I stumbled across Yelena’s work the other day while perusing the internet for some images. Her illustrations immediately caught my eye, as I appreciate art that does not hide the sorrowful moments of life. Yelena appreciates this as well, but her art is also, paradoxically, bright, colorful, and of course extremely beautiful. Take a look. Read More
A few weeks ago, a friend took me out in San Francisco to see some live music in a small venue near the Castro. I’d never heard of any of the bands, but he knew I would enjoy the music because of the soulful, Southern gospel influences he said they had. I was intrigued.
When Noah Gundersen came out with his brother on drums, his sister on the violin, and friend on the cello, an electric current crawled across the room Read More
A little over a year ago I had a dual art show with photographer Foster Huntington for Impossible Polaroid Film in New York City. On opening night I wanted to introduce myself but couldn’t find him. I asked the event staff if he was coming and they replied he was “out on the road somewhere having an adventure’. Foster had ditched his New York design job, bought a WV van, and went Read More
We all know and love The Beatles, but do you know the story of The Beatles before they were THE Beatles? Backbeat the musical recently made its US debut at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and I had the lovely privilege of attending a showing before the opening (thank you Center Theatre Group!). Backbeat is the story of the world’s most famous band before they hit the big time. You know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but before there were 4, there was Read More
I recently attended a party at Project One Gallery in San Francisco where René Garcia Jr.’s art is displayed. I found myself much more captured by his work than the party itself. His larger-than-life images, mostly made out of glitter, are immensely colorful and imaginative. Several of his works are retrospective images from the media: a Bond girl, a storm trooper, Marylin Monroe, Johnny Cash. But they are also nostalgic: family days at the beach, the park, a day at the races. His talents expand further from his popular glitter paintings, but to Read More