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MARCH ART EVENTS: GO OUT & GET INVOLVED

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It’s March– things are finally warming up (and drying up!) in the Bay Area, and the month’s madness is starting up again.  Spend your first day of March at Oakland’s First Fridays or stop by an art gallery opening in San Francisco.  There’s also a Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon, parties that are raising money for your favorite causes, and tons of other ways to make an impact on the Bay.HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DEMONS
Local experimental video artist Lanéya Billingsley, aka Billie0cean, opens her solo show at Classic Cars West.  Her work is honey-dipped and plastic-wrapped, and comments on the inner and outer selves and the maintenance of self love.  Read more about Billie0cean in our interview with the artist here.  

OPENING RECEPTION: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DEMONS
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 6PM
CLASSIC CARS WEST
INFO

SENATOR WIENER’S EAST ON WEST EXHIBIT
Senator Scott Wiener is hosting a group exhibit of San Francisco Bay Area artists from the Asian diaspora in his office in the State of California Building.  The exhibition features 27 artists who are inspired by their roots in the Far East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  

OPENING RECEPTION: EAST ON WEST
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 5 – 7PM
455 BROADWAY
INFO & TICKETS  

 

VSCO MICRO GALLERY
Stop by the VSCO HQ in Oakland for the opening of The Hair Appointment, a new exhibition of work from creators Josef Adamu and Jeremy Rodney-Hall.  The artists explore the symbolic power of hair styling through their photography.  There will be light bites and drinks for the VSCO community at the opening.  

OPENING RECEPTION:THE HAIR APPOINTMENT
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 5 – 8PM
VSCO
1500 BROADWAY, #300
INFO & RSVPPASSIONATE ENGAGEMENT
Luggage Store Gallery and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center are teaming up to present a retrospective exhibition of Nancy Hom’s 45-year art career in San Francisco.  A selection of silkscreens, installations, and an evolving mandala installation will be on view at the show.   

OPENING RECEPTION: PASSIONATE ENGAGEMENT – THE ART OF NANCY HOM
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 7 – 9PM
LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY
INFO

GALLERY GLOW
Join the artists of the Neon Legends show at Transmission Gallery in celebrating the end of their exhibition.  Some of the show’s pieces include wearable neons, interactive work, and some of the most elaborate neon sculptures that you’ve ever seen.

CLOSING RECEPTION: NEON LEGENDS
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2 – 4PM
TRANSMISSION GALLERY, 770 W GRAND AVE
INFO

 

SADIE, PHONE HOME
Oakland native Sadie Barnette will be speaking about her installation PHONE HOME currently on view at MoAD at this intimate talk.  Barnette’s glittering gold and platinum pieces are inspired by the history of West Coast aesthetics and politics.  

ARTIST TALK: SADIE BARNETTE
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 4 – 5:30PM
MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
INFO & TICKETS

 

MITANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Catch this screening of the award winning documentary about pop star M.I.A. at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland.  Follow her rise to fame and learn more about her political activism.    

M.I.A. DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 12:30 – 2:30PM
THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER
INFO & TICKETS

 

QT CLOTHING SWAP
CRTL+SHFT Collective invites you to bring in your gently used clothing or take home some new items at this swap for trans and queer folks (but everyone is welcome).  There will be tea for attendees to enjoy, and all leftover clothes will be donated to Out of the Closet.

QUEER + TRANS AFFIRMING CLOTHING SWAP
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 4:30 – 6:30PM
CRTL+SHFT COLLECTIVE
INFO

 

DIY SILK-SCREENING
Learn how to silk-screen print on your own blank t-shirts or canvases at this free hands-on workshop in Berkeley.  After mastering the process, it’s only a matter of time before you’re making punk patches, too!

SILK-SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 7 – 9PM
THE LONG HAUL INFOSHOP
INFO

 

A LITERARY MIXTAPE
Catch live performances by emerging authors during this curated “literary mixtape” from Quiet Lighting at the Hotel Kabuki.  There will be free copies of sPARKLE + bLINK 98 featured letterpressed covers by Amos Klausner for the first 100 people.  

QUIET LIGHTNING #125
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 7 – 10PM
HOTEL KABUKI
INFO

 

WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
Participate in sixth annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an event focused on improving the representation of women and non-binary individuals in the world’s largest online encyclopedia.  There will be experienced editors ready to help you during the event, and free snacks and drinks.

ART + FEMINISM 2019 WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1 – 4:30PM
CCA LIBRARIES, 1111 8TH ST
INFO

 

MOSS INDEX SCREENING SERIES
Catch Artists’ Television Access’ screening series Moss Index, which features haunted landscapes, strange lifeforms, and tools for viewing the invisible.  Moss Index invites viewers to take second look at the nature that surrounds our environment.

MOSS INDEX VOLUME 2
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 8 – 10PM
ARTISTS’ TELEVISION ACCESS
INFO

 

A POLAROID EXHIBITION
Craig Wedren will be presenting a selection of polaroids from his life and the music scene in the 90’s and the early 00’s.  Apart from being a songwriter and singer, he’s also spent time on the road with Fugazi, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, members of The State.

