Southern Exposure, our favorite address-hopping gallery and public-art champion, has finally found a new home on 14th Street at Valencia. That puts it a block and a half away from powerhouse Intersection for the Arts, and you know what that means: A multidisciplinary, multimonth, multivenue celebration of the arts. Together these organizations have created a fall beast with an appropriately out-of-control name: "Grounded: New Visual Art, Public Intervention, Performance & Media in Search of Physical, Personal, Social, Political & Creative Ground."
This weekend marks the opening of the Curated Performance Series, with Intersection's new Hybrid Resident Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph bringing a sneak peek of his new show, the break/s. Set to premiere in 2008 at YBCA, the break/s intertwines the history of hip-hop with Bamuthi's own personal narrative through verse, contemporary dance, and video. A trio from Oakland, the Suicide Kings, takes the stage for the main event with In Spite of Everything, a spoken-word show that combines poetry, vaudeville, and confession and mixes themes as varied as punk rock, a "rebel heir" of Scientology, and hip-hop and poetry in our schools. Next week brings spoken-word acts Brothers Keeper and iLL-Literacy, and future performances include solo theater pieces from members of the hip-hop group Felonious. Visual art and film events are also spinning out of "Grounded" for the next few weeks, so check the site for details. In Spite of Everything starts at 8 p.m.
Nov. 15-17, 2007