Rutherford Chang is exhibiting at the Verge Center for the Arts through March 19.
My Funny Valentine
“Guys! Make a Valentine” Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. “Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums” (exhibition continues through March 19)
Crocker Classical Concert featuring Jacqueline Hairston, Henrietta Davis and Laurel Zucker Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m.
Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. vergeart.com Back by popular demand, this craft workshop will help guys who want to impress their significant other this Valentine’s Day with something other than chocolate and roses (though you might want to include some of those, too). Valentine expert Gioia Fonda, a Verge Studio artist, will lead participants of all skill levels through the steps of making a valentine that “doesn’t suck.” And to get the creative juices flowing, Verge is offering a free beer for workshop participants who are age 21 and over. While you’re there, enjoy the ongoing exhibition “Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums,” which continues through March 19. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will function as a record store stocking only numbered copies of The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled double-LP, popularly referred to as the White Album. But rather than selling albums, the anti-store will solicit additional albums for Chang’s collection of more than 1,600 copies. For the past decade, Chang has been collecting numbered copies of the White Album. The original pressing featured serial numbers stamped on the covers, alluding to a limited edition—though ironically, that initial release was in excess of 3 million copies! Chang’s interest in collecting the White Album lies in how every copy has aged uniquely. Like a blank canvas, the nearly half-century-old albums have accumulated doodles and graffiti from previous owners (along with discoloration and mold), turning each album into a one-of-a-kind object. The discs themselves have become warped and scratched over time, creating slight variations in playback. Over time, these albums have become uniform yet unique artifacts. Visitors are invited to browse the albums, listen to the vinyl and, of course, contribute their copies of the White Album to the collection.
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Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. crockerart.org In honor of Black History Month, renowned composer/arranger and pianist Jacqueline Butler Hairston presents a program of works by female African American composers. Interpretive soprano Henrietta Davis and recording flutist Laurel Zucker join Hairston to offer compelling renditions of works that include Hairston’s own song trilogy “On Consciousness Streams.” The influence of African American jazz and spirituals, as well as European classical music, will be explored in this gorgeous concert, which will also include lyrical renditions of poetry by Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple.”
Flutist Laurel Zucker will perform at Crocker Art Museum.