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    February 14th, 2018

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Gala Porras-Kim

    Start Date: Tuesday 3/20/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 3/20/2018
    Admission:Free

    Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture
    Gala Porras-Kim (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1984) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work questions the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history. The work comes from a research-based practice that aims to consider how intangible things, such as sounds, language and history, have been represented through different methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history and conservation. She received an MFA from CalArts and an MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA. Recent work has been shown at LACMA, Seoul City Museum, Whitney Museum, Hammer Museum’s Made in LA, the Los Angeles Public Art Biennial. She has received awards from Artadia and Rema Hort Mann in 2017, Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2016, Creative Capital and Tiffany Foundation in 2015 and a California Community Foundation in 2013.

    About VAS
    The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) provides a public forum for engagement and dialogue with major figures in international contemporary art and culture. Through lectures, screenings, and performances, the series creates intimate connections between SFAI, artists, and the public.

    Free and open to all.

    Location: San Francisco Art Institute (Osher Lecture Hall), 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco

    Contact: Chritopher Squier csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-artists-and-scholars-lecture-gala-porras-kim-tickets-424784030

    #LoveOurIsland Art Walk: Radical Beauty, Part 1

    February 14th, 2018

    #LoveOurIsland Art Walk: Radical Beauty, Part 1

    Start Date: Friday 3/9/2018 — End Date: Friday 3/9/2018
    Admission:free

    Organized by Rhythmix Cultural Works in partnership with the Downtown Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda, the #LoveOurIsland Art Walk is a two?year initiative that temporarily places art in empty storefront windows on and around the city’s Park Street business corridor. Live musical performances will accompany each window at opening events held during regularly scheduled Second Friday Art Walks. Support for the project is generously provided by the California Arts Council.
    About the Artists

    Jennifer Brandon lives and works in San Francisco. In 2007, she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by an MA in 2005 and BA in 2004 in Art at California State University, Northridge, as well as a BA in 1997 in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Brandon’s work has been shown at Bay Area venues including the Mills College Art Museum, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, Swarm Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Residencies, awards and fellowships include The Rayko Artist in Residence, The Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art and The Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship in Art.

    Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary textile theory. She leads workshops and lectures nationally. Recent talks and performances include Death Salon Seattle, University of Cincinnati, CTRL+SHIFT Artists Collective, You’re Going to Die, IDEO/Reimagine End of Life, Disclose Silence: We See Violence and Dead Black at Nook Gallery. Last fall her work was featured in a solo exhibition When and where I enter at Southern Exposure and in the recent publication Fray: Textile Art and Politics by Julia Bryan Wilson.

    Students from Associate Professor Brody Reiman’s Installations class at UC Berkeley. Reiman works as half of the collaborative team castaneda/reiman, whose work has been shown at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Oakland Museum of CA, DCKT Contemporary (NY), Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, Second Street Gallery (VA) and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, among others. Her Installations class explores the nature and meaning of site-specific work in the context of contemporary art practice.

    Location: Park Street Alameda

    Contact: Rhythmix Cultural Works info@rhythmix.org
    URL: http://www.rhythmix.org/love-our-island-art-walk/

    Last Friday Laughs: Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

    February 14th, 2018

    Last Friday Laughs: Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

    Start Date: Friday 2/23/2018 — End Date: Friday 2/23/2018
    Admission:FREE

    February 23rd at 9pm, we’ve got another night of live comedy for FREE at Swiss Park Bar & Grille! The show features some of California’s best and brightest up and coming comedians, including comics who have appeared in clubs and on television, such as Comedy Central, FOX, NBC and more. This month’s headliner is Fred Reiss (from the Laugh Factory, Rooster T Feathers, Comedy Day), so come out to a show that has no cover, no annoying drink minimums, just hilarious comedians ready to make you laugh! The show typically is at full capacity, so reserve your tickets today with the ‘Book Now’ button on the ‘Last Friday Laughs Comedy’ facebook page!

