a tale of a few cities

Family and the de Young

Posted in Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on April 25, 2010

My sister-in-law took this family photo on a recent visit to San Francisco. I love the geometry of the composition.

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J’aime Jacques Rivette

Posted in Cinéma, San Francisco by petercombe on April 18, 2010

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Around a Small Mountain, (a.k.a. 36 vues du Pic St-Loup)

Dir. Jacques Rivette

France/Italy, 2009, 84 minutes

After he helps her restart her stalled car, Kate (Jane Birkin) invites Italian traveler Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto) to come see her family’s traveling circus. Already smitten with Kate, he soon falls under the threadbare big top’s spell as well, postponing his trip to Barcelona to hang out with the clowns and acrobats. When he discovers that Kate—who has just rejoined the troupe after a long absence—used to walk the high wire but now fears even entering the ring, he determines to uncover the reason for her stage fright and see her perform again. Jacques Rivette’s latest, a compact and engrossingly enigmatic tale, makes the most of the master filmmaker’s love of improvisation and the theater—the latter here transformed into the rickety, barely surviving circus, where the narrative occasionally pauses to let the camera take in the acts of various performers. In contrast to the exuberance of such displays, the film also nurses a strain of melancholy, as the grief and guilt Kate has been carrying with her for so long casts a spell over the story. Rivette regular Birkin mesmerizes in the role of a woman who has closed herself off but who now awakens slowly to life’s possibilities. Full of humor, mystery, subtle romance and an unmistakable valedictory tone, this playful and loving ode by the 82-year-old director reveals him very much at the top of his game.

—Pam Grady

53rd San Francisco International Film Festival

SHOWTIMES

Fri, Apr 23 / 9:30 / Kabuki / AROU23K
Sat, Apr 24 / 4:15 / Kabuki / AROU24K
Wed, Apr 28 / 6:30 / PFA / AROU28P

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Susan Mikula

Posted in Art, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on February 25, 2010

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Susan Mikula, Kidder Farm #5, 2008 (printed 2009)
Fujiflex Print
49 x 48 in.


Susan Mikula, Civil Twilight, North Captiva, Florida #1, 2003 (printed 2009)
Fujiflex Print

14 x 14 in.
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George Lawson Gallery
room for painting room for paper
49 Geary St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Exhibition Dates: February 25 – March 27, 2010
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 25th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

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John-Paul Jespersen / Fog City

Posted in Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on February 22, 2010

John-Paul Jespersen, Fog City
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John-Paul Jespersen / Hunky Jesus

Posted in Art, divinity, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on February 20, 2010
John-Paul Jespersen, Hunky Jesus Contest Winner (Dolores Park, San Francisco, Easter Sunday), 2009

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Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Spotted in San Francisco

Posted in canadiana, San Francisco by petercombe on January 27, 2010

Chris Gentile, I’ve Just Seen the Rock of Ages

Posted in Art, Photography, San Francisco by petercombe on November 24, 2009

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Chris Gentile, I’ve Just Seen the Rock of Ages, 2006, C-print, 60 x 52 “

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The Kiss

Posted in Art, San Francisco, Uncategorized by petercombe on November 21, 2009

Tucker Nichols, Untitled, a counterpart to Constantin Brancusi’s “The Kiss”, 2009
Photo: Vanessa Blaikie / Gallery 16, San Francisco

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6 Month Pacific Crossing in 23 ft Row Boat

Posted in San Francisco, Uncategorized by petercombe on November 14, 2009

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Photo: The Golden Gate Endeavour

Two Britons faced hardships and were followed by whales during their 189 day,  5,000-mile rowing trek. The article brought to mind Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

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