Thursday, September 30, 2010

Open Studios 2010

I will be showing the second weekend (Nancy Ewart, SOMA Arts, 689 Bryant St, 5th & Bryant, #27) and I hope that the rest of the contributors to this blog will add their information.

2010 SF Open Studios

Gala Weekend

ArtLaunch 2010: 7-10 p.m. Sat. More than 400 works for sale, open bar and hors d'oeuvres. $35 advance, $40 at the door.

Exhibition opening reception 4-7 p.m. Sun. Admission free; cash bar. Both events take place at SOMArts Main Gallery, 934 Brannan St., S.F.

Weekend 1: Oct. 9-10: Bernal Heights, Castro, Duboce, Eureka Valley, Glen Park, Mission, Noe Valley, Portola

Weekend 2: Oct. 16-17: Bayview, Excelsior, Financial District, North Beach, Potrero Hill, Russian Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin

Weekend 3: Oct. 23-24: Buena Vista, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Mount Davidson, Ocean Beach, Pacific Heights, Richmond, Sunset, Twin Peaks, West Portal

Weekend 4: Oct. 30-31: Hunters Point Shipyard and Islais Creek Studios

Studios are open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, go to

Monday, September 20, 2010

Independent Publishing: Where's It At?

FREE arts workshops tonight, tomorrow night, and next Saturday (9/25) in SF: (via Ramona Soto)

Independent Publishing: Where's It At?
Monday, September 20, 6-8PM
Viracocha SF, 998 Valencia St. @ 21st. St., SF

What will rule publishing? Print vs. Internet? ... or are people even reading? How do you start and run your own small press? What literary events are happening? What spaces are available? How do you promote your lit'ry endeavor? Who's writing, who's reading, what's happening around the Bay Area?

•Mike Skott (Ink. Publishing
•Ramsey Kanaan (PM Press,
•Tony DuShane (Cherry Bleeds,
•Deborah Grabien (Plus One Press,
•J. Brandon Loberg (Performance poets, publisher of "The 16th & Mission Review")
•Ginger Murray (Whore Magazine -

Promoting Your Underground Art
Tuesday, September 21
Mission Comics & Art, 3520 20th St. x Mission St., 6-8PM
How to promote your event on a limited budget, and on the edge of propriety.

•Evan Karp (QUIET LIGHTNING Reading Series,
•Bix Warden (Bookings/Outreach, Mission Control,
•Doctor Popular
•Caroline Thompson (promotions for Broadway musicals "Wicked," "Peter Pan," etc.)

Also: PLEASE DO COME TO SF next Saturday: Wonderful Expo for Independent Arts with workshops galore!! PLEASE SHARE!

Writing for marketing, PR, grant proposals, storytelling and more
10:30-11:30 (CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. SF)
Dalya Massachi, author, Writing to Make a Difference
Josh Wilson, co-founder, Independent Arts & Media

Social networking
11:45-12:45 (CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. SF)
Emily Goligoski, arts and culture writer
Therese Davis, Songbird Festival founder
Kwan Booth, writer, editor, cultural curator
Johnny Funcheap, founder, FunCheapSF
Gregory Stock, arts promoter

Community collaboration and project documentation
2:30-3:30 pm (Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA)
Wendy Testu, Project Director, Welcome to the NeighborHOOD
La Constance Shahid, Project Coordinator, Welcome to the NeighborHOOD
Lise Swenson, filmmaker
Gregory Stock, arts promoter

Online fundraising
3:45-4:45 pm (Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA)
David Hunt, co-founder, Circus Bella
Michael Stoll, SF Public Press
Lisa Lee, Hyphen
Irene Kao, Hyphen

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1:00-4:00 pm (CELLspace, 2050 Bryant St. SF)
SFAC’s Face Time

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Getting Back to the Phantom Skill"

This promises to be a very interesting series of columns in the NY Times: "Line by Line" will be a 12 week series by James McMullan which readers are encouraged to follow with pencil and paper in hand.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Viva Mexico - Celebrate Mexico's Bicentennial on Friday at the De Young (And it's Free!)

September 16th marks marks the day in 1810 when Mexico began its war of independence against Spain, an event that triggered similar uprisings across the Western Hemisphere.

In September 1810, rebels in the central state of Guanajuato were secretly planning an uprising against the Spanish when their plot was discovered. As Spanish troops moved to arrest conspirators, one of the them, priest Miguel Hidalgo, realized the moment for revolution was upon them.

Before dawn on Sept. 16, 1810, Hidalgo rang the church bell to gather residents in the town of Dolores, and then delivered a famous call to arms known as the grito, or shout.

The war lasted 11 years before Spain finally gave Mexico and Central America its independence. The territory included what is now California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.

Tonight at 11, Calderón will ring a bell in the Zócalo Plaza and recite the names of Hidalgo and other independence heroes. After each name, the crowd shouts Viva!— long may he live.

The event, which is repeated by mayors and governors across Mexico, has become an annual sign of hope, said Oriel Gómez Mendoza, a historian at Michoacan University.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fecal Face - 10th Anniversary Show

If you like a certain type of SF 20-something hipster-yipster-trend (probably with trust fund) kind of art, Fecal Face is throwing a party to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

From SF Fist:
Fecal Face Dot Com, the premier and inexhaustible arts and culture site, are having their mammoth 10 Year Anniversary Show tonight. The exhibit at the Luggage Store Gallery features some of SF's favorite artists, and the after-party at Mezzanine will include performances by Kelly Stoltz, Sonny Smith, and Ty Segall, and DJ Ted Shred.
6 to 8 p.m. // Luggage Store Gallery (1007 Market St) // free
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. // Mezzanine (444 Jessie St) // $8, suggested donation

SF Chronicle review:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cézanne: part of the Post Expressionist exhibit opening later this month at the De Young.

A year after he died,  a major exhibition of Cezanne's works opened at the Salon d'Autumne in Paris. Picasso, Braque and Matisse were among those crowding into the show--and stealing his secrets. But they would never steal his grandeur. Rilke, too, was there. "Not since Moses," he wrote to his wife, "has anyone seen a mountain so greatly."

Full piece up at:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Up and Coming for the fall

There's a comprehensive list of all the fall shows up at the website, along with a lot of other notices and reviews about art and daily posts - well, almost daily up at Chez Namaste Nancy (see sidebar for link).

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis!