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John Dwyer Sat @N&P
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:27

SAN FRANCISCO --- Front man for Thee Ohsees John Dwyer opens the solo show of pencil drawings in "Landlord Apocalypse" opening Saturday, 12/7 at Needles and Pens (7-10pm) -FULL DETAILS

Listen to our good times '07 interview w/ Dwyer where he speaks of music in Providence, Start of the Coachwhips, Touring, Fighting in Toronto, Drugs, Recording, Favorite Shows, New Ohsees Album, Meric Long, and much much more LISTEN & check his Musical Mix here.

John Dwyer at Needles & Pens Saturday, 12/7

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Creativity Explored 2013 Annual Holiday Art Sale
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:33

SAN FRANCISCO --- At our home some of our most treasured original artworks were purchased at Creativity Explored where the work is not only loose great folk art styled but was also purchased for a steal with the proceeds going to support the fantastic SF art program which benefits artists with developmental disabilities. Creativity Explored provides a supportive studio environment for artists with developmental disabilities in which they receive individualized instruction from mentoring artists, quality art materials, and professional opportunities to exhibit their work.

Every year Creativity Explored hosts a weekend Holiday Sale where these inexpensive works are even less expensive. A great place to pick up original unique gifts for family and friends... Not only that but their opening receptions are worth getting to. Wine, food, music, etc on Friday. ~FULL DETAILS

Opening Reception -- Friday, 12/6 -- 6-9pm

Opening Weekend -- Saturday, 12/7 & Sunday, 12/8 -- 12-5pm ~FULL DETAILS

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A Rare Look at the Tunnels Under San Francisco
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:15

We had no idea of all these tunnels throughout San Francisco

In the early '90s my friends and I used to tape flashlights to the handlebars of our bikes and go riding around in underground storm drain tunnels. There was a whole network of these tunnels under the city that sat empty for most of the year. We would go for miles snaking up and down the sides of the tubes, clapping and yelling to see how far our echoes would carry, eventually popping out in some other part of the city covered in cobwebs and bat guano. When the tubes got too small, we laid down on skateboards and kept going. If we found a flooded part, we taped garbage bags around our legs and crossed our fingers. -READ ON

 
Marco Rea
Monday, 25 November 2013 16:05

Italian based Marco Rea does some great work with spray paint over "billboards". method.

 
Hell Yeah! (a WWF colouring book!)
Friday, 22 November 2013 13:54

Michael Coley who runs Belly Kids emailed to let us know of his latest... Hell Yeah! (a WWF colouring book!) <-- "The most electrifying book in sports entertainment. It's our dedication to the best baby faces and the most hated heels of WWF wrestling. Think Macho Man Randy Savage, DX, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mankind, The Rock, Chyna and many others!" [PREVIEW]

Give the gift of coloring book. Kids young and old can get down with some quality time of staying inside the lines... or hell, be a Charlie and break out of the boundaries! 7 Euro dollars here.

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SOEX's Juried Show - Friday
Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:00

SAN FRANCISCO --- SOEX will open their juried show This Will Never Work this Friday, Nov 22nd (7-10pm) featuring works by Northern California based artists w/ the theme this year: crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams

This annual exhibition has become the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. Each year a different theme is selected to inspire and encourage a broad level of artistic expression. This year’s exhibition sought crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams. All ideas and forms were considered.
-complete show details

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POOPle
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 12:06

11/20 Update: After 2 trips to the Apple store with them installing 2 new batteries and restoring the phone, it was determined there was "something" wrong with the phone and I had to buy a "new"/ same 4s phone since I wasn't eligible for an upgrade. In any case, be warned about that 7.0.4 update if you have a 4s. I'm sticking with 7.0.2 on this "new" phone.

Everyone has had or knows of someone who's had a an IPhone explode on them through one of their wonderful IOS updates. Well, add us to the list, because after updating to their recent 7.0.4 our IPhone 4s stopped charging even though the icon on the phone indicated it was charging... and after being on the charger all night, the battery drained to zero, and now the wonderful device won't boot up at all and is now a very expensive waste of space.

If you're considering updating your phone, do so with caution, and if you have any solutions for us, we'd sure to be happy to hear them. Got a hot date with the Apple staff tonight which we're sure will end with them telling us to buy a new phone... Wonderful.

