The Lab

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

Lawrence English
Mar
29
9:30 pm21:30

Lawrence English

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

 

Workshop: Making Art During Fascism
Mar
31
2:00 pm14:00

Workshop: Making Art During Fascism

$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.

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock
Mar
31
8:00 pm20:00

Brontez Purnell: Unstoppable Feat, The Dances of Ed Mock

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Film
$5-10 donation, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

During his residency at The Lab, choreographer 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.” 

Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics
Apr
7
Apr 9

Kal Spelletich: Split Brain Robotics

Friday, April 7–Sunday, April 9, 2017
$8 entry / Free for members
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Non-members can register for tickets via the below links:
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.

Julz Hale Mary: Trauma is a Party (of One)
Apr
15
7:30 pm19:30

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.

Dead Slow Ahead
Apr
26
8:00 pm20:00

Dead Slow Ahead

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

Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief
Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

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).

Emily Wardill: No Trace of Accelerator
May
10
7:30 pm19:30

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. 
 

Dynasty Handbag: I, An Moron or Childless White Lesbian Coyote in Hollywood, (A Star Spangled Bummer)
May
27
8:00 pm20:00

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

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Show
$25 Guests / $15 Members
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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.

Dynasty Handbag: Writing for a Performance Persona Workshop
May
28
1:00 pm13:00

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!


Arnold Dreyblatt
Mar
26
8:30 pm20:30

Arnold Dreyblatt

8:30pm Doors / 9pm Sound
$25 General / $15 for Members
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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

John Chantler
Mar
22
8:30 pm20:30

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.

Martin Creed: Words and Music
Mar
17
7:30 pm19:30

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)

False Starts: Alan Bernheimer, Stephanie Young and Matvei Yankelevich
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

False Starts: Alan Bernheimer, Stephanie Young and Matvei Yankelevich

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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Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection is The Spoonlight Institute, published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Recent work has appeared at annexpress.org and acrossthemargin.com and in Hambone. He has lived in the Bay Area since the mid-1970s and produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealismwas published last fall by City Lights.

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her books of poetry and cross genre writing include Telling the Future OffPicture Palace, and Ursula or University. With Juliana Spahr she co-edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine -gun Feminism. She teaches literature and creative writing at Mills College where she was also part of the bargaining team for the first adjunct union contract at the College. 

Matvei Yankelevich's books include the long poem Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), a poetry collection, Alpha Donut (United Artists), and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea (Octopus), recently published in a second edition. His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Mar
12
1:00 pm13:00

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Free

The Lab and Art Practical invite you to participate in a Edit-a-thon to contribute to the online presence of under-documented artists, activists, queer elders, women, and people of color. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to participate, and we especially encourage women, transgender, and gender non-confirming/non-binary individuals to take part.

Presented in conjunction with Brontez Purnell's film project expanding knowledge on Ed Mock, this is a DIY campaign to improve archives on marginalized populations and address information gaps in our collective knowledge. Dorothy Santos will provide tutorials for those new to Wikipedia and the editors of Art Practical and staff of The Lab will provide ongoing editorial support, reference materials, extra laptops, childcare, and refreshments. Not an editor? Come by to show your support and help with research.

A few things to note beforehand:
1. Bring a laptop and power cord, if you have one available
2. Bring notes and citation materials for your Wiki-entries
3. Set up a Wikipedia account before you arrive

Brontez Purnell: No New Art No New Dance Festival
Mar
11
10:00 pm22:00

Brontez Purnell: No New Art No New Dance Festival

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

No New Art/No New Dance Fest is a collective queer-centered art / performance / dance party. There has been some confusion about the name: it is not our intent to negate the significance of "new works," but rather to highlight the point that – as artists working across different mediums – it is not our task to re-invent the wheel. Rather we are charged with the Sisyphean labor of just keeping the wheel moving forward…

Performances by:
Channing Joseph
Dia Dear
Ugly
Collaboration between Brontez Purnell, Xara Thustra, Jason Graf

Art by:
Ezra Rabin
Victor Vasquez
Jade Ariana
Jason Graf
Webster Borealis
Fabian Echevarria
Wizard_Trix

Film performance by:
Irwin Swirnoff

A film by:
Yetunde Olagbaju

Screen Tests ($10):
Gary Fembot

DJs:
Trill Team 6
No No

Norma Jeane: Scene with ShyBot
Feb
27
Mar 4

Norma Jeane: Scene with ShyBot

Gallery Hours: February 27–March 4; 5:30–7:30pm
Opening Reception: Monday, February 27, 5:30–7:30pm
Closing discussion: Saturday, March 4, 7:30pm–9:00pm

The Italian artist Norma Jeane worked with  CODAME to design a robot that they subsequently liberated in Palm Desert. This robot has no function in the traditional sense. It does not serve us; it probably will not enslave us (perhaps only our imagination). Instead, this robot is programmed to run. To run immediately, with nervous electric heartbeat, in the opposite direction as soon as it senses the presence of a human being. 

On March 4 at 7:30pm, The Lab will host a round table discussion conceived by Tobias Rees on the relationship between human and artificial intelligence. With:

Norma Jeane, artist
Tobias Rees, anthropologist (McGill University)
Federico Faggin,  physicist (Synaptics, Inc.)
Eric Hanson, designer (Codame)

Brontez Purnell: Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened
Feb
24
10:00 pm22:00

Brontez Purnell: Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened

Free

Cry for Everything Bad that Has Ever Happened is a meditation on grief and rage that is part public ritual, part sound experiment. Navigating the space alongside drummers and microphones, participants are asked to scream, run, cry, or be still – whatever fits the mood. This will feed into a live audio recording.

This is intended to be the starting point of resistance against our current political climate and an expression of rage echoed through the cosmos. Someone somewhere will hear us...

The Necks
Feb
18
Feb 19

The Necks

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

SATURDAY EVENING TICKETS
SUNDAY EVENING TICKETS

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

Moe! Staiano Ensemble & Ava Mendoza
Jan
28
8:00 pm20:00

Moe! Staiano Ensemble & Ava Mendoza

8pm Doors / 8:30pm Sound
$12 General / Free for members

CASH ONLY - Tickets available at the door

The Moe! Staiano Ensemble plays Away Towards the Light, a guitar ensemble in three movements. Ava Mendoza will open.

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
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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.