The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

The Red Krayola
Oct
20
to Oct 22

The Red Krayola

Friday, October 20, 2017; 8pm–midnight
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 8pm–midnight
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 2–6pm
Ticket holders may come and go during all three live recording sessions
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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The legendary psychedelic music rockers, The Red Krayola—founded Houston, Texas, 1966—will appear at The Lab. The lineup for the occasion will feature Mayo Thompson, as usual, and John McEntire of Tortoise, The Sea and Cake. They will record two new songs with texts by their longtime collaborators, the English Conceptual artists Art & Language. Sessions for “Born in Flames II” and “Sword of God II” will be open to the public. For band reference see theredkrayola.org 
 

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The Black Aesthetic: Dreamstates with Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Black Aesthetic: Dreamstates with Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman

7-9pm, program starts promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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DREAMSTATES (Film) with Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman in person
Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality while touring the United States with some of the most pivotal figures of the Afro-Punk movement – Sultry, sensual, and quixotic, an underground portrait of America: haunted and hollow.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/168586478
http://www.dreamstatesfilm.com/#dreamstates

The Black Aesthetic is a creative organization whose mission is to curate and assemble both a collective and distinct understanding of Black visual culture. Part of our ongoing programing is a 6-week screening of emerging filmmakers/video artists with discussion and audience Q/A. theblkaesthetic.com

SEASON III     TBA

For us, The Black Aesthetic is TBA, meaning 'to be announced', 'to be assessed', and  'to be actualized'.

Thus, The Black Aesthetic (TBA) is a position of the yet to be announced. We eschew continuity in favor of exploration. In an interview for Film Quarterly, Michael Gillespie says, “I’m interested in the rendering of blackness or how black visual and expressive culture stages race not just asimpermeable fact, but as multidimensional and multidiscursive.” The Black Aesthetic is not interested in the already expressed face of the raced, but on the the multidimensional visual and expressive culture of blackness. This objective is not to clarify a theme as such, instead we are unambiguously creating a space where various distinct and dissonant black artistic expressions can live.

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Jlin
Oct
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jlin

Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Jlin appeared first on Planet Mu's second volume of "Bangs & Works" compilation, which had a huge impact on electronic/club music, bringing footwork to a wider audience. A protegee of RP Boo, Jlin hails from Gary, Indiana, a place close yet distant enough from Chicago to allow her to develop a different perspective on the genre. Her debut album Dark Energy was named best album of 2015 by The Wire—and the new Black Origami is bursting with force, taking footwork to another level through dense rhythmic patterns and tension that overwhelm the listener. Jlin will premiere her live show at The Lab.

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Man Forever
Nov
5
8:30pm 8:30pm

Man Forever

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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The music of drummer John Colpitts as Man Forever is explorative, innovative and fearless. A musician and composer equally versed in the disparate musical languages of DIY rock, improvisation, and contemporary classical, Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) has made an album that defies genre classification. Propulsive, elaborate drum arrangements (created with TIGUE Percussion) remain essential to Man Forever - on the songs of Play What They Want, they are augmented by voice and melody with contributions from Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, and Mary Lattimore to name a few. Play What They Want represents the culmination of 25 years of musical engagement by one of New York’s most acclaimed percussionists.

The collaborative process, essential to Man Forever, requires the relinquishing of one’s ego for a greater purpose. In Play What They Want, Colpitts leverages a vast and talented stable of diverse collaborators to create a work that transcends the sum of its parts.

Photo by Landon Nordeman

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Art & Dialogue: Helen Molesworth
Nov
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Art & Dialogue: Helen Molesworth

Talk starts at 7pm
Free

Join Artadia and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, for a free public program at The Lab. Molesworth will visit San Francisco to participate in Art & Dialogue and visit with Artadia Awardees.

