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A First Thursday Guide: What's Worth Seeing

It’s a First Thursday kind of week -- and though everything in the SF arts world goes into hibernation around this time of year, there are still a few shows worth checking out.

“American Pastiche: Choose Your Own Adventure”
Jose Arenas and Phillip Hua look at relationship between immigration and identity, commerce and the environment, as part of an homage to a children’s book series. Reception Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m. Hang Art, 567 Sutter St., SF. (415) 434-4264.

“Leonor Fini: Une Grand Curiosite”
The Argentine lady surrealist gets her largest North American showing right here. Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary St., SF. (415) 362-2230.

A Holiday Shopping Break: See Fini at the Weinstein

The Leonor Fini: "Une Grande Curiosité exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery (December 10 - January 3) showcases the career of a bold female painter who is sadly not well known in the US outside of art circles. Argentinian born and Trieste-raised, Fini had no formal training when she picked up the brush at the age of 19. She moved to Paris in 1931 and soon found herself showing with the Surrealists. Yet she retained a staunch individuality, and her paintings are notable for her balance of strength and femininity in her female subjects. Fini's work throughout her 70-year career includes portraiture, abstract painting, fashion design, and even theater set design.

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