September 2014

Community Calendar

J. Durrant


Through October

Art: Jacob Melchi

The George Lawson Gallery has launched a new project simultaneousy in Brooklyn, New York, Art At Donna and San Francisco. Inaugurating the program in San Francisco, Jacob Melchi will be showing selected paintings at the George Lawson Gallery. Melchi practices a hybrid form of geometric, symbolist and physical art that places him at the center of painting’s current resurgence. He handles his medium with a predilection for paint’s tactile quality and its ability to retain the history of its own making, often exploiting the jute-like quality of rough-weave linens Reception: October 4, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. George Lawson Gallery, 315 Potrero Avenue. Information: info@georgelawsongallery.com.


September 12 through October 11

Art: People Eat People Too

People Eat People Too is a solo show of paintings by Berkeley-based artist Noah Ptolemy. Applying deceptively simple illustration techniques with acrylic paint and india inks, Ptolemy creates complex and crisply rendered narrative images of the human theater, full of competition and play. Each painting is a layered tableaux, populated by a multitude of

Ptolemy’s signature “everyman” characters bustling about a circus-like, anthropomorphized stage. In the artist’s words, “All the characters look the same so that everyone has an equal shot.” Free. Reception: Friday September 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Information: dogpatchcafe.com/exhibitions


September 13 to November 29

Theater:  The Barbary Coast Revue 

Hidden behind a Mission storefront, a warren of passages and doors leads to a secret den of sin. Enter The Barbary Coast Revue and return to the days of shanghaiing and scented ladies, doped drinks and illicit dancing in San Francisco’s legendary red light district. Step up to the bar to mingle with well-known local historic figures like Emperor Norton and Lillian Coit.  Pre-order the house specialty cocktail, a “Shanghai Surprise.” Then take your seat for a rollicking musical adventure story narrated by none other than a hard-drinking, guitar-picking Mark Twain. Written and directed by Blake Wiers. Choreography by Lara Jean Mummert. Musical direction by Danny Kennedy. Door 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. First come, first seated. Sub/Mission Gallery, 2183 Mission Street (at 18th) Tickets $28 door/advance at BarbaryCoastRevue.com. Limited half-price discount tickets available on Goldstar.


September 18

Film: Lunafest Films for Breast Cancer Fund

Join award-winning filmmaker, Jen McGowan, for the world Premiere of Lunafest, and enjoy great films while supporting the Breast Cancer Fund. Lunafest is a program of eight short films, by, for, and about women. The films celebrate the unique, touching and inspirational roles of women in our local, national, and international communities. All proceeds are donated to charity. Tickets: $15 to $50. 6 p.m. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre,

3301 Lyon Street. Information: lunafest.org


September 18 to October 11

Theater:  The Late Wedding

The Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) concludes its 2014 season with the world premiere of The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen.  The play was inspired by and is a homage to Italian fabulist novelist Italo Calvino, whose stories, Invisible Cities and If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, have become Chen’s launching pad into a shadowy exploration into themes of distance, dislocation, and transience in internet-age relationships. A CFT commission, in The Late Wedding “Chen channels our society’s collective unconscious with dizzying urgency…” according to director Marissa Wolf. “He is peeling back layer after layer of cultural practices and rituals, revealing a raw, pulsing interior of longing and hope.” Thick House, 1695 18th Street, Wednesday to Saturdays, 8 p.m. Prices range from $15 to $35. For tickets and information: crowdedfire.org


September 26 through 28
Art: Recology Artists in Residence.

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco hosts an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Samuel Levi Jones, Jeremy Rourke and student artist Shushan Tesfuzigta. Levi Jones has disassembled objects to metaphorically deconstruct the accepted beliefs connected with them. In Rourke’s stop-motion animated videos anything is possible. His combination of vintage photographs, contemporary imagery, text, and even unlikely materials such as rose petals, fire and water, come together magically to create moments of beauty and surprise. Tesfuzigta has created chairs, stools, and other functional objects that combine weaving techniques with found materials. Bent rebar and other metal forms become the frameworks on which phone cords and colorful plastic-coated wires are woven. This exhibition is the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse. Free. Reception: Friday, September 26, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 27, 1 to 3 p.m.  Art Studio, 503 Tunnel Avenue.Information: sfmcd.org


September 28

Art: 2014 Roadworks Steamroller 

A day-long public printmaking showcase presented amid some 40 printmaking, book, and arts and crafts vendors. The event’s highlight is a 1924 seven-ton construction steamroller that a team of artists and printers use to print large-scale prints from three-foot-square hand-carved linoleum blocks placed on the surface of Rhode Island street. Now in its 11th year, Roadworks has become a popular tradition in Potrero Hill, drawing enthusiasts from far and wide, as well as local residents looking for a unique experience. Demonstrations, tours of the Austin/Burch Gallery, and hands-on printmaking, letterpress, bookbinding, and other mini-workshops available throughout the day. Free 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Francisco Center For The Book, Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th streets. Information: sfcb.org

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