Harpoons and Harbingers

This fall, visual artists bite, reflect, and cannibalize.

"An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 1: San Francisco Plays Itself"
Sept. 10-Oct. 31 at SF Camerawork, 657 Mission (at Third St.), second floor, S.F. $2-$5; 512-2020 or www.sfcamerawork.org.
Thirty-five years is plenty of time to develop a personality, and thankfully SF Camerawork is skipping the midlife crisis in favor of a little self-reflection. In the first of a two-part anniversary show, the nonprofit gallery gathers work by Bay Area artists who address "the events and the people" of their home turf. Ken Miller shows his portrait of William Vollmann, who wears a negligée and dangles a little gun. Kota Ezawa turns the iconic Hibernia Bank robbery footage of Patty Hearst into an even more iconic cartoon image. And Larry Sultan's photo of society queen Denise Hale evokes a gilded age so weary-looking that it begs for a layer of dust. What could be more Bay Area than revolutionary transvestite socialites?

Fall Arts Guide

Nicola Luisotti by Chloe Veltman
Five Classical Music and Opera Events to See This Fall by Chloe Veltman

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company by Bonner Odell
Fall Dance Picks by Bonner Odell

Stage Sage: Speculating about this season's theatrical experiments by Chris Jensen
Other Fall Stage Events by Chris Jensen

Visual Art
Art listings compiled by John Graham

HUM525: Hitting the Books: Your required reading for the fall semester by Jonathan Kiefer

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