Stuff and things:
- The 2012 Headlands residents have officially been announced, and holy balls it's going to be a good year out there. I'm sure most people will notice William Powhida's name on the list, but I'm actually most excited about local peeps like Emma Spertus, Zachary Royer Scholz, Christian Nagler, Dohee Lee, Chinaka Hodge, and more. Next year is also Headlands' 30th anniversary, and they're promising many new programs and "celebratory moments" throughout the year. Are you a member yet?
- Scout Niblett was raw female power at the Hemlock last week, hailing down the spirits with her voice. See her video for "Kiss" with Will Oldham here and then buy her 2001 debut album Sweet Heart Fever if you don't already own it.
- I also highly recommend making an appointment to see Lena Wolff's show Another Country at Traywick Contemporary before it closes this weekend. Her work references nature and the cosmos, geometry and crafting, and she uses cut paper to mesmerizing effect. The exhibition space is one of the beautiful in-home galleries the Bay Area does so well, and while you're there also check out the Visitors group show co-curated by Wolff with pieces by the likes of Tammy Rae Carland and Amy Rathbone. The gallery is conveniently located just off Solano so you can go get a burrito at Cactus afterward too.
- Errol Morris's latest documentary Tabloid is just as entertaining as I had hoped it would be, unfurling the tale of the infamous Joyce McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming who may or may not have kidnapped her Mormon missionary boyfriend, and the hullabaloo she kicked off in the British dailies. McKinney tells her side of the story, the tabloids tell theirs, and then Morris leaves the viewer to decide where the truth lies. Of course now McKinney is suing Morris over the film.
- And my live music pick for the upcoming week: the Scott Kelly shows at the New Parish Wednesday 12/14 and at the Brick & Mortar Thursday 12/15. Jay Munly of Slim Cessna's Auto Club joins him on the bill both nights.