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    Art critic Dave Hickey, known for book ‘Air Guitar’, dies | Entertainment

    Dave Hickey, a prominent American art critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Siegfried & Roy to Norman Rockwell, has died. His books, including “The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty” (1993) and “Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy” (1997), won him legions of fans beyond the art world experts. His stylish prose, brash criticism of taste-making institutions like museums and universities and equal embrace of works considered both high- and low-brow left a lasting influence on a generation of artists and critics. “There is no one like him. He belongs in the canon of American nonfiction prose,” his biographer  

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    5 Bay Area arts and entertainment events to check out this week, Nov. 22-28

    Erin Mei-Ling Stuart and Kim Jiang Dubaniewicz in “Girl in Golden Gate Park.” Photo: Coffee and Language The Chronicle’s guide to notable arts and entertainment happenings in the Bay Area. Bay Area Thanksgiving 2021: turkey trots, merry feasts and more ways to celebrate J.P. Allen’s ‘Girl in Golden Gate Park’ is moody and unsettling Under the radar — farther under the radar than he deserves — writer-director J.P. Allen has been building a compelling body of moody, arresting films, shot in familiar Bay Area locations and dealing with contemporary urban life. His latest is one of his best, “Girl in  

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    Gibbons art book released | Arts & Entertainment

    The newly released art book, “Michael Gibbons – Painting in Nature,” carries a dedication by Brian Ferriso, executive director and chief curator of the Portland Art Museum. “The power of a great artist is to help us see more of what is directly in front of us and in doing so provide a visual residue that we carry throughout our daily lives,” he wrote. The new book, released earlier this month at the late artist’s gallery and the Yaquina River Museum of Art, both in Toledo, fulfills that mission — and portrays the power of Gibbons’ art. Gibbons, who died  

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    8 Bay Area arts and entertainment events to check out this week, Nov. 15-21

    Ruthe Stein at Vogue Theatre in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 28. Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle The Chronicle’s guide to notable arts and entertainment happenings in the Bay Area. Ruthe Stein — a master interviewer — on the art of the celebrity interview Every feature section of every newspaper needs someone who has the nerve to ask anybody anything. For most people, that isn’t easy. We worry that the celebrity we’re interviewing will look down on us or consider us rude. We know we want to get the very best story, but when the moment comes, we get  

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    ‘Be Nice to Tourists’: New York’s Arts Scene Needs International Visitors

    When many readers in Toronto, London, Paris and Hong Kong open their newspapers on Monday, they will be greeted with a full-page advertisement from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. “We reopened in August 2020, but have been missing one critical thing — you, our international visitors,” the ad will say. “The Met is only The Met when it is being enjoyed daily by visitors from around the world.” The unusual display — museum officials say they do not believe they have ever run a global marketing campaign of this scope aimed at visitors so far from their  

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