Unseen Gallery—a new exhibit space specializing in fantasy, art nouveau, erotica, surrealism and other fringe art—opens this week at 108 Morningside SE, just east of the Nob Hill Shopping Center. During the grand opening from Wednesday, March 17, through Saturday, March 20, you can chow on homemade cookies, fudge, chips and dip and slurp unseen punch while browsing original work by Darla Hallmark, Josie Mohr, Jess Taddick, Daral Crowne and Rita Coleman. Call 232-2161 or log onto unseengallery.com for details.
Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Gauchos
Memory Boards: Exploring Hybrid Histories at Trevor Lucero Studio Artspace
The primary motif galloping through these paintings is the gaucho, the cowboy of the southern South American grasslands. In these complex, multi-layered images, artist Fabrizio Bianchi, whose parents are Argentinean, explores countless surprising facets of this romantic icon from his ancestral motherland.
Methods to Madness
Two actors, Max and Mercy, attempt to claw, bite and growl their way to success in the jackal eat jackal world of modern Hollywood. Methods to Madness is a dark comedy about the nasty side of Tinsel Town. The play, written by Joel Murray and directed by Gabrielle Johansen, opens this week at the Vortex. The director promises audiences the recommended daily allowance of sex and violence. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. Sundays at 6 p.m. $8. Runs through April 4. 247-8600.
All the World's a Stage
A Company of Three
Most people don't love, or even like, the theater. I know this. I encounter people every week who are utterly indifferent to it, yet for some reason I'm always surprised to learn this about them. What's wrong with these people? Someone once told me that only 15 percent of the population will even consider spending their money on tickets to the theater. Most people in our society, let's be blunt, just can't be bothered. Why see Hamlet for $15 on stage when you can see a scintillating rerun of "Friends" on the idiot box for free?
Singapore's Christina Sng writes dark verse. While I have seen her work in such distributed titles as Space and Time, among those sci-fi, fantasy and horror periodicals not carried in stores, such as Wicked Hollow and Hadrosaur Tales, it seems difficult to pick one up without coming across her name.
Writing the Southwest
Originally published in 1995, Writing the Southwest incorporated interviews, excerpts and criticism on some of our region's most prominent scribes. This newly revised edition includes expanded information and a 74-minute compact disc filled with tantalizing literary excerpts.