Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Masculine Masquerade: A Conversation with Mohsin Shafi

Image Courtesy Artist Mohsin Shafi; from ‘Spit Roasted Romantica’ In collection of Khurram Kasim, Pakistan.

Image Courtesy Artist Mohsin Shafi; from ‘Spit Roasted Romantica’ In collection of Khurram Kasim, Pakistan.

THE MASCULINE MASQUERADE 

One of the most important and wide-ranging paradigm shifts to arise out of the social, political, and aesthetic upheavals of the 20th century is a sustained, visible challenge to the outdated notion of a hard and fast gender binary. As usual, artists have been at the forefront of these changes, creating works that question the normative assumptions of what our bodies should look like or do while drawing from a variety of perspectives on the subject. These divergent representations are far from a modern development, however in some cultures masculinity has been depicted in very black-and-white terms, particularly in East Asia. Such is the practice of Artist, Mohsin Shafi travelling from Pakistan who inquiries into the complexities of masculinity and gender transcends both time and place, making this a vital if sadly under-theorized facet of Pakistani art. Shafi reveals vulnerability, crisis, and anxiety as foundational to the embattled masculinity complex that has driven politics in Pakistan since the colonial era. In the process he deftly navigates the ethical quagmire of representing his country’s embroiled gender politics for a universal audience. 

The author of numerous collages that recast the Pakistani dream of plenty in pansexual terms, Shafi, like so many artists of his generation, indulges in the era’s carnal abundance, and his appetites and experiences are reflected in the work, which alternates between the revealing and the puerile. An intimate, biographical conversation, ‘The Masculine Masquerade’ attempts to acknowledge masculinity and its social diversity within expansion of traditional parameters to include such important factors as race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and censorship through photo-collages capturing the artist’s polymorphous perversity in the matters of flesh and art.

Mohsin Shafi is an interdisciplinary artist mostly living and working in Lahore, Pakistan. His work investigates the blurred edges between identity and the intentions of identity, attempting to capture what he sees and record their frail existence, only to return and relive. Picking from actual personal narratives, as well as records and references, Shafi adds on to the visuals in a way that actually exposes a deep-set discomfort. His works are intricate, layered and complex. They make use of public access images from newspapers and magazines, photographs culled from the Internet, sewn together to form elaborate compositions that speak directly of the political milieu of his time. 

Mohsin’s artistic practice strives to articulate the schematics of representation and the power dynamics associated with authoring such representations. His visual seeks to further the dialogue within the religious and socio-political context. These are the politics of representation pertaining to one’s nationalistic, ethnic, religious or gender identity and their intersectional relationships with media-representation, censorship, and religious freedoms. With his art practice he intends to articulate the notions of safety within physical and intellectual spaces of representation: the safety of being visible for having non-conforming ideas within a militant-state and of being proclaimed the -Other- by the spectators eye. This is the danger of being seen through the lens of sexual taboos, gender binaries, ethnic hierarchies, religious freedoms and the public availability of that information. These are the struggles of being looked at and judged, of being reduced to a cliché or a racial slur.

Shafi has showcased his work at some prominent galleries in Pakistan, as well as been part of some international shows in last few years. Among prominent practice/achievements Mohsin is an active member of the ‘Awami Art Collective’ which is A group of artists & activists intervening the public space for the cause of peaceful co-existence & celebration of diversity. Shafi was part of the Vasl Artists residency in 2010 in Karachi – Pakistan and was an artist in residence at the Rondo Studios, Graz; Austria in 2012. Besides being part of some major collector’s collection in Pakistan, His work is in permanent collection of The Museum of Sacred Art – MOSA, Belgium and been acquired by the Department of Book Art at the Mills College, San Francisco for their permanent collection. His work has been written about in local and international papers and publications. His images have also been used as covers for the books by Agnar artúvertin, Martin Walser, Gabriel Rosenstock and other writers/poets.

Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

Windows for Harvey Closing Reception

Spark Arts is hosting the closing reception for the 2nd annual Windows for Harvey! event put on by the Castro Merchants. This year's event features 14 artists who paired with local merchants to create art installations inspired by Harvey Milk and his legacy. Join us to toast the artists and purchase artwork from the event. This reception is open to the public and admission is free!

Mapping Out Your Picture Book: Book Making Workshop, Part 2
May
13
1:30 pm13:30

Mapping Out Your Picture Book: Book Making Workshop, Part 2

A workshop for authors and illustrators who want to flesh out their picture book ideas.

