Exploratorium artist and exhibit developer (and featured artist at SFO's T2) Charles Sowers gives Corona Heights' Randall Museum a much-needed makeover. The 75-year-old art and sciences institution has been teaching children for decades, but there's no question that the design of its exterior was in need of some serious TLC.
Rayko's Plastic Camera Show
Check out the best pictures from the world's worst camera. Now in its fifth year, Rayko's plastic camera show features images by 100 different photographers chosen from thousands of entries. And if this scrappy photo approach inspires you, Rayko is offering a three-week course in March. Who knows? Your work could be on the gallery's walls next year.
When: Opening reception on 1/18, 6-8 p.m.; Exhibit on view through 3/6
Where: RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St.
Film buffs, listen up. FIFTY24SF is working with the art department of Coppola's newest horror film, Twixt, to recreate a set inside the gallery. The installation, TWIXT sc. 83, reflects the film's DIY aesthetic but that's not to say that it's anything like crafty.
As most of the city's art inclined are aware, gallery hopping during SF's "First Thursday" has been a downtown tradition since the early '90s. More recently, Oakland's monthly Art Murmur has been all the rage—its Friday evening art walk has become the hottest party east of the bay over the past few years.
If long walks on the beach, piña coladas by the pool, and afternoon naps sound like a snore, then the hustle and bustle of Mexico City (population: 19.3 million) might be just the thing. A far cry from your standard sleepy beach town, Mexico DF (Distrito Federal) is home to top-notch restaurants, 150 museums, and a flourishing art scene.
Like San Francisco, this is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct identity. While artists and creative types flock to bohemian Roma for its galleries, boutiques, hip bars, and restaurants, Polanco is the destination for swanky shopping. Condesa, meanwhile, dates to the turn of the 20th century and is home to magnificent old homes, cafes, and parks.
Bill Cunningham New York
See the NYT street style photographer extraordinaire in action on the big screen.
When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mon. 1/2
Where: SF Film Society, 1746 Post St.
Food + Art
Rice Paper Scissors Pop-Up Lunch
Have a special Rice Paper Scissors banh mi for lunch on Friday. Designed specifically to complement Sharon Lockhart's "Lunch Break" exhibit, now in its final weeks at SFMOMA, the Vietnamese pop-up cafe joined Blue Bottle and Caffé Museo in making special menus to celebrate the show.
When: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., Fri. 1/6
Where: The Schwab Room at SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
This one's for the city's hardcore music buffs. Bill Graham's—the late concert promoter largely responsible for putting SF on the map as a major music destination—81st birthday is coming up on Jan. 8, and the memorial foundation in his honor is celebrating by throwing a party with a capital P at The Fillmore on Jan. 7.
For those of you still in town and not praying for snow up in Tahoe, here are a few things to add to your calendar for this mellow week before the new year.
Houdini: Art and Magic
The exhibit about the renowned magician and escape artist is soon coming to an end. It's one of the best shows (and certainly the most fun) in the city now, and this week is the perfect time to check it out.
When: through Mon. 1/16
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St.
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