Bay Area artist Ala Ebtekar is having a moment. His work is currently on view in two regional shows: part one (What Time Is It There?) of the three-part "Proximities" series at the Asian Art Museum and "Migrating Identities" at YBCA, a group show in which he's the only local artist. He's been garnering attention on both the national and international art scenes, and his work has most recently been added to the collections of an SFMOMA board member and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Talk about street cred.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
You've got two chances to see the faster-than-light, guitar-strumming duo live. If you haven't ever seen Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero in person, you'll want to grab tickets to one of these two shows now.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 7/9 and 7:30 p.m., Wed. 7/10
Where: The Masonic, 1111 California St. and The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga
SFJAZZ Summer Sessions
From standard white-walled exhibit space to underground tropical nightclub—the San Francisco Art Institute's Walter and McBean Galleries make a sultry transformation at tonight's free closing reception for “¡Oye, Mira!, Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art.”
For fine-art photographer Michelle Pattee, inspiration lies right outside her Sebastopol farmhouse—a bird’s nest, a blooming flower, the bicycle by the shed.
Last week I had the great privilege of attending an extraordinary dinner, which highlighted special selections from The French Laundry’s new spirits collection, including The Macallan Fine & Rare. The spirits program—which officially launched in February—is made up of 51 bottles, with spirits ranging from scotch, bourbon, rum, and tequila to cognac, chartreuse, grappa and eau-de-vie. Each, of course, has Chef Thomas Keller's personal stamp of approval.
In case you hadn't heard, there's a lot going on in the Bayview neighborhood lately. The Bold Italic just ran a nice roundup of what to do out there, and their guide comes just in time for next week's 3rd on Third art and music celebration. What started as a plan to toast the murals along the Third Street Corridor soon turned into a full-blown block party when the Stern Grove Festival joined the SF Arts and Public Utilities Commissions to launch "Grove on the Road."
Le Labo SF Scent
Fancy French perfumer Le Labo finally launched a scent exclusive to San Francisco. Available at their Pac Heights store and Barneys counter, Limette 37 is an "olfactive roller coaster," with fragrances as diverse as the Bay Area landscape—bergamot, jasmine, petit grain, clove, vetiver, tonka beans, and musks. This one's for your growing collection.
Where: Le Labo, 2238 Fillmore St.
On June 1, Firefall Media released Adam & Yves, the latest book of fashion illustrations by Gladys Perint Palmer (who doubles as executive director of the Academy of Art University's School of Fashion). Designed by Rod Dyer and edited by Elihu Blotnick, the tome presents Palmer's fresh and modern take on fashion history, peppered with her quick-witted insight and insider's perspective.
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