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San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 12 – April 18, 2011

"Hydro Felicity" by Marcia Middleton, oil, charcoal, ink on canvas 48”x60” Featured in Spring Open Studios, Mission Artists United, 1890 Bryant Street, SF. Artist website: http://marciamiddleton.com

Event: “Fashion Unraveled” Exhibition (part of Gensler San Francisco’s 2011 Spring Art Programme) When: Thursday, April 14, 2011 At 05:00 PM Where: Gensler 2 Harrison Street Suite 400 . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for April 12 – April 18, 2011

Namazu-e, catfish prints, sought for protection from Japanese earthquakes

Magical method of earthquake protection: This protective print, which claims to prevent earthquake damage to one’s home if attached to the ceiling, shows a group of remorseful catfish apologizing to the god Kashima for causing earthquakes while he was away.

Namazu-e woodblock prints became popular soon after the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city . . . → Read More: Namazu-e, catfish prints, sought for protection from Japanese earthquakes

News Photography: deep into Spring

Cherry trees bloom during the National Cherry Blossom Festival along the Tidal Basin in Washington April 2. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

There’s no denying it now – the sunlight that warms your skin, noisy chirping birds, daylight that extends into the early evening. We are deep into Spring and what better way to note it than . . . → Read More: News Photography: deep into Spring