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Theory of Survival - Taraneh Hemami


Dates:
Sat Mar 29, 2008 00:00 - Sat Mar 29, 2008

Taraneh Hemami
with Ala Ebtekar, Ali Dadgar, Termeh Yeghiazarian, Shadi Yousefian and Darvag Theater Group

Front gallery exhibition runs: April 2-19, 2008
Gallery hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 PM
Closing reception with performance by Darvag Theater Group: Friday, April 18, 6-9 PM

Theory of Survival is a residency with Taraneh Hemami that invites a cross generation of Iranian and Iranian-American artists to engage with an archive of posters, publications, and documents belonging to the Iranian Students Association of Northern California, active from 1960-1982. This project turns the gallery space into an evolving laboratory for exchange and collaboration, exploring the unique collection that ref lects the local history of Iranian immigrants in these politically critical years. The archive, which includes numerous publications, theoretical discourse, original essays, translations, as well as newspapers and documents, will be processed for partial contribution to the Library of Congress and the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies Center at Stanford at the end of the residency.

Theory of Survival is a continuation of Hemami's CrossConnections project that engages the Iranian and Iranian-American diaspora community in an intergenerational, creative dialogue about issues of cultural identity, preservation, and representation.

The artist would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who have been instrumental in making this project possible including: Hirad Dinavari, Mohsen Emami-Nouri, Navid Ghaem Maghami, Keyumars Hakim, Afshean Hessam, Sepideh Khosrowjah, Mehdi Mortezai, Naciem Nikkhah, Parviz Shokat, Torange Yegh iazarian, Bella Warda, The Christian Fund, and the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts.


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The LAB presents ART SALE 12 and live auction


Dates:
Sat Mar 15, 2008 00:00 - Thu Feb 21, 2008

The LAB presents
ART SALE 12
The 12th Annual Art Sale and Live Auction

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 6:30-9:30 pm
Live auction at 7:30 pm
Admission $10-$25 sliding scale (includes refreshments)
Preview gallery hours: Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14, 1-6PM (free)
Sale continues: Sunday, March 16, 11am - 7pm
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

Calling all art lovers and bargain hunters--join us for our biggest fundraising event of the year! The LAB is pleased to present ART SALE 12, The LAB’s 12th Annual Art Sale and Live Auction. Over two hundred artists will be participating, including Sarah Applebaum, Ajit Chauhan, Alex Clausen, Julie Dummermuth, Tara Lisa Foley, Amy Franceschini Cynthia Ona Innis, David King, Daniel Ross, Casey Jex Smith, Kal Spelletich, Zefrey Throwell, Heather Wilcoxon.

Most work will be available via silent auction for $25 and up (cash, checks, VISA or MasterCard accepted). Non-art items will also be available via silent auction from The Candy Store, Dema, Di Pietro Todd, di Rosa Preserve, Exploratorium, Flax Art Supply, Leila Jo Crafts, Edgewise Framing, Golden Green Spa, The Mindful Body, Pearl Art Supply, Piccadilly Catering Co., Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Slim’s / Great American Music Hall, Stitch Lounge, Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., Walzwerk, Yuerba Buena Canter for the Arts and more!

For further information, contact The LAB at (415) 864-8855.

The LAB, a project of The art re grüp, Inc., is supported in part by the Danish Arts Council, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; The Gilead Foundation; Puffin Foundation Ltd.; Rainbow Grocery Cooperative; San Francisco Publicity and Advertising Fund's Hotel Tax/Grants for the Arts program; The San Francisco Foundation; The San Francisco Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Grants Program; Zellerbach Family Fund; and members and volunteers of The LAB.


EVENT

The LAB Presents: Beauty Is


Dates:
Thu Jan 24, 2008 00:00 - Thu Jan 10, 2008

Performances: January 24-27, 30-31 and February 1-2, 2008 at 8 PM
$12-$20 sliding scale admission
Tickets available at the door, by phone at 415-864-8855, or through www.brownpapertickets.com

Hotel Obligado's ground-breaking physical theater production explores a new drug epidemic in America’s cities. One of Philadelphia’s most innovative theater companies is taking a captivating look at the skyrocketing rates of HIV among gay men who use crystal methamphetamine in an original production, Beauty Is. Beauty Is explores the underlying emotional reasons people engage in self-destructive behavior and raises awareness about the dangers of crystal methamphetamine, known as "Tina" in gay communities across America. The ensemble production features a four-person cast and is an original work written, scored, and choreographed by San Francisco-based playwright Matthew Graham Smith and Hotel Obligado ensemble members. Beauty Is evokes the raw emotionality of missed connections, repressed tenderness, and painful pleasure people on Tina experience. It uses the graphic physicality and rushed extremism they embody to enact the fantasies and horrors of using crystal methamphetamine. Named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2006-2007 by the Philadelphia Weekly, it also earned Robin Marcotte the Weekly’s award of Best Choreographer. For more information, please visit www.hotelobligado.org.

Beauty Is runs 55 minutes with no intermission. Each show will be followed by a post-performance talkback. Representatives of Tweaker.org, the Stonewall Project, and the Stop AIDS Project have generously agreed to act as facilitators. This production is recommended for patrons 18+.