A First Thursday Guide: What's Worth Seeing


It’s a First Thursday kind of week -- and though everything in the SF arts world goes into hibernation around this time of year, there are still a few shows worth checking out.

“American Pastiche: Choose Your Own Adventure”
Jose Arenas and Phillip Hua look at relationship between immigration and identity, commerce and the environment, as part of an homage to a children’s book series. Reception Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m. Hang Art, 567 Sutter St., SF. (415) 434-4264.

“Leonor Fini: Une Grand Curiosite”
The Argentine lady surrealist gets her largest North American showing right here. Weinstein Gallery, 301 Geary St., SF. (415) 362-2230.

“John Yoyogi Fortes, Jessalyn Haggenjos, Mike Narciso”
Take three: Fortes fuses pop imagery and street art, Haggenjos works in paint to examine formidable land masses, and Narciso photographs the details of abandoned spaces. Opening Jan. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. SFMOMA Artists Gallery, building A, Fort Mason Center, SF. 

“When Lives Become Form: Contemporary Brazilian Art: 1960s to the Present”
Art star assume vivid astro focus is only one starting point at this overview of the country’s creatives -- artists, designers and architects all have their say. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., SF. (415) 978-2787.

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