Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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Creating a Geometry of Experience
By Nirmala Nataraj (May 04, 2012)
Romare Bearden found his calling in collage-making in the 1960s at the age of 51, a venture that led to his indoctrination in the modern canon and boded a half-century of imitations and tributes. His collages present an exercise in attention and intellectual fortitude, placing spectators in a position where they are forced to reconstruct the artist's meandering fragments and convolutions into a coherent whole. More »
Collaborative Art Makes Good
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 22, 2011)
Traditional gallery vestibules seem like appropriate settings for most fine art -- considering that even the most provocative works of our time have been subdued by the sterile, academic raison d'etre of modern criticism. Besides the fact that the archetypal artist is a lonely malcontent, happy to showcase his or her work in compartmentalized settings that don't spur viewer interaction or much of a two-way sentiment, for that matter. Not so with "Peer Pleasure 2", an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that focuses on the social potential of making art. More »
Not Your Typical Fortune-teller
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 21, 2010)
There’s a special place on Valencia Street where hundreds of diehard clients to see what the stars have in store for them. More »
Breathing Life
By Nirmala Nataraj (Mar 23, 2010)
Breathing is life. This is a fact that most of us can attest to, but is it a means to healing ailments like chronic pain? More »
Trendsetting Skincare
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 12, 2010)
The aesthetic team at ModVellum prides itself on cutting-edge technology and thinking outside the box. More »
A Taste of the Authentic
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 15, 2009)
At this junction in spa history, the comprehensive system of healthy pampering known as Ayurveda -- an across-the-board Hindu wellness practice that translates to “knowledge of life” in Sanskrit -- is part and parcel of the industry lexicon. In San Francisco alone, there are at least a dozen spas that profess to employ some ancient Ayurvedic techniques in their services. But for spa babies who aren’t content with watered-down exotics (an oil treatment here, a mantra thrown in for good measure there), Maharishi Ayurveda Health Spa is the real deal. More »
A Winter Coat for Your Skin
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 11, 2009)
If prepping your skin for the ravages of winter and supporting local grassroots businesses are priorities that rank high on your list, consider moseying down to [b]Fix Studios[/b]. More »
A Taste of Desert Hot Springs
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 06, 2009)
If you’re thinking of a winter getaway that’s more about detoxing than après-ski, consider the rustic spa and resort town of Desert Hot Springs, in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. More »
Infinite Beauty and Nicole Burke Skincare
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 25, 2009)
Shorter days and darker nights -- despite our sometimes sporadic Indian summers, the onset of autumn can sometimes augur some not-so-hot changes in our epidermal upkeep. But not to fear, here are two skincare spas that’ll help you get past seasonal grievances. Your pores will thank you. More »
Style over Substance
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 25, 2009)
Upon walking into Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre to see the world premiere of the rock opera “American Idiot", you will get a cordial high decibel warning in the form of ear plugs. Just to be on the safe side. Based on the 2004 multi-platinum concept album by punk-rock trio (and Bay Area natives) Green Day, “American Idiot” spares us the adenoidal baying of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, as well as the manic, three-chord conniptions that would identify the band well past its post-adolescent rise to fame. More »
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