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April Kicks Off Month-Long Artistic Revelry in Napa Valley

Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief photographer

The recent explosion of experiences in Napa Valley, from biodynamic tours and classes to winery boutiques and art exhibitions, have turned the Valley into a veritable adult playground. Now, Winery galleries are one of the main attractions in the Valley’s theater of options, and their success gave rise to Arts in April, a month of art-related festivities spanning from Calistoga to American Canyon.  Here is how it all works, and some of the parties we recommend. 

Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams at the SFMOMA: Not So Spicy

We finally got to SFMOMA's new Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams exhibit, which focuses on the friendship that sprung up between the two during a stint in New Mexico. It's supposed to display the effects of their mutually beneficial, non-sexual relationship on their respective works. Fair enough, but it's kind of a replay. The show's very similar to one a few years ago, which contrasted O'Keefe's paintings with the portraiture and photography of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. But that exhibition actually took the plunge and embraced the sexuality of both artists, which was very sexy and risqué. This one just lightly dabbles.

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