The Lab

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

The Necks
Feb
18
Feb 19

The Necks

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for members

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The Lab is delighted to welcome The Necks for two performances on February 18 and 19. In their 30 years together, Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck have honed a process of building upon repeated motifs to conjure dense soundscapes. Every Necks' performance is a singular event, 2 sets of approximately 45 minutes, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.


Constance Hockaday: Noise Club
Jan
12
Jan 14

Constance Hockaday: Noise Club

  • Pier 40

Attention! We’ve moved highlights the ongoing displacement of artists and cultural spaces by bringing audiences to a floating, itinerant version of an underground club. Created by artist Constance HockadayAttention! We’ve moved. will be cruising the San Francisco Bay from January 12–14 and launching from Pier 40

Thursday, January 12, 2017 – VIP Cruise
With Dynasty Handbag, Las Sucias, MSHR, Voicehandler, Kevin Blechdom, and a psychedelic dance party by International Freakout A Go-Go.
7–10pm VIP tickets, $160 each, available at http://bit.ly/AWM-VIPCruise
*Drinks and light appetizers will be served.

Friday, January 13, 2017
With Dynasty Handbag, Las Sucias, MSHR, and International Freakout a Go-Go.
7-8:45pm cruise, tickets $35 each, available at http://bit.ly/Fri7pmCruise
9-10:45pm cruise tickets, SOLD OUT
*Cash bar.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
With Dynasty Handbag, Voicehandler, Kevin Blechdom, and International Freakout a Go-Go.
7-8:45pm cruise, tickets $35 each, available at http://bit.ly/Sat7pm
9-10:45pm cruise, tickets $35 each,
SOLD OUT
*Cash bar.

BUZZ: A New Year's Party to Benefit the The Lab
Dec
31
Jan 1

BUZZ: A New Year's Party to Benefit the The Lab

  • Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

UPDATE: BUZZ will be held at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

8:30pm Doors
Hosted by Peaches Christ. Featuring performances by SkinAH MER AH SUPseudaKrimVainheinSaturn RisingCHRISTEENE, and DJ Haram
Tickets are $85 and include an open bar
Purchase at bit.ly/buzzthelab

Bust out of the hive this New Year’s Eve for BUZZ, an epic performance art experience conceived entirely by artists to benefit The Lab – San Francisco’s 32-year old experimental art space. Alongside elaborate costumes, subversive beauty, and an ensemble of SF's most fabulous characters, this New Years Eve party brings you the requisite hedonism of an open bar and dancing until 2am. Filmmaker and cult leader Peaches Christ will be our Mistress of Ceremonies, and guests will enjoy an evening of artist-designed environments, theatrical activations, and performances by some of the Bay Area’s most prodigious talent.


Wadada Leo Smith: Four Symphonies
Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Wadada Leo Smith: Four Symphonies

8pm: Doors
8:30pm: Zeena Parkins and William Winant
9:30pm: Wadada Leo Smith with Ikue Mori, Anthony Davis, Hardedge
$20 General / $15 Members

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are sold out, but we will release unclaimed seats at the door at 8:25pm on a first come, first serve basis. $10 floor seats will be available starting at 8pm at the door – bring your own cushion!

Closing out the three-part Abstract Languages event series, Wadada Leo Smith performs his piece Four Symphonies. He plays the trumpet, and has invited others to join him. Ikue Mori performs on electronics, Anthony Davis plays the piano, and Hardedge does the sound design. Zeena Parkins and William Winant perform an improvised duo for harp and percussion.

Butch Morris Screening at The Wattis Institute
Dec
15
7:15 pm19:15

Butch Morris Screening at The Wattis Institute

  • The Wattis Institute

Location: The Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas St, San Francisco, CA 94103
7:15 pm: Zeena Parkins introduction and Butch Morris screening
Free


A screening of rare archival footage of a "conduction" by the late composer Lawrence "Butch" Morris (1947-2013), introduced by Zeena Parkins.

