Articles Posted in the Arts/Entertainment Category

  • Event: You Are Not A Loan, a Benefit for Strike Debt Bay Area

    Occupy Wall Street has moved out of the streets and into the spreadsheets by launching a “Bailout of the People by the People” campaign, a campaign aimed at buying and forgiving consumer debt.

  • Academy Members Shouldn’t Shun Zero Dark Thirty

    Actor David Clennon, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claims the movie Zero Dark Thirty “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”

  • Joan McLoughlin’s “Eterno” Exhibit, Truly Endless

    Joan McLoughlin, owner of The McLoughlin Gallery at 49 Geary, is making her mark in the San Francisco Art community. In just a couple of years Joan has managed to become one of the top gallery owners in San Francisco, in one of the most prominent gallery districts

  • Zero Dark Thirty: Turning the Spotlight on US Use of Torture

    Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film shows graphic scenes of US torture including waterboarding, beating, sleep deprivation, humiliation, and psychological torture.

  • Fog City Artist Brings Fog to Canvas

    Bay Area artist Gregorio De Masi blows away the San Francisco art scene with a unique punk style and bringing true craftsmanship to each of his pieces.

  • TNDC Celebrates Wet and Wild 20th Annual Celebrity Pool Toss

    A banker, a model, a former mayoral candidate, Miss Yvonne from the Pee-Wee Herman show, and a guy in a Lou Seal costume – what could these folks have in common? They all participated in last night’s 20th annual Celebrity Pool Toss, an only-in-San Francisco fundraising tradition started by the Tenderloin Housing Development Corporation with proceeds benefiting after school programs for low-income families.

  • At the Edge of the World

    At the Edge of the World chronicles the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet. The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers.

  • Women’s Strife Upheld in Mural Restoration

    The iconic and historic “Maestrapeace” mural that adorns the Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District will soon be restored to its original glory, thanks in large part to a recent surge in grant funding from the City and County of San Francisco and SF Beautiful.

  • California State of Mind: An Intimate Portrait of Pat Brown’s Legacy

    Gov. Jerry Brown is making a ‘hail Mary’ pass to save California’s public schools from $6 billion in budget cuts with Proposition 30, a measure on the November ballot that will temporarily increases taxes for the state’s highest earners.

  • Arts Review: Occupy Posters Inspired by Rebellious Rocker Era

    A historical entourage of voices and styles bound by the Bay Area takes center stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in its exhibit of Occupy inspired posters by artist-activists from the 1960s to the present. The unifying theme is social justice.

  • From Raisin in the Sun to Clybourne Park

    Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. While it is a celebration, it should also be a remembrance of race and real estate, part of the dark side of Black history in this country.

  • Dragon Tattoo Girl Still Going Strong

    In addition to the three Trilogy books, I also enjoyed the movie versions of each of these mysteries. The Swedish versions starred Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. The American version of The Dragon Tattoo starred Daniel Craig as Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Salander. For this role, Rooney Mara received an Oscar nomination for best actress. Sony plans movie versions of the other two books with the Played With Fire due for release late next year. Both the Swedish versions of the three books and the American version of The Dragon Tattoo are excellent. Although, Noomi Rapace more closely captured my imagined Lisbeth Salander. This is not to slight Mara’s excellent portrayal.

  • ‘Round the Rotunda: Bennett’s “Heart” Song Wins Key to San Francisco

    ‘Round the Rotunda: Bennett’s “Heart” Song
    Wins Key to San Francisco

    The rotunda was festooned with pink balloons and red roses. Citizen guests excitedly took seats under the dome and gathered at all the balcony rails. Dignitaries were ushered to their reserved seating at the foot of the grand staircase.

  • Gray Area Foundation Gala Showcases Sublime Talent, Raises Funds for New Technology Center

    Gray Area Foundation Gala Showcases Sublime Talent, Raises Funds for New Technology Center

    GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of art and creative technology for social good. GAFFTA maintains relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists and civic leaders. Indeed, GAFFTA Executive Director Melchor and Board Chair Peter Hirshberg introduced several high-profile individuals to the Gray-tie audience, including Aaron Koblin (Google Creative Lab), John Gage (former Chief of Research, Sun Microsystems), James Gosling (inventor of Java), Jay Nath (Director of Innovation, City Hall), and Chloe Sladden (Director of Content and Programming, Twitter).

  • Matt Gonzalez Interview with Artist Joana Ubach

    My artist background comes from a very traditional school, both in terms of an emphasis on figure drawing and classical composition. I am influenced by the old masters, and the acquisition of knowledge has enhanced my understanding of the direction that I want to take my art in. I feel that composition and color management are important elements of the classical tradition, and my art strives to embody traditional principles of depth and perspective. My fascination with capturing light goes beyond trying to enhance form, but also tries portray light as a form interacting with other forms. One aspect in my painting comes from the interaction of the viewer with the painting. Depending on the position of the viewer, the forms interacting with the light will change. I found this element relevant to much of the classical tradition, the ability to connect with the art from different viewing angles and receive a different experience from the art depending upon perspective.