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Detroit-City rockers bring their juggernaut sound to the Bay
By SFS Staff (Sep 23, 2014)
Webster's English Dictionary defines a simple machine as "any of various elementary mechanisms formerly considered as the elements of which all machines are composed--including the lever, the wheel and axle, the pulley, the inclined plane, the wedge, and the screw." In rock-and-roll speak, this translates into the sound of the White Stripes: raw, powerful, and 100% bullshit-free. More »
By Melissa Broder
By SFS Staff (Jun 12, 2013)
Inspired by confessional neurotics such as Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and Woody Allen, the postmodern arts have come to resemble private diary entries; yet the finest playwright is still able to transform a personal notion into a universal theme. David Mamet's American Buffalo, which premiered in Chicago in 1975, exceeds the barriers of class, location and time, presenting audiences with a suspicious analysis of the American dream. In the vein of his predecessor Edward Albee, Mamet chooses depth over quantity when creating his characters. Buffalo's plot centers around a day in the life of three men at a junk shop... More »
By Greg Youmans
By SFS Staff (Apr 10, 2013)
Few things are scarier than math. Other subjects, art for instance, may be daunting and inscrutable. But faced with difficult art, we can always defend ourselves with our imperious subjectivity, scoffing at an artwork's failure to affect us as intended, or, better yet, accusing a piece of simply not meaning anything. These are harder positions to take when math confronts us in our ignorance. For many of us, math is meaning. And when faced with the austere beauty of a parabola, reducible to a simple equation composed of numbers and symbols into which the subjectivity and imprecision of language do not even enter! a person can indeed feel s More »
By Rachel Churner
By SFS Staff (Dec 18, 2013)
When the holidays arrive, the families do too, so when you're looking for somewhere to take the folks, the kids, or the in-laws this week, try the Liebe Wetzel's "Another Wrapping Paper Caper." Wetzel and her Oakland-based puppetry troupe Lunatique Fantastique take kids of all ages on a wild puppet adventure, as the trench-coated private eye follows a trail of packing peanuts to track down a stolen package. Along the way the sleuth runs into a host of wrapping paper-clad, found-object puppets created on stage, including Ribbon, Tinsel, Styrofoam peanuts, Fedora Hat, along with guest appearances by Bread Rolls and Silverware. More »
By SFS Staff (Nov 04, 2012)
Let's talk a little meth, shall we? Crystal Method (Ken Jordan & Scott Kirkland) live in a world of gathered samples of sound bytes, where their love and enjoyment for pumping break-beats, killer bass lines and digital hooks rule. What their music produces is true dance, pumping bass and a kicking movement that is known as modern electronica. More »
By SFS Staff (Jun 23, 2012)
If you add up the obvious, San Francisco is no place for drum and bass. For starters, this is dance music in its most inaccessible form: grimy, overly masculine of late, and truly epileptic in nature, DnB simply doesn't cater to what is an admittedly uncoordinated city. Whereas trance and house virtually do the dancing for you, drum and bass seems damn near undanceable. More »
Life of Israel
By SFS Staff (May 04, 2012)
Adi Ness's striking photographs at the Legion of Honor create an otherworldly portrait of life in Israel. Ness turns the banality of daily life into the monumental. He lights and saturates his giant and elaborately-staged tableaux to reference nearly every iconic image type: classical paintings, films, fashion stills, even photojournalism and war photography. More »
By Julie Kim
By SFS Staff (May 04, 2012)
It's hard not to like what's showing in the little hallway tucked away in the otherwise expansive Architecture & Design galleries at SFMOMA. It's an intimate space, reminiscent of the corridor connecting the bedroom and kitchen in your Victorian flat. A visit to this gallery provides a much needed respite from rainy-day-museum-overload, where you might find yourself wandering aimlessly from one large white box to the next, unable to really focus on or be enlightened by the art. There's only room enough for a handful of contemporary design pieces, so it's a good place to hide out if you really want to absorb. More »
By Rachel Churner
By SFS Staff (May 04, 2012)
Can you create an exhibition around a title? Co-curators Elizabeth Armstrong and Victor Zamudio-Taylor have done just that in Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art currently at SFMOMA. What emerges from this masterful title is a collection of the contradictions and multiplicities inherent in the baroque itself. Used to describe a style of art prevalent in the 17th century that was characterized by bold ornamentation and contrasting elements, the term baroque also denotes grotesqueness, extravagance, and flamboyance. More »
Original West African
By SFS Staff (Jun 27, 2011)
In West Africa the Baobab tree is considered the center of "enlightenment" around which villages and communities thrive. Though no such tree grows at 3388 19th street in the Mission, Keur-Baobab restaurant/bar is there to provide culinary enlightenment for those willing to try something new and delicious. More »
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