Bernal Neighbors Seek to Film Gravity-Defying Vertical Dance in High Sierra


Neighbors Amanda Moran and Amelia Rudolph are involved with the world-famous Bandaloop vertical dance company, and they’re holding a fundraiser to support their (magnificently insane) new project. As part of that effort, you’re invited a glamorous downtown party that takes place on Friday evening, Dec. 5.

Neighbor Amanda writes:

Wanted to let you know about a very cool project Bandaloop is doing. Bandaloop founder/artistic director Amelia Rudolph and myself are both Bernal residents. Bandaloop is the Bay Area’s premiere vertical dance company, and in 2015 we are re-mounting the seminal mountain work “Crossing” in the Sierra. We have seed funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, but we need to more than double it to build the piece. We started a RocketHub campaign and are about 30% funded, with a goal of $25,000 by 12/17/14.

In a nutshell, the Bandaloop posse wants to re-shoot their much-admired vertical dance piece from 2001 to take advantage of a) a decade of dance technique refinement, and b) the advent of the GoPro Age.

Like this:

Team Bandeloop adds:

Through the creation of the “Crossing” performance on-site along the Sierra crest, and through the associated film, BANDALOOP will transport the aesthetic of dance created in nature back to the city, and bring this work to large and diverse audiences worldwide; both online and through live multimedia performance. The project will also include education modules for the classroom, addressing issues of environment and sustainability through the unique lens of BANDALOOP’s site-reactive dance. BANDALOOP is nearing the end of their fundraising campaign on Rockethub to raise $25,000 for “Crossing.” There is still time to donate and help them reach their goal!

This Friday, December 5th, 6 – 8 pm @ The Hall, there will be an event associated with the RocketHub Campaign. Please come join!

See you at The Hall!
1028 Market Street (between 6th + Jones)
San Francisco

Bernal Neighbor Installs Sutro Tower Garden Sculpture, Adorns It With Seasonal Cheer


After months of patient design and fabrication, Neighbor Orlando has finally installed his iron model of Sutro Tower in front of his Folsom Street home.

Fabricated by artist Mario Cro, Neighbor Orlando’s Sutro Tower stands around 5′ tall — versus 977′ for that other one on Twin Peaks — and he intends to use it as a permanent piece of garden sculpture. He tells Bernalwood:

In the end, this was well worth the wait. Good things take time, you know? This was one of them.

The names of the heads of households of the prior two generations of my family members have been stamped on the piece itself. The original motivation for the project was to have something permanent placed at the forefront of the home, remembering and commemorating those who came before me who were ultimately responsible for giving me the opportunity to be raised in this warm and beautiful neighborhood. Their names are located on the bottom truss. with space left for my name just directly below.

Impressive. Also, to give the piece some seasonal flair, Neighbor Orlando has decorated his Sutro Tower and surrounding garden in a Christmas theme.

Here are a few more photos of Neighbor Orlando’s awesome iron model of Sutro Tower, shown during it’s Holiday 2014 debut. Someday you can tell your grandkids you saw it when it was new:



PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics


See “Art in Bernal” at Inclusions This Weekend, Before It Disappears


Neighbor Rachel urges us to check out the homegrown, locavore, and 100% organic art exhibit on display at Inclusions Gallery on Cortland this weekend… before it disappears:

I wanted to remind the community about the Bernal artists exhibit at Inclusions Gallery.

The show runs through November 16, and there is a reception this Saturday evening from 5 to 7 pm.

There are artworks from 30 Bernal artists on display, and the local talent is truly phenomenal. Inclusions is such a gem of a gallery, and the proprietor, Lisa, has a great eye for art. She really works so hard on this local show. I hope Bernaland turns out in droves to support the gallery and the neighborhood artists.

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PHOTOS: Art in Bernal on display at Inclusions, via Inclusions

This Weekend: Open Studios in Bernal Heights


Heads up Bernal art nerds! Or, people who identify with Bernal art nerds!

This weekend, Artspan has organized the 2014 Open Studios in Bernal Heights. Visit Bernal artists between 11 am and 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2. See their work. Find out where the magic really happens:

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors venture out on self-guided tours to see as many SF Open Studios artists and their artworks as possible, in the hopes of finding their next true art love. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.

Right on. And here’s the details, to get the names and addresses of the participating Bernal artists:


Bernal Neighbor’s Prints Appear in Primetime TV Cameo


Neighbor Alex is an artist who lives on Highland in Bernal Heights. He also operates a business called Past Postage with turns vintage stamps and matchbook designs into hangable wall art.

Last week, in true Bernal celebrity style, one of Neighbor Alex’s pieces just scored a network TV cameo. Alex explains:

I just had my artwork show up on NBC’s Parenthood program this past week. In an episode called ‘A Potpourri of Freaks’, one of my ‘Yuri Gagarin and Vostok 1′ prints is front and center over Max’s bed during a father/son conversation. Max is the lead teenage character in the series, and he’s showing some good taste for the Space Race. The artwork is of a Russian postage stamp from 1961 enlarged and put on canvas.

You can also see some of Neighbor Alex’s handiwork in 2M Architecture’s office on Cortland Avenue.

In related  news, Neighbor Alex is also taking part in ArtSpan’s Open Studios this coming weekend, with his studio doors open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 11/1 and Sunday 11/2. The studio is in the Mission at 32 Shotwell Street. Check out the Artspan website for more information, and you can find more of Alex’s work on the Etsy.

IMAGE: Parenthood screengrab via Neighbor Alex

Bernal Street Photographer Exhibits Work in Glamorous SoMa Parking Lot


During a brisk constitutional on Second Street in SoMa yesterday, your Bernalwood editor stumbled across a rather gorgeous photo exhibit in the parking lot across the street from the (so classic) Adolph Gasser Photography store at 181 Second.

It’s a series of photos wheatpasted onto the parking lot’s brick walls, and it looks fantastic. The show is called “City at Large,” and wouldn’t you know it… Bernal neighbor and superstar street photographer Troy Holden, a resident of Cortlandia, has a few images on display.

That’s Troy’s work, in the photo above. Beautiful!

Check out Neighbor Troy’s photos if you’re taking a constitutional on Second Street, or peep his feed online.

PHOTO: Troy Holden’s photography on display in City at Large, by Telstar Logistics