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A First Look at SFMOMA's Offsite Programming

If you're fearing modern art withdrawal when SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3 for its two-and-a-half-year-long expansion, rest assured. The museum has planned robust offsite programming to give you the culture fix you crave. Here's what to look out for around town.

Crissy Field (May 2013–May 2014)

Find One-of-a-Kind Art at Creativity Explored's Annual Holiday Sale

Looks can be deceiving. While the works shown here could easily be a preview for the next exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, they are, in fact, the creative impulses of artists with developmental disabilities, including Diane Scaccalosi, John Patrick Mckenzie, Lance Rivers, and Vincent Jackson—whose work has been licensed for use by Michael Recchiuti and CB2.

This Week's Hottest Events: John C. Reilly, Santigold, and The Hard Nut

Slideshow
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
Guerilla archivist Rick Prelinger gives his seventh annual presentation of rarely seen film clips, landscapes, and portraits of San Franciscans as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and studio filmmakers over the years. This kind-of cult classic is a sell-out, but there's a walk-up line for unclaimed tickets on the night of.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 12/11
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St.

A Vast Venture: 70 Degrees West Photo-Doc Project

Patagonia, Lake Titicaca, and the Sargasso Sea are just a few of the exotic locales that will host photographer Justin Lewis and writer Michelle Stauffer over the next two years. Each destination, all along a single line of longitude, represents one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and a phase in the pair’s photo-documentary project, 70 Degrees West, which began in April.

The mission: Expose how selfish human demands on the natural world are putting traditional ways of life at risk. The goal: Create heightened global consciousness of endangered habitats and cultures via words and images.

SF Product Designer Scott Tal Makes Waves with a Unique Flashlight

Scott Tal Flashlight

Creative projects were par for the course in the childhood home of Corona Heights resident Scott Tal, 36, for whom product design seemed a natural calling. After a five-year apprenticeship with Béatrice Amblard—a former Hermès ambassador and the leather artisan behind April in Paris, the luxurious Clement Street label—Tal launched Tauro Leather in 2009.

This Week's Hottest Events: Book of Mormon Lottery Tickets, Call Me Home Exhibit, and Monique Jenkinson

Theater
Book of Mormon
Tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical sold out in a hot sec, but there's still a chance to see the show. SHN announced a lottery system for each performance during the five-week run. Get there two-plus hours before the show to enter your name, and 1.5 hours before the curtain goes up, they'll pick a limited number of names at random for tickets at $29 a pop. The lottery has drawn as many as 800 entries for some shows, so start camping outside the theater now.  
When: Tues. 11/27–Sun. 12/30
Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St.

Performance

San Francisco Just Got A Little More French: Fine Arts Museums Make a Deal with the Louvre

Last week, big news in the art world hit San Francisco. The Fine Arts Museums announced an exclusive agreement between the de Young/Legion of Honor and the Louvre. Over the next five years, the world's most famous museum will collaborate with FAMSF on a series of exhibitions and exchanges, including plans to share significant works of art—which means that San Francisco will have unprecedented access to some of the iconic works usually kept on lockdown in Paris.

"I only want one picture," said FAMSF board president Dede Wilsey. "And that's the Mona Lisa."

This Week's Hottest Events: Turkey Trot, Mummenschanz, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Food Talk
Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
All hell is about to break loose when Tony and Eric go head-to-head in a conversation between two luminaries on very opposite ends of the famous food star scale. The show's not until April, but it's bound to sell out in no time. Get your tickets now while there are still a few left.  
When: 8 p.m., Fri. 4/12/13
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St.

Holiday
Turkey Trail Trot

This Week's Hottest Events: Tom Wolfe, Woodkid, Jasper Johns, and Jay DeFeo

Art
Idris Khan
Thirteen new works by British artist Idris Khan will be on display at Fraenkel Gallery. Known for multi-layered photographs inspired by the history of art, literature, and music, these works are as much about the process as they are about the end result.  
When: Thurs. 11/1–Fri. 12/28
Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., 4th fl.

Conversation
Tom Wolfe

Hot 30: Singer-Songwriter Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm

It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.

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