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PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco the cutting edge, international, contemporary art fair dedicated to the photographic medium will return to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion February 23-25, 2018. Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1pm-8pm, Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11am-7pm, Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11am-6pm Learn more and find tickets

Tearrance Chisholm (2016) + Lisa Marie Rollins (2018) will premiere HOODED, or being black for dummies regionally at CustomMade Theater in SF March 8-31, 2018. Written by Tearrance Chisholm, Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins, with A Producing Partnership with Playwrights Foundation Learn more and find tickets

Hillary Jordan (2009) Hillary Jordan's novel Mudbound is now a feature film, and it's receiving its share of Hollywood buzz. Read the CNN review of the film directed by Dee Rees. Read the review

Photo: Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund in 'Mudbound'

Peter Walter (2017) Biochemist and sculptor Peter Walter (2017) was presented with the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Peter was here for Scientific Delirium Madness 4.0 and demonstrated his skills at Open House. One of his sculptures now graces our property. Learn more

Photo: Elisabeth Fall

Nancy Karp (1990, 2011, + winter 2014) + Dancers Presents: On Beauty Produced in collaboration with the David Brower Center. Inspired by the Brower Center’s current exhibition, Douglas R Tompkins: On Beauty, which celebrates the life and work of the late conservationist Doug Tompkins, Karp will make a new site specific performance work for the company. February 9 - 11, 2018 Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6:00pm and 7:30pm Learn more and find tickets

Lava Thomas (1986, 2003, + winter 2009) The Smithsonian American Art Museum created a video with Lava Thomas discussing her work Requiem for Charleston. The work honors the nine men and women who died in a shooting on June 17, 2015, inside the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Watch the full video

Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant recipients announced The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $250,000 in arts grants to 16 small and mid-size Bay Area organizations through its New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program. ($5,000) for Mother Sister Daughter - Christy Funsch (2006 + 2012), ($10,000) for Beneath The Surface - Lenora Lee (2013), ($9,000) for In Branau - Dipika Guha (2012), ($20,000) for Left to Her Own Devices: 20 years of Sculpture in Motion - Jodi Lomask (2014), ($15,000) for freedom - Keith Hennessy (2010 + winter 2014), ($20,000) for TheaterTheater - Erika Chong Such (2007 + winters 2009 and 2011), ($15,000) for Stay Close - Joe Goode (1991), ($15,000) for The Legacy of Ephemerality (On the Occasion of our Eviction and 25th Anniversary) - Scott Wells (1996) See the full list

Maré Hieronimus (2015) offers four select photographs and her book, ANTLERED EARTH, for purchase on her website. Learn more

Rodney Sharman (2014) Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman won the Canada Council for the Arts' Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre, or dance. Read the full announcement

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Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Refugees made the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 list See the full list

Fawzia Mirza (2018) writer/director, and Terrie Samundra, producer/cowriter, were awarded a $22,000 SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grant to produce Me, My Mom and Sharmila Me, My Mom & Sharmila explores the intersection of identity, family & being South Asian in pre/post partition India, 60's Pakistan, and now in North America. See the full SFFILM Grant recipient list

Boris Fishman (2013) writes God Is in the Salad Dressing for the New York Times. Boris Fishman is author of the novels A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and a forthcoming nonfiction family history told through recipes. Read the full piece

Dipika Guha (2012) + Jason Gray Platt (2012) The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays includes a piece called You Across from Me by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt. Performed by the actors of the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company and directed by Jessica Fisch. Bingham Theater on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11 p.m. Learn more

Camille Dungy (2014) received one of 36 Creative Writing Fellowships for $25,000 from the NEA. Since 1967, the NEA has awarded more than 3,400 Creative Writing Fellowships worth $46 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of NEA fellowships early in their careers. Full list of 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship recipients

Mel Rosenthal (2007) Mel Rosenthal, photographer who captured the Bronx, dies at 77 read the New York Times article

Dohee Lee (2014) was commissioned by Peralta Hacienda Historical Park to create MU巫: 9 Goddesses, a mythological musical performance ritual. Lee is a recipient of a Hewlett 50 in music composition. The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions supports the creation and premiere of exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Learn more

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Mark Jackson (2003) American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced the appointment of Mark Jackson as the company’s new Studio A.C.T. Director. Learn more

Dušan Týnek (2016) Dušan Týnek Dance Theater will premiere Anna on Feb. 16 & 17, 2018 Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College Learn more

Co-Laboratory The 2016 films by Co-Laboratory for the SF Dance Film Festival are now available for online viewing, and many have scenes shot at Djerassi. The Co-Laboratory films are a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers who create short dance films in a week, shortly before the annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The Co-Laboratory is an annual event to inspire and support local artists of different disciplines to collaboratively create dance films for local and global audiences. View the 2016 films

Lenora Lee (2013) Light by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Canada International Film Festival Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, Light is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. United States | 2017 | 57 min Film excerpts and interview

Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) The MacArthur Foundation announced its annual no-strings-attached, $625,000 fellowships. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Read the full LA Times article

Taylor Ho Bynum (2013) released the recent recording "Enter the Plustet" with Firehouse 12 Records. Album details

Lava Thomas (2003 + winter 2009) Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, group exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through Feb. 25, 2018 The Contemporary Jewish Museum has commissioned works from fifty-seven artists to interpret the diversity of meanings associated with the day of rest. Learn more

Katharine Hawthorne (2017) has a play, Between the Wish and the Thing, that was reviewed in the 2017 Boulder International Fringe Festival. Katharine wrote and appeared in the work. The ALOCmedia website exclaimed, “Every aspect was a delight for the senses.” Read the review

Ayad Akhtar (2015) is featured in The New York Times. Taking On Wall Street’s Church of Big Money discusses Ayad’s new play, Junk, and the financial chicanery of the 80s and the era’s influence on today’s blind worship of affluence. Read the full article in the New York Times

Vincent Tullo for the New York Times

Ann Weber (1999) lists 3 recent acquisitions by Northern California museums: Float and Sting, 2010, Oakland Museum of California; Roll Me, 1999, Crocker Art Museum; and Gotcha, 2008, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.

Photo: William Wareham

Catherine Taylor (2015) Catherine Taylor’s (2015) novel You, Me, and the Violence has been published by The Ohio State University Press. Read some reviews

Eileen Myles (1994) is featured on Literary Hub in an article discussing The Divinity of Dog Writing. The article points to Myles’s Afterglow, A Dog Memoir as well as Virginia Woolf’s Flush: A Biography. Sit down, roll over and read below. Literary Hub

Emily X.R. Pan (2017) has an upcoming book, The Astonishing Color of After, and that book has a cover! The YA novel behind the cover will be presented to the world in March 2018. The book has already made the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies Introduce” list of potential top sellers for independent bookstores. Watch this space (and Facebook and Instagram) for more Emily news. Cover as shown by Paste Magazine

Cover: Sasha Illingworth