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Check Out Amoeba's Blue Note Pop-Up Shop at Sonos Studio

Posted by Billy Gil, September 17, 2014 04:40pm | Post a Comment

In celebration of legendary jazz and blues label Blue Note’s 75th anniversary, Amoeba Music has partnered with Sonos Studio in Los Angeles and Blue Note Records to bring a Blue Note vinyl pop-up shop to Sonos’ “Born in Blue: Remixed and Reissued” exhibition.

Amoeba’s pop-up shop is open from 12 to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and features Blue Note vinyl for sale along with listening stations. Amoeba’s shop represents Sonos Studio’s first ever “Records-in-Residency” program.

The exhibition, which began last week, will stay open through Oct. 24. It features Blue Note’s iconic album art remixed by Phil Bicker, Letman and Shadrach Lindo for Studio Lindo. The exhibition also featured a performance by Robert Glasper.

Check out some photos of the exhibition and the pop-up shop below (photos by Ralf Strathmann):


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SF's Shipyard Artists Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Spring Open Studios

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 29, 2014 07:18pm | Post a Comment

Shipyard Artists (America’s largest artist colony with more than 280 artist work studios) and the Bayview Opera House have teamed up to present the 25th Anniversary of their Spring Open Studios. Join them at the Hunters Point Shipyard on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th from 11am - 6pm to view the work of over 125 participating artists. Special features for the 25th Anniversary will include food by the Bayview Underground Food Scene PopUp Market with many local vendors, live jazz with the Garrett Kobsef Duo and the Ollie Dudek Duo, a youth art show, and a participatory art zone for kids. Admission and parking are free!

Find out more about the 25th Anniversary Spring Open Studios HERE!
 

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(Be sure to wear flowers in your hair.)

Posted by Job O Brother, March 11, 2014 01:55pm | Post a Comment
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(Look close – I'm the guy in the green shirt next to the building.)


I recently returned from a week-long stay in San Francisco.

Now, before you jump to conclusions that’ll confuse matters as I continue on with my story about San Fran, (yes, there’s even more to the story!) it’s important to clarify I was in San Francisco, California – not, I repeat not, San Francisco, Córdoba.

Okay? I just saved you from asking a bunch of inappropriate questions about whether I heard any good cuarteto while away, plus making embarrassingly irrelevant jokes about “getting a dolor de la panza from eating too much Cabsha Alfajores de Dulce de Leche Cubierto con Chocolate.” I know you too well, dear reader! You and your assumptions.

San Francisco, California is located roughly 3,670 miles south-west of Prince Edward Island, but don’t confuse the two – only one of these locations was watered with the many tears of the Mi’kmaq people and named after a British royal who was no fun at drinking-games.

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Hint: This couple never went to a Giants game.

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Amoeba Berkeley's Own Billy Sprague's New Art Show Opening Tonight At Four Barrel in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2013 03:50pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Berkeley's own Billy Sprague - the music and art loving, multi-talented artist, musician (Galena is his project name), photographer,  and owner of the Sanity Muffin cassette label has an art opening tonight (Thursday, November 14th from 6pm to 8pm) at coffee/art spot Four Barrel on Valencia Street in San Francisco that the artist has been "slowly and consistently building" for the past five months, he said. "It's comprised of mostly large scale drawings, and frottage: abstract and surreal with a special attention to balance and flow," he said noting that, for inspiration, that he has been, "listening to a lot of minimalist classical music like Morton Feldman and practiced my own sort of meditation before and during the production of these works. My hopes were [that] this practice would transpire into and through the images and continue to convey this energy as the pieces move on to new environments." At Four Barrel, where his exhibit will be on display through December 18th, Sprague will be selling a limited edition show catalog/zine and 11" x 17" scale full color signed and limited edition prints of three of the pieces at this evening's opening. As he busily prepared to get the exhibit all up on display the artist took a few moments to answer some questions (scroll down) about his exhibit that includes the pieces of art above and below.
 

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Lucien Levy-Dhurmer -- Artist, explorer, and autumn son

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer was a Symbolist and Art Nouveau artist who was born on this day in 1865. In France, he is still celebrated in some quarters for his work -- which includes paintings, drawings,Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer ceramics, furniture and interior design -- but he remains obscure, especially outside the Francosphere. Even though there aren't any films about him that I know of -- or even any books that I've found -- I'm hopefully wrong. In that case, let me know so that I can add them to this entry and tell fans to seek them out. In any case, he's also a great artist to look at because he was born in autumn, died in autumn, and most of his most recognizable work has a great, autumnal, crepuscular quality which is perfect for viewing as the nights grow longer and summer fades.


CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION

Lévy was born 30 September, 1865 in Algiers (then part of occupied French Algeria) to Salomon Lévy and Pauline-Amélie Goldhurmer. In 1879, when he was fourteen years old, Lévy began studying drawing and sculpture at École communale supérieure de Dessin et Sculpture in Paris. He first exhibited in 1882 at the Salon de Paris, where he showed a ceramic piece, La Naissance de Vénus, d'après Cabanel -- a reference to painter Alexandre Cabanel). 
A Iridescent and Lustre Earthenware Vase by Lucien Levy, circa 1887
EARLY CAREER 


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