Arts & Culture

Rushing over to Cole Hall after the end of a small group meeting in the library, I was initially feeling a little cranky.

It all started with some blank cards (28 to be exact), a trusty old gel pen, some watercolors, and a challenge.

About these pieces: Part of a pastiche of The Humument by Tom Phillips, these pages were altered from a 1932 copy of A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman, found in one of many collections of “Free Books.” Sometimes I feel a bit intimidated by a blank page or canvas, so this was a great exercise to just play with whatever was originally on the page.

Poetry for me is a way to retrospectively mine meaning out of seemingly-significant moments in my life.

In college, I found it was difficult to fit in both studio art classes and laboratory time – both are long and grueling in their own way. I chose the laboratory, but figure drawing has been a way for me to stay connected to the visual arts.

The Chamber Music Society at UCSF performed their winter concert on Dec 5. They also performed a Mendelssohn octet as the opening act for the Vocal Chords winter concert.

The Vocal Chords, UCSF’s a cappella group, performs at their winter concert to a packed Toland Hall on Dec 6.

The Bay Area Science Festival (BASF) ran for 10 days this October, and Dr. Indre Viskontas was heavily involved.

San Francisco Performances’ Culture Card is the best deal in town for arts lovers.

Bernie Schein lives in a Jewish retirement home in San Francisco. He hates yoga, boutique shops, $6 cups of coffee and the people who drink them.