CRAIG WEDREN: MY 90’S
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 6 – 11PM
THE LOIN, 914 LARKIN ST
INFO & TICKETS

 

CAFECITO Y CUBILETE
As part of the The Tallest Part of the Arch, a group exhibition curated by SoEx Curatorial Council Member Marcela Pardo Ariza, join the community at Southern Exposure for a night of music, games, and interactive art.  There will be coffee and cuban dice, courtesy of Amy Vázquez, music from DJ Sessy Papi Chula, and live performance by XUXA SANTAMARIA, the experimental dance music duo of Sofía Córdova + Matt Gonzalez Kirkland.  

XUXU SANTAMARIA / CAFECITO Y CABILETE / DJ SESSY PAPI CHULA
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 7 – 9PM
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
INFO

 

BORDER COLLECTIVE POP-UP EXHIBIT
The Border Collective, an organization that empowers Latin-American artists and makers in the Bay Area, has organized another pop-up exhibit at the Consulate General of Mexico.  There will be fun sips, snacks, and a live performance by Latin pop duo IndiviDúo.  

OPENING RECEPTION: THE BORDER COLLECTIVE
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 5:30 – 9PM
CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO
INFO & TICKETS

 

BETWEEN BEAUTY & HORROR
Oakland-based artist Leila Weefur and art critic Elena Gross will be doing a lecture-performance and book release in conjunction with Weefur’s show at Aggregate Space Gallery. Her show Between Beauty & Horror explores the dichotomy between these two concepts in the context of the Black experience.  Note: Aggregate Space Gallery has also announced that they are facing displacement due to rising rent and other costs, read more here

BETWEEN BEAUTY & HORROR: PERFORMANCE & BOOK RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 7:30 – 9PM
THE LAB
INFO

 

#UNDOCUFEST
Show some support for the Dreamer Fund at its 2nd Annual Signature event #UndocuFest at El Rio in the Mission.  The event brings together artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and activist together to support our undocumented & immigrant community.  

UNDOCUFEST
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2 – 8PM
EL RIO
INFO

Local art everywhere! The work of 300 or so local artists adorn the walls of the Mezzanine while the music plays, the bar flows, and a big crowd of punters rub elbows.  This event is usually light-hearted and fun, I mean, there are some 300 artists and there friends there to have a good time. The artwork consists of everything from professional photogs to amateur painters.

Pancakes & Booze
Saturday March 9, 8pm
Mezzanine SF
INFO & Tickets

 

 

CCA MFA EXHIBITION
The graduating class of artists in CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts will be opening a two-week exhibition of their work.  Over 23 emerging artists will be showing their thesis work at Minnesota Street Project.

OPENING RECEPTION: 2019 CCA MFA EXHIBITION
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 6 – 8PM
MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
INFO & RSVP

 

ETHER HERE NOR THERE
Check out the opening for an exhibition by Anthony Grant at Streamline Cafe & Art Salon.  DJ 2Thicc will also be playing music during the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: ETHER HERE NOR THERE
SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 6 – 9PM
STREAMLINE CAFE & ART SALON
INFO

 

BLACK POWER NOW
Learn more about the impact of the Black Power movement through a panel discussion with Ericka Huggins, a former leading member of the Black Panther Party, Mwende Hinojosa, production manager at Reveal News, and more.  The museum also has a new gallery called Black Power that features a more illustrative history of Black anti-racists activists’ work  in California.

IN CONVERSATION: BLACK POWER NOW
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2 – 3:30PM
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
INFO & TICKETS

 

SISTER SPIT AT THE STUD
Join 7 interdisciplinary artists and writers at the Stud for a night of Sister Spit, where they will be sharing about their work and identities.  The diverse selection of artists each will each share stories inspired by things like their hometowns, punk-rock music, family origins, and other things that they like (or dislike).   

SISTER SPIT 2019 X THE STUD
MONDAY, MARCH 11, 7 – 9PM
THE STUD
INFO

 

ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DIGITAL AGE
This art exhibition examines the digital transformation of architecture (and construction) through prototypes, a VR experience, and research findings from the Swiss University ETH Zurich.  Other technologies like computational design and digital fabrication were also used to construct the experimental buildings in the show.

OPENING RECEPTION: HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 6 – 9PM
SWISSNEX, PIER 17, SUITE 800
INFO & RSVP

 

ON RICHARD SERRA
Learn more about the life and work of Richard Serra, who’s famous for his site-specific steel structures, with art historian Hal Foster.  The artist’s six-decade career has produced countless pieces that are still an inspiration for modern artists and architects.

HAL FOSTER: ON RICHARD SERRA
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 7 – 9PM
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
INFO & TICKETS

 

SLIDE SLAM
Listen to MFA Candidates from schools around the Bay Area talk about their work in this biennial juried exhibition.  The show includes twenty-five artists, who are each showing a single piece that reflects their creative practice in their programs.  

MFA NOW SLIDE SLAM
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 6:30 – 8:30PM
ROOT DIVISION
INFO

 

ARTS FOR OCEANS’ SAKE
The Midway opens a new multidisciplinary exhibition Ocean-Bound: Plastic Waste and Why We are Bound to the Health of Our Oceans in partnership with Lonely Whale.  The event will start with a cocktail hour in a gallery sounded by hyperrealistic drawings of the world’s icebergs, inflatable sculptures, and recycled waste sculptures.  

OPENING RECEPTION: OCEAN-BOUND FT. MUSIC HEADLINER, LILLY HIATT
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 6PM – 1:30AM
THE MIDWAY
INFO & TICKETS

 

 

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