kaleidoscope news

looking for a building...

posted Apr 5, 2012, 10:27 PM by sara powell   [ updated Apr 5, 2012, 10:27 PM ]

kaleidoscope is looking for a new building to be home to an expanded concept... here is an excerpt from my proposal:

The basic plan is to create a sustainable arts colony by consolidating performance space, studio space, rehearsal space, and other arts related businesses in a building also containing affordable artist housing. Some other businesses I have in mind are a gift shop for local artists, writers, musicians and craftspersons to sell their work, and possibly classroom space.  It would be nice to include a resource library--I have a nice collection of books to start that out.

Studio and rehearsal space would be available to the general public to rent, and when not in use, would be available for the use of resident artists. I envision one large empty studio which could be used for rehearsals, or even to build a sound stage for indoor filming needs, and several smaller studios. Kaleidoscope would continue in its tradition of fostering local artists through performances and exhibits, while also encouraging national and international exchange of artists. To that end, I would like to reserve one of the artist housing rooms for visiting artists-in-residence.

As I envision the project, community would necessarily be a large focus of my plan, and artists selected for the living space would be expected to participate in the project through performances and exhibits, as well as a few hours a week staffing the various business aspects of the project. An idea that is very important to me, that I have not yet been able to bring to fruition, is to utilize broadband streaming and video cameras to hold joint national and international exhibits and salons with other galleries--world-wide art conversations. I would expect resident artists to participate in these events. I have spoken with a number of local artists with the technical expertise to accomplish this who are eager to work on the project. I also have a small network of national and international galleries and artists interested in participating.

Should the building allow it, I would love to have a garden which would produce vegetables and herbs for the use of the artists. Excess produce would be turned over to the Free Farm Stand which operates in the Parque Ninos Unidos at 23rd St. and Folsom.

pieces are shifting; the pattern is changing...

posted Jul 17, 2011, 8:39 PM by sara powell   [ updated Jul 17, 2011, 8:56 PM ]

kaleidoscope is pleased to announce that it is now a non-profit under the umbrella of The Alliance for Global Justice. in conjunction with that change, kaleidoscope will now start writing grant proposals and any donations made to kaleidoscope will be tax-deductible. our new board of directors consists of EK Keith, Nara Denning, Jesse Mosher, Cormac O'Donoghue and Sergei Varshavsky.
and while we're changing things up kaleidoscope has decided to look for a new home. we'll still be in san francisco, we'll still be in the mission and we hope to still be in the same neighborhood (the lower 24th street corridor) but we are looking for a building which will allow us to stretch our wings a little further. a building where dancers won't have to avoid the bumpy part of the floor, a building where we can rock out from time to time, a building where we can build the gift shop and help more artists/artisans sell their work. a green room would be nice, and so would more room for the books. but kaleidoscope will still be kaleidoscope--intimate, comfortable, accessible. with all that we want in a space, it may take a little while to find the right building but as soon as we do we'll bid adieu to 3109 24th street.
we've also now officially begun tuesday movie nights. we've tried before but the technical issues have been worked out and we have a great movie curator with scads of little-known and/or important public domain movies to share.
and finally, a last big change is that no shows will begin later than 8:30 pm so that kaleidoscope can be a better neighbor. this will go into effect shortly but gradually as some shows have already been advertised as starting at 9.

art market tea party off to a good start

posted Apr 25, 2011, 1:25 PM by sara powell   [ updated Apr 25, 2011, 1:29 PM ]

kaleidoscope's art market and tea party on saturday afternoons is off to a good start. among the artists who have participated so far are Dodie Lee, Trius Fernsler, Paula Diseth, David Chacon and Jesse Mosher. Dani Torres, Breakfast, Joe Warner and Aaron Leese have all provided live music for the event. come be a part of this growing art scene at kaleidoscope!

pianopalooza! 2 is coming and other news

posted Apr 12, 2011, 4:17 PM by sara powell   [ updated Apr 12, 2011, 4:26 PM ]

wow, i can see i don't update this part of the website very often. oops. and i just updated the photo section for the first time in a long time so check it out!

now that the second anniversary has come and gone (and what a swell party it was, if i may paraphrase the old song) the next major project i'm working on is pianopalooza! 2. another 24 hours of piano on june 11 and 12. saturday noon to midnight, sunday 10 to 10. 