May 13th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Price: $50/person

Only 20 seats!

This workshop is perfect for:

  • Authors and illustrators who want to flesh out their picture book ideas.
  • People who have taken our “Anatomy of a Picture Book” workshop and want to continue developing their picture book craft.
  • People who want to learn about storyboarding and crafting picture book dummies.

The teachers, Diana and Charlotte, are published illustrators and experienced educators. 

In this workshop, you will:

  • Share and improve your picture book idea with constructive feedback. 
  • Storyboard your picture book idea while learning about the storyboarding process.
  • Begin creating a dummy for your picture book (which you can take with you and finish at home).
  • Get tips on how to jump-start your picture book career. 

Please bring:

  • A picture book idea (or a manuscript if you have it).
  • A sketchbook/notebook.
  • A pencil/drawing tools.
  • Your creativity!
Charlotte Cheng

Charlotte Cheng

Diana Toledano

Diana Toledano

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Anatomy of a Picture Book: Book Making Workshop, Part 1
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Anatomy of a Picture Book: Book Making Workshop, Part 1

A workshop for authors and illustrators interested in creating picture books and getting their careers started.

May 13th, 10am - 12pm

Price: $50/person

Only 20 seats! 

This workshop is perfect for:

  •  Beginning authors and illustrators.
  •  People who want to explore the world of picture books. 

The teachers, Diana and Charlotte, are published illustrators and experienced educators. 

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn about the anatomy of picture books.
  • Explore the basics and process of picture book craft (from manuscript to submission).  
  • You'll start working on your own picture book idea and get feedback.
  • Get tips on how to jump-start your picture book career. 

Please bring:

  • A sketchbook/notebook.
  • A pencil/drawing tools.
  • Your creativity!  
Diana Toledano

Diana Toledano

Charlotte Cheng

Charlotte Cheng

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Mother's Day Special: Mixed Media Flower Arrangement
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

Mother's Day Special: Mixed Media Flower Arrangement

Make your mom a mixed media floral arrangement for Mother's Day and give her flowers she can keep forever!

All skill levels.
All materials provided!
All ages welcome!

Only $35!

Sunday May 7th,  2017, 1pm-3pm. Bring some friends and make it a party!

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Apr
20
6:45 pm18:45

Getting Focused: Results that Last (Life Coaching Workshop)

PRESENTED BY LIVE LAUGH LOVE LIFE COACHING

Within a network of brilliant influencers, we will work together to identify goals based on your values. Creating each step with the intention to feel more of your preferred feelings (empowered, pleasure, valued, excited, contributing, energized, happy, in-flow etc...).

In April’s workshop, you will:

  • Define 3 goals

  • Unblock what’s holding you back by overcome fear and failure

  • Chart out the course with curiosity to achieve your goals

Start creating your future with intention and purpose. We will use scientifically validated techniques to support and enhance your progress.

Join us while we enjoy some soft networking, over a workbook, some snacks and a glass of wine.

Your future is based on the effort and intention you place on it. Start taking your health and happiness seriously.

PURCHASE ADVANCED TICKETS HERE.

"Anatomy of a Picture Book" - Book Making Workshop
Feb
18
1:00 pm13:00

"Anatomy of a Picture Book" - Book Making Workshop

Anatomy of a Picture Book

A workshop for authors and illustrators interested in creating picture books and getting their careers started.

February 18th, 1pm - 3pm

Price: $50/person

Only 20 seats will be sold!

This workshop is perfect for beginning authors and illustrators who want to explore the world of picture books. The teachers, Diana and Charlotte, are published illustrators and experienced educators. 

You'll learn about the anatomy of picture books and the basics of picture book craft. You'll start working on your own picture book dummy (or mock-up), so you can finish it at home. You'll also get tips on how to jump-start your career. 

The Instructors

Charlotte Cheng

Charlotte Cheng

Diana Toledano

Diana Toledano

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Kyle Alden CD Release Show
Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

Kyle Alden CD Release Show

Kyle Alden CD Release Show

 

Singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden is noted for his award-winning settings of the poetry of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats. He has performed at the Freight and Salvage, Berkeley and City Winery, Napa (opening for Paul Brady) and Symphony Space in New York (with Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis), among many others. Kyle's new CD, Down in the West Volume 2, explores Americana landscapes, revisiting lively folk songs from the American, Irish and British traditions, interleaved with new original songs and instrumental tunes played on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Come celebrate the launch of the new release in what will be a grand evening of song, poetry, harmony singing and great acoustic music.

