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‘Sweeping of Giants’ group show encompasses diverse styles

With contemporary artists each pursuing distinctive visions, tracing a unifying thread in a multi-artist exhibition can present a curatorial challenge. Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery in Oakland takes this challenge head on in their new dynamic exhibition, “Sweeping of Giants,” which features works from artists Robert Bowen, Jessica Jenkins, Jeff
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SOMArts exhibit spotlights illegal expressions of art

Your heart accelerates as adrenaline soaks through your system. The “high” is triggered by the SOMArts exhibition “I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law” where amber lights flash from a mock police car and panicked voices echo out of video sets. The show captures the weight of the
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Film This Friday, The Castro Theatre shows Andrzej Zulawski’s newly unearthed “Possession.” This 1981 film has been traveling the repertory circuit, at the BAMcinematek in New York and The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. The film is half body horror nightmare, half poem to broken East Berlin, and a wholly anxiety-filled
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Public art project positively depicts Occupy protesters

Twentyfourth Street was barren.  Two 25-foot photographs pasted on the side of the New Parkway Theater in Oakland were torn asunder.  Their faces incomplete, half-formed, had been disfigured by the rain, the tattered remnants swung idly to and fro, like paper pendulums signaling the apocalyptic end of an uproarious revolutionary
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Film This Friday afternoon, at 3 p.m., the Berkeley Art Museum is hosting Film Forward, a colloquium on the state of film education, curation and criticism. Prominent Bay Area film personalities will be on the panel, including independent filmmakers Tiffany Shlain (“Connected”) and Barry Jenkins (“Medicine for Melancholy”), film journalists
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Art Show Examines Audiences

In “Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large” peasants become U.N. diplomats, Muhammad Ali is erased from film footage, and mosh pits are recreated. These are all a part of a new multimedia group show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts that examines our human nature both as
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Film Readers know I have talked about “Melancholia” ad nauseum, but this Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco could be your last chance to see Lars von Trier’s spectacular film on the big screen. It’s kind of a trek, but witnessing “Melancholia” — which stars Kirsten
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Art exhibit explores nature themes for Jewish holiday

The launching point for the “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought” exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is a commandment from the Old Testament: “When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof
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