Just Saw, Just Found Out: My Bay Area Summer Starts

Went out for dinner with a friend and found Midnight in Paris playing at the theater right across the street from the restaurant and had to catch it. Loved it. It's charming and magical, a most see for anybody into art, literature, Paris, and magic.

Also just found out that a little bit of the movie is coming to life here in the bay. It so happens that the writer Gertrude Stein, who was raised nearby in Oakland, is one of the characters of Midnight in Paris, and apparently SF is the place for modernism this summer, with the exhibits Seeing Gertrude Stein showing at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Steins Collect showing at SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). As an extension of the exhibit, SFMOMA is also recreating the Stein family's Saturday salon in their Paris apartment by inviting avant-garde artists and writers of this period to their Living Room. In keeping with the spirit of those informal gatherings, the artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, and others, will be gracing us with their personal recollections of Bay Area avant-garde histories. This will take place at their Schwab Room from 11:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m on Saturday, June 4th.

Another character in the movie, the always fascinating and most influential of the avant-garde Picasso (Oh no, am I giving too much away?!), will also be on display this summer at the deYoung museum until October 9, 2011. We've all seen a Picasso here and there but this one will be massive, a one in a lifetime experience. I'll post more about why after I go see it.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Picasso's as well as the Stein's collection in person, and transporting myself to "A Movable Feast" era; a time when the beautiful city of Paris was the mecca for the arts.

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