Join Spark Arts and Kyle for his CD release show on Thursday, February 9th from 7:30-9:30pm.

www.kylealden.com

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Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: The Secret to Balance
Jan
19
6:45 pm18:45

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: The Secret to Balance

In our January workshop, we will break down the idea of balance and learn how to practically integrate balance into your life.

Our process towards greater balance includes:

  • First, you will discover what is and isn’t working for you. 
  • Next, you can identify what adjustments are needed to establish more balance 
  • Finally, you’ll get to define 3-10 authentic goals to immediately put into practice.

t’s one thing to set a goal, it’s another to commit to it. Commit to less stress and a better life. Register today for the Goal Setting & Finding Balance Workshop. Looking forward to celebrating your success!

Sign up today, space is limited!

Ticket information can be found here.

Holiday Sing-Along with Juls & Dave
Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Holiday Sing-Along with Juls & Dave

"Juls and Dave" 

Holiday Bash! 

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SPARK ARTS

Concert and Sing-a-long

HOLIDAY SONGS, ROCK, JAZZ, SAMBA, FRENCH, SPANISH and MORE!!

BEATLES SONGS INCLUDED!

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Holiday Crafting Workshop
Dec
14
6:00 pm18:00

Holiday Crafting Workshop

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Flex your crafting muscle and make gifts or seasonal items for loved ones. We'll provide some inspiring items to sip while you design and create holiday accessories, cards, or ornaments. All skill levels welcome!

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Marga's Comedy Salon: November
Nov
22
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: November

Marga’s Comedy Salon November 22nd, 8PM

Marga’s last salon before winter break features a hilarious, smart and eclectic line-up.

  • Nick Leonard is the Bay Area Reporter’s “2016 Best Gay Comic -Male” and co-founder of Q Comedy. Nick’s alter ego Ginorma Desmond performs at SF Oasis and several nightclubs. 
  • Mark Abramson acclaimed author “Sex Drugs & Disco” “For My Brothers” “Beach Reading Series” and more.
  • Ady Lady regular performer at The Marsh, SF Muni Diaries and Stagewerx with her shows “From Piss to Bliss” and “ Sara Jane Tried To Shoot The President” 
  • Jesse Fernandez has been featured often at SF Sketchfest and Ted Talks and is a winner of the National College Comedy Competition.
  • Stefani Silverman has been featured at many comedy clubs including SF Punchline, Cobb’s Comedy Club
  • Marga Gomez “2016 Artist to Watch” SF Weekly Bay Area Reporter “2016 Best Gay Comic- Female”
  • $10,  Doors open at 7:45 
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Paint Night
Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

Paint Night

Join us to make art inspired by art history! We will explore drawing with soft pastels and watch a short video on Edgar Degas. All levels welcome, instruction provided on how to draw with soft pastels. 

Cost: $35. Includes beverages and your own soft pastel kit that you can take home for practice. Supplies are reusable and shareable 

Time: 7-8:30pm

Project: Want to check out a sneak peek of the project? See a video and what you’ll get to take home here.  

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Marga's Comedy Salon: The Premature Election Special 2016
Oct
25
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: The Premature Election Special 2016

Marga's Comedy Salon  (Extra Special Event!)

Marga is thrilled to welcome the legendary Tom Ammiano, hailed as "The Mother Of Gay Comedy", our former California Assemblyman, and former San Francisco Supervisor who returns to stand up comedy roots. Also featuring Micia Mosely, a

bi-coastal socio-political comedian with a  Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley.  Micia has been praised by newyorktheater.com as “smart, timely, and also downright hilarious.” Trump Roast will be served. Tickets for this special extra event will be $20 each.

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Concert Series: The Painted Tree
Oct
22
8:00 pm20:00

Concert Series: The Painted Tree

Spark Arts is kicking off our latest monthly series offering with San Francisco's The Painted Tree. In the coming months, we'll be working with local bands to bring shows to the Castro that allow the band to engage with the community in an affordable fun show!

The Painted Tree's vision of folk/rock is a testament to the potential depth of the words that we all use. The music blends intricate finger-picking melodies with a kind of poetry that taps into something universal, and gives a voice to what often goes unsaid. The strong sense of dynamic, both musically and lyrically, guide the listener though the ups and downs of the human experience. 

