Thursday, December 18, 2014

Street Date, 24th Street, Noe Valley, S.F.

For my Street Date column this week, I return to one of my favorite neighborhoods, Noe Valley:


http://www.sfgate.com/travel/streetdate/article/6-places-to-visit-on-24th-Street-S-F-5963864.php

All photographs by Stephanie Wright Hession Copyright 2014.








Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" performs in San Francisco through Jan. 18, 2015

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities” takes place in the massive curio cabinet owned by a most unusual inventor. Featuring imaginative acts and acrobatics, the production transports audience members to a strange and capivating world, which tests the concepts of reality.

Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" performs beneath the grand chapiteau at AT& T Park in San Francisco through Jan. 18, 2015.

www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/kurios/tickets/san-francisco.aspx

All photos by Martin Girard




























Thursday, November 20, 2014

Street Date: Family activies in Yerba Buena Gardens, S.F.




Exhibition “Emergent” at the 1AM Gallery, S.F.

For the group exhibition, “Emergent,” eight artists utilize portraiture as a means for examining how their internal dialog and life experience influences individual creative methods.

The show features paintings, illustrations and mixed media pieces by Christopher De Leon, Malik Girley, Monty Guy, Steve Javiel, Leon Loucheur, Emily Moore, Daniel Valadez and J.S. Weis.

1AM Gallery, 1000 Howard St., S.F. (415) 861-5089, www.1AMGallery.com.



"5 Owl, Ocean Beach" by Leon Loucheur. Image courtesy of the 1 AM Gallery.






Untitled by J.S. Weis. Image courtesy of the 1AM Gallery.






"Shadow Play" by Emily Moore. Image courtesy of the 1AM Gallery.











Thursday, November 13, 2014

“Arnold Newman: Masterclass,” exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, S.F. through Feb. 1, 2015



Arnold Newman, Self-portrait, Philadelphia, 1938. Gelatin silver print © 1938, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


The “Arnold Newman: Masterclass,”exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco features more than 200 vintage black and white photographs taken by Arnold Newman, one of the 20thcentury’s most influential portrait photographers in a career that spanned 70 years. 

His subjects included Truman Capote, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Grandma Moses and Igor Stravinsky. Through Feb. 1, 2015. Admission: Free to $12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. (415) 655-7800, www.cjm.org,  www.arnoldnewman.com.



Arnold Newman, Marcel Duchamp, painter and sculptor, New York, 1942. Gelatin silver print © 1942, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.




Arnold Newman, Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor, New York, 1946. Gelatin silver print © 1946, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Arnold Newman, Martha Graham, dancer, choreographer and teacher, New York 1961. Gelatin silver print © 1961, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Arnold Newman, Major Robert Michael White, military aircraft test pilot, with X15, California, 1950. Gelatin silver print © 1950, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Arnold Newman, Dr. Edwin H. Land with group of Polaroid Employees, Polaroid warehouse in Needham, Mass., 1977. Gelatin silver print © 1977, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Arnold Newman, Salvador Dalí, painter, New York, 1951. Gelatin silver print © 1951, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.




Arnold Newman, Robert Doisneau, photographer, New York, 1981. Gelatin silver print © 1981, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.



Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinsky, composer and conductor, New York, 1946. Gelatin silver print © 1946, Arnold Newman/Getty Images. Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.















Street Date: Discover tucked away, Temescal Alley in Oakland

Since the spring of 2006, I've covered the rebirth of Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. For my Street Date column this week, I return to visit Temescal Alley:


www.sfgate.com/travel/streetdate/article/Oakland-s-Temescal-Alley-home-to-eclectic-mix-5888550.php#photo-7108330


Friday, November 7, 2014

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre's "Candide" opens tonight, 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 30

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre's production of the musical operetta "Candide" opens tonight at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 30.

Featuring a musical score by Leonard Bernstein and based upon the 1759 novel, "Candide, or Optimism," by Voltaire, the story centers around the loves and lives of Candide (played by Andy Ramirez). 


Directed by Michael Mohammed, with musical and vocal direction by David Möschler, the ensemble cast also includes Angela Jarosz as Cunegonde, Geoffrey Colton as Pangloss, Tina Marzell as the Old Woman, Anna Joham as Paquette, Johnny Villar as Maximilian and Tom Reilly as Voltaire.

Special Events: A pre-show talk 7:10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 and post-play discussion following the Saturday matinee, Saturday, Nov. 22.



(L-R) Candide (Andy Ramirez) and Cunegonde (Angela Jarosz). Photo by Terry Sullivan.



(L-R) Pangloss (Geoffrey Colton) teaches Cunegonde (Angela Jarosz) and Candide (Andy Ramirez) about "the best of all possible worlds." Photo by Terry Sullivan.




Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third Street, Hayward, next to the Japanese Gardens. Tickets: $32 opening night and $29 for the remainder. Senior, student, TBA, KQED and group (10 or more) discounts available. To reach the box office: Open 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, (510) 881-6777. www.dmtonline.org.