 
_+++Cloud Project
Monday, 18 November 2013 16:19

from the series : cloud project - Brooklyn, NY - Benjamin Lozninger / //

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David De La Mano
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:56

Our buddy Flavio in Sao Paulo connects us with some South American works and oftens emails over some mural action from David De La Mano of Uruguay like this great piece.

Can view more of his work here & here.

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CRABTREE by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:00

SAN FRANCISCO --- Our friend Tucker Nichols is set to release the new book CRABTREE published through McSweeney's with a reading/ launch party scheduled for Saturday, Nov 16th at SF's Gallery 16 in SOMA. ~complete details

via Nichols "It's a book mostly for kids about a man named Alfred Crabtree who has a wispy comb-over and way too many possessions. Jon made most of the words, and I made most of the pictures."

Tucker Nichols new book published through McSweeney's

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Nonprofit helping arts groups stay in Mid-Market
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:27

SAN FRANCISCO --- The city along with some non profit organizations are still trying to get arts organizations into the Tenderloin and Mid Market areas.

... a novel collaboration between the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Northern California Community Loan Fund, Mayor Ed Lee's office and others has created a nonprofit that is buying buildings to allow arts groups to remain in or move into Mid-Market. The nonprofit will provide the space to arts groups in rent-to-own arrangements, with the goal of having organizations like the Luggage Store buy their buildings in seven to 10 years.

Smith, co-founder of the Luggage Store gallery, has been a staple on the arts scene since before he and partner Laurie Lazar moved into their space on the top floor of 1007 Market St. in June 1991. Back then rent was a little over $600 a month for about 1,000 square feet on a tough stretch near the corner of Sixth Street.

The start is modest. The first two buildings - 1007 Market, along with 80 Turk St., the vacant former Dollhouse adult theater - were quietly bought over the past three months by the nonprofit Community Arts Stabilization Trust with money from the Rainin Foundation.

Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the rapidly changing area, will announce the building purchases Wednesday as part of an effort to preserve an arts core in Mid-Market. -READ ON

 
FutureFarmers @Gallery 16
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:46

FUTUREFARMERS TAKING STOCK <-- Gallery 16 (San Francisco) is excited to announce a major exhibition/archaeological look at the important Bay Area art collective Futurefarmers. This exhibition will present objects spanning nearly 20 years of art making.

Futurefarmers has been practicing as a collective since 1994. Founded by Amy Franceschini, this multifaceted design team has run the gamut, both in terms of production and systems of audience engagement. Between 1995-2005, Futurefarmers operated as a high-profile design studio creating, among so much other material, the now ubiquitous logo for Twitter.

Opening Fri Nov 15th (6 – 9pm) ~Show details

Futurefarmers @Gallery 16 in SF

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It's Getting Expensive Around Here
Monday, 11 November 2013 13:46

SAN FRANCISCO --- Ok, we all know that it's becoming nearly impossible for an artist to survive in a city as expensive as San Francisco is these days where the average price for a 1 bedroom costs $2800/ month. Art school graduates earn their degrees then hit the road for Oakland, Los Angeles or even New York as SF has surpassed the Big Apple in living costs... Artists we've known for years seem to be spilling down the coast to Los Angeles.

The purpose of this post isn't to complain about rent costs (plenty of blogs and new stories for that), but instead we wanna get out and visit with those who are hanging in there and surviving and thriving in San Francisco as an artist. Are you a full time artist trying to keep your SF zip code? Drop us a line with some samples of your work, and maybe we'll swing out to your studio for a little visit - john(at)fecalface.com

 
"Double Trouble" Sunday at Alley Cat
Friday, 08 November 2013 11:52

Our buddies Matt Furie & Aiyana Udesen will be showing with Yuka Ezoe and Naoki Onodera at Alley Cat books in the Mission of 24th St across from Philz Coffee. Opening reception Sunday, Nov 10th (6-9pm).

Furie and Udesen are driving up from Los Angeles for the opening. Stop through, and high 5 the talented duo.

Work by Aiyana Udesen

 
Jay Bo in Amsterdam
Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:59

AMSTERDAM --- Kevin Taylor turned us onto Jay Bo's great paintings (interviewed). Really like them and he's about to show a new group of them in the solo show The Space Between at Amsterdam's at Kallenbach Gallery tonight (11/7). If you're in that neck of the world, be sure to get to the show.

Preview and video profile w/ Jay Bo.

Jay Bo at Amsterdam's at Kallenbach Gallery tonight (11/7)

Click above image for a video profile on the great painter

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