Figures Dance from SOMA to the Park

photo of the finishing polish, Lilac Lamb

If you missed Keith Haring’s sculpture Three Dancing Figures driving down City streets, click this link to see a video of the awesome sight:

The sculpture was moved from SOMA to Golden Gate Park to honor the opening of Keith Haring: The Political Line at the DeYoung Museum.  This is the first major Haring show on the West Coast in nearly two decades.  Don’t miss it!

Yerba Buena this June

Parangal Dance

Parangal Dance Company Image by RJ Muna

FREE admission at YBCA gallery today. And check-out the varied performance schedule with jazz, dance, acting workshops and more.  Travel around the world while sitting in your seats at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.

Click here to purchase tickets to the SF Ethnic Dance Festival.

Painting Meets Theatre

Think you don’t like art?  Consider yourself double-dared to remain unconverted after seeing SF Playhouse’s transformative production of Bauer.  A world premier script by Lauren Gunderson headed for New York, powerful acting, thoughtful directing, beautiful set and projected art — all based on the real life story of painter Rudolf Bauer (whose work is on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery around the corner on Geary Street).  What’s not to like, right?

Click here for tickets to SF Playhouse.

Click to see the Bauer catalog from the Weinstein Gallery, 383 Geary St.

Wild Sounds on Common Objects

Slip your ear drums into some new sounds surrounded by performance art tonight:

Music for People & Thingamajigs at 8pm tonight, Oct. 12, at the Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell (btw Sutter/Bush) in San Francisco.

See one of Tim Phillips’s original found-object instruments:

Rebuilt Landmark

Don’t you wish your landmark birthday could arrive with taxpayer-provided reconstructive surgery, a gigantic party and a world-class light show?  Forget about it, unless you’re the San Francisco Bay Bridge, of course.  The many-setbacks-public-works-boondoggle project is drawing to a close, with an Opening Ceremony scheduled for Labor Day and the regular 26,000 commuter bridge traffic due to commence at 5am Tuesday. 

But whew, it was a narrow escape for the Lucky Bridge Troll, rescued by ironworker James Sturgeon from the old section of the bridge and ready for its new home on the replacement section.  Too bad the Troll wasn’t in charge of heat-treating those already failing bridge bolts, right?  Ah well.

For both of you who haven’t heard the troll lore, read about it on Wikipedia:

The parts of the Bridge work not completed in China have been memorialized in stunning photographs on display this month at SF City Hall and at the Havey Milk Photo Center.  Photographer Joe Blum gives us views of local workers to make us proud.

San Francisco City Hall, ground floor
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA  94102
Free and open to the public.

Watch construction of the Bay Bridge live at ABC video:


Of Motion, Boats, and Water

Ron LeValley captured the Swedish entry in the America's Cup as it whizzed by Alcatraz

See the Impressionists on the Water exhibit at the Palace of the Legion of Honor, and you’ll catch the disease that shipbuilders and artists share:  a fascination with the beauty of boats. In San Francisco you can see boats rocking lazily at the wharf or see them race on the Bay, sometimes airborne.  If you want just a tiny taste of the sea, sail away on one of the Bay cruises from Pier 39.

Happy Birthday Bay Bridge

SF Bay BridgeHappy Birthday, San Francisco’s beloved Bay Bridge!  You’re all sparkly and don’t look a day over 75.  Thanks to light sculptor Leo Villareal, San Franciscans got a spectacular opening of the art installation on Tuesday night.  Missed it?  Check out the video and other viewing opportunities on his website. (Cupid’s Span at Rincon Park isn’t a bad viewing location.  Take the #2 bus from Union Square.) And if you’re so inclined, donate what you can to literally keep these stunning but expensive lights on.