It’s hard not to smile when listening to San Francisco band Terry Malts. Its fuzzy, reverb-infused pop-rock is bouncy and cheerful — exactly what the band wants.
“The pleasure principle is a driving force of the band,” says Corey Cunningham, who sings backup vocals and plays guitar.
Terry Malts, which plays the Rickshaw Stop on Friday, includes Cunningham, Philip Benson and Nathan Sweatt. All are former members of Magic Bullets, a group that had a completely different sound. Read More
Software engineer Julien Ray is a dance fiend.
In his spare time, the unassuming techie dances Madonna’s “Vogue” moves and teaches Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” to those who want to participate in a flash mob that will perform the classic 1989 music video.
“It’s a childhood dream to be able to dance this,” Ray says. “It’s such an iconic dance, and it’s really gratifying to learn it and know we will perform it in public as a flash mob.” Read More
Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company, appearing this week in The City in a San Francisco Performances presentation, is one of the world’s most exciting contemporary dance troupes. Batsheva dancers do more than just dance. They speak a new language, called Gaga, which crackles with electricity. Read More
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be mushy, sappy or boring. These cards have a different take on sentiment, declaring romantic love or friendship appreciation. They can’t be found at drugstores, but independent bookstores and boutiques across The City have these lines well-stocked.
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Museum curators acquire new pieces for their collections by shopping; the annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show at Fort Mason Center from Friday through Sunday is one place they do it.Artifacts ancient and contemporary, plucked from civilizations across the globe, are on view in an eclectic array of folk and ethnographic art. The range is wide, from contemporary Moroccan rugs to 19th-century Swedish wedding weavings or a 12th-century Buddha. Read More
Never underestimate the power and pleasures of a cheap toy camera. The humble hunks of plastic have a magic, mystery and whimsy that cannot be duplicated, not even by tech-savvy iPhone app impersonators like the Hipstamatic. RayKo Photo Center’s fifth annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show, on view through March 6, celebrates the versatility of the medium with impressive results. Read More
Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” may be responsible for one of spring’s biggest trends: the flapper dress. The 1920s are back in a big way on runways, from design houses as diverse as Ralph Lauren, Marchesa, Etro, Philosophy and Gucci. Fringe, beads, silk, lace, feathers and slinky dropped waistlines are new frock trends, perfect to wear to San Francisco at speakeasies such as Sofa or Bourbon and Branch.
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Richard Kamler, the San Francisco artist has been creating provocative, socially engaged art. A retrospective at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery highlighting his most iconic works opens Friday. What was the turning point that made you want to create socially conscious work? My time as an artist-in-residence at San Quentin State Prison changed everything. I made art with prisoners daily. It changed how I look at art, what I wanted to do with it, and made me think about the placement of art. Read More
Partygoers at San Francisco’s Edwardian Ball have worn it all: Birdcage headdresses with real birds, and fishbowl hats with live fish swimming in water already have been done. “I’ll never forget watching an elegantly costumed Edwardian-era woman in a full-length velvet evening gown, waltzing across the floor with a praying mantis,” recalls Justin Katz of Paradox Media, one of event’s founding fathers. “Where else are you going to see that?” Read More
Celebrating the early 20th century, the 12th annual Edwardian Ball, presented by Paradox Media and Vau de Vire, comes to the Regency Ballroom Friday and Saturday. This year, the irreverent blend of theater, circus, music, dancing, parlor games and obscure artifacts is inspired by Edward Gorey’s book “The Iron Tonic.” Coming in costume is a must, and anything goes, from live-bird hairdos to carnival couture to formal period dress. Visit edwardianball.com for details.
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In 1900, the children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum could be purchased for $1.50. Today, a first edition of the book sells for $40,000 and up, a reflection of the cultural significance of Baum’s creation.For more than 100 years, the Oz characters have spawned spinoffs, from the iconic 1939 film starring Judy Garland to the novel and musical “Wicked.” They also are in comics, which date back as early as the original “Oz” books. Some of those images are on view at the Cartoon Art Museum in a show called “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Read More
Although the waltzing flowers and snowflakes of ‘Nutcracker’ are long gone, the San Francisco Ballet season kicks off Jan. 27 with its premiere of John Cranko’s ‘Onegin.’ Ballet — a romantic, idyllic inspiration for many artists and designers — keeps a steady presence in women’s fashion. For more pictures of ballet-inspired fashion, click on the photo to the right.
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Every workday at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine, 6,000 hard-hat workers clock out for lunch at the same time. The feat, established under union rules — and seemingly antiquated in 21st-century America — is the subject of Sharon Lockhart’s “Lunch Break,” a film installation on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through Jan. 16.
The film is hypnotic, crawling along so slowly that it is difficult for the viewer to tell whether the camera, or anything else, is moving. Read More
Art deco glamour has been an aesthetic zeitgeist since its inception in the 1920s; it’s a hot trend in 2012. Deco’s futuristic geometry, seen in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis,” remains relevant today, appealing to graphic and fashion designers alike, the latter often favoring lavish metallic leanings.
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San Francisco is a food town all around, even for nursing what ails you after ringing in the new year. Read More