Members
Tara Alkadiry-Ukelele, Vocals
Joshua Covell-Guitar, Vocals
Jonathan Musselman-Guitar
Bradford Rose-Drums
Eugene Theriault-Bass

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Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Renew, Release, and Winding Down
Oct
20
6:45 pm18:45

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Renew, Release, and Winding Down

Desiring luxurious space in your day? Sound too good to be true? Come see how a few simple shifts can make all the difference.

In our October workshop, Release, Renew & Winding Down, you will be learning practical ways to release and renew in your business and personal life.

Our two featured guests are Virginia Maddan, efficiency expert and business coach. Virginia has changed and upleveled my own business (so of course I just had to share ;). And Dr. Bradley Bailey with SF Custom Chiropractic, who will be helping us renew our bodies so we can stop getting distracted by pain and start being more present and productive in our careers and lives.

Heather Choye–LLLLCoaching Personal Development, Career Coach and founder–will be leading you through the workshop. You don’t want to miss out on these exercises to help increase your productivity by 31% (Kuhel, 2015).

Can you imagine what you can get done with 3 more hours in your day?!? Perhaps you can even start spending more time doing your favorite activities!

And of course we will be grazing on delectable treats created by the lovely Jenny Fowler, Certified Holistic Nutritionist. 

Perhaps a little wine will be served, because what kind of workshop would it be without wine? I did say it’s about winding down, didn’t I?!?

Tickets are limited! Save your spot now and bring along a friend who could use a little extra space too.

What’s your time worth? Come join our connective community of motivated executives and passionate business owners. Let’s create space together, and have a few laughs while we’re at it.

Here’s to helping you take your health and happiness seriously!
Register here for tickets: http://www.livelaughlovelifecoaching.com/event/oct-workshop-renew-release-winding/ 

Marga's Comedy Salon: September!
Sep
27
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: September!

Matt Lieb, SF Sketchfest favorite (and the guy from the Chobani #stopsadbreakfast commercial), Irene Tu named one of “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” in 2016 by  SFis.com and one of KQED's 2016 "Women To Watch." Music journalist Barry Walters (NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin).  Special guest Anita Drieseberg (Cobbs Comedy Club). Marga Gomez hosts.  Tickets $10 while they last! 8pm


For more photos and videos visit www.margagomez.com/salon

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NOSH:pitality Glass Jar Etching Workshop
Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

NOSH:pitality Glass Jar Etching Workshop

Celebrating the New Year is so much sweeter with new bling on your table. Prepare for Rosh Hashanah and join us at Spark Arts in the Castro for sweets, drinks, and learning how to etch your own glass honey jar. Use it throughout the new year to host your own Break Fast, Sukkot, or Shabbat dinners, or as a gift for the awesome people who are hosting you in 5777. All materials provided (including some local honey to fill your jar with)! Feel free to bring your favorite honey recipe to share.

$15 - Purchase tickets at OneTable.org.

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Transforming the Inner Critic
Sep
15
6:45 pm18:45

Live Laugh Love Life Coaching Workshop: Transforming the Inner Critic

Transforming the Inner Critic

Craving being part of a playful and open hearted community of kickass women? Come be in good company at the quarterly women’s workshop. September’s workshop will focus on:

  • How to become fountains rather than waterfalls and start effective self-care practises.
  • Learn what an Interdependent Relationship looks like and how to find satisfying partnerships and transform intimate relationships.
  • Discover your true essence, and begin to have a loving relationship with yourself 

All while being supported by other lovely women, in a cozy and playful environment. It is a privilege to be in your company and I feel honored to be co-leading this workshop with the lovely Melissa Maher http://www.melissamahercoaching.com/

Please feel free to bring your favorite cushion or backjack.

Yummy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

To learn more about this workshop and to purchase your tickets, visit Live Laugh Love Life Coaching.

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Roma
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Roma

Sisters Speak!

…is an intimate speaking series featuring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The events will be held at the beautiful Spark Arts Gallery centrally located in the heart of the Castro.

VIP Tickets will be the only seated tickets available. They also include an elegant SWAG bag, a complimentary sweepstakes prize ticket and an exclusive food and beverage pairing, hosted by a leading industry concierge.

A limited number of Standing Room/Speech Only Tickets are available.

Space is LIMITED.

Thursday, August 25th: Sister Roma:  A fully professed Sister of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for 28+ years, is known for her activism and advocacy during the SF AIDS epidemic in the eighties to taking on Facebook’s real name policy, today. She will present and discuss the relevance and importance of standing up and standing out, on issues facing the queer community.

