Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon Cast a Spell at the Chapel

At the show tonight I got to thinking about how prolific Tim Presley is, and I got to admiring his work ethic. It was my fourth encounter with him over the last year, and though a couple of those were more incidental at festivals, they wouldn't have happened at all if he hadn't kept on showing up and rocking out. And man, does he show up. As White Fence, he has some crowd pleasers, but he's also difficult to pin down, each show flowing a bit differently, suggesting experimentation and constant tinkering. His songs under Tim Presley tend more toward this abstract side, which was entirely enjoyable to float along with, especially in that great peaked room of The Chapel. 

Cate le Bon and Tim Presley are friends and collaborators, sharing bandmates and albums. The album they did under the name DRINKS is fabulous, darling. Give it a listen. Anywho my first time seeing le Bon, I wasn't sure what to expect, but she was a total boss on the guitar and she's got a great haircut. Her set tapped into a transportive spooky smothering-or-other that was still upbeat and accessible. I was hoping we'd get to the pair sharing the stage but my boyfriend was sleepy so we left before the end, still totally happy with a night well spent with these two charmers. 


Tom Sachs's Space Program: Europa Lands at YBCA

Exploration is the word of the day every day at SPACE PROGRAM: EUROPA, an installation envisioned by Tom Sachs at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Visitors are transported to one of Jupiter's icy moons, which astronauts have begun to make themselves at home with creature comforts such as a Japanese water feature and an entire "Shoe Library." The centerpiece is the landing module, but there is a variety of works that transform the YBCA's largest gallery into a sci-fi landscape. Sach's sculptures are quirky and complex; nothing ever is what it seems at first glance, and a perusal of EUROPA's artifacts constantly reveals new whimsy in fresh details: The "Indoctrination Station" is inscribed with poems, the landing module features a vodka bar, and the faux Japanese style stone lantern is an assemblage of buckets, a cooler, a USPS crate, and other found objects. The sculptures bear the marks of their craftsmanship, suggesting that the creator does not seek to perfectly replicate or represent true functionality, rather to imagine in a man-child kind of way. The viewer explores Sach's transformational assemblies and puzzling references as they imagine the inhabitants of this space, who at once must be boldly futuristic and while still looking to nostalgia and tradition for inspiration. The exhibit also includes a three-dimensional timeline of Sach's aesthetic and work, featuring several of his smaller sculptures alongside images and texts. 

Apparently there's going to be some elaborate performance on closing day, January 13. I'll probably go back to check it out. Click here for event info!

Indoctrinate yourself with some videos before you go.


Santa Skivvies Run Raised over $86K for SF AIDS Foundation

If you were lurking around the Castro Sunday morning, December 11 you may have glimpsed some burly men (and women) trotting through the neighborhood in their underoos. The following are some shots from the Santa Skivvies Run, where the participants raised funds from $100 to over $10,000 (!!!) before stripping down and braving the cold for the festive event. My boyfriend did it and I was very proud of him; see if you can spot him here! There was a fun afterparty with hot coco and walk-off hosted by local drag queens. It got me hoping I'll get some good underwear for Christmas to wear out there next year!

Keep an eye here for future info: http://www.santaskivviesrun.org/


Big Basin State Park

Work has been kicking my ass a bit, but in the best possible way, really. This last week the middle school I work at went on a camping trip to Big Basin State Park, located in the hills above Santa Cruz, which is home to some of California's rare old-growth redwoods. I would recommend an overnight trip to Big Basin to anyone who would like to wake surrounded by these quiet giants. 

The following is basically just a bunch of pics  of trees that wouldn't fit on Insta. But the internet could never do them justice anyway, so do yourself a favor and just see them for yourself.


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