this week's hottest events
From architecture to video, illustration and performance art, there is something to tickle everyone's fancy at SFAI's newest exhibition: "Temporary Structures." Featuring more than a dozen world-renowned artists, the group collaboration is aimed at reflecting acts of cultural transformation through topics such as politics, social matters, and the Occupy movement.
When: 9/14-12/15, Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: The San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St.
The portrait has been reinvented for the new exhibit at the Eli Ridgway Gallery. “Mutables” is a collection of imaginative revisions to the traditional artistic field of portraiture. The series of photographs employs various elements of disguise, such as costume and other deceptive elements, to present modern ambiguous interpretations of the subjects’ subconscious and features images from Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard.
When: Exhibit runs through 10/27
Where: Eli Ridgway, 172 Minna St.
Can't wait for Litquake 2012? Get a preview when author Alan Black chats with fellow Scotsman and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh about his new book, Skagboys. Get ready for inside prequel information with videos, music, a no-host bar, and an audience Q&A.
When: 7 p.m., Mon. 9/17
Where: Z Space, 450 Florida St.
SF Cocktail Week
Attention all Fiona Apple fans: make your way to the Warfield. The '90s musical darling is back with a new album after seven long years. If her record's poetic title is any indication of what she'll bring to the stage, get ready for an entertaining show.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/11
Where: The Warfield, 982 Market St.
Michael Chabon In Conversation with Adam Savage
Interface Gallery Opens
To celebrate the opening of community-driven gallery Interface, check out the self-titled inaugural exhibit that explores the term through visitor interaction with interdisciplinary installations. Afterwards, catch free live music and local nibbles in historic Temescal Alley in celebration of September's First Friday.
When: Opening Reception 6-9 p.m., Fri. 9/7, exhibit through Sun. 9/30
Where: Interface Gallery, 486 49th Street, Oakland
This Week's Hottest Events: Barry McGee, Architecture and the City Festival, and Self Edge Anniversary Party
For decades, artist Barry McGee has used the city of San Francisco as his personal canvas under the tag name "Twist." Now his work has found a temporary home at the Berkeley Art Museum. Don't be surprised to find rarely seen etchings and letterpress printing trays on display. The renowned graffiti artist and SF Art Institute alum still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
When: Exhibit through Sun. 12/9
Where: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
1st SF America's Cup World Series Races
The Marina Green becomes sailing headquarters this week as the much anticipated America's World Cup Series finally begins. The race to win sport's oldest trophy has sailors from all over the world chomping at the bit. Only four nations have won the coveted title since the races began back in 1851. Cheer on your favorite team from the bleachers, or track the boats online and in real time with the help of Liveline technology.
When: Tues. 8/21–Sun. 8/26
Where: The AC Village at Marina Green between Fort Mason and the Presidio on Marina Blvd.
Before making the trek to this month's Burning Man festival, get some tips from photographer Philippe Glade. The Frenchman sits down with Peter Dodge, Janika McFeely, and Harley K. Dubois to share his experiences after documenting dwellings, camps, and structures from the annual week-long debauchery for more than a decade. His new book, Black Rock City, NV: The Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man, makes for insightful road trip reading.
When: 6-8 p.m., Wed. 8/15
Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter St., Suite 600
Feel like a kid again with special screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Bring a candy bar to accompany your wine at this Top of the Mark summer movie series pick or stick around for the SF Film Society Q&A with the people who made the giant stop-motion animation peach come alive.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 8/7 and 11 a.m., Sat. 8/11
"Return to Mars" at the Exploratorium
Coinciding with the Aug. 5 scheduled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars, the Exploratorium is hosting a similar full-scale model of the NASA rover, plus six weeks of special programming including behind-the-scenes interviews with NASA scientists and engineers. Don't miss the museum's Mars-themed After Dark event on Aug. 2.
When: Wed. 8/1–Sun. 9/16
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St.