries with Margaret Jenkins Dance

Margaret Jenkins is no newbie to the contemporary dance scene. The Bay Area-based choreographer has been lending her innovative technique and talent to the stage for the past 35 years, always pushing the envelope beyond traditional performance. This time around, in a cross-cultural collaboration at YBCA, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company partners with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company of Guangzhou, China for the world premiere of a dance trilogy titled Other Suns.

Last Day to See Naked Art (Yep, Like Naked People)

Fall arts are in full force and if there’s one “out there” performance you should give a go, it’s The Symmetry Project Study #19: Solo Medi(t)ations/Intersections. Presented by Gravity dance-theater at Intersection for the Arts, this live-art fluid installation will be on view for two days only (Tuesday, 9/22 and Wednesday, 9/23). Nothing short of an otherworldly experience, what you see is all you’ll get—two naked bodies, one male and one female, negotiating improvisational movement of bodies in space and time. The only rule: self-imposed symmetrical movement, relative to themselves or to each other.

Maya Lin Shows Us What Is Missing

“Listen to the earth,” pleaded Maya Lin during an intimate unveiling of the first component of her last public memorial at the California Academy of Sciences. Taking the shape of a very large megaphone, the large bronze and reclaimed redwood sound sculpture and video installation is sending a very clear aural and visual message: The world is speaking to us. Act now to save our planet before it’s too late.  

Link Love: Ralph Lauren Makes the Recession Uplifting and More From The Runway

The scoop from those who made it to the front lines at NY Fashion Week …

Ralph Lauren chooses a literal translation of the recession with his Depression-era Spring/Summer collection. Fashionista reports.

The Frisky caught porn king Ron Jeremy on the front lines (well, second to front) during fashion week. Ick.

Link Love: Men in Heels, A Dying Garment District and Narciso for Less

Daily reads from our feeds …

We’ve been quick to bring you word of all the ridiculous man trends that have been surfacing lately. Here’s one more—men in high heels on the runway at NY Fashion Week. We’re right there with The Cut in saying, “enough is enough.”

NYC’s garment district may be facing extinction as manufacturing continues to be shipped overseas, leaving the historic area a relic of the past. Reuters reports on this sad reality.

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