Stories about Visual Art

48 Hills: "Reigning Queens"

Recrowning the lost “Reigning Queens”

Rediscovered photos of downtown 1970s drag balls displayed at GLBT Museum, beginning Fri/23. By Marke B. ART LOOKS NYC's drag vogue balls have been all the rage in pop culture, ever since...
48 Hills: Folsom Parties 2015

Quick ‘n dirty guide to this year’s Folsom parties

Here piggy, piggies: The trough overfloweth with art openings, film screenings, late-night dancing, and daylight naughtiness. Plus: Some other parties!   By Marke B. PARTY RADAR OK, let's start with the GIANT...

BIG WEEK: What to do Sept 23-29, 2015

Folsom Street Fair, Oktoberfest, Superhero Street Fair, OMF, West Wave, Vibez Fest, Blues Fest, Royal Road, Tiara Sensation Pageant, more essential events this week. By Marke B.  BIG WEEK I just returned...
48 Hills: Mark I. Chester

Four decades of SF radical sex on display

New book, gallery show, and talk look back at photographer Mark I. Chester's vital, historic work in the leather-BDSM community. By Marke B. ART LOOKS He's been called "Leather's Proust" by famous sexologist...

Saving radical actions and spaces, virtually

Bay Area Society of Art and Activism "Collective Memory" project archives alternative history -- and wants you to contribute. By Caitlin Donohue ART LOOKS How to put this delicately. It could...

BIG WEEK: What to do Aug. 4-10, 2015

J-Pop Summit, Shakespeare in the Park, Pistahan Festival, Les Nubians, Janeane Garofalo, Jorge Drexler, and more essential events.  By Marke B. BIG WEEK First off, this weekend is Outside Lands (sold out!),...

La Chica Boom explodes herself (almost)

Multimedia artist brings raw, transformative retrospective to Galeria de la Raza -- hot sauce strap-ons included.  By Caitlin Donohue ART LOOKS Xandra Ibarra, a.k.a. Bay Area multimedia artist La Chica Boom, has built an international...

BIG WEEK: What to do July 28-August 3, 2015

Jerry Day, Jimmy Carter, Nihonmachi Street Fair, Ginger Pride Fest, Great Apes, Outsound, more essential events this week. By Marke B. BIG WEEK Alas, another abrupt closure on the local arts scene:...

BIG WEEK: Reggaefest, Night Light, National Ice Cream Day, MEX I AM, AC/DShe

Plus: Milk Gayla, Playwrights Festival, Cold Cave, Tenderloin Museum, Art of Rap fest, more: What to do this week, July 14-20, 2015 By Marke B.  Editor's Note: Hey y'all, welcome to...

Art Looks: Hardcore Cronenberg, Beast Crawl, Monster Drawing Rally, ‘Making a Scene,’ Symphony at Pier 27…

Colorful arts and culture events and happenings of note this week, July 8-13. By Marke B.  ART LOOKS After a too-long absence (about 10 years), Burning Man artist David Best's Temple at...