Helen Molesworth is the Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where she recently curated the first US retrospective of the Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino and the monographic survey Kerry James Marshall: Mastry.  From 2010–2014 she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, where she assembled one person exhibitions of artists Steve Locke, Catherine Opie, Josiah McElheny, and Amy Sillman, and the group exhibitions Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957, Dance/Draw, and This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s.  As head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum, she presented an exhibition of photographs by Moyra Davey and ACT UP NY: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993.  From 2002–2007 she was the Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, where she organized the first US retrospectives of Louise Lawler and Luc Tuymans, as well as Part Object Part Sculpture, which examined the influence of Marcel Duchamp’s erotic objects. While Curator of Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art from 2000–2002, she arranged Work Ethic, which traced the problem of artistic labor in post-1960s art.  She is the author of numerous catalogue essays and her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Art Journal, Documents, and October.  The recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, she is currently at work on an ambitious exhibition inspired by the American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his 1962 essay “White Elephant vs. Termite Art.”

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Annea Lockwood
Nov
9
to Nov 18

Annea Lockwood

Annea Lockwood: It's Only Natural
A lecture presented by Other Minds, in collaboration with The David Brower Center  
Thursday, November 9, 2017; 7pm
Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets: https://thenatureofmusic.eventbrite.com

A Sound Map of the Danube
167 minutes in length, the piece will be played in its entirety twice each day and visitors are welcome to come and go freely (no door admissions required).
Gallery hours:

Friday, November 10; 6:30pm–midnight
Saturday, November 11; 4:30–10pm
Sunday, November 12; 12:30–6pm
Wednesday, November 15; 4:30–10pm
Thursday, November 16; 4:30–10pm
Friday, November 17; 6:30pm–midnight

Jitterbug performed by Annea Lockwood, William Winant, Fred Frith
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Born in New Zealand in 1939 and living in the US since 1973, Annea Lockwood is known for her explorations of the rich world of natural acoustic sounds and environments, in works ranging from sound art and installations, through text-sound and performance art to concert music. Her music has been presented in many venues and festivals, including the 2016 Tectonics/BBC Festival, Glasgow, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, the Tactile Paths 2017 festival, Berlin, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn and the Israeli Center for the Digital Arts, Holon.

Recent projects include In Our Name, a collaboration with Thomas Buckner based on poems by prisoners in Guantánamo; Water and Memory, composed for the Holon Scratch Orchestra, Israel; Wild Energy, in collaboration with Bob Bielecki - a site-specific installation focused on geophysical, atmospheric and mammalian infra and ultra sound sources. She was a recipient of the 2007 Henry Cowell Award. Her music has been issued on CD, vinyl and online on the Lovely Music, Black Truffle, New World, Ambitus, 3Leaves, EM and other labels. annealockwood.com

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Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
Dec
2
8:30pm 8:30pm

Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) & Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)

8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 for Members
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Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have been leading a nomadic life since 2010, with no permanent home and travelling from one city to the next. The reason for their restlessness is the overall gentrification, the annihilation of individualism, the rising costs of living and the relentless sellout by the mainstream entertainment industry. "Artists need to find new ways of working now-a-days in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.” 

The uncompromising decision to abandon their home has since determined their work. Their search for external & internal clarity, researching archaic principles and philosophies has helped them master the rigors of the road. 

At The Lab they will be presenting their album "Perseverantia.” The album was recorded in the Californian Mojave desert and is mostly instrumental, with a few spoken-word lyrics by Danielle de Picciotto. Together with the throat-singing by Alexander Hacke, the purring and squeaking of the hurdy-gurdy and an ether-plucking harp, melancholic violin melodies and the hum and growl of bass and guitar, one is placed in an acoustic world of mysteries, which floats out of the loudspeakers like an epic movie, both disturbing and mesmerizing. 

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Radian
Dec
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Radian

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Vienna is the home of Radian, Martin Brandlmayr (drums, electronics), John Norman (bass), and Martin Siewert (guitars, electronics), who have been influenced by and shaped the city’s vivid scene of electronica in the early 2000s. The title of their most recent album, On Dark Silent Off, is a nod to Ad Reinhardt, whose art and theory has been influential on the trio. The juxtaposition of extremes (on/off) is present in Radian’s work: the contrast between light and darkness; and in musical terms, sound and silence and brightness/darkness of timbre.