    Location: 5911 Mowry Avenue Newark

    Contact: Noah Gain noahgaincomedy@gmail.com
    URL: https://www.facebook.com/LastLaughFridaysComedy/

    Lent: Listen

    February 14th, 2018

    Lent: Listen

    Start Date: Sunday 2/18/2018 — End Date: Sunday 2/18/2018
    Admission:0.00

    Sunday, February 18, 10 am
    East County Shared Ministry-An Open & Affirming Congregation
    First Congregational Church of Antioch – Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg
    200 E Leland Rd (between Railroad & Harbor), Pittsburg, CA 94565
    The Historic Stoneman Chapel
    www.eastcountysharedministry.org
    925.439.9361 – 925.757.4094

    Rev. Teresa Chávez Sauceda will lead worship with the Sunday morning with the new Lenten series, Listen, as we share music, scripture, prayer and fellowship.

    Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, ALL are welcome here. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. Everyone is invited to participate in community and worship including, but not limited to, believers, seekers, agnostics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope.

    Location: 200 E Leland Rd (btwn Railroad & Harbor) Pittsburg

    Contact: Event info cpcpittsburg@sbcglobal.net
    URL: http://www.eastcountysharedministry.org

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Mike Hend

    February 14th, 2018

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Mike Henderson

    Start Date: Tuesday 3/6/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 3/6/2018
    Admission:Free

    Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture
    Pioneering Bay Area artist Mike Henderson is guided by an openness and responsiveness to painting’s potential, rather than working from preconceived plans, believing that the medium “comes from the ground, through you and out you.” Working with a palette knife as much as a brush, his rough-hewn canvases testify to the physicality of his approach and his visceral relationship to material and surface. Through his highly gestural and tactile paintings, Henderson reveals a palpable connection to post-war abstraction, coupled with a defining instinct for improvisation. His lived experiences, conversations he has heard, and places he has visited—those moments that “stick to your retinas”—are all conjured up and manifested in his work through texture, form and color.

    Henderson’s latest production sees him working with acrylic paint for the first time in over forty years, in a series of works on paper. If his paintings are a symphony, then these works on paper are a melody, singular but distinct: brightly hued vertical lines that recall blinds or curtains, framed and sometimes interrupted by negative space.

    Henderson’s work as a painter and filmmaker has been exhibited in such distinguished institutions as Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (1971, 1970); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1971); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (1980); Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (1986); de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (1996); di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA (2009); and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). His paintings are included in the collections of the SFMOMA, CA; Oakland Museum of Art, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; and Honolulu Academy of Art, HI.

    In addition to painting, Henderson is an accomplished blues guitarist who has performed at music halls and festivals around the world. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and is a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant (1989, 1978). He was a recipient of the 2003/2004 Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists. hainesgallery.com/mike-henderson-press

    About VAS
    The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) provides a public forum for engagement and dialogue with major figures in international contemporary art and culture. Through lectures, screenings, and performances, the series creates intimate connections between SFAI, artists, and the public.
    Free and open to all.

    Location: San Francisco Art Institute(Osher Lecture Hall), 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco

    Contact: Christopher Squire csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-artists-and-scholars-lecture-mike-henderson-tickets-4247822752

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Guillermo

    February 13th, 2018

    Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture: Guillermo Galindo

    Start Date: Tuesday 2/20/2018 — End Date: Tuesday 2/20/2018
    Admission:Free

    Visiting Artists and Scholars lecture
    Guillermo Galindo is an experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist, and Jungian Tarotist. The extent of his work redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition, and the intersections between all art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality, and social awareness.

    Galindo’s artistic practice emerges from the crossroads between sound, sight and performance and includes everything from orchestral compositions, instrumental works and opera, to sculpture, visual arts, computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, film making, instrument building, three-dimensional installation and live improvisation. His acoustic compositions include major chamber and solo works, two symphonies commissioned by the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) symphony orchestra, the Oakland symphony orchestra and choir, and two operas with libretto by Guillermo Gomez Peña and Anne Carson. His interactive string quartet Remote Control, commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for the Fifty for the Future series, will be premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in April 2018.

