If you’ve ever stared up at the two steel monoliths on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus or felt dwarfed by the 60-foot square tower at the Gap’s headquarters, then you’ve marveled over the brilliance of artist Richard Serra. The San Francisco native is legendary for his massive sculptures, but in October, SFMOMA highlights a lesser-known side of his artistic career in the first major museum retrospective of his works on paper.
Book signing hosted by Southern Exposure and THE THING Quarterly
Get a signed copy of SF State Art History professor Gwen Allen's new book Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art. The books takes a deep look inside the magazine as medium, a '60s and '70s movement in which the page functioned as an alternative exhibition space. A panel discussion and book launch follow the next evening at Southern Exposure (Thurs. 10/13, 7-9 p.m.)
When: 6 p.m., Wed. 10/12
Where: THE THING Quarterly office, 3285 20th St.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Bay Area artist/activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph presents his latest work, red, black & GREEN: a blues, a multimedia effort in which he's collaborated with six artists to present a statement about sustaining the planet by first sustaining humanity. A perennial favorite, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet returns for its fall home season featuring King's celebrated work Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?, complete with music by tabla master Zakir Hussain.
When: 8 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. 10/13-15 and 10/20-22; Fri. 10/14 – Sun. 10/23
Where: YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St.; YBCA Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St.
Lykke Li, the latest Swedish pop sensation, is a force with which to be reckoned. She may be small in stature, but the girl’s got a big sound and a lot to say. The songstress, who produced her first album Youth Novels with Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, is a new-wave sort of feminist on a mission to reclaim what it means to be a woman. She’s smart, sensitive, moody, and wise beyond her years. Wounded Rhymes, her latest musical experiment, was released in March to positive reviews. The album—which is often on repeat at my desk—is simultaneously dark and danceable, complex yet interspersed with beautifully simple ballads, refined with a touch of roughness. Li, who’s currently braving a fierce touring schedule, took a few minutes to get deep with 7x7.
Steer clear of Fleet Week mayhem, and dodge the celebrity-dotted red carpet at the Mill Valley Film Festival with these down-to-earth events.
The Grammy-winning, slide guitar maestro will talk about his first foray into fiction with Los Angeles Stories.
When: 8 p.m., Wed. 10/5
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Problem: You just moved into a new apartment and need to decorate its sad, bare walls (since your landlord won't let you paint them). You've been wanting to start your own personal art collection, but the high cost of entry has prevented you from breaking into the grown-up market.
Solution: Get it on the cheap. Take advantage of the affordable prices (works range from a hundred to a few thousand dollars) at Open Studios, and buy art straight off the artists' walls.
The 36th Annual Open Studios kicks off this weekend. From now through the end of October, you can stroll through more than 900 artists' spaces, get a feel for their working life, and support their craft (by buying a piece or maybe just signing up for their mailing list). Here, a sampling of 15 of the artists that stand out from the multi-talented pack.
Pop Culture Know-It-All & Litquake Performer Chuck Klosterman Talks Beards, Crystals and Writer's Block
Time magazine has called Chuck Klosterman one of America’s foremost authorities on pop culture—and for good reason. The best-selling author, who grew up in rural North Dakota, has an insatiable appetite for music and sports and brings a keen analytical eye to mainstream culture. The Believer, ESPN, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Spin, The Washington Post, and more have tapped him for his extensive knowledge on all things A&E. He’s penned seven books, including a collection of essays in 2003’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (Scribner), in which he waxes on about reality TV, Billy Joel, and the Celtics-Lakers rivalry.
TV on the Radio
Free forming TV on the Radio is still touring to promote their latest album Nine Types of Light, which has already garnered lots of praise. The show is not yet sold-out (surprise!), and local sensations Thee Oh Sees are opening. Get thee to the Fox tonight!
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
This SF band is a personal favorite. WIN TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S SHOW (by leaving a comment below), where the band will surely debut new material from their first full-length album Invitation.
When: 9 p.m., Tues. 9/27
Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St.
You probably remember Eve Ensler for screaming things like, "Vagina mother****ers!," "He's a Bob. I can tell," and "Feeling a little irritated in the airport? Just say, cunt! Everything changes." But the Tony Award-winning playwright known for her hilariously cringe-worthy accounts of being a woman has taken her Vagina Monologues success to promote female empowerment in a global way. Back in 1998, she launched V-Day, an international nonprofit movement that has raised upwards of $75 million for women's anti-violence groups across the world. Earlier this year, she was named one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Changed the World."
Bob Mould with Shepard Fairey
The musician who stormed the '70s scene with Hüsker Dü now adds author to his running resume. He'll talk with Shepard Fairey (the artist famous for his HOPE Obama portrait) about the book, See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, his music career, growing up in a rural farming community, and his long path to coming out during this City Arts & Lectures conversation. Check out our interview with Mould here.
When: 8 p.m., Tues. 9/20
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.
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