Radian creates a field of tension between extreme dynamics, freely improvised parts and meticulous construction, an inherent contrast between soft sounds and sharp edits. Radian’s recording/creative process takes a central role in shaping the pieces. It is a two-fold process of creating material through improvisation, sound experiments and processing on the one hand, and a routine of carefully selecting and editing this material on the other. It is often the case that mere snippets are used out of hours of sound material. The contrast between the magic of the moment, spontaneous live performance and its subsequent careful construction shape the quality of the pieces. 

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Light Field
Dec
7
to Dec 10

Light Field

Light Field is an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are artist run and collectively organized by: Samuel Breslin, Emily Chao, Zachary Epcar, Trisha Low, tooth, and Syd Staiti. We return to The Lab with our second annual edition to be held on December 7th - 10th 2017. 

Our 2017 call for submissions closes on September 15th: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/submissions/

Full Program and Ticket information will be announced on November 7th.

For more on Light Field please visit: http://www.lightfieldfilm.org/
 

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Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE
Dec
15
to Dec 16

Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith.  It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works. 

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites. Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music.  

All this is made possible with the support of The Doris Duke Artist Award of 2016-2019.

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Witness: Tashi Wada compositions performed by Charles Curtis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Wada, and Julia Holter
Jan
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Witness: Tashi Wada compositions performed by Charles Curtis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Wada, and Julia Holter

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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The Lab presents a program of new and recent works by composer Tashi Wada performed by cellist Charles Curtis, bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, and Wada with special guest Julia Holter.

The program collects three, new and recent, long-form works by composer Tashi Wada that explore different and diverging aspects of tuning and tonality. Valence (2016), written for cellist Charles Curtis, isolates and reharmonizes the natural overtones of a single string, destabilizing and fusing tone and timbre through a delicate alchemy. Witness (2017), written for bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, draws out the relationship between an array of scales and tetrachords (four-note segments of scales) found traditionally in Greek, Persian, and Arabic musics, in combination with hybrid and invented scales, through repetition, variation, and improvisation. Wada’s performance for keyboard, voice, and sirens with guest musician Julia Holter focuses on the outer edges of historical, non-equal temperaments, eliciting a more distant, uneven sense of tonality.

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Rova Plus One, Featuring Dohee Lee, Wobbly, and ACVilla
Jan
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rova Plus One, Featuring Dohee Lee, Wobbly, and ACVilla

Saturday, January 27, 2018
7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Rova marks their 40th season with "Rova Plus One.” The evening will be two sets as follows:

Set 1
Rova plus Dohee Lee
 (voice and movement) with a composition/structure designed by Larry Ochs

Rova plus Wobbly (electronics) with a computational structure composed/designed by Steve Adam

Set 2
Rova plus ACVilla
 (film)

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Bob Ostertag / Fred Frith
Feb
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bob Ostertag / Fred Frith

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$20 Guests / $12 Members
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Bob Ostertag makes a rare San Francisco appearance playing solo and in duo with longtime collaborator Fred Frith. Ostertag, who has been working with keyboard-less synthesizers since the mid-1970s, will play the latest iterations of his many and varied instruments.

Bob Ostertag's work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published more than twenty-five CDs of music, two DVDs, and five books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, postmodernist John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, transgender cabaret icon Justin Vivian Bond, and many others. Ostertag first began publishing as a journalist covering the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s. His most recent book is Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity (U Mass Press 2016). His previous book, Raising expectations (And Raising Hell) (Verso 2012) was about labor union organizing in Las Vegas. Co-authored with Jane McAlevey, The Nation magazine named it the Most Valuable Book of 2012. bobostertag.wordpress.com

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Tawil & Khoury: "Atlas" / Lord Tang
Feb
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tawil & Khoury: "Atlas" / Lord Tang

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
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Weight of the world.
We crack.

Atlas presents an urgent sonic experience where silence is as meaningful as the nervous but minimalist vocabulary raining down. Atlas is concerned with the negotiations of burden – who holds what. It teases assumed agreements between performer and audience – using immersive physical sonic states to press weight upon the room. Atlas is a score of disorientation that places the performers at the mercy of their own doing.

Atlas was developed at TAC (Oakland) and Movement Research (NYC).  Atlas premiered at New York Live Arts/Live Ideas 2016 and shortly thereafter was presented at the After the Last Sky Festival (Berlin).  This is the duo’s first bay area appearance. Dominic Cramp’s Lord Tang will open.

