Swampy “In My Room” Opening Night

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We have had a bunch of openings that we have visited over the years, a bunch at FIFTY24SF Gallery in particular. But there was something in the energy on the 200 block of Fillmore Street last night, when the first patrons began walking into Swampy’s “In My Room” solo show and installation. At first, the show is clean and simple: 3 large paintings and 8 photographs. They were striking simply based on what we know of Swampy: photos of train-hopping adventures throughout North America, paintings on found objects, and of course, the now widespread and cult-created Swampy Skull Donkey icon.

But then, of course, this show was not just 3 & 8. It was a full installation, with these 11 works just as integral to the concept of the “In My Room” installation as the entire back room experience. This was a “Swampy Show,” the before and after, the work put in and the output, inside the mind and what comes out in paintings and photographs. The life, lifestyle, and the work. The adventure. The obsession. The dedication. The character.

So, of course, you lift the 3rd paintings, and climb into the world behind and inside the Swampy Donkey. Its cluttered, it moves, it makes a sound, and it gets added to but friends and casual passerbys. And most importantly, it is not permanent. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

All photography by Patrick Kawahara.

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Rico Deniro… opening at FIFTY24SF tomorrow

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Rico Deniro’s new exhibition, Native Expatriots is opening tomorrow at our FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco.

For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

Photo by Estevan Oriol.

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Rico Deniro at FIFTY24SF

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Rico Deniro Native Expatriots FIFTY24SF Gallery Flier

Rico Deniro’s month long ‘Native Expatriots’ show at FIFTY24SF Gallery will be opening tomorrow (Saturday) at noon.  For the show, Rico has presented people that live outside of technologically based civilizations in the rural villages of Mexico with images of first-world pop culture icons and employed them with one task: to interpret those icons in a traditional Mexican wooden mask.  The craftsmen of these masks have no reference point to these images, no sense of importance tied to the celebrities that they were given, no inundation of cultural significance by media sources – and instead translate the images into form at a completely superficial and innocent level.

The resulting masks show these idols at a level which we rarely see them: exposed.  Not in the way that the news media ‘exposes’ celebrities, because in that case there’s a symbiotic dependency – but in the way that these idols are exposed for their lack of substance other than the media and marketing that convinces us of their substance.

The masks created in Mexico will be on display at FIFTY24SF Gallery at 218 Fillmore Street, San Francisco from January 6th, 2011 – January 26th, 2011.

(Photo taken by Estevan Oriol)

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Where to spend your Thanksgiving Dinner

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We’ve found that hotel restaurants are usually a good place to spend festive meals. Pull up a chair with a forced family fun group on their way back to reform school drop off and make new friends. Why not try the Holiday Inn in Fountain Hills, AZ? They probably have a pool you can enjoy after your meal.

Black Angus Steakhouse in Dublin, CA

This cozy steakhouse provides a complete Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings for $16.99 for adults and $7.99  for kids. If you can’t get to Dublin don’t worry, Black Angus is also in Milpitas, Pleasant Hill and San Lorenzo, just to name a few locations.

Thai Stick on Fillmore Street

We’ve spent a lot of Holiday Dinner’s at this Fillmore Restaurant. It’s delicious but the bar area turns a little too wild for our taste after 8 pm.

Tommy’s Joint is open every day of the year except for Christmas.

And finally, a way to give back and get dinner at the same time. The Rest Home Thanksgiving Dinner. We like Atria Tinton Fall in Jersey or Bellmont Village in Hollywood. Have a bite, stay for a program or two and feel good about yourself for making your new nonnie’s day.

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Watch horror movies with Alex Pardee once a week at the ZeroFriends pop-up store

Alex Pardee and Zerofriends has a pop-up shop at 248 Fillmore Street. And now, as that shop is going to be open until October 31st, Alex is going to host Movie Knights once a week, showcasing horror movies for the kids in the shop. Or adults. The first showing is tomorrow night, September 15th.

In Alex’s words:

Since we opened up the latest Zerofriends Pop-Up Retail store in San Francisco, I keep getting the same 2 questions:
1. Alex, you’re getting fat again, what bra size are you?
2. Why did you open a retail store?? Retail is dead!
Answer to #1: I know, and 38 B.
Answer to #2: SO I CAN WATCH HORROR MOVIES WITH AWESOME STRANGERS!!!

Read more here.


Porous Walker in the news, and in the Fillmore Store

Porous Walker died, but then he didn’t. And in honor of Porous Walker rising from the ashes of a French Language School course on high art (what does that mean, we have no idea), Upper Playground’s Fillmore Street Flagship store in San Francisco will be selling new original drawings, framed, of Mr Walker’s work. $50, and one is yours. Available now.

Porous Walker: Rest in Artistic Peace from hypebeast.tv on Vimeo.

And… this is Porous Walker’s RIP video produced by Hypebeast, created on location at FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco this past summer.

The Citrus Report Open Office Food Court, Saturday, August 14th, 248 Fillmore Street

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In a continuing series of celebrity interactions at The Citrus Report Open Office, Alex Pardee and Jason Jaworski will be holding a Food Court special at 248 Fillmore Street, Saturday, August 14th, from 2pm-5pm.

Here is the full rundown, from Mr Pardee:

Do you live in the Bay Area? Do you like thinking about food? Do you like stories ABOUT food? Do you like terrible drawings of your favorite food doing unlawful and non-natural things? Do you like Asian men in their underwear? Do you like question marks? Hjoyu Ukkkr8kh aksiehen? Do you like made-up languages? Do you like Jason Jaworski & I?

Well, if your dating profile looks like a perfect match for the above questions, then read further, as your Saturday is gonna get a little more awesome.

Over the last few days, THE CITRUS REPORT has opened their office doors and allowed the amazing underwear-clad photo-journalist & author JASON JAWORSKI to sit down and type out some fun, on the spot customized stories for patrons of the community. How cool is that? Jason is like a living ZOLTAR MACHINE, typing out immediate stories, fortunes, facts, etc. He is an amazing researcher and unlike Google, he doesn’t rely on outdated technology for reference. Instead, he just makes shit up out of his imagination-google! Jason and I both live most of our lives inside of our imaginations. And tomorrow, Saturday August 14th, At the CITRUS REPORT OFFICE in San Francisco, our Wonder-Twinmagination powers are going to unite and gift you with customized (*though possibly terrible) portraits and stories of your favorite food item!

Here’s how it’s gonna work, if you are in the area:)
“HOLDING TRIAL AT THE FOOD COURT”
Custom Stories & Scribbles by Jason Jaworski & Alex Pardee
1. Come stop by The CITRUS REPORT OFFICE between 2PM – 5PM, located at:
248 FILLMORE ST (Lower Haight & Fillmore)
San Francisco, CA
2. Communicate with us a type of food that you love. You can use any form of communication. You can write down a food on a post-it. You can draw a piece of food. bring in a photo. actually bring us the dish (we might love that!!! hint). attempt to communicate telepathically on some Cris Angel shit. Or you can just say “pizza” or something.
3. Be prepared to hang for a few minutes as I scribble an inaccurate but maybe cute drawing depicting the secret life of your food of choice, while Jason Jaworski will use an ancient machine to type out an original story about your food!
4. Look at your food differently the next time you eat it:)
5. Have fun.

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