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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.

Pictures at an Exhibition

 

When dynamo Dede Wilsey goes shopping, she doesn’t fool around.

In February, the Fine Arts Museums Board Director traveled to Paris with Fine Arts Museums Director John Buchanan and his wife, Lucy Buchanan, to attend the sale of tres cher objets from the private collection of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Hayes Art Walk/Block Party Tonight

We are so, so hoping that this weekend is going to be the warm bath of sunlight that all the meteorologists keep promising it will be. One of our favorite harbingers of late Spring is being able to take an evening stroll without needing three layers, a hat and a scarf, and with Hayes Valley's monthly Art Walk/Block Party tonight, the timing couldn't be better for a temperate evening. But if, as is so often the case, those weather forecasters are pulling our chain, you'll likely find a celebratory mood in the Hayes the rest of the weekend, too - Flight 001 is comemorating 10 years in the biz with a mega-sale going on through Sunday.

A Museum as Big as The Ritz

There was a slight, yet mutual, case of structural envy in the air during last night’s Director’s Circle Dinner at SFMOMA.

The event typically honors a leading artist who kicks-off the evening with a pre-dinner talk.

Breaking the mold a bit this year, SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra chose to honor his French counterpart: Alfred Pacquement, Director, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle.

Pretty As Their Picture

 

Shafts of early evening light poured through the picture windows at the Old Mint last week, casting an other-worldly glow on famous San Franciscans.

But the majority of these famous denizens -- from jazz musicians, politicians, juke joint owners and society doyennes to shoe shine proprietors and famed foodies -- were also framed in glass; hanging from the walls of the storied interior of this 1874 building known as The Granite Lady.

Five Easy Pieces: William Kentridge

Well, perhaps they weren’t all that easy. Over at SFMOMA, the blockbuster Five Themes show (through May 31) starring South African artist William Kentridge is drawing crowds and major kudos.

Countdown to Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation, a new documentary chronicling the rise of the crafting revolution, has been cutting a swath across the country (and the world) with their screenings drawing massive crowds and equally impressive praise.

Countdown to Handmade Nation

Handmade Nation, a new documentary chronicling the rise of the crafting revolution, has been cutting a swath across the country (and the world) with their screenings drawing massive crowds and equally impressive praise.

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."

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