    In 2017, Galindo created his series Echo Exodus for documenta14. This group of works has been shown both in Athens, Greece and in Kassel, Germany. For Echo Exodus, Galindo continues building sonic devices and graphic scores, this time from belongings of European refugees. Fluchtzieleuropaschiffbruchschallkörper, an enormous iconic piece made from two wreckage immigrant boats found in the island of Lesbos, is controversially shown at documenta hall in 2017. Border Cantos, an award winning book published by Aperture Foundation and a traveling exhibit featuring a unique collaboration between Galindo and award-winning American photographer Richard Misrach featuring Galindo’s sonic devices and musical scores made from detritus left behind by immigrants, has been shown at the San Jose Museum of Art (2016), Amon Carter Museum, Texas (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas (2017), and Pace Gallery, New York (2017).

    Galindo’s graphic scores and three-dimensional sculptural cyber-totemic sonic objects have been shown at major museums and art biennials in America, Europe, Asia, and around the world, including documenta14 (2017), Pacific Standard Time (2017), and CTM Festival, Berlin (2017), FIAC Art Fair, Paris (2017), Rusk Festival, Finland (2017), and Miami Art Basel (2017). His work has been featured on: BBC Outlook (London), NPR City Arts and Lectures, Vice Magazine (London), RTS Switzerland, CBC (Canada), California Sunday Magazine (US), Reforma Newspaper (Mexico), CNN, and the New York Times, among many others. Galindo’s recent solo exhibit Sonic Botany, created on the occasion of Pacific Standard Time and shown at the Huntington Library, comments on European colonial codexes, integrating genomes of plants and insects into a sight and sound environment. Galindo will be a Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University during the Spring 2018.

    About VAS
    The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series (VAS) provides a public forum for engagement and dialogue with major figures in international contemporary art and culture. Through lectures, screenings, and performances, the series creates intimate connections between SFAI, artists, and the public.
    Free and open to all.

    Location: San Francisco Art Institute (Osher Lecture Hall), 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco

    Contact: Christopher Squier csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visiting-artists-and-scholars-lecture-guillermo-galindo-tickets-4247781

    Opening Reception for Bill Fontana

    February 13th, 2018

    Opening Reception for Bill Fontana

    Start Date: Friday 2/16/2018 — End Date: Friday 2/16/2018
    Admission:Free

    Opening Reception for Bill Fontana
    Friday, February 16 | 6-9pm
    SFAI—Fort Mason Campus | Main Gallery and Gray Box Gallery

    Please join us in celebration of Bill Fontana: Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns at San Francisco Art Institute’s new Fort Mason Campus.

    For the past four decades, acclaimed Bay Area sound artist Bill Fontana has invited his audience to explore the act of listening as a creative practice. Spanning a variety of experimental media and traversing several continents, Fontana’s installations and multimedia artworks play with the perception of sound, time, and space to explore how heightened perception—deep looking and listening—changes the way we experience the world.

    Now, in a new exhibition that is part of the year-long opening celebration of San Francisco Art Institute’s (SFAI) new Fort Mason Campus, Fontana revisits work created at that same site decades ago and presents several recent audiovisual works, some never before exhibited.

    Bill Fontana: Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns is curated by Katie Hood Morgan, Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs.

    SPONSORS AND CREDITS
    This exhibition is supported by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and Meyer Sound. Special thanks to Spencer Topel, the National Park Service, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area staff.

    SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Program support is provided by the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation, Grants for the Arts, Institute of Museums and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, and Fort Point Beer Company. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund, and the Visiting Artists Fundof the SFAI Endowment.

    Location: 2 Marina Blvd San Francisco

    Contact: Christopher Squier csquier@sfai.edu
    URL: http://sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/opening-reception-landscape-sculpture-with-foghorns

    Welcome Spring Speed Dating & Singles Dance Part

    February 13th, 2018

    Welcome Spring Speed Dating & Singles Dance Party

    Start Date: Saturday 3/10/2018 — End Date: Saturday 3/10/2018
    Admission:15-30

    Meet new friends at a fun hotel! Adults of all ages welcome. Saturday, March 10, 2018.

    7:30-9pm – Optional Speed Dating, with two age groups:
    1. Young Single Professionals; 2. Single Professionals mid 40s to late 50s.

    9pm-Midnight – Dance to your favorite hits. Adults of all ages welcome.

