Stark Picks for the Week Ending 8/2/08

Hello Art Enthusiasts!

This summer I have been hard at work preparing for the fall launch of, a comprehensive resource for collecting art in San Francisco. More details on that soon!

This week I am introducing a new Stark Guide feature: my picks for the week. When merited, I’ll let you know of great art events taking place around town.

My selections will consist of artist talks, curator lectures, and open houses: great ways to learn more about art while socializing with artists, art professionals, and fellow enthusiasts.

If you’re looking for information on regular gallery openings and listings, I recommend the San Francisco Chronicle’s 96 Hours, available as an insert in the paper every Thursday.

Art for Obama
Tuesday, July 29, 2008; 6:30 - 9:00 pm
77 Geary between Kearny and Grant
The gang at 77 Geary is collaborating to host a unique fundraising event for our next President: “Art for Obama.” All galleries are participating: Adler & Co, Rena Bransten, George Krevsky, Marx & Zavaterro, Patricia Sweetow, and Togonon. $5 minimum donation & a percent of art sold that evening will go to Obama's campaign.
For more information contact contact Lori Sottile (415) 397-9748

Rene de Guzman in conversation with Mark Tribe
Friday, August 1, 2008; 6:30 pm
James Moore Theatre, Oakland Museum
Directions from San Francisco:
Join Rene de Guzman, Sr. Curator, Oakland Museum, for a preview of the film Chicago 10 (6:30 pm) followed by a discussion with Mark Tribe about his Port Huron Project, a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the 1960s and '70s (7:30 pm)
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More on the Port Huron Project:

What is Bay Area Art Now?
Saturday, August 2, 2008; 2:00 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street btw 3rd and 4th Streets
For 15 years, YBCA has been championing the work of emerging artists of the Bay Area, in a triennial showcase that has launched many careers, but is the concept of a regional exhibition outmoded? What does it mean to be a Bay Area artist in a world that is both local and global? Moderated by YBCA Executive Director Kenneth Foster, this conversation brings together YBCA’s multidisciplinary offering of BAN 5 artists including Todd Brown, Co-Director of the Red Poppy Art House; performance artist, Dohee Lee; Madeleine Lim, Executive Director of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP); visual artist Lauren Woods; and a surprise guest. (Free.)
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Eleanor Harwood Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Saturday, August 2, 2008; 4:00-6:00 pm
1632 C Market Street (btw Franklin and Gough near Zuni)
Join Eleanor Harwood in conversation about her paintings on view at Lincart. Enjoy cake baked by the artist at this closing reception.
(Take the historic Market Street F-line trolley door to door.)
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