Arts & Culture

5:16pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Bluegrass in Northern California

Musical Previews on Bluegrass Signal

Banjo player Bill Evans, photographed here at Fantasy Studios with some of the musicians who play on his new album, is among those performing in NorCal during March and April.

Saturday (March 3rd), 6:30 - 8:00 pm -
Peter Thompson presents musical previews of the annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, Redwood Bluegrass concerts, Rhonda Vincent's and Jayme Stone's visits to the area, and other upcoming events.

A few of those taking part in Bill Evans' new album, "In Good Company" are pictured above (L->R): Tashin Clarridge, Tristan Clarridge, David Grier, Bill, Todd Phillips, engineer Tom Size, Mike Marshall, and Darol Anger.

 

 

 

3:05pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Discovering jazz beats off the beaten path

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/34715674@N08/3219512812/in/photostream/

Yoshi’s, the Paramount, the Great American Music Hall – these are some of the Bay Area’s best-known music venues. Then, there are the less widely known, but still popular spots, like the Mission’s Red Poppy Art House, or Oakland’s Cafe Van Kleef. And then there are the places no one knows about. The places you sometimes can’t find even if you know where to look.

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2:12pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Meet Emeryville's first poet laureate

Janell Moon, Emeryville Poet Laureate

Emeryville, best known for big box stores and a movie complex, currently has something San Francisco lacks: a poet laureate.

One would expect San Francisco, home of the beat poets of the fifties, to have the position – and it does, but the term of the previous poet has expired. This will be remedied soon; candidates interested in the post have two more days to file.

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12:42pm

Mon February 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Local Music: MJ's Brass Boppers

MJ’s Brass Boppers leader Naazir Magbool was born and raised in Oakland, but you’d think this Second Line Brass Band was straight from New Orleans. They often play on the streets of San Francisco, but you can hear them inside this Friday at Disco Volante in Oakland, starting about 9pm.
 

12:43pm

Thu February 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

“Art for art’s sake” and the movement that created it

John Spencer Stanhope, Love and the Maiden, 1877. Tempera, gold paint and gold leaf on canvas.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Perhaps you’ve been to an art gallery or museum exhibit where you didn’t... fully understand the artist’s intentions. You know: “My kindergartener could do that” syndrome. Scottish philosopher David Hume put it this way: “When objects of any kind are first presented to the eye or imagination, the sentiment, which attends them, is obscure and confused; and the mind is, in a great measure, incapable of pronouncing, concerning their merits or defects.” [Of the Standard of Taste, 1757] 

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