The Cardboard Animal Parade that invaded Precita Park on Saturday evening turned out to be the perfect event, at the perfect time, in the perfect spirit to remind many Bernalese who we really are. As a dozen or so cardboard creatures milled about near the benches in front of HIllside Supper Club, a ragtag marching band tuned up to play, and Bernal neighbors of all ages came out to enjoy the ad hoc festivities.
Your Bernalwood editor tracked down Paul, one of the artists who helped coordinate the parade. Paul confessed that he’d had some anxiety about organizing something so frivolous at a time when the state of the world seems so grim, but in the end, he said, it seemed like the right thing to do.
He was right. The willfully apolitical Cardboard Animal Parade provided a much-needed reminder that we’re not alone, and we’ll all get through this together.
Bernalwood shared a live video broadcast just as the parade was getting underway, and we witnessed the the opening ceremonies, the band, and the emergence of the Parade Butterfly from his crumpled cardboard cocoon. If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It was wonderful!
PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics
Local artists are putting together an ad hoc parade that will gather in Precita Park on Saturday evening, February 4, at 7 pm.
Naturally, it will be a Cardboard Animal Parade, and from Precita Park the procession will make its way to Dolores Park starting at about 8 pm. Kids, pets, and cardboard creatures of any species are welcome. Artist Paul tells Bernalwood:
This is a collaboration between a few people, partly because we had a large amount of cardboard without a purpose. I have hosted a few build days at my studio and worked on several pieces, so now we want to invite people to bring out anything they make.
We’ve also put a call out to some musician friends, so we expect to have at least one marching band. Since we started working I saw this video of a group called “Cardboardia” doing similar stuff on a large scale, and I like it very much.
Here are the details:
We’re throwing a parade Feb 4 at 7 PM!
Wanna build stuff? Wanna march?
We’re going to a have a parade.
One with large cardboard animal floats, that we are going to make.
We could have a reason for this but, really, there isn’t one. (We know there are a lot of important social / political actions going on. This very explicitly isn’t one of them.)
We are pulling inspiration from the spirit of Mardi Gras Krewe’s – lightly organized with a strong emphasis on fun. Our unifying theme: Animals.
We intend to meet up at 7pm and start moving sometime around 8pm, and our planned route winds through the Mission to the Castro.
PHOTOS Courtesy of the 2017 Cardboard Animal Parade
Neighbor Joe Talbot, the Bernalese filmmaker behind the much-anticipated “Last Black Man in San Francisco” feature film, took a glamorous detour from that project last weekend to premier a short film at Sundance.
Neighbor Joe’s film is called “American Paradise,” and IndieWire called it one of the “must-see shorts” at Sundance this year:
Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise” brings attention to itself by referencing Trump’s America in its official synopsis: “A desperate man in Trump’s America tries to shift his luck with the perfect crime in this story inspired by true events.”
“I think the film feels especially relevant because of what Trump’s election has brought to the forefront for people,” said Talbot. “But in truth, the actual events took place over five years ago. And what the film deals with is as old as the country itself. Even as a story, when I stumbled upon it, I felt like I had discovered some great lost folk tale. It’s drenched in all of this American symbolism, but it just feels like a bizarre campfire story. That’s part of why we chose to tell it the way we did, as a myth of sorts told by a grandfather to his grandchildren.”
James Brooks plays the weekend fisherman idly narrating the tale of an amateur criminal who is more than clueless. Talbot’s writing talent is this short’s secret weapon, and the narration Brooks provides is practically Coen Brothers-esque.
One of Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2015, San Francisco-native Talbot attended the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab with his soon-to-be-produced debut feature, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” in 2016. “To be returning to Sundance the following year with a movie feels like a dream,” said Talbot.
There are a few more details about “American Paradise” over at Filmmaker Magazine.
Big, glittery, red-carpet congrats to Neighbor Joe and his entire creative team. You can keep up with their work by following “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” on Facebook.