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False Starts: Kit Robinson, Jean Day and Tonya M. Foster
Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

False Starts: Kit Robinson, Jean Day and Tonya M. Foster

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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Kit Robinson was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Cincinnati, went to Yale, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. His new book Leaves of Class is just out from Chax Press. Other books include Marine Layer (BlazeVOX), Determination (Cuneiform), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry), and two collaborations with Ted Greenwald, A Mammal of Style (Roof) and Takeaway (c_L Books).

Jean Day is a poet, union activist, and editor whose Daydream is just out from Litmus Press. Recent poems can also be seen in Chicago Review, The Delineator, Across the Margin, Open House, Breather, and Jongler (French)--as well as in her Triumph of Life, soon to appear from Insurance Editions. Earlier works include Early Bird (O’Clock, 2014) and Enthusiasm (Adventures in Poetry, 2006), among other books, and her work has also appeared in many anthologies, including, most recently, Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2015). She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by UC Press.

Tonya M. Foster is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. A co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Foster has published poetry and essays in a range of publications. She is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine, and is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature and Creative Writing at California College of the Arts.

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Night Rounds
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Night Rounds

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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An evening of live film and music performances featuring eight Bay Area visual artists and musicians whose work ranges from experiments with light and film to algorithmic music composition. These energetic collaborations bring a dynamic array of sound and image to The Lab and feature Danny Paul Grody (music) + Bill Basquin (film), Steve Dye (film) + Dania Luck (Person L.) (music), John Davis (music/film) + Laurie Varga (music/film), Jorge Bachmann (ruidobello) (music) + Anna Geyer (film).  

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Steven Warwick
Oct
4
8:30pm 8:30pm

Steven Warwick

8:30pm Doors / 9:00pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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Steven Warwick is an artist and musician and writer based in Berlin. His new audio-visual mixtape Nadir was released via the delinear platform on the acclaimed label PAN.

Nadir fuses reflective poetics with diaristic snapshots and fragmented melodies recorded during a residency in LA. The release captures the tensions, unease and uncertainty in a contemporary setting. Live, Warwick presents a new show with visuals in which he reworks the tracks in real time for a club setting, in a similar manner to his previous Heatsick project: loops and rhythms are stretched and worked out on the dancefloor with focus on the human voice to dizzying and psychedelic effect.

“Complex and enthralling, swallowing whole dancefloors of people into deep, hypnotic grooves for hours on end in a rich, multi-sensory overload” – FACT

“This is dance music through and through, albeit probably unlike any you’ve heard before” - The Quietus

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Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi
Sep
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi

To celebrate Stranded's 5th anniversary, we're excited to present two great artists Grouper and Sarah Davachi at The Lab, San Francisco. Each artist will perform individual sets for early and late shows.

Early show: Doors at 5pm / Music at 5:30
Late show: Doors at 8:30 / Music at 9pm

ickets: https://www.strandedrecords.com/tickets
There will be a limited amount of $12 tickets available for members of The Lab, but they must be reserved in advance. Please email thelabsf@thelab.org to have your name added to either show's member list. 
 

rouper, the moniker of Liz Harris, continues to bewilder with the most basic resources: a voice, one instrument and the ambience of her surroundings. Her sparse compositions occupy an intimate space between sound and song, with performances transcending the relationship between performer and listener, offering a meditative and restorative experience.

As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Sarah Davachi's compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources – particularly organ, piano, strings, and woodwinds – often involving de-familiarization through processing. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and psychoacoustic artefacts.

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False Starts: Aaron Shurin, Allison Cobb and Mg Roberts
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

False Starts: Aaron Shurin, Allison Cobb and Mg Roberts

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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Aaron Shurin is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Flowers & Sky: Two Talks, just out from Entre Rios Books, and The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks (University of Michigan Press, 2016). His writing has appeared in over forty national and international anthologies, from the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry to Italy’s Nuova Poesia Americana: San Francisco. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. Shurin is the former Director of the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco, where he is now Professor Emeritus.

