Soon to be all over San Francisco, sprinkled in the East Bay, in mailboxes, pressed into the hands of unwary strangers, and so on and so forth.

It’s always exciting when the posters and postcards for a show arrive. Also, nerve wracking because it’s another sign that, hey, this is happening.

Photography & design by Shannon Kurashige.

Soon to be all over San Francisco, sprinkled in the East Bay, in mailboxes, pressed into the hands of unwary strangers, and so on and so forth.

It’s always exciting when the posters and postcards for a show arrive. Also, nerve wracking because it’s another sign that, hey, this is happening.

Photography & design by Shannon Kurashige.

kat-howard
Our friend Kat (who is a writer and who we made our very first piece with) did this cool thing with the Ace Hotel and Word Bookstore in NY. It sounds like a bookish treasure hunt crossed with a healthy dose of absurdity, and/or the preamble to a Wes Anderson movie. You can download the PDF version of the zine with Kat’s story in it at the link below.
kat-howard:

acehotel:

New York City
Last month we hosted a little party for the literati in the town that gave us The New York School. Now we want to show you and tell you. 
At the invitation of Ace Hotel New York and Word Bookstore, over a dozen up-and-coming authors crafted short works in the second-person. Each story involves you, and a room. Below was the process for making these collaborative zines. 

You approach the grand study table at Ace Hotel on March 8 2014 and are handed a multi-sided die. Looking up, you notice 200 copies of 16 unique stories. Each page is 5.5” x 8.5”. The stacks are neat. Uniform. As instructed, you roll the die 8 times, each roll adding one work to your collection. You receive your final page. A friendly assistant hand stamps and staples it together. 

We had our turn rolling, adding, binding. If you missed out on the night, you can crib a downloadable PDF of ours here.


I loved being part of this. You can get my tiny story, and that of many other fabulous people, if you download the pdf.

Our friend Kat (who is a writer and who we made our very first piece with) did this cool thing with the Ace Hotel and Word Bookstore in NY. It sounds like a bookish treasure hunt crossed with a healthy dose of absurdity, and/or the preamble to a Wes Anderson movie. You can download the PDF version of the zine with Kat’s story in it at the link below.

kat-howard:

acehotel:

New York City

Last month we hosted a little party for the literati in the town that gave us The New York School. Now we want to show you and tell you. 

At the invitation of Ace Hotel New York and Word Bookstore, over a dozen up-and-coming authors crafted short works in the second-person. Each story involves you, and a room. Below was the process for making these collaborative zines. 

You approach the grand study table at Ace Hotel on March 8 2014 and are handed a multi-sided die. Looking up, you notice 200 copies of 16 unique stories. Each page is 5.5” x 8.5”. The stacks are neat. Uniform. As instructed, you roll the die 8 times, each roll adding one work to your collection. 

You receive your final page. A friendly assistant hand stamps and staples it together. 

We had our turn rolling, adding, binding. If you missed out on the night, you can crib a downloadable PDF of ours here.

I loved being part of this. You can get my tiny story, and that of many other fabulous people, if you download the pdf.

We are extremely delighted to announce that we are working on an adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, which will go up at ODC Theater in San Francisco in October. We are making this in collaboration with Theo Padouvas, a wonderful friend and musician, who is composing a new score for jazz musicians inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s original work. The musicians will perform live and be included in the choreography alongside the dancers.
(Musicians moving! A glorious thing!)
Peter and the Wolf. October 23-26, 2014. ODC Theater, San Francisco. 
Get that on your calendars, mates.

We are extremely delighted to announce that we are working on an adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, which will go up at ODC Theater in San Francisco in October. We are making this in collaboration with Theo Padouvas, a wonderful friend and musician, who is composing a new score for jazz musicians inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s original work. The musicians will perform live and be included in the choreography alongside the dancers.

(Musicians moving! A glorious thing!)

Peter and the Wolf. October 23-26, 2014. ODC Theater, San Francisco. 

Get that on your calendars, mates.

S&F recommends MAKING BELIEVE by Harry Bolles

(cross posted from our usual blog)

We can’t recommend this album highly enough. Making Believe is a collection of eleven astonishingly lovely songs sung by Harry Bolles, whose voice is pure, gorgeously human, magic. Harry sings so beautifully and so effortlessly. He makes you feel happy and sad in all the best ways. He makes you long for all the things that are so easy to imagine as perfect. This is Harry’s first album and it features his brilliant guitar and ukulele playing, as well as the talents of a few of his great musician friends (Kim Cass, Nate Brenner, and Michael Coleman). It also has Harry’s version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark,” which is probably one of our favorite things in the world.

We love it.

If you saw our Queen of Knives, you heard Harry:

(go HERE if the video embed isn’t working)

This is what he says about Making Believe:

This record represents the jazzier selections from my live set, which always includes at least one Hoagy Carmichael song (Skylark) and one Disney song (In A World of My Own). I like to have a wide variety of genres in my performances and I love to feature songs written by my songwriter friends. On this record I am proud to include a song by Jesse Rimler (I Am Wiser Now), a very talented musician and songwriter in Oakland, CA. I am attracted to a song’s melody first and foremost, and his song fit in with these other chestnuts very comfortably.
About the musicians: They are the cream of the crop. I am honored and humbled to be accompanied by such talent as these three men.

You can acquire this marvelous record for your own collection via Bandcamp HERE. Harry is asking a meager $5 for these gems, so it would be completely silly of you to deny yourself the pleasure of them.

Harry is a wonderful friend who recently moved to Brooklyn. He does magic tricks and builds guitars. We miss him very much. If you live in NY, you should follow him on Twitter and pester him to play a live show. Or get him to teach you how to play the guitar. Or do a card trick. The one with all the kings and queens is hilarious.

Photos by Laura Jones

Some photos from Sharp & Fine’s Queen of Knives, a dance-theater adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful poem. We think it’s a beautiful, scary, sad show and we’re very, very proud of it… but we need more people to come see it! We just released some $15 student/artist/senior tickets, so if you’re in San Francisco, please join us! And help us spread the word. We only had 60 people in the audience last night and that makes us sad. Our dancers are so beautiful and inspiring and people need to see them.

QUEEN OF KNIVES

December 12-14, 8PM; December 15, 2 PM

Tickets: $15-$30, http://www.sharpandfine.com/calendar.html

Z Space, 450 Florida Street, San Francisco

These photos were taken by the wonderful Ben Hersh. Ben is an artist and designer. We’re particularly enamored with this darkly incredible series of illustrations.