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Hot off the presses, here is what we’re writing about, or what other people are writing about us, for June-July 2013:
Laura Fraser on “The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks,” in Marie Claire.
Susan Ito remembers almost drowning with her father in Literary Mama’s Father’s Day issue:
Zahir Janmohamed on being a writer of color in America for Guernica:
Peter Orner in the Millions: On reclusion, writing, and social media.
Marie C. Baca’s humor piece “Mixed Martial Arts and crafts” appears in Defenestration Magazine:
Chris Colin submitted to a digital detox, at a tech-free summer camp for grownups.
Christopher Cook investigates how Big Food coopted America’s top nutrition group, for The Progressive:
Lindsey Crittenden’s piece on agreeing to disagree on matters of faith appears in the July/August issue of Spirituality & Health:
Vanessa Hua’s novel-in-progress received an Honorable Mention in the Leapfrog Press fiction contest, and At Length published an excerpt:
Remember Manka’s? Rachel Levin profiles Point Reyes’ new restaurant-worth-the-drive: Sir and Star at The Olema, for Food & Wine:
Kimberley Lovato on staying connected in an overly connected world in Together Magazine:
David Munro, Xandra Castleton and Mark Decena “turn poverty into a joke” with their new docu-series “Stand Up Planet!” with accompanying Fast Company story by Michael Coren:
James Nestor discovers island life 45 minutes from Tokyo for the New York Times:
Susanne Pari’s ‘Double Vision’ gives a short take on the recent Iranian presidential election in the ‘Them and Us’ section of Medium:
PETER’S LATEST STORY COLLECTION, OUT NEXT MONTH, GETS A STARRED PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW
Grotto dweller Peter Orner’s new collection of stories, “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge” will be published in August by Little, Brown. It recently received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote, “In his second story collection, Orner fires jewel-toned shards of fiction into a stunning whole.” And Goodreads writes, “The long-awaited second collection of stories from a writer whose first was hailed as ‘one of the best story collections of the last decade’ (Kevin Brockmeier). In LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE, Peter Orner presents a kaleidoscope of individual lives viewed in intimate close-up. A woman’s husband dies before their divorce is finalized; a man runs for governor and loses much more than the election; two brothers play beneath the infamous bridge at Chappaquiddick; a father and daughter outrun a hurricane–all are vivid and memorable occasions as seen through Orner’s eyes. LAST CAR OVER THE SAGAMORE BRIDGE is also a return to the form Orner loves best. As he has written, ‘The difference between a short story and a novel is the difference between a pang in your heart and the tragedy of your whole life. Read a great story and there it is–right now–in your gut.'”
Read the review at http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-316-22464-2
Huge congratulations to Peter!
MAW READS AT THE BEAST CRAWL THIS SATURDAY, JULY 6 IN UPTOWN OAKLAND
Join Grottoite Maw Shein Win for Beast Crawl on Saturday, July 6th. She will be reading with Cam Awkward-Rich, Sam Sax, Nick Johnson, and Benjamin Perez (5 — 6 pm, Leg One) for Lyrics & Dirges at Awaken Cafe, 1429 Broadway in Uptown Oakland. Beast Crawl‚s second annual free literary festival features more than 140 writers in a single night, spread out over three hours and twenty-six local galleries, bars, restaurants, cafés, and storefronts, including The Uptown, Telegraph Beer Garden, Awaken Café, Farley’s East, and many more. Check out http://beastcrawl.weebly.com/ for more details!
