art & events
Today, and every September 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Yarrrgh me mateys! You'll be swabbing the decks if you don't pass this pirate quiz.
Your cup overfloweth for stuff to do in SF this week...
- Interpol is playing at the Bill Graham
- The Jesus and Mary Chain are at The Fillmore this weekend
- Yelp Founders Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons are at the Commonwealth Club
- Moosewood Cookbook author Mollie Katzen, on a book tour for her new vegetarian cookbook, stops by the Commonwealth Club to lead a discussion on EATING WELL IN A PROCESSED FOOD WORLD.
My college classmate Jonathan Wells has always had a good feel for what's new and captivating in the video arts. Back in the day, he had a local cable access program that showcased indie rock videos, local art, and other cool stuff of interest in the visual arts. A few years later, he founded the RESfest, the roaming digital film fest that has long been a must-attend on my social calendar.
This morning, I received a note that he'd moved on from the RESfest to start a new film festival, Swerve, with West Coast flavor. They're open for submissions through August 8, so get crackin'!
I'm excited to let you know about a brand new festival that I'm directing and that is being produced by my new company Flux. After ten years at the helm of RESFEST, it was time for a change.
Inspired by art, film, music and action sports, Swerve Festival celebrates west coast creativity and culture. The festival is a brand new initiative of FUEL TV and will include screenings of independent feature and short films, music videos and live music performances. A Swerve art show of original art installations is being organized by Beautiful Losers co-curator Aaron Rose. Todd St. John and Gary Benzel of HunterGatherer have designed the festival logo and are creating the visual identity of the festival.
I'd like to invite you to get involved. Submit a film, music or art project or just join us for the last weekend in September in Los Angeles.
September 28-30, 2007
Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles
We are seeking innovative films and videos from around the world for the film programs.
Entry Deadline: August 8, 2007 (postmark deadline)
For more information visit:
Please join the festival mailing list on the Swerve site if you'd like to receive programming updates.
There's only about a week left to go see the Celebrity Junk Drawer exhibit at 111 Minna. Celebrity portrait mosaic art by Jason Mecier, made out of junk, often even refuse chucked by the pictured celebrities.
Read the SF Gate Culture Blog article for more links than you can click a mouse at.
Although the museum doesn't officially open until October 15, the cafe and bookstore have been open for a few weeks to give the curious (and the impatient members) a chance to take a look around. Although most of the artworks inside retain their packing shrouds, the Goldsworthy rock installation in the entrance to the museum is in use, and the Richter photo mural in the lobby is viewable.
The parts of the museum that are currently open were teaming with people this afternoon. Word has started to get out that there's finally a good place to make a pitstop in the midst of a stroll through Golden Gate Park. The cafe prices are in line with the former cafe, but the light-filled space, with its glass lollipop shaped lights and tinker toys structure chairs, are worlds beyond the former museum cafe.
I was pleased to find the Izze's pomagranite as an alternative to soda, but vexed that their only ice tea was bottled or from the soda fountain. And although our chocolate mousse cake was inexplicably dry, I would go back again for food because the sandwiches on airy artisan bread looked so tasty...
In August, I was a photographer for the Artwork SF cafe show closing night fundraiser. I used a Canon Digital Rebel to snap photos of the performers (including several Speakeasily Burlesque dancers) and of the attendees checking out the artwork. You may see these photos on the Artwork SF website, or in their promotional materials for next year's show.
Here are a few highlights.