Pacifica Performances presents The Ivory Club Boys, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. A new spinoff group from the Hot Club of San Francisco, The Ivory Club Boys is a tribute to the swinging electric violin sound of Stuff Smith & his Onyx Club Boys. This version of the group finds the sound of 52nd street in New York circa 1930 when swing was for dancing and listening. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Students Members; Youths under 18 are free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. For more information or a schedule, call 650.355.1882 or email email@example.com. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.
Pacific Art Connection exhibits the artwork of Pacificans Vince Ayala and Mark Bray. Elements of earth and fire are the centerpiece of the dynamic exhibit, which features 36 ceramic vessels, paintings, and mixed-media wall art.
A ceramic enthusiast and potter, Ayala works with earth (clay) and fire to make his stunning wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic vessels. Inspired by his older brother, artist Paul Brown, Vince creates ceramics that catch the eye with their organic beauty. Using raku and wood kilns, Vince allows fire, wood, ash, soda, and glazes to finish his pieces in landscapes of earth tones and metallics. His ceramic pieces are one-of-a-kind treasures that often suggest antiquity (see above).
Visionary artist and painter Mark Bray captures the energy, movement, and brilliance of fire and earth in his acrylic paintings. In his mixed-media work, Mark uses a multilayered process, bringing together painting, drawing, and digital imaging and transfer to create timeless mandala-like images on wood, which invite quiet reflection and far-reaching vision. "Star Field Combustion," "Space Flower," and "Unearthed Cities" are but three standouts among his collection (see below).
On Sunday, April 26 during "Stroll at Rockaway Beach" for Pacifica Resource Center's 40th Anniversary, come by Quarry Cove Art Gallery for a reception with the artists between 2 and 4 p.m. The show runs through May 30. The gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue next to Avani Salon, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joni Marie Theodorsen, 7 Day Forecast; Black Days, 2015, watercolor on paper on panels, 48” x 84” Anna Valdez, Laptop with Landscape, 2014, oil on canvas, 32” x 30”
2015 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition: Showing concurrently is 2014 LCA Awards Exhibition, featuring work by 2014 award winners Joni Marie Theodorsen and Anna Valdez. Both exhibits run through May 17. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits. For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit sanchezartcenter.org.
Coastside Land Trust presents California Spring: 37 local artists capture California's diverse, colorful spring season through art. The show runs to May 22. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. All art is for sale.
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An informed source reports that on June 30, Seton Medical Center will close its Family Birthing Unit, including Labor and Delivery, Well Newborn Nursery, Intensive Care Nursery, and Postpartum Nursing units.
Better Business Burro buzzes about big changes in store for well-known local gas stations in Linda Mar and Fairmont. Think Slurpee with a fill-up. Stay tuned for details as they emerge. If it really happens, Caltrans and the city may need to add a new crosswalk on Highway 1 directly to the Linda Mar beach side, instead of the long way around via Denny's.