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The Grand Dame of Sculpture at the de Young
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 30, 2007)
Inhabiting a museum building that is itself a sort of sculpture -- the de Young’s angled walls, jutting towers, and twisting, broad steps are considered by many to be works of art -- Louis Nevelson’s creations have found a fitting stopping place, resting for the moment at Golden Gate Park in their monochromatic glory. Nevelson, sometimes referred to by critics as “the grand dame of sculpture, joined the party (at least publicly) late in her life. More »
Fleecing Heroism
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 22, 2007)
Macarthur Genius and playwright Mary Zimmerman describes her affinity for mythology this way: “As a child, myths always felt to me like grown-up fairy tales. Like fairy tales they contained adventures and supernatural elements…but I always sensed that there was a serious and darker layer to them.” Greek mythology is, as Zimmerman alludes to, alluring for its depth and fantastic symbolism. But these canonical myths are simultaneously intimidating for their layered darknesses. More »
Take Your Time and Your Tempo
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 19, 2007)
Housed in an 800-square-foot custom made cooling unit in the Museum of Modern Art’s architecture and design gallery, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s exhibit features, among other sleek and alarming artifacts and structures, a frozen BMW. Called the "BMW H2R", the stripped-down car frame is fitted with Eliasson’s specially made steel-mesh and reflective skin and has been doused in 260 gallons of water, static now as a patterned hunk of ice allowing a few glimpses of the vehicle here and there to show through. More »
"It’s So You" at Black Oak Books
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 09, 2007)
Adolescence reviles containment. Put more precisely, uniforms are anathema to every teenager. Fashion is, after all, self-expression -- and no demographic rejects limits on its self-expression more arduously than youth. San Francisco poet and activist Michelle Tea recalls with unrepentant vigor her own version of the classic struggle against the schoolyard powers in the introduction to [b]It’s So You[/b], the Seal Press anthology she edited. More »
Folksy for the Folks -- at Great American Music Hall
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 09, 2007)
Both Loudon Wainwright III and The Roches (the co-headliners) make the kind of music that will make your folks want to get out the folding lawn chairs, don straw hats and attend an expensive music festival. Or, put another way, if you [i]are[/i] the folks, your kids would probably jam pens into their eardrums before they’d accompany you to this show without at least a wig and a pair of large sunglasses. Bottom line: Wainwright and The Roches represent foagie folk music at its finest. You either really do not want to miss this -- or you really do. More »
Quake on Stage at The Berkeley Rep
By Jesse Nathan (Oct 02, 2007)
“I am a real frog,” declares a green-gloved and generally Dr. Seussishly-outfitted character from the stage of the Berkeley Repertory Theater. “In fact, I am the sum total of all frogs!” And with these auspicious words, Frog himself sets out -- enlisting only the help of a flabbergasted tax collector called Mr. Katagiri -- to save Tokyo from Worm and his ruinous, subterranean undulations. More »
Childhood is Chiller
By Jesse Nathan (Sep 04, 2007)
Seattle’s twinkly-psychedelic duo Arthur & Yu includes neither an Arthur nor a Yu (no Belle, no Sebastian; no Iron, no Wine). “Arthur” and “Yu” are childhood handles long dormant until Grant “Arthur” Olsen and Sonya “Yu” Wescott dusted them off and revived them in a music-making frenzy. Although, like their music, the two are more laid back than the word “frenzy” seems to imply. More »
Not Fascists, Artists
By Jesse Nathan (Aug 21, 2007)
After two albums slid below the public radar, Brooklyn quintet The National sprung [b]Alligator[/b] (2005) and [b]Boxer[/b] (2007) on startled rock fans nationwide. Pieced together in 1999 by five friends from Cincinnati, The National’s ascent via [b]Alligator[/b] offered the band members the opportunity to make music full time -- and it was an opportunity they seized. Now, they’ve quit their day jobs and hit the road, tearing around the world on tour, all the while trying to evade the fascism boycott campaigns pitched against them. Wait…fascism boycott campaigns? More »
Political Poetry at the Sacrifice of Art
By Jesse Nathan (Aug 14, 2007)
Sam Hamill’s newest book, [b]Measured By Stone[/b], comes to us from a press devoted to political creative writing. Curbstone Press describes itself as “a publishing house dedicated to multicultural literature that reflects a commitment to social awareness and change,” a place that publishes “creative writers whose work promotes human rights and intercultural understanding.” It should not be surprising, therefore, that Hamill’s book brims with barely contained -- sometimes outright angry -- political lyrics. More »
Oakdale’s Finest
By Jesse Nathan (Jul 23, 2007)
Built like Alaska wasn’t built in a day, but it was built in the basement of a big country house outside Oakdale, California by a couple of guitar-wielding 21-year olds. “The band started as a house thing, really,” says lead vocalist Neil Jackson. “We wrote songs together -- mostly the kind of dumb acoustic stuff college kids write -- but we kept playing together, messing around….” The band, sporting an ever-rotating cast of musicians and a couple mainstays like Jackson, started landing gigs. Still, the quintet didn’t have a moniker yet. More »
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