Proceeds to fund upcoming Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence book.

***Get tickets HERE!***

Marga's Comedy Salon: Featuring The Bad Aunties and more!
Aug
23
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon: Featuring The Bad Aunties and more!

MARGA'S COMEDY SALON

Tuesday August 23rd, 8pm  (This show will sell out. Reserve now)
 Marga's Comedy Salon will be graced in August by improv legends "The Bad Aunties" Debi Durst (producer of SF Comedy Day), Diane Amos (AKA "The Pine Sol Lady") and Judi Nihei. Also on the bill will be Justin Lucas (Bay Area Reporter 2015 Bestie Award Winner Gay Comedy)  Dominique Gelin (finalist for the Ultimate Miami Comedian) and Sharon Birzer, international lesbian of mystery. All shows start 8pm and run 90 minutes. Doors open at 7:45pm. 

You can purchase as many tickets as you like by adding additional items to your cart. More info at http://www.margagomez.com/salon

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Banda Sin Nombre Memorial Concert for Renato Martinez
Aug
17
8:00 pm20:00

Banda Sin Nombre Memorial Concert for Renato Martinez

Join Spark Arts and local band Banda Sin Nombre for a night of cuban music and fun. Spark's featured artist for August and September, Renato Martinez, was a great lover of music and a proud Cuban who fled his home country more than 30 years ago. We honor the memory of Renato Martinez with music and community.

Wednesday, August 17 from 8-10pm.

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Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Hera Sees Candy
Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

Sisters Speak! An Intimate Evening With the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Sister Hera Sees Candy

Sisters Speak!

…is an intimate speaking series featuring Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

VIP Tickets will be the only seated tickets available. They also include an elegant SWAG bag, a complimentary sweepstakes prize ticket and an exclusive food and beverage pairing, hosted by a leading industry concierge.

A limited number of Standing Room/Speech Only Tickets are available.

Space is LIMITED.

Thursday, July 28th: Sister Hera Sees Candy: Sister Hera who has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology will discuss queer spirituality and its impact on gay culture.

Proceeds to fund the upcoming Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence book.

Purchase tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sisters-speak-an-intimate-evening-with-the-sisters-of-perpetual-indulgence-tickets-25125116901?aff=es2

Marga's Comedy Salon
Jul
26
8:00 pm20:00

Marga's Comedy Salon

July is SOLD OUT! Hurry and get your tickets for August before they are gone!

Join Marga and Friends Every 4th Tuesday in The Castro, SF.  Tickets are $10. Reservations are advised. Any remaining will tickets be sold at the door but seating is limited. 

About Marga’s Comedy Salon: Marga Gomez doesn’t just love to perform she loves to present other performers. With this once a month series, Marga honors the fabulous tradition of the Castro, mixing comedy and community, and including hilarious folks of all stripes: stand-ups, storytellers, authors, improvisers and more. All shows start 8pm and run 90 minutes. Doors open at 7:45pm.

Tuesday July 26th features :
Natasha Muse is a comedian, a skeptic, a mom, and was declared a “Comedian to Watch” by the SF Weekly.  Natasha performs regularly all over the Bay Area, including Cobb’s Comedy Club and the SF Punchline. Muse, an award-winning comedian, earned her chops as a lip-syncing transsexual diva at AsiaSF.  Years later, she is a favorite in the Bay Area comedy scene loved for her her wordplay and ingenious riffing.


Karinda Dobbins is a Detroit native born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. To date, she has performed across the country opening for Greg Proops, Trevor Noah and W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on the Nickelodeon Network’s “Moms Night Out.”

Jim Provenzano is a Lambda Literary Award winner for “Every Time I Think of You”, a prolific author, and lifelong athlete. Provenzano was asked to guest-curate the world's first gay sports exhibit, Sporting Life: GLBT Athletics and Cultural Change from the 1960s to Today for the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. He is an editor at The Bay Area Reporter and co- created the monthly BARtab - San Francisco’s LGBT nightlife guide.

Marga Gomez has appeared on LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” Showtime's "Latino Laugh Festival,” Comedy Central’s “Out There", and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams. She is a GLAAD Award winner and a 2016 co-winner of a Bestie Comedy Award for gay comedy. She is also the writer/performer of eleven solo plays. 

More info at Margagomez.com/salon. You can purchase as many tickets as you like by adding additional items to your cart.

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