ELIZABETH AND MAW ARE DISASTER TOURISTS AT THE MAKE-OUT ROOM ON JULY 7
Come to the Make-Out Room this Sunday, July 7 to hear Grottoites Elizabeth Bernstein and Maw Shein Win read at the Portuguese Artist Colony‚s July event, themed “Disaster Tourist.” Elizabeth and Maw will read with Alix Lambert, Daniel Heath and Seth Fischer. The evening also features live music and live writing from panelists who are given a prompt chosen by the audience. Details: Sunday, July 7, at 5 pm. The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street, SF. Sliding scale $5-$10. More info at http://portugueseartistscolony.blogspot.com/
JD’S “UNDERNEATH” IN ELECTRONIC PACIFIC AT SOMARTS OPENING JULY 11
Grotto dweller JD Beltran and collaborator/partner Scott Minneman will exhibit their newest interactive work at the exhibition “Electronic Pacific” at SOMArts which opens next week. “Underneath” is an interactive artwork on Beltran + Minneman’s award-winning Magic Story Table that blends a map of the world, text, animation, sound, film, and video. The result is a fascinating, surprising, curious, and sometimes very funny exploration of what lies beneath the tensions and misunderstandings that occur between cultures. Opening on July 11, and exhibiting through August 17th, 2013. http://www.somarts.org/electronicpacific/
GET WHAT’S MISSING FROM YOUR LIFE – CHRIS AND BABY & THE LUVIES ON JULY 19 AT THE MILK BAR
Your life: Something’s been missing. Empty feeling you can’t put a finger on. Late-night tears. THE SOLUTION IS NOW. Go watch Grottoite Chris Colin’s ten-piece soul band Baby & the Luvies play at Milk Bar, in the Haight, on July 19. Does music happen too late? Yes. Is it sort of annoying how you have to stand? Yes. Should you go anyway on account of dancing and life is short? Not even going to answer that. Info here: http://www.songkick.com/concerts/16762469-peach-kings-at-milk-bar?utm_source=1471&utm_medium=partner
ZAHRA EMCEES FOR LIT-TEASE AT THE SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL ON JULY 19
Can’t wait till October to get a dose of the Lit Crawl? Treat yourself to a sneak peak at Lit Tease — our first ever Lit Crawl fundraiser July 19. Featured at the Swedish American Hall will be master of ceremonies author and ever-hilarious comedian Grottoite Zahra Noorbakhsh, performances by mini version of Conspiracy of Beards, and the Mark Growden Trio as well as a cross-section of 2013 Lit Crawl curators, including The Day My Nipple Fell Off, AfroSurreal, Global Poetry in Translation, Hyphen magazine, A Strange Object, Tupelo Press, the International Poetry Library and more.
PLUS! Litquake’s first-ever book fair featuring publications by this year’s Lit Crawl collaborators and live auction featuring items suggested by some of your favorite authors — including cocktails at the Latin American Club with the ever-charming Lisa Brown and Daniel Handler; a night out at the Lexington with RADAR’s Michelle Tea; and your book club at short story maestro Peter Orner’s house! Book your ticket to this mini-version of the Crawl’s controlled literary chaos now! http://bit.ly/180LU7m
MARIANNA PERFORMS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL ON JULY 20
Grottoite Marianna Cherry performs at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and the Club Foot Orchestra: Legong Dance of the Virgins, a silent color movie filmed in Bali in the 1930s with an original musical score by Richard Marriott and I Made Subandi and performed live by an orchestra of Western and Balinese instruments. This is one of only four existing two-color Technicolor films (which predates the Wizard of Oz), and it’s shot on location in one of the most beautiful places on earth by the cinematographer who shot Ben Hur. The original soundtrack is gorgeous. Get tix today! Saturday, July 20, 2:15 pm at The Castro Theater, San Francisco.
“The music in itself has the grandeur of a concert.” “This exceptional event, which is more than a mere novelty, engulfs the senses and sets the imagination soaring.” – San Francisco Chronicle. Tickets and information:
http://www.silentfilm.org/festival/festival-2013-programs/legong-dance-of-the-virgins You can also help Club Foot and GSJ make the event possible, and get reserved seats and VIP passes here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gsj/legong-dance-of-the-virgins
THERE’S STILL TIME TO TAKE A SUMMER WRITING CLASS
The Grotto has plenty of classes that begin in July & August. From memoir to fiction to blogging – weekend workshops and weekly evening classes. To see what’s on tap, visit http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster
MAC’S STORY A FINALIST FOR A NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD AND MOLLY NATIONAL JOURNALISM PRIZE
Grotto dweller Mac McClelland’s story on online-shopping warehouses was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the Feature Writing Incorporating Profile Writing category, and a Molly National Journalism Prize. Check out the award at http://fij.org/national-magazine-award-finalist/ and you can read the story itself at http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor
Congratulations to Mac!