Street Date: In Hayes Valley, S.F. doers and dreamers thrive

For my Street Date column this week, I return to Hayes Valley, one of my favorite neighborhoods in S.F.:


www.sfgate.com/travel/streetdate/article/Hayes-Street-Hayes-Valley-S-F-5874123.php










All content and photographs by Stephanie Wright Hession and may not be downloaded, copied, etc. without my permission.


Friday, October 31, 2014

“Keith Haring: The Political Line,” opens at the de Young Museum, S.F. Nov. 8

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presents ““Keith Haring: The Political Line,” at the de Young Museum. Opening Nov. 8 and running through Feb. 16, 2015, the exhibition evaluates the political breadth of Haring's work and his devotion to using art as a communication tool for social justice and change.


Including works on loan from The Keith Haring Foundation, private and public collections, some of which have not been viewed by the public or published since Haring died in 1990, they include Untitled, (1982), a vinyl paint on vinyl tarpaulin work.


Guest curator Dieter Buchhart worked with Julian Cox, founding curator of photography and chief administrative curator at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco on the show. Buchhart presented an exhibition of the same name in the summer of 2013 at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris.


Untitled, (1982), a vinyl paint on vinyl tarpaulin. Image courtesy of the de Young Museum.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of Fraser Grace’s, “Breakfast with Mugabe,” Nov. 7-Dec. 14

Aurora Theatre Company presents the West Coast Premiere of Fraser Grace’s “Breakfast with Mugabe,” which explores the mind of Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe. 

The story centers upon a depressed Mugabe, (portrayed by the brilliant L. Peter Callender) who is certain he is being haunted by a dead comrade’s ghost and seeks treatment from a white psychiatrist. 

Through Dec. 14. For tickets: (510) 843-4822 or www.auroratheatre.org. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley.




L. Peter Callender stars as Robert Mugabe in Aurora Theatre Company's West Coast premier of "Breakfast with Mugabe." Photo courtesy of the Aurora Theatre Company.


Gallerist Heather Marx presents the group exhibition "Shift" at The NWBLK, S.F. through Dec. 15






Heather Marx, who co-owned the Marx & Zavattero gallery in San Francisco for more than a decade, presents the mixed media, group exhibition "Shift" at The NWBLK, S.F.

The show includes works by Michael Arcega, Mary Button Durell, Matt Gil, Amanda Hughen, Kimberly Rowe, Andrew Schoultz, William Swanson, and Arngunnur Yr.


"Shift" through Dec. 15. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant St., S.F. (415) 621-2344, www.thenewblk.com



Neon Burn by Mary Button Durell.
Image courtesy of Heather Marx
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021313A1A3 State of the Union by Amanda Hughen.
 
Image courtesy of Heather Marx.



If I Fell by Kimberly Rowe.
Image courtesy of Heather Marx.






Monument Yard (2) by Andrew Schoultz.







Street Date: Up north in Sebastopol see the transformation of a former apple cannery

In my Street Date column this week, I head up to Sebastopol to see what became of a former apple processing plant.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/streetdate/article/6-places-to-check-out-on-McKinley-Street-5856154.php#photo-7042130













All content and photographs by Stephanie Wright Hession and may not be downloaded, copied, etc. without my permission.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Exhibition at the Bond Latin Gallery features iconic Mexican artists, through February 30, 2015

An untitled exhibition at the Bond Latin Gallery features works by iconic Mexican artists including Leonora Carrington, Carlos Media, Mario Palacios, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Santiago, Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo.





El Calabazo” by Ricardo Martinez (1957) Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the Bond Latin Gallery.




Untitled by Alejandro Santiago (1993) Mixed media on amate on canvas. Image courtesy of the Bond Latin Gallery.

Noon-5:30 p.m., Monday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Through Feb. 30, 2015. The Bond Latin Gallery, 251 Post St., Ste. 610, S.F. (415) 362-1480, www.bondlatin.com

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Street Date: Tucked away neighborhood in Berkeley offers delights

For my Street Date column this week, I visit one of my favorite, tucked away spots in Berkeley.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/streetdate/article/Berkeley-s-Domingo-Avenue-rich-in-restaurants-5841225.php


Fournée. Photo by Stephanie Wright Hession Copyright 2014.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two great art events happening in Fall. Check them out:


"Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California"

The Oakland Museum of California's "Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California" utilizes art and ephemera to explore local social forces and history in California art via four creative communities. They include Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in 1930s S.F. Sept. 20-April 12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15, seniors/students $10, youth $6, 8 and under free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. (510) 625-6873. www.museumca.org.




Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, 1931. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum of California.

Diego Rivera Sketching Mural in the early 1930s. Photo by Peter Stackpole. Image courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California.























SF Open Studios

Meet artists, see their work and visit their studios in neighborhoods throughout the city during ArtSpan's 2014 SF Open Studios, the largest such program in the country. Participants choose from more than 900 artists, map out a self-guided tour and go. Preview: Oct. 11-12 at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F. Open Studios: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, Nov. 1-2 and 8-9. Free. www.artspan.org/sfopenstudios.

“Young Family Walking Through It All,” (cropped) by Joshua Coffy. Image courtesy of ArtSpan.