Remember when you were a teenager and fantasized about moving to a big city to live with a bunch of like-minded artists who threw awesome parties and only worked when they couldn’t make a buck off their paintings? Then you grew up and got all scared and earned a degree in business or journalism or whatever. I mean, who really moves to a big city and actually makes it as an artist? Find out at Mission Open Studios, a district-wide party/exhibition during which nearly every artist in town shares his/her process with the neighbors. Presented by Art Span.
After the jump: a list of large studios and individual artists participating in SF Open Studios, and a few more listings in case you have extra energy.
SF Open Studios Week One: The Mission and Surrounding Districts
SF Open Studios kicks off tonight with opening exhibitions at select locations.
Fri., Oct. 9-Sun., Oct 11, 11am-6pm. Free. www.artspan.org
1890 Bryant Street Studios (Opening reception Fri., Oct. 9, 6-9pm)
Art Explosion (Opening reception Fri., Oct. 9, 7pm)
The Blue Studio
Ruby’s Clay Studio
Secession Art and Design
Workspace Ltd. (Preview party Fri., Oct. 9, 7pm)
Kevin B. Jones
Pauline Crowther Scott
Jenny Badger Sultan
Jane R. Willson
Shitty Kitty in Morocco
Shitty Kitty is a side project of arts-and-comics duo Telephone and Soup. Check out their latest Shitty Kitty works and head to Shotwell’s for the after-show: a live Skype conversation from the artists, who are currently traveling through Morocco.
Sat., Oct. 10, 7pm. Free. Mission Comics and Arts. 3520 20th St., suite B. 415.695.1545
Art XX Issue Release
Art XX is a new magazine that seeks to improve the visibility of a group of artists who are significantly marginalized on the basis of their gender and/or sexuality. The second issue is about to come out and it’s gonna be a party ya’ll. Cheap drinks, barbecue and bands.
Fri., Oct. 9, 9pm. $5. El Rio. 3158 Mission St. 415. 282.3325
Small Potatoes Opening Exhibit: “Palindrome”
“Palindrome” is a large multi-panel cartoon by Paul Madonna that reads forward and backward. Presented by Four Barrel Art Series and the Rumpus.
Fri., Oct. 9, 6pm. Free. Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia St. 415.252.0800
Sew-Op: Repair Your Holey Jeans
Holey jeans are cool if you’re obscenely rich and you want people to think you’re poor, but that’s sooooo obvious. If you’ve outgrown trust-fund fashion, but can no longer count on your parents to buy you new gear — in other words, if you’re not so rich anymore because you’re an adult — head to Galería de la Raza to learn how to turn your purposefully shabby-looking pants back into the real deal.
Sun., Oct. 11, 4pm. $40. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. 415.826.8009
Arts Writing Workshop: Part One
“Critical Sources: Writing About Art in the Bay Area” is a three-part series of workshops cohosted by the Lab in conjunction with the launch of Art Practical, a new platform bringing together Shotgun Review, Happenstand.com and Talking Cure Quarterly. Part One will be a conversation with selected critics and curators on the need to expand critical dialogue in the Bay Area. Speakers include writer, critic and curator Glen Helfand; chair of the visual and critical dtudies department at CCA Tirza True Latimer; and Flavorpill SF managing editor and freelance writer Matt Sussman.
Sat., Oct. 10, 3-5pm. $5-$10 sliding scale. The Lab, 2948 16th St. 415.864.8855