Goldies 2010

GOLDIES 2010: Joshua Grannell

Offering cinematic odes to schlocky gore and bloody camp

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Whether he's all dolled up as Peaches Christ or wearing his everyday attire, Joshua Grannell is a cinematic force to be reckoned with. He turned a love of cult film into a modest empire, with a memorable drag character, a popular midnight movie series, and All About Evil, his first full-length feature film.

But back in 1998 when Grannell was working for Landmark Theatres, Midnight Mass was a tough sell. "Midnight movies had really died in San Francisco," he recalls. "It was sort of a thing that was considered passé and relegated to the suburbs."Read more »

GOLDIES 2010: Amanda Curreri

Interpolating the political and the personal, while making art that crosses out of the art world

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Five minutes into talking with Amanda Curreri over a slice and coffee at Mission Pie, I've agreed to take part in a piece she's working on as part of Shadowshop, the in-gallery artists' marketplace Stephanie Syjuco is organizing for SFMOMA's upcoming survey of work made in the past decade.

"It's called Afghanistan Insert," Curreri explains, speaking in the measured fashion of someone who carefully considers her words. "I'm trying to insert Afghanistan into SFMOMA and into San Francisco's art community."Read more »

GOLDIES 2010: DJ Bus Station John

The bearded musical conduit for a huge gay cultural reawakening to the pre-AIDS era

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"Listening to records is really the closest thing we have to a time machine," says DJ Bus Station John. "Rest the needle in the groove, close your eyes, and the sensory experience can take you right back to 1979 — if you're lucky enough to be that old, ha ha!"Read more »

GOLDIES 2010: Ramón Ramos Alayo

Using song, music, visuals, and narration to create theatrically potent works that include Afro-Cuban, modern, folkloric, and popular dance styles

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Whoever coined the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" didn't foresee an artist like Ramón Ramos Alayo, who is a stunning dancer, a socially committed choreographer, a passionate advocate of Afro-Caribbean culture, scholar of Yoruba spirituality, and an inspiring teacher of modern dance and salsa.Read more »

GOLDIES 2010: Said Adelekan

A standard bearer of quality house music who delicately flaunts his Nigerian roots

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One of the joys of house music in this century is that it doesn't exist. Or rather, its influence is so ubiquitous, its borders so gleamingly porous, that to call a dance track (or indie song, or laptop experiment, or even symphonic composition) "house" is to engage in the laughably vague. And while the expansion of the genre has produced its fair share of unlistenable clutter, it's also given rise to exciting new standards of quality and adventurousness. Read more »