San Francisco Weekly May 30, 2012 : Page 14
sfweekly.com sfweekly.com TUE /6.5 [SEMINAR] | MUSIC | EAT | FILM | ART | STAGE | GAME ON | NIGHT+DAY | SUCKA FREE CITY | NEWS | MATT SMITH | LETTERS | CONTENTS | The minutiae of daily life can be a formi-[ART AND WRESTLING] dable barrier to thinking beyond the after-noon, but fortunately we have a group of Muchas Luchas people whose quotidian mission is to posit La Quebradora, literally “The Crusher,” the next 10,000 or so years of existence. San is a backbreaker move in lucha libre, the Francisco’s Long Now Foundation hosts high-flying professional wrestling hugely monthly seminars about such long-term popular in Mexico and other Spanish-projections and brainstorm-speaking countries. It’s worked ing, hosted by founder Stewart into the title of “La Quebradora: Brand, who also started the Lucha Libre in Contemporary vital old-school virtual com-Mexican Art,” an exhibit that munity The Well and edits the references the iconography of Whole Earth Catalog. June’s the sport as a series of metaphors subject, If Mayors Ruled the around identity and conflict. Curator Amy Pederson, an art World, features guest speaker history professor at Burbank’s Benjamin Barber, political THIS CODE Woodbury University, brings to-theorist and author of Strong TO DOWNLOAD OUR Democracy: Participatory Poli-gether new paintings, sculptures, IPHONE APP video, and performance pieces tics for a New Age and Jihad vs. FREE FOR MORE EVENTS OR VISIT McWorld: How Globalism and by more than a dozen artists. She sfweekly.com Tribalism Are Reshaping the stresses that “this exhibition is World . Barber explores the no-intended not as a show about tion that mayors — who oversee relatively lucha libre, but as a show that uses lucha small political and social structures — are libre as a model for the production and the most effective political pragmatists in reception of contemporary Mexican art.” office, and how much more might get done Nonetheless, the art does revolve around with them exercising broader political the sport. Various pieces depict the legend-power. “Cities can make themselves global ary luchador Santos in a struggle against guarantors of social justice and equal-himself. Another shows an ephemeral ity against the depredations of fractious mask, eroded by the wind and threatening states,” Barber says. When our own Mayor Gavin Newsom instructed workers at City “La Quebradora” Hall to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, he cited basic civil rights as his reason — and set in motion a debate that quickly reached the state level. Imag-ine what other change might come of such rationale. If Mayors Ruled the World starts at 7:30 p.m. at Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Cen-ter (Marina at Buchanan), S.F. Admission is $10; call 561-6582 or visit www.longnow.org. Small Players, Big Changes The Get in Front Performance starts at 7 p.m. at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), S.F. Admission is $35-$125; call 392-4400 or visit www.getinfront.org. TAMARA PALMER lEttErs | contEnts | Eat | FilM | Books | Night+Day | sucka FrEE city SCAN | TAMARA PALMER | Music WED /6.6 [BENEFIT / DANCE] | M ONTH XX–M ONTH XX, 2010 www.EscapeFromAlcatrazTriathlon.com M ay 30-J une 5, 2012 14 If the city’s dance arts community were to form a rock ’n’ roll-style supergroup, it might look something like the choreogra-phers and performers who have assembled for the charitable night dubbed the Get in Front Performance . San Francisco Ballet soloists Garen Scribner and James Sofranko culled superior members from their company as well as colleagues from Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Zhu-kov Dance Theatre, Ballet San Jose, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, among others, for a presentation of ballet as well as contemporary dance styles built from the collaborative choreography of the various company directors. The evening of original movement includes a silent auction and af-terparty. It benefits the Cancer Prevention Institute of California’s efforts to “get in front of cancer,” making it a worthy consid-eration not only for local dance enthusiasts but for those seeking an introduction to the 14 diverse scene. Dancing of the Stars to reveal the identity of its owner. In Juan Bastardo’s sculpture El Adversario , wres-tlers are reduced to a spider-like tangle of fused arms and legs. Tonight’s reception features live performances, including a group wrestling match symbolically pit-ting the Black Panthers against the KKK. The opening reception for “La Quebra-dora: Lucha Libre in Contemporary Mexican Art” starts at 6:30 p.m. (and the exhibit con-tinues through Aug. 4) at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission (at 25th St.), S.F. Admission is free; call 643-2797 or visit www.missionculturalcenter.org. MICHAEL SINGMAN-ASTE SF Weekly SF WEEKLY C alendar submissions can be mailed or delivered to 55 Francisco, Suite 710, San Francisco, CA 94133; or e-mailed (no attachments please) to email@example.com at least three weeks in advance of your event. Earlier is, as always, better than later. We make every effort to include all appropriate events in our online listings, available at www.sfweekly.com.