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Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Green-Wood (Factory School); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); and Born2( Chax Press). The poet Carolyn Forché calls After We All Died “inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down.” Cobb works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading, art, and performance series.
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Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Roberts is working hard on her bark. She is author of not so, sea (Durga Press, 2014) and Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish, 2017). Her work has appeared in Anomaly, Web Conjunctions, Elderly and elsewhereShe co-edited the anthology Nests and Strangers: On Asian Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press) and is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh; an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, one puppy, and very awesome cat.

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Other Forms of Light
Aug
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Other Forms of Light

Dicky Bahto, Tashi Wada, and Corey Fogel with Paul Clipson and Maggi Payne
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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The Lab hosts a new performance by artists Corey Fogel, Dicky Bahto, and Tashi Wada. Their structured improvisation will feature generative imagery on multiple slide projectors, pitched metal percussion, keyboard, bagpipe, electronics, and sirens.

Paul Clipson will collaborate with sonic artist Maggi Payne to project a multi-16mm anamorphic moving image and sound experience inside The Lab.

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Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival
Aug
4
to Aug 5

Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival

8pm–2am
DJ Gaycay ~ Maya Songbird ~ Xuxa Santamaria ~ Forbidden Colors ~ The Breathing Light ~ Ugly ~ Auto Romantix ~ Demongay ~ DJ Piano Rain ~ Las Sucias
Festival tickets: http://m.bpt.me/event/3016383

The Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest is inspired by the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective’s series of fests beginning in Chicago during the Summer of 2014 as a way for POC/Queer/Trans punx in Chicago to connect and keep the punk scene diverse and safe. The Universe is Lit Fest aims to continue in the traditions of the Black and Brown Punk Show Collective in Chicago, Not Enough Fest in Portland, and the Think and Die Thinking Festival in San Jose, CA.

The organizers of Bay Area’s Universe is Lit Fest seek to honor and exalt the existence of Black and Brown musicians, artists, and freaks throughout history, from the pre-patriarchal era and beyond. We recognize ourselves as future ancestors and in the words of Grace Jones aim to “let them know we’re here!” across the expanses of time and experience.

For more information about the Universe is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival including the full schedule of events, visit theuniverseislit.com.

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Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda: In the Zone
Jul
29
8:30pm 8:30pm

Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda: In the Zone

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members
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This concert promises to be an exquisite sound immersion of expansive dimensions. The world renowned innovative zither/harp master, composer, and sound healing presence of Laraaji is joined by collaborative partner sound healing musician Reiki Master Arji OceAnanda for an evening of celestial sound making.

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75 Dollar Bill / Bill Orcutt
Jul
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

75 Dollar Bill / Bill Orcutt

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$10 Guests / Free for Members
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75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live and on record, from trio to 25-piece marching band. They have released a string of cassettes and two LPs, the most recent of which, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, met with wide critical acclaim and appeared on numerous "Best of" lists for 2016. It is now being released in Europe (on vinyl, digitally and, for the first time, on CD) by Glitterbeat Records, on its brand-new tak:til imprint.

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SFABF After Party! TURFinc Dancers, DJ Epic, and Unity
Jul
22
8:30pm 8:30pm

SFABF After Party! TURFinc Dancers, DJ Epic, and Unity

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Music and Dancing
$15 Guests / $10 for SFABF Vendors / Free for members of The Lab
* SFABF Vendors can purchase tickets at the door
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Join us for a dance battle hosted by Johnny Lopez of TURFinc with DJ Epic. Oakland-based group Unity will perform their upbeat garage punk following the dance performance.

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Camille Norment / Leila Bordreuil
Jul
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Camille Norment / Leila Bordreuil

Friday, July 14, 2017
8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$25 Guests / $15 Members
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Camille Norment (b. 1970, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA lives and works in Oslo, Norway) works as an artist, musician and composer. Norment’s practice includes performance, installation, drawing, writing and sound, and draws from the artist’s training in music, dance, the visual arts and literature. Norment is concerned with investigating the relationships between sound, music and the visual arts and questioning the meanings of harmony and dissonance. Her art explores the socio-political encoding of sound historically and in the present, reflecting upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for dissent and creative thinking.

