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Who's on Third? A Bayview Celebration

In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot going on in the Bayview neighborhood lately. The Bold Italic just ran a nice roundup of what to do out there, and their guide comes just in time for next week's 3rd on Third art and music celebration. What started as a plan to toast the murals along the Third Street Corridor soon turned into a full-blown block party when the Stern Grove Festival joined the SF Arts and Public Utilities Commissions to launch "Grove on the Road."

Art in Storefronts: Top Designers Spruce Up Mid-Market Windows

Title: Art in Storefronts: Top Designers Spruce Up Mid-Market Windows

Mid-Market continues to get a much-needed makeover as part of the second annual The Windows project, an extension of the ARTery initiative aimed at revitalizing SF's Central Market corridor. Top architecture, fashion, and design firms—including Gensler, HOK, SFMOMA, Studios Architecture, Hooks ASD, ALR, IA, Arcanum Architecture, and Destination Art—tricked out storefronts between 5th and 9th streets, which were revealed in a tour by the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Tales of the City Tickets, Hanukkah at the Jewish Museum, and Central Market Lighting Ceremony

With holiday events popping up every week of December, it's hard to keep on top of it all. Here, just a few more cool things going on that you shouldn't miss.

Dreidel Spin Off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Tonight, on the second night of Hanukkah, the 2009 Major League Dreidel Spinagogue Champion will host a a spin off at the Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of a special Hanukkah edition of RitLab. Despite the obvious disadvantage of not being Jewish, John Heywood eked out victory with an impressive 16-second spin last year. The title is now up for Jews and gentiles alike. Plus, there will be artisanal chocolate-making and sampling of fair-trade Hanukkah gelt. As Major League Dreidel says, "No Gelt, No Glory!" $5; 12/2, 6 - 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., thecjm.org

SF Arts Commission's Passport 2010 Event Kicks Off This Weekend

Hayes Valley will come alive this Sunday, October 10th from 10 am to 4 pm, with the SF Arts Commission's Passport 2010 event, one of the best ways to experience art in the city. Guests can purchase $25 "passports" (which are gorgeous, custom-designed Moleskine notebooks donated by Chronicle Books), and follow a map to receive artist-designed stamps at various Hayes Valley locations.

Art Goes Live on Market Street

Starting today, you may notice some unusual activity occurring on Market Street. Don't mistake it for the usual cast of crazies known for loitering and creating ruckus of all sorts on the sidewalk. These people aren't homeless and begging for money, but rather make up a troupe of characters telling the story of eight prominent African Americans who lived and worked near Market Street during the mid-19th century.

Zhang Huan's 26-Foot, Three-Headed, Six-Armed Buddhist Statue Coming to the Civic Center

San Francisco's city center is going to get a temporary facelift on May 12 in the form of a gargantuan three-headed, six-armed Buddhist statue entitled, err, Three Heads Six Arms by the international art phenom Zhang Huan. For the massive work of art's world premiere as an outdoor adornment to the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza (across the street from City Hall), the city and good old Gavin Newsom are rolling out the welcome mat with a public ceremony at 10 a.m.

A Look Into The Upper Crust

Too short on cash to check out expensive museum exhibits at the de Young or SFMOMA? Get your art fix, gratis, by heading over to Civic Center Plaza. The SF Arts Commission just announced the extension of the public art project by acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. Comprised of 4,500 pounds of freshly cut willow saplings from The Willow Farm in Pescadero (some more than 50 years old) interwoven into the treetops of the sycamore trees in Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza of Civic Center Plaza, The Upper Crust is the artist’s first project in San Francisco.

More on the Tenderloin Makeover

Add one more to the list of so-called Tenderloin revitalization projects that have sprung up over the last month in the city’s most flavorful neighborhood. Art in Storefronts, a pilot program initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), launches today. In partnership with neighborhood-based economic development organizations and curated by Triple Base, local artists will showcase their work in 11 original window installations and two murals.

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.  

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