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The week ahead: 'Portraits of the Tenderloin,' Gallery Crawl, Oakland Art Murmur

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"Neighbors" closes tomorrow but it's worth the trip to the hood to see the gritty, honest and tender portraits of our close neighbors. For "amateur" photographer Troy Holden, it took a year of canvassing just to get 50 willing subjects to form the exhibition "Neighbors." Holden who lives in Bernal Heights, discovered the Tenderloin on his first day in San Francisco in 1996. The photos range from tender to gritty but each is an honest, beautiful look at a part of the city that we often hurry through.

Troy Holden's website: http://troyholden.com/

"Neighbors:" Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

Review: SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Troy-Holden-snaps-people-of-the-Tenderloin-in-5159985.php

Gallery Crawl NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week. This week, the Academy transforms into a pop-up art museum, featuring micro-galleries and maker stations curated by the aesthetically-inclined team at Gallery Daily.

This week tour African Hall and enjoy interactive activities hosted by SFMOMA plus art showcases by Mission-based Roll Up Gallery and Modern Eden Gallery of North Beach. Enjoy NightLife’s first-ever record label showcase, featuring the talents and sounds of LA’s 100% Silk DJs, including sets by Bobby Browser, Magic Touch, Roche, and Cherushii. View the Academy's collection of animal-inspired Andy Warhol prints and at the Project Lab, watch Academy scientific illustrators in action as they bring the wonders of the natural world to life on paper.

Academy of Science, Thursdays from 6 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for members. The last entry is 9 p.m. Must be 21+ with a valid ID to attend.

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid in Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly activities, and extended hours in the galleries.

Saturday Stroll Art Walk in Oakland

The Saturday Stroll is quieter and more focused on the art in the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular Art Murmur, luring in art enthusiasts who prefer a lower profile scene. It runs from 1 to 5 pm every Saturday afternoon.

On every third Saturday from 2-4 p.m., there is a guided walk led by Oakland curators, writers, and artists. Each tour brings visitors to 3-5 galleries, with short presentations from curators or artists at each location. Vessel Gallery | 471 25th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

San Francisco Fine Print Fair: From traditional Japanese woodcuts to impressionist masters and leading contemporary artists, the San Francisco Fine Print Fair features 15 fine art dealers from the United States and Canada in a relaxed environment where one can view prints and learn from the field’s leading experts.

All works are for sale, with many in an affordable price range, in addition to distinctive works for knowledgeable connoisseurs.

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 26, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Feral Creatures by  J.A.W. Cooper
Feral Creatures by J.A.W. Cooper @the artist/Modern Eden Gallery

Feral Creatures by J.A.W. Cooper

Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to announce Feral Creatures, a group show curated by Stephanie Chefas. A celebratory mix of the real and fantastic, “Feral Creatures” explores connections between the human spirit and the animal kingdom.

This exhibition presents contemporary artists whose inherent aesthetic employs beasts both fierce and docile as allegorical vehicles for life's struggles and bliss

Lazaret II by Caitlin Hackett
Lazaret II by Caitlin Hackett @the artist/Modern Eden Gallery

Lazaret II by Caitlin Hackett

Each artist was chosen based on their natural mystique and ability to render beauty and grace with a skillful hand. By shining a spotlight on the wild, these artists allow the viewer to examine our reality through a broad tapestry of myth, imagination and animal behavior.

Ricardo. Market Street at 8th
Ricardo. Market Street at 8th @Troy Holden

Ricardo. Market Street at 8th

Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com

Beard and Cap
Beard and Cap Photo: Nicole Sheikh, Troy Holden

Beard and Cap

Holden received a small grant ($2,000 to cover printing costs), and terms were that he could only shoot residents of the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and SoMa neighborhoods. He used his own handheld digital with a wide-angle lens and whatever light came through the window, if there was one. The only assistance he had was a translator for three Russian couples.

 Contreras family at Golden Gate and Jones
Contreras family at Golden Gate and Jones @Troy Holden

Contreras family at Golden Gate and Jones

Neighbors: Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

Paige and Zane at Market and Seventh streets
Paige and Zane at Market and Seventh streets @Troy Holden

Paige and Zane at Market and Seventh streets

Neighbors: Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

Gayle
Gayle @Troy Holden

Gayle

Gayle is one of the 50 subjects Holden finally persuaded to sit for an environmental portrait in their home or workplace in the Tenderloin,

Neighbors: Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

American Couple
American Couple @Troy Holden

American Couple

Neighbors: Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

"Neighbors"
"Neighbors" @Troy Holden

"Neighbors"

Neighbors: Troy Holden's portraits of the Tenderloin, Through Wednesday. Lower Branch Gallery, 233 Eddy St., S.F. (415) 525-4626. www.lowerbranch.com.

Bartender
Bartender @Troy Holden

Bartender

The Lower Branch Gallery in collaboration with the North of Market-Tenderloin Community Benefit District present a photographic essay by Troy Holden.  "Neighbors: A collection of 50 environmental portraits"

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