Thursday, August 20, 2009

Beyond ESPN: An Offbeat Look at Sports Film

At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - August 20, 2009


By Veronica Chen
Aug 20, 2009, 7:30 pm


Disgraced as a doper, thirty-four-year-old Goyo returns to the world of competitive swimming to mentor Chino. Their partnership yields a strange result in this film by Veronica Chen, a young force in Argentine cinema who brings a sensual regard of male physicality. The film’s competitive sequences move from skin-caressing observation to gorgeous or violent abstraction, before the suspense and extreme interiority of a swimmer’s experience give way to a recognition of surroundings. (2006, 89 min, 35mm)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friday Nights at the De Young

This Friday Night at the De Young in Golden Gate Park :

Time to Celebrate Tutankhamun, featuring Henna Garden, lecture on Egyptian culture, and live music by The Mo'Rockin Project

5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
August 14, 2009
Piazzoni Murals Room, Koret Auditorium

On Friday nights the entire museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The cafe is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art-making activities for everyone. All Friday Night programming is FREE unless otherwise noted

Wilsey Court
6:30 p.m.
Mo’Rockin Project.
North African and American musicians exchange cultures, creating music from traditional Moroccan melodies, with striking musicianship, salient vision, and immeasurable spirit. The music is alluring, lyrical, creative, funky, spirited and spiritual.

6:00–8:30 p.m.
Hands-on art making fun for everyone with “art diva” Kim Erickson:
Masks of North Africa. Create a mask in the style of the Berber tribes of North Africa.

Koret Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Special Lecture by Saed Muhssin: “The Golden Age of Egyptian Culture.”
This presentation focuses on Egypt since the turn of the 20th century, putting it in historical context and showcasing some of its significant manifestations in art and culture. Video and sound clips, photos, maps, and translated excerpts of literary works bring Egypt of that time period to the audience. A brief Q&A follows.

Saed is a performer of traditional and modern Arabic music who also gives regular lecture demonstrations and teaches Arabic music classes and workshops.

Piazzoni Murals Room
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Henna Garden
will be on site to provide henna tattoos for a nominal fee. Drawn freehand, henna tattoos are 100-percent natural, safe, temporary, and painless—a unique way to enhance your body, personality, and spirit. The tattoos last one to three weeks.

Related Exhibitions

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Admission is always free to members, and regular admission fees apply to non-members to visit the galleries: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 youths (13–17) and college students with ID, free for children 12 and under. For more information call 415.750.7694, or e-mail

Hom A Go Go! This weekend :)

Friday, August 14, SOMArts (934 Brannan St.) opens it's doors at 11:00 AM for the festival's first full day. Friday's roster includes Joan Jett's own discovery, Girl In A Coma (Blackheart Records), performing Friday, August 14 at 9:45 PM (SOMArts, 934 Brannan St.). With their recent release, "Trio B.C.," Girl In A Coma serves up more of their high energy, southern garage rock. Their live show rivals that of (one of our favorite past HAGG performers), Beth Ditto and the Gossip. Other Friday performers include Erase Errata, Athens Boys Choir, Team Gina, Hunx and His Punx, Purple Rhinestone Eagle (Portland), Silas Howard, Vivvyanne ForeverMore, Kirk Read and Krylon Superstar (infamous East Village performance artist) and emcee, Peaches Christ. The party continues after 10:30 PM at the Lexington Club and at the Rod (Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin St.)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

"A brilliant meditation on Faith, Islam and music" -Huffington Post

I bring what I love

see the Q&A with the director tomorrow night, Monday Aug 3rd @ 7pm in Berkeley at the Rialto Cinema

see the trailer at: youtube

read review here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

What is the Radiant Baby? Keith Haring (1958-1990)

The Radiant Baby is the tag of Keith Haring, pop/street artist of the 1980s. Haring said of the baby, "Babies represent the possibility of the future, the understanding of perfection, how perfect we could be. There is nothing negative about a baby, ever...The reason that the "baby" has become my logo or signature is that it is the purest and most positive experience of human existence."

-- Influences include: Pierre Alcehinksky, Leger, Olitski, Jackson Pollock