Sunday, December 09, 2007
Fantastique Friday 1: Off The Point
The Civic Center neighborhood on Friday night was a hive of activity. Live 105 was presenting its annual "Not So Silent Night" rock concert at Bill Graham, Debbie Reynolds was trying out a new show for Las Vegas at the Herbst Theatre, it was another Homo Night at the Opera featuring "The Rake's Progress," the Symphony was presenting an all Berlioz program (which I'll write about in part two)...
...and if this weren't enough activity, the Hayes Street merchants from Franklin to Laguna were hosting a "block party."
At the shuttered grocery store near the corner of Hayes and Laguna, an art show called "Off The Point" was having an opening party.
A group of artists with studios in the Hunters Point Shipyards decided to have a Christmas gallery on Hayes Street for the first time and had sent me an invitation to come check it out.
There were a few nice pieces here and there...
...but most of the art was fairly ghastly.
When I took the photo above of the man intently studying a wall hanging...
...the woman on the left sitting on the wooden block snarled at me, "No photography of any sort is allowed!" with a very nasty sense of entitlement.
This made it much easier to turn right around and walk outside, where I hung out with a bunch of cute, drunk and stoned skateboarders who were making fun of the art. Off the point, indeed.