The affair between mannequins and photographers goes back to photography’s early pioneers and stretches into the 21st century — including a new series by photography giant Lee Friedlander.
Friedlander, 77, flaunts his compositional sorcery in “Mannequin,” on view through June 23 at San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery.
Taken in the past three years in locales as varied as New York City; Tucson, Ariz.; and San Francisco, the images reveal the complexity of storefront photography. Read More
Even when he isn’t dancing, Mikhail Baryshnikov is a graceful stage presence. As the leading man of “In Paris,” the acclaimed dancer — one of the ballet world’s most celebrated stars — is currently making his Bay Area debut as an actor at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. But even his command of movement doesn’t carry this slight, and often static, theater piece. Read More
Smuin Ballet is known for spice and sass, but this spring, it’s very serious and very Balanchine. Read More
The San Francisco resident is the latest winner of the Rodelle International Contest, a baking and cooking contest celebrating the best, worst and funniest moments in the kitchen. For more information, visit www.rodellekitchen.com.
What were you making for the baking challenge and how did you find the recipe? Read More
Tracy and Hepburn excluded, it takes more than chemistry between actors to make a Hollywood romantic comedy work. There needs to be some genuine human emotion and believable dynamics between the meet-cute openings and ridiculously sunny closures.
Despite workable ideas and winning performances, “The Five-Year Engagement” — about a wedding that can’t quite seem to happen — doesn’t work. Read More
Who was the cutie canoodling with Katy Perry at Coachella? (Try saying that 10 times fast.) The presently purple-haired pop star was loving up on Robert Ackroyd, the guitarist for critically lauded Brit band Florence and the Machine, this past weekend at the California music festival. While watching her pal Rihanna’s performance, they kissed, hugged, and swayed to the rhythm together.The “I Kissed a Girl” singer is reportedly already using the B-word, as in “boyfriend.” Read More
In 1851, a 17-year-old William Morris vomited outside London’s Crystal Palace. Having seen “The Great Exhibition,” a showcase of inventions furthering the cause of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, he wanted none of it. Instead, Morris would propel another revolution, in zealous pursuit of craft and beauty.Morris’ work features prominently in “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900,” a sprawling exhibit on view through June at the Legion of Honor. Read More
The 2012 lineup for the fifth Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is yet another whimsically diverse bill: Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Jack White and Beck share headlining spots in the Aug. 10-12 festival in Golden Gate Park.More than 60 artists are slated to appear. While specific schedules for each day will be announced in coming months, three-day and VIP tickets go on sale online at noon Thursday.Genre-wise, Outside Lands has every base covered. Read More
Winning photographs from the inaugural Mobile Photography Awards, an international juried competition, on view at San Francisco’s ArtHaus gallery exemplify today’s digital times. “I think creativity is unleashed in a different way when you can pull a camera out of your pocket,” says Mobile Photography Awards founder Daniel Berman. “There’s a Wild West feeling to phone photography. Not everyone carries their camera with them, but everyone has their phone.” Read More
If the de Young Museum’s “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk” proves anything, it’s that Jean Paul Gaultier is the Andy Warhol of the fashion world.Madonna’s cone bras, as ubiquitous as Warhol’s soup cans, are on view with Gaultier’s costume illustrations for the film “The Fifth Element”; a cubic corset for Kylie Minogue; and photographs of Nirvana, Depeche Mode and Lady Gaga in Gaultier gear. Read More
Offering works by Picasso, Miró, Chagall, Dali, Andy Warhol and Rembrandt, Martin Lawrence Galleries could rival a museum.But museum art can’t be purchased, which is why the Union Square gallery’s auction Saturday at the Stanford Court hotel in The City is so exciting. (Other Martin Lawrence Galleries in San Diego; Oak Brook, Ill.; and New Orleans are hosting similar events.) Read More
Collared dresses and blouses continue to be on trend, perhaps because they hint at y outh, nostalgia, and formality at the same time. San Francisco purveyor ModCloth is a great source for this particular look. Read More
Budding young musicians who fantasize about Jack Black’s “The School of Rock” need look no further than Blue Bear School of Music to make their dreams come true.The San Francisco nonprofit — which celebrates its 40th anniversary with a benefit Thursday at Bimbo’s 365 Club featuring headliner Jackie Greene as well as performances by Blue Bear students — offers a course called Rock Band Ensemble. Read More
Although Al Pacino and Oscar Wilde may not seem like an obvious pairing, the iconic actor has a hallowed place in his heart for the legendary Irish writer.
Pacino’s decades-long love affair with Wilde’s work is reflected in “Wilde Salomé,” an experimental documentary he directed. The film screens Wednesday at the Castro Theatre in a red carpet event benefiting the GLBT Historical Society and celebrating the 130th anniversary of Wilde’s visit to San Francisco. Pacino and cast members Jessica Chastain and Tony Kushner are slated to attend. Read More