Wadada Leo Smith Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores at Kadist
Dec
14
6:00 pm18:00

Wadada Leo Smith Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores at Kadist

  • Kadist

Location: Kadist, 3295 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
6–7pm: Reception
7-8pm: Wadada Leo Smith in conversation with Hamza Walker
Free

An opening reception for Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores, an exhibition by Wadada Leo Smith, and a conversation between the artist and LAXART Director Hamza Walker.

Dora García: The Hearing Voices Lab
Nov
22
Dec 4

Dora García: The Hearing Voices Lab

The designation “hearing voices” describes an aspect of being in public – we hear voices while sitting at a coffee shop, attending events, or when waiting on the train. At the same time, the phrase “hearing voices” also describes the phenomenon of hearing inner voices. Drawing on the ambiguity of the term, the Spanish artist Dora García is installing a gathering place for people who hear voices, hosted by The Lab.

PROGRAM:

Saturday, November 26, 2016
4-6pm Finnegans Wake Collective Reading

Sunday, November 27, 2016
6-7:30p, Projection of the film The Joycean Society by Dora García


Monday, November 28, 2016
1pm–4pm: Imposed Words performance by Dora García

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
10am–12pm: Visit to The Internet Archive
2-5pm: The Bay Area Hearing Voices Network

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
1–5pm: Visit to the Prelinger Library
6-8pm: Dora Garcia: An ESP Evening at the Kadist Foundation, 3295 20th St, San Francisco

Thursday, December 1, 2016
10am–2pm: Visit to SFMOMA

3–5pm: Conversation with Pamela Jackson, co-editor of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

Friday, December 2, 2016

11am-1pm: Conversation with Robert Tacchetto at San Francisco Camera Obscura
3–5pm: Conversation with Megan and Rick Prelinger
6-8pm: Hearing Voices Radio

Saturday, December 3, 2016
6–8pm: Dora García's Disorder: of crimes and dreams (60 min; French with English subtitles) and The Deviant Majority (34 min, Italian and Portuguese with English subtitles) 
8-10pm: Metazone organized by Oslo Academy artists, a music and performance session open to everyone. Bring instruments! Facebook RSVP

RE/SEARCH presents Bruce Conner: The Afternoon Interviews
Nov
19
5:00 pm17:00

RE/SEARCH presents Bruce Conner: The Afternoon Interviews

FREE
Copies of Bruce Conner: The Afternoon Interviews will be available for sale
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From the late ’70s to 2005, V. Vale interviewed Bruce Conner by telephone and in person mostly in the afternoons. Spontaneous yet insightful in his conversation, Conner is revealed as an innovative improvisatory artist whose goal in life seemed to be freedom and the transcendence of hidebound careerist conformity in all its bureaucratic manifestations. 

Alice Notley: The Descent of Alette
Nov
14
Nov 15

Alice Notley: The Descent of Alette

7-9pm, reading starts promptly at 7:30pm
$10 entry, free for SFSU students and Poetry Center and/or members of The Lab
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Across two nights, Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15, Alice Notley will read the entirety of her visionary book-length poem, The Descent of Alette (Penguin Poets, 1996).

Light Field
Nov
11
Nov 12

Light Field

$6 - 10 sliding scale tickets for each program available at the door
Pass for all programs at The Lab: $25 General / $18 Members of The Lab
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Light Field is an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. The inaugural edition of the festival will take place on the weekend of November 11th - 13th at The LabArtists' Television Access, and Roxie Theater

Jinjin Fear with Zizi
Nov
10
7:30 pm19:30

Jinjin Fear with Zizi

7:30-8:00 The Drinks
8:00-9:15 The Performance
9:15 Back to The Drinks
9:30-11:00 The Dancing  
$15 General / Free for members
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The Zizi Show is a project by the Rocca Family. This talk show-performance-playground comes back with its latest edition entitled Jinjin Fear with Zizi. Zizi will use her charms and cast her spells, surrender to Zizi and fearless you shall be. 