ZAHIR WRITES FROM AN INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE ON NARENDRA MODI IN THE BOSTON REVIEW
Don’t miss Grottoite Zahir Janmohamed’s essay on Narendra Modi, chief minister of the Indian state of Gujarat and aspirant for prime minister in next year’s national elections. Zahir was in Gujarat during the 2002 riots, in which Modi likely played a key role. Zahir’s personal angle on the story elevates what might otherwise be a conventional review of a politician’s biography. It’s well worth a read …
And in case you didn’t know, Zahir is writing a book on the 2002 riots.
CHRIS PROMOTES THE FOOD SOVEREIGNTY PRIZE AND WRITES ABOUT TIM REDMOND
Grottozian Christopher Cook’s Progressive Message consultancy (http://www.theprogressivemessage.org) is helping promote the Food Sovereignty Prize — a campaign supporting community-driven food solutions to hunger and poverty. Check out their site at http://foodsovereigntyprize.org/. Chris wrote this in-depth piece on the growing corporate control of SF media and ouster of Guardian editor Tim Redmond: http://progressive.org/ouster-of-sf-bay-guardian-editor. Check out his latest at http://www.christopherdcook.com
PROSE PILATES IN AUGUST, WITH CONNIE
OK, it’s summer, and you are probably thinking more about the flab on your belly than the flab in your paragraphs. That said, if you are a writer, editor or copy editor who wants to limber up your language and tighten up those sentences, you are welcome to join the Prose Pilates workshop taught by Grottoite Connie Hale under the auspices of Copyediting, the newsletter with the tagline “where language matters.” It’s an audio conference/webinar, to be held August 8 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am (Pacific). We won’t be doing our thing with Yanni in the background, but we will have fun. http://www.copyediting.com/buyproduct/prose-pilates
BECOME A LEAF PEEPER IN NEW ENGLAND WITH ZOE AND CONNIE THIS FALL, OCT 4-6
First-Person Plural: Crafting stories from our lives
A writing workshop with Grottoites Zoe Carter and Connie Hale
Greensboro and Hardwick, Vermont
In this intimate and unusual workshop, held October 4 through 6, writers will work under the guidance of Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Constance Hale, who have published memoirs and essays in Vogue, Health, Honolulu, The Atlantic, and O. The workshop begins Friday night, at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, where Connie and Zoe will read from their work and lead a conversation about memoir. After a Vermont breakfast at the Carter’s lakeside cabin on Saturday, Zoe and Connie will lead writers through of a mix of guided writing, critique sessions, coaching, and private writing time. Then we will hang out by the fire, eat, drink, make music and be merry. On Sunday, Connie’s aunt will make her famous waffles, and we will dig into the writing again. Late Sunday afternoon, all participants will have the opportunity to read at the Galaxy; then we’ll decamp to Claire‚s restaurant for a special farm-to-table dinner. The workshop is open to writers of all levels and genres. The fee of $250 includes meals on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Lodging is available for an additional fee. http://www.sinandsyntax.com/greensboro-writers-retreat/
SAVE THE DATES! AN OCTOBER 4-6 WORKSHOP THIS FALL IN VERMONT
Grottoites Zoe FitzGerald Carter and Connie Hale will be leading a writing workshop in Greensboro, Vermont, for those who find inspiration in the fall colors of New England. The workshop, “First-Person Plural: Crafting stories from our lives” was a hit last year and is being expanded into an entire weekend of writing, readings in a local bookstore, and gourmet farm-to-table food. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
JD’s Art Picks for July 2013
SFMOMA PRESENTS MARK DI SUVERO AT CRISSY FIELD
Don’t miss the stunning sculptural installations of internationally renowned sculptor Mark Di Suvero, now at Crissy Field. “Di Suvero’s massive I-beams summon associations to the skeletons of skyscrapers on the downtown San Francisco skyline, and the struts that streak through local interiors after seismic retrofit,” writes Kenneth Baker. Read more at http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Mark-di-Suvero-review-Grand-at-any-scale-4539763.php#photo-4663615
