Category Archives: EVENTS

Specs Celebrations in North Beach, SF Weekly

​It’s rare to hear news of an old San Francisco establishment that doesn’t end in “evicted over a rent dispute” or “replaced by a Starbucks.” While ongoing development of the city is a mark of vitality and should be welcome … Continue reading

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Notes from an Extended Art Crawl, SF Weekly

                    August is the month when most of the world goes on vacation and makes you feel a bit of a chump for staying put in a dubious staycation in the … Continue reading

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Jonah Raskin writes about pot; I write about him for SF Weekly.

  “If baseball is the opiate of the masses, why aren’t opiates given to the masses?” This was possibly the most cogent question posed to Jonah Raskin on Thursday at Canessa Gallery after he read from his new book, Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an … Continue reading

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Guerrero Gallery wins the opening party contest. for SF Weekly.

​I’ve talked before about how helpful it is for galleries to offer food and refreshments at openings, that a lot of art seems more beautiful, profound, socially conscious, and politically relevant to the well-fed and slightly tipsy. I lamented the … Continue reading

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S*** got real at Cabaret Bastille

Last night’s Litquake event, Cabaret Bastille at Cellspace, was almost a smashing good time. I admit I am disproportionately delighted by parties with costume themes, and there were some glorious vintage and vintage-inspired get-ups. Yvonne Michelle Cordoba (and friend?) performed … Continue reading

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I compare First Thursday Openings at 49 Geary and the Jazz Heritage Center for SF Weekly

Dear 49 Geary: I’m afraid you just got served. First Thursdays at the prestigious address are always intellectually, perhaps even spiritually satisfying, not only for art’s enriching effect on the mind and soul, but also because, as with any intellectual … Continue reading

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My Preview of Litquake’s Cabaret Bastille for SF Weekly

Historic queer icon, art world catalyst, and Bay Area native Gertrude Stein is enjoying posthumous adulation for her role in modern art history. SFMOMA’s current exhibit showcases her (and her family’s) game-changing art collection in “The Steins Collect,” and the … Continue reading

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I wrote about Purple Rain at the Castro for SF Weekly

Purple Rain and the Castro Theatre are a film/venue combination of a perfection that might be matched only by screening Milk at the Castro, or The Hippie Temptation at the Red Vic, or Das Boot at Opera Plaza. Naturally, Friday … Continue reading

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Write-up of the opening night party for "The Steins Collect" at SFMOMA in ArtSLant

Any San Francisco gathering too big to fit inside a bathtub inevitably becomes a fancy dress ball. We love Events and we love to think of ourselves more as participants than as spectators. This held true for the opening night … Continue reading

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My write-up of "First Thursday" openings at 49 Geary in SF Weekly

​Clusters of young Americans propped themselves up on Golgothan stilettos, clutching their plastic cups of white wine with one hand and texting virtuosically with the other. Some hood-ish-looking young men in ‘do-rags dragged their pants behind them from gallery to … Continue reading

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