George Krevsky Gallery is showing their annual tribute to America’s favorite game, “Out of the Park.” They will also be hosting a baseball salon, featuring poetry, literature, music and videos. Marty Lurie, host of KNBR’s Giants Pre-Game show, is the MC of the evening’s lineup. Featuring a film of Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading his famous poem “Baseball Canto,” Bay Area actor Earll Kingston reminiscing about childhood baseball memories, and SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) member, Ed Attanasio, sharing a whimsical story of “Sister Sandy Koufax,” and much more. http://www.georgekrevskygallery.com/
San Francisco Public Library. The 1960s and ’70s were among San Francisco’s most exciting times. Photographer Phiz Mezey’s 82 photos in “We Live Here,” on view at the San Francisco Main Library, document with feeling and perception some of the period’s defining events and prominent personalities.
Her photos of the lengthy 1968-69 San Francisco State University student strike — in which protesters demanded more minority representation — are filled with action and detail. They capture police marching with clubs, strikers being beaten and a demonstrator talking through a bullhorn.
Another series of images details the “Redevelopment of the Western Addition,” an urban renewal effort that did not go the way planners in the 1940s and ’50s forecast.
Many buildings were demolished, but little rebuilding occurred, and the area — with a 60 percent black population — was vacant for decades. Although $50 million was spent, redevelopment efforts ultimately destroyed thriving minority communities and displaced residents permanently from San Francisco. Hours and times at the website. http://sfpl.org/
Santa Barbara Museum of Art. “California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego.” By the turn of the century, Impressionism was practiced in one form or another throughout the globe. When first introduced in France, the group later known as Impressionists were greeted with scorn and scathing criticism by both critics and the public. But by the time this style reached the West coast, much of the initial hostility had dissipated and the style was becoming part of the accepted art canon.
In America, a distinct version of Impressionism dominated mainstream art from roughly 1890 to 1930. The relatively new state of California was no exception to the trend, its breathtaking scenery providing the prime subject matter for painters working “en plein air,” or outdoors. Inspired by the special light and color of the state’s landscape, they helped to create modern landscape painting.
The regional style of California Impressionism was created by a diverse group of cosmopolitan painters. These locals and transplants traveled throughout the state of California as well as to artist colonies and metropolitan centers in the Midwest, East coast, and Europe. They were in search of artistic inspiration, both from nature, and from exposure to the art of the past and present.
Through June 16, 2013
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