Rhys Chatham / Bill Orcutt
Nov
6
8:00 pm20:00

Rhys Chatham / Bill Orcutt

Stranded presents: Rhys Chatham / Bill Orcutt
8pm Doors / 9pm Music
$15 General - Buy tickets here
$10 - Members of The Lab (member tickets available at the door – email thelabsf@thelab.org to be put on the list)

Rhys Chatham is a composer/performer from NY currently living in Paris. Having played in the groups of Tony Conrad and La Monte Young during the early seventies, his current projects include his orchestras of 100-200 electric guitars as well as his smaller Guitar Trio configuration. 

Art & Dialogue: Peter Eleey
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

Art & Dialogue: Peter Eleey

Talk starts at 7pm
FREE

Join Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs at MoMA PS1, for a free public program at The Lab. Eleey will visit San Francisco for three days to participate in Art & Dialogue. During his stay, he will visit with eight Artadia Awardees.

Douglas Crimp and Claudia La Rocco on "Before Pictures"
Oct
23
7:00 pm19:00

Douglas Crimp and Claudia La Rocco on "Before Pictures"

FREE, copies of Before Pictures will be available for sale

Art historian and critic Douglas Crimp discusses his new memoir, Before Pictures, with writer Claudia La Rocco.

Douglas Crimp is the rare art critic whose work profoundly influenced a generation of artists. He is best known for his work with the “Pictures Generation.” But while his influence is widely recognized, we know little about Crimp’s own formative experiences. Before Pictures tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City from the late 1960s through the ’70s. The details of his professional and personal life are interwoven with the particularly rich history of New York City, producing a vivid portrait of both the critic and his adopted city. At the same time, it offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into important issues in contemporary art. In Crimp’s words: “Through the book, I weave together stories of the two cultures that were most important in my life at the time—gay liberation and the art that came to be called post-modernist.”

False Starts: Anna Moschovakis and Michael Palmer
Oct
11
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Anna Moschovakis and Michael Palmer

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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Anna Moschovakis is the author, most recently, of They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press) and the translator of Bresson on Bresson (New York Review Books Classics). She edits and designs book with Ugly Duckling Presse and teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. 

Poet and translator Michael Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for over forty years and has collaborated with many composers and visual artists. His most recent collections are Active Boundaries (Selected Essays and Talks), (New Directions, 2008), Madman With Broom (selected poems with Chinese translations by Yunte Huang, Oxford University Press, 2011), and Thread, (New Directions, 2011). His new book of poems, The Laughter of the Sphinx, was published by New Directions in June of 2016.

Jacqueline Gordon
Oct
1
Oct 31

Jacqueline Gordon

SOUND INSTALLATION: Inside You Is Me
Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27, from 6-10pm
Sundays, October 16, 23, 30, from 12-4pm
Available for workshops and off-hour visits by appointment. Email thelabsf@thelab.org or call 415-864-8855 for information.
Free, RSVP

PERFORMANCE: Playlist with Maryanna Lachmann, Jose Abad, and Oscar Tidd
Saturday, October 15, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance
Sunday, October 16, 2016; 12-3pm installation open / 3pm performance
Free, RSVP

PERFORMANCE: FAY
Saturday, October 22, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance
Free, RSVP

PERFORMANCE: Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
Saturday, October 29, 2016; 7pm doors / 8pm performance, RSVP
Tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance, $15 General / Free for members

Bruce Baillie
Sep
25
7:00 pm19:00

Bruce Baillie

7pm Doors / 7:30pm Bruce Baillie Introduction and Films
$10 General / Free for members
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Filmmaker Bruce Baillie will present the premiere of Spring (2016) for Jefferson Sunflower along with a selection of video works completed over the past 26 years.

