Archive for April, 2008

pics from the artist talk at FNG

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Christine’s and my Saturday artist talk at Frey Norris was a nice little affair: some good friends and fine new folks came out for it. We each gabbed up semi-formally for awhile that afternoon, then just got to enjoy hanging out with the crew in attendance.

So, a few fun pics from the event.
Raman introducing the Muppet Show from behind one of Christine’s presents:
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Christine telling a big fish tale:
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rapt whilst wong yapt:
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Yo yo yo word:
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Manong and Mon-mon:
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Pinoyzee!! Gigi, EBX, Carlos, Mike, Woff:
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Our show at Frey Norris closes this April 27, so catch it in the next few days if you can!!

I don’t know when the next time my Point of Departure series will be shown in its entirety again, so that’s one solid reason to check it out. And while you’ll certainly see Christine Wong Yap and I hanging out buddy-style in the future, who knows when the next time you’ll see us having an awesome (historic, ground-breaking, earth-shaking) two-woman show will be?

SORRY: Recent Works by Jenifer K Wofford and Christine Wong Yap
Frey Norris Gallery

April 3-27
456 Geary Street, SF 94102
415 346 7812

souvenir from last week’s UC Merced visit

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

…I’m trying not to let it go to my head.
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Violators will be fined a $50 fee!

I have arrived.

SoEx needs you this weekend!

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

This Saturday is Optic Illusion, Southern Exposure‘s annual auction/fundraiser! Once again, the event is at SomArts Cultural Center, not at Southern Exposure, since SomArts has more space to party in.

Some of you may be attending, so I’ll see you there: link to info and tickets here. Link to the awesome art for sale here. (I donated this original ink drawing of Julio Morales and Aldo Sanchez from my 2006 “Inappropriate” project):
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So for those of you who wanna support Southern Exposure by purchasing a picture of Julio touching Aldo’s face, now you know how.

But.
Some of you may want to be part of supporting SoEx in another capacity.
I got this call for help from the good ladies of SoEx the other day:
they are in dire need of volunteers to help out
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As someone who’s volunteered for gigs here and there, and who’s also been the beneficiary of the generosity of volunteers, as well, I’d really, really encourage you to give SoEx a helping hand this weekend. They are so deserving and so appreciative of any and all help that they receive. And they’re such a great organization to be involved with: if you can give ‘em a few hours of your time, please do.

Optic Illusion is their biggest fundraiser of the year and it’s the most fun time to get involved! There’s a live and silent auction, live music, DJs, food and drinks and all sorts of good times. All of the money raised at Optic Illusion goes directly to supporting Southern Exposure’s exhibition and artists in education programs.

There are a lot of different ways to help out.
Individual shifts can range from 2-6 hours.

Friday April 25:
They need volunteers anytime from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 26:
They need volunteers during the day starting at 10:00 am and the grand event on Saturday, at SOMARTS that evening
Sunday, April 27:
They need volunteers from Noon to 5:00 pm.

Tasks include installing art work, setting up for the event as well as bartending, serving food, cashiers, wrapping artwork and other general tasks during the auction. You will get a chance to meet over 165 artists who are participating in the auction as well as other collectors, educators and artists in your community.

For more information about times and tasks, email aie@soex.org or call 415-863-2141.

Do it.
Do it!!!!!!

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OPTIC ILLUSION: SOEX’s ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND ART AUCTION
April 26, 7:30-11:00 pm
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, SF

gotta have some of your…

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

at-ten-tion! Give it to me!

Did I mention that the title of the Make You Notice exhibition I’m in comes from the lyrics to the Pretenders’ “Brass In Pocket“?

So there’s more talking to be done: Curator Patricia Maloney invited me to be part of another discussion associated with Make You Notice: how could I turn down (probably) the only opportunity I’ll have in my life to be on a panel with roller derby women, queer burlesque artists, and hard-core knitters? (And for that matter, how could you turn down an opportunity to attend such a panel?) This Friday! SF. Be there.

Some of Your Attention
Friday, April 25, 6-8pm, Free

Panelists: Janet Covey, Hostess, Chicks with Sticks; Amelia Paradise, Founder & Director, Diamond Daggers; Taxi Scab & Kitt Turbo, Co-captains, Oakland Outlaws, and Jenifer K Wofford, Make You Notice artist

Moderator: Patricia Maloney

Location: Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th Street (at Capp St)
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The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery is pleased to present an evening of inspired conversation about Make You Notice, roller derby, queer burlesque, and knitting circles, featuring the Oakland Outlaws, the Diamond Daggers, Chicks with Sticks, and more.

This special event is in association with Make You Notice, an exhibition at the SFAC Gallery curated by Patricia Maloney. Make You Notice features video, photography and ephemera by four contemporary women artists who utilize performance in diverse practices, seamlessly integrating collaboration, activism, irony, and optimism into their work.