ENJOY YOUR FILL OF SHAKESPEARE THIS SUMMER
Shakespeare remains the official playwright of the season, of course, with Bard festivals breaking out everywhere from Santa Cruz to Ashland. Still, the Bay Area theater scene is such a vibrant and eclectic place that this summer’s most highly anticipated shows run the aesthetic gamut from Jon Robin Baitz and Neil LaBute to Harold Pinter and Oscar Wilde. http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_23282673/summer-theater-2013-ian-mckellen-and-patrick-stewart
DON’T MISS IAN MCKELLEN, PATRICK STEWART, AND BILLY CRUDUP IN HAROLD PINTER’S NO MAN’S LAND AT THE BERKELEY REP
Internationally acclaimed for their performances on stage, screen and television, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will star at Berkeley Rep in a revival of Harold Pinter‚s celebrated play. In No Man‚s Land, we wonder if two writers really know each other. Or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity — and the comedy — intensify with the arrival of two other men, drawing the audience into a place between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy. Since its premiere in 1975 and its acclaimed 2008 London revival, No Man’s Land has been hailed as one of Pinters “indisputable modern classics” (Telegraph). Now these terrific actors take on this towering drama, helmed by award-winning director Sean Mathias, first for Berkeley Rep audiences, and then for Broadway where they will perform the play in rep with Waiting for Godot this fall. Don’t miss this strictly limited engagement. More info at http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1213/7148.asp
THE OAKLAND MUSEUM REOPENS ITS NATURAL SCIENCE GALLERY
In combining artworks, sculpture, and historical artifacts, the new Oakland Museum looks like “a purebred prototype of future cross-disciplinary exhibition practice,” arts writer Kenneth Baker writes. “The redesigned presentation, which includes paintings and photographs, centers on seven ecologically distinct and threatened areas of the state. They range from familiar and famous zones such as Yosemite, Mount Shasta and Oakland to unheralded or little-studied areas such as the Cordell Bank — an underwater mountain off the Central Coast discovered only 30 years ago and now a national marine sanctuary — and the Sutter Buttes of the Central Valley, where state and private land interests contend in ways resonant with larger environmental issues.” As museum director Lori Fogarty remarked, “[W]e place [the work] in a whole new context that shows both California’s biodiversity and the urgent environmental issues, but also shows the relationship between the natural world and the cultural world.” Read more about it here: http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Oakland-Museum-of-Calif-Grand-reopening-4543144.php
Guilty Pleasures: SFO pride at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=622233611129492, orange sherbet push-ups from a Walgreen’s freezer on a hot day, a cool sidewalk at http://weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Zipper_Art_4b.jpg, any pizza at Beretta, and David Bowie’s Space Oddity, redux, by a real astronaut in real space at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo
I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES FROM THE GROTTO!
Here’s what people have been writing about, as well as what people have been writing about us, for February/March 2013:
E.B. Boyd looks at Nextdoor, a new social network that connects you with your neighbors. http://w.sanfranmag.com/san-francisco/story/defend-your-startup-nextdoor
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman on some surprising differences between how men and women approach competition: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/17/why_are_men_so_foolish/
Chris Colin tells the unlikely story of a tiny cattle town, settled in part by family, in the current issue of Afar: http://www.afar.com/magazine/a-lone-star-story
Christopher Cook explores the economics of San Francisco’s minimum wage in The Public Press: http://www.sfpublicpress.org
Mark Decena’s short film, “Where We Live” premieres in the nation’s capital at the DC Environmental Film Festival:
Laura Fraser on Patagonia, Writer-in-Residence, Victoria magazine: March/April issue on the stands.
