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LEBO Reception at Arts Fund

On Friday, June 5, San Francisco Sentry and Arts Fund together with artists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and patrons of the arts gathered to welcome the latest addition to their collection, "Holy Smoke" by David "LEBO" LeBatard. The Arts Fund offices provide a spacious venue (with spectacular 360° views from the 27th floor) for their burgeoning art portfolio.

Arts Fund also announced the launch of a new digital media animation studio in partnership with LEBO, as the well-rounded crowd of San Francisco luminaries enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and champagne hosted by San Francisco Sentry and Arts Fund.

Underground Art Royalty Gracing SF

Thursday, May 7, Portland-based artist Damon Soule opens his new solo show, Same Loud No, of paintings and an installation at Fecal Face Dot Gallery in Hayes Valley. Soule hasn't shown in SF since 2006, but had a hit show at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC last year. The opening reception goes from 6-9 pm.

First Friday: Stay in the City!

It appears that there's nothing new at First Friday's Art Walk in Oakland this month, Johansson Projects and Rock! Paper! Scissors! are showing the same exhibits as last month, but the scene that night was so mobbed. Maybe you want to try again without the jostling in airless, crowded rooms and check out Flaming Furbelows and Heroes and Villains at their respective galleries.

If it's anything like last time, there will be vegan cheesecake vendors, impromptu performance art and artists galore setting up shop in the side street between the two blocks of art spaces and eateries that make up the bulk of the monthly Art Murmur.

Suggestions for an Arty Saturday

Did you have a great time at the opening of Receiver's latest show Me vs Me? Want more Porous Walker/Jimmy Dimarcellis but just don't know how?

Come by Receiver this Saturday at 2pm and glue toys together with Jimmy. He'll give a brief talk about all the work in this show and then lead everyone in some good old fashioned toy-gluing.

Spring Art Weekend: Hot Lochness Dog

Hey hey, it's First Thursday and that means new openings at 49 Geary and Fifty24SF. Check out the many floors of openings downtown first (Dana Harel at Frey Norris looks promising), those run early (starting around 5pm), then you can swing on over to 111 Minna for Ted Lincoln's opening then head to the LoHai for the street-art-to-gallery offerings (Upper Playground's specialty) of U.K.-based artist Hush.

Matthew Palladino and More at Sketch Tuesday

Headed over to 111 Minna last night for Sketch Tuesday. Rumors floated that Jason Jagel might be there, but he didn't materialize (as far as I know). What was amazing though was Matthew Palladino's single fluid depiction of several bodies in a tumbling pyramid heap. Behold the magic for yourself.


Ted Lincoln, whose solo show opens this Thursday, April 02 at 111 Minna and Matthew Palladino.

Inside/Outside: Artist Environments, Mike Shine and Megan Wilson Tonight

There a lot of excitement in the air about the new show opening tonight at the Museum of Craft & Folk Art. Inside/Outside: Artist Environments features Edgar Arceneaux and Watts House Project, Jacob Sockness, Merritt Wallace, and Megan Wilson, along with historic documentation of famed California environments, and a new commission by Mike Shine. "Inside/Outside examines the artist environment builders who generally transform their homes, yards, or other aspects of their personal surroundings into multifaceted works of art that embody and express the locale—time, era, place—in which each of them live and work."

Noise Pop '09: Closing Night with Les Savy Fav

For the closing night of Noise Pop 2009, Les Savy Fav, The Mae Shi and The Drums played a mayhem-riddled show at Mezzanine.

First of all, if you were in town, you know it was raining (and has been raining and there's no end in sight. Hopefully, of all the impending doom, at least we might not have a drought.) I was in no big rush to leave my cozy apartment, but I'd seen Les Savy Fav before with The Faint and remember them as a whole load of crazy fun, so I rallied.

Noise Pop Film: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Don't get your hopes up. There's no recently unearthed footage of the legendary live album in Bestor Cram's documentary, At Folsom Prison, but there's a decent montage of photographer Jim Marshall's stills from this career-defining performance of The Man in Black. Additional video includes interviews with his children, Roseanne Cash and John Carter Cash, former inmate Millford Derdon who was there for the show, and the two children of Folsom inmate Glen Sherley whose song, "Greystone Chapel," was learned the night before the show by Cash and his band and performed that day. Artsy animated interpretations of songs from the album and archival film of the era round out the visuals.

Winning the War of the Words

How do you win an argument? By proving the other person wrong? You may feel a fleeting victory, but if you've come out of a disagreement with one person right and the other wrong, and deeply chagrinned, then you both lose the pleasure of being on good terms with one another. And nobody enjoys the aftermath of an tiff, often characterized by hurt feelings and cold shoulders. To truly win an argument, you must settle the question but also reiterate to the other that the argument isn't more important than they are. This is where the small gesture of humility and caring comes in.

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