In addition to her work as an artist, Norment performs as a soloist and with other musicians in selected projects. At The Lab she will play with an ensemble consisting of John McCowen (clarinet), Håvard Skaset (electric guitar), and Camille Norment (glass armonica).

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer working in the realm of improvisation, noise music, and sound art. The New York Times has described her work as “steadily scathing music, favoring long and corrosive atonalities”. Bordreuil’s cello playing focuses on the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument, paying careful attention to timbre and texture. She challenges conventional cello practice through extreme extended techniques and imaginative amplification methods, compelling us to question what is valued in instrumental performance and why. Her composed works frequently incorporate sound-spatialization by way of site-specific pieces and multi-channel installations.

At The Lab, Leila Bordreuil will be performing a solo amplified cello set, using a multichannel set-up of different types of speakers and guitar amplifiers. An assemblage of microphones placed on various parts of the cello will create unique sound distortion possibilities that transform the cello into a polyphonic instrument, enhancing the instrument’s diversity of timbres. 

 

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Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock
May
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock

Special preview on Friday, March 31, 2017
Final cut on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Film
$7 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

During his residency at The Lab, artist Brontez Purnell created a documentary film and archive exploring the late San Francisco postmodern choreographer Ed Mock. 
 
Ed Mock died in 1986 at the height of the AIDS epidemic; his story continues to engage contemporary conversations. Purnell states, “I believe Ed Mock is the missing choreographic link between Alvin Ailey, Anna Halprin, and Bill T. Jones.  He is my direct predecessor, creatively. We – artists, black queers, Bay Area dancers, gay men - have to extract our collective past and create the historical record.” 

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Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop
May
28
1:00pm 1:00pm

Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop

1-4pm Workshop
$40 Guests / $30 Members
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During the Writing for a Performance Persona workshop we will explore various exercises designed to help you access deep crevasses of your personal experience that can become the driving desire behind a performance persona. The goal is not to leave the workshop with a developed piece of work, but rather to learn some new ways of accessing material within yourself. Writers, performers, dancers, drag showgirls, thinkers, visual artists all welcome!

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Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood, (A Star Spangled Bummer)
May
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood, (A Star Spangled Bummer)

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
SOLD OUT, but a few discounted standing room only tickets will be released at 8:20pm, pending space and availability. First come first serve – please form a queue at the door next to the will-call line to claim.

Dynasty Handbag's new falling-apart stand-up show is a current events review of her privates and her publics, covering topics such as white women having babies and how this makes her feel enraged/grossedout/inadequate, a cover of Rihanna’s well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat, why lesbians drink things out of jars, and an analysis of coyote discrimination in relationship to the Hollywood desert nightmare that is now a metaphor for complete global destruction. Show is updated to include horrible jokes about current events, sometimes day-of-show events.

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False Starts: David Abel, Brent Cunningham and Trisha Low
May
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

False Starts: David Abel, Brent Cunningham and Trisha Low

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
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David Abel is the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and the author of Float (Chax Press), Tether (Barebone Books), and Carrier (c_L Books), among other titles. Three books are forthcoming in 2017: Selected Durations (Black Rock Press), XIV Eclipses (Couch Press), and sequitur her (press-press-pull). With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series.

Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and visual artist living in Oakland.  He has published two books of poetry, Bird & Forest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005) and Journey to the Sun (Atelos, 2012), and has a chapbook of fake Arthur Rimbaud translations, The Sad Songs of Hell, forthcoming this summer from Ugly Duckling.  He works as the Operations Director at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley.  In 2005 he and Neil Alger founded Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera. He has been working on a novel for a disconcertingly long time.

Trisha Low is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Edition, 2013). She lives in Oakland and is currently working on a book entitled SOCIALIST REALISM.

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Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT: Dear Everyone
May
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Kyle Bruckmann’s DEGRADIENT: Dear Everyone

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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DEGRADIENT
Kyle Bruckmann – oboe/English horn, electronics, composition
Aram Shelton – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Jason Hoopes – electric bass
Jordan Glenn – percussion

with guest vocalists DANISHTA RIVERO and EUGENE S. ROBINSON

DEGRADIENT is Oakland-based oboist and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s long overdue first venture as bandleader of a Bay Area ensemble. Gleefully colliding elements of free jazz, fried electroacoustic noise and dark prog within a Creative Music framework, DEGRADIENT adds a significant chunk of heavy to Bruckmann’s signature gimmicks of jittery polyrhythmic clatter, formal complexity, slapstick humor, and all-around sensory overload.

