Belle SF is Here! Tastefully Naughty, and Literate

Belle SF Magazine #1

Last fall, SF Weekly interviewed David Beaulieu, City resident and entrepreneur who, together with his wife Melissa, was preparing to launch Belle SF, a new quarterly print magazine.

The wait is over. Belle SF issue one has arrived.

Belle SF promises to resurrect the glory days of Playboy. The magazine will feature tasteful, artfully-lit photos of beautiful women in the nude. Nothing too graphic, but skin will definitely be on display. The magazine will also feature works by local artists and writers: art, culture and nudity is the motto.

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The Write Stuff: Matthew Zapruder on Language When It Starts to Get Liberated

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Meghan Dewar
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear (Copper Canyon 2014). An assistant professor in the St. Mary's College of California MFA program and English department, he is also an editor at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland. See him read at City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, April 15.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them... ?

If in their eyes I detect the usual understandable flicker of disinterest about the conversation, in order to let us both go on our peaceful separate ways, I say "English professor." If for some reason they seem to really want to talk, I will say "poet." More often than not something weird happens after that.

What's your biggest struggle -- work or otherwise?

My own distraction.

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The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré Revamps and Reopens

Courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Legion of Honor's Salon Doré needed a facelift.

After eight moves, the French period room was looking tired, says Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Legion.

Chapman, along with a team of specialists, developed the new direction for the salon, and after being closed for 18 months -- it reopens tomorrow.

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San Francisco Artist to Launch Paradise Magazine

Categories: Art

B.B. Gunn
A page from Paradise

When you're in line at the grocery store, a quick glance at any of the magazines lined up by the cash register will tell you exactly what Miley Cyrus is up to or which A-list celebrities are wearing what designer brand clothing. However, it's much harder to find out anything about non-mainstream actors or musicians.

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Tourism For Locals: Galería de la Raza at the Heart of Latino Art Scene

Juan De Anda/SF Weekly
The exterior of the 44 year old artistic institution.

It has been said that revolution doesn't need art but that art needs revolution -- but we argue that is not true because for revolution to exist it's in need of revolutionary art.

Galería de la Raza holds this to be true as the artistic and socially active heart of the Mission District's Latino community. The artistic collective has been an important gathering spot for not just artists, but intellectuals, writers, and the general neighborhood population for 44 years now.

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The Write Stuff: SB Stokes on Re-testing Desire Through the Work You Produce

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Ian Tuttle
SB Stokes' first book of poetry, A History of Broken Love Things, is out now from Punk Hostage Press. He has produced the blog MASS COMMUNICATIONS since 2004 and also can be found on YouTube and Tumblr. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a founder, event producer and art director for Oakland's free, annual literary event, Beast Crawl, which happens Saturday, July 12 this year.

When people ask what do you do, you tell them... ?

"I'm a bouncer" is my first answer normally, but it depends on the environment and who is asking. If they care about literature or poetry, I'll tell them I write poems and tell them about my book, ask them if they've heard of Beast Crawl. If they're looking for design help, I'll tell them about my editing and designing and art directing skills. Sometimes I'll offer to read them a poem or two, but it really depends on who's asking and where we are at that time.

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The Write Stuff: Shannon Bowen on Taking Charge of Your Story

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Nathaneal Trimboli
Shannon Bowen is a screenwriter inspired to write strong female characters who (shockingly) have loyal lady friends, because she has been lucky enough to be surrounded by badass women all of her life. You can watch the first two episodes of her web series Cost of Living (about struggling to afford a city that no one can afford) and join the Kickstarter to help film the remaining episodes. She is the co-author of two feature-length scripts, and she analyzes "Downton Abbey" from a funny, feminist, foul-mouthed perspective on her podcast Downton Gabby. Follow all of her crazy adventures on Twitter @LittleLadyBrain

When people ask what do you do, you tell them... ?

I write a fictionalized version of the truth. There are real stories from my life incorporated into each script that I write. Yes, I did accidentally throw away all of my clothes in a dumpster once.

What's your biggest struggle -- work or otherwise?

Balance. Time. Not freaking out about my horoscope.

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San Francisco Artists Adorn Walls of the Grand Hyatt

Categories: Art

Luna Rienne Gallery
"Village of the Wind 2" by David Choong Lee

When the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco went through a remodel with a focus on local culture, it found the aesthetics it was looking for with Mission's Luna Rienne Gallery.

In 2013, the Hyatt commissioned Luna Rienne to curate seven large-scale paintings. The paintings were to capture San Francisco's art entirely, and to live on the hotel walls indefinitely as a part of the Hyatt's permanent collection. A committee comprised of Hyatt officials and Luna Rienne coordinators selected artists David Choong Lee, Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Erik Otto, Ursula Young, and Reuben Rude. Once the artist were selected, they knew they had to document the process, beginning to end.

"It's our job as a gallery to document these events," Luna Rienne curator Olivia Ongpin says. "We understood the awesome scope of the project from the beginning, and anticipated that the artists would make their best works."

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Artist Rudolf Bauer: From Nazi Prison Camp to the Guggenheim, his Story Comes to S.F.

Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery
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Ever since he Rudolf Bauer's work at a gallery in New York in 2005, Rowland Weinstein, owner of the Weinstein Gallery on Geary, has been entranced.

"Oh my God, it's so vibrant and colorful," he says, pointing to a painting, "ConRoso" hanging on the wall of his gallery. "When I look at it, it's so magnetic -- I feel like could stare at it for hours and go on a complete and total journey."

Weinstein started researching Bauer's life and found an amazing story that includes a love triangle, a Nazi prison camp, and tons of betrayal. After being called the greatest living artist by the New York Herald Tribune and having it hang in the Guggenheim Museum, Bauer's work fell into obscurity.

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The Bay Area's 28th Annual Isadora Duncan Dance Awards

Categories: Art, Dance, Events

Isadora Duncan by Abraham Walkowitz

Isadora Duncan was clear about her life motto: "Sans limites!" The jury for The Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, or "Izzies" seek the same ideal: Artists who aren't afraid to get all kinds of illimitable.

In the 28th annual event last night, the relatively small committee of volunteers showed a massive amount of respect and support for the entire Bay Area dance world. The Izzies honor the very best in artistic fields such as choreography, performance, and design.

And these aren't a bunch of bitchy ballerinas. Almost every acceptance speech expressed thanks to the dance community with a surprising amount of openness; from a heartfelt thanks from LGBT champion, Sean Dorsey, for his show, The Secret History of Love, to the evening's charming host and ODC Theater Director, Rob Bailis, who kept the evening earnest while still fun.

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