and if you've been here lately you've seen that the sign is finally painted! thanks cormac, it looks fab! there's a picture of cormac working on the sign on the revamped photo page.

what else is new? kaleidoscope keeps evolving and getting better. saturday afternoon art markets with tea has started and sunday afternoon rock-n-roll is in the works as is tuesday night movie night!
one of the next evolutions will be the cataloguing of and an online data base for kaleidoscope's library so it can be available for in house use--either during tea or by appointment.

come check out the ch-ch-ch-changes...


posted Oct 7, 2010, 12:28 AM by sara powell   [ updated Oct 7, 2010, 12:34 AM ]

volunteers needed for pianopalooza! kaleidoscope's piano fundraiser--24 hours of piano from noon to midnight on saturday october 23rd, and 10 am to 10 pm on sunday october 24th.

kaleidoscope needs help with printing programs, flyering/postering, button-making, and at the door during the event. if you are interested in volunteering for pianopalooza! please email sara at kaleidoscope

kaleidoscope news

posted Oct 5, 2010, 5:52 PM by sara powell   [ updated Oct 5, 2010, 6:09 PM ]

kaleidoscope continues to hang in there financially with some new series and some big shows coming up in october.

new to kaleidoscope is chef Kevin Williams SoupDup available at the wednesday jazz jams, 8-11. check it out, everybody's raving and i can personally vouch for the
corn chowder with pomegranate and ginger creme fraiche, the vietnamese style gazpacho, the fall bisque with roasted fall veggies, and the heirloom tomato. yum.
all SoupDup soups are vegetarian. some are vegan.

Eric Moffat premiered a new series last month at kaleidoscope with a showing of Holy Mountain accompanied by live improvisational music. this months move and
music treat is Look Back in Anger

i often say that in san francisco halloween is not a night but a season. look for a hot band on sat oct 30 and kaleidoscope's halloween party on sunday oct 31
it's gonna be HELLACIOUS

last but by no means least, october is the month kaleidoscope mounts the long-awaited pianopalooza! featuring 24 hours of piano played on kaleidoscope's
beautiful 1915 chickering quarter grand by some of the bay area's finest pianists and a few who someday will be... chef Kevin Williams, mentioned above, will
be providing the food and proceeds will go to save this fine piano and the space it's in. tickets are available at brown paper tickets

Left Curve

posted Apr 14, 2010, 2:19 PM by sara powell   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 2:19 PM ]

the 2010 Left Curve journal is out and available at kaleidoscope. $12. 
we also have a selection of  CDs from Porto Franco Records, books from Wild Ocean Press and Out of Our , Neeli Cherkovski's poetry, Native American  hand-picked flower tea and much more.

Skoda Man Press Calls for Tales From the Mission

posted Mar 3, 2010, 7:02 PM by sara powell   [ updated Mar 3, 2010, 7:04 PM ]

Have an amazing story set in the Mission? Skoda Man Press wants to turn your story into a comic book.

We're collecting 20 stories about life in the Mission, and we'd love to hear yours. It could be an anecdote about a bad date at a great restaurant, a perspective on how the neighborhood has changed, an encounter with an eccentric personality, an account of the perfect lazy day, or brief sketches of your neighbors. We want Mission residents to recognize their neighborhood and visitors to learn something new about the area.

If we choose your anecdote, you will receive $20 and a story credit in the printed volume. We will also work with a Bay Area artist to transform your story into a short comic.

Interested? Send your detailed stories to skodamanpress@gmail.com by March 20th

Shareef Ali, Sioux City Kid, Hello Evening and Augustus

posted Mar 1, 2010, 8:02 PM by sara powell   [ updated Mar 1, 2010, 8:09 PM ]

An evening of Americana roots music and infectious indie pop!

Shareef Ali & The Radical Folksonomy

The Sioux City Kid & The Revolutionary Ramblers

Hello Evening


$4 at the door

website has new look

posted Mar 1, 2010, 7:48 PM by sara powell   [ updated Mar 1, 2010, 8:12 PM ]

kaleidoscope's website has been redesigned and kaleidoscope's 1915 chickering quarter-grand piano is almost completely restored.

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