Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Literary and musical challenges around the SF Giants vs the Kansas City Royals

The world series competition goes beyond the ballfield

The Heartland Men's Chorus threw down the gauntlet Monday morning, with director Dustin Cates making a wager: if the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, he'd don a Giants jersey during a chorus rehearsal. If the Giants somehow lost to a team that hasn't seen a World Series since the Reagan administration, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus director Tim Seelig would have to sport a Royalettes jersey.

Kansas City, San Francisco accepts your challenge. Not just between baseball teams, but between gay men's choruses.

And more....

Literate competition as well: The war of words is heating up btwn @KCLibrary and @SFPublicLibrary. It's even getting Shakesperean ‪#‎WorldSeries‬

Sounding a bit Shakespearean, Liesl Christman, the Twitter czar for the Kansas City Public Library, tweeted on Wednesday morning, hours after the San Francisco Giants crushed the Royals in Game 1 on Tuesday, 7-1: "Tis but a flesh wound - @Royals will rally! Tonight, #LetsThrowFire!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BigCrow Studios - New exhibition space in the Outer Sunset

Sherry Miller. My Favorite Volcano" Oil on canvas.

From Anna Conti: What a year for changes! Moving is postponed, probably for a year at least. Meanwhile, since we emptied out more than half the house, we decided to to out it to good use by .... opening a gallery!


Celebrating a new exhibition space in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco.
Oct. 24th - Dec. 6th, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th, 2014 ~ TWO locations:

5-7pm at BigCrow Annex, 1567 46th Ave, San Francisco
6-8pm at BigCrow Studios, 1426 41st Ave., San Francisco

Photographs by Tinker Greene

For 25 years, BigCrow Studios has been the home and workspace of artists Anna Conti, David W. Sumner, and an evolving cast of painters, photographers, musicians, writers and other artists.

The new exhibition space is opening with "Premier," a group show with 40 works by a dozen of the artists who have passed through here over the years. The space will operate free-to-the-exhibiting-artist (the gallery does not take a cut of sales) but it is not a co-op.

The shows will be curated by Anna Conti and David Sumner, by invitation only. It’s a small space (372 sq. ft.) but, over time, Anna and David hope to show most of the great local contemporary artists they have come to know. They’ve got some cool shows coming up!

After the opening reception, the primary Exhibition Space (on 41st Avenue) will be open to the public every Friday (1pm - 8pm) and Saturday (noon - 6pm.)

Other days/hours by appointment (call Dave at 415-632-7746 or email Anna at ) The BigCrow Annex space (on 46th Avenue) is open by appointment.

Both locations (5 blocks apart) are open during the receptions, held approximately every 6 weeks. The second show, "Portrait of the Artist," will open on Friday, December 12th.

Stay tuned for more photos & info about the work in this show.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Arts Town Hall SF 2014

Arts Town Hall SF will take place on October 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm, in the theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street.

Over 4 Million people participate in the events, programs, and services provided by San Francisco’s arts organizations each year. More than 5,000 Bay Area residents work at our arts organizations every day. These organizations offer high quality educational programming, serving almost 700,000 young people every year.

The Arts Town Hall grew out of a collaboration between Arts Forum SF and the San Francisco Arts Alliance and has continued to build upon efforts by both groups to educate elected and campaigning policymakers about the role and value of the arts in our City. With help and leadership from the Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts, Arts Forum SF and the San Francisco Arts Alliance joined forces to create a signature event that would bring the arts community together in dialogue with people running for office.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

'Houghton Hall; Portrait of an English Country House' at the Legion of Honor

Have you ever dreamed of living in a sumptuous English country estate, being served tea by a liveried footman, going to grand balls and sleeping in 4-poster beds, covered with rare Chinese silk? The current exhibit at the Legion of Honor, "Houghton Hall; Portrait of an English Country House" should satisfy even the most avid lover of Downtown Abbey and of a particular kind of very upper class, very elite English life style.