The program to include:
Les Memoires d’un ange
Spring (2016) for Jefferson Sunflower
P 38 Pilot
I Wish I Knew
The Cardinal’s Return
Study Reel (The Baillies, '02) By Sami Van Ingen (Finland)
Dr. Bish’s Birthday by Tung
Roy Eldridge   
—and a few more surprises

Born in South Dakota in 1931, Bruce Baillie served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and studied filmmaking for a year at the London School of Film Technique. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s and within a few years became a guiding light of the New American Cinema. Simultaneous to his earliest personal experiments in 16mm, Baillie launched Canyon Cinema in the redwoods over Oakland in 1961. As he recounted to interviewer Scott MacDonald, "Immediately I realized that making films and showing films must go hand in hand, so I got a job at Safeway, took out a loan and bought a projector." 

The World According to Sound
Aug
26
Aug 27

The World According to Sound

Friday, August 26, 2016
7:30pm – 10:30pm
$15 General / $12 Members / $20 Door
We are SOLD OUT for tonight's show. We ask that attendees arrive and be seated by 7:50pm, after which we will release seats to the waitlist. 

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:30pm – 10:30pm
$15 General / $12 Members / $20 Door
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There’s a lot of talking on the radio. People love to yammer. The World According to Sound is a 90-second radio show with as little talking as possible. Every episode brings you one sound that tells a story. At The Lab we’re bringing all those sounds together to give you an immersive aural experience. 

Join us for an hour with the lights off, awash in sound. The show will be neither music nor narrative, but will float somewhere between the two. The World According to Sound wants to reawaken our relationship to life as perceived with our ears. Those dominant sensory organs of ours—the eyes—have no place at this event. Instead, we’ll venture forth Oedipus-like into the world, taking it in through that most immediate and ephemeral of human senses—hearing.

False Starts: Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis and Kit Schluter
Aug
16
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis and Kit Schluter

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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Kimberly Lyons is the author of books of poetry including Approximately Near (Metambesendotorg, 2016), Calcinatio (Faux Press, 2014) and Rouge (Instance Press, 2012). Her essays on the poetry of Bernadette Mayer and Joseph Ceravolo appeared in Aufgabe and Jacket 2.  She has given talks on the poetry of Alice Notley, Pierre Joris, Barbara Guest and the Poetry Project in the 1980s. She is the publisher of Lunar Chandelier Press and has recently organized events at Anthology Film Archives in NYC. She lives in Chicago.

Vyt Bakaitis, a native of Lithuania, has been living in New York City since 1968. A book of his poems City Country appeared in 1991 (Black Thistle Press, NYC), and con/structs, his book of visual poems and photographs, came out in a limited edition in 2001 (Arunas K. Photo+Graphics, NYC). His reviews of poetry have appeared in World Literature Today and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Vyt Bakaitis has also published translations of poetry from several languages, including the anthology of 20th Century Lithuanian poetry he edited, Breathing Free (Lithuanian Writers Union, 2001). His versions of the classic Romantics Hölderlin and Mickiewicz are included in World Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1998). His translations of the poems of Jonas Mekas were published as There Is No Ithaca (Black Thistle Press), with a foreword by Czeslaw Milosz, and as Daybooks (Portable Press at YoYo Labs). Deliberate Proof, a new collection of poems, was brought out by Lunar Chandelier Press in 2010. Recent poems have appeared in VanitasThe Brooklyn RailTalisman and the online journal, Eoagh (eoagh.com).

Kit Schluter’s writing can be found in the False Starts pamphlet, and elsewhere. Among his forthcoming and published translations are books by Amandine André, Anne Kawala, Clamanç Llansana, Jaime Saenz, Marcel Schwob, and Michel Surya. He is a 2016 NEA translation fellow, and makes books in good company under the name of O’clock Press.

 

Marielle V Jakobsons / Phil Manley & Andy Puls / Maggi Payne
Aug
13
8:00 pm20:00

Marielle V Jakobsons / Phil Manley & Andy Puls / Maggi Payne

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 General / Free for members
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Marielle V Jakobsons
Phil Manley / Andy Puls
Maggi Payne

An evening of audiovisual immersion celebrating the release of Marielle’s new new Thrill Jockey Records album “Star Core.”  Maggi Payne will be screening her exquisite and delicate videos and tone miester from Trans Am Phil Manley will be collaborating for the first time with video synth wizard Andy Puls.

