-Art - Chris Kallmyer: A Paradise Choir at SFMOMA
The always amazing Chris Kallmyer will be spending his Saturdays and Sundays in July activating galleries and spaces within the newly reopened SFMOMA with sound and sung music. RSVP for one of his participatory workshops (no musical experience required!), or just swing by to listen.
-Art - Libby Black: A Light That Never Goes Out and Serena Cole: Let Me Look at You at Gallery 16
Libby Black's continued investigations of logo culture and her own personal history through sculpture and painting make a strong pairing with Serena Cole's otherworldly portraits. Together they create a conversation about identity and fantasy, and how we construct (and/or try to escape) ourselves.
-Art - Postscripts to Revolution at Southern Exposure
Brilliantly curated by Genevieve Quick, this group show offers perspectives by four artists (Morehshin Allahyari, Jeffrey Skoller, Slinko, and Ehren Tool) on the aftermath of war and conflict. By turns witty, poetic, and poignant, the exhibition succeeds in part because each artist concentrates on a personal narrative and reminds us of the individual lives at stake.
-Theater - Hamlet at Shotgun Players
In this spectacular production of Shakespeare's existentialist tragedy seven actors have learned all the roles and only discover what parts they'll be playing on a particular night when an audience member draws their name out of Yorick's skull five minutes before the show begins. Shotgun transcends mere gimmickry thanks to an extremely talented group of actors as well as snappy direction by Mark Jackson. And because Shotgun is performing all of their plays in rep this season you have until the end of the year to see multiple outcomes of this so-called Hamlet Roulette.
-Book - The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End by Katie Roiphe
After the first half of a year in which I have mourned for both personal and public figures (please ease up a bit now, 2016) it was hard to put down Katie Roiphe's absorbing book, detailing as she does the last days of Sontag, Freud, Updike, Thomas, Sendak. Roiphe is the first to admit that there are an infinite number of possible ways to approach death, each one of them correct in their own way, so there are no quick answers here. Not necessarily an easy read but an important one, and it helps expand the current cultural conversation about how we can better integrate death into life.