The glamor! The glory! The loot! Professional photographers seem to have it all, don't they? Hob-nobbing with sexy models. Traveling to exotic locales filled with white sand, blue water and toucans. Sniffing up dangerous chemicals in a dark room with poor ventilation. Is it too much to imagine yourself with such an exalted career? Of course it isn't, but you have to start somewhere. And that's where your trusty neighborhood Alibi comes in.
Metamorphoses at Theatre X
I'm told the production of Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses that opened a couple years ago Off-Broadway in New York was quite a spectacle. Legend has it that Zimmerman's adaptation of some of Ovid's best tales incorporated a magical set with a rectangular pool built right into the stage. Even though the pool was only a few inches deep, the characters floated across it, and ships were destroyed in storms on the open water.
The Studios @ 500 2nd
In a new show at The Studios @ 500 2nd (located—you guessed it—at 500 Second Street), Gwendolyn Beachy combines her fascination with the Rio Grande Bosque and vaginas into an exploration of our environment and sexuality. Mixing recorded sound, text, clay, metal, found objects and material collected from the Bosque, River-Yoni-Egg-Story sounds nothing if not ambitious. Come see how Beachy pulls it all together by attending a reception this Friday, March 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. If you miss that one, a closing reception will be held on Friday, March 19. During the rest of the run, you can arrange to view the work by calling the artist at 507-8345.
First Friday's Open House
Nob Hill Art Complex
The Nob Hill Art Complex over at 3812 Central SE is hosting an open house where artists invite you to stop by and view them in their natural habitat. Vicki Bolen, Bobi Chenhall, Sarah Karnes, David Klausen, Lia Lynn Rosen, Patricia Malcolm, Jacob Matteson and Gayle Van Horn will present oils, watercolors, paper arts and ceramics. The New Grounds Print Workshop offers up an exhibit of new work by Reginald Gammon. The Coleman Gallery will exhibit drawings by Barbara Bock, collages by Ron Evans and photographs by Clark Waterman. The reception occurs Friday, March 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and the exhibits run through March 27. 268-8952.
Forty Ice Cream Factories vs. Robinson Crusoe
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967
The escalation of the Vietnam War in the '60s and the student agitation it spawned remain one of the central political dramas of our era. On the government's side there was deception, cynicism and a fatalistic adherence to principles of Cold War deterrence out of sync with the realities of Vietnam. On the protest side there was the friction of middle-class entitlement and socio-economic inequality. The working class and poor got drafted and remained, by and large, loyal; the middle to upper strata got deferments and yelped for revolution. In retrospect, the real loser of the Vietnam-era conflict between the Establishment and the counterculture was liberalism. To the glee of folks now gutting social programs and occupying Iraq, it's a loss still very much with us.
Richard Matheson's apocalyptic vampire novel, I am Legend, saw its first printing in 1954 and would later inspire the early '70s-era flick The Omega Man, which certainly seems to be a direct cinematic ancestor to the recent sleeper 28 Days Later. Like Legend, the 28 tales in this first installment of Matheson's collected stories were composed around half a century ago.
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Max Tivoli pops out of the womb looking like a 70-year-old man and grows backward from that point onward. Such is the weird premise of this well-crafted romantic novel set in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century.