Alastair Gee on the drones taking to American skies in The Economist: http://econ.st/Xbjbmx
Alexandra Kostoulas’s short story, “Kalavrita: A Lament in Five Parts” appears in Œ¶œâŒΩŒ≠œÇ or Voices of Hellenism Anthology: http://www.voicesofhellenism.org/current-issue.html
Jessica C. Kraft proposes using your brain’s natural patterns to change negative behaviors and create healthy new ones in Esperanza Magazine: http://www.hopetocope.com/Item.aspx/939/making-breaking-habits
Ethel Rohan reviews Stephanie LaCava‚Äôs intriguing memoir at Black Warrior Review: http://bwr.ua.edu/?p=987
Julia Flynn Siler profiles the designer behind the iconic wine labels of Harlan Estate, Opus One, and Domaine Chandon for the Wall Street Journal: http://www.juliaflynnsiler.com/articles
Lavinia Spalding explores the benefits of a primarily plant-based diet in the March issue of Yoga Journal, online and on newsstands now: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/3196
Bonnie Tsui looks at what turns Crip gang-leaders and Hamas freedom fighters to non-violence, and what can come of it:
Ethan Watters on the strangeness of the western mind in Pacific Standard Magazine:
DON’T MISS READINGS FOR PO’S NEW BOOK AT BERKELEY ARTS & LECTURES AND BOOK PASSAGE
Grotto co-founder Po Bronson’s newest book is on fire! Copies of “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing” are selling out at bookstores, excerpts from the book are appearing everywhere, and Po and his co-author Ashley Merryman are in the midst of a tour of readings booked all over the country.
Just in case you missed Po’s reading and talk about his new book at the Commonwealth Club last week, he has two more literary evenings coming up in the Bay Area in the next couple of weeks. The first is at Berkeley Arts & Lectures, on March 7, at 7:30; the second is at Book Passage in Corta Madera, on March 13, 7 p.m. More details on these events as well as other local presentations can be found on Po’s blog at http://topdogbook.com/
CHECK OUT ETHAN’S LATEST – THE FEATURED COVER STORY FOR THE PACIFIC STANDARD
Don’t miss Grotto co-founder Ethan Watter’s latest, a fantastic featured cover story for the Pacific Standard. As one commenter remarked, “Outstanding perspective on a sensitive subject. I have long thought that focusing on an insistence on commonality between race because of guilt for colonial history was missing the point that there are cultural differences which do influence behavior. Now we have a valid framework to examine how cultural differences can collide and, through a proper examination of cultural difference, to begin to resolve problems that we have not had any mental equipment to figure out solutions to. These are groundbreaking ideas with so much promise to help us understand our divided world better.” (Jeremy Slawson) As Ethan notes, “It’s about how strange the western mind is.” Read more about it here: http://www.psmag.com/magazines/pacific-standard-cover-story/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/
SPRING WRITING CLASSES – HOT OFF THE PRESSES!
We have just (and we mean just) finished uploading our brand-spanking new selection of spring writing classes – all taught at our fabulous workspace in South Park. Lots of cool stuff – whether you’re looking to finally start that novel, want to dabble in flash fiction, work on memoir, or begin a nonfiction book. We’ve even got a couple of classes on just getting words on the page.
Our spring session officially opens on Sunday, April 14. But we advise you visit http://www.sfgrotto.org/classes/current-class-roster, look over our classes, and sign up now. Grotto classes fill fast.
Just check out what they say about us on Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-francisco-writers-grotto-classes-san-francisco
HE WRITES AND HE SINGS! HELP CHRIS COLIN’S BAND WIN UPCOMING BATTLE OF THE BANDS ON MARCH 14!
Your life — something’s missing, right? Come solve all your problems on Thurs., March 14, as Baby & the Luvies compete to win the Haight Ashbury Street Fair Battle of the Bands. If they get the most and loudest support that night at the Milk Bar (1840 Haight St), they get to play at the actual Haight St Fair this summer. Stupid system? Totally! Is 11pm awfully late to hear a nine-piece soul band? Yes! Come on out. Big fun show. Chris will buy the loudest cheerer the drink of his or her choice.
SHE WRITES AND SHE SINGS, TOO! DON’T MISS ZOE AT CAFE LEILA ON MARCH 30TH
Grottozian Zoe FitzGerald Carter will be performing original songs (and some covers) at Cafe Leila in Berkeley from 7:00 to 10:00 on March 30th with her new band, Do Wrong Right.