PHOTO: “American Paradise screening at Sundance, via the The Last Black Man in San Francisco Facebook page.
Bernal Neighbor Hope Meng is is putting her design skills to work political change. She tells Bernalwood:
Wanted to let you know about my own little protest happening over here on unassuming Banks Street.
I’m a graphic designer living, working, and raising my kids with Bernal Hill as my backyard. For the past 2 years, I’ve been working on a personal passion called Monogram Project. It’s a slightly insane typography exercise to draw every combination of 2 letters possible with our 26-letter alphabet.
Following the absolutely heartbreaking results of the 2016 election, it suddenly became clear to me what this project wanted to be: my own form of peaceful resistance. I launched monogramproject.com on Inauguration Day. ALL proceeds for the next 4 years (please let it be only 4 years) will be donated to organizations that work to ensure our civil liberties and protect the equality of all people. I’ll choose a different worthy organization each quarter and announce it on my website.
I am taking my broken heart and I am making it into art.
IMAGES: Courtesy of Hope Meng
Lisa Moro from the fabulously locavore Inclusions Gallery on Cortland is having a reception tonight, Thursday Oct. 20, for the neighbors featured in her annual show about artists from Bernal Heights. Naturally, you’re invited!
Lisa tells Bernalwood:
Select 7: Bernal Heights Artists, marks Inclusions Gallery eighth year curating an annual group show, devoted exclusively to neighborhood artists. On view are new and exciting works by seven artists. All will be in attendance at Thursday evening’s reception. Come, meet the artists and check out the entire show (the back room too).
Once a year Inclusions Gallery curates a group show especially focused on the talented artists who call Bernal Heights home. In this year’s exhibit you’ll find an excellent offering of new and recent works by seven artists: Copper plate etchings by David Avery, Ink and acrylic paintings by Glenn Hirsch, Mixed media works by Pamela Lanza, Oil paintings by Linda Larson, Oil and Mixed media paintings by Catherine Mackey, Encaustic and Mixed media paintings by Jenny Phillips, and Oil paintings by Aaron Zube.
Come by and meet the artists during a reception
Thursday, October 20th
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Inclusions Gallery – 627 Cortland (at Anderson)
Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit runs through November 6th.
PHOTO: Late Afternoon on Cortland, oil on panel by Bernal artist Aaron Zube, now on display at Inclusions Gallery. Photo by Telstar Logistics
Bernal artist Deb Caperton has some of her work on display at the stylishly strange Paxton Gate store at 766 Valencia (near 19th) in The Mission. Neighbor Deb tells Bernalwood:
My name is Deb Caperton (Bernal resident since 1994). I wanted to invite you to check out my art show at Paxton Gate in the Mission. The show will be up until Nov. 1st.
My recent work, Loss & Found is at once playful and funny as well as melancholic and ironic. My vocabulary are metaphors made of bits and pieces, things found and made. The signage provides the observer with some riddles, instructive hints and directions making the viewer a collaborator. The work comes alive with interaction. For example: one can blow, whistle or slide a door to create a reaction that helps tell the story. The narratives are sensory, requiring participation and discovery. My hope is that this active participation beckons the viewer to be affected by what they see and feel, making these stories their own.
PHOTO: Departure (wish box #5) by Deb Caperton, courtesy of Deb Caperton
Just in time for this pre-election political season, those clever, creative elves who periodically decorate the big rock on the north side of Bernal Hill have tapped straight into the contemporary zeitgeist by transforming our famous rock into the internationally famous “poop emoji.”
The poop emoji, which was created in Japan before it was, er, warmly embraced in this country, occupies an essential place in modern digital communications. Having already migrated to t-shirts, sophisticated workwear, and plush pillows, on Bernal Hill the poop emoji now takes geological form, as the shape of our rock turns out to be a perfect fit for the beloved icon. Genius!
And now that you’ve seen it, you will never be able to unsee it.
PHOTO: Telstar Logistics