The annual ResFest kicks off today at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The festival runs Thursday, September 30th - Sunday, October 3. Get the full schedule and ticket information online. www.resfest.com
September 2004 Archives
MacArthur Foundation announces their 2004 "genius award" winners... $500,000 - no strings attached. Four artists in the mix.
Metro's Gary Singh opens this week's article, Zine Scene, with a fitting quote by J.G. Ballard, "I feel that suburbia, which is generally regarded as a place where not that much happens, is in fact more crucial in terms of social change than people realize. Changing lifestyles, changes in social conciousness--they are much more apparent in a place like this." Singh's reference here is to San Jose and the Art of Zines 04 exhibit now showing at the San Jose Museum of Art. Read the article.
Just in time for Halloween...Big Lil's Comedy Caberet is having a rummage sale at 157 W. San Fernando Street (corner of San Pedro St.) In addition to their skit costumes, they have a piano, furniture, props and retro clothes/shoes. While you're there, ask about their "Save the Arts" petition.
The twentieth century is, among other things, the Age of Noise. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire -- we hold history's record for all of them. And no wonder; for all the resources of our almost miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence.
It seems that Tom Bihn isn't just making bags for laptop computers and other stuff these days. He's making friends with all those Americans that share his shame, not to mention the French reading consumers given privy access to the bottom portion of his bilingual washing instructions. The first six lines read just like the English, but the last three French lines are the ones creating all the stir. "We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We didn't vote for him."
The tag has created such a buzz that he produced a t-shirt with the label directions screenprinted on the front and is donating all the profits to the Seattle Vet Center. He's raised $16,000 so far!
Julie 'Jitterbug' Pearce glances skyward as she adjusts the quartz crystal atop her homemade UFO attracting device. The three large tubes are strobe lights while red lasers, hidden in the short silver tubes direct light at the crystal. She hopes the combination of lights and sound will attract UFOs. The box at lower right house a compass and an EMF (electromagnetic field detector) while the keyboard is available to communicate notes back to any intelligence that might answer. Full story here.
Just when you thought it couldn't get more surreal... A recent Japanese product targets those who like sleeping on their partner's chest, but don't necessarily have a partner around to do it with. So far they are said to have the shape right and have it padded appropriately for comfort. The additional selling point is that they've eliminated all the sounds and smells of the standard boyfriend and have even added an alarm clock which gently shakes the arm when it's time to get up.
FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN UNITED BY EXPERIENCE
Saturday, October 2, 7pm-11pm
1824 9th St
Oakland, CA 94607
call 510.839.0706 for advance tickets
admission: $10 in advance, $20 at the door
complimentary hor d'eurves and no host bar
Gregangelo & Velocity Circus Troupe Flying trapeze, a double Mongolian contortion act y Serchmaa Byambaa & Bolorma, SuperGigi, Troll Man Scott Norlund, an aerial rope act by Mark Trahan, DJ Magician Emcee Chin Chin. "Wonder Woman" Rachel Stegman and the film and visual art of Gavin Kroeber... and more.
"The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God." ~ Andrew Dickson White
Tucker Nichols is in an impressive group show at The Drawing Center in SoHo. (Hopefully they'll do an exhibit catalog. ) Thru Oct. 23rd.
The Write Doctors want you to submit your diary from your teen years....those hopes, dreams, bad poetry and self-obsessed ramblings about your life's profound urgencies that are now sitting in a box in your parents attic. Submit your old diary or journal entries for publication in the anthology "If You Read This I'll Kill You; Breaking into Our Teen Diaries." Deadline is Oct. 1, 2004
Aaron Ximm, aka Quiet American, presents Field Effects 20 at 964 Natoma in San Francisco on Friday, September 17th. The Field Effects series showcases the use of found sound, found materials, and field recordings in media art, presented in a uniquely comfortable environment. It's one of the most consistently remarkable events that we've been attending (since Field Effects 1) in the bay area. We highly recommend it. Doors open at 8 p.m. $6-10 sliding donation at the door.
"The world makes music, remember to listen." ~ Quiet American
+ Over 60 artists displaying original artist's books, fine press books, prints, multiples and zines
+ Letterpress printing demonstations
+ Educational Exhibits
October 2, 2004
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (free admission)
Foothill College in Los Altos Hills
->from 280, exit El Monte Rd. - West.
->Park in Lot #1 and follow signs to Book Art Jam
!!! remember to bring eight quarters for parking !!!
Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence opens September 17th! Watch the trailer. We highly recommend watching the Japanese version - longer download, but worth the wait.
During an interview with Gregory Corso and Allan Ginsberg in 1961, Burroughs states:
"To concern yourself with surface political conflicts is to make the mistake of the bull in the ring, you are charging the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him to follow, obey the cloth."
Corso asks, "Who manipulates the cloth?"
To which Burroughs answers, "Death."
Jook Leung has made a new, full screen panorama from this year's Tribute in Light in NYC to commemorate 9/11.
The "Downtown's Crown Jewel" opening ceremonies is Friday, September 17th, beginning at Noon with the Mayor's dedication. The open house and tours begin at 4pm. The public is invited to attend - 345 South First Street, downtown San Jose.
To showcase the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking, Nicktoons, Frederator Studios and Animation Magazine have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind competition called The Nicktoons Film Festival. They're looking for the best cartoons on the planet–animated shorts that combine a unique look, great character design and a funny plot. You just might get a slot in their compilation series that will broadcast on Nicktoons this fall and take home the Nicktoons Film Festival Grand Prize of $10,000! Get more info, download your entry form and send in your film. details here
Residing in San Jose is FAN HO, an internationally awarded photographer (268 awards) and acclaimed Hong Kong / Taiwan film director (25 films) . You can see his 50 year retrospective at Modernbook Gallery beginning Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 - 10pm at the opening reception.
It's been common knowledge if not common practice in the emerging music industry for samples of notes, beats and melodies to be plucked from here and borrowed from there as long as the appropriation held up to the under less than 10 seconds rule... The thought going around was that it was considered safe to sample less than 10 consecutive seconds of any given work to create a new piece without paying licensing rights. But even then there was plenty of controversy and opposing opinions depending on which side of the sample you resided on. A recent decision from a federal court of appeals looks to put an end to the argument altogether. Their judgement makes no distinction between borrowing 1 second of a copyrighted song versus the entire work. Pay a license fee or pay a fine. Read the full AP story here on Wired.
If you are not aware of this already, chances are you will one day stumble across an email in your inbox that starts out like... "On NPR's Morning Edition last week, Nina Totenberg said that if the Supreme Court supports Congress, it is in effect the end of the National Public Radio (NPR), NEA & the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). PBS, NPR and the arts are facing major cutbacks in funding..." The truth can be found here on NPR's website including news that Congress recently approved a $390 million funding level for fiscal year 2005. More info about the original petition and what to do if you receive a copy here.
There have already been over 1500 arrests from the protests in New York during the Republican National Convention this week. An A-Noise street correspondent just claimed this is the highest number of arrests from any protest in America yet. Can anyone confirm this? Listen in to live broadcasts of the RNC protests from the streets of NYC.
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads from Americus I tonight at City Lights Bookstore in S.F. He describes his work as "part documentary, part public pillow-talk, part personal epic... a descant, a canto unsung, a banal history, a true fiction, lyric and political..." The reading begins tonight at 7p.m. at 261 Columbus Avenue. Admission is free.
On Saturday, Sept. 11th, 11am - 5pm, Michael Franti and his group Spearhead with Guerrilla Management bring you the 6th Annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, SF.