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Interview: Local Artist John Waguespack Talks ‘Hard Candy’

Interview: Local Artist John Waguespack Talks ‘Hard Candy’

“Hard Candy” is a creative collaboration between local contemporary artists John Waguespack and Katja Tapia showing from through March 15th at the Ian Ross Gallery. In it, both artists utilize bold colors to explore a variety of subjects and inspirations. Though their techniques differ, when presented together, the two artists work in a sort of dialogue, that helps to create a better understanding of the individual works. We caught up with Waguespack to talk about his process, design and visual vocabulary.

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Local Artists Jessica Hess Discusses Graffiti Landscape Portraits

Local Artists Jessica Hess Discusses Graffiti Landscape Portraits

Philosopher Albert Camus once said, “to create today is to create dangerously.” When it comes to Bay Area artist Jessica Hess, creativity spurs from lives lived dangerously. Hess, 33, is a photorealistic landscape painter, but her canvases are filled, not with scenic voids but with…

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Movie Review: Unnecessary ‘Robocop’ Remake Packs Talent

Movie Review: Unnecessary ‘Robocop’ Remake Packs Talent

It’s no surprise that Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic Robocop would be ripe for a Hollywood remake down the line. It’s only surprising that it took until 2014 to take a crack at it. It’s fair to say expectations were never that high for José Padilha’s…

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Movie Review: ‘Monuments Men’ Stumbles and Bores

Movie Review: ‘Monuments Men’ Stumbles and Bores

It’s not that George Clooney’s directorial effort, Monuments Men, is bad, it’s just that it’s so uninspired. Based on the true story of a group of Art History professors, architects, and artists tasked with finding and preserving art during World War II, Clooney casts a…

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Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Stage Review: Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater

Ubu Roi, playing now through February 23 at the Cutting Ball Theater, is a new vision of the historic work by the Cutting Ball’s artistic director Rob Melrose.

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Movie Review: ‘Labor Day’ Barely Misses The Mark

Movie Review: ‘Labor Day’ Barely Misses The Mark

It appears writer/director Jason Reitman hits all the right notes in his adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s novel Labor Day, and yet it just misses the mark. Beautiful to look at, and full of great performances — namely from Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and Gatlin Griffith…

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Oscar Nominated Short Films Program Comes To San Francisco

Oscar Nominated Short Films Program Comes To San Francisco

Beginning on January 31 Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema will be screening all short films nomimated for 2014’s Academy Awards. Split into three programs — live action, animated, and documentary — the event is being presented by ShortHD, the Short Movie Channel, in conjunction with Magnolia…

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SF Independent Film Festival Returns for its Sweet 16

SF Independent Film Festival Returns for its Sweet 16

The San Francisco Independent Film Fest (SF Indie) returns February 6 through February 20 for its 16th year anniversary. This year will see screenings and events on both sides of the Bay, settling in at its long-time homes of the Roxie and Brava Theater in San Francisco, with selections also playing at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater.

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Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Five Highlights from Noir City Film Festival

Noir City, San Francisco’s annual film noir festival, returns to the Castro Theater January 24 to February 2. For the first time in it’s 12 year run, the festival will feature international films to challenge the widely held idea that Noir is a purely American genre. Here are a few highlights of the 27-film series.

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Noir City 12 Returns to Castro Theatre on January 24

Noir City 12 Returns to Castro Theatre on January 24

Pulp cinema film festival Noir City is back for its 12th year, taking over the Castro Theatre January 24 through February 2. This year, they’re doing things a bit differently and offering an international slate of classic noir films, dispelling the common theory that the…

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SFMOMA Presents Moving Portraits: Films and Short Works of Mike Mills at Roxie Theater

SFMOMA Presents Moving Portraits: Films and Short Works of Mike Mills at Roxie Theater

On January 26, director Mike Mills will be on hand at the Roxie Theater to premiere his new SFMOMA curated film, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project as part of their Live Projects 3: Project Los Altos along…

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2014 Academy Award Nominations Announced

2014 Academy Award Nominations Announced

The 2014 Academy Awards nominations are out and there is still plenty of time to catch some of the year’s best films before the awards ceremony on March 2. For the second year in a row, David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) is living large…

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