What if we told you that works by such famous artists as Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, and Chuck Close were currently on view in the dark basement of a new Mission gallery? You'd consider going to check it out, right? What if we added that the donors of each of the pieces on view obtained these works in somewhat vague and illicit ways? Then you'd probably want to go immediately.
Madonna's 2012 World Tour
Madge just decided to do a Bay Area double-hitter, and tickets went on sale for the shows this morning. Considering the success of her lavish Superbowl half time show, these two HP Pavilion shows won't be up for grabs much longer. Godspeed!
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 10/6 and Sun. 10/7 (tickets on sale Mon. 2/13 at 10 a.m.)
Where: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose
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.
Gabrielle Hamilton knows a thing or two about hard work. The chef-owner of New York’s wildly popular New American bistro Prune—now in its 13th year—has been working in kitchens since the age of 13. This past March, the restaurateur, who incidentally has an M.F.A. in writing, published her first book, which debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times best-seller list. Foodies and lit critics alike have lauded Blood, Bones & Butter as one of the best chef memoirs since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Despite such praise, Hamilton keeps her head down and lets the work—both on the line and on the page—speak for itself.
This Week's Hottest Events: "Masters of Venice" Masked Ball, SF Symphony Chinese New Year Concert, and SF Beer Week
"Masters of Venice" Masked Ball
To celebrate the closing days of "Masters of Venice" at the de Young, ArtPoint is hosting an extravagant masquerade ball. Come cloaked in black tie and your most provocative Venetian mask, and retire your disguise just long enough to take in the exhibit.
When: 8 p.m., Sat. 2/11
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
No Cheating, No Dying, the hotly anticipated memoir from Bernal Heights author Elizabeth Weil, finally hits shelves this month after her New York Times Magazine article “Married (Happily) with Issues” struck a universal chord back in 2009—the story got nearly 4 million page views online. In the book, Weil and her husband embark on a series of relationship-improvement projects on their already solid marriage. Her acute insights into their partnership will no doubt trigger thought and examination of your own. Here, Weil answers a few of our burning questions.
All hail Jane McGonigal. The gaming guru talks alternate reality, problem solving, and innovation via video games with Cal Academy's Ryan Wyatt at this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Pick up a copy of her new book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World before you go.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 1/31
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
This Week's Hottest Events: Science of Cocktails, Andy Warhol Polaroids, and a Snow White Fashion Show
Home of the Slaves
Join local bands Barcelona, Release the Sunbird, Evaline, and Thurlow in a benefit designed to help San Francisco's victims of human trafficking. Throw down a few extra bucks and be one of the 30 to enjoy a pre-party happy hour in the BrewTruc parked out front.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 1/24
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St.
Eames Movie Night
Calling all design enthusiasts—reserve your seat on an Eames chair for Wednesday's screening of the new documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter. The film tells of the lives of designers Charles and Ray Eames in a feast for the eyes and ears (it's narrated by James Franco). Former editor-in-chief of Dwell, Sam Grawe, provides an intro before the show. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 1/25
Where: Zinc Details, 1905 Fillmore St.
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