Senyawa
Aug
6
Aug 7

Senyawa

Performance: 
Saturday, August 6th
8pm Doors / 8:30 Sound
$20 General / $15 for Members
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Instrument Making Workshop: 
Sunday, August 7th 1pm –3pm
$15 General / Free for members
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Jogjakarta’s Senyawa embodies the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.

Fritzia Irizar: White Chameleon / HFCS
Jul
23
Aug 20

Fritzia Irizar: White Chameleon / HFCS

Performance: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Exhibition: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 4-8pm, from July 28—August 20, 2016
Artist Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:30-8pm 

Fritzia Irízar’s practice reflects on the psychological, economic, and symbolic conditions of value. On par with big tobacco and big alcohol, the sugar industry invests heavily in fictions and sleights-of-hand to downplay the life-threatening realities of their product. White Chameleon / HFCS presents first a proof of production – the literal machinery of a sugar refinery – and symbolic measures of worth as antidotes to the shadowy machinations of capital. Irízar punctuates this backdrop of machinery and evidence with the low tones of a bassoon, resonating inside the body as the ultimate site of resistance.

An Evening of 21st Century Guitar
Jul
21
8:00 pm20:00

An Evening of 21st Century Guitar

8pm Doors / 8:30 Sound
$15 General / Free for members
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This program explores an iconoclastic strain of Americana that merges experimentalism with folk forms – a style often connected to John Fahey's Takoma Records catalog of the 1960s and 70s – and the artists who are expanding and challenging the boundaries solo guitar-based practice in their own way. With Bill Orcutt, Chuck Johnson, Itasca, and Sarah Louise.

Clair-audience: Hong-Kai Wang with Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell
Jul
6
7:30 pm19:30

Clair-audience: Hong-Kai Wang with Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell

Event 7:30pm
$10 General / Free for Members
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A co-production by Kadist and The Lab, Clair-audience is a performative listening session developed by artist Hong-Kai Wang in collaboration with artists Dohee Lee and Marshall Trammell. The session comes out of a recent conversation among local thinkers and practitioners gathering to speculate about the unrecorded movements of “black ghosts” across the Pacific Ocean–from Taiwan to California­– listened to and facilitated by Lee and Trammell.  

Pronounced as “oo-kui" in Taiwanese, “black ghosts” leave very few perceivable traces of their whereabouts in colonial Taiwan. Taiwanese sugarcane workers lament “black ghosts” as slaves in a protest song in 1925; 17th-century Dutch painters depict them as Indonesian servants; a Spanish missionary’s diary in 1632 mention them as Filipino forced laborers and mercenaries who sought refuge from Native Taiwanese communities; and ornaments of Taoist temples in southern Taiwan immortalize them as mythical creatures. Existing between the limits and possibilities of archives, the representation of “black ghosts” rigorously questions parameters of knowledge and understanding of bodies. 

The performative listening session consists of Lee and Trammell’s unorchestrated conjuring of the spaces of forgetting and the bodies of the forgotten that transpire during and beyond the prior group conversation. Audiences are invited to actively hear and listen for the voices beyond times and places, while the performers call forth these spaces and bodies through rhythms, beats, words, and movements. All temporalities are considered.  

False Starts: Mark Wallace, Lindsey Boldt and Rodney Koeneke
Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Mark Wallace, Lindsey Boldt and Rodney Koeneke

7-9pm, readings start promptly at 7:30pm
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Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy. His novelCrab is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in San Diego and teaches at California State University, San Marcos. 

Lindsey Boldt is the author of Overboard (Publication Studio) and the chapbooks, Titties for Lindsey (OMG), Overboard: Rampage (Berkeley Neo Baroque), Oh My, Hell Yes (Summer BF Press) and a forthcoming chapbook from Couch Press with an unpronounceable title (sorry, not sorry). She lives in Oakland, CA.