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Thollem McDonas / Gino Robair / Lisa Mezzacappa / Christina Stanley
May
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Thollem McDonas / Gino Robair / Lisa Mezzacappa / Christina Stanley

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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Thollem McDonas brings together two unique memorial projects for prominent members of the musical community: Pauline Oliveros and Stefano Scodanibbio.
 
Trio Music Minus One is a duo project between Thollem (Keyboard/Analog Effects) and Gino Robair (Drum Set/Electronics) that creates the contours of a sonic space for a third person in memoriam. This will be the first live performance - in memory of Pauline Oliveros. In 2013, the duo released an album on Setola di Maiale for their mutual friend/colleague/collaborator, Dennis Palmer.
 
Evolutions For Stefano will be performed for the first time on this continent as a trio with Lisa Mezzacappa (Bass) and Christina Stanley (Violin/Voice). 

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Emily Wardill: No Trace of Accelerator
May
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Emily Wardill: No Trace of Accelerator

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Film / 9pm Conversation
$8 entry / Free for members
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No Trace of Accelerator (2017), takes as its starting point the mysterious incident of a series of apparently spontaneous fires that broke out in an isolated French town in the mid-1990s. The cause of the fires remained unexplained for some months, a period when all kinds of fear, panic and superstition gripped the small community. The fires were eventually explained, but the reaction of the towns-people became the subject of a case study into the social amplification of risk, written by anthropologists Marc Poumadere and Claire Mays.

Drawing on her own research into the events—Wardill uses the figure of fire itself as a way to explore the physical, psychological and narrative implications of trying to "model" entities, energies or objects that are in constant flux. Filmed on a series of constructed, stylised sets with a cast of archetypal characters loosely based on the real protagonists, Wardill introduces the idea of fire as a chaotic and unpredictable object—a metaphor for various conditions of fear, instability, uncertainty, and horror.

Emily Wardill will join The Lab's Executive Director Dena Beard in conversation following the film. 
 

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Point of “Fact”
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Point of “Fact”

7:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Presentation
$12 Guests / Free for Members of The Lab and Headlands
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Headlands members can reserve seats by emailing programmanager@headlands.org

Headlands Center for the Arts and The Lab host an evening of presentations that ask: how do we know what we know? The relationship between information and interpretation feels shaky when we are reminded daily that we are living in a moment of post-truths, contested realities, and alternative facts. During this evening, we will meet artists and researchers who explicitly address the production of knowledge as contingent, charged, and often charming. Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist and professor at University of California, San Diego, will show how language and metaphor affect the way we think about everything from fundamentals like time and space, to complex social issues. Artist and anthropologist Adrian Van Allen (Headlands Affiliate Artist ’11) will present her research of scientists at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where they are building different versions of the future through their collections of bird skins, frozen tissue samples, and genomic data. Performance artist Xandra Ibarra (Headlands Affiliate Artist ’14) will detail her latest forays, including the work-in-progress practice she describes as “alternative embodiment.”

Image by Adrian Van Allen: Crafting Nature, 2016

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Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief
Apr
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief

8:00pm Doors / 8:30pm Music
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Well-known among steel players for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Susan Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Pauline Oliveros), visionary jazz (John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman), and world musics (Indian ragas, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra).

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Dead Slow Ahead
Apr
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dead Slow Ahead

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Film
$8 entry / Free for members

An enormous shipping freighter drifts aimlessly across the desolate waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Beneath the grinding, brutal machinery and bruised ocean skies, the ship’s anonymous crew toil tirelessly to keep the ship on course. They could be lost, men adrift, or perhaps the last vestiges of a doomed species. Gorgeously shot in rich, spectral hues, filmmaker Mauro Herce’s (cinematographer on many acclaimed films like the Cannes winner Mimosas) award-winning documentary, resembling at times a dystopian sci-fi film, is an immersive one-of-a-kind experience.