 Velázquez, Pope Innocent X, Detail from the National Gallery, Washington

Houghton Hall brings to San Francisco a wonderful array of objects from one of Britain’s great country houses, and reflects the history of this magnificent estate across nearly 300 years, from the 18th century to the present day. The show features more than 100 pieces from the estate, including old-master paintings from their once-lost collection, Sèvres porcelain, and pieces from the eighteenth-century interiors and furniture designed by William Kent.

Lady Sybil Sassoon, Lady Cholmondeley by Sargent

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Up next

Up coming: An insightful look at the demise of the SFBG by Lynn Rapoport, the SFBG's former managing editor:
The San Francisco Bay Guardian's former managing editor takes one last look back - See more at:
The San Francisco Bay Guardian's former managing editor takes one last look back - See more at:

 A review of Houghton Hall -300 years of a great English country house (opens the weekend at the Legion of Honor) and

Why you should spend at least one Friday a month at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

San Francisco Bay Guardian shuts down

Another nail to the heart of liberal SF - the SF Bay Guardian has ceased publication. Now I don't feel so bad that the E$ is still chugging along, It's bad, the writing varies from decent (me) to truly horrible but it's still around.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian weekly newspaper, a leading progressive voice in the city for 48 years, is closing for financial reasons, its publisher said Tuesday.

“It is the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my 20-year newspaper career,” said Publisher Glenn Zuehls of the San Francisco Media Co., which has operated the alternative paper since 2012 and also runs the San Francisco Examiner and the SF Weekly.

“San Francisco — and the world — was a very different place when the Bay Guardian began publishing in 1966,” Zuehls said in a statement. “Many of the causes the paper championed over the decades have shifted and evolved. The political and social climate of the city, in part as a result of the paper's coverage, has become more open, transparent and inclusive. The Bay Guardian leaves a legacy as a forceful advocate for social change that will always be a source of pride for everyone who was part of it or who valued its voice in our community.”

The end came in a hurry. Even before the public announcement was made, the newspaper’s website and Facebook page were shut down and all employee e-mail services dumped.

“The Bay Guardian is being shut down by our corporate owners, we're still absorbing this and figuring out what it means,” said Steven T. Jones, the paper’s editor, in a post on his personal Facebook page.

The closure is a blow to the progressive side of San Francisco politics, where the Bay Guardian has been a leading player for decades.

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I am assuming that this won't be cancelled: A best of the bay party is scheduled for Nov 14 month after last

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Links - Medieval and more

 From the British Library - 111 digitized manuscripts (but who is counting!)

Rembrandt travels to the UK

Rembrandt, The Conspiracy of the Batavians under Claudius Civilis, about 1661-2 (detail). Oil on canvas, 196 x 309 cm. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

It has been announced that one of the most ambitious and uncompromising paintings of Rembrandt’s late years – indeed, of his entire career – will be coming to London as a late addition to 'Rembrandt: The Late Works,' now at the National Gallery. 

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced the acquisition of "The Three Witches or The Weird Sisters." one of the best-known compositions by the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825).

Peview of this weekend's Silicon Vally Art Fair:

 Neue Galerie New York has opened "Egon Schiele: Portraits," a special exhibition devoted to portraiture created by the masterful Austrian artist Egon Schiele. This is the first exhibition at an American museum to focus exclusively on portraiture in Schiele’s work.

 The French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici presents the exhibition The Baroque Underworld. Vice and Destitution in Rome, in the Grandes Galeries from 7 October 2014 to 18 January 2015.

The Baroque Underworld reveals the dark side of Baroque Rome, its slums, taverns, places of perdition. An "upside down Rome", tormented by vice, destitution, all sorts of excesses that underlie an amazing artistic production, all of which left their mark of paradoxes and inventions destined to subvert the established order. (unfortunately the only images are tiny, tiny, tiny and set up in a fast moving slide show - the images zoom by so quickly that it's impossible to see them. But the idea of the show is delicious and the whole decadent Roman underworld should be no surprise to those who have even a cursory knowledge of the history. )

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Born this week:  Simeon Solomon (9 October 1840 No. 3 Sandys Street, Bishopsgate, London, England - 14 August 1905 in St. Giles's Workhouse, Endell Street) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter.