The Jungle at the Curran

The Curran has brought “The Jungle” to the Bay Area after having sold out shows in New York and London. The play is based on a self made refugee camp that was located on the outskirts of the French city, Calais, from January 2015 to October 2016. Calais’s proximity to the UK, the desired final destination, is why many refugees continue to arrive there today.

The Jungle 2The show was written by British playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson whom lived at “The Jungle” for seven months, by choice. They created Good Chance theater in the middle of the camp. At the time of their arrival, there were already thousands of people from 25 different countries who had built restaurants, churches, and small living spaces on top of an old landfill. These great feats existing in terrible conditions made them want to get people to tell their stories. 

The show is set in an Afghan restaurant located in “The Jungle”. It took over three weeks for the Curran to transform itself into the final intimate space. Seats have been pulled out and the floor has been leveled with dirt. There are wood beams set up, small tables and benches. Due to the limited space to create the atmosphere, the audience is limited to 600 per show. Those with tickets near the stage area, will find themselves in the middle of the action, as actors go up and down aisles during intense meetings, protests, celebrations, and the final destruction of the location.

The Jungle 3The powerful performances bring to light the humanity behind the faces of many of the refugees, often just seen as pictures in the media, statistics, or charitable cases. It touches on the background of a few personal stories but, mostly revolves around the story behind the arrival and building of “The Jungle”. As everyone is desperately trying to hold on to hope, tensions arise. The countries each person represents also have political conflicts that fuel some incidents, but circumstances force them to acknowledge that they now have more in common. They need to get along to survive, and they do. It’s that unity, drive, hope and creativity that attracts the authorities, ultimately leading them to destroy the camp. Their public reasoning, it was getting too established and would attract more refugees. A falsehood similar to the situation here in the United States at the Mexican border. People do and will continue to arrive despite harsh conditions as they’re often not as bad as the situation the refugees are fleeing from. Also, They. Have. No. Where. Else. To. Go.

CQ_PGgQcThe play also gave voice to some of the uninvited volunteers that started to arrive after “The Jungle” started getting media attention. There is a discussion about wether they should be allowed. Most welcomed the potential help and exposure, while others hesitated. They stayed one night, two nights, and then they didn’t leave.

In a poignant moment in the play, these two entities confront each other. Okot (John Pfumojena) a 17-year old refugee, gives a speech to 18-year old volunteer, Beth (Rachel Redford). He takes off his shirt exposing a multitude of scars. She is asked why is she there. She speaks through tears and confusion. He tells her some of the reasons he had to flee his home, his family, and how each tragedy takes a toll on a person, on your identity. How parts of you die with each trauma. This is one of the most revealing parts of the play. Giving someone a few clothing items is not going to bring humanity back to a person. What’s legal is not always moral. Sometimes, the only choice, is to survive.

The JungleThe show is very emotional and honest. Those who consider themselves an “Ally” in these situations, should definitely see this play. A volunteer’s “help” can remind someone that there is good in the world. It can provide a temporary comfort. However, good intentions don’t often lead to progress. Understanding what leads people into these circumstances, not thinking you know a person’s situation better than they do, and speaking up before it happens does, as the countries often being fled too, are often part of the cause that created these unfortunate circumstances. 

Playing until May 19th 

Tickets and Location:

Runtime: 2.5 Hours, 1 15 minute intermission


Open Caption: Sunday, April 28, 1pm

ASL: Saturday, May 11, 2pm

Audio Described: Saturday, May 18, 2pm

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SF – SEAN DORSEY DANCE Launches 15th Anniversary Season

SeanDorsey_15thAnniversary_photo1LydiaDanillerSEAN DORSEY DANCE celebrates 15 years of award-winning dance performances, cultural activism and history-making achievements with a return engagement of, “Boys in Trouble” at Z Space (March 14-16) – along with a 20-city U.S. tour, a full-length documentary, the 18th annual “Fresh Meat Festival” of transgender and queer performance (June 20-22, San Francisco), and other celebratory achievements.

“Fifteen years ago, I never could have imagined that I would become the first U.S. transgender artist to be presented by The Joyce Theater, or that Sean Dorsey Dance would tour with such warm reception to 30 other leading venues across the country” said Sean Dorsey. “Our home season in San Francisco launches not only a celebration of our artistic legacy, but it is a look forward to the radical expansion of our national trans-supportive education, engagement and advocacy work that Bay Area audiences have embraced since day one.” Dorsey continued, “Our mission for the next 15 years begins in 2019 – a critical time when trans communities are facing escalating attacks across the nation.”

SEAN DORSEY (founder and artistic director, Sean Dorsey Dance) is an award-winning San Francisco-based choreographer, dancer, writer and trans activist. Recognized as the nation’s first critically-acclaimed transgender choreographer in modern dance, Dorsey has toured his work to 30 U.S. cities and abroad.

You don’t want to miss your chance to catch these exciting events!


SeanDorseyDance_BOYS_IN_TROUBLE_2_photobyLydiaDaniller“Boys in Trouble” is a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity. The work places a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing. The award-winning, multi-generational SEAN DORSEY DANCE ensemble (Sean Dorsey, Brian Fisher, ArVejon Jones, Nol Simonse, Will Woodward) performs this intensely athletic work with gusto – moving seamlessly between full-throttle dancing, live speaking and intimate storytelling.

Performances: March 14-16, Z Space (450 Florida Street, SF), four performances only.

(Thursday evening 8 PM; Friday evening 8 PM; Saturday 4 PM matinee with ASL interpretation; Saturday evening 8 PM – gala performance followed by champagne toast and reception with SEAN DORSEY DANCE.)

Tickets: $15-$30. 

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“Boys in Trouble” was recently nominated for two regional 2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Best Company Performance; Best Music/Sound/Text).


Sean Dorsey curates the highly-anticipated “Fresh Meat Festival” of transgender and queer performance in San Francisco, performing June 20-22. Now in its 18th year with an international following, the annual three-day festival of live dance, theater, spoken word and music will present 12 gender-nonconforming, transgender and queer artists and ensembles from across the U.S. (SEAN DORSEY DANCE performs at the festival each night.)

Performances: June 20-22, Z Space (450 Florida Street, SF).
*ASL interpretation provided on 6/21 & 6/22 *
* Gala Performance & Reception Sat June 22*

Tickets: $15+ sliding scale. 

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Upcoming – Documentary

Sean Dorsey himself is the subject of an upcoming  documentary directed by Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez. Annalise is also the director of the documentary “MAJOR!” about Miss Major, the pioneering elder black transwoman and activist. It was an official selection at 60 film festivals worldwide and garnered more than 20 awards for best documentary. We’re looking forward to seeing the result of this collaboration.



Dear Evan Hansen – You’re Not Alone

Dear Dear Evan Hansen Potential Theatre Patron,

You may cry some tears as the show deals with tough topics like suicide, depression, anxiety, and divorce. Multiple characters explore the feeling of not belonging regardless of their situation and the everyday persona they present to the world. A great show for parents to watch with their teenagers, if you can get them to be seen in public with you. That was a joke.

Dear Evan Hansen PhotoThe story centers around Evan Hansen (Ben Levi Ross), he has social anxiety and can’t help but act awkward around his peers. He’s from a single mom home and one of the feelings explored is his desire to spend more time with her. As young people, we often forget that our parents are human beings. They taught us all that we know so we expect them to be perfect sometimes, they’re not.

When Evan gets an assignment where he has to write a letter to himself, it’s full of feelings of isolation. It also introduces us to his crush, Zoe (Maggie McKenna), the thought of her is what keeps him going. He pins his hopes on her in this letter. Her brother Connor (Marrick Smith), who also has issues of his own that no one knows about, finds it and gets upset. Connor’s parents find Evan’s note after he commits suicide. This leads them to believe that Evan and Connor were friends. Evan sees how happy this makes them given that Connor was a loner, and the lie spirals out of control from there on out.

Dear Evan Hansen PhotoBesides dealing with feelings of isolation, it also delves into social media and the validation that people can become addicted to. It can never be enough since you’re still physically isolated. When things spread mouth to mouth, they often tone down after a week. With the internet, things can be explored further and spread to people outside of your zone. In this case, a lie spreads that brings good, but still, it’s a lie. Although, it can help prolong a cause, story, or provide someone with a few more minutes of recognition, it will also eventually be forgotten.  

It touches a lot of elements that will strike a chord with many. It also has a catchy soundtrack reminiscent of Rent. The stage set and how they present social media is intriguing. They have multiple screens representing different online networks with voice overs for posts that you will see scrolling through.

So, does Evan get found out for lying? You have until December 30th to find out. If you leave the show with anything, may it be knowing that no matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone.  You Will Be Found.




Where: Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., San Francisco
When: 7 p.m. most Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 and 7 p.m. most Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; closes Dec. 30
Tickets: (415) 358-1220 or

*There is a digital lottery offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets. For details and to enter, go to: Good Luck!

Cirque Du Soleil’s Volta – Finding Freedom in You

AdcFv24gCirque Du Soleil’s Volta is the 17th show presented under the Big Top at AT&T park in San Francisco. This rendition has a more urban feel than previous shows due to its inclusion of stunts with BMX bikes and a game of double dutch. These are things that some of us have seen in our own neighborhoods and are always impressive. It triggered many in the audience to rise in applause.

The story revolves around Waz, a young blue-haired teenager who doesn’t seem to fit in with his peers. They walk around in unison with drab gray outfits, taking selfies, oblivious of their surroundings. Although, he also wears the same outfit, he can’t help but stick out because of his blue hair. 

After entering a contest where he shows off his bike skills, Waz ends up not only being mocked by them but also as a punchline in the newspaper. A critique in the lack of differentiation between mainstream media and viral content. He goes into a depression and we see him in his bedroom reminiscing of more innocent times with his mother, who encouraged and cultivated his free spirit.

Waz eventually breaks out of his funk when he meets a roller skater and her friends, bringing color to his drab life with their free spirits and human connection. He finds himself, that person he was with his mother, in them.


One of the things that stands out at each Cirque show is the sheer joy that emanates from the stage from the performers. This certainly contributes to their success beyond the incredible stunts and costumes, and a reflection of this show’s story line. Being around joy can cultivate joy within oneself. Another hit that’s great for the whole family with an important message about judgement and self-awareness.

Cirque du Soleil

VOLTA is Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,400 performing artists from close to 60 different countries.

Performances are scheduled under the Big Top at AT&T Park in San Francisco from Thursday, November 15, 2018 through Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Tickets (starting at $54) by visiting or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).

Vignettes on Love?

vignettes2The new play Vignettes on Love playing at the Potrero Stage incorporates nine short music videos filmed by Dances with Light and local filmmakers, and music curated by Noise Pop. The play offers a glimpse into the lives of six San Francisco residents who interconnect via long-term friendships and sexual trysts.

The story opens with Jason and Tess having an afternoon delight that is disrupted after her phone rings. As she’s getting dressed to go back to work Jason drops a bombshell on her, he’s been promoted, the job is in New York, and he wants her to go with him. He’s even gone to the extent of finding a position for her. She brings up all the reasons she shouldn’t go like his history of flings and, oh, her husband.

vignettesTess is married to Jonas, he believes in monogamy and wants a point A to point B life. He knows exactly what he wants and when he wants it. Currently, him and Tess are trying to have a baby, or so he thinks. He ignores his suspicions of her relationship with Jason until he finds birth control in her purse. She finally reveals her anxieties and confesses that she’s not ready for a baby. He leaves to a bar and ends up meeting Kat.

Kat likes to make plans with Mia (Tess’s friend) and then disappear on her without explanation. Mia opens up to Kat about wanting more; Kat seems to agree until the end of the night. For whatever reason she tends to sleep with whoever is the last patron in the bar. That ends up being Jason one night.

Jason’s friend with benefits, Carla, is thrown in to the equation towards the end. She’s also Tess’s best friend and has no idea Jason and Tess finally got together after years of him pining over her. Tess also doesn’t know about Carla and Jason’s transactional relationship. More secrets are unraveled and eventually everyone finds out what they need too.

vignettes1The set, multimedia integration, and acting were really good but the story, not so much. If the intention was to make everyone feel that these characters were complex in their dealings with love, it failed. Love doesn’t seem like the correct word for what they’re dealing with.

Featuring performances by Kunal Prasad, Heather Gordon*, Ayelet Firstenberg, Emma Onasch, Colin Johnson, and Rebecca Pingree. Performances are Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 7pm, and tickets are $25-$55. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) Word for Word Performing Arts Company presents their first production of the 2017 Season, SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson) by Alan Bennett. The play is directed by Amy Kossow, a founding member of the Z Space Studio and a Charter Member of Word for Word. In The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson (first of the two novella-sized stories in Smut) a recently bereaved widow looks for ways to supplement her time and income.

Up to that point Mrs. Donaldson’s (Nancy Shelby) life has been mundane. She’s very reserved and her daughter doesn’t fall to far from the tree. After seeing a flyer for a job that requires no special skills and a good memory, she decides to apply. She ends up discovering her love for acting as a “patient performer” and unraveling a side of herself she didn’t know she had.

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

The other piece of the puzzle involves a young couple Laura (Rose Hallett) and Andy (Andre Amarotico), to whom she rents her spare room. After days of avoiding her because the rent is late, they finally approach her with an indecent proposal. Can they provide her with a visual experience in lieu of rent? She agrees and a hilarious scene ensues with her at the couple’s bedside remembering chores and curiosity about positions her and her husband had never explored.

Her role-playing at the hospital becomes more facetious after the encounter with the youngins, and although the students find it nerve wrecking to find the right answers, they handle the unanticipated challenge successfully. They learn valuable lessons about assumptions. The program director, Dr. Duncan Ballantyne (Soren Oliver), is smitten with Mrs. Donaldson and is often shown acting awkwardly towards his crush. The audience is lead to a scenario of anticipation; will he ever have the courage to tell her his feelings?

SMUT: An Unseemly Story (The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson)

The play is hilarious and not just because of the storyline but the uniqueness of the script. The actors read out their emotions and stage directions. Try it; speak out your movements while you’re doing them. Silly right? Now, imagine it on stage during a play about a middle-aged widow discovering her sexuality. The great thing is, you don’t have to as the show will be going on until June 11th.

Dates: May 13 – Jun 11
Performances; Wednesday-Thursday 7 pm, Friday-Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm
Location: Z Below at 470 Florida St. San Francisco, CA
Cost: $20, $40-$60

Purchase: 415-626-0453 or at
Running time: 1 hour 30 min, no intermission

This show contains suggestive material, which may not be suitable for children. Parental Guidance is suggested. On-stage Seating: For this production there is a special on-stage seating opportunity for four patrons at each performance.

Special Nights:
There will be a talkback with the cast and director on Wednesday, May 17 and Sunday, June 4 following the performance!  





A.C.T.’s Geary Theater presents Battlefield

A.C.T.’S Geary Theater presents Battlefield directed by Peter Brook and longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne until May 21st. The play is based on the “The Mahabharata” considered the longest epic in world literature, it’s approximately eight times as long as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey together.

photo 8Brooks had adapted the full version in the early 1980’s receiving great acclaim at the Avignon Theater Festival in France and then an English version at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. In this new adaptation, the 90-year-old theatre director focuses on a single episode for 70 minutes with no intermission, a big departure from the previous 9-hour long play.

Battlefield begins with a newly crowned king as he surveys a post-war battlefield his army has won. He reflects on the morality of it all while surrounded by dead bodies including his own kin. What price do their lives have in relation to his newly minted crown? Is it possible to find tranquility in the midst of all the destruction? What good is power when so much has been destroyed? He refuses to assume the role and photo 4consults with his grandfather, Bhishma.

The audience is treated to tales that conjure up questions of destiny. Do things ultimately happen as they are meant to be? Once the damage is done its inevitable that one has to find the motivation to move on but still questions will remain of whether or not it was worth all the loss.

The stage seemed to big at times with the minimalist presentation and intimacy between the four characters and their storytelling. A few bamboo poles, a single drummer on stage, and different colored clothe draped on an actors shoulders to change characters. The fourth wall is broken for a quick minute and then the audience is drawn right back into another message. It’s bound to leave you thinking about how it relates to present times and how history tends to repeat itself. 

BATTLEFIELD d'apres le Mahabharata et la pièce de Jean-Claude Carriere, adaptation et mise en scène de Peter Brook et Marie-Helene Estienne au theatre des Bouffes Du Nord du 15 septembre au 17 octobre 2015. Avec: Carole Karemera, Jared McNeill, Ery Nzaramba, Sean O'Gallaghan. Musicien Toshi Tsuchitori. (photo by Pascal Victor/ArtComArt)


April 26–May 21

A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
405 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA



Butterflies & Blooms at The Conservatory of Flowers

Butterflies and Blooms apines4The Conservatory of Flowers has brought back the exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms. One of the most requested exhibits since its last appearance three years ago; it’s the perfect weekend activity for you and the whole family. Enter the special exhibit gallery and experience its current transformation to a cottage garden filled with 20 species of vibrant and North American butterflies. You’ll even get a chance to get up close to monarchs surrounded by blossoms like zinnias, and daisies.

Butterflies and Blooms apines29You’ll learn about the important role Butterfly pollination plays in our environment. It’s important to the survival of many plants such as the firecracker plant, which is exclusively pollinated by them. They are not as efficient as the bee but with the slow extinction of bees, butterflies are becoming an even more important part of the process. Without the process many plants wouldn’t be able to produce fruit and/or reproduce.

Butterflies and Blooms apines10You’ll learn fun facts like how Butterflies taste with their feet using special receptors. This helps them determine if a flower is a good place to lay eggs or take a drink. You’ll also learn about the monarch and its approximate 3,000-mile migration journey, the longest migration of any insect.

A Butterfly Bungalow is located at the entrance of the gallery where you can observe the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. You may be Butterflies and Blooms apines12lucky enough to observe one during its final stage of transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. For $20, you can become a patrol member and release a newly emerged butterfly into the exhibit. You’ll also receive a complimentary people-sized antennae and a special Patrol badge to take home. The extra $20 donation benefits conservatory school programs.

The exhibit will run Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10am to close, until June 30, 2017. Admission is $6 for adult San Francisco residents, $2-3 for children, and $8 for non-residents. 

Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park – 100 John F. Kennedy Drive – San Francisco


See Hamilton for $10 at SHN!

Forty-four tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  Seat locations vary per performance; some seats will be located in the front row. You can enter the digital lottery two days prior to each performance.


  • Visit or to register.
  • The lottery will open at 11:00 AM PT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.
Hamilton Richard Rodgers Theatre Cast Lin-Manuel MirandaAlexander Hamilton Javier Muñoz Alexander Hamilton Alternate Carleigh Bettiol Andrew Chappelle Ariana DeBose Alysha Deslorieux Daveed Diggs Marquis De Lafayette Thomas Jefferson Renee Elise Goldsberry Angelica Schuyler Jonathan Groff King George III Sydney James Harcourt Neil Haskell Sasha Hutchings Christopher Jackson George Washington Thayne Jasperson Jasmine Cephas Jones Peggy Schuyler Maria Reynolds Stephanie Klemons Emmy Raver-Lampman Morgan Marcell Leslie Odom, Jr. Aaron Burr Okieriete Onaodowan Hercules Mulligan James Madison Anthony Ramos John Laurens Phillip Hamilton Jon Rua Austin Smith Phillipa Soo Eliza Hamilton Seth Stewart Betsy Struxness Ephraim Sykes Voltaire Wade-Green Standby: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton) Production Credits: Thomas Kail (Director) Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer) David Korins (Scenic Design) Paul Tazewell (Costume Design) Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda

 Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Limit 1 entry per person, per performance. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice. Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Hamilton Richard Rodgers Theatre Also Starring Alexander HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda George Washington Christopher Jackson Aaron Burr Leslie Odom Jr. Eliza Hamilton Phillipa Soo King George Jonathan Groff John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton Anthony Ramos Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson Daveed Diggs Angelica Schuyler Renee Elise Goldsberry Production Credits: Thomas Kail (Director) Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer) David Korins (Scenic Design) Paul Tazewell (Costume Design) Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Performance Dates:
March 10–August 5, 2017

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If you’re into meek, kitsch, and self-deprecating work, you’ll hit the jackpot at The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s current exhibition, Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show. Although Leibowitz’s work has been included in approximately one hundred and fifty group exhibitions and featured in nearly forty solo exhibitions, this is his first wide-ranging and solo museum exhibition. People see his expression of insecurities and social skepticism as an unveiling of an identity one usually keys away from the public eye. He became known in the early 1990’s as “Candyass”.anapines8 Leibowitz

The work seems to celebrate ineptitude caused by depression or social deprivation but it can also be seen as a critique of pretentiousness. It all depends on the viewer provoking the age-old question, “What is art?” and who defines it. Is it art because the museum says so? He certainly explores the vanity of it all in many of his pieces in not-so-subtle ways. One piece has modern art written on it and prices slashed down to 5cents.

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It’s sarcastic and also reminiscent of the, “I’m rubber you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!” days of elementary school. One of his canvasses has only two words; “Fat and Ugly” divided by a line and painted in green on a yellow canvas. He’s taking hurtful words and owning it.

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One can come to several conclusions about the artist when viewing the exhibit. In viewing the work you might think he’s depressed and holed up at home sprawling, “I hate myself” on cheap china all day but then you think, he has an art show at a museum, with work my kid might be able to re-produce. Yeah, he’s not a loser, pretty funny, and some might say, genius.

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The exhibition features nearly 350 original artworks and multiples from 1987 to the present. You can catch it now until June 25, 2017. Go judge for yourself and leave a note, your words might end up in his next show.

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736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tickets range from $5 to $14 at