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February Arts Highlights

Artistic Flirtations

Love it or hate it, it’s the month of love, and you’ve got a hot date with the arts this February. Here are our top picks to make your social calendar as sweet as can be.

February 5th to June 5th: Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
Legion of Honor
Move over Project Runway, the master of paper fashion is in town. Recreating the finely detailed gowns of Renaissance-era costumes to the designs of top fashion house icons Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and more, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgave’s exquisite life-sized paper creations are showcased in Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. Through masterful paper manipulation, the artist achieves mind-blowingly realistic textile effects through pleating, crumpling, braiding, feathering, and hand-painting paper.

February 5th to June 19th: From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed
Cartoon Art Museum
Breathing life into such characters as Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin from the beloved 1980s comic strip Bloom County, creator Berkeley Breathed’s career is featured in the retrospective, From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed. The exhibition features the artist’s cartoons, children’s books, movie projects, and of course, a comprehensive look back at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County, which at its height appeared in 1,200 newspapers around the world.

February 12th: The Ultimate Date Floorwalk
Find out how hot your significant other really is, learn all their dirty little secrets with the Emotion Tracer lie detector test, and even sneak a peak at what your future offspring will look like (and then decide if you should bolt!). The Exploratorium’s Ultimate Date Floorwalk is the ultimate way for you and your date to explore each other in a whole new way this Valentine’s Day weekend.

February 15th to 27th: Avenue Q
Orpheum Theatre
Returning to San Francisco as a special addition to the 2010-11 Best of Broadway series, starry-eyed puppets discover the harsh realties of the “real world” on the grittier side of Sesame Street in Broadway’s hit musical Avenue Q. Fuzzy and fleshy actors alike deal with post-grad struggles of finding a job, relationship stability, and purpose in this humorous, witty tale of hard truths.

February 17th to 20th: Kevin Nealon
Cobb’s Comedy Club
Best known as the hilarious Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor, Franz of Hans and Franz and other iconic SNL characters, Kevin Nealon hits Cobb’s Comedy Club with the irreverent humor we know and love him for.

February 18th to March 26th: 40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story
The Marsh – San Francisco
Eat your hearts out San Franciscans, Pidge Meade’s one-woman show, 40 Pounds in 12 Weeks: A Love Story, humorously dishes about the ups and down of yo-yo dieting spun through the lives of ten different characters. Blending memoir and satire, Meade brings to life the dizzying smorgasbord of modern weight-loss absurdities from juice fasting to calorie counting and more.

February 26th to June 7th: Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change
English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who profoundly influenced the development of cinema through his pioneering photographic studies of animals and humans in motion, will be featured in SFMOMA’s first-ever retrospective, Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change. The exhibition showcases over 300 objects from the late 1800s including Muybridge's vintage photographs, glass negatives and positives, patent models, and the only surviving zoopraxiscope —a n apparatus he designed in 1879 to project motion pictures.