Cafe Leila’s web address: http://cafeleila.com
STILL A FEW SPOTS IN LAURA’S WRITING ADVENTURE IN UMBRIA, ITALY
La bella vita: There is still room in Grottoite Laura Fraser’s writing workshop and culinary adventure in Umbria, Italy, May 4-11. Special discount if you are share a room with a friend or two. Intimate setting, fabulous meals, cooking classes, 16th-century villa in the rolling countryside for hikes. http://www.eat-write-travel.com/umbria.html
LAST CHANCE FOR A BED ON THE BEACH: MOKULE’IA WRITERS RETREAT APRIL 7-12
Dream new narratives as the waves lull you to sleep. Write stories you didn‚Äôt know were in you, under the gentle guidance of Laura Fraser. Craft your pieces with the tips shared by University of Hawai‚Äòi poet Steven Goldsberry. Let Connie Hale help you invent new structures for your stories. Listen to Puakea Nogelmeier recite poems in the Hawaiian language, and translate them into beautiful English. Travel back in time with musician Aaron Mahi, who shares legends about O‚Äòahu‚Äôs North Shore. All this plus meals, yoga, a remote beach, sea turtles, hikes to sacred sites, and the fellowship of other professional writers. April 7-12, 2013. $500-1000, all inclusive. Read the write-up in the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/hawaii/alohafriday/article/Hawaii-camps-for-creativity-Island-settings-4298461.php
More information at http://www.campmokuleia.com/specialevents.html Be there. Aloha.
SAVE THE DATE FOR REGRETURATURE III – APRIL 25!
Everybody has to start somewhere – this is what happens when good writers start bad. Join us as we sheepishly read work that probably should never see the light of day, all for a good cause.
Thursday, April 25. 8 pm at the Swedish American Hall in SF. More embarrassing details to come…..
And in case you missed it last year, here’s some shots capturing just how much fun it was last year‚Ä¶
(shot of course, by the fabulous Chris Hardy)‚Ä®‚Ä®http://www.flickr.com/photos/lit-quake/sets/72157629452023856/
JULIA TALKS ABOUT “A THOUSAND LIVES” ON ON BAY SUNDAY AND GETS A GLOWING REVIEW IN SALON FOR “JESUS LAND”
Grotto dweller Julia Scheeres was interviewed on Bay Sunday about A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown, which was recently released in paperback,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdSnGp7C4O4&list=UU_q32MIuxh3rjawg5iHteCQ, and Salon published a glowing review of the new audio book for her memoir, Jesus Land: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/14/losing_her_religion.
LOOK OUT FOR THE NEWEST FROM CHRIS IN THE SF PUBLIC PRESS AND THE PROGRESSIVE
Grottoite Christopher Cook has pieces coming out soon in the San Francisco Public Press and The Progressive. Meanwhile, he’s building up his communications consultancy, Progressive Message and taking on new clients. He’s currently helping Food First with its communications. Chris is getting promising praise for his new road memoir, Postcards for Kerouac, and is seeking the right agent or publisher for it (any tips welcome!). Chris is also now working as a professional tutor, and welcomes more clients. If you (or your kid) need help with writing, editing, proofreading or coaching, get in touch with him through his website, http://www.christopherdcook.com/
JD AWARDED THE JOHN H. HAUBERG FELLOWSHIP, LAUNCHES A NEW ARTS COMMISSION BOOK, AND MORE
Grottozian JD Beltran was just awarded the prestigious John H. Hauberg Fellowship for a studio residency at the internationally renowned glass arts Pilchuck School, north of Seattle. Initiated in 2001 to honor Pilchuck founder John H. Hauberg, the Fellowship brings established professional artists to collaborate, experiment, and create a professional body of work during two weeks in the spring. During the first half of May, JD will create new work combining film and video imagery with glass, and collaborate in projects with fellow residents. All of the fellows subsequently will exhibit the work in a show in San Francisco in the Fall. More information on the Hauberg Fellowship is here: http://pilchuck.com/residencies/hauberg_v2013.aspx
JD also has just been selected to be the curator of the Public Art Master Plan for the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District. She will be responsible for the selection of major permanent and temporary artworks for the Yerba Buena District, affecting the permanent city landscape in the main arts and museum district of the city of San Francisco.