    COST: $15/advance (by March 9) or $20/door for Dance Party only, 9pm-Midnight. $25/advance (by March 9) or $30/door for both Speed Dating and Dance Party. We have lots of space for the Dance Party, but recommend that you prepay if you want to be sure to be able to participate in the Speed Dating, as some age groups sell out early.

    LOCATION: Aloft Hotel, 10165 N DeAnza Blvd, Cupertino CA. From Hwy 280 take DeAnza exit. Free parking.

    CO-SPONSORED by The Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; SF Bay Area Singles Events, Lifestyle Parties, Cougar Parties, Single n’ Professional, Palo Alto Dancing, 40+ Singles, San Francisco Singles, Bay Area Single Boomers, Single Professionals Internet Network (SPiN); Bay Area Singles Travel, 40+ Singles, Beyond 40, Your Asian Connection; and by many other singles organizations and meetups.

    DISCOUNTS & more parties at www.thepartyhotline.com.
    •Commonwealth Club Singles Night, Feb 13, San Francisco
    •The Winter Ball, Feb 18, San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel
    •Sausalito Single Mingle, Feb 22, The Spinnaker
    •Sunday Afternoon Delight, March 4, Pleasanton
    •Marin Singles Convention, April 7, Mill Valley

    Location: 10165 N DeAnza Blvd Cupertino CA

    Contact: Rich Gosse rich@richgosse.com
    URL: http://www.thepartyhotline.com

    Anastatica, A textile video installation by Rich

    February 10th, 2018

    Anastatica, A textile video installation by Richard Jonathan Nelson

    Start Date: Friday 2/16/2018 — End Date: Saturday 3/24/2018
    Admission:Free

    The Anastatica is a resurrection plant that retracts its leaves and lies dormant for years in the absence of water. When hydrated, however, the plant reawakens, born again to the world. Within the practice of hoodoo bathing, Anastatica offers a symbol of possibility and revival. Water and time alike hold potential for cycles of change and the expansion of self through inquiries around rebirth. This connection between the Anastatica and water mirrors a mind bathed in an acute awareness of the passage of time; from submerged consciousness, the possibilities of the present blossom.

    Aggregate Space Gallery presents this textile video installation by Richard Jonathan Nelson that creates space for exploring revival, time, and the mental weight of temporal presence. This exhibition focuses on the tidal rhythms of time driven by the endless cycle of birth and death and the zone in between.

    Opening Reception
    16 February 6-10pm

    First Friday Event
    2 March 5-8pm

    Second Saturday Artists Talk
    10 March 11am

    Friction / Function: 24 March 7pm
    Local performing artists get juiced on ASG works and respond!
    Curated by Jesse Hewit: jesse@aggregatespacegallery.org
    aggregatesspacegallery.org/FrictionFunction

    Location: Aggregate Space Gallery 801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street CA 94607 Oakland

    Contact: Shaghayegh Cyrous shcyrous@aggregatespacegallery.org
    URL: https://aggregatespacegallery.org/

    Fiction/ Function 5

    February 10th, 2018

    Fiction/ Function 5

    Start Date: Saturday 2/24/2018 — End Date: Saturday 2/24/2018
    Admission:Free

    Friction / Function: 24 March 7pm
    Local performing artists get juiced on ASG works and respond!
    Curated by Jesse Hewit: jesse@aggregatespacegallery.org
    aggregatesspacegallery.org/FrictionFunction

    The Anastatica is a resurrection plant that retracts its leaves and lies dormant for years in the absence of water. When hydrated, however, the plant reawakens, born again to the world. Within the practice of hoodoo bathing, Anastatica offers a symbol of possibility and revival. Water and time alike hold potential for cycles of change and the expansion of self through inquiries around rebirth. This connection between the Anastatica and water mirrors a mind bathed in an acute awareness of the passage of time; from submerged consciousness, the possibilities of the present blossom.

    Aggregate Space Gallery presents this textile video installation by Richard Jonathan Nelson that creates space for exploring revival, time, and the mental weight of temporal presence. This exhibition focuses on the tidal rhythms of time driven by the endless cycle of birth and death and the zone in between.

    Location: 801 West Grand Avenue Entrance on West Street Oakland

    Contact: Shaghayegh Cyrous info@aggregatespacegallery.org
    URL: www.aggregatespacegallery.org