If you're an aspiring artist and looking for some mula, here's your chance. Southern Exposure, an independent hub for the visual arts in SF, is holding the fourth round of its Alternative Exposure grant program in which $60,000 will be awarded to artists in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. The program started back in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and has been played a vital role in keeping young artists thriving in the community. Over the course of its first three rounds, Alternative Exposure has awarded $155,000 in direct funds to 50 Bay Area projects.
Music: Jenny and Johnny
Child actress turned alt country music sensation Jenny Lewis has toured with singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice for every solo show of her career, so it was only natural that they start collaborating together on an album. The result? Fun, poppy melodies and a stage chemistry that will no doubt make you smile. $20; Thursday and Friday, 9/2-3; GAMH, 859 O'Farrell St., 415-885-0750, gamh.com
SF says goodbye to throwaway fashion and hello to customized, quality clothing, at a price that won’t break the bank. Try out the made-to-order trend at these local spots:
IndiDenim by Appointment
The problem: Jeans that don’t flatter your booty. The solution: an in-store, one-on-one appointment with a stylist at indiDenim, who’ll help you create a custom fit profile to design the perfect pair. Decide cut, fabric weight, wash, fade, closure style and pocket detail. In a month, you’ll have custom jeans delivered to your doorstep.
$145–$165, 440 Brannan St., 877-251-0359, indidenim.com
If you haven’t already heard about Howl, listen up. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have just finished a movie version of Allen Ginsberg’s famously epic poem. The movie, part live action drama—starring James Franco, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker—and part animation hits theaters September 24 and is going to be big. Simultaneously, Harper Collins is publishing a graphic novel of renowned artist Eric Drooker’s animation from the film. We had the honor of sitting down with the painter, New Yorker cover illustrator and Berkeley resident to learn more about this gargantuan project.
What is a 31-year-old former Boston College soccer player doing managing a luxury department store? The answer: part family legacy, part personal passion. Growing up in the business—his family owns the Mitchells chain of stores on the East Coast—Tyler Mitchell always had his hand in retail, learning the buying end of things at Harry Rosen in Canada and vendor operations at Brioni wholesale in New York. As men’s merchandise manager at Wilkes Bashford, which the Mitchell family bought last December, he’s tasked with marketing a classic, high-end SF brand to a broader, younger audience. Hipsters, it’s time to get measured.
What fashion mistake do most SF men make?
I always see men wearing clothes that don’t fit right.
Mill Valley resident and mega comedian Dana Carvey is back in the limelight, scheduled to perform* in the place where he got his start.
Church Lady. Hans. Garth. Ross Perot. Dana Carvey’s comedic repertoire is the stuff of legend. After seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, a handful of blockbuster movies and an Emmy, the intensely private Carvey quietly stepped away from the stage to focus on his family. Next month marks his return as the comedian teams up with his colleagues for The Other Café 30th Reunion Show*, an event poised to be the biggest comedy act to hit the city since SF’s stand-up heyday in the ’70s and ’80s.
Music: Bob Dylan
Chances are you don't have tickets to Bob Dylan's sold-out show at the Fox tomorrow. Lucky for you, the legendary musician who single-handedly redefined song as poetry, is playing a second show at the Warfield on Wednesday, and tickets are not being sold in advance. Bring your sleeping bag, camp out at the box office on Tuesday night and come prepared with $60 cash. If you call yourself a music lover, this is your duty. $60; Wednesday, 8/25; The Warfield, 982 Market St., 800-745-3000, thewarfieldtheatre.com
Fashionistas rejoice! The ultimate summer indulgence is here and it's happening this weekend in Napa Valley. On Sunday, 8/22, Ma(i)sonry will be hosting two designer collections in an eco-luxury trunk show, featuring handmade and ethically sourced jewelry by Kirsten Muenster and upcycled leather bags by reMade USA.
Tarot cards, palm readings, crystal balls—if the otherwordly has always gotten you going, live out your fantasy at tomorrow night's FREE event as part of the Maira Kalman exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Bay Area author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) will enchant with his magical accordian while renowned perfumer Yosh Han follows your nose. Come with questions about love, money or creativity and schedule a one-on-one scent reading where Han will offer intuitive insight about your personality.
Music: Brandon Flowers
We all know him as frontman of The Killers, but Brandon Flowers is now trying his hand at the solo thing. His solo debut Flamingo is due out in September, and he's already begun his tour supporting the forthcoming album. It's no surprise that the intimate Slim's show is already sold-out, but we're betting someone will get sick and have to sell their tickets. $27.50; Thursday, 8/19; Slim's, 333 11th St., 415-255-0333, slims-sf.com
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