You are in luck, reader! It's First Thursday.
Here are two whole things to do tonight which are arty and free!
I. BLUE STAR: OPENING RECEPTION FOR DANVILLE CHADBOURNE, RETROSPECTIVE PART I: ARTIST'S COLLECTION 1980-1999
A career retrospective of paintings and sculpture spanning 29 years. Chadbourne focuses on the totemic, the iconic, and the primacy of the object, with a timeless feeling echoing tribal monumental preoccupations, using materials such as clay and bone and stone, weathered surfaces, nature-found colors and serious structure. Be sure to check out the titles.
See more info and images here
II. ED SAAVEDRA, "ALL BY MYSELF" CLOSING RECEPTION AT FL¡GHT
2 installation views of that painting show, which I saw on St. Patrick's day and absolutely loved. Ed's talent as a painter is to imbue every stroke with some mysterious good humor, in addition to being a beautifully exact technician. Painting that's at once accpmlished, and doesn't take itself too seriously. Check it the hell out!
That portrait of Harvey Milk is terrific.
So's that one of Ramsey Lewis as Ramses.
Oh, and here's a flyer for something happening Saturday, as a bonus;
THAT'S SATURDAY, MIND YOU, NOT TONIGHT. I really enjoyed the last graffiti-related show Wendi Kimura and Shek put together, so I'm looking forward to this.
See y'all out there.