Arts & Culture

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.

Picture of the Chamber Music Society performing
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.
Picture of Vocal Chords a cappella group singing

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.

Charlie Varon

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.

book cover of tell me again

“Expressive writing promotes both spiritual and physical healing,” according to Dr. David Watts, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and his wife Dr. Joan Baranow, Associate Professor of English at Dominican University.

“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there,” wrote the iconic physician-poet William Carlos Williams.