In April 2013, the San Francisco Arts Commission will launch their new book publication “Arts for the City: Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012,” by HeyDay Press (Berkeley 2013). JD Beltran co-authored the Foreword and authored the Postscript for the book, and as Interim Director and subsequently, President of the San Francisco Arts Commission, curated the featured photographers and co-edited and co-produced the book. See more about the book here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16670272-san-francisco
JD and collaborator Scott Minneman will launch their latest project, the Cinema Snowglobe, at the opening of the new Exploratorium on April 17th. This project also will be featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during its closing weekend on June 1-2, 2013. Listen to an audio interview by The Kitchen Sisters about the making of the Cinema Snowglobe that was featured on KQED/NPR: http://blogs.kqed.org/makingof/stories/the-cinema-snowglobe/
More on recent news and information on JD’s work is at http://jdbeltran.com/news/news.html
JD’s Art Picks for March 2013
FIRE SALE AT JAKUB CALUSEQUE’S OAKLAND STUDIO
Jakub Calouseque, the artist who did the fantastic mural at the Grotto and two paintings in Laura Fraser’s office, is having a kind of fire sale at his Oakland studio. Don’t miss it if you want to snag one of his fabulous pieces of art at a stupid price. March 16 and 17 – Saturday and Sunday Jakub‚Äôs open studio and Oakland Film Center Liquidation sale with 30 studios closing and disposing unwanted inventories. Come and join the fun that will culminate with John Behrens electrifying performance with Tesla coil arcing (Saturday at 6 PM only). More info at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oakland-Film-Center-Liquidation-Sale/513075368711455
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING AT THE DEYOUNG MUSEUM
Don’t miss a rare showing of one of the most beloved paintings in the world. “The heavily anticipated “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis,” which opens Saturday at the de Young Museum, does not disappoint. It will remind visitors how great artworks can unstring our sense of time.” (Kenneth Baker) An intimate show that’s sure to be popular, you should get your tickets soon! Through June 2. De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. (415) 750-3600. http://www.deyoungmuseum.org.
“ABOUT FACE” AT PIER 24 EXTENDED
“About Face,” an exhibition now showing at the stunning Pier 24 photography gallery, focuses on the tradition of portrait-based photography. On view are nearly one thousand photographs drawn primarily from the Pilara Foundation’s permanent collection. “Revelations” – the Diane Arbus retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – inspired the purchase of the Foundation’s first photograph, a portrait from her challenging and emotive “Untitled” series. The emotional intensity characterizing this photograph has informed subsequent acquisitions for the collection, which are aptly highlighted by the huge, meditative gallery space. “About Face” encompasses wide-ranging approaches to portraiture from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day, from August Sander’s “Face of Our Time” to Richard Avedon’s “The Family,” to Jim Goldberg’s “Rich and Poor” and Larry Sultan’s “SF Society,” all of which consider the socio-economic divide in San Francisco. Through a series of 66 self-portraits by Lee Friedlander from the past 50 years, one encounters many of the themes that have come to characterize his practice. Self-examination is also the focal point in selected works by Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing, Yasumasa Morimura, and Tomoko Sawada, in which the artists alter their appearances to challenge traditional notions of identity. By advance appointment only. More information at http://www.pier24.org/exhibition/current.html
Guilty Pleasures: The Asian candy selection (and selection of Asian groceries in general) at Manila Oriental Market in the Excelsior District; the garlic shrimp plate and the chorizo tostada at La Corneta, some of the best Mexican food in the Mission; a heavenly slice of Meyer lemon pie at Mission Pie; and gawking at the woman who with plastic surgery turned herself into Barbie at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/23/the-real-life-ukrainian-barbie-doll/;
A good half of the art of living is resilience.
Alain de Botton