Rodney Koeneke’s most recent book of poems is Etruria (Wave Books, 2014). Earlier collections include Rouge State and Musee Mechanique. A new chapbook, Seven for Boetticher and Other Poems, was published last year by Oakland’s Hooke Press. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches history at Portland State.

Laraaji & Sun Araw
Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

Laraaji & Sun Araw

Superior Viaduct presents: Laraaji & Sun Araw (record release show)
8pm Doors / 9pm Music
$15 General / $10 for Members of The Lab (member tickets available at the door – email thelabsf@thelab.org to be put on the list)

Tickets available at the door. If you already purchased tickets, there is going to be a Will Call list at the door. Thanks.

 

Please join us for a rare performance by ambient icon Laraaji and LA experimentalists Sun Araw, two colossal forces in contemporary electronic music.

Laraaji’s musical radiance has continued to shine brightly over four decades, starting with 1980’s Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (third in Brian Eno’s classic ambient series). Sun Araw emerged in 2008 with transformative recordings that combine classic dub and reggae effects with elements of noise, drone and psychedelia.

This first-time live collaboration in the US celebrates the release of Professional Sunflow – the inaugural record on Superior Viaduct’s W.25TH imprint – featuring Laraaji’s soulful vocals and signature instrument, zither, along with Sun Araw’s Cameron Stallones (guitar/keyboards) and Alex Gray (computer synthesis).

Animals and Giraffes: Phillip Greenlief, Claudia La Rocco, John Bischoff, and Karen Stackpole
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Animals and Giraffes: Phillip Greenlief, Claudia La Rocco, John Bischoff, and Karen Stackpole

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Sound
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Phillip Greenlief (reeds) & Claudia La Rocco (text, voice) created Animals & Giraffes as a way to explore how improvisation on and off the page can create a larger conversation between sound and text.  Collaboration is central to Animals & Giraffes; for this concert Greenlief and La Rocco are joined by electronic musician John Bischoff and percussionist Karen Stackpole (who is one of many Bay Area improvisers featured on the duo’s debut album, JULY, forthcoming from Relative Pitch Records).

Lau Nau with Dire Wolves and Paul Clipson
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

Lau Nau with Dire Wolves and Paul Clipson

7:30pm Doors / 8pm Music
$15 General Admission / Free for Members of The Lab
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Laura Naukkarinen, (born 1980) is a singer-songwriter and musician from Helsinki. She is also a member of free improv and psych folk bands Kiila, Päivänsäde, the Anaksimandros, Avarus, Maailma, and the trio Hertta Lussu Ässä formed by fellow acid folk singer-songwriters Islaja and Kuupuu. Her sound has been likened to the cooing of doves. She's credited as playing anything from "colorful juice glasses" and "witch laugh megaphone" to "beer cans". This will be Lau Nau's first San Francisco show in 6 years - she will be joined onstage by members of Dire Wolves who will also open the show. Both sets will feature live film work from Paul Clipson.

Kembra Pfahler
May
28
8:00 pm20:00

Kembra Pfahler

Event is FREE for those who backed our Kickstarter and FREE for members
$20 general admission

The Lab has invited Kembra Pfahler to transform its space into a surreal “Manual of Action” through her core tenets of Availabism, Beautalism, and Antinaturalism. The madness will culminate with a performance event on May 28th hosted by Kembra and her brother Adam Pfahler's (formerly of Jawbreaker) band California. In the words of Nick Zedd/Orion Jeriko this event promises “blood, shame, pain and ecstasy, the likes of which no one has yet imagined. None shall emerge unscathed!”

Kembra Pfahler is an artist and rock musician, best known as the painted lead singer of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, a theatrical death rock band she co-founded in 1990. Named in honor of cult horror film heroine Karen Black, the band uses music, drawings and films to dispel the antiquated notion that there is a hierarchy of artistic mediums. In her art and music, Pfahler follows the philosophy of availabism—making the best of what’s available. This is apparent in the low-tech props and homemade costumes the Girls of Karen Black don on stage and which fill Pfahler’s exhibition installations.