For more information please contact the gallery at sfac.gallery@sfgov.org or 415.554.6080

one down one to go

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Update on the whereabouts of one adopted metal detector:

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“Bob” is alive, well, and living happily in David Buuck’s Oakland backyard.

“Tatiana”, the other one, still awaits adoption: for just pennies a day, you too could have a faux walk-thru metal detector of your very own to love and care for! Please consider bringing her into your home, and giving her the love and attention she needs. Better than a Pound Puppy, and infinitely more charming than a Cabbage Patch Kid!

Refresher details from that earlier post are here.

pics from barrio fiesta

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Super Barrio World: over and done! And the mixture of relief, exhaustion and melancholic withdrawal begins in earnest for all of the amazing USF students who put together and performed in this year’s Barrio Fiesta. I took so many photos Saturday night that I ran out of space on my card, and found myself frantically deleting older images during the perfomance in order to make space to take more.

The show was spectacular, and consistently lively. The audience was enthusiastic and rowdy: a fun mix of family, friends, and Barrio/USF/Kasamahan alumni all there to support, cheerlead, and catcall. The glitches were minor-to-invisible, which is something of a testament to how resilient the students were, given that they weren’t able to even rehearse in the theatre the two nights before the show! And Barrio was unusually, pleasantly economical as PCNs go (USF’s started on time at 7 and ended at 10, including intermission and opening act): often, these can become sprawling marathon affairs, stretching to 4 and even 5 hours.

I’m incredibly proud and awed by how dedicated these undergrads were: it reminds me of how so much extra-curricular work students do remains invisible to their professors, and how deep their sense of community, creativity and tradition goes. (Hell, I went to art school for my own BFA. While there was certainly creativity there, there was not much diversity, even less a sense of community, and nothing even close to resembling a PCN…) And while a number of students were doing this for some degree of credit with me, for the large majority of them, this credit was either absolutely useless for their major, or they weren’t even doing it for credit at all. They were doing it for other, deeper reasons. Mad props and infinite amounts of respect to all of them.

So, on to some pics.
singkil rehearsal:
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skit rehearsal:
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the pep talk before the performance:
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And the show begins!
As is traditional, the show opened with the singing of the US and Philippine national anthems:
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And then on to all of the fun dances and skits:
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And then boom: it’s done!
Everyone took their bow,friends and family rushed the stage. I sat in the front row, in awe.
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If you missed USF’s 35th Annual PCN, c’est la vie, as we say in Manila: you can always come to next year’s. And other local schools have yet to put theirs on for 2008, so you can still catch UC Berkeley’s 32nd Annual PCN on April 20, and SF State’s 40th Annual PCN on May 3.

super sorry-o world

Friday, April 4th, 2008

So I missed my own Frey Norris Gallery opening tonight, part deux. I’m told it was great: dang it, dang it, dang it that I couldn’t be there! Talk about “Sorry”.
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Christine and I were at the gallery Wednesday installing: Frey Norris did the brunt of this for us (a welcome first!), and at least this time the majority of my art had been made well in advance, which made things considerably less stressful this time around! Raman, Wendi, Mike and Melissa were so professional and supportive about all aspects of this show. If they were San Diego, they’d stay as classy as it gets.

ye olde Frey Norris gallerye entrance:
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ye olde Wofford works being installed:
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some of ye olde Wong Yaps installed:
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So where was I, again?
Being snooty?
Too good for my own shows?
Mais non, buttercups.
I was with my USF students, as tonight was the last night of rehearsals for (dundadadunnnn) BARRIO FIESTA, USF Kasamahan’s annual Pilipino Cultural Night! (It’s the class that I am nominally the instructor for, although the students really run the show). It’s their 35th (!!!) annual production, and they have been working their heinies off to ensure that it’s a success. As is traditional with most PCNs, it’s a combination of cultural dances, more contemporary dances, and skits. Tonight was one of those nights where you could really feel the whole thing coming together: it’s going to be amazing! The kids are tired, but they’re being consummate professionals, and they’re pulling together a really fun show.

The students pretty much only refer to Barrio Fiesta as shorthand “Barrio”: add to this a slight generation gap, a quintessentially Filipino fatal attraction to puns, and this year’s production is entitled “Super Barrio World“. You know. Like Super MARIO World? C’mon, people. Work with me here.

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So here are two fun things for you to do this weekend: catch “Sorry” at Frey Norris Gallery, or catch “Super Barrio World” at USF. (Please note: Saturdays can sell out, so come Friday, come at 6 Saturday (show’s at 7), or have me hold tickets for you! Please com: it’s going to be a blast.

SORRY: Recent Works by Jenifer K Wofford and Christine Wong Yap
Frey Norris Gallery

April 3-27
456 Geary Street, SF 94102
415 346 7812

SUPER BARRIO WORLD: USF’s 35th Annual Barrio Fiesta

April 4 and 5, 7 pm
USF Presentation Theater
2350 Turk Blvd, SF 94117