William Rhodes sees himself as a woodworker by trade and artist by choice. The combination is illustrated most uniquely in the 26 pieces that make up “William Rhodes: What is Your Spiritual Evolution?”
The show of his work is on display at the Sargent Johnson Gallery of the African American Art & Culture Complex through February.
Most notable is the exhibition’s immense variety, from sculpted pieces utilizing mirrors, glass, gold leaf and painted wood to abstract and figurative oil paintings in a variety of formats and styles. Read More
For those who haven’t gone completely digital yet, here are recommendations for readers and book lovers, including notable volumes published this year, and last-minute gift ideas, too.
Sweet ToothBy Ian McEwan ($26.95)The author of “Atonement” returns with a tale of love, espionage and word play, complete with dazzling dialogue and astute narrative observation. Read More
Who would Michael Jackson have been without his jackets, shiny shoes, fedoras and gloves? His image was as iconic as his groundbreaking music and dancing, and key to his success as the King of Pop.
After 25 years behind the scenes, Jackson’s costume designer Michael Bush is stepping into the limelight. He signs copies of his new book, "The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson," at Book Passage on Tuesday in The City. Some of Jackson’s costumes also will be on view. Read More
Who would Michael Jackson have been without his jackets, shiny shoes, fedoras and gloves? His image was as iconic as his groundbreaking music and dancing, and key to his success as the King of Pop.After 25 years behind the scenes, Jackson’s costume designer Michael Bush is stepping into the limelight. He signs copies of his new book, “The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson,” at Book Passage on Tuesday in The City; some of Jackson’s costumes also will be on view. Read More
The French royal court was never known for subtlety. Louis XIV had mile-high hair and dubbed himself the Sun King after his idol, Apollo, the sun god. In the late 17th century, he expanded the palace of Versailles, which today remains a symbol of lavish, unrestrained (and mostly gold) decorative extravagance.
Prepare to be blinded at “Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette,” on view at the Legion of Honor through March 2013. Read More
On Saturday afternoon, a 3-ton steamroller will drive up and down roped-off Rhode Island Street, all in the name of art.For the ninth year, the San Francisco Center for the Book invites the community to Roadworks: A Steamroller Printing Festival. The free event on Portrero Hill showcases artists making prints in the middle of the road, using big, beefy construction equipment. Read More
The San Francisco Opera’s 90th season opens Friday with a romantic crowd-pleaser so popular that General Director David Gockley has scheduled 12 performances. The production of Verdi’s 1851 “Rigoletto,” a sweeping melodrama of love and betrayal, is a revival of a Michael Yeargan-designed work. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti (“who makes every Verdi opera he conducts into an event,” Gockley says) leads the orchestra. Read More
“Sculptural Elegance (New Portraits)” couldn’t be a more apt title for Alex Katz’s show at Meyerovich Gallery. The silk-screens (and one woodcut) have a graceful simplicity, yet their stylized opulence gives them appeal as modern versions of 19th-century portraits.Born in 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Katz grew up in Queens and studied painting at Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan, and later at Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he began to develop his figurative style, which led toward his interest and association with pop art. Read More
In today’s media culture, it’s hard to imagine recording the aftermath of a war with pen and ink drawings.That’s exactly what fashion illustrator René Bouché did.Commissioned by Vogue to cover the first post-World War II couture shows in Paris, Bouché found a different world on the streets: people standing in line for bread rations, riding bicycles, flirting in cafés and dealing with paperwork. Read More
Few traditions in the art of singing have proven so valuable and resilient as San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program.
The distinguished training program, which presents its 55th season’s “Grand Finale” performance on Saturday at the War Memorial Opera House, is as concentrated in intensity as it is in first-rate talent.
Some 30 participants selected from a pool of 800 for their star potential are molded by the finest in the profession, coached in singing, acting, stage presence and everything in between. Read More