"A transcendent sci-fi documentary. Herce and his crew have accomplished is an invaluable feat of cinematic empathy and vision." – The Verge

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Julz Hale Mary: Trauma is a Party (of One)
Apr
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Julz Hale Mary: Trauma is a Party (of One)

7:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Show / 9:15pm Dance Party
$15 Guests / Free for Members
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Trauma is a Party (of One) is a performance piece by Julz Hale Mary using the container of a fashion show to thematically explore systemic inequalities, individual and collective trauma, and mental health interventions. Challenging American culture’s desire for pathologized, over-medicated, emotionally docile citizens, the performance looks at what it means to perform normativity when one wears oppression. Julz Hale Mary will play host “Dean Ile”—the Executive Director of a mental health nonprofit who negligently and cluelessly peeps in on the “progress” between clients and counselors through live video broadcast. Avant-garde seasonal (affective) looks will push this societal quagmire into the spotlight, opening up the senses to one of society's most mind-altering institutions: the mental health industrial complex.

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Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics
Apr
7
to Apr 9

Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics

Friday, April 7; 8-10pm
Saturday, April 8; 8-10pm
Sunday, April 9, 1-3pm

 

Audience members are invited to try and control two giant, scary robots with your brainwaves! It won't be easy, but can you make them kiss? Fight? When two audience members accomplish this feat, everyone is treated to a show of lasers, fog, sound, video, and other cool chaos.

This performative installation is a collaborative project of Kal Spelletich (artist, robot maker), Masahiro Kahata (brainwave control hardware/software), and Mitch Altman (integration hardware and software). This is an experiment in improving people’s lives by exemplifying the poetry of the mind. The robots are not programmed, they are responding live to human brain waves.

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Workshop: Making Art During Fascism
Mar
31
2:00pm 2:00pm

Workshop: Making Art During Fascism

2-4pm
$5-10 donation, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds


Artists are essential in resisting and dismantling fascism. Throughout history and through the present, you instigate, question, provoke; you provide humor, creative impulse, reflection, serenity, validation. In light of our country’s political swing toward white supremacy and hate, artists need the emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual support to sustain their work. You are invited to show up, listen, and share: support, resources, community-building, information, methods to enter movements, and ways to sustain both your activism and your practice. You will receive a free, written guide with tips for making art during this administration. Bring a notebook and something to write with!

Workshop conducted by Beth Pickens: www.bethpickens.com

Image: Tammy Rae Carland: I'm Dying Up Here (Cone Head), 2013; C-print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper; 15 x 20 in.; courtesy of the artist and JessicaSilverman Gallery, San Francisco.

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Lawrence English
Mar
29
9:30pm 9:30pm

Lawrence English

9:30pm Doors / 10pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members

Photos above taken by The Lab's photographer-in-residence, Robert Divers Herrick.

Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

 

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Arnold Dreyblatt
Mar
26
8:30pm 8:30pm

Arnold Dreyblatt

Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is a composer, performer and visual artist. He studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier and has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. Among the second generation of New York minimal composers, Dreyblatt developed a unique approach to composition and music performance. As he began his music in the late 1970's in New York, he invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning and has formed and led numerous ensembles under the title "The Orchestra of Excited Strings". In 2007, he was elected to the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor for Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel.

Arnold Dreyblatt will be giving a talk at 7pm on March 28 at SFAI: http://www.sfai.edu/events-calendar/detail/arnold-dreyblatt

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John Chantler
Mar
22
8:30pm 8:30pm

John Chantler

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / Free for members
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John Chantler is a musician and organizer living in Stockholm, Sweden working with synthesizers, electronics and sometimes pipe organs to explore his own personalized compositional and improvisational strategies — working with and against the specific systems inherent in his chosen tools.

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Martin Creed: Words and Music
Mar
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Martin Creed: Words and Music

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Sound
$15 General / Free for members

Join us for an evening with Martin Creed. Those familiar with the Turner Prize-winning artist will know that one of the many engaging aspects of his live performances, regardless of the venue and context, is the unpredictability of the proceedings.

This event is co-presented by The Lab and Kadist, San Francisco. The artist will be donating his fee for this event to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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